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Month: May, 2016

Random 16-05

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Monthly Post of Random Pictures / Thoughts & Questions / Links and other things that happened during the past month (or since writing last random post) and would not fit into another post…

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Baby spider, baby lavenders and baby rosemary… kitchen ceiling is not new but i redid and now am 100% happier with it!

Maybe these thoughts / questions would be useful as inspiration or someone knows the answer? (If none of these, hopefully at least they would be entertaining.)

list-bat-png At WGT I had a strange, end of night conversation with a guy about hairstyling. In the end it seems that I need someone as partner not for the hugging but for having someone who can help me with my hair and who I can help with theirs. Was a pretty funny conversation and I have to agree his girl makes a great job with his hair!
list-bat-png Getting old, this girl is 29 now. No congratulations needed, I am not too happy about my age and what I managed to do with my life so far but then again, the past 1-2 years were quite promising so I might feel ok with those numbers one day!
list-bat-png When did I buy this and why? – Looking through my entire wardrobe I found a lot of clothing items I forgot about, actually thought this would never happen to me…?
list-bat-png Playing with my haircolor again, bit less bright orange, bit more copper, anyone else currently hunting after some new hair goal?
list-bat-png Had to take some heavy medicine and had a lack of sports because of pain attacks, put on a lot of weight – this was the reason why there were little to no outfit posts lately. Slowly reducing the medication and trying to get back to my fitness level as soon as possible. No idea what it is that always tries to get me off that track but I won’t stop fighting and the doctors seem to have a clue this time! Guess I can as well share my progress in text and pictures with you, starting June?

And here are my most favourite / inspiring posts from other blogs / websites this month:

list-bat-png Another nicely written post on Bien Aimée that focuses on how bad some people behave towards alternative / goth people (Good Goths Play Nice). As mentioned in the comments, lately I switched to something that is somewhere around being nice but still shows them that their behavior is not ok…
list-bat-png I love stories like this: A Night a the Devil’s Cave by Lauren!
list-bat-png LEGO ideas, this one has been shared quite a lot recently, how about a vote so we all can have some Addams Family merchandise for christmas / halloween?

Most played songs this month:

list-bat-png Jesus on Extasy – Church of Extasy
list-bat-png Iris – Closer to real
list-bat-png Project Rotten (feat. Johann von Roy) – Club death
list-bat-png Thoushaltnot – Cardinal Directions (Directionless mix)
list-bat-png Kiew – Zimmer 72

What has been inspiring for you this May? Any plans for April? Have a nice evening!

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New curtains and a broken sewing machine.

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When discussing with other bloggers lately I found myself mentioning my Else a lot, my sewing machine that these days refuses to work. Name is Else because that is a name you can scream quite good, not my first sewing machine but definitely the one that acts up the most so that kind of name is required. This time I tried everything I could, clean, open as much as I can, clean again, put everything back together. Still Else refuses to work, or better – she eats fabric, one stitch and the fabric gets down her stomach wile she creates a spiderweb from the bobbin thread. I guess it is time to take her to a professional this time but to be honest I haven’t looked at who does work with Pfaff machines around yet. Anyways, the stash with things I wanted to start or continue working with grew and in the end I grabbed the crêpe georgette and finally started handsewing my curtains.

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Testing my own patience I guess!

One curtain took about 2 hours so I was happy I still had 3 more nights off work – could do one each nigt and be finished with all 4 when I had to get back to work! And even though that room is still mainly empty, only holds my camping stuff and whatever might be needed in the flat or on the balcony later on, those new curtains definitely make it look more beautiful and like an actual room. So whenever I will find some nice, heavier fabric I will do the heavier set of curtains for nighttimes and hope that by then Else will be back into a good mood and help me with them!

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This nice fabric was on sale for just 2.95€ / m, so I just had to buy the 12m that were required!

Do you stick to curtains off the rack or do your own ones as well? Have a nice evening!

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On Blogging, Giveaways and Online Friendships

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I think I said it quite a few times that the friends you make when blogging to me are real friends, even if most of us ‘only’ know each other online – we talk on a regular basis and can tell by our messages and posts how the other one is feeling. We probably know more about each other than a lot of our so called real life friends and when we meet, maybe at events like WGT or other festivals or when travelling through different countries it is like we have known each other for a lifetime. This definitely is one of the main reasons for me to blog, I love to read all of your stories, see how we work together like a family, send cyber hugs when needed and simply inspire each other. Can’t say that often enough.

Then there are Giveaways, I like to host mine twice a year (October for Halloween, February for Blogversary) and so far have been lucky it seems, with every giveaway I hosted here (or on my previous blog) there were quite a few entries, rafflecopter was used to randomly select a winner. When other blogs do giveaways I prefer to keep quiet, watch who is going to win and then stalk their blog for those extremely happy ‘I won!’ post showing what they got. Then sadly there are blogs whose followers seem to be all like me (aka stalkers / watching only) or who are not that active, whatsoever. It seems this happened to our dear frilly frenchie who hosted a goth / romantic giveaway on her blog. Like most times I clicked that ‘like’ button but nobody entered, still, this lady sent me a nice mail afterwards telling me she would like to send the prize to me, is this some kind of passive winning? Anyways, today I got a really cute parcel from my mailbox and here is what was inside:

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I definitely am happy, stuff that will be used in the future and her beautiful card that shows some of her art will be kept on my mood-board as well! So thank you again, hoping next time more people will notice your giveaways and enter so you will be able to pick a true winner! BTW, if it is any help – when you are hosting a giveaway at the end of the month you can tell me and I will add a link to your giveaway post in my monthly random post (posted 28th-31st of each month), love to share some joy!

What keeps you people away from entering giveaways? Just wondering… Have a nice evening!

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Wave Gotik Treffen 2016

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Back at my cave after one of the most exciting events each year. WGT 2016 probably was one of the coldest I can remember, waking up in my tent and being able to see my beath while the rain and stormy weather were fighting with my tent. In the end though at least the rain only happened during the times I was in my tent, sleeping, getting ready for the day or while I already was watching indoor concerts. A bit warmer weather would have been nice though but since the calender said Whitsun would be during the Ice Saints at least we were prepared. Prepared for warm weather before and after Wave Gotik Treffen but horribly cold temperatures right at our special weekend in Leipzig (I think 4° Celsius at night was the coldest we had this time). According to the coughing people in their tents a lot of us brought a cold as souvenirs!

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Well, yes, there was good weather and stormy weather this year, changing all the time – still, I would have been happy if we had a tiny bit warmer weather, next year I guess!

Talking about souvenirs, shopping was very much on a budget this year, still managed to find a few things to take home with me: A shirt from the absinthe booth in front of the Agra that of course will be turned into a dress, new temple stems for my glasses from Fledermausbrille.de who also had a booth inside the Agra shopping hall – did anyone browse their stuff? Another perfume by Perfume Noire, some tasty elderberry wine in a decorative stoneware bottle from Beerenweine.de who had a booth at the Heidnisches Dorf and I nearly got drunk trying through a few of their products. And of course the Pfingstbote that you get for free when you have the ‘Obsorge’ticket and sleep on the camping ground which has informations on all of the bands as well as a lot of other things. The wristband for the camping area was in grey / silver with a bit of purple and sparkling silver letters but sadly looked old before the festival was over, still is going to be kept.

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Doing all the shopping! Even though this year it was not much for me!

This year as most other years before I managed to meet most of my friends even without setting up a time and place – actually this is a strange thing with festivals as big as WGT, there are thousands of people on a huge area with so much stuff to do and in the end we still run into people we know! I also was happy to be with that crazy group of people that ‘adopted’ me last year to their camping group when all of my usual camping friends decided to switch to hotel or stay at home or do whatever. I even got a sparkling unicorn sticky tattoo! Still, when Saskia (Graveyard Picnic) and I met, and we were camping only a few steps away from each other none of us remembered to take a picture, like last year… Ah, and since we already are talking about all the nice people, if you are craving a Mutzbraten please head to the Heidnisches Dorf, they know how to do the best meat, kraut and will talk to you a bit as well!

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medieval fair, knights, food, all the different booths!

As for the bands and event stuff I saw, I didn’t exactly follow my plans this year – my body is still acting up so I preferred to stay near the camping ground so I could lay down if pain would get too bad. Even missed the opening event at Belantis and all the exhibitions in the city that I was hoping to take a look at. Not whining though, I still managed to have a lot of fun (and alcohol.) As probably mentioned before, I usually do an itunes / youtube listening to every band before each WGT to get a tiny first impression of the bands that I never heard of and maybe add one or two to my schedule.

Wednesday and Thursday: Last minute packing, travelling to Leipzig and setting up the tents, talking to the camping group before heading to bed / tent. Yes, missed Belantis, sorry for that – next year I will be more active again I hope!

Friday was spent with strolling through the shopping area before heading to Heidnisches Dorf, saw Arnica and Krayenzeit, time spent well and I definitely will take a closer look at Krayenzeit, liked their music a lot and they did a great show as well! Afterwards headed back to Agra for more music, last act for the day was Peter Murphy, something that still was on my huge list of things that one should see once in a lifetime!

Saturday the one big thing that was on my list was to see Unterschicht at Nontox (open air stage) and actually that was the only thing I did that would require travelling to a different location. Went really early because I didn’t want to miss, so there were a few other bands I saw before their gig. The weather turned stormy but aside from a few raindrops stayed ok-ish through the entire show. Good thing because a lot of people probably would have missed the exciting end of the show when Sven proposed to his girl Maria on stage! Best of luck to the both of you! Afterwards I headed back to Agra again…

Sunday was planned to be fully Agra (After Aurelio Voltaire at HeiDo which I missed due to some entertaining chatting with friends) because I actually liked all the bands that were planned for Agra that day and that’s what I did! Saw Lord of The Lost, Darkhaus, Diary of Dreams and in the end Lacrimosa who had their 7th show at WGT already! Saw all of these bands before so there was not much of a surprise, still entertaining! Had to leave after a few songs but even though it is not as loud as a few years ago at least I was able to hear all the music at the camping ground! Additional sidenote: This was the day when my nails started to chip, I think that is my festival record of non-damaged-nailart!

Monday was spent with the camping group at Heidnisches Dorf, those of us with shaved parts on their heads (beard, sidecut, whatever) went to the barber, I actually was afraid because I usually do the shaving myself and have had bad experiences with other people doing it for me AND it was the end of the festival so there was a lack of money, still I didn’t have a chance to say no since one of the camping group members said he would pay my shaving. There was a lot of fun made about my facial expression (including pictures that I refuse to share!) and shaking hands but in the end I was happy to have accepted that offer. I think next year I will head there before backcombing my hair and ask him to even both sides because of course sometimes you shave a bit of hair that should not be shaved and so both sides might look different after a while. Afterwards I planned to go to Kohlrabizirkus but since Sunday was the way it was I decided to stay at Agra again. Was a good decision because actually all of the bands did great shows! Saw Neuroticfish, Velvet Acid Christ (who were on my list for quite a while already, happy!), Aesthetic Perfection and Agonoize. I always wonder how people manage to do heavy dancing during concerts, a bit of moving will happen with me as well but in the end I am far too curious about what will happen on stage, how do you manage to do both? Anyways, last thing to do was heading to Agra Disco, sadly most of the music that night was more techno-like than anything else but still, met some friends for the last time this WGT, talking, hugging people, dancing and heading to the tent when the music stopped playing.

Tuesday of course, packing, more hugs, crying and a last walk around the Agra before driving back home to face a lot of dirty clothes and silence. Festival blues started!

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Humm… see you again next year, dear Leipzig!

So I already am looking forwards next year’s WGT, it will be June 2nd-5th 2017 (click here for official facebook event) Like most years the first thing I did was writing down what I need to change or add to my packing list, boring but helpful thing to do so next year I can give you an updated one as well!

Of course there were a lot of photographers and TV people at WGT and my mobile went crazy throwing message notifications at me when one of those entertaining TV shows (taff / pro7) had me, or better my boobs on camera for a moment. BUT there also were some nice documentaries this year, to me one of the best I’ve seen so far was by MDR (direct link to the video) who seem to not only want to make fun of us or tell everyone how evil goths are like most others do.

Have you been to this years WGT or a previous one, share your experiences? Going there again next year? Have a nice evening!

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