Monday, December 30, 2013

Nearly the end of 2013 ...

Snappy title, huh?  This post is a bit of a mish-mash of what I've been up to over the last few weeks, apologies if you've seen most of these pics on Instagram! 

I'll start off with a fun/sad night we attended on the Summer Solstice - our favourite bar/restaurant, Dragonfly, closed down!  Although we are happy for our friends who have been trying to sell the place for a while, we're sad to see it go :(  There's nowhere quite like it.

Here's what I wore - snapped in the hotel on the way there, so not a great pic ;)  I bought this skirt from Gallery Serpentine years ago (it was a Japanese import), but haven't worn it much - Anita reminded me of it. 

No pics inside Dragonfly, as it was ridiculously busy ... seriously, busier than I've ever seen it ??  It's usually the sort of place you can relax and hang out at, but that night there was a queue 4 people deep to get a drink!  It was lovely to catch up with friends there, and afterwards we found a quieter cocktail bar to have a chat.

Of course, I've been spending a lot of time weaving!

I have been on a mission to build up stock in the 5 patterns that I have been concentrating on, but I thought I'd use the holiday periods to try some new techniques and skills (something I haven't had time to play with).  So I warped up for my first pattern using all 8 of my shafts.  It was from a vintage pattern from 1895, but turned out a lot more subtle than I planned.  I still like it though!

Actually, it looks pretty similar to the 'Peacock' design.  I've printed out a whole pile of patterns from, so look forward to trying more out.  I will have them for sale on my Etsy and Storenvy stores as one-off designs.

And on my rigid heddle loom, I've been playing with transparency inlay technique - it's a bit messy, and needs more practise ... but do you see the bat??

I'm about to warp up my tapestry loom too - I can't wait to get started on the next Goth Deathrock Subculture piece!!

I bought Lily a Summer Solstice gift - a latch hook kit!  Do you remember these?  I had a butterfly one at her age ;)

Oh, and I got myself one too - well, they're FUN!

Oh, and one last thing - I'm growing the back of my hair!  I don't really want the maintenance of dreads again, but I like having long hair at the back.  So I'm growing the back part long (MULLET!), and I will either leave it as is, or dread it later.  Undecided, but it's getting long already!

First time in 20 years that the back of my head has had hair growing on it, haaha!!  And that's the extent of my 'growing out' for now ;)

OK, back to work ... I have been working all the non-public holidays, but have the whole of next week off - CAN'T WAIT!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

natural perfume - black baccara

I haven't done a post about natural skincare/perfume for a while, so thought I'd better do one since I received a lovely samples tin from Black Baccara yesterday!

Here is the gorgeous tin and samples I received:

The only ingredients here are grapeseed oil with essential oils and fragrance oils. Unfortunately, the latter are not completely natural, but definitely not as irritating to the skin as commercial fragrances - I haven't had any adverse reactions so far!  Prices are very reasonable too.

The scents themselves are quite complicated, which is unusual for so few ingredients. For example, I am currently wearing 'Broken Hearted', which on the website is described as follows:

"Be prepared, for this is not a happy blend. It smells beautiful, but speaks of sorrow and broken hearts. Forget-me-nots and roses hover over Spanish moss growing on stones deeply embedded in ancient soil. A hint of fire and a touch of clove drift on the wind, adding a memory of sadness and of things burned up and lost. Calamus and almonds deepen the florals and bring a deep wave of longing to the brew."

Such gorgeous descriptions! Not every sample is a winner for me (Love Spell is way too sweet), but that is why getting samples is an excellent idea. I thought Black Rose would be my favourite, but Broken Hearted is wearing very well on me. I reapplied at lunchtime (they are not all-day fragrances), and the scent has changed throughout the day. I will update this review when I have tried them all ;)

Anita loves more earthy fragrances, so she ordered Dia De Los Muertos Perfume Oil Sampler - again, she has found it hit/miss due to personal preferences, but she has already been impressed with a few of them.  I think we'll definitely be ordering full-size fragrances from here in future!