better late than never christmas times.

so 2015 hasn’t started heavy on the blogging. whatever. i’ve been busy trying to write a new zine in time for Weirdo Zine Fest at the end of the month ok? or thinking about wanting to do that. but yeah here’s my obligatory what i got for christmas post before it gets even more ridiculous to blog about christmas related things.


i got a bunch of comic books etc from carl ♥ ♥ = buffy the vampire slayer: the death of buffy, gotham academy volume 1, adventure time: bitter sweets, nimona by noelle stevenson, cut out books of antique fashion paper dolls of the 1890s and art nouveau initials, shera dvd boxset & twin peaks fire walk with me soundtrack.


electric wax melt warmer + spicy apple melts & scented oils from carl’s uncle & his family, lavender body or room spray from carl’s mum, shea body butter from carl’s brother, beyonce heat perfume from work, and then from myself: yankee candle wax melts + boots extracts mini treats gift set & i love ginger bread body spray.


blender from carl’s mum, comic book cupcake cases + bag of 10 x 50g chunky boucle wool in royal purple from carl, and a unicorn hood scarf thing from carl’s brother. .

there were some other bits too but i’ve either already eaten them or they don’t photograph well. (or i’m already using them and i forgot)

i was going to make a post about all the presents i made and bought but i was pretty busy with work before christmas and when i was home it was dark and ugh for photos and i didn’t 100% finish a bunch of them until the 23rd anyway, or in some cases decide they were going to be presents so..i dont have pictures of most of them. maybe next time?

as usual we spent christmas at carl’s mum’s house with his brothers, and this time his older younger brother’s missus & her kids (one of them’s his too) and it was like a proper family christmas with kids. i haven’t had a christmas with kids since i was an actual kid. i mostly ate a lot. every chance i got ♥ ♥ ♥ as you should on christmas. and yet somehow we all had to go there again on new years day cos there was so much christmas food left my mother in law couldn’t finish it all by herself since neither of carl’s brothers live there now, not even part time.

out of my presents i’ve already used the blender several times, making a smoothie, peanut dressing and sweet potato soup. it’ll come in handy i’m sure of it ♥ i also ready bitter sweets on christmas day and i’m 100% in love with the boots extract vanilla body wash, oh my gosh it smells so nice. i’ve been rubbing the shea body butter on my chub after most baths and i have just plugged the wax melter in again to trick my senses into thinking i’m somewhere warm and cosy (i’m never warm and cosy this time of year in this country. not even now we actually have central heating and double glazing. though to be honest, i haven’t put the heating on yet = typing this at 5pm) and i used some cupcake cases making red velvet cupcakes (using cake mix & ready made icing) a bit over week ago.

i semi-started writing a post about plans for 2016 a few weeks ago but who knows. we’ll see you later. i better get back to typing stuff for the zine or maybe put the dinner on = asda’s own brand meat free meatballs + marinara sauce i made last week and froze (it’s been defrosting on the side since last night) + tagliatelle. should be yummers.


 

‘quick’ pre-chrimbo update.

been quiet. been busy. doing a lot of crochet for presents. and working. not much to say about anything.
     


christmas decorations.
     
i’ve been also making fudge. the first patch i made went a bit wrong; it didn’t set. it seems i hadn’t heated it up enough, i was so worried i would burn the fudge so i kept the temperature quite low, and besides the mix wasn’t even bubbling at any point in the recipe video. so i had to reheat it. this time i let it bubble quite a lot during the 15 minute period and it worked! may have overdone it a little bit cos it ended up being a lot firmer than the fudge the homemade fudge stand in the shopping centre i work. but it tasted good and everyone who tasted it gave it two thumbs up. i made another patch yesterday (with higher heat, and actually bubbling during the fifteen minutes stirring on the hob) and added a teaspoon of cinnamon for festive fun and it turned out A+++. still firmer than fudge stand fudge but better than first lot. it’s all technically for presents but i’ve kind of been nibbling on it. it’s pretty moorish. i think my teeth might fall off.
     
i still have work tomorrow, boo! and i’m going in at 8.30am, extra boo! but i finish at early at 1pm and then i don’t have to go back until next year which is nice. and i got a beyonce perfume as a christmas present so that’s nice too. (i would bloody love not to have to work on christmas eve sometime though. maybe next year??) i still have a few more things to sort out tomorrow after work, and we have wrapped NOTHING yet. (i wanted to document what we/i’ve got and made people but it’s been dark and horrid when i’ve been home and i can’t find my camera and not everything is quite done. i had yesterday off but it was a bit of a bust when it came to doing things other than laundry and fudge.) carl’s home tomorrow but i usually do the wrapping cos i kinda like it and i’m pretty good at it. we’re going to carl’s mum’s tomorrow night as usual though and i’m a bit worried we won’t be ready to go on time D: so i should better go on with it. and i have at least one more crochet project that needs to be 100% finished. it’s gonna be pretty full on on christmas day, it’s gonna be me, carl, his ma & 2 brothers, and 1 brother’s partner and her four kids (one of them is also his). yowzers. actual kids at christmas! that should be interesting, i haven’t had one of those since i was a kid myself and my family’s finnish christmas was pretty chill and pretty different from how it’s here…
     
anyway, whatever you celebrate this week (if you celebrate anything) i hope it’s a good one xxx (SHIT IS THAT THE TIME) here’s my off beat finnish christmas song playlist.
     

 

all i want for christmas is a bunch of comic books, apparently

here’s my christmas list. mostly for the benefit of carl & his family.


a bunch of comic book trade paperbacks, kind of in order of   M O S T   W A N T E D . (esp first four)
(i really cant afford to do the single issue thing on everything. also on a bunch of these i’ve totally missed the boat on getting the first issue, or was gonna and forgot…… looking at gotham academy & jem on the latter.)
THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE VOL 1: THE FAUST ACT (X)
GOTHAM ACADEMY VOL 1: WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY (X)
BEE AND PUPPYCAT VOL 1 (X)
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS VOL 1: SHOWTIME (X)
LUMBERJANES VOL 1: BEWARE THE KITTEN HOLY (X)
ADVENTURE TIME: BITTER SWEETS (X)
ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT (X)
SPIDERGWEN VOL 0: MOST WANTED? (X)
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL 1: SQUIRREL POWER (X)
SHE-HULK VOL 1: LAW AND DISORDER (X)
MS MARVEL VOL 1: NO NORMAL (X)


More Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 trade paperbacks. (these are separate from other trade paperbacks for… reasons)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8, VOLUME 3: WOLVES AT THE GATE (X)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8, VOLUME 4: TIME OF YOUR LIFE (X)


hello kitty mousemat. (pref nice bright one, not one of the pale pink pastelly ones with no outline..)


pyjama bottoms. preferably on the baggy side with cuffs on bottom. i believe primark calls them ‘cuff leg pj bottoms’.
no minions pls. at least uk size 18-20? (or at primark they have mens ones like that in simpsons, avengers or animal from muppets, think those in XL would be def nice and loose enough ha ha, their 18/20s are sometimes a bit on the snug side wah)


errrrmmm some graphic novels (i’m starting to sense a theme here!)
NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson (X)
TOMBOY by Liz Prince (X)
IN REAL LIFE by Cody Doctorow & Jen Wang (X)
THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll (X)


some nice smelling wax melt thingies, and candles (really into black and/or pastel ones) & candle holders (plain)


these weird wall hanging plant pots are pretty cool. they’re called ‘Rainy Pot’.


if you were planning to get me a knitting / crochet book, you might as well make it this one.

there we are. i suppose it’s a fairly long list but i’m in no way expecting all of it omg no. actually, not expecting anyone to spend much on me as i myself am broke as heck and can’t spend much on anyone. i will be making most of the presents i’m handing out this year. spending all my pennies on wool ha ha (no actually i’ve got a pretty decent wool stash so i’m going to try to use as much of that as i can). i did think earlier i might like some hair straighteners or a blender but something. i’m pretty easy to buy for anyway, and i dont have expensive taste. if it’s got hello kitty or kitties in general or skulls or spoopy things or moomins, and you’re pretty much sorted! or a voucher to buy more wool or jammies ha ha.