Sep 5, 2017

Picturesque Month 07'17 *incl. Birthday & Kopenhagen Vacation*

~ Here you can see the rare state of tidyness of my craft area! I got some new camera lenses and I've been really obsessed with the fisheye as you can tell.
~ Fisheye shot of our annual fashion week visit. You can count us in if there's free booze ;)
~ Work break well spent with a mini photoshoot on top of the Universal building. I don't go up there as often as I should, the view is amazing!

~ Can't believe I only went to one concert this month, but this one was quite amazing. Romano is a german Rapper, which should make me dislike his music by default, but there's something about this guy... so I have to make an exception. So I went to his new album showcase a bunch of my colleagues and the husband and it rocked!
~ You can actually watch part of the Showcase here on Facebook, definitely 5/5 Bazooka Points for a great evening with an extraordinary artist and friends.
~ Another extraordinary artist sent me a postcard! Amanda Palmer asked all of her Patreon supporters if they wanted a postcard from her and of course everyone did. On the same day I received a postcard from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida that I won in a charity auction. It was really nice to get mail that wasn't bills or unwanted ads for a change!

~ Beautiful Pumpkin flower <3
~ Showing off my Harry Potter Shirt and my handmade Felix Felicis necklace.
~ June is my birthday month and I turned 30 this year. For this occasion I wanted to make a cake that I always got on my birthday when I was a child. It's called Kalter Hund (cold dog) and it is made of shortbread cookies and a mix of coconut fat and cacao which is layered to make a cake. It's delicicious!

~ Too bad I forgot to bring the cake to my birthday party... Oh well, I had no shortage of sweets for my 30th kids birthday as you can see here.
~ It was quite a party! Totally forgot to take pictures, because I was so busy catching up with everyone who came and putting on temporary tattoos ;)
~ I did take two polaroids at the end of the party when the last of us girls were rocking out to 90s songs on the dancefloor! Thanks to everyone who made this birthday extra special <3

~ Vacation time! We took the bus and ferry to Denmark's capitol for our small summer holiday.
~ We booked an apartment via AirBnB which was not as luxurious as advertised, but it was still nice to have a place all to ourselves.
~ Coffee and a Cinnamon Snegl at our favorite place in Kopenhagen, the Torvehallerne, a market hall with food and drink from all around the world. We went there twice in the 4 days we were there.

~ Cuddles with BB-8 at the Disney store.
~ After visiting the original we saw the LEGO version of Nyhavn at the LEGO store.
~ The city hall was fenced off for the filming of a danish Netflix show. It looked like an apocalyptic scenario that was confirmed by this article I found online, very excited to see which scene they filmed while we were there when it aires in 2018. One thing is for sure: the scandinavian apocalypse looks very clean and there were a bunch of bikes.
~ Rosenborg Slot <3
~ We also visited the local Ripley's Believe it or Not which is like a cabinet of curiosities from all around the world and they had this huge Godzilla made of metal scraps in their entrance hall.

~ Of course we had visit a few other geeky shops. After spending the first half of our last day thrifting(where I found these danish Micky Mouse & Donald Duck books) we spent the rest of the day visiting merch and comic stores.
~ This awesome Totoro wall mural can be found at the Animerch Store.
~ And we found this gigantic dragon sculpture at one of the 3 Faraos Cigarer shops, which were awesome! Comics, Merch & boardgames from top to bottom. All a nerd could wish for!

~ Just one day after getting back home we were at a dear friends wedding. It was a super relaxing summer garden celebration without any big activities, we had a great time! Congrats again Mia & Johnny.
~ Staycation breakfasts are the best breakfasts! Especially when there's cold brew, french toast and Bob's Burgers involved.
~ Summer wine at work when you're not working..perfect!

~ Of course I've been crafting during my vacation as well! My planter pallet was getting too small for my baby plants so I made it into a pallet table. More on that soon.
~ And then to celebrate the almost non-excisting summer this year I fixed up the sun hat I got on Fuerteventura. I stitched a hearty "fuck off" by hand with a sequined ribbon. Too bad I never actually got to wear it because the sun was barely out this summer. Maybe next year :)

Aug 6, 2017

Stay sexy & don't get murdered! ~ My Favorite Murder DIY's

I've been meaning to do something with the cup and paint markers that I received in my Goodie Bag at the DIY Workshop with Viking for a while now and since I'm obsessed with the My favorite Murder podcast for almost exactly a year now I decided to show my love by making a murdery mug.
If you haven't heard of the podcast yet, you should totally check it out! It's two sassy ladies talking about a new murder story each week, but in a hilarious way. They already have a huge following, for example here on Facebook and their fans are called Murderinos. Out of context this all sounds pretty weird I guess, at least that's what I thought when my husband said he was listening to some ladies talking about murder. But then he made me listen to an episode on a long busride to visit some friends and I was hooked! So check it out <3

So here's how I made my mug:

You'll just need a basic unicoloured cup, it could even be black, and some permanent markers that will stick to porcelain. Also a pencil to sketch your design.

I used some Washi tape to make sure my letters were even and wrote out the Podcasts signature sign off phrase: Stay sexy & don't get murdered. Then I traced my sketch with the permanent markers until I was satisfied with the result. It's pretty simple!

But I thought the mug was still missing something so I added a bunch of kitschy and murdery designs all around the bottom of the cup and this is how it came out:

I even added another one of their phrases, Fuck Politeness, on the bottom of the cup.

And what does a cup need? Coasters! Along with their sign off phrase Georgia, one of the podcast's hosts asks her siamese cat Elvis if he wants a cookie and so I made Elvis' face and a cookie pixelart coaster out of perler beads. Totally forgot to make Elvis crosseyed though...

All right, Murderino's. Good night, stay sexy & don't get murdered!

Elvis, want a cookie?


Jul 23, 2017

DIY Sweater Workshop with Partywoods

I have wanted to meet Anne from Partywoods for as long as I've known her blog as I've always admired her creative genius at the sewing machine, so when she posted about her new sewing workshops end of last year I took my chance to participate in her sweater workshop at the Zick Zack sewing supplies shop in Steglitz. (You can find this years workshops here)

With the help of a well fitting sweater we would create a custom pattern to make a whole new sweater ourselves. Making her own patterns is one of Anne's specialities, so I was extremely interested in how it's done!

I picked this slim fitting Batman sweater from the husband, since the sweater was supposed to be his christmas present. All the fabric was bought at the fabric store where the workshop took place.

Okay, let's get started! Here's how we drafted the pattern*:
*Disclaimer: This is not a tutorial! I am just showing you some of the steps so you can get an idea of how the workshop went. All participants get a Handout with the tutorial to take home. If you want to try it yourself the web is full of turorials, for example this one.

We started by folding the sweater in half and outlining it. The front and back piece are basically the same except for the neckhole. We also outlined part of the arm, which will go on a seperate paper later on though.

This is what the front and back patterns looked like withe the arms still attached. Since we were making a raglan sweater, the armpieces were cut from the armpit to about 2/3 of the neckhole.

Then we drafted the arm pattern by putting together the front and back piece and extending it to the right lenght.

And finally we can cut the pattern out of the fabric. I chose two complementary fabrics for the body and arms of the sweater. The body fabric had an animal pattern on it which I carefully placed to be symmetrical before cutting it out. We added a centimeter of seam allowance and since I forgot to wash the fabric before cutting it I had to add a couple of centimeters on the bottom in case it would shrink in the laundry.

Then it was time for the actual sewing!

I didn't take too many pictures of the actual sewing, but as you can tell from the picture we used a zig zag stitch for stretchy fabrics to connect all the pieces and to serge the edges. The trickiest part of sewing everything together were the cuffs of the arm and neckholes, but we all managed it in the end!

Thanks to Anne for taking these photos of me!
And here's the creative genius in action! Anne was so patient with all of us, no matter how "stupid" the questions or mistakes were. I loved getting to know her these three evenings of the workshop, even though I had to "share" her with the other participants ;)
If you're interested in participating yourself you can find all the new workshop dates on Anne's Blog Partywoods right here.

And this is where the workshop took place. Look at all of those awesome fabrics!

Now to the finished Sweater:

I also had a little sneaky surprise photoshoot with the husband. (Can't plan these, because he'll just get grumpy :P)

Look, he actually smiled for some of the pictures! Oh, and of course he couldn't wait until Christmas to see his sweater. Well, I kinda didn't want to wait as well, because I was pretty proud of it! Can't wait to try this to make a sweater for myself.
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