The first in a monthly series of a gathering of things that have made my month that little bit more wonderful. (Just a warning that this post is hella picture heavy!)
Bat-Buckled Bawn Winklepickers
Receiving my dream boots, the Dawn Bat-Buckled Winklepickers from The Gothic Shoe Co. this month has absolutely been one of my highlights, especially as they have been at the top of my wishlist for many many years. I can't stop admiring them, and have been finding any excuse to put them on.
The sight of blooming wildflowers has also been one of my favourite things this month; since moving from the city to somewhere more rural and having the woods so close, getting to see the seasons change the landscape so dramatically has been one of my favourite things, even despite the ridiculous amounts of rain we've been having here in West Yorkshire. Ransoms, bluebells, columbine and my most favourite bloom of all, foxgloves, all growing in the woods and alongside the paths towards the moors has been inspiring and magical. I even made a tincture using some fallen foxgloves this Midsummer.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
I first read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell... maybe around eight years ago, and I have re-visited it once again this month, hugely due to the new BBC adaptation which started at the tail end of May here in the UK. Set in the early 19th century, this remarkable story sets out to question why magic, which was once so common, is no longer practised in England, and unfurls into a wondrous tale full of fantastical feats, dangerous magics and faerie. Clarke's prose is exquisitely descriptive, and her characters are rich and she creates a deep, complex world, full of unending charm of which I'm always sad to leave. So much love for this book!
One of the things that I had resolved to do this year, is to try my hand at more crafts, and I was so grateful when my lovely friend and neighbour, Bryony of Woodland Wild, offered to teach myself and a group of friends a little bit of crafting in the form of needle-felting and wet felting. My first attempt was with this little needle-felted toadstool, which I am pleasantly surprised by! I'm looking forward to making more things in this craft; I suspect that I'll probably be making many more mushrooms along the way.
I've also made my first foray into learning how to knit. After my first few attempts, where I managed to cast on without any trouble, but then continued to make a huge matted ball of doom rather than an actual knitted thing, I finally knitted my first few rows. They're terribly wonky and I need to learn about tension, but once I've done a little more practising using this random off-cut of yarn, I'm looking forward to attempting my first knitted item, which will most likely be a pair of wrist warmers.
I was so excited when The Sisters of Mercy announced a tour this coming October, and after a little confusion and a couple of vaguely sleepless nights, I managed to snag a ticket to the Manchester date on October 17th; I'm really looking forward to the gig, especially as it is in a not particularly large venue! I've loved The Sisters of Mercy for so, so long, and they have remained one of my favourite bands since I first found Floodland for probably about 50p in really tattered record sleeve in a charity shop when I was a young teenager. It's been pretty difficult for me to listen to much else this month out of sheer excitement! Some of my favourite tracks this month have been Colours, Floorshow and Ribbons and I'm also including the video for This Corrosion for you all to have the excuse to watch, because it's one of the best music videos ever and Patricia Morrisson's outfit is just heaven!
Probably the best thing that has happened this month, has been the birthing of this blog; not only has it been so much fun and allowed my passion and creativity to shine, I have been so completely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I've had from friends and strangers alike. Hearing all of your well-wishes and reading your positive feedback and kind comments has been beyond wonderful. Thank you so so much, from the bottom of my goblin heart! I hope that you'll continue to stick around and please, do let me know if there's anything at all that you would like to see from me in the future. <3 Don't forget to follow me on my other social media (links are in the right-hand side bar) & once I reach 500 likes on My Facebook Page, I'll be hosting a little giveaway!
& a little round-up of some of my Instagram posts for the month of June. (My username is @vonmonsta should you wish to follow me there too)
What little things have made your month?