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DIY: Wall Decals, Edgar Allan Poe

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My living room is not yet what I focus on in my new flat but sometimes one has to DIY a tiny bit and work on things that you usually wanted to do later. Those moments that the creativity bugs bite. There is that empty wall above the couch, above a small shelf thing and next to my absinthe rack. Nothing that looked too empty but to me did feel unfinished whenever I entered that room and looked at it. Wall decals can look great and there are affordable ones in DIY stores as well as online but I had some black adhesive foil thing left and so I thought I could just create something that would match this room as well as feel ‘me’.

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left: detail, the text outlines done with silver edding, center: in progress, when I noticed I was running out of space, right: finished wall decal.

I was tempted to do something that would look like autumnal / wintery trees with branches, maybe a crow or spiderwebs but that probably would have been too heavy looking for the tiny room especially since I have the huge frame with my dark painting (see post angel of death?) on another wall and black curtains in front of the shower room and soon black curtains in front of the window. So what would look better? There are a few quotes that I really like because they can make you think for hours, inspire discussions or for arts, like Edgar Allan Poes ‘A dream within a dream’.

I had some matte black foil, silver eddings and scissors for the text / letters and shiny black for additional bats in the end. Of course one can draw with a pencil on the back of the foil, measure to make the letters same size, matching, equal looking and so on but I prefer each letter to be different. In ones personal handwriting same letters look similar but probably never are exactly the same, I wanted the text to look ‘alive’, irregular, letter wise and the words as well, like the text would be dancing. That’s why I drew directly on the foils front with the silver eddings and then let them dry before cutting and then, also without a pencil line sticking the letters to the wall. The silver edding outlines would still be visible on the matte black text and some shiny black bats would fly around it. At first the last ‘dream’ was planned to be in the second line as well but when I noticed I ran out of space it went to a third row and would simply be surrounded by bats.

Would this be something you would try to DIY or would you prefer premade, ready to buy decals? Have a nice evening!


My Cave 16-11 -Moving to Oldenburg (& Youtube)

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So you might have already noticed that it turned a bit quiet around here, after my emotional breakdown I was facing another ‘new job and new home’ thing, both required me to spend a horrible lot amount of time in my car, I often only had 2 hours of sleep because it would be another long distance move. In the end I would have been able (jobwise) decide between northern part of Germany and eastern part of Germany. I have friends in both of those areas, knowing the goth scenes of both are alive, flats compared to wage roughly not a big difference as well but the job offer from northern Germany was a bit better so I went with that. Would now have to find a flat in Oldenburg because that would be the smallest size of city I would be willing to go (and that only because it is in a nice distance to cities like Bremen, Hamburg and the coast of the north sea, ruhr area would be within two hours drive as well.)

Tiny video of my new, tiny flat a few moments after I got my keys! Video is shared on my Youtube channel

So I applied for 30 flats within a month, they would only take me for this one.My second favourite though so I won’t cry. It is a 35m² 2 room appartment, not far away from the city or the highway, affordable as well (as in maybe 100€ less than my current flat). Bad points would be that it will be pretty difficult to find a parking slot but can’t be worse than here in Brunswick, there is no balcony so I had to give away quite a lot of my plants. And I don’t have my own mailbox (everyone in the house shares a huge one). There are those boxes you can rent not too far away though, will take a closer look into that as well.

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left: front door, center: huge window in bedroom, right: living room to kitchen, bat puzzle already moved in!

Now back to the flat itself. What I think is impressive are the really high ceilings, 3.55m (usually we have max 2.5m, think about all the extra knicknacks and spiderwebs one can place here!). The old flooring tiles add a nice atmosphere as well and it still amuses me that the shower is located in a tiny room attatched to the living room and without an actual door! An extra plus is that I am allowed to change things as long as it could be seen as an improvement. And with really old floorings in the toiletroom or shower room or with the old shover valve or lightswitches and whatnot that will be easy! My mind currently is exploding from all the ideas!

So while I already did order my new kitchen (facing a week without internet connection so that had to be done quick) and some fabric for curtains and a few knicknacks for the other rooms I first again will focus on the hallway, I like to have a beautiful, cozy spot as soon as I enter a flat, that’s why. Afterwards moving on to the other rooms, one room at a time with maybe a few tiny things happening in other rooms in the meantime though. Hoping you will stay with me on this journey of my new flat and new home area!

I know a lot of bloggers and youtubers and other online friends are currently moving, how about you? Have a nice evening!


DIY: Bat lamp alteration!

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Probably everyone owns one or knows someone who does, that lovely, cheapest of the cheap IKEA lamp ‘Not’. When looking for furniture everyone who has a tiny limit or is simply starting that new life you usually won’t have too much of a budged. Personally I prefer having basic furniture that I can alterate without feeling guilty, even if the result won’t look or work the way I wanted. Some things stay basic for a while, so did my Not lamp.

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So this it is, simple, basic, black and white floor lamp as you can buy it from IKEA. Does what a lamp is supposed to do, lighten the room and is available with a reading light as well. The version I bought. After a while though I thought it was too basic and I remembered having one of these covered in crows. Took a pencil and Sharpie and started drawing bat silhouettes. Then continued with simple black color varnish. Let it dry, another layer, let it dry and so on until I thought the bats were opaqu enough to look good with light shining through them. The strange way the vanish seemed to dry on the plastic surface made me add some grass like streaks on the bottom part of the bigger lampshade.

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left: clean tiny lampshade, center: with sharpie lines, right: final result, on the lamp!

Especially next to my black and white walls I think it now looks a lot better, with and without light! Sorry, currently I seem to be in some DIY-mood!

What are your current projects? Have a nice evening!


Burning Faerie for my kitchen?

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When you know me for some time you might already know that I have some soft spot for absinthes and faeries and that my kitchen is currently under heavy construction. Well, during my last nights off work I could not put the paintbrush away, there was some leftover woodchip wallpaper as well as some leftover tinting paint from when I painted my kitchen. That color would have turned bad soon (started to change structure a bit already) and since the wall above the stove was still completely empty I knew what I had to do.

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Layers and layers and layers of paint!

The background was done with maybe 10-15 layers of paint, mixed with water to get some irregular color. Then I started with a faerie, I wanted to do something inspired by those beautiful absinthe faerie illustration, be it the ones of famous artists or those that you can find on the covers of your favourite bottle. But like pens always do everything in the end starts to change by themselves and my faerie started to get some spooky tentacle like arms and legs and moth-like wings instead of those butterfly shaped ones. Background got some flame inspired orange shapes on the bottom. Then I felt the hair I had on my mind would not look good anymore, that they probably would need some watery look as well to not look awkward in combination with the body. Thought was put onto paper and after another few layers I think I actually liked her.

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In the end more of some spooky burning faerie than an absinthe one but it was her choice! And definitely needs some more decoration around it!

Hung her up on the wall and now will have to shop for some of those plastic decoration ivys and other leaves for the wall. Plan still is to have my kitchen over-crowded with decoration (Nope, not that bad idea to decorate, I barely ‘cook’ – am more of a salad in every way you can think of person so there is not that much of oily dust around!)

What are your current (artsy-) projects? Have a nice evening!


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