Sep 19, 2016

Visit me at my Pixelart Workshop at DaWanda's Long Night of DIY!

After visiting many workshops the time has finally come for me to host my own diy workshop this Saturday(September 24th) in Berlin! And what better place than at Dawanda's Long Night of DIY? It's the fourth time this event takes place and I've been to every one of them so far (201520142013) and to host my very own workshop there is so exciting!

We're going to be making lots of awesome Pixelart with melting beads! I'm going to bring a lot of pattern ideas, but the cool thing about melting beads is that you can turn them into anything at all. Whether it's just a cute design or an intricate pattern, we got all day to do it together!
Coasters, necklaces, earrings, hairclips, picture frame... there are so many possibilities to get creative with melting beads. I made a Pinterest board to collect some ideas to bring to the workshop.

These are some of the designs I've made in preparation of the workshop:


*Pokemon cup by Kirakiradoodles

So if you're in Berlin this saturday I am very much looking forward to meeting you and being creative together! I will be at the event all day, it is completely free and there is no registration necessary.
Hope to see you there <3

Long Night of DIY (Lange Nacht des Selbermachens)
Karstadt Hermannplatz 5-10, 10967 Berlin
September 24th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sep 17, 2016

Picturesque Month ~ 08'16

~ The new Harry Potter book came out! I read it all the way through in one evening, but to be honest I was a little underwhelmed. It was great to go back to Hogwarts with a new generation of wizards, but the story felt a little bit off. I'm pretty sure I would still love the play as it's not supposed to be a written story, but a played out one.
~ A new addition to our record shelf: The Star Wars - The Force Awakens Soundtrack on vinyl. What's special about this vinyl is that it has a holographic 3D image etched into it, so when it spins you can see the Millenium Falcon and a Tie Fighter pop up like magic! (The husband also wanted me to point out that he made the X-Wing on top of the record player btw.)
~Speaking of nerdy stuff: How cool are these back to school supplies? Found them at a supermarket and as I used to be a science geek I love the periodic table design. 16 year old me would have been super stoked to own any of those gadgets.

~ Went to my favorite thrift store again. It's the one that's in our wedding location in Karow, a bit more outside of the city and a real insider tip for thrifting addicts! The prices are incredible and I always find some really cool vintage treasures and other kooky stuff.
~ They pretty much offer anything second hand except for furniture and I love the look of the location as it is set in an old barn. I was actually going to take some pictures for a blog post finally and took my camera with me. But I forgot my memory card in my laptop...
~ These were my thrift finds: two dresses, two shirts and a brand spanking new Harry Potter Cluedo (seriously, it even had all the pieces still in their punch out cardboard thingies!). The Cluedo was the "most expensive" item at 2€... I told you, this thrift store is awesome! Too bad they only open about once a month on the weekend.

Have you checked out my report on the DIY Blogger workshop with Viking yet? I had so much fun with those girls and we did some awesome crafts:
Screenprinting & Calligraphy!

~ So glad I went to the Pure&Crafted Festival again this year. Last year was a spontaneous ball of fun and since I knew the lovely Lu would be there again I got myself a ticket for both festival days. 
~ Of course we had to visit our crazy friends at the Motodrom again. That show was still soo exhilarating!
~ I'll drink to that! Whiskey Sour's my favorite. They even had a Cherry &Apple whiskey sour, yum!

~ The music at this festival was actually secondary for me as I really loved the vibe and atmospere as much as the last year, and of course, the charming company! One of the musical highlights was actually a smaller act on friday afternoon: Tim Vantol, a dutch singer-songwriter who can fill a large venue with his voice even without a mic. Very impressive!
~ Room with a view: The outside area was mostly for the motorbike exhibits, the so called Wheels Area.
~ Another highlight was Noel Gallagher & his band The High Flying Birds. Especially because the atmosphere was so perfect with the sun going down on the open air stage, like I said before, the music was almost secondary.
~ Oh my Goodness: Another clear highlight of the festival was the live punk rock karaoke. After Lu proved her talent on friday night I had a whole day to think about it and when my colleague Sarah proposed singing a song together I heard myself say: Sure, why not. Say whaaaaat? And we did it! We sang Mr Brightside by The Killers and it was awesome!
~ It was really a great experience to stand on a stage in front of so many people with a whole band in the back and a friend by your side <3
~ All in all it was another extraordinary festival weekend with lots of lovely people, good music and fun&drinks. I'll have the same again next year, please!

~ Another great concert experience was an acoustic gig by Skinny Lister at the Ramones Museum. I loved their opening act at the Frank Turner concert in January and this time was no different!
~ They even played one song in the middle of the audience, talk about close encounters! 5/5 Bazooka Points for one sweaty fun mess!
~ There's a new Banh Mi place in town and they had a fun opening party with free sandwiches and Tiger beer. That's what I call a fine way to end a Monday!
~ My pal Sophie was in town for some wedding dress shopping (spoiler: we found one!) and on the way to a fantasy Film Fest movie showing we found a moose. So we took a photo ;)
~ A tribute to Rob from Threadbanger. If you know him, you know what this is about.
~ The Dresden Dolls got back together for a show in New York. I was asleep during the show, so I watched the recorded stream on my second screen at work the next day. That's what the second screen is for, right? I wish they would come together for more shows, so I could see them again! 4/5 Bazooka Points for only being on screen...
~ The beautiful Imany came to our offices to showcase a couple of songs from the new album. 4/5 Bazooka Points for still being breathtaking even though she had a cold.
~ One of my highlights for next month! I got invited to the Bridget Jones's Baby premiere!!! OMG, so exciting!

Sep 5, 2016

Charming Blogger-DIY-Workshop with Viking

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Viking to join them at the Dawanda Snuggery for a DIY Workshop afternoon. This was actually the first official invite to a blogger event I ever got (the Dawanda events don't count, I know too many people there ;). Super exciting! Of course I accepted the invite and looked forward to this event. It was actually on the same weekend as the Pure&Crafted Festival, so I was a little exhausted on that saturday noon after getting to bed at 4am. But I was ready for some crafty goodness nevertheless!

Our hosts didn't just provide us with food and drink, but also three(!) DIY workshops to keep us busy. We were divided into three groups and I started the day with the screenprinting workshop with Druckrausch. We got to print on paper, a folder provided by Viking and a drawstring bag.

Druckrausch provided us with some lovely screenprint stencils to choose from and explained to us step by step how to best roll out the paint, position the stencil and distribute the paint.

Good thing there was a professional photographer at the event, because I always get way too into what I'm doing while crafting, so I totally forget to take pictures of the process. This was definitely the most fun workshop of the day, mainly because it took such a small effort to create something really cool.
These were my finished products:

I especially love the dino/starstuff print <3

Next up was a calligraphy workshop with Jeannette Mokosch.

I used to really enjoy calligraphy as a teenager. Especially because of my passion for The Lord of the Rings, where I would spend hours writing out elvish phrases and drawing maps. Now I rarely have the time or patience to sit down and handwrite. It's a shame really, because concentrating on something like handwriting or colouring can be really therapeutic.
Even our hosts got to try out their skills with the quill.

Practice makes perfect, so we only got to dip a toe into the world of calligraphy in the 1 hour workshop. But we got to take home quill and ink to practice on our own.
This was my handwriting result:

Bit shaky still, but not bad!

Now, to the last workshop: Origami. By now the creative enthousiasm had died down a little on my part as I was running on liquid pick me ups (I still had another evening and night of festival partying ahead of me!).

Here we learned how to make tulip blooms for a chain of lights. Since I didn't intend to actually make a full chain I only folded three blooms and spent the rest of the workshop time showing off my wedding origami ;) If you want to learn how to make these though, check out this video.
The dear Julia from Funkelfaden and Kati from Almost Stylish were much more enthousiastic about this workshop and it shows! Check out their blog posts linked under their names.
These were my feeble attempts:

Cheers again to Viking for this awesome event & to the three girls that made it possible!

All pictures in this blog posts were taken by Jennifer Hoyer.

Proving once again that I am the most photogenic person alive:
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