Mar 22, 2015

Thrifting in Berlin ~ Humana Frankfurter Tor

I have to say I do do miss the munich thrift stores! Thrifting is just way too hip in Berlin, cause you know, if it's not vintage why even wear it? This is why the bigger thrift stores are way overpriced here and it is really hard to find some good stuff for your buck. Humana is one of the biggest thift store chain here and you can find a bargain every now and then. Especially in their biggest store (it's actually Europe's biggest store) here at Franktfurter Tor in Berlin. This store has all kinds of stuff spread out on 5 floors.

The first 3 floors are mostly all kinds of clothes, but then on the fourth floor you get to the toys, books and other stuff.

I just love rummaging through people's old stuff and the toy section is always worth a visit! Didn't find anything except for a Count Duckula VHS.
The man was on the look out for a spring coat and found this very film noir looking trenchcoat. It is the most expensive item of clothing we have ever bouth second hand. It was 50€, but the husband's heart was very set on it. And since I spend so much more on multiple items and he barely ever buys anything it was fine with me. Also it was in mint condition. I didn't buy the sweater in the picture above, it was just too ridiculous with the zipper from the hoodie all the way down to the sleeve. I did get another sweater though, even though spring is just around the corner, but it is really nice and pink and comfy.

I will try to keep you posted on other Berlin thrifting opportunities. It's almost fleamarket time again!

Mar 9, 2015

Picturesque Month ~ 02'15

~ February started with a spectacular concert: Queen & Adam Lambert. Obviously it was the band Queen without their beloved lead singer Freedie Mercury as he is long deceased, but with the young American Idol winner Adam Lambert who fully captured Mercury's spirit in my opinion. 5/5 Bazooka points for giving the show his own touch, but also making it a tribute to Freddie!
~ Inspired by the concert I gave our framed chalkboard a go and drew Freddie Mercury singing "You're my best friend!" (without the horrendous 80s haircut).
~ Speaking of inspiring concerts. I got to see the amazingly awkwardly gorgeous Aurora from Norway at a showcase. The problem about showcases is that they are full of media schmucks who think they're too cool to appreciate the artists they were invited to witness and talk all the through the show. So songs like "Runaway" which would be so amazing in a quiet room were still amazing, but not quite as much as they could have been... 5/5 Bazooka Points for being beautifully quaint and predicting a bright future!

~ The husband surprised me with a pre-Valentines gift. A heart made of post it's saying what he loves about me <3
~ Lu from Luloveshandmade surprised me with a wonderful Hobbit T-Shirt, which I showed off at the gym straight away!
~ Last month I showed you the Cumberbatch posters and here's the one I snatched :D

It was my friend Romie's birthday and she lives in Cottbus, so we took a day trip there and celebrated at the local carneval which took place the same day! So many nice buildings in Cottbus, too bad it's such a small town and so far from Berlin.

Winter is almost over, but I wanted to fnish the husband's hat and scarf. I usually crochet in the evening while watching tv or watching the husband play games. I particularly enjoyed watching him play the most recent Game of Thrones episode of the telltale game. And just a couple of days later the set was finished. As usual he is being a great model for my crafts!

My friend Romie stopped by and we had a nice and quiet crocheting party followed by some homemade Sushi Extravaganza. So yummy! We tried summer rolls for the first time and they were delicious & really easy to make.

I finally got to meet Claudi from Pixeltrash3000! She's a really cool and nerdy Blogger and Youtuber and we share our love for thrifting and geeky stuff. So when she came to visit me in Berlin after a business meeting closeby I took her to the huge Humana at Frankfurter Tor to do some thrift shopping, then to my favorite comic shop Modern Graphics in Kreuzberg and finally to grab some Burgers and sweet potatoe fries at Kreuzburger. I had a great time with her and can't wait to meet her again. Maybe in her hometown Halle where part of my family lives.

~ The husband and I went to visit the Berlin animal shelter, not to adopt an animal (as I am sadly very allergic to all kinds of animals) but for a flea market which was actually not that great, but we still had a good time touring the shelters and looking at the cute animals and pretending to take home all of them, but especially all the black cats! Apparantly black animals are last to get take from the shelter as many people are still supersticious.. so dumb!
~ Sadly the great Leonard Nimoy, mostly known for his portrayal of the half vulkan Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek universe, died in February. I would call myself a fan of the first show and the movies and Spock was, next to Bones, my favorite character! I am very sad that he is gone.
~ The next day I sat down to watch the Wrath of Khan as a tribute to Mr. Nimoy. I haven't watched that movie in ages, because as a kid I was always very disturbed by the slug creature they put in Chekovs ear. I literally slept with a pillow over both of my ears for a really long time, so the slugs couldn't get in! Yes, I was always a weirdo...

Mar 5, 2015

Our Thrifty &Crafty Wedding ~ Wedding Location Decoration/Transformation

Right after our first wedding at the registry office we headed to the location to decorate for our real wedding the next day. Our location was the beautiful restaurated barn of the Karow community. We got a really good deal because we used to live in the neighbourhood and they provided us with everything we needed like chairs, tables, plates, silverwear, glasses and even a sound system for our DJ! Originally we were supposed to use the upper smaller room for our celebration, because we wouldn't be able to clean up the place before service on Sunday, but exactly on that sunday the community met somewhere else and we had the whole place to ourselves! So lucky!

Well, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves here, check out this transformation:

I had kindof aticipated this day to be a little less stressfull, but my head was ringing at the end of the day because everyone was calling my name all day long. "Anni, what should I do?","Anni, where does this go?","Anni, what's next?" and so on! And of course people never do things like you pictured them in your head, so I ran around fixing other people's "mistakes" mostly because I couldn't really express how I wanted things to look. That's really frustrating.

So here's all the deocaration and its origin:

Various Garlands ~ Crafted by me in some sleepless nights. I used old sheets from my fabric stack.
Pom Poms ~ Crafted by me and my bridesmaids during one of our Prep-brunches.
Candleholders & Lavender bouquets ~ Borrowed from a colleague who got married a couple of months after us. Thanks again <3
Candles, Paper Tablecloths, Napkins ~ Purchased at wholesale.
Flowers, Greens ~ From my parents garden.
Paper Flowers ~ You know... hours of crafting... and more crafting.
Buttons ~ From my crafts stack.
Vases & Jars ~ From my parents house/attic.
Water pitchers ~ Purchased at LIDL.
Wedding questionaire ~ Downloaded at Sweet Wedding Stuff & printed.
Nail Art ~ Crafted at a Dawanda Workshop.

Alright, now let's check out the professional photos. (The following pictures and the first picture are all from our wedding photographer Mateja Müller.)

Alright, we got a few decoration posts left and then you can finally see some actual wedding photos ;)

If you missed any of the earlier wedding posts, I have added a Wedding Page to the header of the blog. Have fun checking out my other projects!
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