Sunday, January 14, 2018

NEEDLE FELTED NARWHAL

It's a tiny narwhal.
It's official: I have a new hobby, needle felting. And I'm obsessed. 
Now I swim this way.
I still can't believe I made that, haha. I know there are amazing needle felt sculptures out there, but for me... I've never done anything like this and am just so stoked!
Boo.
I tried needle felting first about a year ago, doing a couple cookie cutter stars (you take a cookie cutter, fill it with wool and use it as a mold), and I loved it. There's something really soothing and addicting about jabbing with a needle... 

But I had a new baby and pretty soon I got overwhelmed with life. Anyway, babies and long needles don't really go well together. But the Kiddo got sick recently and pretty much slept the whole first day, and suddenly I had all this time, and I was like "what do I do, I never have any time!" So I tried needle felting again. And it's still so much fun
This is mah belly.
This time I just went free form, no cookie cutters. I wasn't sure if I could do it, doing a 3D sculpture seemed so much harder, but I'm glad I just went for it. Really, you can't mess needle felt. You can always add more wool or felt it tighter.

The horn, too. I thought a lot about how I'd get the horn to stay rigid and in the end the answer turned out to be: just felt it tightly. Doh.
Just swimmin'.
There are probably a lot of useful tricks and techniques that I'm  unaware of, but for now I'll just go with trial and error. And fun.

Really, i'm just so happy. I haven't felt this exited about a craft since my amigurumi phase.
Hello.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

RECENT FAVORITES

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Hardcover by Fumio Sasaki This is probably the favorite book I read in 2017. At first I thought it was a little extreme with descriptions of people who own like a mattress and virtual reality headset, but then it got to describing our relationship with stuff and how to let go. I love the Konmari method, but have really hard time telling what "sparks joy" for me, so this was great. For example, there was a bit about how our belongings don't need to represent who we are: we don't need to have a extensive library to show that we read a lot and are intelligent etc. After reading it, I was able to let go of so many things.
Toner, just toner in general, but I really liked this Mossa Micellar Water. I'm currently using something else, but will repurchase this next. I'm really into the Korean method of pressing the toner into the skin rather than wiping or spritzing and it's doing my skin so good.

Sleeping pills This is a strange one, but I finally admitted I have a problem and just got a prescription. Now, if I can't fall a sleep I just take one and am so much better for it.
Invisibobble hair ties. They are the only ones I now use. They do not pinch or cause kinks and they stay put. Love them.
I gave up sugar in the beginning of the year, (I also recommend Gary Taubes' The Case Against Sugar) and have felt great. I do occasionally grave something sweet so I've been trying out these St. Dalfour jams. They are sweetened, with date juice, but that's good enough for me. I just use a spoonful in my porridge or on a sandwich. Raspberry is my favorite.
Moomin mugs I used to use other mugs as "everyday" mugs and Moomin mugs as "better" mugs. Then I realized it made no sense. I was basically just storing them to be used for a few times a year. Why not use them now? So now I've been drinking my coffee from my Moomin winter mugs everyday and loving it.

Monday, January 1, 2018

ANOTHER SKINCARE UPDATE

I've changed quite a few products so I thought I'd share what I'm currently using. The previous post can be found here

I find it really hard to say if something is working, I just know if it's not, if you know what I mean. If I get a rash or spots or my skin feels tight, then the products are obviously not working. But I don't really see any wow effects with products, like all my wrinkles have melted a way or something. My skin is fine. No spots, no redness, no dryness, nothing like in this post. So I guess, it's working? Obviously, it would be great if the crows feet would just go away! But this seems to be just fine.

On to the products! The ones I love underlined again.

  1. Evolve Hyaluronic serum Just started using this. (Bought it for myself as a Christmas present, as one does.) I've heard so many good things about this, fingers crossed!
  2. Evolve Daily renew facial cream Smells so bad, like some poisonous plastic from the 80's. I've just been using these two for a week or so, so can't really say if they are worth the hype but nothing averse at least (except the smell).
  3. Ekopharma anti-age sea-buckthorn toner This one is gel, which is weird. But ever since I read about the Korean 7 part skincare method I've been all about the toners. I now use two. I thought this would be good to press in your skin, since it wont run away, but it doesn't really seem to sink in, like a more liquid toner.
  4. Ekopharma moisturizing raspberry toner This is a spray. It says not to get it in your eyes, which kind of bugs me. I like a toner I can liberally just spray all over my face. I use this one first and then the gel one.
  5. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream The same as before, like I said the pot is huge. It's not like I'm a new woman, but it's fine.
  6. Now Foods rose hip seed oil I used the Antipodes rose hip oil, but this is a lot cheaper, and I really can't tell a difference. I apply it at night after my toners.
  7. Avril oil cleanser. Really liked the Avril mascara, so decided to try something else from them. My home-made oil cleanser, I mentioned last time, left a film of oil on my face, which made applying toner difficult. But this is oil at first and then just washes right of. It's great. Avril is very affordable, too. This I'll probably re-purchase.
  8. RMS "un" cover-up foundation. I seem to have left this out last time (even though it was pictured!) Love it! I use it more like a concealer on areas where I need it: under eyes, around my nose. Great for dry skin.
  9. Terre d'Oc argan body moisturizer Got it as a gift, the smell is a bit odd, but works fine.
  10. Uoga Uoga brush + eyliner Same as last time.
  11. Avril Volume mascara Ditto.
  12. Now Foods castor oil I heard this might make your eyebrows and lashes grow, so I've been spreading it on them with an old mascara wand. Not sure if it's doing anything, but I'll try it out for awhile.
  13. Organic Shop algae and clay shampoo The Lavera shampoo wasn't working for my fine limp hair, so testing this one. Not my favorite and probably wont re-purchase, leaves my hair a bit too dry.
  14. Sante Brilliant Care Hair Conditioner Still in love.
  15. Less is More Mascobadogel. Still loving.
  16. Less is More elderflower salt spray. This smells so bad, like pee. I had to add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to make it usable. After that, it works very nicely! It gives my limp hair some texture. But next time something better smelling. 
  17. Schmidt's Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick Tea Tree Yep, still working, still loving.
It occurs to me, that these might be the most unhelpful skincare posts ever, since most of the products are just "OK"! But that's my honest opinion! I really wish i could find "perfect" products, but for now I'll keep on looking.

Recommendations welcome, as always!
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