Glossybox Vs Birchbox and are either of them actually worth it?

I don’t normally post reviews on here but after receiving my second Glossybox yesterday I felt compelled to share my thoughts.

For those of you who don’t know Glossybox and Birchbox are beauty “monthlies” where basically you fill in a questionnaire about your skin tone and type and then for about a tenner a month (+p&p) they post you products and samples in lovely boxes and it’s a wonderful girly pampering treat!

I heard about Glossybox first through some friends and loved the concept. I live a long way away from any department stores and the idea of receiving a box of surprise treats in the mail. The website really sold it to me:

A MONTHLY PACKED FULL OF HIGH-END BEAUTY SAMPLES FROM TOP COSMETICS BRANDS MAILED STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR.

Beauty addicts rejoice! The hottest new service to hit the beauty world is GLOSSYBOX, a monthly beauty box full of carefully curated high-end beauty products. For only 10£ (plus p+p), GLOSSYBOX mails you five deluxe-sized beauty samples from your favorite luxury brands – and brands that you may not yet know, but will soon fall in love with. 

For me the buzz words were “high-end”; “deluxe-sized” and “luxury brands”.  I live in the middle of nowhere in a town with a miniscule Boots, a small Superdrug and a Tesco as my only real cosmetic emporiums and only ever buy a “women’s lifestyle” magazine in a (usually public transport related) emergency or if it’s got a particularly good free gift so the opportunity for discovering new brands was a further temptation.

I was hesitant though about subscribing, ten pounds is actually quite a lot of money to be spending a month on stuff I might never use.  I found it hard to justify such flagrant and decadent spending on little old me considering my low-budget income but I was bolstered by the fact that I could cancel at any time and Mr Kapow’s assurances that I deserved treats and should go for it.  Furthermore, if this was truly going to be full of high-end, luxury brands in deluxe sizes than I would be able to have products I would never be able to afford otherwise.

I was excited, the website is all glamorous and the boxes themselves – even sans contents – looked lovely, I love a box me!

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I eagerly awaited my first box which would be November 2013 and due to arrive around the time of my 30th birthday.  It was called the Christmas Wishlist Edition so I was expecting glitz and glamour!

Glossybox November 2013

Photo from Glossybox.co.uk

Photo from Glossybox.co.uk

The Box

It came via Hermes which is not a service much used in the sticks as yet but it arrived safe and sound and was very well packaged. The pink Glossybox box inside was a thrilling and decadent looking discovery and then the products inside were lovingly wrapped in a coordinating tissue and ribbon indulgence.  I felt so spoiled!

The Products

Vichy Idealia Life Serum (2x3mls) & Smoothing and Illuminating Cream (3mls)

In a little pink organza bag which made them look prettier than three tiny little boxes I suppose.  I’m assuming their tininess has a lot to do with how expensive the full products actually are but Vichy was a brand I had been wanting to try and might have considered purchasing so I was quite pleased with these.

 

 

 

Yves Rocher Hand Cream Cacao & Pistache (75ml Full Size) 

I got the Cocoa and Pistachio fragranced one in the middle.  This is a lovely hand cream which smells divine and very Christmasy and while I knew I’d use it I know the brand Yves Rocher pretty well having been given a lot of products by them in my childhood by my Mum and various Aunts in the form of free samples.  I was initially surprised to find a full-sized product in the box but quickly realised that it costs less than £2.  Result I guess as I genuinely like it and can afford to buy it but not exactly a high-end product like I expected.

Elegant Touch Rapid Dry Spray (Full Size)

I got the spray for drying nail varnish.

This to me is a bog standard product available from common as anything shops like New Look, Boots & Superdrug.

I can buy this at the same time as I’m picking up my Gran’s prescription and to be honest I’d be more likely to leave it on the shelf!

Not a high-end product. Huff.

 

Scholl Dry Skin Exfoliator (60ml Full Size)

Yep so another full-sized product but really?

I have nothing against this product as it’s probably quite good but again, high-end?

Practical, hideously packaged and in a way I’m kind of insulted.

Yet another product I could have stuck in my trolley at the supermarket.

Where’s my glitz and glamour?!

Emite Make Up Micronized Eyeshadow (Full Size 1.48g)

I got the light pinky / kidd shade.  This somewhat helped redeem the box as it’s a full-sized product from a company I hadn’t heard of and which I probably couldn’t afford in a nice inoffensive shade I probably will wear.

It was make-up too which was nice as so far I hadn’t found within this box any opportunity to doll myself up without feeling like a teenager too impatient to let her nails dry or an old lady with horrid scabby feet.

This was the only product in the box I felt tied in remotely with the Christmas Wishlist theme but even so the packaging was pretty dull so the overall excitement factor was not really improved.

Verdict

I use the hand cream and will probably finish it.  The smell is lovely and it’s quite light and absorbs well.  I also tried the eye shadow which was nice enough however not as nice and long-lasting as my favourite MAC one in a similar shade which is also cheaper to buy!  I tried the serum but there’s not really enough of it or the illuminating cream I feel to get a good idea of whether the products are any good, they smell lovely though!  The other two products went straight into a box where I keep mundane stuff like extra cotton wool and last year’s sun cream.

My overall impression is of disappointment and guilt that I paid £10 (+p&p) for something I wanted to make me feel special and pampered and instead has made me feel like someone who wastes money on beauty box subscriptions.  This box was nowhere near my idea of a Christmas Wishlist and especially since I indicated in my questionnaire that I was particularly interested in make-up I wasn’t feeling very listened to.

I went online to cancel my subscription but got distracted by reading blogged reviews where some people seemed pretty happy with their boxes and others like me felt they’d been robbed.  These people mostly seemed to be saying that Birchbox offered a far better service with more high-end brands.  Before I knew it I’d signed up to them (SUCKER!) and decided to cancel Glossybox. As my finger hovered over the button though I was overcome by the temptation of a Christmas themed box….. I resolved (naughtily) to give the another shot and cancel in December if I wasn’t more impressed.

The process for signing up to Birchbox was much the same, similar questionnaire, similar layout but more grown up and less celebrity  endorsed looking website.  There were a few additional questions which asked me whether I had an interest in natural and organic products.  I really am so took this to be a very good sign!

Birchbox December 2013

The Box

Another lovely wee box.  Not as girly and swanky looking as the Glossybox but certainly inviting.  Instead of tissue and a ribbon the products are encased in a drawstring bag.  This is a nice idea but surprisingly I’d prefer the tissue because this bag is so shallow and pointlessly shaped that I can’t imagine what I might re-use it for.  I don’t feel that bad about binning a bit of tissue and could even reuse it with its ribbon to wrap a gift but I would feel bad about binning this…

The Products

Nail Rock Nail Glitter – Red (Full Size)

This was the first thing which caught my eye and initially I was excited by its glitteryness and the fact that it’s red (how did you know Birchers?).

I have opted not to wear nail polish brands that are at least “3 free” which as far as I can tell this one is.  Hooray!

Having read the blurb though and discovered it’s going to take me 2 coats followed by 15-20 mins drying time (where’s that drying spray?!) and the faff of dipping my nails in glitter and probably getting it everywhere I’m pretty sure it’ll stay in its box.

I *might* try it and am suitably charmed by its originality and Christmasy sparkle so this is actually something I’m happy with.

ModelCo. Party Proof Lipstick – Get Naked (Full Size)

Photo: Konnie Kapow

Photo: Konnie Kapow

Exciting to get a lipstick but I’m terrified of the colour!  Will it not just erase my lips?!

This product was also covered in an orangey coloured sticky substance as if it had been lurking down the back of someone’s sofa for a while.

There is no way I would wear it.  Nope nope nope.  Although it would be tempting to draw round it with a dark lip-liner and then pluck out my brows and draw them back in to finish the look.

Twistband

It took me a while to work out that this was actually a product and not just a bit of card with a ribbon tied round it.

I liked the card showing me things I could do with it but probably won’t as I’m rubbish at “hairdos”.

To begin with I didn’t trust it but it seems to work quite well and apparently there will be no snags or dents in my hair when I take it back out.  Who knew?

Delarom Acquaconfort Mask (15ml)

Now this is a reasonable size for a sample, I can use this product a couple of times to try and actually see if it’s any good!

It smells great and is an eco-friendly brand I hadn’t heard of or used before.

Pleased with this!

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle

Photo Konnie Kapow

Photo Konnie Kapow

I haven’t tried this yet but it claims to detangle, glossify and heat protect my hair.

It’s a good size and also an exclusive product.

That’s more like it!

 

 

 

 

Laura Mercier Body Souffle ambre vanille

Laura Mercier Body Souffle

Photo: Konnie Kapow

I had to laugh when I saw this because I was recently given another sample of this in the Almond / Coconut “flavour.”

I had heard of this brand and was interested in sampling it but when I used the first one was truly appalled by the smell.  Coconut and marzipan are fragrances and flavours I really dislike anyway but the overriding aroma of this was just like I’d smothered myself in rice pudding!

I didn’t like the texture either which was so light and strangely greasy that I didn’t feel the least bit moisturised and the smell lingered to the extent that Mr K tried to throw me out of bed!

Still I haven’t removed the foil to smell this one and I’m satisfied that the sample is a good size and a high-end product.

Verdict

Much, much, much better than Glossybox!  Had the lipstick been a colour I could see a human being wearing other than in a sci-fi movie or a particularly horrendous driving instructor I once had I’d be really pleased.

The only other criticism was that whoever filled my box seemed to have pretty grubby fingers.  I’m not sure how long I’ll actually subscribe for as the guilt regarding my indulgence will probably get to me but I am definitely interested to see what’s in the next one!

Glossybox December 2013

The Box

Lovely Christmas themed box which definitely aroused hopes that last month’s box was a one-off flop and this one was going to be awesome!  Candy cane tissue with pretty white ribbon!

The Products

Wilkinson Sword Intuition Naturals Razor

What the hell?  A bog standard Wilkinson Sword razor?  You’re having a laugh right?

The overwhelming opinion that I’ve gathered from reading other blogs and a comment thread into the 70s on Facebook is that everyone was pretty surprised to see this.  It is very much the dominant item in the box taking up at least half of the space and it makes everything else in there look cheap.

I CAN GET THIS IN TESCO!

Last month my Glossybox implied that I might need to exfoliate the dead skin from my trotters and this month it’s reminding me that I need to shave my legs?!  I’m seven months pregnant so will be lucky if I can even find my legs but that’s not the point here!

As soon as I saw this I knew we were over G’Box.  It’s not even gold! You dug your own grave.

RITUALS Miracle Balm White Lotus and Ginko Biloba

More hand cream?  Ok.

This is pretty good too actually and I like the packaging which is officially the most glamorous of any product I’ve had in my Glossyboxes.

It’s a bit sticky if you use too much but I’m always in the market for a good hand cream.

Maybelline BROW drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (7.6ml)

Photo: Konnie Kapow

Photo: Konnie Kapow

This is interesting, I am always looking for new ways to tame my brows and will definitely give this a try.

I was also pleased to see more make-up in this box since it is the party month after all.

Maybelline though, yet another brand I can get literally anywhere.

I wanted new and exotic brands I couldn’t pick up in my tiny home town and would make me feel pampered and posh.

Glossybox seem quite determined not to give me that and to remind me that I’m never going to amount to anything more exclusive than brands I bought in high school.

Seche Nail Lacquer Chocolat (Full size 14ml)

Photo: Konnie Kapow

Photo: Konnie Kapow

Perhaps it’s the horrible brown colour which is offputting because having googled this brand I can see that the range is quite good and since it’s only available at Liberty in the UK I’m unlikely to come across it in my day to day life.

It is also as far as I can tell “3 free.”

This is a good product to find in the box, I just hate the colour, that’s not Glossybox’s fault.

Beautiful Movement Beautiful Lips Gloss (4ml)

Photo: Konnie Kapow

Photo: Konnie Kapow

Again I’m a bit frightened of the shade here but the last two products have saved me from marching down to Glossybox HQ to ask for my money back!

I haven’t heard of this brand and was pleased to discover that Beautiful Movements Cosmetics products do not contain parabens, synthetic colours, fragrances, animal products, fillers, petrochemicals or bismuth oxychloride.

The brand belongs to Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and I’m normally not keen on celebrity products but this may well be a brand I’ll keep an eye on.

So…

Glossybox Vs Birchbox? – Birchbox

Are either of them worth it? – Not really

I’m definitely cancelling Glossybox and will see what’s in the January Birchbox but to be honest I’ll probably cancel that too.

My overall feeling is that I’m throwing money away each month on products that I like but won’t use because the colour isn’t right or can pick up in any supermarket.

The surveys on both sites cover skin type and colouring but they don’t ask anything about your style or preferences which would actually be very hard to do.  I have also noticed that many customers on Glossybox’s facebook page are claiming that products they’ve been sent are not even suited to their skin type.

It’s nice to have the genuine high end products to try but I should probably just do some actual research into what I want and need rather than chucking away over £10 a month (+p&p) on a pretty box.

 

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A Mr Kapow’s Face style experiment

At my first ever craft fair I met and befriended an amazing lady called Angharad Jefferson.  In addition to being a really awesome, friendly and funny gal, she literally blew me away with her artwork.  Each piece is created using a combination of hand embroidery and freehand machine drawing.  Click on her name to see some of her work.  Do it.

I am the very proud owner of an Angharad portrait of Dolly Parton, she beams down on me as I sleep.  I love Dolly and I love my Dolly.

I mentioned before that I tried to make all of my Christmas presents in 2011 and have provided little evidence of this so far but it occured to me with about four days to go that I had nothing for Mr Kapow!  We’d agreed not to buy gifts but I felt a wee something was required and gazing up at Dolly I whispered, “I wonder….”

It started off as a laugh.  I knew I would never be able to create anything like what Angharad does and I wouldn’t have disrespected her art by even beginning to imagine that I had the time or the skills required but Mr K finds much of my artwork hilarious.  You see, don’t tell anyone but the thing is I’m really not very good.  My approach to drawing for example is incredibly direct.  I draw shapes rather than lines, it’s just the way my brain works.  While Mr K builds up a sketch or a painting until it captures the life of something, I basically draw the most important bits and leave the rest blank.  I don’t do shadows, I can’t do colour.

It would be hilarious, thought I, if I attempted to sew a portrait of my darling husband for his Christmas.  Furthermore, I was tired of him stealing my hot water bottle (our flat has no central heating and is very very cold) so decided I should make him a cover.

So I went to good old Watt Brothers, stalwart of Sauchiehall St, and purchased a bottle.  I figured that fleece would be a good base and one of the many perks of working in a fabric shop is you don’t have to go very far to find some.  Since Mr K has been building bridges with his Dad, from whom he had been estranged, I felt it would be apt to use a Royal Stewart Tartan.  Stewart being his former surname (changed by deed poll aged 21) and also since he’s a bit of a punk fan, Royal Stewart being the punk tartan of choice.

Armed with my fabric and some Bondaweb I locked Mr K in his studio and went for it.  Tentative at first, I shook off my hesitancy knowing that no matter how it turned out he’d love it.  It was more applique than stitch sketching in the end.  The hair and eyebrows are black velvet and for the nose and mouth since I have no hand embroidery skills to speak of I used the machine entirely.  I don’t think it turned out half bad?!

 

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World of Warcraft or The Power of Advertising!

***THIS POST IS ADULT COMPARED TO MY USUAL POSTINGS AND MAY CAUSE SOME OFFENSE***

Ahem, so….well…. this is not a ‘normal’ Kapow post by any means so bear with me…

Here’s the story:

At New Year while staying in Saltaire with our dear friends Kirsty and Joe I saw on television an advert for World of Warcraft starring Chuck Norris.  I didn’t understand it.

Firstly, I didn’t know who Chuck Norris was although I had heard the name on several occasions and guessed he was some sort of martial arts type guy.  He has a silly name (sorry Chuck) that sadly provoked stereotypical thoughts in my brain that he probably wasn’t that smart (I know, based on a NAME!?), was American and was not as cool as Van Damme or Seagal for instance (who I compare all men to of course).

Mr Kapow ended up staying on in Yorkshire for another week as he had return tickets the following weekend and it meant he could spend more time with Billy the Kid so I returned home alone and was at a loose end due to a few more days off work.

For some reason I kept thinking about Chuck Norris.

So I googled him and read on Wikipedia a load of stuff which failed to interest me but was pleased to see I was right about the martial arts stuff.  I followed a link to Chuck Norris Facts which I realised was why I mostly know who he is and that gave me a wee giggle but I was still feeling unfulfilled.

That’s when I realised that my curiosity was not with regard to Chuck at all, it was World of Warcraft!  I also suddenly had a flashback montage of other adverts I had seen starring William Shatner (one of my heroes), Verne Troyer and Ozzy Osbourne and Mr T, all people I obviously respect.  Konnie Kapow you see is something of a closet sci-fi fan and geekophile.

So obviously I now google WoW!  I know a little bit about it in so far as it is an internet game more than likely involving a war.  I know that people have avatars on it and have read in the papers etc about WoW weddings and such.  I start to read stuff about it and realise that it’s massive but I have a low attention span and there were too many words so I thought to myself, why not just try playing it, then you’ll know!

Here’s where we have a problem:  I’m not a gamer for a very good reason: I have a split ‘gaming’ personality.

One of me thinks it’s stupid.  It’s a waste of time, energy and money.  When all my friends were getting Mega Drives, Amstrads, Commodore 64s, Nintendo thingies and Master Systems my parents were dead against it and they were right.  We’re talking the 80s/early 90s here and even then the consoles and games were very expensive and my Dad especially felt very strongly that kids who were ‘plugged’ into computers instead of reading books and outside playing were going to be dulled. It wasn’t fair obviously but I got it, in fact, I never asked them to buy me one, I wouldn’t have because I knew what the answer would be.

We were allowed one and a half hours of television per day and were supposed to check the radio times or whatever paper we had in advance to plan what we wanted to watch.  Still to this day I am not comfortable having the television on when we have company or there is nothing on I specifically want to watch.  My father is 100 miles away but he still makes me feel guilty for watching tv.  I have never had a tv in my bedroom apart from when I only had a bedroom at Uni.  This is not a bad thing, he was right (even if it did mean I had to watch Pugwall’s Summer with the volume really low so he wouldn’t know!).

The other personality I own however is an addict.

In an act of sheer hypocrisy when I was about 17 and she 11, my parents let my youngest sister have a PS1.  The PS2 was out by then so she was still a complete throwback but I was utterly incredulous.  Aghast.

She never played it.  Never.  I was intrigued though and started messing around with the games that came with it (it was 2nd hand) which as far as I recal were Rayman, Driver, Grand Theft Auto and Tomb Raider.  My sister watched while I played, I think she was probably a bit young for the games and scared of them.  I became utterly addicted to Tomb Raider and Resident Evil to the extent where I stayed up till about 5am every night and made excuses not to go out and see friends.  My boyfriend ended up ‘watching’ me play instead of us going out.  It took over my life.  My life did not resume until i had completed every Tomb Raider / Resident Evil there was and I made a promise to myself never to speak of this and never to play a game again.

However, several years later I met ‘Steve’, he was a hot American guy I had a very tempestuous and mostly sexual relationship with.  ‘Steve’ had an XBox and he loved it.

‘Steve’ was born in Texas and I got on far better with his mother than I ever did with him.  I could write a whole post about him, but that’s for a more personal blog!  Suffice to say he was hot, very tall and strong and had a really sexy Southern accent. We had a lot of fun together but he was also a bit of a wanker.

Once he made me play Halo with him in the multi-player combat thingy.  I had no idea what the controls were or even the aim of the game and he wouldn’t tell me.  He just killed me over and over again, sometimes within seconds of my ‘coming back to life’, I wouldn’t even get a chance to move and he’d kill me.  He enjoyed this a bit too much.  Eventually I gathered enough ‘skill’ to run away from him but this was not my idea of fun.

I had told him about my affection for Resident Evil so for my birthday or something he got me Silent Hill for his XBox.  I was only allowed to play it when he was there though and he bought the strategy guide and a laser pointer and (I shit you not) I was only allowed to do what he told me to do.  We played in the dark (it’s a pretty scary game actually) and he used his flashlight to read the strategy guide and give me instructions and then used the laser pointer to show me where to go on the screen.  I tell you, the guy was a complete control freak.  Don’t get me started on him following me to the bathroom!

Anyway, I have digressed somewhat massively but never mind.  All of this combined means that it was with trepidation I downloaded WoW.  Had I not been alone for several days I would never have done it.  I wouldn’t have wanted anyone to know you see (she says on her public blog!).

So the first thing is I have to create a character.  I can choose between  Alliance and Horde who seem to be like goodies and baddies, and then choose a ‘race’.  I am vain and do not want an ugly character so go with the cuter in general Alliance.  I choose a Night Elf whatever that means and give her purple hair.  You have to then select what class you want to be.  I made mine a hunter because that meant I got to have a pet tiger.  Right.  What do I do now?

I have to give my character a name.  This has me scratching my head for some time… it has to be something cool right?  I should think of something that will make me fit in because I imagine everyone has really imaginative names.  I’m stumped though.

I have never been good at names:  my teddy was called Freddy, my Barbie was called Barbie and my imaginary horse was called Callypo because that’s what was written on the side of my horse, er, bike.  So Callypo it was.  I started to play and it took me hours to get to level 3 and work out how to use the controls especially as I was playing on a laptop with no mouse so was using the trackpad and key controls.  The first time though that I saw a ‘real’ person in there I was really excited.  I tried to talk to them but they just ignored me.

I got bored, I kept dying because I wasn’t quick enough with my trackpad and I must say I was very disappointed that no one was talking to me.  My pet tiger was also a bit too annoying for a noob like me, it kept running off and starting fights with things I couldn’t kill.  I decided to create another character.

This time I thought I might get to talk to someone if I didn’t look like such a nancy, you know, if I looked more like a serious gamer’s character so I went with the undead.  A zombie character in the Horde.  Again I had a serious problem with my name.  I tried to clear my mind of everything and use the first name which popped into my head which was………………………..Tamara………….wow, bit of an anti-climax there!  I stuck with it though for lack of anything better but had to make it less boring (I had by now seen some other people’s names and they all seemed pretty impressive.

Tamara Tambourine.

That, is the best I could do.  I’m a disgrace.

To my utter horror though I couldn’t fit it all in and by the time I was playing realised too late that my character was called Tamaratambour.  Och well, by accident it’s a bit better.  She was a hunter too, I liked the pet concept too much and this time I got a spider which I named Seth.  (Callypo’s tiger was called Cat)

I should have learned the first time though.  While I got better at fighting and completing tasks, still my pet was a pain in the arse and still no one would talk to me.

Time for a new tactic again, this time I need to be really hot!  I figured that in light of the avatar thingy notsohotandconfidentinreallife people were quite likely to be hot in WoW and therefore a little more talkative non?  I created a new character called Valpestra (named after a song by Sting called ‘Valparaiso’ – long story involving a drunken conversation with friends where I claimed Sting had ‘done tantric’ to me through the radio).

Valpestra is a Draenei (some sort of alien perhaps?) Mage so was the first character who did not have a pet.  Sure I was a bit lonely and I had no idea what a Mage was but I went with it.  It turned out though that she was a bit too sexy, everywhere I went I was plagued by Polish guys saying “Hey! You Sexy!”.  One guy saved my life by healing me during a fight with some beastie thing and then when I said thank you asked if I wanted to “do more than talk?”  What does that mean?  Did he want to pretend to have sex with me?  Who was he?  How old was he?  Was he even a he?  (that was a silly question actually, of course he was male!)

Valpestra’s life soon began to mirror my own (snigger) and she was plagued by suitors to the extent that I again decided I needed a change.  I’d go over to the Horde (or bad guys) which was a bit more fun so finally I created  Konniekapow and she was my favourite!  She’s a Blood Elf Paladin and I designed her to look a bit like Cher.  I got quite good as her albeit using the laptop but some tasks you need to be part of a group to complete and I had no idea how to go about this, again I felt a little bit lonely and excluded.  On my own though I got to level 20 which is the limit before you need to start paying.

This week I have been ill and spent most of my time in bed or on the couch so I have played my fair share of WoW and eventually it was time to create a new character again.  Just to see what was different, for the first time I created a male character.

He’s a troll warrior called Archiebaldie (thank you) and almost immediately I started getting challenged to fight by other players, something which never happened when I was a girl.

For the first time in the two weeks I have been playing WoW I got invited to join a group today and it is this experience I am really writing this blog in order to tell you about!

So I am standing in the middle of a town, a level 7 Warrior which is not very good and I am approached by 3 or 4 other (Swedish) characters who start talking to me and for some reason seem to find it hilarious that I ‘can’t talk’.  I am very confused by this because I am talking to them and they can see it but I’m guessing that they have the full version not just the free trial and that they can actually speak with their voices?  (?)

So here’s what happened:

1st guy – im lol
2nd guy – lol
3rd guy – lol
more people arrive and stand around laughing
me – hey guess what! I can’t speak!
2nd guy – fag
1st guy – lol
2nd guy – jokes
1st guy – lol
a message pops up to say that 1st guy has challenged me to a duel, he’s level 23 and I’m 7, they’re already laughing at me so I decline
me- now you want to beat me up too?
1st guy – com on do it
He cries on the other guy’s shoulder
2nd guy – he’s too scared
me – it’s for your own good, I’d kick your ass
1st guy – fag lol
2nd guy – lol
3rd guy – lol
me – I don’t know how to I’m a noob in case you hadn’t noticed
I get an invite to be in their group now which I assume is because I’m doing a great job of pretending to be a boy and bantering with them and accept
Then I get a bit confused because there’s a dog type thing next to me
me – who’s dog is this?
1st guy – lol
2nd guy (who’s turned into a dog type thing) – lol
they all start dancing now and laughing at me because I don’t know how to dance, I jump up and down instead and they laugh more and talk to each other in Swedish
1st guy (he’s the leader) – TO THE BASE COM ON!
2nd guy – ok
it’s just the 3 of us now
They then run off and I follow them to the top of a high tower where they are sitting on the floor and their characters have no clothes on.
2nd guy – falls asleep Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
me – what happened to your pants?
1st guy – im keepin my hood up lol
2nd guy – lol (then goes back to sleep)
(it then says 2nd guy seems a little tipsy from the Cup of FrogVenom Brew)
They start dancing again
me – so what is a group?
1st guy – (Google translated from Swedish) Anyone not dancing is gay
me – where are you from?
1st guy – I think Archiebaldie should get undressed cuz this place is a naked bar!
2nd guy – oh!
2nd guy – I’m sexy
1st guy – no ur not ur blue (his character is blue)
me – lil
      – oops, I meant lol
2nd guy – cries
1st guy – shit im so drunk.  gonna pok.
 
They then decide to get dressed and go back outside, I follow them but decide to finish my task instead.
 
A message pops up – You have been removed from the group.
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Granny’s Dress Emporium

As promised, here is a picture of my sister Cath in the dress I made her for Christmas.  She loves it although has asked me to shorten it to above the knee (hussy!) as she and I have quite different styles.

I myself prefer a below the knee skirt which is still sexy provided you wear the right shoes and have nice calfs and ankles (particularly if you’re very tall like me).  Cath and my other sister Claire call me “Granny” due to my vintage inspired wardrobe and often conservative outfits.  What can I say, I’m a classy bird with a large collection of cardigans and headscarves!

Anyway, I’m sure you’ll agree that Cath looks gorgeous, she needs little help from me!

The fabric was from Mandors and it’s on sale right now if they have any left!

The pattern is a Simplicity one from the early 90s.

Cath wasn’t so keen on the headscarf/polo (turtle? where I come from it’s a polo neck and the collared t-shirt is a polo shirt!) neck combo, can’t imagine why!

I’ll do my best to pin Claire down and get a photo of her in her playsuit before she goes to Australia for 6 months on Monday!

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Folksy Celebrities:: O’blue Thrashion

Due to my extended absence there’s been yet another gap in the Folksy Celebrity postings but I hope to get back on track with this too as so many people took the time to answer my questions and some of their work is so fantastic.

I usually post one a week on a Wednesday but will do it more regularly until I have caught up! Should you be interested in a feature then follow this link to fill in the form, do bear in mind however that there’s a bit of a ‘waiting list’.

Name: Nat

From: O’blue Thrashion

Occupation: I work full time as a collection manager in an art museum and craft in the evenings

Favourite colour: blue

Favourite animal: polar bear

Favourite band: The Clash

Favourite band: A crack up at the race riots by Harmony Korinne

Shop / Business name:  O’blue Thrashion

 


What you make: 

I make jewellery from recycled skateboards

How did you know you were crafty / artistic?

Always have been but studied a fine art degree too!

What was the first thing you ever made?

Hard to pin point! I made a voteuristic padded cell for an exhibition?!

Do you have any formal training or who taught you what you know?

I have a Fine Art Degree, and a Museum Studies Masters Degree

How did your craft business come about?

I started making jewellery for friends and family out of old discarded toys and it grew organically on its own

Where and when do you do your crafting?

I craft in my Greenhouse which I have converted into a studio

Tell me something surprising about yourself:

I’m married to a welsh punk!

Which Folksy shop can you not get enough of?

Skull and Cross Buns – Awesome handcarved stamps :)

Why is handmade / crafting important to you?

I strongly believe in the recycling ethic

Is it just me or is crafting really hot right now?

It seems to be but I think it will become more popular over the next 10 years


Ok you’ve got me convinced! Where can I find you?

Twitter
Facebook

 

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Vintage Knits

I’ve written before about my Mother-In-Law Chrisy (aka Milly) and the close relationship which has developed between us over the years.  She’s been a massive inspiration to me in terms of my love for all things creative and crafty.

Last year for Christmas I decided to try to make all of my Christmas presents.  I fell a little bit short in the end due to time (poor Dad’s jumper still only has half a sleeve) but managed to make almost all of them.  In light of this, I extended the invitation to everyone else that they should try to make their presents too or if not then just give a small ‘token gift.’

I could not have imagined that I would get anything as awesome as the gift from Milly!

It’s a folder she’s put together of Vintage Knitting patterns, the oldest of which is from 1949.  What makes it even more special is that they belonged to her best friend Gill’s mother who passed away recently.  What a great lady she must have been, I’ve heard much about her and she kept her patterns in great condition!

I love the pictures and the patterns but am also very taken with the old adverts interpersed throughout.

Here are a few of my favourites…

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