May 8, 2017
Let's go on a time travel and back to the beginning of this blog:
My first blog banner was as diy as it can get! I cut out the letters from papers and magazine, glued them on a piece of graph paper and took a picture of it. Did a little of photo editing and slapped it on my blog, for 3 whole years!
My next banner was designed by my dear friend Sophie, you can check out her art on her Twitter account.
My last and final banner is also by Sophie and I really love it! It's definitely a huge step up from my first design and I love the way she made her first design even better to fit me and my blog's personality!
Let's get into the posts! In five years I have published 183 posts, that's an average of 36 posts a year... pretty impressive for a hobby blogger, I think. Check out some of my favorite and most popular posts:
~ The first ever post was our first Kitchen Buffet back in Munich. This was actually a pre-blog project that I took pictures of not knowing that I would publish them someday. It was really fun and our first big craft project in the apartment where my now husband and I lived together for the first time.
~ Not long after our first kitchen buffet I bought another one. Vintage furniture was really cheap to buy in Munich and I couldn't resist! This one was meant to show my love for the Walking Dead comics, as I decoupaged the doors with said comics.
I still have both of the Buffets, The first one's bottom is home to all of our kitchen appliances (top is in the basement) and the Walking Dead Buffet holds all of my craft supplies.
My first craft swap on Craftster was also Walking Dead related. Above you can see all the stuff I made for my swap partner. I also posted about the things I got.
Speaking of craft swaps, here's my second one:
It was a Harry Potter swap and I am very proud of the crafts I made. The ones I received in return were also not too shabby ;)
You might recognize these Galaxy Shoes from my blog banner, although I never wore them in real live as I made them for my then future husband.
The Death Star Clock is one of my most popular posts on the blog. Which makes it a pity that the picture I took for this post were pretty horrible. Oh well... the clock ended up at my future husbands workplace and never found its way home again. May the Force be with it!
Speaking of the future husband. This was his first and last post , which is sad, because it's called Part I, but there was never sequel...
~You know you're a hipster nerd when your love for Science Fiction is a plaid sweater. Still like to wear my Star Wars vs Star Trek sweater.
~ Definitely one of my Highlight in the past 5 years; The Hobbit - Desolation of Smaug Premiere! I was in the audience to watch all the Stars come down the red carpet and actually won a ticket for the premiere :D
Speaking of winning:
I won an upcycling contest with my Crochet VHS-Tape Clutch. Got to go to Hamburg for an Upcycling workshop, hotel and trainride included.
Oh yeah, there were some more workshops:
For example my first workshop at the Dawanda Snuggery. I had been following Lu from Luloveshandmade for a while ba then and always admired the workshops she looked after back then. We made cute nail art, the Mr & Mrs Krowns sign was made for my upcoming wedding.
And then there were the Long Nights of DIY:
I'm happy to say that I participated in every Long Night of DIY so far. The two first ones were at the Dawanda Snuggery in 2013 and 2014. The next one in 2015 was already much bigger than the first events and to top it all I had my very own DIY worksshop at the event in 2016.
There's been posts about the holidays:
During the 12 days of Halloween I really hit my blogging limits. The plan was to post every day for 12 days until Halloween... yeah, that's not quite what happened. I did make it to the 12th post though!
We have never had a traditional christmas tree. Instead we made our own tradition by making alternative Christmas trees. I really liked our Pixel Christmas Tree, which I made for our first Christmas at our own home. The TP Christmas Tree was a little smaller, perfect as a christmas center piece. Pssstt... it's made of toilet paper rolls!
Smooth transition to the iron throne (you know, cause tp.. porcelain throne... ah, nevermind)
~ Got to visit the Game of Thrones Exhibitin Berlin. Do you know a better way to celebrate your anniversary? Me neither! And it was totally worth it to see the husband in a suit on the Iron Throne.
~ I also visited the Harry Potter Studio Tourin London. What a wonderful place! I definitely want to go back someday.
I also made videos for both of these posts. Dabbled in video editing for a bit, but it's way too much work to do both, I'd rather choose blogging over videos.
And finally one of my favorite posts from last year: Sherlock Tea Bag Cookies
Made these for a viewing party of the victorian special episode, one of my faves!
Alright, if you made it to the end of this post there's a reward! I get to Give Away a bunch of Posters of the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Also, there will be one Grand Prize winner who will receive a Funko Baby Groot and a fake Cassette Player. Isn't that awesome? I might even throw in a couple of other Goodies.
There are 3 ways you can enter this Give Away:
1. Via Instagram - Follow the instructions on this Instagram Post
2. Via Facebook - Follow the instructions of the Pinned Post on my Facebook page
3. Via comment on this post! Follow my blog and let me know in the comments what kind of posts you would like to see in the (hopefully) next five years. Leave your email adress so I can get back to you in case you win!
Alright, that's it! Last day to enter is Saturday, the 13th of May. Winners will be announced on Sunday, the 14th of May! Anyone in Europe can enter.
May 7, 2017
~ Shelfie! Our livingroom shelves are full of all of our nerdy and geeky possesions. My newest conquest is the Harry Potter Wizard Collection that one of my colleagues gave to me recently <3
~ Workshop time at the Dawanda Snuggery. This time we learned about making beautiful centerpieces and festive decorations with eucalyptus. Got to take home a beautiful eucalyptus wreath which I let dry and it's decorating our livingroom window now.
~ I got to see the beautiful and talented Sigrid again. Can't wait to see her at Lollapalooza this year (finally a non-work event ;) 5/5 Bazooka Points for pure Awesomeness
~ I finished my first ever handsewn dress! I had the fabric for a while now; a Mermaid Barbie bedsheet from the thrift store. Making dress was quite a challenge and I needed some extra motivation to finish it, you can read all about that in this blogpost.
~Loved this leftover piece of fabric with a butterfly seahorse so much that I made a matching tote bag for the dress <3
~ Another thing I sewed was this dinosaur wash bag. I couldn't find any bag I like at the store so I made it myself! I love that about crafting. Can't find anything you like? Then make it yourself!
~ Right before my vacation I went on a juice fast for a week. It went really well! I could have continued for another week if I didn't "have to" go on vacation, it just felt so right. And I loved the feeling afterwards as well. The body is so much better at telling you what it wants after a cleanse like that (not writing detox, cause come on... science!).
~ Fewlt so good about my body that I bought these highwaisted light blue acid washed jeans at the thrift store that really show off my bum :P Found the Minnie Mouse shirt there as well. 5€ for both, score!
Now for the Vacation Spam:
50 Shades of Turquoise <3
~ Danish cider on a spanish island. See that island in the background? That's where we took the pictures above. Island life is truly great!
~ We got to cuddle with lemurs at Oasis Park. Isn't it adorable? Of course we didn't actually cuddle with them, they're wild animals that shouldn't be touched, but they felt comfortable enough to jump around on us to get to their fruit snacks and stop for a photo op.
~ I'm glad the dromedary didn't eat our straw hats! The heat was pretty intense that day as we were in the south of the island and the sun was burning on our heads. Good thing we had those hats!
~ I think I found the only thrift store on the island! Well, at least the only one with clothes in it. Too bad I didn' find anything there, but I did find something on the small craft market across from it. A cool octopus tote bag for the husband and a necklace for me. The town was called Lajares and I really fell in love with it. So if I win a bunch of money that's where my vacation home will be :P
~ We explored the caves of Ajuy, so fascinating!
~ Here's me in front of the caves with my new necklace and my shirt from Chapter One.
~ Surfer Chic! We went surfing with Billabong for a crash course. It was so much fun! I would love to come back and do a full week of surfing, especially because the beach in Cotillo is so beautiful. I did get stung by a weever fish though, which was pain... literally! I can still see where it stung me on my foot, but it only hurt for a couple of days.
~ Spanish Bert says Hola!
~ I can still do a backbend from a standing position :D The dunes of Corralejo were the perfect backdrop for this picture of course.
~ Our AirBnB was pretty cool. The apartment complex even had a pool that was open for everyone. And since it was still winter for canary standards we had it almost to ourselves.
I can only recommend a vacation on Fuerteventure! We enjoyed it immensely, too bad it was only a week off.
~ Back in Berlin it seemed like spring had finally sprung. Bought some plants at the juvenile prison's spring market and took my bike to my brother's new garden where the plant found a home.
~ Got to see Kraftklub at Musik und Frieden for a special Universal only showcase. The whole company was invited to listen to the new album before anyone else as a thank you from the band. I probably would have never seen them otherwise, because they play huge venues which I don't enjoy as much, especially not with bands I'm not the biggest fan of. But seeing them from the first row in a tiny club was pretty special! 5/5 Bazooka Points for a great show and convincing me that not all german bands are shit ;)
~ Went to Dong Xuan Center this easter. Every once in a while we go there to look at cheap plastic things and eat great vietnamese food.
~ What helps after an exhausting family visit on easter? Chocolate! And maybe some booze.
~ April was full of long weekends, and on long weekends we have late and long breaksfasts!
~ Also brunches! I invited some friends for a craft lunch on easter monday. We made dragon eggs! Get it? Cause it's easter... well... I also made a dragon quiche that was pretty popular! Made the dragon decoration by using my T-Rex and Batman cookie cutters :D
~ I also made a lampshade with a dinosaur fabric. Because dinosaurs are awesome! Fits perfectly next to our stereo system and Star Wars spaceship models. And yes, the lightswitch is a disco ball.
~ Got to go to Munich to visit the huge fleamarket on Theresienwiese again after missing it last year for the first time in 6 years.
~ My thrift haul. Everything on this table was 8,25€ in total, alsomst half of it was free!
~ Made a baby Groot button with my new buttonmaker that I found at the fleamarket.
~ Finally got to see Guardians of the Galaxy! I liked it a lot, maybe even a little more than the first film, if that's possible. Loved all the character development, especially Drax and Rocket! But I don't want to say too much, you have to see for yourself.
~ Went to a delicious vegan brunch at Playing with Eels with a dear friend. The food was scrumptious! Definitely recommend this brunch!
~ After-Brunch stroll through the cemetery. Berlin has so many beautiful cemeteries, I love discovering them.
~Launched a Give-Away on Instagram and Facebook. I get to give away 10 Posters from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Stop by if you want to win!