čtvrtek 23. února 2017

DIY Hufflepuff Top & Glyptothek

Hi, my dear readers ♥

So much to write about today, again !

                                                                ○ DIY Hufflepuff top
                                                                ○ outfit
                                                                ○ Glyptothek

Let's start with the DIY project ♪
When I was in Prague on New Year's Eve, I stayed there for the whole week which was a great opportunity to visit my favourite shops where I used to  go every week. For example cheap fabric shop FlexTex which is quite ugly, stinks, there is always too warm, the staff is not exactly nice, BUT you can find there some pretty cute fabrics for a very low price (it's worth the trouble).
So one rainy day we stopped there on our way to lunch and while Honza was suffering I found three nice fabrics ...

Jersey in Hufflepuff colours and in blue and nice light bit-stretchy-something :D
The quality and fiber content of these fabrics is nothing special (that's why it's so cheap), but for my sewing experiments it's alright, I guess

While I'm not really sure what's going to be from the blue and green fabric, with the Hufflepuff one I had a clear vision right in the shop !

I have an old pink top which I bought for the march agains breast cancer, years ago - it's absolutely not my colour, but the design is amazing ! I remember that it was done by some famous Czech fashion designer, which is probably the reason why it's so good  :D

And this design is exactly what I wanted to have in Hufflepuff colours !

... so I took the original top, traced it on the new fabric, made the lower part from two layers (same as on the pink one) and sew everything together ♪

I'm so happy about the result !
It looks exactly like I planned ♥

Of course I had to wear it as soon as possible, so now we're getting to the second part of this post - outfit !

I combined the top with my husband's old cardigan
the new American Apparel infinity scarf
Badger brooch from An English Garden 
and my cat bag - decorated with S.P.E.W. and HOGWARTS KNITTING CLUB buttons which are from my Etsy Art Shop 
...and the cutest Fenris keycharm from MortinfamiART ♥

And now the last part - where did I go dressed up like this ?

Since the worst cold weather is (hopefuly) behind us we are now no longer lazy to go outside on weekends and decided to finally visit museums on Sundays.
In Munich is a great number of amazing BIG museums and all of them are for only 1euro on Sundays ♪
The first destination of our 2017 museum adventures was Glyptothek !
A beautiful museum full of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, with cute little café and small chairs for artists :D actually there were almost more artists than regular visitors ! I loved the atmosphere and did some sketches in my sketchbook as well (honestly, I could be there whole day just drawing all these sculptures - they are so good for practice !). 
After we saw everything, we had a tea and then went for lunch in the nearby Orange Box to have my favourite dahl ♥ nom

Here is a few photos I took in the museum ♪

(took photos of all the guys with pointy ears, because I apparently have pointy-ear-fetish)

The Glyptothek itself is a piece of art ♥

So here's my recommendation in case you find yourself in Munich on Sunday - everything is closed and streets are empty, but museums are open and full of life :)

Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥

čtvrtek 16. února 2017

Nix Hoodie & Hlín

Hi, my dear readers ♥

Today I will finally talk about three of my knitting projects which are finished for quite a while, but I couldn't show them to you, because I wanted to wait until they are given ♪

Last year, in summer I visited Striga in her tattoo studio and while she was correcting my ravens we talked a lot about fashion and everything (as we always do) and ended up making an exchange :) Shoes for knit ! Striga gave me her New Rock shoes and I knitted a cardigan from super-soft handspun yarn for her ...

I looked through a lot of patterns, but in the end we agreed on Nix Hoodie from amazing Morph Knitwear, which you can buy as finished product or purchase pattern on Ravelry.

This piece was on my to-knit list for a while already and since it was my first time knitting a cardigan for someone else than me, I decided to do a test knit and make one for myself from cheaper yarn before I started with the one from handspun ...

I orginally bought this yarn for something completely different, but it didn't work out the way I wanted, so I used it for the hoodie. It's from Rico Design, but I don't remember the exact name... sorry ! (and Satan probably destroyed all the tags, because I can't find any)

I used two threads instead of one and made size S

I wanted to take some photos outside in the nearby garden, but forgot how early it's getting dark at the end of summer and most of the photos ended up blurry or very low quality, because we messed up the settings :D 
I still like some, even though they look really kitschy-teenage-gothic... but who cares !
once a goth, always a goth

For Striga I also used two threads, but made size M, because mine could use some more ease... and I also made sleeves super-long, because that was the wish (and mine are too short for my taste).

I'm really happy that I did the test knit - not only I have one Nix hoodie for myself (ho ho), but I had a chance to learn from my mistakes and make the one for Striga absolutely perfect ♥

Also the handspun yarn - made by no one else that Hana Paimen Yarns - is the softest yarn I ever worked with *o* combination of cashmere and silk !

A lot of people asked me if I can knit one of these for them, but I won't :D mu ha ha
This is a pretty easy pattern, you need just a small amount of yarn and it's done on super-huge needles which is fun and it grows incredibly fast ♪
All it takes is patience, Ravelry account and 12$ for the pattern !
learn to knit, it's fun and you'll spend all your money on yarn

The third project is simple, but full of magic :)
"Hlín" cowl made of Linea Botanica yarn
The pattern is from beautiful book "The Darkness Fell" written by designer Caitlin ffrench, inspired by Iceland with all photos taken with analog camera on this magical island ♥
Linea Botanica yarn from Rico Design is a high-quality yarn made of organic new wool. The fibres are dyed in an elaborate process with vegetable substances. This yarn is a 100% natural product. Each of the 6 different colours is associated to a plant, which is contained in the name of the colour.


Currently are on my needles two sweaters, which I plan to finish as soon as possible, because

Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥

středa 8. února 2017

Galaxy toasties, Make-up and Star Wars

Hi, my dear readers ♥

Today I want to talk about 4 things 

                                                                     ○ winter outfit
                                                                     ○ Black Milk toasties
                                                                     ○ make-up
                                                                     ○ Star Wars: Rogue One

Let's start with
○ winter outfit 
I would call this my "winter uniform" because I was dressed more or less like this everyday for all these long cold days during December/January. By more or less I mean that I changed the number of layers or the thickness of sweaters + I always had a coat and huge scarf, but that wasn't interresting for photos ...

hoodie - Takko • leggins - Black Milk

As you probably noticed I bought a new pair of leggins with galaxy print, because
○ Black Milk toasties
What's so special about these toasties? They're WARM ! There is a fluffy warm layer inside, which makes them the best winter pants I ever had ! Comfortable, pretty, great for bike, etc. ...all those leggins benefits, but now also wearable in winter time :D love it !
I plan to buy one more pair , but I'll have to wait for summer, because BlackMilk is from Australia and the winter collection comes out in the middle of European summer... 

Look I'm actually wearing a real lipstick !
For the first time in my life I did a BIG ORDER of make-up, because one of my New Year's resolutions is to take better care of myself, use better cosmetics and feel/look pretty :D ha ha
Thanks to brand of eco-friendly bamboo pads I found out about Pink Panda which is an e-shop with cruelty free cosmetics AND they have crazy-coloured lipsticks - something I wanted for ages *o*

Of course my will wasn't strong enough to buy only pads and lipstick, so I ended up with box full of stuff... but I don't regret it - everything is great and I can really feel the difference between cheap drugstore cosmetics and actual brands
I've been using such a cosmetic crap all my life    
So far my favourite are both lipsticks from Milani ♥ I'll return for more to this brand for sure ♪
Also the "dazzle liner" in upper right corner is GOLD EYELINER and the shade is called Klimt and it's abstolutely amazing *o* (I wear it on the outfit photos)

And now the movie part of this post
○Star Wars: Rogue One

I had no idea what to expect from this movie, except that I already knew what's going to happen :D Trailers looked great and every oportunity to step back into galaxy far away is good for me, so I couldn't wait to see it !

ooooooooooh and I liked it a lot ♥
Much better and more mature that the Force Awakens, good action, great effects and cute characters ♪

Seriously, the group of main characters was so good, that I'm REALLY SAD that it was just for one movie T_T
Cassian Andor is definitelly my new Star Wars crush  ≧◉◡◉≦ ♥ that fur jacket !

...for those who don't want to think about the end of the movie (like me) I highly recommend hvitravn's art on instagram or on tumblr - she has some optimistic stuff there and the cutest pictures of Bodhi :3

Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥

čtvrtek 2. února 2017

The First DIY Leggins !

Hi, my dear readers ♥

I love leggins... I have more than 10 pairs for sure and I still want more... I wear them daily, because they're comfortable, great for ridding a bike or long travels and they look cool !

Funny thing is that I don't own any good basic black pair of leggins, I have just one ancient sport leggins from my mum which are kid-size probably, because they keep on sliding off my butt :D

I also don't own any simple grey leggins, or dark blue, etc. ... because every time I'm placing an order at BlackMilk, I JUST CAN'T order basic colour and go for something weird... or galactic ♥

I spent half of my life looking for cheap basic cotton fair-trade non-transparent leggins, but...

That's why learning how to make my own DIY leggins from old t-shirt, or cheap jersey fabric was my n.1 crafting goal !
I looked trough tons of tutorials on Pinterest, I even tried to make my own pattern according to them, but... y'know... me and numbers, that just doesn't work....

So I took my favourite pair of cotton leggins, turned them inside out and traced the pattern on a huge paper. Cut it out and applied it on a cheap elastic fabric.

[ IMPORTANT: the fabric must be stretchy in both directions, otherwise it won't work and leggins are going to end up short - been there, done that - believe me ]

Sewing pants together was making me problems since lolita bloomers, so I always have to look at this picture to help me understand how this magic works

(part 1 and 2 are all that you need to know and then of course this elastic waistband tutorial I found on Pinterest)
I didn't even have to use overlock machine or overlock stitch - I just used zigzag for elastic fabric on my Bernina sewing machine.

Surprisingly everything worked out fine and in just one afternoon I could add a new pair of leggins in my growing collection ♥

yes they are transparent, but this was just a test - first fabric I found in my stash ♪
I didn't expected any success :D

And here's a complete outfit !
The leggins are really thin and I always have to wear some longer top over them, but still I can't wait to wear them in spring ♪
I'm really happy that they ended up being so good that I can wear them outside and not just as pajama pants :D

infinity shawl: American Apparel
cardigan: my husband's
leggins: DIY
shoes: New Rock

I hope you're all doing fine ♪
The snow is gone here in Munich, so I'm expecting spring in every minute *_*

Also have a magical Imbolc today ♥