January 2016 ipsy Glam Bag

The other day I received my Glam Bag from ipsy for January 2016 – and I was mostly happy with what I received. I got:

theBalm Cosmetics – Mr. Write (Now)

“We have a Mr. Write (Now) for every day of the week… and then some! Meet this new collection of attractive eyeliners that are truly easy on the eyes. These pencils deliver the long-lasting color you’ve been looking for, and have built-in sharpeners so they are always ready when you are. With high payoff, eight wearable shades, and a satin smooth texture, we understand why your eyes wander- but rest assured, your eyeliner won’t!”

I got the “Jack B. Bronze” (rich bronze) colour which I liked the idea of – but it wasn’t nearly as metallic as I had hoped for and worse still… it’s dry. It TUGS. I won’t be wearing it for eyeliner, though it might be pretty for drawing with… eh. 1/5

Mitchell and Peach -English Leaf Body Cream

“This indulgent body cream contains Vitamin E, shea & cocoa butter and organic English honey to soften, nourish and protect your skin. It rubs in and absorbs easily, without the stickiness. It is delicately scented with the lush, aromatic English Leaf fragrance, it’s a classical ‘green floral’ with an English twist.”

This is a fine cream, but I found the scent way too strong for me – though thankfully it doesn’t last too long. 3/5

City Color Cosmetics- Eyeshadow Trio in Falling Leaves

“City Color Eyeshadow Trio features three complimentary shades in one travel-friendly palette. Trio includes neutral shades in matte burnt orange, metallic bronze and champagne highlight.”

Now this one I love – the colourway is perfect, the formulation is great, the colour sticks around nicely, and it’s a good size for travel or in my purse (if I also have a brush with me mind you…). 5/5

 pur~lisse- BLUE LOTUS 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

“Blue Lotus eye serum is enhanced with active ingredients like French marine plants, Matrixyl 3000 and Haloxyl that bring 4 times the power against aging. This formula works together to fight against wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, while hydrating and lifting the delicate eye area.”

This is ok… nothing really special. 3/5

 tre’StiQue – Mini Matte Lip Crayon

“Fall in love with this new matte lip pencil. Buttery soft, rich, yet light as air and uber comfortable with a futuristic vibrant finish. Infused with Vitamin E, and Monoi Tahiti Butter for moisturization and antioxidant properties.”

I received the shade Florence Fig – a blush pink, though I would have much rather have received  Chile Red. I really love the formulation of these lip crayons, and love how easy they are to wear, to pop in my purse, and that they last pretty nicely too. 5/5 despite the fact that I’d like a bolder colour.

Join me!

If you’re interested in getting Glam Bags once a month in your mail too – use my referral code: https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=1ledf and I’ll get points towards freebies!

TUA class: Introduction to nålbinding

Submitted for Twelfth Night, Montengarde, 2016

Since I won’t be offering a paper hand out for my Nålbinding class at Twelfth Night, I wanted to pre-post the digital notes to my blog in case anyone is interested in attending the class.

If you want to see more of my nålbinding projects (that have been published at least… more are in the works!) click the nålbinding tag link.

Introduction to nålbinding

A textile technique which pre-dates knitting, with examples from Egypt to Scandinavia, this class will introduce the Oslo stitch. Attendees should have time to finish a small project or start a larger one in class. No knitting/crochet experience necessary!

With Drífa at lækjamoti

Maximum 6 students

Cost: Free with your own supplies

Supplies needed: large-eye blunt tapestry needle (Children’s plastic canvas needles work, as would a wood/bone/horn needle for nålbinding). 100% wool yarn, bulky weight. Scissors or snips. (Instructor will have some supplies available to borrow, but if you have your own, you can continue your project after the class!)
Also recommended: notebook & pencil for taking notes, chair.

1 hour block

No hand out provided.


For this class I’ll be introducing the Oslo stitch, a fairly simple nålbinding stitch useful for making a variety of textile items. Viking Age Norse artifacts using nålbinding include mittens and socks, but the modern needle worker could also consider hats, hoods, scarves, shawls, slippers, sweaters, coats, wristbands, etc…

We’ll have enough time in class to start a larger project, or hopefully complete a small one; when you’re first learning nålbinding it is a very slow technique, taking about three-times as long as knitting.

Silk Road garb (Part 9 – Veil)

iPad selfie wearing my hat and veil

iPad selfie wearing my hat and veil


I really liked the photo of another costumer wearing her veil with her Propoloma, so made one as well.

Plus.. a veil just seems like something I’ll use for a variety of costumes.

I started with a meter of the linen gauze from fabrics-store.com. This is the 2.8 oz/yard linen, and I really like it. I suspect it will soften up nicely with washing which I think will be nice –however for pressing and sewing, the crispness was very good too.

I looked at Cathrin’s Katafalk page (https://katafalk.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/different-shapes-of-veils/ ) on the different shapes of veils, and thought that this shape was the most flattering.  I also thought that the half-circle veil looked the most similar to the veil the older women were wearing in The Birth of St John the Baptist, which means I could wear it with my Italian costume as well.

About four thread deep double-fold for this hem, secured with a running stitch (and a backstitch about every 5 stitches).

About four thread deep double-fold for this hem, secured with a running stitch (and a backstitch about every 5 stitches).

I cut a 1meter diameter by 70cm radius half-circle, pressed all of the edges with one very narrow fold, and then hand-stitched the next fold in place (folding by hand, not pressing) for a double-fold hem that is about 4 threads in from the edge – a total width of about 1/8th of an inch or 3-4 mm.

Hem on the veil is about 1/8th of an inch or 3-4mm

Hem on the veil is about 1/8th of an inch or 3-4mm

As I’m sure there will be many, many veils at events, and mine could easily be mistaken for another should I take it off, I opted to embroidery a small white “L” (for my last name) in one of the corners. The hand-done satin stitch goes over 2 threads in the weave, and the total “L” is about 8 threads wide.

Since I imagine a LOT of people at events will have 1/2 circle veils, I embroidered an "L" on mine to distinguish it from others, should it ever get misplaced.

Since I imagine a LOT of people at events will have 1/2 circle veils, I embroidered an “L” on mine to distinguish it from others, should it ever get misplaced.


I also made two headbands of linen to pin around my head and pin the veil to, for when I’m not wearing the hat over top of it, but want to wear it on it’s own.

Silk Road garb (Part 8 – Belt)

Belt with a long-hanging end

beaded and finished trim turned into a belt

beaded and finished trim turned into a belt

This isn’t an especially exciting part of the costume, but pretty vital to give the outfit some shape – since the dress is quite shapeless. Since all of my other long belts are for my early-period Norse costumes, I needed to make something new (and blingy!) for this one.

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