Oct 30, 2014

Quilted : skull quilt

Skull Quilt

Way, way back in August I posted about the beginnings of my quilt.
Well, I set a goal to finish it and I finished it way ahead of schedule. I'm crazy proud of myself for that one.
Skull Quilt

I'm just sharing it now, because well, it's the season for it. The colors are showing a bit brighter than they are in real life but it's not too far off. It's definitely less highlighter-y (especially as compared to below.)
Skull Quilt

I used the Basket Case pattern from Boo Davis' Dare to Be Square Quilting. There were some issues with strip numbers, as in I was told to cut too few of some based on the pattern. But with the amount of fabric that was required for the project, it wasn't a huge deal.
Skull Quilt

I ordered all of my solid and backing fabric and supplies from fabric.com. They had crazy good deals and crazy fast shipping. And I'm sort of obsessed with the backing fabric, it's from Alexander Henry and a collection called The Ghastlies -- the fabric was called Ghastly Bramble. The mixed in patterned pink and blacks are from Joann Fabrics. I decided to go a bit weird with the brown and blue one, but the pattern has similar vibes to the backing fabric.
Skull Quilt

I think with this quilt, not being 12 and setting a schedule (and working on it compulsively, despite the August heat) was a massive help to getting it done on time. Plus I'm just better at cutting, sewing and patience now. That said, I'm still working on getting to the "this quilt is meant to be used" stage of quilt ownership. But letting it chill on the ground for photos probably helped with that.
Skull Quilt

Oct 18, 2014

Ipsy October 2014 Glam Bag : Beauty Candy

Another month, another glam bag. I was less than keen on this month's bag. But what are you going to do?
  1. New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara - This is already in the trash. It may actually be the worst mascara that I have ever used. It's straight up clumpsville on me. I would much rather a deluxe sample of a higher end brand, than a full size of a product that works poorly and retails for $5.
  2. Ecru Acacia Protein BB Cream - Honestly, I haven't used this. It's a BB cream for your hair, and I'm somewhat notorious for hoarding samples of hair products. I really need to start working my way through them. But, this smells super nice and salon-y though.
  3. Figs & Rouge Handcream in rose berry -This smells pretty decent and isn't greasy at all. But I'm not sure if it's a strong enough moisturizer for my needs. That said, it's a great size and the cap screws on securely so this is getting tossed in my handbag for when I need it.
  4. Starlooks Lipgloss in guilty pleasure - I tend to hate lip glosses. They don't really do it for me, as I'm much more of a matte lip girl. But this is a good MLBB shade and isn't too sticky!. It smells slightly of caramel(?) and doesn't really have a taste. I probably won't buy again, but I'll definitely use this tube up.
  5. Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths - I've wanted to try something, anything, from Skyn Iceland for awhile. I've only used one of these (it's a 10-pack) but I kind of love them. I use makeup remover wipes pretty frequently. When I'm too lazy to wash my makeup off properly at night, at the weekend after yoga and when I feel like my skin needs to be pre-cleaned before washing it before bed. I may actually have to buy a full size of these.
  6. Ipsy the bag - How very early aughts.

Sep 24, 2014

Granie State Comic Con 2014

So it’s been over a week since I came home from New Hampshire. I took a long weekend to head up the Manchester Granite State Comic Con.
Here are some photo highlights:

Picked up things including the Double Midnight's comic shop variant of Afterlife with Archie.
Comics I picked up from Double Midnight Comics on Friday.
Granite Con 2014

Daniel Portman & me at pre-con karaoke
Granite Con 2014
I asked Finn a Very Serious Question regarding Sleeping Beauty. His answer was hilarious, but it's probably something that I shouldn't share with the class. Granite Con 2014
Daniel Portman. Probably the least flatting photo of me. Ever. In the world.
Granite Con 2014
Finn Jones. Thanks for twirling me in a circle, you weirdo.
Granite Con 2014
Gemma Whelan. AHH. The loveliest. She complimented my hair and I complimented her face. She took a photo of us after the official one so she could send it to Alfie Allen. Yes, I wore my Theon shirt for a reason.
Front row. Sweet little babies. #gameofthrones
Game of Thrones panel Granite Con 2014
and again! My favorite was Josef Altin talking about a prank played on Kit Harrington up at the wall that was apparently not appreciated.
God bless Finn Jones (and how into his dj set he is.)
My only shot from Finn Jones’s DJ set. Sorry, not sorry, but I was too busy dancing!
Nut & honey latte.
Morning after coffee. If you’re ever in Manchester, I highly recommend hitting up A&E Coffee & Tea. I got the nut and honey latte with their almond/coconut milk combo. It was unreal.

Granite Con 2014
I went to the Image Comics panel and wound up picking up Lil Depressed Boy vol. 1 from Sina Grace. He threw in a copy of Self-Obsessed, which slayed.

Not pictured highlights include meeting some super awesome ladies who let me hang with them all Saturday night and on Sunday before leaving. And talking to Josef Altin before his photo sesh on Sunday. But that was all about Gary from Misfits and him and Joe Gilgun’s mutual admiration for each other’s work. I also talked to Sina about our mutual love of Lee Pace.

And then suddenly I was back home and cringing at the thought of having to go back to work that Monday. While I had a great time, I’m not sure if I would necessarily go that far for a con that I’m only there for one reason. Friday I wandered around and explored, which was nice. But I was already tired from having to wake up earlier than I do to get to work. A lot of my Saturday was spent heading back up my room to wait around and nap. And then by Sunday I just wanted good coffee (check), to go to the Image panel (check) and to not be near a crowd (not until I got home.)

That said, I had a blast and met a lot of cool people! And Manchester was a cool little town. But I think in the future I’ll hit up Philly Comic Con for the star-studdedness and Baltimore for the comic creator side of things.

Sep 21, 2014

Ipsy September 2014 Glam Bag : Street style

This glam bag feels like it came forever ago, but I’m pretty sure it only came a week ago. Still, my bad.

  1. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask - I honestly haven’t tried this mask yet, because I haven’t gotten the chance. Just based off of dipping my finger in it and rubbing some on the back of my hand, I can vouch that it feels nice. And it smells nice too. It’s not too overwhelming and vaguely salon-ish. As a product it’s only meant to be left on 3-5 minutes before rinsing which is around how long I usually leave my normal conditioner in for.
  2. LeeAnni Eco 3-in-1 Revolution Light - I’m pretty sure LeeAnni Eco is more of an indie company and while I haven’t heard of it, I was pretty excited to see it in my bag! The 3-in-1 component in this is toner, serum and moisturizer in one. It definitely feels nice, though I haven't been using it long enough to see if I’ll have any adverse reactions. If I do purchase a full size, it will be the normal, rather than light formula.
  3. Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in fringe - I like this liner well enough for what it is, a brown liner. I only really use pencil liners for tightlining, and this works well enough for that purpose. I’m not entirely sold on the brown, though.
  4. Hikari Lipstick in cabernet - I really like this color, even though it’s not a typical shade for me. It’s a buildable color, which is something I like in lipsticks. And the formula feels fantastic. But like anything that feels fantastic, it doesn’t seem to have a lot of lasting power.
  5. Crown Brush Infinity Shadow Crease Duet Brush - I haven’t actually used this brush yet, but other than a few loose hairs which I’ve since removed, it seems like it will get the job done. It’s soft, the shadow side is fluffy and the crease side is the perfect size and shape. And I love dual ended brushes, they’re great for travel or on the go makeup bags.
  6. Ipsy the bag - I kind of love the square Ipsy bags, not gonna lie. They’re big enough to easily fit in exactly what I need for a weekend. This one is a nice pewter color and the four studs are actually studded in, rather than glued on. I’ll definitely hold on to this bag for cosmetic reasons.
Ipsy Glam Bag September 2014

Sep 18, 2014

Alkemia perfume oils : smell like a sea goddess

I really love perfume. So much so that I’ve more or less put a self-imposed ban on buying big bottles of anything. It’s not that I don’t want to be a signature scent kinda girl. I’m just not. I either haven’t found the one or it’s maybe just never going to happen.
So I think sample vials are thebombdotcom. If I get given the option to choose samples at checkout? Throw in some perfume! Even if I’ll never use it. I seek out the little tubes everywhere. But most of my favorites I’ve purchased directly from the source — I’m pretty into indie fragrances.
These are from Alkemia on Etsy. I think I read the description of every available fragrance. Twice.
And then I made lists and crossed fragrance off and added new ones. I take my online shopping very seriously. And you know, I just like making lists. My order shipped incredibly quickly and included a free sample with my samples.
  • Calliope - A beguiling divertissement of piquant clementine, orange blossoms, white orchid, sugared currants, tonka, and vanilla musk whirled with flirtatious teases of billowy cotton candy floss and kisses of saltwater taffy. I don’t like gourmand fragrances usually. I don’t usually like sweet fragrances. But the description fro Calliope was entrancing and the fragrance lives up to up the description. It’s young and playful and it mixes florals and candy floss perfectly.
  • Sea Goddess - An oceanic hymn. Warm skin caressed by iodine and seawater swirled with seaweed and a whisper of seaspray roses and beach plums on a summery breeze of honeysuckle, nardo, and champaca blossom. I can’t tell if this makes me feel like a mermaid or a surfer babe who shrugs off the typical, coconutty smell of sunscreen. It smells like cool summer by the shore, rather than the typical heat of August.
  • La Sirena - A mesmerizing spell of oceanic aquatics, saline seaweeds, and garlands of fresh Tiare flowers offered to the sea. Hauntingly elusive. Apparently tiare is a kind of gardenia. Good thing I love white florals. I think this smells more watery than Sea Goddess, at least on my skin. But this is more tropical and almost cleaner.
  • Wing of Bat - A damp mossy cave redolent with moonlight reflected in a chypre of oakmoss, green patchouli, crushed ferns, dirt, ambergris, and a hint of leather. I wanted to love this so hard. The description is beautiful, but it sits so poorly on my skin, almost soapy and green rather than dirty, leathery and green.
  • Miel de Sauvage et Tabac - Sweet, spicy pipe tobacco flecked with wild honey, freshly crushed honeycomb, the pollen of forest blossoms, and smoked black amber. Warm. Dark. Golden. Luminous. Untamed. I wasn’t expecting to love this fragrance as much as I do. It’s actually absurd how much I like it. Much like Callope, it smells exactly as described on my skin. A subtle spice with sweet tobacco and the honey that’s clearly honeycomb. If the balance was more heavily towards tobacco rather than honey and there was a hint of vanilla, I feel like this is what Idris Elba would smell like.
  • A Roll in the Hay - A delightful summertime romp with dried hay, fresh green grass, early summer wildflower honey, vanilla grass, vanilla leaf, and wild poppy. This was my free sample and it went totally unnoticed by me when I went through the entire store. But it is sort of enthralling. It really reminds me of summer. There’s something so nostalgic about it to me, but I can’t exactly put my finger on why. Maybe it has to do with being younger and running through the fields close to my friends’ old houses? But either way, it’s impressive.

How do you feel about indie fragrances?