Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Week in Review 44/2014

What did I see?
If you ever wondered how a modern (and more positive) Hieronymus Bosch would have painted, painter Daniel Merriam might have the answer for you. There are not many modern surrealists which might also interest goths. I would definitively visit one of his exhibitions!

What did I listen to?
Afrikaans chitchat, the ocean and exotic birds

What did I ask myself?
Why can't I make a vacation like this every day?

What did I read?
A lot! The "Dune" trilogy by Frank Herbert to be exact. I loved the movies and found the books even better. I was surprised how close the movies sticked to the story in the books, this is so rare nowadays!

What did I work on?
My education and my tan! ^^

I was happy about...
The beautiful landscape, the animals, the friendly people...

I was annoyed about...
Not having my boyfriend with me!

I bought...
Pants and leggins

Friday, October 24, 2014

Week in Review 43/2014

What did I see?
This week I found the creepy cute art of Elian Black'Mor who paints portraits who look out of this world:

What did I listen to?
BeatsAntique - Egytian

What did I ask myself?
Is it vacation time yet?

What did I read?
Some abstracts of Jaron Lanier's work. He has a really nice style and I plan to read his books when I can download them. He raises some interesting points, really thought inspiring

What did I work on?
Only work-work, I did late hours every day

I was happy about...
Flying to South Africa today!

I was annoyed about...
Not being able to finish everything I started and preblog stuff. Sorry for the radio silence!

I bought...
A deflatable pillow and an adaptor fur power

Friday, October 17, 2014

Velvet cape and hat

On the forum meeting I also bought a new (to me) floor length velvet skirt which is made from very smooth and fancy velvet. Which ment I could get rid of my other two velvet skirts because one was just a tad to short and the other one not as wide and comfortable as I liked. I was thinking about reselling them, but then it hit me: "I might make a cape and hat out of one of them!". And so I did:

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Please mind the dark pictures, it is not exactly sunny at the moment, this was the best I could do... -.- I added a fringe to hide the two steps that I neede to cover my arms comfortably. The closure are the bands that were used to make the shirt smaller around the waist. The leftovers went into a little hat for my T-com tornure:

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I used a bought hat (cut up and frankensteined) as a basis and added the velvet and llots of fake flowers. I will wear this on Sunday, my jacket is only missing the buttons and the binding now! ^^

Week in Review 42/2014

What did I see?
I always annoy my boyfriend with my "inner Hippy" when I choose the more expensive, but also more eco or animal friendly product. So imagine my squeal of joy when I found out someone is working on fully recycle-able wrapping materials for consumer goods!

An end to plastic packaging poisoning us and all the life that feeds off the ocean is very very possible.
Independent packaging project for perishable goods:
Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? This Too Shall Pass is a series of food packaging were the packaging has the same short life-span as the foods they contain. The package and its content is working in symbiosis.

Smoothie package
Gel of the agar agar seaweed and water are the only components used to make this package. To open it you pick the top. The package will wither at the same speed as its content. It is made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated, fresh juice, smoothies and cream for example.

Rice Package
Package made of biodegradable beeswax. To open it you peel it like a fruit. The package is designed to contain dry goods, for example grains and rice.

Oil package
A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax do no longer protect the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.

What did I listen to?

What did I ask myself?
Maybe I should try to learn to knit (yet again)?

What did I read?
Famous women of world history. A bit geeky, but a free German ebook.

What did I work on?
A skirt and a jacket.

I was happy about...
Finishing at least the skirt.

I was annoyed about...
Last minute sewing again!

I bought...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

T-com tornure - skirt

It was a bit quiet around here lately because I'm working on another big (-ish) project again. I bought some magenta tafeta which instantly reminded my of the Telekom-logo. To be honest, it is a little less bright, but I still was considering sending it back. But then I changed my mind and decided to make something from it that really stands out:

Irene Adler from the Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr! My fabric is a little more subdued, but still it comes close enough in my eyes (and the dress does look red in the actual movie, so a little colour shift seem okay). As you might know already I tend to deviate from my plans and the outfit will most likely look a little different. Starting with the skirt which ended up loosely inspired:

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I started out with  a Butterick pattern (5696). As you can see I added some lace (mostly sewn on by hand, I really hate the effort but love the look *sigh*) and a little train because that was in the pattern:

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I also made the front wider, added side panels covered witht he upper fabric and made the train wider to fit over my bustle. I also puffed the train in four puffs instead of the five puffs of the pattern. Actually, i mainly keot the underskirt and waistband, but changed everything else! ^^

I will wear this outfit on Sunday, the only problem is that the jacket still needs a lot of love (and work). But I'm positive I won't have to go naked!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Workshops last weekend

Let me talk a minute about the Forum meeting: It was great! I spent most of my time in workshops or learning something, the other part eating, playing and envying the knitters. I still can't knit and until I develop a major crapload of patience, I never will. But oh my, do they make amazing stuff while still being able to talk!

I participated in the following workshops
  1. Headpiece making
  2. Poi and hulahoop - I was so bad I destroyed a Poi and the Hoop left me frustrated - stupid me!
  3. Jewelry making
  4. Photopodge
  5. Whisky tasting
Most of the time I only dabbled into the matter, but I finished 2 little pieces of photopodge:

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I made legharnesses? (thingamagics I have no name for, maybe you know what these might be?):


I finished one fascinator and half a tophat:

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And I got quite drunk on whisky (no pictures here for your own safety ^^). I also have no pictures of the Poi/Hula stuff because I was busy not killing anyone. I'd love to participate again next time and maybe even offer my own workshop.

Week in Review 41/2014

What did I see?
Another week, another artist. This week I love the illustrations that Stasia Burrington made! Lovely women with flowers like tattoos on their skin:

What did I listen to?
Horrible singers at the Forum meeting, a lot of chatting and ASP and Chamber - Paperhearted Ghost

What did I ask myself?
Should I learn to knit? Yet again?

What did I read?
The papers of the Ig Nobel prize winners! So much joy!

What did I work on?
A cape, a corset and a jacket

I was happy about...
Finally getting rid of the headache I had.

I was annoyed about...
Being sick-ish. Why can't I be sick or healthy?

I bought...
Bats on a string, wool for my boyfriend, some fabric for me and two horns

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY exchange part 2

And now let's come to the amazing peices I got in exchange! One pair of knit gloves with a built in pattern - can you imagine doing such a complicated thing? Knitting with two colours? Wow!

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And the other is a decorative leather belt thingy with snap buttons. I can virtually redo this belt anyway I want as all snaps match together! Cool? Cool!!!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY exchange part 1

I spent this weekend with my boyfriend on the large get together of my favorite forum. As usual when a big group of DIY nerds get together, there were plenty of opportunities to learn something new - be it a technique, a trick of the trade or just which whiskey tastes awful! ^^ We also had a DIY exchange planned for which the participants had to prepare 2 things to give away in advance. Here is what I made:

A fascinator with peacock feathers
The basis is thick felt, it is covered with cotton satin and taffeta. I added ostrich and peacock feathers and little paper flowers to it. It sticks to the head with crocodile pins.

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Vampire jewelry
As a second piece I made some jewelry which was loosely inspired by stuff I made for myself before. The choker has 2 hanging drops of blood and is elastic, the earrings are rather simple but pretty.

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I'll post pictures of my presents as soon as the weather permits me taking non-blurry pictures!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Halloween shopping 2014

This year the amount of good quality Halloween stuff is even lower than last year here in Germany! I still roamed some stores, but I was a little bit disappointed...

Usually TK Maxx is the only store here in Germany to sell Halloween stuff from the UK or US, which is why it is my first adress for anything spooky and stylish. But this year it either never got the delivery or I missed it. The only thing besides pink glittery skulls and tacky masks were snowglobes with skulls and black glitter. So obviously I got one of these:

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At KIK I bought two skull candles because you can never go wrong with that. And some black glittery spiders which might end up in a hat or fascinator!

And I got some tacky stuff as well! Here you can see our 4 new whiskey glasses which light up in multicolour or can blink rather epileptically. They are full plastik and fell aweful, but they were cheap and funny, so I got them anyway! ^^

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Lights on to the left, lights off to the right

I got them at KIK as well, in case anyone else wants to get the party started! Did ou buy any new stuff for Halloween this year?

Week in Review 40/2014

What did I see?
This week I fell in love with James C. Lewis' “Icons Of The Bible which will be fully released this month. It shows non-white characters of the bible. Actually, of course all of the persons in the bible were either african or middle eastern looking. The white characters we are used to were invented to make us middle europeans feel more related to Jesus and his apostles. But this is actually much more the real saints and phrophets:

What did I listen to?
The radio, nothing specific.

What did I ask myself?
Why do I sound so frustrated? Where is my usual inspiration?

What did I read?
Nothing not work related. What a bummer!

What did I work on?
A skirt and two little goodies

I was happy about...

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My three little cuties... *heart* and I'll go to a Forum meetup this weekend which hopefully will be nice!

I was annoyed about...
Work, which was alot this week and took some massive overtime. Blrgh!

I bought...
Fabric... Way too much fabric!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sophistique Noire Monthly Theme: Black & White

Since last month’s theme (Makeup) was very specific, I wanted to do something for October that is more open to interpretation.  Something that could be as simple or as elaborate as you desire, and something that could cover just about any topic out there, not just fashion.  What is more perfect than Black and White?  We could celebrate photography, movies, art, music…  So many possibilities!
This month's theme caught me really off guard. Being the scatterbrained scientist I am, I thought that September had 31 days and I would have one more day to participate. Obviously I was wrong, so I had to do something in a bit of a hurry. I redecorated my flat for Halloween, which I had planned for quite some time! This year, I was toning down with the colours anyway, so it mostly fits!

One of the windows of our living room houses most of the plants that did not die when encountering my black thumb. Now it also has some cute decoration: The ghosts and bats hang there all year long, but the candles and Yorrick my glittery silver skull are Halloween decoration:

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The other window is even more bare - plants and I do not do well together - but now you can find a pretty glass bowl with a skull and some candles there, too!

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One of our DVD/blueray shelves now has my silver pumpkin in it. I even lit a candle inside because it makes such a nice atmosphere!

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For the dinner table I bring out the same thing every year: A centerpiece with little bats. I just like it and have not found anything better yet! ^^

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And another thing black and white: I had sewn some black and white baroque pattern pillows a year ago. They did not hold well to living with us, maybe we are too rough with being comfortable on the couch?!

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On the lower border you can see the velvet-y stuff hanging down. On other parts of the pillow they are already lost somewhere on the couch or floor. So we replaced themwith pillow covers (bought from H&M some weeks ago) that could not be more gothy: Black, velvet and skulls:

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