Sunday, August 24, 2014

Alive and kicking (sort of)

Hi! Unfortunately Naughty Nightmares is still dead as a doornail, but I have started a new blog under a different name. :)

The blog is only in Finnish and it's about our upcoming wedding on Halloween 2015! I will post about my feelings towards the wedding, all the materialistic loveliness that goes with the occasion and also some about fitness... at least. :) So, if you still want to tag along, you are most welcome!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Hi there.

On New Year's Eve 2010 I decided to finally start my own blog and now, two years later on New Year's Day I have decided that this is the end of this journey for me. It has been fun to record my life more or less publicly and blogging has taught me many things about life. One of which is the fact that recording everything you do is sometimes really hard and troublesome, at least for me and right now I just want to concentrate on living itself and not so much on writing about it. This is largely due to the fact, that I have less free time now, or actually I have more important things to do on my free time than blogging.

During the past two years I have realized how important it is, even for me, to sometimes just take time for myself, to do nothing, if I don't feel like it. Last week I realized it has probably been over a year since I've had time for just day dreaming and I realized how much I've missed it, how much I need it. Quoting a character in a book I'm currently reading: "Daydreamers alone are truly alive". The past year has been mostly survival for me. I have concentrated fully to achieve my goals and succeeded. I have graduated, found a job that I love, published a comic book, found a new home, adopted a new family member, started doing burlesque and managed to finally beat hyperthyreosis. Now that I have everything I could possibly want, I feel empty. I'm happy and proud of what I have become, but now it's time to enjoy the fruits of my hard work, and get to know the person who I have become along the way again.

As a sort of a new years resolution I promise I'll try to remember to enjoy the ride as much as the destination. I'll try to surround myself with things that make me happy, and remove things that don't, without guilt. I want to make art just for fun again as well as for some purpose, I want to read stupid, non educational fantasy books, play games: Skyrim, Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, pen & paper D&D, hang out with friends without a strict schedule, pet the cat as long as he wants, sleep all day, party all night, work overtime if I feel like it or take time off when deserved. This year and I hope from this year forward my aim will be purely on my happiness and I want to wish the same to you, dear readers. Thank you for your kind words, comments and everything.

This is the end of this blog, but for those who still want to follow my life I still have profiles on Facebook and Instagram. Maybe I'll start blogging again in the future, I don't know, but for now I need to take time from somewhere and eliminate things that stress me. I don't quite know how to put this, so maybe I'll just quote someone wiser again:
The Road goes ever on and on 
Down from the door where it began. 
Now far ahead the Road has gone, 
And I must follow, if I can, 
Pursuing it with eager feet, 
Until it joins some larger way 
Where many paths and errands meet. 
And whither then? I cannot say. 

-Bilbo Baggins- 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A little home decor tutorial

Hi again. :3 This week I finally had a little time to spare and even though I was still a bit tired after IIK!! related sleep deprivation, I decided to do some DIY stuff for a change. I've been meaning to get some candleholders or lanterns to hang on the bathroom ceiling, since in this house it is forbidden to make holes to the bathroom walls. I haven't managed to find any good ones that would fit our current color scheme, but then I suddenly had an idea.

I've had these two candleholders for a long time, but they were in pretty bad shape and the color was a bit off too. The paint was chipped and one jewel was missing. However, they had potential, so...

I took some nail polish remover and removed the chipped paint with it (and a rough sponge). It came off pretty easily.

I also happened to have some clear jewels left from another DIY project that I did years ago. So I replaced the purple ones with clear ones.

And here's the result! These fit much better to our current bathroom color scheme. They were in use first time today and I'm really satisfied. :) I also bought a mini speaker for my phone the other day, so we can listen to music while we are enjoying the warmth of our sauna with candle light and cold drinks. Ahhhhh is there anything more relaxing than that? ♥

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wear it like armor

Usually I'm a huge fan of this time of the year, especially when the snows still haven't arrived, but right this moment I really, really hate the darkness, since it is virtually impossible to take good pictures with my crappy camera with so little light. Sure, there is some light during the day, but that is during office hours meaning I'll be at work... Agh. I should probably invest to a better camera and a tripod, but there is so many other lovely, lovely things to buy... like clothes!

I finally became fashionable, and decided to get an over-sized see-through knit to be paired up with leggings and skinny jeans and oh my do I love it! The knit is from H&M, ~20 euros, definitely worth it. I also bought one pair of regular black leggings from H&M and another pair from Goottikirppis. These babies are originally from Gina Tricot and they have some pvc on the sides. ♥ 

After all this sensibility I naturally needed something totally unnecessary, some new pvc-wear! The jacket and pants are both Lip Service (I ranted about the pants already in the last post...), from German Ebay. Totally love the jacket, but the pants definitely still need some adjustment.

Last but not least, something I really, really needed: a new winter jacket! Well, it was second hand but you get the point. I bought the bat scarf earlier this autumn from Seppälä sale. :3 I'm really bad at wearing scarves, but this one is suck a cute piece I'm really learning.

I really need better photos of the pvc pieces, maybe I'll ask a friend to take some next week. Now I'd better slip into that lovely coat up there, since I need to drop by at a few local bars to drop off some IIK!! festival flyers. :3 One thing I'd really like to ask from you readers though, do you usually buy clothing like steadily, or in a bigger bunch every few moths or so? I tend to do the latter even though I think it's not the smartest thing to do... but somehow I kind of like to feel a bit naughty every now and then, even money-wise. :D How about you?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Everybody scream!

Monday. Usually Monday is just another day for me. I don't hate them and usually I feel pretty rested after the weekend so they tend to just fly by. Today however the day felt more like a stereotypical Monday. I had to do so much research for a project at work and it took way longer than I had expected and then the results weren't that pleasing either, bah! But tomorrow I'll roll my sleeves again and get working, at least now I have a plan, even if it took the whole day to figure it out.

However new pieces of clothing always have the power to cheer a girl up, don't they? Well they do, if they fit... I ordered some pretty expensive (=overpriced) items from lip service last week and today they arrived. I'll make an official post about them later, but now I must rant! I checked out their size chart as I always do and everything was supposed to fit well. The jacket I ordered did, pretty well at least, but the pants... well, otherwise as expected but the waist was like enormous compared to the size they give out. Like seriously, the pants are size small, but the waist is more like a large, wtf?! See for yourself:

So, I had to take up needle work once again and do something about that by hand (my sewing machine has been broken for ages now and I have no idea how to fix it, probably have to take it somewhere to be repaired...). The pants are wearable, but they still sag a bit and there is pretty much nothing I can do about that, since the size difference was so huge... well, I could if I was more skilled, but I suck at sewing really. I'm pretty bummed about this though, since they were a really expensive pair of pants so you kind of expect that they are what you ordered, right? Have you had similar troubles with Lip? I have managed to avoid them so far, but these pants were definitely a disappointment.

Well, if the new clothes didn't manage to cheer me up, the next weekend will for sure! Once again there is the IIK!! horror movie festival at Ii and I'll be working there (and watching movies on my free time of course!). This year we have some very interesting pieces, including Carrie, Blood for Dracula, Kiss of the Damned and Orlacs Hände. Ooooooh I can hardly wait! I hope Mr. Wolf will attend also as a guest and join in for a movie or two, I do love movie dates. ♥ If you happen to be around, join in as well. You can view the full list of movies here and buy the tickets in advance as well. :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Darker side of life

Hi again (so soon too)! I wanted to drop by to talk a little about how I have been recently and simultaneously upload some Instagram photos here as well.

So, the last couple of months have been super busy for me, with my new job, burlesque gigs and everything that comes with that as well. Next weekend I'm going to go visit my parents and in-laws, maybe some friends as well if I have time. Last time I visited my parents maybe six weeks ago or so. This picture pretty much sums up my visits there. Good food, good reading, relaxing and having a good time with relatives and friends. Somehow I find that the actual physical distance of my life here really is the best way for me to relax.

...Although I have found ways to relax here at home as well. Good red wine always helps!

I have been forced to find time to relax on my own when I can. Sort of force-relaxation you know? :D I have had so little time to relax that I have actually had to put that on my calendar, haha.

During the comic festival week I was at Valve (a youth culture center here in Oulu), drawing comics with people, mostly children. There was this awesome 3-year old kid who, like, scribbled something at first, then took a red marker and started coloring EVERYWHERE. After like five minutes or so, he suddenly said: "Bwahaha, he died!". :D Ahhhhh, such cool kid. Reminded me of my own childhood... ;3
Last weekend we were celebrating Halloween at Heta's place. I guess it became a sort of unofficial North Finland Goth Bloggers Meet or something, since Horros and Sereijan were there as well, along with other cool people (It was so nice to finally meet you for real!!). I went there as a succubus, since I wanted something comfy and simple. Damn me for not taking a decent picture of my outfit, but here's one of my makeup and horns. Haha, we are pretty drunk at Hevimesta in this pic, lol. We had really awesome time there, huge thanks to lovely Heta. 
Oh my, look at the time! I'm gonna go to sauna to my neighbor's place today, actually I was supposed to be there already... yikes! Now, better go! So long! (Ignore the stupidly arranged paragraphs, they just won't go the way I want~)

Edit: Totally forgot this, but remembered again in the sauna: if somebody is interested in following me on Instagram, my alias there is batsinthe_belfry. Go follow!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Get them off and they'll let you go

Hello little batty bats, hope you had the best All Hallows' Eve ever. As you know, I spent my Halloween night in Nuclear Nightclub, spinning tassels at our burlesque show. ;) I had really awesome time there! Our shows went really, really well, awesome people came to watch us perform, we had really good time on the backstage with Nicole (who also did a great job performing I hear!) and we even sold three pairs of pasties (made by yours truly and sold by lovely Lolly Poppins).

So, without further a due, some pictures of my acts! One act was with lovely Rawrs Berry as Siamese twins and another a solo act with some vampirism... ;)  These photos are all © Pauli Tavasti, including the last one, which we took at his home studio couple of weeks before the show (I did the 'shopping though). If you'd like to see more, well be putting them to our Facebook page (go like!).

Even though I had the best time at our show, I'm also sort of glad it's over, since I have had virtually no free time for months! Our next gig will probably be in the beginning of March, so I'll probably just take it pretty easy until Christmas. :3 I simply need to spend more time with Mr. Wolf and Béla and most importantly MYSELF. Speaking of spending time, we are off to the movies to watch Thor: The Dark World (a friend gave me tickets as a thank you present for borrowing a corset for her). Let's hope the movie will be good, I didn't particularly like the first one, but I'll give this second one a chance anyway. :3 Puh-bye!