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It's a tradition for me to return home for Christmas despite how much I hate spending three hours in a train with all packages (present) of mine. And I'm working on 24th, so that means I'll have to take a train early in the morning of 25th.
Yesterday I was backing cookies all day long. I'll have no time latter so I decided to do it on my day off. Now I must to resist and not devour them :D They are so tasty. Need to remember the recipe.
I'll leave the packing for the last day. I've found very pretty wrapping paper with golden and white ornament on a black background :D How ever, most of my present won't have a certain form so, I'll just use a organza bags and keep the beautiful wrapping paper for future gifts :)
I usually do not Gothicize the gifts. I always want, but some how I end not doing it. I'll add some bats this year...maybe.
How ever, here's some inspiring wrapping:
So elegant. The wood element brings out the warm. You can actually buy it here.
For your family males. Source
I find lace on gift packages to be adorable accent. Source
Why not decorate your present with stamps?
Learn how to make them:
Other cute wrappings
Simple but cute. Black paper/ white snowflake? Why not ;)
News paper can be handy too :)
I love simplicity :) It's stand out from ordinary wrapping and is so personal.
And what about making your own present bag?? Tutorial here.
So, you are welcome to use the ideas if you haven't prepared your gifts jet ;)
I have two more skirts under this one. A black for the length and a Kera punk one to give a little bit volume. The outfit is simple, but also is the day.
My beautiful skirt stuck in a custom :( I have send all the documents I had. I guess there was no documents outside the box. I'll have to mention it to Clobba next time I'll be buying from them. Good thing is that my gift for my boyfriend also arrived. I was afraid it will took longer since it's a holiday season. I showed him the item some month before just to see what he thinks an he was like "OMG!!!" And then I had an evil smile. He has no idea I'm getting it :D You, my dear readers, will see it after the Christmas (I don't want any info to leak :D)
I'm finally getting a new laptop. The first thing that came into my mind was "Now we can play Minecraft together!" I'll make him to create me a special skin :D He had an Ulquiorra for himself . I want a Lolita :D
What else... Oh oh. More dresses. I'm a big spender I know. But it's winter. I have a right to spoil myself :D
Its actually a jumper skirt (JSK) from Bodyline.
I ordered this one in black. The front pink ribbons will be change to black latter and the pink lacing on the bag will be removed. I saw this dress on Walrus blog and I loved it. As sweet as it is, the pink can be toned down by black accessories and give to this dress really nice and elegant look. The main thing of course is the print. I love it. I want my wardrobe to maintain in Gothic stile be it Lolita or anything else. So I just wanted to try and see if a bittersweet print, accompanied by Gothic accessories and dark colors can actually look good on me.
I would love to have such prints as...
The Alice and The Pirates Vampire prelude or
The Alice and The Pirates The black cat, witch and the apple tree
And one day I will and Vampire prelude is gonna be an original. But as totally noob I first want to see if I can coordinate it easily with cheaper brands :)
The other one is a black JSK from the same brand.
I made a decision to order it after reading a review on The Walrus room. It's so beautiful. And you can tone it down for everyday looks by wearing a plain black blouse under it and a simple bolero or you can pimp it up by choosing an elegant princess style blouse with bell sleeves.
It's fun to be your own Santa :D
I am a crafter. I love DIY things. And I always do them. I sew, paint, construct, model and reconstruct hings when ever I can. But I'm a terribly messy one. I dream of having a little room of my own where the mess I create would not poke the eyes of others and I wouldn't need to hide it every time some one is coming over... But sometimes it gets so messy I can't find a needle or scissors :D Not to mention that pieces of fabric is scattering everywhere. And that's bad, because I love my place to be tidy... but I hate to tide :D
So I decided it's time to change it. And I need to start from my crafting place since it's where all the mess starts and spreads trough the apartment.
Just look at this :0 Mine will never look like that. But I'll try to do my best. First of all I want to make it more creative. I love when everything hangs in their places. But just thinking of organizing everything makes me die. Well that's a challenge.
It's so clear to me, when I think about it. It will be number one "must make" projects. I was thinking how to make a black overdress in Lolita style so I could wear it on different skirts. I got this idea from this fantastic Haenuli dress...
For me this dress is just like the one I used to draw when I was a kid. My every princess had a dress like that with different color fabric peeking under the main dress <3 <3 <3 I hope to order this dress someday.
But I also want a more plain black dress like that just without the inner skirt.
So I could wear it with any other of my skirts depending on my mood.
I love this idea. I saw similar idea on one blog. A girl was showing how much coordination you can pull off with one dress. Her Metamorphose dress has buttons on a front. I loved how she combined it with skirts especially with lavender Vampire requiem one. :3 I couldn't find similar dress for a more affordable price (if you know, give me a link;)
Then I sow this at EGL sales.
Victorian maiden tartan OP (or a dress in a common language)
I even could wear a black version over my Vampire requiem skirt that will come soon. And then it was like "I can make a whole dress like that. Just by making a skirt and sewing it to a cotton blouse I like." I admit that this idea came into my mind because I find the top part of the dress the most difficult to make... So thit could be a way to make simple but nice dresses for every day use by cheating a little bit :3 ;)
I have never used this method but it just cant fail. It popped into my head this morning and I was like "Why, oh why I threw away that romantic top I had and never wear." So you really can make a wonderful dress by using a nice cotton blouse/top, a half meter of black matching cotton fabric and a half meter of desired print fabric, like this ...
Or you can make it all black ;)
If you would measure and sew the black fabric to be about 2 m wide and about 35 cm long and gather it, this would be a skirt base. Then you should cut and sew the print fabric so that it would be about 20 cm long and 2 meters wide or even wider if you would want to gather it while sewing to a black skirt base (like this AP skirt). Make some black ruffles from the black cotton fabric and add them at the bottom of the skirt. Black lace is a good option too. Especially eyelet. But it's just my opinion. Use what you like.You can cover the part where the print fabric is sewed to a black one by sewing nice lace on top of the seam.
You should get something lake this.
Not a bad skirt. You can sew a waist line to it and actually make a skirt. But I don't enjoy making and sewing waist line too. So I'll just sew it to a bottom of my blouse/top to make a dress :)
Now, to make the dress more matching you could make some bows from the print fabric and add it to the blouse. Brows the web for other details you might like and add them if you think you need them. I call this one Lolita inspired dress to not offend anyone ;)
Let me know what you think. I'll post a real version as soon as I'll make it.