Today I had dinner at my family’s house and after that desert consisting of strawberry cupcakes I baked last night. My family were a bit surprised at the fact that I had baked them since I rarely bake and absolutely detest cooking. Cupcakes however are fun. Or well, baking them isn’t but decorating them is.
Winter is getting closer and I’ve bought new shoes and a new hat. Now I just need a new coat. I love my black hippie coat with grey fake fur lining but I bought it back in 2004 and have worn it every winter since so it’s getting rather worn out. I got several other winter jackets but the coat is my favourite.
Here I am back in January 2005 wearing my beloved coat which I at that time had bought just a couple of months earlier. Isn’t it pretty?
Like the Martha Stewart I am (not) I’ve baked cupcakes. These may not be the prettiest cupcakes in the world but I assure you, they’re delicious.
Vanilla muffins with strawberry frosting.
Strawberry cream and marzipan roses. I kept the muffins in a freezer bag for a day before I decorated them, hence the baking cups almost coming off.
The artist in me loved decorating the cupcakes so today I bought a bunch of pretty baking cups for future cupcake adventures in the kitchen. I’ve got so many ideas for future decorations! Gothic cupcakes, cute cupcakes, elegant cupcakes, Christmas cucakes. I think I’ve found a new hobby. Too bad it’s such a unhealthy one. Anyway, here’s the baking cups I bought from this E-bay seller.
I bought my Halloween costume weeks ago but today I found a costume tutorial online for the most amazing costume EVER. It’s so frustrating because I’ve spent like $100 on my costume so I can’t really change my mind now. Or I could but what would I do with the clothes I already bought? They’re really pretty and deserve to be worn. They’re just not as amazing as the other costume I saw online, which is a DIY thing I could make myself for a rather small sum of money. What to do, what to do? I love my pirate outfit but isn’t a headless bride like a hundred times cooler? I think so. A headless bride carrying her head in her arms! Yes, that’s right. In that costume I would be carrying around my own head. Basically you make a upper body and arms in papier mache and metal wire and attach it to sticks ducktaped to a backpack so you can carry the fake upper body above your head. Pull a dress over it, make a hole in it around the waistline and stick out your head, resting it in the fake arms. Hard to top a costume like that eh?
Chai tea, an episode of The X-files and scented candles in a dimly lit room is my way of trying to embrace the darker season. Since I’m into the whole positive thinking and life is what you make of it thing I’m trying hard to find positive aspects in something as horrible as autumn even though all I want to do when I look outside the window is go to bed and sleep until April. I have to admit though, drinking tea in a candle lit room is rather cosy. And not something I do during the summer. Mostly because the temperature in my apartment stays around +30 C for most of summer and hot tea and candles really isn’t what I think of when I feel like I’m melting.
I made a Halloween decoration today. I think I’m going to redo it though, with thicker paper. This one is made of thin glossy gift wrapping paper which wrinkles. The thought is that the silhouette of the bat should be seen through the window from outside in the evening when the lamp in the kitchen is lit. When the blinds aren’t shut that is.
I’m not sure if I’ll do more decorations for Halloween. My apartment is spooky as it is all year round. I mean, on one wall I’ve got a plush bat hanging from a candle holder with a black candle and spider crawling on it. In my book case I’ve got a bottle of Tru Blood, on my desk there’s a undead warlock action figure. Then there’s of course the salt and pepper shaker zombies and their coffin, the hip flask with the skull and crossbones, the skull dish brush and the list goes on. Not to mention the overall gothic feel of my living room with the black chandelier and other gothic victorian details. For me, every day is Halloween.
I wish I could escape the country for a couple of months, until like April, when spring is here again for real. I don’t understand people who find autumn “cozy”. This is my view and it doesn’t give me any kind of cozy feeling whatsoever. It just brings me down.
The only upside with this time of the year is that my favourite holiday – Christmas – is approacing. I also like Halloween and I’m excited for this years celebration since I’m attending a Halloween parade in Stockholm. I’ll be going as a lady pirate. I say lady pirate because my hat has lace and ribbons and my coat is purple velvet. It’s not one of those “sexy” costumes with a short skirt because I want to be somewhat historically accurate. Still, it’s a feminine take on the classic pirate clothes. The only thing I lack at the moment is shoes. It’s nearly impossible finding historically accurate pirate boots for women. It’s all high heels “sexy pirate vixen” stuff. Since I can’t find anything I decided what the hell, I’ll make bootcuffs for a pair of my high heel boots. It won’t be historicall accurate but it’ll go with the rest of the costume and it’s only for one day. I don’t want to buy something which is just “ok” so it’s better to wear something I already own and look out for really awesome pirate boots for next year.
Moving on. Today I’m bored. Me, bored! You don’t get how weird that is because usually I’m never bored. I have way too many hobbies and always some creative project going on. Unfortunately today I don’t feel like doing any of my hobbies and when it comes to creative projects I lack inspiration. Usually when I feel like this I spend hours and hours cleaning and organizing my home but not today. Everything is already clean and perfectly organized so there’s nothing to do there. If I had more money I’d bake something but I have no more than 150 SEK (€16, $22) in my wallet and that money which will have to last until the 25th. What do you do when you’re bored? Got any tips for me?
I’ll end this post with something funny. This is Agnes Nicole Winter, one of four women the Swedish Documentary TV-series Swedish Hollywood Wives follows. And she just happens to be the Joker’s lost twin sister.
I remember a time when I blogged almost every day. Damn that was a long time ago. I will try to get back to blogging though. I miss it and I miss all my blog buddies.
So what have I been up to? I’ve enjoyed summer, turned twenty-eight (OMG I survived the forever 27 club! Now I’m old for real!), got myself a boyfriend and decided to take a break from school to re-think my life. Most of my family moved to Västerås, the city I live in, just the other weekend. Dad and I have lived in Västerås since February but now mum, one of my sisters and my brother (weekends only, the rest of the time he lives in the town where he goes to school) live here as well. Except for the confusion of not knowing what the hell to do with my life things are good.
Oh well, it’s late and I need to go to bed. Going shopping with mum and my sister tomorrow. So, laters!