All of Them Witches

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

I think I will just stop apologising for not being that active due to uni – after all this is more of a diary for me than anything else. These photos were taken around Halloween, but as you probably saw on my Instagram feed I include the witchy themes into most of my outfits nowadays. I am not wiccan, more of an agnostic pagan witch, probably. I do a couple of things wiccan witches do as well, like tarot readings and collecting herbs and flowers and drying them. Though in general I don’t use it as a religious outlet. Yet it is kind of contradictory that while I want to become a scientist I still believe in tarot, isn’t it?

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

As for the scientist part, I really feel like my study programme is quite perfect for me. Some of the base courses that I have only for one/two semesters are a bit exhausting because they either expect a looot or start at the very beginnning. But in general it feels just right and I can truly imagine pursuing a career in this field. Other than that I try to juggle my life and interests with studying at the moment and so when I have a few hours to spare I usually read or watch horror movies/shows (or procrastinate – but this week is going pretty well so far!). Even sewing got pushed back a bit – might be due to being in the weird space of my style changing a bit. I do want to write about that – more as a cohesive text, but I already wanted to say that I have a couple of things I don’t wear anymore up on my etsy. Talking about etsy, I really love looking for Vintage pieces at the moment. Because even with shipping it is usually cheaper than buying vintage where I live. And where I live finding Vintage that is actually lovely (and for a decent price) is also quite difficult. To be honest I think it should not have been this hard (impossible) to find a “gyspy” scarf instore, but apparently it was, so I got this one of a wonderful seller on etsy.

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

I was enchanted by the lovely autumn weather and especially light we had this year. Temperature dropped quite drastically after that, but October was really golden and felt quite magical. I also feel very comfortable in what I am wearing at the moment, though there are days I pick up things that don’t neccessarily match “the new me” (toput it that cheesy) and it feels kind of weird now, too. However this whole ensemble is quite accurate for what I like at the moment – being an autumn/forest witch or something along those lines. Probably trying to capture Stevie Nicks songs as outfits.

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

pumpkin dress halloween 50s handmade pinup midcentury fifties witch gypsy bohemian

Dress – handmade | Scarf – Vintage via Menagical Vintage | Backpack – Vintage via melepele | BroochSayonara Baby | Necklace – Schmuckrausch | Shoes – Deichmann | Lipstick wet’n’wild Mega Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum Fairy

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Mail Day #10 | Brooches, Socks and Bohemian Vibes

Mail Day #10 Brooches Wednesday Addams Zombie Grease Happy Socks
Long time no see. With uni, studying and procrastinating I don’t find the time or motivation to blog. I would love to and it feels good to type something out again – I also have a couple of things left I still want to write about. Among them beautiful pictures from Florence in early autumn. Anyway this time I would like to share a couple of things that I ordered, mainly from etsy. This is not really a Mail Day though, but more of a Mail Halfyear or so. There are some beautiful pieces and great etsy stores connected to it, so maybe you’ll find something new as well.

Sappho's Club Violet
Sappho’s Club – Violet Pin
As a member of the bi/pansexual girl club with a preference for girls I just wanted a Violet, also I love Sappho’s poetry, so I am very happy about this piece.

Bride of Frankenstein Pin Brooch kate gabrielle
kategabrielle – Bride Pin
This one is actually a regular pin, but I turned it into a brooch. The Bride of Frankenstein is aesthetically spoken on of my favourite movie characters. She is beautiful and the pin glows in the dark.

Wednesday Sticker SleepyKoi
SleepyKoi – Wednesday Sticker
When I saw the Wednesday Sticker, I fell in love with SleepyKoi Designs, so I ordered – but the package arrived empty. However, Renae was so sorry and she sent me not only the Wednesday Sticker, but also a package of small versions of some of her other stickers and they are adorable.

Edwardian Bunny Irregular Choice Scott McClintock Vintage 80s Witch Woodland Zombie erstwilder beret
GypsyGothVintage – 80s Scott McClintock Edwardian inspired Dress
Before I got this dress I had been eyeing it for quite some time and Kinsey is such a kind person, too. However since then I developed an obsession with Scott McClintock dresses, though this one is especially beautiful, you see more of it here. The details on the lace are incredible and the cut is a dream.

baccurelli Wednesday Brooch
19 Black – baccurelli – Wednesday
As you maybe saw above or in old posts you know that I love Wednesday Addams and this brooch captures her so perfectly, so I was hunting it down. It is a rather old baccurelli design and I felt so lucky to find probably one of the last ones.

Happy Socks
Happy Socks
I also got a wonderful package from happy socks, they asked me to pick out a few things and I chose these beauties. The socks are super soft and I really like how the panties are cut. This is the striped pair of socks and these are the heart panties.

Frenchie Grease erstwilder brooch
erstwilder – Frenchie Brooch
Frenchie is my favourite Grease character, so I got up really early to order her on the release day and erstwilder packed a beautiful package and to be honest erstwilder is kind of becoming my favourite brooch company.

Bride of Frankenstein Patch Jenni's Prints
jenni’s prints – Bride Patch
Yes, it is another Bride of Frankenstein piece, I am still considering where to put it – if on my denim jacket or my backpack. Tough decision.

80s does 50s egyptian skirt midcentury novelty print
Advantage in Vintage – 80s does 50s Egyptian Skirt
While I am developing a love for the 80s, I still very much appreciate a well done 80s does 50s – and this one does it so so well. This is a great novelty print and I am already so excited to wear it to a exhibtion about pharaos or Egyptian art.

Moth Display Hyles Euphorbiae Real Hyles Dahlii Female
Butterfly Palace – Moth
Even though it said Real Hyles Dahlii Female, I actually think it’s a Hyles Euphorbiae(spurge hawk-moth), like the one I have tattooed on me. It is a beautiful piece and arrived save and sound.

Zombie Brooch Halloween erstwilder
erstwilder – Zombie Brooch
This is the second brooch from erstwilder I ordered online, and again they included gifts and just decorated it so adorably. The brooch itself is so wonderfully crafted and it has the same colour as the circles on my chestpiece. Which probably concludes that I am in fact a zombie.

Mele Pele Backpack 50s Vintage Kid
melepele – 50s kids backpack
For university I wanted a backpack, but a second hand since I am trying to buy mainly handmade and used pieces. Also a 50s backpack – how cute is that? It is in fact a bit small, but everything fits inside(it’s for kindergarden kids, so that might explain it).

Gypsy Scarf Rose MenagicalVintage
Menagical Vintage – Gypsy Scarf
I was also on the lookout for a cute scarf like this, but actually looking for something specific in Vintage and Second Hand stores where I live basically never leads to anything, because they are small and do not have a lot of things. So after not finding one I got this beauty from the UK.

Sayonara Baby Dinosaur Jurassic Park Rosemary's Baby Witch Feminist
sayonara baby – Rosemary’s Baby Couldron and feminist dino brooch
While I was on the lookout for witch-y brooches, I found the cute couldron based on Rosemary’s Baby (really have to watch it again and read it!) and the Jurassic Park Brooch – they are smaller than I expected, but so adorable and the clours are really crisp!

baccurelli Star Wars Brooch C-3PO Leia Organa Skywalker Solo
baccurelli – C-3PO Brooch, Leia Brooch
I waited a long loooong time for this. I knew I would have to, but it took even longer, also because I was afraid it would arrive while I was on holiday, go to customs and be send back, and then the transfer from the US to Germany and then in Germany took forever. However now they are here and how beautiful are they?

Happy Socks Panties
Happy Socks
I also got another surprise package from happy socks with more panties and they are so cute! So obsessed with the pink panties. Here are the pink ones, the colourful ones and the socks.

That is it for now, let’s see when I get around to blogging again…. As I said I have a couple of things left to show you and I want a couple of new outfit shots, write a few toughts down, but this was the easiest for now. :)

So we can play a game. It’s called, “Is There a God?”

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

One of my favourite things to do is walk around graveyards, especially old ones. No matter if Christian, Jewish or whatever, I think it’s so interesting how graves were designed and the stories behind both the people and the graveyard as a whole. And it always has a rather calming effect on me, because usually there are a lot less people walking around compared to parks. However at least the graveyard near me is almost a park – it hasn’t been used as a graveyard in decades, they take care of the flowers and placed a couple of benches all over the area.

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Of course, it also makes my Wednesday Addams heart rejoice to visit graveyards. In general her dark fashion inspires me a lot at the moment, I’m not sure I’d wear black everyday, but I adore her appearance. But, to be honest, I also consider her character rather inspiring. She does her thing and follows her way through life. The way the whole family is okay with being weird, different, can mean a lot to people who don’t always fit in – life would be a lot easier if more families were like the Addams. Especially the loving relationship of Gomez and Morticia really shows how being true to oneself can make life a whole lot better – after all none of their kids have any personal issues either.

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

I really want to cosplay Wednesday one day, her appearance is very iconic and I would wear her dress in reallife. Nevertheless I think this dress would be approved as well, it has some Edwardian influences (at least I tried to convey them) – and of course it’s all black. Sure, my almost paper white skin (and those black circles that look like I crept out of a grave) adds to that Edwardian not-so-sorry widow effect. Which of course closes the circle to the Addams family graveyard. I guess I will watch one of the movies tonight.

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Outfit midcentury edwardian victorian wednesday addams graveyard black handmade

Dress – handmade | Wednesday Brooch – baccurelli (via 19black) | Choker – six | Tights – Cervin | Shoes – Deichmann

Moth Outfit

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Apparently, there is this myth about moths being dead spirits. Well vengeful bad spirits, but since I think moths are lovely and beautiful, let’s just say spirits of any kind. I love that idea, moths are mainly found during night time, looking for light, I can imagine them being ghosts of people that passed recently. After all there are even moths with the image of a skull on the back.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Sure, those mainly remind me of Silence of the Lambs, but then again that movie is amazing. I can’t even say if I like the movie or TV show adaptation of Hannibal better. Of course, the TV show has Hugh Dancy and he is literally my favourite male eye candy. And it’s by Bryan Fueller, because he is an amazing show runner (thinking of, I have to continue American Gods). Anyway, I think moths work great with the genre in general, because they have this darkness and calmness at the same time.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Of course, moths also remind me of Animal Crossing, because as a kid I used to play AC in the evening, especially in summer and catching moths was always part of that. By now I also own my own little (or not so little, it’s actually rather big) moth and it looks a lot like the big one in Wild World. So besides me loving moths, and this on being beautiful, that is another plus. You can see it here, by the way.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow

In a way that also matched the gothic vibes Krakow has to it. However I cannot let this pass without mentioning how AMAZING this chimney cake (it’s actually a Czech thing, but whatever) with caramel cream, a sort of frozen yoghurt/ice cream and my favourite bisquits. Not only does it look like heaven, it was an utter dream come true. That’s probably why I look at it as if it was my one true love or my newborn.

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Outfit 60s Babydoll Moth Green Lips Goth Krakow Chimney Cake Delicious Bisquit Caramel

Dress – handmade | Choker – Dead Bambi | Brooch – Vintage | Shoes – Dorothy Perkins | Lipstick – kiko Metal Lipstick in 12 Forest Green

a few gothic favourites

Gothic Favourites
Currently I’m loving the Victorian idea of Gothic, I love gothic horror anyway, but I also really enjoy the aesthetic with the beautiful lace details and darkness. I did not show any below, but I also really enjoy Chokers at the moment (who is late on that train?), because I think they can add this Victorian vibe (of course that heavily depends on material etc.).

Gothic Favourites Bride of Frankenstein Funko Pop
My love for Frankenstein is very big and you know that, because I talk about it all the time. So, eventually I decided to get the 30s movies after falling in love with this beautiful Bride print at Comic Con. As it is the case every once in a while I also got the Funko Pop figurine. And to me this one is especially beautiful with the details on the dress – and of course, her big hair is too cute.

Gothic Favourites Bride of Frankenstein Pin Brooch Violets Sappho'S Club sapphic
I also love this Bride pin by Kate Gabrielle – which I turned into a brooch, because it’s something I rather wear. She also glows in the dark, which is a fantastic addition to this character in particular. The violets brooch is a sapphic symbol and I think it’s very dainty and beautiful.

Gothic Favourites Moth
This moth was a gift by my mother – I talked about this before on Instagram; I wanted to get it in the beginning of July after looking at it for weeks, but it wasn’t at the Antique shop anymore and I was quite sad. However mum had gotten it for me, because she is the loveliest. Moths are one of my favourite animals, and this one in particular also reminds me of Animal Crossing. It’s a beautiful piece and I’m still thinking about where to place it to really show off it’s beauty.

Gothic Favourites 80s Edwardan Dress White GypsyGothVintage
One of my favourite Instagram accounts is Gypsy Goth Vintage and she also has an etsy shop where she sells beautiful pieces from the 20th century. I have been eyeing a pair of trousers for months, maybe years – it’s a 80s piece in turquoise. Well, still thinking about getting it. BUT I did get this lovely 80s piece, it’s an Edwardian inspired piece and exactly the kind of dress I love at the moment. With all the different organza and lace it’s a gorgeous pice and I got it at a fantastic price. It gives me quite a nice “antique” silhouette and I think it would look great wearing it in a forest (hauning surrounding villages, probably).

Gothic Favourites Lipstick Kiko essence metal green sangria
Recently I discovered green lipsticks – surprisingly they lok quite natural on me, the essence one (Metal Shock in 07 Venom) looks a bit like I imagine Medusa and the Kiko one (Metal Lipstick in 12 Forest Green) which is a bit darker like a mermaid. As someone that does not look that good in green clothing it is really interesting to see that green lipstick looks good on me (additionally they have fancy names). But, I also really enjoy the dark red/fuchsia tone (Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 111 Sangria) – I know dark tones are more popular in winter, but I do love them at the moment (then again they fit in quite well with the gothic/edwardian/victorian vibes I love right now). The design of tha last one is really innovative, but also kind of chunky and I do not know if I like that. As for durance, all of them stay on all day with minor touch ups.

What do you enjoy at the moment? what are your favourite thinkgs right now?

Handmade Update June 2017

This month was me catching up on all the sewing I missed over the last two months. So, there was some time when I created a lot of stuff out of fabric I got at my grandparents, so here we go.

Wednesday Watercolour Painting
Wednesday Postcard
5th of June
Well, first I decided to paint Wednesday of watercolours and to be honest I really like the red background – that idea worked out well.

Star Wars Skirt
etsy Star Wars Skirt
9th, 10th of June
For my etsy store I made a Star Wars Skirt and there is still some fabric left, so you might want to head over there.

Lace Border Dress
Dress with Lace Border
10th of June
This project is based on a ModCloth dress, I adored for quite some time. It’s actually apricot, but I wanted something a bit witchy and that dark lavender tone is more than perfect. Also I love the lace details and I think it matches the tone very well. It’s pretty long compared to my 50s style wardrobe, so I am pretty excited to wear it for the first time.

Bat Sleeve Dress
Bat Wing 60s Dress
11th of June
Inspired my among other things this I wanted a bat wing dress – I wanted something sixties, somwthing that would actually require a beehive and Twiggy Makeup. There is a little issue with the lining showing on the right side, but I will figure this out.

Carot Crop Top
Carot Crop/Bra Top
11th of June
You know I got a couple of fabrics in Augsburg and now I decided to make some crop tops. This fabric is so adorable and I saw this pattern online, so I created my own based on the photograph on the front.

Governess Dress
Chiffon Edwardian/Victorian inspired Dress
12th of June
Recently I fell in love with Edwardian and Victorian dresses and really like those gothic vibes (gothic as in 19th century horror stories and the aesthetic, not pop culture goth). I think it looks a bit like somthing a governess would wear. It is inspired by this, however longer and without the collar (because I did not enjoy the way the collar looked and think this looks a bit older that way).

Wine Two Piece
Wine Red Two Piece (Cape/Skirt)
13th of June
Another one inspired by etsy is this two pice – I immediately fell in love with the idea of wearing a skirt as a cape when it gets colder. As with the first dress I wanted something darker, so I went for the wine tone. (Also it makes me feel a bit like Jayne Mansfield.)

Kitsch Kitten Crop Top
Kitty Kitsch Crop Top
14th of June
This is probably my favourite crop top I made this month – the print is so kitchy and I think the sweetheart neckline is perfect for the print. It’s also great because I don’t have to wear a bra with it.

Sheep Crop Top
Sheep Crop/Bra Top
14th of June
I’m so glad I decided to made tops now, because with not really shopping for clothing anymore and also not having too many tops this is an easy way to stock my closet. I definitively have to work on my blouse making, so that is another project for the rest of 2017.

20s Day Dress Slip Dress
20s Slip Dress
15th of June
With my current love for the 19th century to the 20s also made me create this dress (it’s based on a white slip dress I saw browsing on etsy, but I lost the link) – I wanted a soft, light (in weight and colour) cotton and this one has the perfect feel to it and I just love a beautiful insect print. I think it’s perfect for a 20s day dress

Sailor Skirt Red Mum
Mum’s Red Sailor Skirt
28th, 29th of June
My mum recently bought fabric for table runners, pillows and placemats and since she really liked it she asked me for a riviera style skirt which could be tied, so I made one. I really like the style and consider making more skirts with ribbons to tie.

Thyra Dresses
I also gave to of my old dresses to my friend Thyra and she looks adorable in them.

So this is what I made this month. What have you made this week?

Fabrics & Second-Hand | Shopping in Augsburg

Augsburg Shopping Fabrics Thrift Second-Hand
As I mentioned in the post about visiting Augsburg, they have amazing fabric stores and of course I wanted to visit my favourite one. So, that is what I’m showing you today, alongside some more things I found in this lovely town.

Augsburg Shopping Drugstore
Just after arriving I had to go to the drugstore, because I wanted a small deodorant for travelling. However as it turns out, this one is really dry and powdery, literally dust came of my armpit after appling this. The lasher were just because I really wanted to have some falsies again.

Augsburg Shopping Vintage Shirt Blouse
I also went to a thrift/vintage (Vinty’s) store where they sell second-hand stuff for a few euros and some of the profit goes to a good cause. This blouse is vintage, I’d say midcentury, but I’m not quite sure. However it goes very well with my skirts.

Augsburg Shopping Shirt Blouse
I also found this rather new shirt by a London fabricant and since I was looking for cute shirts, I tried it on and got it. It has a very summery feel to it due to the colour.

Augsburg Shopping Bee Pin
I also found this DLV (which I guess is Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverband/German Agricultural Union) Pin and since I love bees, I just had to get it.

Augsburg Shopping Fabric
As mentioned above I wanted to buy some fabrics, I got six different ones, all very beautiful, but I was a little too stinted and so I’m afraid it might be just a bit too little of each one. We will see, I guess there will be some new additions to my wardrobe shown in my handmade update this month. For the mint on with the triangles I had a project in mind the moment I saw it (it is one of my 2017 projects, but I was still looking for the fabric), the other ones just spoke to me and I could not resist.

Augsburg Shopping Fabric

Augsburg Shopping Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Last thing: I went to a few bookstores, but eventually got a Penguin edition of Frankenstein. I never read the book, but I heard good things about it and it’s said to be quite the feminist and scifi steppingstone, so it was on the list anyway. Also, gothic stores are right up my alley.

What do you think abou the fabrics? Where do you get yours?

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein ♥ | Fangirl Friday

Mary Shelley Frankenstein
This week I read Frankenstein for the first time and I felt so much love for this book, that I just had to share it.
There are those stories you know (at least vaguely) even though you haven’t read the book, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter, 1984 – and Frankenstein is certainly one of these. Personally I have not seen a lot of adaptations besides Penny Dreadful, so I only had a general idea what this was about, nevertheless I had high hopes.

Mary Shelley’s writing style is so beautiful and I would read the most boring story of hers just for the way she writes. It has been quite some time since I fell in love with an author’s writing style, but Shelley managed to make me fall again. I guess it will be the same es with the German Lessing, I now have to find every single one of her stories and read it.

When Shelley sets the scene you are there, in the Swiss Alps, in the laboratory, during the storm, it’s so vivid, dark and beautiful.

Wondrous scenes which surrounded our Swiss home – the sublime shapes of the mountains; the changes of the seasons; tempest and calm; the silence of winter, and the life and turbulence of our Alpine summers – she found ample scope for admiration and delight.

The general area this story takes place is known to me quite well, as I only live about an hour away from Ingolstadt and have been to Swiss various times as a kid, so I’m aware of the setting. Nevertheless, the way Shelley describes it I really want to go there again (and for the first time to Geneva) to see the beauty that inspired her. (Of course, even though I love that way she writes about storms and the weather, I would prefer sunshine.)

Second to that the way science is included in this work is just amazing, the connection between students and teachers – real teachers and already dead scientist whose work Victor reads -, chemistry, the passion for knowledge. It’s something I feel, too, being passionate about science is a wonderful thing. Since I also recently read Physicists by Dürrenmatt, which is focused on moral issues with science and research as well, it was interesting to think about that theme.
With this comes Victor, he is so hunted and I felt so much love for him, reading the way Walton talked about him in the letters to his sister. But also from the way he told his own story, he is suffering so much an placing all this guilt on himself, it feels like he is sitting right in front of me telling me the misfortunes (as far as I remember I consider the Penny Dreadful portrayal was pretty good, I feel like I have to rewatch the show now). All his angst and anger are so beautifully written, I cannot keep from feeling this compassion and love for him just like Walton does.

His eyes have a general expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if any one performs an act of kindness towards him or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

Besides the focus on science there are also some words on literature throughout the book, even though they have little to do with the story, the fit so well and add a lot to it and to the way I look at Shelley. I always anjoy talk about different books inside a story no matter whether or not I have read them (Sorrows of Werther I actually did read years ago, but I am just not a fan of Goethe), the way she writes about cultures and literature, especially oriental literature just motivates me to pick up books and read.

Their meloncholy is soothing, and their joy elevating, to a degree I never experienced in studying the authors of any other country . When you read their writings , life appears to consist in a warm sun and a garden of roses, in the smiles and frowns of a fair enemy, and the fire that consumes your own heart. How different from the manly and heroical poetry of Greece and Rome!

I also think the thoughts about literature just humanise the monster so much, but in general I do have a lot of empathy for him. Even though I relate to the concerns and fear I also jus want happiness and love for the monster.
With a feminist mother (even though she died shortly after Mary Shelley’s birth) it is not too surprising that the female characters in Frankenstein are pretty elaborate and interesting. There are strong, intelligent women like Caroline Beaufort and Elizabeth. Latter having such a good heart, and yet determination and knowledge. Shelley also puts some morality in issues besides the science, women’s rights, prejudices and general issues.

She instructed her daughter in the tenets of her religion and taught her to aspire to higher powers of intellect and an independence of spirit forbidden to the female followers of Mahomet.

I heard of the discovery of the American hemisphere and wept with Safie over the hapless faith of its original inhabitants.

And it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation.

Lastly, I wanted to share two fragments, that just show the beauty of Shelley’s writing.

with all their melancholy sweetness

fairer than a garden rose among dark-leaved brambles

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

After reading this, I feel like I just have to read this again, it’s so beautifully written and such a touching story with great characters.
[Confession time – I probably would not have picked it up had I not known it was written by a women in the early 19th century. The fact that a young women in that time decided to write and then chose horror (well it was after a suggestion, but nevertheless), just made me buy it and I was not disappointed.]

A Cure For Wellness | Fangirl Friday

Ever since I heard the first thing about this movie I have been bothering my friends with it. To be honest I didn’t even really know what is was about until three weeks ago or so, but that did not keep me from getting on everybody’s nerves for months because it looked so freaking beautiful.

Here is the thing, I really like horror movies and I like watching horror movies, but I don’t like cheap tricks. Also, while I love the paranormal/supernatural stuff in general I’m really picky about it when it comes to horror movies, elements yes, but in general no. And, for me to enjoy a horror movie, it has to be aesthetically pleasing, that might sound pretentious, but I just really don’t like thrashy splatter (unless it is so weird it’s good again). I think that is way I like Tarantino, some/most of his movies are really bloody in a overdone way, but it has an aesthetic allure to me. Now, with all that said, here is what I thought of A Cure For Wellness.
The Horror factor was high, it was a bit like Shutter Island – who is actually crazy, who can you trust etc. I like that, things were revealved slowly, you got to know new things about the history of sanitorium during the movie and even though I had suspicions about how everything would turn out to be, they managed to get me in a sure-unsure range (that Shutter Island thing, you know) and although I know how the movie ends up now, I would watch it again. Especially the outside of the sanatorium and the way there had some heavy Shining vibes – I mean it was summer, but still. The actual centre of the horror was very scientific and since I do like science quite a bit and think it’s a great element for horror, I enjoyed that. There were elements that were somewhat scientific bordering on supernatural, which I did not enjoy as much. I mean, I get it, I would not have wanted it any other way and I kind of appreciate it, but still it took me off a bit. However I enjoyed the combination of historic and scientific horror that was heavily based on dark psychological and human actions much rather than jumpscares and wavering lights. There were some rather revolting scenes, let’s just say morays and eels are not my favourite animals. The ending (about the last half hour) was really intense and action-packed compared to the rest of the movie, it wasn’t overdone though, and without spoiling anything, that ceremony was both beautiful and eerie.
There was a heavy contrast between the dark-ish horror and the very light, beautiful picture. I would watch this movie again just for it’s incredible beauty that almost seemed like paintings (then again I love romantic art and landscapes). If they made prints of the wellness centre, inside and out, the landscape and all that stuff, I’d buy them all. The coulour palette is very interesting, mainly white, turquoise/cyan and flesh, something so innocent and beautiful. Of course, there is the thing with the (old) bodies you see in the trailer as well, but even that is somewhat beautiful and in the same colour scheme. To me it was also interesting to see all the patients in white and Lockhart (that name, I love it) in his trenchcoat. To be honest, I also really loved the train ride with the SBB in the very beginning, I so loved the mirror effect (I do not know why, but I was so obessed with that scene). The setting is the German speaking Swiss, however the castle they used was Burg Hohenzollern in Germany and the the wellness institutions were German, too and oh my, do I want to visit all the filming locations now. And, luckily they were speaking actual German (the staff and people in the village usually spoke German) and not some mambo-jambo that no one understands. I mean, I do not mind if it sounds somewhat foreign, but I want to understand the actors speaking in my first language without subtitles – it’s one of my movie pet peeves. But seemingly they found a few German actors to fill these roles. Back in New York (in the very beginning), there was this kind of motionless sequence with all the supervisers and I think that was a great scene, too. The soundtrack was also rather subtle, and I like it when they don’t force tension by using music.
To the protagonists, Dane De Haan is one of my favourite actors, I have a strange obsession with his voice and am generally fascinated by his (slightly zombie-looking) face. His acting is superb in my opinion and he plays those torn characters so very well – Lockhart was really top notch and I like both the character and the way De Haan played him with all this intensity and tension. The girl, Mia Goth, was so fascinating as well, it was great to see an actress you could not really put an age on – also she really reminded me of Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland – those three could probably star in a zombie movie together. Also, I think the interactions both with the wellness patients and the villagers (the girls also had some Pink Ladies vibes) were adding a lot to the story as well and really showed the differences. Also, that reference to Der Zauberberg and all those little things were so amazing.

So, if you are into a great landscape and a beautiful picture, you might very well enjoy this intriguing horror movie like I did.

Handmade Update | January 2017

This month was filled with making skirts for other people and etsy, however I also made two things of my 2017 projects. For February I hope to make some Cosplays – some are for working in Wonderland as Alice (and the Cheshire Cat), but actually I also really want to make the Leia Cosplay – but since next month I get tattooed and have an appointment at my hairdresser, I am really not sure about the money for fabric.

Tiger Skirt for Lisa
Tiger Skirt for Lisa
8, 10th of January
Rose Skirt for Lisa
Rose Skirt for Lisa
8, 10th of January
I promised a skirt to a lose firend of mine for some time, but since she does not live nearby it took some time until we finally got to go fabric shopping. So we actually went for two cute fabrics and I’m glad she likes the outcome.

 Moth Babydoll
Moth Babydoll
19th of January
When looking for red velvet, I stumbled across this fabric and as a lover of moths I really needed the fabric. And since I wanted to make a babydoll, I went for it. I also think about getting more of this fabric for etsy.

Red Velvet Dress
Red Velvet Dress
20th of January
I mentioned already that I wanted a red velvet dress and now I finally made one and I really like it – however I have troubles cleaning it – do you have any recommendations for washing strechy velvet?

Here are some etsy skirts I made this month, they are all made from fabrics I had left at home. The Toile and the Millenium Skirt are not entirely finishe yet. I will sell them made to fit on etsy.
Etsy Short Butterfly Skirt
Short Butterfly Skirt
24th of January
Fox Skirt
Fox Skirt
24th of January
Toile Skirt
Toile Skirt
25th of January
Millenium Falcon Skirt
Millenium Falcon Skirt
25th of January

2017 Sewing Projects – 2/12

What did you make this month?