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sewcroceon
07 November 2013 @ 01:17 am
Ich hab mich lange nicht blicken lassen, also roundup:

Vor ein paar Wochen waren wir in der Headphone Disco, war cool, leider nicht so meine Musik, aber das ist ja meistens so^^

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Richtig interessant wurde es erst wieder in der Woche vor Halloween, da sind wir mit der Uni nach Hardwick Hall gefahren - eigentlich um zu arbeiten, aber da unsere Dozentin spontan in die USA musste und sonst keiner mitkommen konnte, haben wir uns hauptsächlich einen netten Ausflug gemacht.

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Das Wetter war total toll, HH ist ja in Derbyshire und die Landschaft hier ist sowieso schon beeindruckend, aber mit der Sonne drüber war's natürlich noch viel besser.

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Etwas richtungslos sind wir dann angekommen - erstmal ums Haus rumgewandert, weil wir nicht wussten wo's reingeht - dafür haben wir hintenrum eine Statue von Bess gefunden:

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Danach sind wir rein und in die Great High Hall, um unsere Arbeit zu machen - das Stück "Galatea" von John Lyly lesen. War nicht so spannend, die Hall aber total schön.

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Danach hat uns eine nette Mitarbeiterin noch eine kleine Tour gegeben, obwohl das Haus eigentlich nicht mal geöffnet hatte - leider war es viel zu dunkel um Bilder zu machen, deshalb nur noch dieses von außen:

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Auf dem Hinweg hatten wir gesehen, dass in der Nähe Chatsworth ist - für alle nicht Fanatiker, das ist wo Pride and Prejudice und The Duchess gedreht wurden - also haben Annika und ich für 1.11. einen Ausflug nach Pemberley geplant^^

Erstmal hatten wir aber Besuch über Halloween. Abends wieder in den Camel Club, natürlich verkleidet/geschminkt.

Swenja als Grumpy Cat:
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Annika als ich-weiß-nicht-genau-Hexe?:
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Jana, der Joker:
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Julia, Teufel^^:
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Und mich hat Jana angemalt - total großartig, wie ich finde:
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Und ein paar etwas dunstige Bilder von allen zusammen^^
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Annika und ich sind dann am 1. nach Chatsworth gefahren - Filmliebhaber werden diese Decke vielleicht erkennen^^
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Und diesen Boden:
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Beides ist in dieser Halle, die echt Wahnsinn war.
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Schöne Deckenbilder gabs aber noch mehr - eigentlich in jedem Raum, da lagen auch überall Spiegel, mit denen man einfach alles im Detail sehen konnte, ohne sich den Hals zu verrenken^^

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Diana war überall - sowieso sehr viel Mythologie, aber das ist ja logisch.

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Die berühmte Georgiana aus The Duchess in echt^^

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Am schönsten fand ich persönlich ja die Gästezimmer - sowas luxuriöses und gemütliches sieht man selten.

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Beziehungsweise fast am schönsten. Da gibts ja auch eine Bibliothek... mit über 30.000 Büchern!!!

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Und einen Speisesaal mit einer Decke, die aussieht wie eine Truhe:

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Kronleuchter ebenfalls überall...

Dann die Skulpturengallerie:

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Ihn hier kennen wir ja auch aus dem Film^^

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Und mein Lieblingsstück:

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Am Ende noch einen Trip in den Souvenirladen, wo wir auch endlich Mr Darcy gefunden haben^^

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Draußen wars leider schon dunkel, die Gärten haben wir also nicht gesehen.
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Und das war's erst mal wieder^^ Nächste Woche gibts zwei Tage London, im Dezember die Harry Potter Studio Tour. Bis dahin^^
 
 
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sewcroceon
26 September 2013 @ 12:16 am
...is not all we've seen to date, but definitely the most interesting thing yet.

First thing on the 21st, Azam showed up and brought my new mattress. Which is great, but still not exciting. The rest of the day passed kind of uneventfully, until after dinner, when we got the idea in our heads to drive up Castle Hill with Chris. Meaning: He drove us. Which was interesting, considerin his car is about Roland-sized and the aforementioned hill is actually quite steep. But we made it - not without some fear of crashing on my part, because we were on the bloody wrong side of the road - and enjoyed quite the view up there.
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I'm gonna say that it was supposed to be that blurry.It really wasn't, but I happen to like the picture anyway.

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That night I also finished the second of my books, Beautiful Disaster, and let me tell you, there was nothing beautiful about that disaster. Urgs.

The next morning, Annika and I had apparently lost our minds and decided to walk up to see Castle Hill in daylight. There actually was daylight - not a cloud in sight, what's wrong with you, England?

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Fun fact: When this picture was taken, like five minutes after we set out, we had already lost our way. Which is why it took us nearly two hours to get up the hill, and only 45 minutes to take the right way down again.

Yay.

Also, just to prove I'm not whining without reason here:

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It was also very much worth it. We found the TARDIS along the way - or at least the grandfather of the TARDIS:

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and also a very pretty grave yard that I only photographed from kinda far away cause I didn't want to be a creepy person.

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Here you can guess what an epic detour we took:

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But as I said, it was a rather pretty detour:

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Castle Hill itself is actually a very old landmark, even though the tower standing on it was only built in the 19th century to commemorate Queen Victoria's Jubilee, there used to be an Iron Age fortress up there. (Yes, thank you Steffi, I'm actually not an illiterate baboon, nor completely stupid.)

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It was quite foggy, but you could still make out the University and the rest of Huddersfield's town centre in the distance.

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We stayed up there for an hour, reading, of course^^

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As I said, the way down was a lot shorter and also a lot prettier, because we walked along the fields. And sometimes we even skipped;P

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Today, we did some boring Uni stuff, including being shuffled back and forth because no one actually knows what to do about some ERASMUS students here - feels like home, apparently all Universities suck at organizing their internationals - and I went bookshopping again.

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That's £6 for four books. God I love this country.

In other bookrelated news: I finished Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick today and happen to like it very much. Certainly more than Beautiful Disaster. Which isn't all that hard due to the general horrible-ness of that one, but Hush, Hush was a nice YA read with a little fantasy, a little romance and quite a bit of squeeze-my-eye-this-is-not-how-logic-works-suspense. Oh yeah, and a bit of unintended comedy: Starting of a book with a new seating arrangement slash lab partner that broodily ignores the female lead in biology class? Not the thing to do if you don't wanna make me laugh and shout Twilight bandwagon. But yeah, it was nice. And yes, I'm probably gonna go get Crescendo, Silence and Finale. Cause that's the kind of person I am. Have to get my series all prettily lined up on the bookshelve-thingy^^
 
 
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sewcroceon
21 September 2013 @ 04:21 pm
The journey started on tuesday, after some last minute repacking. We drove to the Hamburg Airport and the flight took off at 17.45, which was nervewracking as always^^ But we survived and I actually tried to distract myself by taking some pictures.

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We actually landed a little early due to the harsh winds and it was raining - of course, this made us feel quite welcome. After some initial confusion and the first moment of I-don't-remember-any-English at the ticket counter, we boarded the train from Manchester to Huddersfield.

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Jana was waiting for us already and even though Annika and I had tried speaking English among ourselves on the train, that quickly changed when meeting up with her. Even though she assured us that the train station was really easy to find, we still took a kind of roundabout way home, but at approximately 9pm local time, we arrived. Since Azam had the keys to our rooms, we waited in Jana's until he came to sign the contract and everything, unpacked a little and then went to bed. At least, I tried, but my mattress is so crappy that I actually hurt my knee trying to sit on it because the springs are so close to the surface. Jana lent me her duvet to sleep on, which was fine, and we froze our way through the night, which wasn't.

Because it was so cold, the first thing we did the next day - after grocery shopping at the LIDL directly across the street - was go on a quest to find warm blankets and fluffy PJs. We stopped at the University on our way and enrolled, which is also when we got our student IDs.

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Afterwards, we went into the city to take a look around and found some PJs at Primark and big blankets at LIDL, which we tried out at a late night PJ-Party^^

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The next day, on the 19th, we didn't do that much aside from skyping home and getting some towels from the city, I called Azam about the mattress and he said that he would get me a new one, so that'll hopefully happen sometime soon. We met Chris again, our only British flatmate and he invited us to his birthday sit-in-thingy on saturday, so that's gonna be fun.

Today is the 20th, or at least it was, and Chris' birthday. We went to Uni again to complete our enrolment and then found the bargain bookstore, where I may or may not have screamed when Annika found Beautful Disaster for £1... Anyway, I got these books for only £2.70. Which is crazy. But I was definitely in my happy place.

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Then we prepared the cake we got for Chris and took it upstairs.

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He may have been in his boxers when he opened the door...

Anyway, he invited us to come barhopping with him tonight, which we did. First, we went to The Parish, which is kind of a bar for students, the music was very loud and we decided to go to the next one pretty soon.
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We didn't stay very long at The Cherry Tree either, and I don't have the pictures yet, but our last stop was a very well hidden bar call the Bar Maroc, where we spent a few hours. Another friend of Chris' met us there and he got a Birthday Boy badge, which he wore rather proudly^^

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And they have the best pizza I ever had there, Jana gave me one of her slices with onions, houmous and shrooms on it and we're definitely gonna come back for those. Especially the houmous was delicious.

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The whole atmosphere of the place was really nice and we only left shortly after midnight, after our Lithuanian flatmates Greta and Mantis had given Chris his present - Tiger Wants To Play and beer^^

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And that's it for now^^

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sewcroceon
11 June 2013 @ 01:04 am
I had an epiphany, kind of.

Actually, I had this kind of epiphany approximately two months ago while reorganizing my bookshelfs. I always knew that I had way too many romance novels and had already resolved to stop buying new series, but when I saw exactly how many I had, the resolve went from I-really-shouldn't-spend-more-money-on-this to OMFG-THIS-IS-WAY-TOO-MUCH-STAHP!!!

So that's when I stopped.

But then my bad book day happenend and I realized that my resolve didn't extend to "quality" books. Because there's nothing bad about reading a little more challenging books, right? That's a good thing, right???

Well, I bought this beauty back then:

The Eyre Affair
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Lo and behold, the first book I ever read only a chapter at a time to make it last longer. Phew. That's a big confession. I managed to stretch it out over two months (okay, I simply stopped reading alltogether for a month of that time) because I loved it so, so much. This book is golden to me, because it got me out of my reader's funk. I love my romance novels, I really do - I don't care that they're formulaic, or stupid, or occasionally cring-worthy steamy. Most importantly, I don't care that they're unrealistic. They've made me happy for the past four years and I expect they will continue to do so for the next forty.

However.

I got bored with them. More specifically with starting new series. Revisiting an old series is like remembering and old friend, same emotions tinged with a little nostalgia. But starting a new series with the same formula as the previous twenty-something...

As I said, reader's funk.

The Eyre Affair is a book unlike anything I've read before. I'd put it in a kind of soft SF category, from which I have read quite a few things, but where all of those were of the dystopian inclination, The Eyre Affair was lighthearted, funny and surprising in all the ways my old favorites aren't anymore.

I don't want to spoil it - and if you don't want to be spoiled, I recommend not reading the text on the back cover... - so here's what the (sans-spoiler-) blurb has to say:

"Meet Thursday Next, literary detective without equal, fear or boyfriend."

...

If that didn't make you laugh in some way, I don't think I wanna know you.

Aside from making me laugh out loud in various inappropriate places (the tube, Uni etc...) The Eyre Affair weakened my resolve not to buy new books for a while. My new goal: Reading books of different genres, both contemporary and classic; reading differently.

Finding the current trends in fiction isn't all that hard when you have booktube, so I watched about three dozen videos, made out my favorites and stumbled across this one in a small, badly stocked book shop in a train station this morning:

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Varios Pets Alive & Dead by Marina Lewycka

I love the cover design. I love the title. I loved the first half I devoured during the train ride. The blurb on this one is thankfully spoiler free and gives us only the premise - as it should - so here it is:

"Lentils, free love, radical politics and family truths..."Various Pets Alive and Dead" is the wonderfully funny fourth novel from Marina Lewycka, author of the bestselling "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian". For twenty years Doro and Marcus lived in a commune, convinced lentils and free love would change the world. They didn't. What they did do was give their children a terror of radicalism, dirt, cooking rotas and poverty. Their daughter Clara wants nothing less conformist than her own, clean bathroom. Their son Serge hides the awkward fact that he's a banker earning loadsamoney. So when Doro and Marcus spring a surprise on their kids - just as the world is rocked in ways they always wished for - the family is forced to confront some thorny truths about themselves..."

It's written (until now) in three different POVs and so far, I like all of them equally. Usually this jumping between storylines bores me and I tend to skip at least one about halfway through a book, but the three voices here are so different and sometimes so alike that I'm never annoyed when they change.

I have always loved reading but I kind of read myself into a very small comfort zone I didn't leave for the past four years or so. I used to think I didn't like contemporary realistic fiction, an impression left from school I suppose, but maybe I just didn't like the badly written 90s stuff they dished out back then. Whatever the reason, I haven't enjoyed reading like I do now for quite a while.
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sewcroceon
23 May 2013 @ 03:23 am
I've been lazy. Like, really lazy. So lazy in fact that I didn't use the month of time I had to sew my best friend a bag for her birthday, but instead only managed to do it the last weekend before her party. Kind of ridiculous, but whatever, I couldn't decide on a design so yeah.

She had asked for something in the colour scheme red/orange, blue/green or black/white. Naturally, I failed to fulfill that requirement. I knew - after about two weeks of wracking my brain for inspiration - that I wanted to use the first block, The Sound Wave from Pile O'Fabric's fabulous Skill Builder BOM. Originally, I had wanted to keep it yellow/orange/red, but it looked really boring and that's when I failed and added blue to make it more like a colour wheel.

Here's what only the flap looked like:

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I quilted it according to the original instructions, the first time ever I free motion quilted something not only using stippling. As you can see in this detail shot, I have to work on my travel stitching:

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Aaand I went a little overboard on the strap, but actually ended up loving the result:

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And thankfully, so did she. Or maybe she faked it really convincingly, I don't know.
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sewcroceon
27 April 2013 @ 02:49 am
I had a bad book day today.

Due to some really bad planning and general unfairness of life and/or a test of fate that I totally failed I spent about an hour in a bookstore. And, as usual, I picked up some books, talked myself out of buying them, because, you, know, I should be saving my money and stuff. But I was in there for an hour. That's a reeeaaally long time not to buy anything in a bookstore.

So to distract myself, I decided to take a picture of some special editions that I really liked and wanted to take with me like RIGHT NOW. I figured I'd have somewhere around five favourites that I could spread out over the next few months, cause I'm usually really, really good at not-buying-things.

Well, here's what failure looks like:

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Aren't they pretty all put up like that? And because I'm bored, I'm going to actually describe them in case of the unlikely event that someone is searching for christmas presents early.^^

Wunschregal 1

1. Gold & Silber Gedichte. A poetry collection centered around the theme of gold and silver. I've been a sucker for theme-oriented poetry collections ever since I bought this. I absolutely love that book.

2. Die blaue Blume. Another poetry collection, this one has poems from the Romantic period. Mostly light ones.

3. Nachtmeerfahrten - Die dunkle Seite der Romantik. Another poetry collection with literary texts and commentaries, all classified as the dark, horrific and unsettling part of Romanticism. I want this sooo bad, the part with the cover is only a paper cover and the book itself is a gorgeous clothbound edition in a deep red... aaand it's super expensive.

4. Wie soll ich meine Seele halten. Love poems by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Wunschregal 2

1. Irische Elfenmärchen. Irish elf fairy tales. I love fairy tale collections, especially Irish ones.

2. Ulysses by James Joyce. I've always wanted to read this, I'm not so sure about this edition. The Penguin Modern Classics are awesome, but this book is seriously huge and I think I would prefer to have it as a bound copy.

3. Und Nietzsche weinte by Irvin D. Yalom. I have no idea what this one is about, but I love Klimt, I love the title, I love the clothbound edition and I want it.

4. Kafka am Strand by Haruki Murakami. Same as above, always wanted to read this, really love this edition.

Wunschregal 3

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Haven't read it yet, wanted to ever since I saw the cover design and with all the press it's been getting, I really want to know what the fuss is all about.

2. The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson. This one's owed to John Green, he praised this book so much, I don't care what it's about, I just want to read it.

3. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. Fell in love with the cover design before I realized that this is the book I've heard so much about from various booktubers.

4. Swamplandia by Karen Russell. Just enticed by the cover and feel. Reminded me instantly of the Jim Block books I loved as a kid, I don't know, this is a total wild card because I have no idea what it's about.

Wunschregal 4

1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Once again, heard the author's name so many times from booktubers, this is the first of his books I've found in my local bookstore, the cover is awesome, I don't need anymore reason.

2. Loki's Wolves by K.L Armstrong and M.A. Marr. Fantasy with a Norse twist, the blurbs sounded really interesting and the cover grabbed my attention. I haven't read this type of YA fantasy in a long time, but I really want to start again.

3. The Second Coming by John Niven. Sounds hilarious, I've been wanting-to-but-not-buying this book and others by Niven since this one showed up at the store...

4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Another booktube recommendation. Everytime I see this, I mistake it for If you find me^^

Wunschregal 5

1. & 2. Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch. I love everything about this series. The cover design, the format, the plot summary, the feel of the whole thing is just perfection.

3. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Wanted to read this for over a year now. Sounds like an interesting YA fantasy-romance-thingy.

4. Rock Festival. Okay, I don't want to read this, I want to use it. It's a book dedicated to sewing skirts and the poctures and tutorials inside looked really great. I don't have any books for sewing clothes yet, so I thought this might make a good start.

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This list is ridiculously long considering the fact that I just the night before spent four hours reorganizing my bookcases - my new bookcases, I love them^^

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However, I do not actually have any space leftover - the spaces in the right case are from books I lent to friends - which means that I should probably stop buying books.

But of course, I didn't leave without one. I had actually already picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I changed my mind on the way to the cashier and exchanged it for this beauty:

The Eyre Affair

I heard of this book from this booktuber and it sounded like sooo much fun. And it is. I'm halfway through and I'm already in love with this series. The world is great, the characters are great, the whole concept is unbelievably awesome and I just want everyone to read this. However: I do not want anyone to read the text on the back, because the events mentioned there have not yet taken place in the book and I'm on page 160 out of 300something. That's not okay and I hate it when publishers do that.

On the note of things I hate - what I said about Rivers of London above? Feel of the book, great cover etc? Well, check out the German edition in comparison:

Rivers Verschlimmbesserung

...I have no words. How they managed to completely take the magic out of these covers even though they kept part of the design is beyond me.

Anyway, that's it with the book talk today. I love book talk^^
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sewcroceon
21 April 2013 @ 09:38 pm
I didn't sew this weekend, but I managed these two last week:

Not All Who Wander Are Lost BOM 2.2 9

Not All Who Wander Are Lost BOM 2.3 Nazgul

And today the sun and the time and my homework finally got together and allowed me to drag my sister outside to take some pictures of the christmas quilts. Since she took about 150, this post is kind of image heavy, but whatever, they look so pretty^^

Diamonds

Gypsy Race

Jewel Box Quilt

Little Quilt Show

Back View

The cat was fascinated. And scared. And kinda dumb, because he totally didn't get his mind around the fact that no matter how hard he stared at the quilts, they wouldn't stop slapping him in the face with the next gust of wind.

Side Shot

Quilt Details

And that's it. Christmas is officially over^^
 
 
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sewcroceon
07 April 2013 @ 08:16 pm
Aaand next. I'm feeling kinda productive^^

Not All Who Wander Are Lost BOM 2.1 Rivendell

The colours are a little similar, but I like it. I stole the idea of replacing the walls with sky from a picture on flickr and I'm really happy with how that turned out. Next up is the Elvish phrase for 9 and the Nazgûl, then Kazad Dûm. Which means that it's justified to buy additional fabric for the panorama block^^
 
 
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sewcroceon
06 April 2013 @ 10:25 pm
I'm catching up - or at least, trying to.

Two photos today, because the colours are way closer to reality in the first one. That's the hazard of sewing/finishing at night, I suppose^^

So, in progress:

Weather Top WiP

Aaaand done:

Not All Who Wander Are Lost BOM 1.3 Weather Top new

Maybe, just maybe, I'll manage the next one tomorrow. Maybe I'll skip to Kazad Dûm^^
 
 
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sewcroceon
31 March 2013 @ 10:17 pm
Considering the fact that the new blocks for the NAWWAL BOM will be posted next friday, I figured I should at least try to finish the January blocks sooner rather than later. So here it is:

In progress:

NAWWAL 1.2 WIP

This one was actually pretty complicated for my experience and it came out a little wonky, but I really like it. I still have to stitch the eye, but I want to use embroidery thread for that, so I'll have to go shopping first.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost BOM 1.2 Prancing Pony

I'll probably continue in the next weeks, since the semester starts again and I always sew more when I should do Uni-stuff...^^
 
 
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