Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Even more jewelry

On Sunday I had two friends over for a creative afternoon. I sewed a bit, but mostly I glued! ^^ It is really cool that we both have totally different supplies, so when we combine our stashes, we can do great things... It also helps to have someone around for talking so you don't get interrupted by "that interesting TV show", "the book I wanted to finish" or "hmm, I could make some muffins again". Is it only me, or is it hard for anyone else to stick to one hobby at a time? Well, anyway, these are the results:

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a brooch which can be worn in the hair as well

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Another brooch

Monday, April 29, 2013

Going out for party

I finally made it out of my cave again and went dancing. Some months (!) have past since I visited one of my favourite clubs! Here is what i wore:

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Shirt with wide neckline - thrifted on the Gothic flea market in Oberhausen
corset - Nachtkatze
skirt - self made and gathered with bands and a few stitches
tights - bought in Nachtkatze's store which is now unfortunately closed
booties - thrifted from the Natron und Soda forum
fake roses for decoration - thrifted on the Gothic flea market in Oberhausen

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday sweet - vegan lemon cake

I had a wonderful creative meeting with my friends *wollmaus* (who already posted what she made) and trisha where we talked and sewed and inspired each other very successfully! Since trisha is vegan, the cake I wanted to bring had to be egg and milk free. I used a recipe by Mephista from my favourite sewing forum and made this:

The recipe is this (translated by me):

2 cups of all purpose flour
1 Pack. baking soda
1 lemon (zest and juice)
1 cup soy (or other vegan, I used almond) milk
1/2 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup icing sugar
Mix flour with baking soda and lemon zest. In another bowl, mix oil, milk and granulated sugar with half of the lemon juice. Combine both mixes and mix quick, but careful (no more lumps of flour but don't over mix, otherwise the batter will be too wet). Bake in a fatted from for 45 min at 180 °C.

Prepare frosting by mixing icing sugar and half of the lemon juice. After baking, take the cake out of the form and pour frosting over it before it cools down.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Zombie Saturday - Jane Austen Zombie game

Yes, you read that right! After I presented the Jane Austen Zombie novels here, I stumbled upon a smart phone game with the same topic! You can buy it here...

Here are some screenshots:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Week in Review 17/2013

What did I see?
New episode of Bones, How I met your mother, and Big Bang Theory. And I re-watched Beerfest while cutting the frock for my boyfriend. I think the movie is only funny when you watch it while drinking the first time. Which I did, in cinema - this was during a sneak preview some years ago and the owner of the cinema said the movie was so horrible, they will never give public viewings. They actually showed it only 2 times (once in the sneak preview and once later on, where it was never advertised except in the sneak preview itself). They gave the beer away for an Euro per bottle (usual cinema prizes are more than 2.50 Euro) and we were asked to drink whenever the characters drank. So let's just say we had an awful lot of fun! ^^

What did I listen to?
Voltaire. Especially "When You're Evil"

What did I ask myself?
How did I make it without any days off until now? Holidays are very welcome!

What did I read?
Of course I finished Cassandra Clare's "Clockwork Princess", and liked the ending very much. not what i expected, but even better. Heartily recommended, one of the few times where the last book is better than the second one!
I also read through Will Hill's "Department 19: the Rising". This time, Jamie Carpenter has to learn to lead a team, learn a lot about his past and the Vampires are people, too. The German novel has a much nicer cover, btw.
The next novel on my night stand is the second novel of the  "River of London" series by Ben Aaronovitch.

What did I work on?
The head dress for the WGT outfit, some more jewelry and the frock for my boyfriend. See, I'm not lazy!?

I was happy about...
Working on my DFG proposal. It is a bunch of work, but might be worth it!

I was annoyed about...
Only having 24 hours to the day!

I bought...
Nitwits for decoration and fake hair.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WGT 2013 - Mademoiselle Chérie 1

I finally started with the biggest project for WGT: My participation in the "7 sins" where I represent "Gluttony". I re-named my dress/outfit Madame Chérie since, I'm planning a Marie Antoinette inspired robe francaise (= sack dress) in Blackforrest Cake colours. And I'm already a bit further into the project as I thought  since the pocket hoops and under skirt are already done! *sigh relieved* What else is to do?

To Do list:
Pocket hoops
Under skirt
Front panel (have to check the English name for it)
Cake head decoration

The fabric for the dress was bought last month, it is fake dupioni silk. The weight is nice, it matches the underskirt. I also bought white satin ruffle (30m) and red rhinestones for decoration. By now, I have the back done and I'm working on the front of the dress:

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Earring parade

I spent some evenings making jewelry again. I ordered some fun new stuff like little blood red crystals and lots of bats, which itched me to be turned into little earrings:

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Books - This or That? Tag

On the blog of Divine obscurity (who does excellent make up reviews especially on Illamasqua), I saw a tag about books. Since I love reading, I'd like to answer the same questions:

Audio books or book in hand?

Depends on the occasion. I listen to audio books while sewing, as I don't have free hands and love the entertainment. If I only focus on the books, I prefer books in hand as I tend to fall asleep during listening to audio books with nothing to occupy my hands...

Soft or hard cover?

I don't care. I also don't care whether my books look read or troubled. I buy them to read,not to look fancy!

Fiction or non-fiction?

I read a lot of non fiction for work and for sewing. But to relax, I prefer fiction.

Fantasy word or real-life issues?

Definitively fantasy. Reading is slipping from this world into another and living a separate life until the story stops. I don't want to live another simple life in this world!

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter.
"Harry Potter is all about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity… Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend." -Robin Browne

Kindle, iPad or other?

I do have an Kindle and use it more that I thought. I read fast and always have to carry large and heavy books with me, so I enjoy always having enough to read but carrying only 400g. But at home I prefer to turn the pages, literally!

Borrow or buy?

Both. I grew up on borrowed books from the library and the excessive book stashes my mum and aunt have. I'm used to reading books second or third hand. But I also buy new books, which then wander through my mum's and aunt's book shelves...

Book store or buy online?

It depends. If I want to buy a German book or browse for inspiration, I go to a book store. If I'm looking for an English book, I usually don't have that much luck here. So I use the Ama***n store.

Standalone or series?

I prefer standalone or series that are already finished. I hate waiting for the next novel of the series. And usually, the first book of a series is the best.

Monster read or short and sweet?

The bigger the better. I read 400-500 pages a day. Enough said...

Starry eyed romance or full of action?

I'm not that much into romance. I prefer action or good fiction or crime stories.

Curl up in your snuggie or lay in the sun?

Both. I like reading at the beach or on the lawn. But usually I read at home, either on the couch or in bed. But I also read when I go somewhere by public transport. Or on the stationary bike in the gym. Anywhere. 

Hot chocolate or latte?

Since I don't drink coffee, I prefer the hot chocolate.

Read the review or decide for yourself?

Sometimes a blog I read publishes a book review and if I like what I see, I buy the book. But usually I go by recommendations of friends or I judge a book by it's cover and read it because I like the outside and the short description.

If you like this tag, feel free to grab it and answer the questions!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Circus of Horrors

On Friday, I gathered Neisella and her boyfriend, Meara and my boyfriend to visit the "Circus des Horrors" (= Circus of Horrors) here in Essen. Unfortunately, the Circus moved to the next city after this weekend, but in case you are from this area: The next stop is in Hamm, which is not very far away!

I didn't really know what to expect - it was generally intended for the general population not goth specific, so the horrors could be that bad. It was also open for children above 14 years of age. Seems like the youth of today is pretty emotionally blunted, since I think I would have been scared by some numbers in that age...

The show was good. The entry was through a small horror labyrinth with human "scarers"and ended up in a circus tent decorated with spiderwebs, flying bats and demons. You could buy red popcorn, the usual coke and spooky drinks (vodka redbull with dry ice...) for high but still reasonable prices there. As the seats are not numbered, I recommend being there early: We were seated right in the middle next to the motorcycle ramp and had an excellent view on all attractions.

The music during the show was (besides one horrible interpretation of Gangnam Style) really good with songs from Evanescence, Rammstein, Voltaire and Marylin Manson. The moderator was an rather unspooky vampire, but the mask was great. The artists included "hamster boys" (two guys in a huge running wheel), a creepy clown who just wasn't funny, some dancers (the only part of the show they could have just skipped, but the men in the audience were delighted *sigh*) and general artistry.

The part were the circus was different from all the others was a little freak show. Horror makeups, better music and people who pierced themselves on stage. Even a girl who was hung by piercings in her back and did a flying act! Another cool act was the frog from France, an artist who can twist his spine in very fascinating ways!

All in all, the Circus was great. I had great company, some of the numbers were really cool, others just okay, but I can recommend going there!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Zombie Saturday - Jane Austen Zombies

What a great idea to combine classic romantic literature and zombie fighting!

There are more monstrous adaptations of Jane Austen books:

Friday, April 19, 2013

Week in Review 16/2013

What did I see?
No more Dexter was watched (the Boyfriend wants to watch it with me and is horribly lagging...), but another new episode of Bones and Big Bang Theory.

What did I listen to?
Metallica. Especially ONE.

What did I ask myself?
How can you just call someone for an job interview without further notice before?

What did I read?
I spend some time reading this week, so I read through "River of London" by Ben Aaronovitch. It is a great story about a police officer who finds out about a mysterious hidden magic world in today's London and ends up learning to do magic for a special forces team while trying to calm a conflict between the personifications of the rivers of London.
And now I'm halfway into Cassandra Clare's "Clockwork Princess", which is a teeny novel, but nevertheless nice.

What did I work on?
Some jewelry, but I really am short on free time currently. I need to work for WGT, it is only 4 weeks until white Sunday!

I was happy about...
Getting some stuff done. my boss is currently reading my PhD Thesis again...

I was annoyed about...
My anxiety, that i fret about problems so much although they are not worth in on the long run!

I bought...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Zombie Saturday - Eau de Zombie?!

It's not even supposed to smell bad, you can buy it here:

Zombie for Him: Think forest floor.  Zombie for Him is a combination of dried leaves, mushrooms, mildew, moss and earth.  A definite must-have for any Man’s scent collection.

Zombie for Her: A slightly lighter version of the Men's fragrance with a touch of Dregs from the bottom of the wine barrel for that feminine touch.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Grey jersey dress with fluttery sleeves

I needed a bit of battery loading by sewing simple stuff. So when I bought some jersey fabric and my boyfriend re-threaded the serger (yes, he's better at that than me. Maybe because he is more patient?!), I whiped out a simple dress. This time, I added fluttery sleeves which are essentially just half-circles sewn into the armscythes.

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Week in review 15/2013

What did I see?
Let's just say a special serial killer stole my heart, I'm currently in the mid of Season 2 of Dexter... And I fell asleep in the cinema for the first time while watching GI Joe 2. Not recommended, unless you are a hardcore fan...

What did I listen to?
Stories about Münster's past

What did I ask myself?
maybe I could decide what to do now instead of just going where the wind blows? *grml*

What did I read?
Nothing besides publications for work. And job adds.

What did I work on?
The7 sins dress. Finally! And I finished the circus jacket and did some intermittent sewing. Wow!

I was happy about...
Getting a huge problem off my chest.

I was annoyed about...
My attitude and weakness.

I bought...
More fabric and decorative stuff.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mad circus - Jacket

It's only  six weeks until WGT 2013, and no outfit is finished. There goes my plan of finishing early to be more relaxed and have time for my PhD Thesis... Well, anyway; when I presented to you the mad circus outfit, I talked about sudden inspiration and "having to do this now". Obviously, I did:

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The two tails

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Sleeves with buttons (I have no idea why the cam screwed the colours up so badly)

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grey lining - a gift by my mum

The jacket is made from stretchy red velvet I bought from the fellow "Seamstress from Hell" Svea and lined with grey poly lining which was a hand me down from my mum. As I had very little fabric to work with (mainly because I wanted to make the tails as long as possible), I had to use a different fabric for the collar. I used the black jacquard I had in stash. The buttons were also from stash, so the overall project cost me maybe 20 Euros. I put together the rest of the outfit as far as I have it. By the way, the corset is bought and was sewn by the amazing Nachtkatze. She glued hundreds of rhinestones onto it, it looks fantastic!

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Let's see what I will make next, I really need to work on the robe francaise...

Monday, April 8, 2013

Visiting the Neandertal museum

Recently, I visited an old friend. And this time, the old friend was really old. Like, extinct for 30,000 years old:

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That's right, the nice man by my side is a replicate of how the Neandertal man might have looked. The museum centered around Neandertal life and culture is in the Neandertal (= Neander valley) and nearby to the cave where the first Neandertal man was found.

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The museum shows a lot of tools the Neandertals used, explains why they probably were able to speak and even has a small part which explains how the Neandertal DNA sequence was obtained. This was especially exciting for me as I had a side project which focused on comparison between modern human and Neandertal genes!

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Above you can see the development of tools for sewing and weaving. Interesting, how they mentioned spinning as an old fashioned technique, when I know several people who do it today! ^^

The exhibition was great and child friendly, so if you are around the Neandertal (near Düsseldorf), I can only recommend visiting the museum and the close by finding site!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Sweet - Apple cake

I know that people from the US go crazy over apple pie, but I have to admit that I never made pie before. I can imagine that it tastes a bit like Strudel with more of a crust, but until now, I never tried it. Maybe I will, but I would have to buy a pie from before... ^^

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Anyway, the cake I made was delicious as well and the cut apples look really nice, don't you think? I made a simple cake recipe and added a little cinnamon to the dough. An estimated recipe is here:

125g of granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla (either ground or extract)
1 tsp cinnamon
100g butter
250g all purpose flour
1 package of baking soda
2-4 tablespoons of milk (depending on the thickness of the dough)
3 apples

Beat sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and butter together. Mix flour and baking soda. Add the flour mix tablespoon wise, adding in milk if necessary. Peel and cut the apples. Pour the batter in a buttered pan. Put the apples on top of the dough. Bake for 45minutes at 175°C.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Week in Review 14/2013

What did I see?
Yet another Bond movie. And I saw Hugo, which I found very fascinating!

What did I listen to?
Deine Lakaien

What did I ask myself?
The project is great, but do i need to move on?

What did I read?
Esthnic children's stories.

What did I work on?
The mad circus jacket. Maybe I can make it this weekend? And there is more stuff to do, the boyfriend wants an outfit for WGT as well...

I was happy about...
Finishing old stuff. maybe I can have 2 more first author ships this year?

I was annoyed about...
Jam packed weekends, again. Maybe I should rest a bit? But everything is so much fun!

I bought...
Pearls for a pearly manicure. Maybe I will show the result here (if it looks good! ^^).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fabric shopping

I recently visited my favourite shopping place for fabrics to buy - what else?- some fabrics and notions. This time I was there mainly to buy fabrics for the boyfriend. He wants a fancy outfit for WGT and promised to help me put it together. And since I'm all for help with cutting and prepping the pattern, but love to sew, this seemed like a good compromise!

Most of the fabrics are black and photograph all the same. We bought some velvet, lining and fabric for pants for him as well as black Gütermann yarn (1 Euro per 500m, it's insane!) and shoulder pads. I bought 7m (more like 8m) black shirt jersey and the following fabrics:

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Cotton sateen with red circus stripes

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Cotton sateen with Hedwig! Okay, it is only snow owls, but since I watched the Harry Potter movies recently, I might be influenced in my perception...

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Black and white striped cotton sateen. The stripes are about 1,5cm wide.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Visiting the skull cult exhibition

Yesterday, I visited the "Schädelkult" (= Skull cult) exhibition in Herne. I noticed the flyer (purple! with a skull!) at the Sea Life and since the exhibition will close at 14.4.2013, we went this weekend. The entry is free this and the next weekend, so if I made you curious, just go ahead and see the skulls for yourself!

The exhibition is centred about skulls and what they mean to different cultures. A very Gothic topic, as many of the cults were centered around getting in touch with death - your own or your beloved ones. They show crystal skulls (a replicate as all the ones that were attributed to the Maya), sugar skulls from the Mexican Day of the Dead, shrunken heads, carved skulls...

There was even a part of the exhibition dedicated to human skull development, brains and skull deformations that were in fashion during the ages. I personally was not aware, that women around 1000 b.c. formed their head conically to get a longer -fashionable- forehead!

I really liked the exhibition and can only recommend it. And if you go there, bring me some of these great but expensive chairs and Schnaps in skull bottles!

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