Curious and Catcat

Thursday, January 29

Thank you, Love Circus Bash. We had a great time!

Last weekend, my parents came for a visit! Finally! And while my father spent the day in museums, my mother and I got to visit the Love Circus Bash, a wonderful offbeat wedding fair that's really more of a wedding festival kind of event. It's organized by Love Circus, an event agency which specializes in unconventional modern weddings. We met many lovely and creative people who will make any wedding super special and unique and I got so inspired that I'm almost sad that I don't have a wedding to plan. At least not yet.
Talking to various service providers about dresses and wedding cars and discussing ideas with my mum (and find out we're not so different really) was fun and I was asked repeatedly if I'm marrying this year or next year. Well, it's not too late for next year, bwahaha.

I'd have to admit that I was too lazy to use my camera, but I snapped some pictures with my phone so you have some picture evidence.

1. I didn't take pictures of every stand I've been at, but the cakes and cupcakes and all the sweet and colorful things at Fräulein Wild's stand were just too cute to ignore. We spend a ridiculous amount of time there, talking about cakes and cookies and tasting what must have been one of the best chocolate cakes I had in a long time.

2. Frau Dinkel and Gretchen are two very talented photographers who both have a beautiful style and are very nice people as well. I will be a lucky girl if one day, at my own wedding, I'll have a photographer that is anywhere near them.

3. Oh! I'm in love with this car! Kiezwagen Blank serves an organic lunch and sells unpackaged dried foods in the cutest vintage car. And the best thing: they go completely without plastic!

5. We made a short break at the small cinema of HERZ and relaxed a bit while watching one of their wedding films. Or that was the plan. I did not expect that it would turn out to be one of the best experiences of the day but the film was AMAZING. It's hard to believe what we saw was an actual real wedding with real people, because it sure had a cinema-like feel to it. Aaand I might have teared up once or twice and I didn't even know the people marrying there. Woah what!?
It's pretty clear that I will have to save a lot of money before my wedding now, because these guys (and girl) from HERZ will have to be there, too.

5. I knew oh so pretty before and they did not disappoint my expectations. Their stand looked like my wedding inspirations jumped out of my Pinterest board and right into their shelves. If you're looking for something more modern and fresh than the conventional white-chair-covers-with-tulle-bows-hearts-and-red-roses-everywhere kind of wedding - check out their shop! I want to have it all and I'm not even planning a wedding. By the way: I learned that my mother hates buntings! What? Really? Why!?

6. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of a single wedding dress! I liked the dresses by Anne Wolf a lot. Elegant, modern and not too poufy and definitely dresses to make anyone look amazing on their special day.

7. Something that I will definitely try to remember for my own wedding are the flower crowns by Kopflegenden. If you know my wedding board on Pinterest, you might have noticed that I'm a sucker for flower crowns. No exception here. You could find me marvel at their beautiful flower crowns at multiple times during the day. They also offer workshops!

8. My mother and I agreed on this: this dreamy table setting is absolutely stunning. I wish you could see the birch tree and lace canopy above it. Sigh. Like stepping into Pinterest. The table setting was designed by  Love Circus itself and the flower arrangement was made by the talented Ulrike Buchheim / Floral Artist.

Bathroom selfie. Ha!

We had a great time and got home inspired and with our goodie bags filled with flyers and business cards and brochures. Thanks, Love Circus Bash, we'll be back next year and who knows, maybe even to actually plan a wedding.

Sunday, January 25

Baby, it's cold outside | outfit

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It finally got reeeaaally cold in Berlin and my much loved Sorel boots already proved to be one of my better investments this winter. Apart from that, this is what you'll see me in those days: skinny jeans, oversized shirts, cozy skarves and if I owned a coat like that I'd never take it off. The bling's optional.

Monday, January 19

Early update on my resolutions for 2015

Hi there!
You're probably wondering what I could possibly say about the resolutions that I made only two weeks ago. Well, I made those goals with the intention to jump right into it and get things going - and here we are two weeks later with news about goal 10 - doodle every day. I started out with some random doodles like swirls and circles and buntings and flowers, stuff like that, and got bored pretty soon. So I tackled a more difficult subject: drawing a person. I've never been happy with my people-drawing skills and wanted to improve, so I looked for help on the Internet and got obsessed by these outfit-drawings! I also found it that my drawings got a lot better when I drew my actual outfits that I wore that day and not something I had to make up in my mind. Plus, I treated me with some professional markers (goodbye Christmas money) and although I still need to get the hang of them, the pictures look a thousand times better than with ordinary felt tip pens.

Because I'm so happy with my recent results I thought it might be fun to share some of my outfit drawings with you here on the blog! Yay!
 This is actually a big step for me, not because my drawing is total crap but because I'm a perfectionist in this area of expertise (Among others. Sadly cleaning isn't one of them.). Meaning that it is very very hard for me to let anyone see my work unless I'm 100% satisfied with it which, well, does hardly ever happen.
But I think it would be fun to share my recent drawings with you and be able to see how I improved over the year.
I hope you're as excited as I am! Let's start with week 1 and 2 of 2015:
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Since the new year started on a Thursday, week 1 was a short one. This is the very first outfit drawing that I made, actually. This is what I wore to work on the second day of the year.
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To be honest, I don't like this one very much. This doesn't look like the outfit I was wearing at all. And obviously I can't draw hands. But then, who can really?
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This one is one of my favorites so far. Great coloring job on those pants, Kathie! *giving myself a pat on the back* And I'm very happy with how great that Hogwarts shirt came out!
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Yup, seems like I'm slowly getting the hang of it (although braids: not so easy). Bought proper paper to draw on and was surprised what a big difference it makes!

I'm looking forward to posting more outfit drawings maybe once a week if I can keep the pace.
How about your resolutions? How are you holding up?

Saturday, January 10

Embroidered photos | DIY

My favorite ways to preserve memories is through pictures. I love looking through old black and white photos of my (early) childhood and even when I can't remember the actual event in the picture, they mean the world to me.
I found this picture of my mother and younger brother at the baltic sea, in front of them a somewhat shapeless heap of sand that I think was supposed to be a pretty sand castle. Oh too sad! But why not add a little fun and pops of color to the photo and 'build' one for them ... with thread!?
This is a fun craft that combines photography and embroidery. How cool is that? I can remember I did this kind of photo-embroidery-thingy when I was a kid so it's also a craft revival. Yay!
Don't fear, you don't need any embroidery skills for this.

Step 1: Find a photo that you want to embellish and print it out. In order to prevent the paper from ripping at the places where I would have to push the needle plus thread through, I printed on 300g/m³ paper (this) and it worked really really well.

Step 2: Draw your design onto the photo. Using similar colors to the thread colors you want to use makes the lines practically invisible. I added boats, a fish, a bucket and a sand castle to the picture.
Step 3: Another precaution to keep the paper from ripping (and to make your work a lot easier) is to punch all the holes before stitching. I used a simple pin to push a hole in every corner and crossing on my designs.

Step 4: Now chose your thread colors and start stitching. Trace all the lines. You can also retrace lines in the photo or fill an area by stitching many lines next to each other.

And there it is - a very personal and colorful work of art! These make great gifts for your loved ones, too! I made this embroidered photograph the week before Christmas in order to give it to my mother but decided against it last minute (too many photo-related gifts in the past and they have only so much room in their house). Now its hanging in our work space and looks so cute that I'm thinking about making some more to keep it company and look extra cute together.

There are very cool versions of embroidery on photographs on the internet, too. Have a look at these awesome projects/artworks:

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