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Overblog Challenge - Christmas Wishlist

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello! 

Today is December 1st. Over-Blog, the platform i use for this blog, just launched a challenge for us, its users, for the month of December. 

I thought it would be cute to participate, as I never did something that others do or did. I hope to be able to complete the challenge every day. 

So, the first challenge is to write our wishlist for Santa Claus. It's not just kids who want things, but us adults as well. And oftentimes, we don't ask for things because we think we're not kids anymore. 

This image is an old greeting card Anna's mother had.

So this is what I want for Christmas this year. Well, i won't complain if i get them later as well, haha :D And before you ask, i tried hard to be a nice person this year ;p

Even though this will be a list, there is no particular order:

  • Twin needles for my sewing machine
  • An embroidery hoop - medium in size 
  • A serger - i'd like one, even though i have no idea where to store or how to use it. i don't need it, not for now.
  • Enough money to buy a house in Italy or France ;p 
  • More visitors on this blog and on my BeingObscure.com site ;p 

Those were physical stuff that can be bought more or less easily.

For the stuff that can't be bought, I want:

  • More health for Anna, me, and our parents and relatives
  • To manage to live in peace with Anna
  • More joy and happiness for Anna and I.

Now, I want to write all this in French. Well, i'll use Google Translate for that. 

Bonjour!

Aujourd'hui, c'est le 1er décembre. Over-Blog, la plateforme que j'utilise pour ce blog, vient de lancer un challenge pour nous, ses utilisateurs, pour le mois de décembre.

J'ai pensé que ce serait mignon de participer, car je n'ai jamais fait quelque chose que les autres ont fait ou fait. J'espère pouvoir relever le défi chaque jour.

Alors, le premier défi est de rédiger notre liste de souhaits pour le Père Noël. Ce ne sont pas seulement les enfants qui veulent des choses, mais nous, les adultes, aussi. Et souvent, nous ne demandons rien parce que nous pensons que nous ne sommes plus des enfants.

J'ai oublié où j'ai vu cette œuvre d'art.  :(

C'est donc ce que je veux pour Noël cette année. Eh bien, je ne me plaindrai pas si je les reçois plus tard aussi, haha: D Et avant de demander, j'ai fait de gros efforts pour être une personne gentille cette année. ;p

Même s'il s'agit d'une liste, il n'y a pas d'ordre particulier:

  • Deux aiguilles pour ma machine à coudre
  • Un cerceau à broder - de taille moyenne
  • Une surjeteuse - j'en voudrais une, même si je ne sais pas où la stocker ni comment l'utiliser. je n'en ai pas besoin, pas pour le moment.
  • Assez d'argent pour acheter une maison en Italie ou en France ;p
  • Plus de visiteurs sur ce blog et sur mon site BeingObscure.com ;p

Ce sont des choses physiques qui peuvent être achetées plus ou moins facilement.

Pour ce qui ne peut pas être acheté, je veux:

  • Plus de santé pour Anna, moi, nos parents et nos proches
  • Pour réussir à vivre en paix avec Anna
  • Plus de joie et de bonheur pour Anna et moi.

C'est tout. Merci d'avoir lu! A demain avec le prochain défi!

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

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Fool proof doughnuts

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello world~~

DISCLAIMER: This article was originally published back in 2013. I edited it once, to add another picture, because i though the presentation lacked a little. Now, in 2020, i remade these doughnuts, and i took more pictures. I want to add them here, so this means this article will be republished. 

My friend showed me the recipe for these doughnuts on a local website and since I had all the ingredients, I figured I should try it out.  

The best part is that they’re done so fast, you don’t need to wait for the dough to raise,  and they’re very yummy and light! You’ll want to double the quantities the 2nd time around, hehe ;) 

You probably won’t believe me, but even a 14 year old boy made these, or it was him sharing the recipe.

The pictures in this article/recipe are mine.

 

The original, sad picture i used. oh, gosh.

The original, sad picture i used. oh, gosh.

INGREDIENTS

  • 200 grams yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 spoons sugar
  • some baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 150 grams flour
  • 1 Tbsp lemon peel – lemon essence works fine too.

I have to mention that this year we learned my friend can't eat a lot of things, including gluten, or at least not a lot of it.

So you can replace regular flour with gluten free flour or whole grain flour.

This year i also skipped the lemon peel (zest) or essence as well. Instead, i used vanilla extract. My friend was diagnosed with asthma, and lemon essence is bad for them, as some of you may know. 

I wish mine turned out this pretty :(I wish mine turned out this pretty :(

I wish mine turned out this pretty :(

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together. Originally, I was supposed to add them one by one, but we want to be as quick as possible, even if we stay the whole day at home. 

Make sure everything is well incorporated though. The dough should be a bit thicker than the mayonnaise.  Thicker dough will make rounder doughnuts, while a thinner one will turn into funny looking doughnuts.  

I forgot to take a picture of the dough after i mixed it. Therefore, here you can admire my dough almost at the end. 

My dough was thicker, thus the doughnuts have a more regular, ball-like shape.

This is the time to adjust the sweetness, by adding more sugar if you so wish. Of course, this means you'd have to taste the dough. Make sure not to eat it all. Whatever you may add, incorporate well once again. It should be smooth. 

You can even add more flour, to make the dough thicker. IT should still be a bit runny though. My spoon is a hint to why.

At this point I added some grounded nuts back in 2013. - Side note: Reading this in 2020, i recall no such thing, but it must have happened. 

What mine turned out like :(

What mine turned out like :(

You'll now need a small pot or a frying pan. 

You need to have a thick layer of oil for frying in there. As you may know, doughnuts need to be fried. 

Heat the oil up. Don't use too much heat. I used low to medium heat. I kept it constant. 

Take a spoon, scoop dough out and drop it in the pan. You can fry more at once, depending on how big your pot or pan is. 

I could fit about 6 in my pan. It's normal for the doughnuts to have "legs" or whatever you want to call the little drops that fell from the spoon, next to the actual doughnuts.

The softer/thinner the dough, the more such "legs" will form. These "legs"are also a bit wasteful, because they get burned and nobody will eat them. I think i added more flour to make the dough thicker to have less waste.

You'll fry them on both sides, until they become golden/brown. They'll start floating at some point. That's when you'll turn them on the other side.

If you feel they become brown too fast, lower the heat a little. I cook with gas, so i can't really tell you how high my flame was. It was one of the largest burners, which was a bit too much for this smallish pan. 

You'll have to turn then around to check their color, to be even on both sides. 

When the first ones are done, remove them to a plate, or a large bowl. Make sure to use a paper towel on the bottom, as the doughnuts will still leak some oil. You don't want the ones at the bottom to sit in a puddle of oil, ewww. 

When you’re done frying all of them, just sprinkle them with confectioner’s sugar, chocolate syrup, or anything else you prefer for more yummyness.

Bon appetit!

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

entry edited in May 2018 first, then in 2020. all pictures are mine.

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Expectation VS Reality - DIY edition

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello there!

Did you expect to see me? neither did I. 

Do you know how people order things online hoping they'll receive something cool, something they think will look good, will make them feel better, and so on and so forth? 

I have done that. But i didn't expect things to be THAT amazing, to begin with. You can read more about that experience in this entry

So this entry is not about my expectations being ruined by a bad online shopping spree. Instead, I want to talk about a DIY project a did over the past 2 or 3 weeks. Well, i finished it last week.

I didn't plan on writing about it. However I shared it to this FB group and 87 people liked it and congratulated me for the result. 

The story goes something like this: 

When the stores finally opened back at the beginning of summer, fiance bought a small white Guess bag from an outlet. 

It was in a decent shape, with the only flaws being the several visible stains. On both sides. Unfortunately i don't have a picture of the bag :( 

I thought we can clean it. [FIRST EXPECTATION!]

[FIRST REALITY] hit when after several attempts, and several products, we realized that taking those stains out won't work. 

The DIY project begins!

THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM

The solution we came up with, was to paint the bag. At least on the front.

This was a pretty easy idea to put into practice. All i needed was:

  • acrylic paints - done!
  • paintbrushes - done!
  • inspiration 

The inspiration came from a google image search. I searched for "an easy acrylic painting" or something along that line.

And I found this picture: [EXPECTATION 2]

I thought it's a decently easy image to reproduce. So i started working. 

First, i used a pencil to draw the circle in the middle, and 2 vertical lines in the middle to "split" the background into the night/day halves. I also drew the curved line for the crescent moon and the "flames" around the sun. 

This part was THE easiest to complete. 

I then started painting and i used the lightest colors first. 

I don't have much to say about the painting process. I tried to make sure i don't leave white spots as the surface of the bag is textured, not smooth, as you'll see from the pics below. 

So, this is what I got. [REALITY 2] it's not AS pretty as the inspiration photo, but it's alright. I think. 

And when you open it, you get almost the same image. I didn't want the image to be split or incomplete when open. I also have the impression it looks more "intended this way by the designer" and not "oh, I painted this and did the shittiest job."

It had 2 loops for a shoulder chain. My fiance said they'll use it more like a wallet than a purse, therefore, I thought that keeping the chain would be in the way, in a bag. 

I hope this entry inspires you to find a solution when your favorite bag gets dirty and you can't clean it, and you also don't want to get rid of it. 

I didn't use a sealant, but I should, and I'll be looking for some sort of sealant. The light blue side is a bit sticky to the touch even though so much time passed since I finished this project. So, if you do this, make sure to use a sealant. 

See you in the next one!

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

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Water Problems. Always the water..

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello.

We have a problem with the water. Actually the problems with the water seem to follow us or never go away when fixed. :/ 

The first serious problem happened when we lived uptown, a bit after the time I started blogging - late 2013. 

That apartment had individual heating, unlike most other apartments that receive heating from the city hall. There's a long process to have this done, and it involves, having the heater (radiator) removed and replaced. There are pipes connecting apartments vertically. 

Every year, they start the heating in mid or late autumn, depending on how cold the weather is. The day they let the heating run, the place where the old heater was connected to the building's pipe, just exploded because of the water's pressure. 

Boy was that not fun. I could have been electrocuted fast because the pipe was right next to the outlet. Remembering all this puts me in a bad mood. MEH. 

We moved out soon after that. Can you imagine it was even our fault that pipe exploded? Like???? It wasn't us who removed the old heater and made a faulty cover for the hole left in the pipe, were we? We weren't the ones deciding to install the independent heating system, were we? 

Yeah, what's done is done. 

Weird light in the sky, in June 2018, @ 8:49pm in Bucharest. Random unrelated picture.

Weird light in the sky, in June 2018, @ 8:49pm in Bucharest. Random unrelated picture.

Fast forward to when we moved in this apartment, in late 2013 or so. The apartment had signs of being flooded from above. But we didn't care about that. Perhaps this was a mistake, as we had other priorities then. 

The apartment got flooded again over time. At least 2 times. Mostly in the bathroom. Well, the worst flood was at the end of 2018 and throughout 2019. Because it never went away. Despite us complaining over and over to the building administration. 

Nothing was done! That is, until March of 2020! With the lock-down in full swing! The administration decided THAT was the IDEAL moment to come and tear our bathroom apart, along with a few other apartments above. 

Yea.. you read that right.. :( We didn't have a bathroom for about a week, if not more. And we had strangers in our house day in and day out, mud in the hallway and the bathroom.

The image above is taken right before the work started. Yes, the black thing is mold. :( It appeared in more areas, and I did spray bleach, but it only worked so much. 

We could only use the shower, because the bathroom has 2 sets of pipes, and the problematic ones were the ones with the toilet and sink. We were "fortunate" enough to use the loo, if we poured water with the bucket, that is.  

Well, after a week or so of agony, we now have new pipes and a new "wall" that we have to finish off with wallpaper. 

I'm not 100% the wall dried completely. Sometimes i can still feel the smell of wet concrete. The building is made of concrete. 

I honestly, have my doubts that the piping work was done "the right way". To clarify, there were even 2 teams of plumbers that "worked" in this bathroom. Patchwork is a good description for the result. The sink is SO low, even a lady could use it as a loo while standing, or as a bidet. -_- It's not even centered... 

But at least, this way, nothing can fall into the toilet if someone forgets to lower the lid. 

Oh, did you think that was the end of it? I wish! 

To our surprise, every time there is a storm, one of our balconies gets flooded as well. There is (or was) a little hole under the window, and water was badly creeping in by there.

I tried to filled it in with some silicone. Since then, there hasn't been any storm. But the problem doesn't end there. We have an evacuation pipe/something. The water from the last storm started coming in by there! I have no idea how this happened! 

I'll just let the pictures here, to speak for themselves. 

I keep old plastic bags in which other stuff was bought, to clean the cat litter. I get rid of them after i fill them with the cats' "gifts". I have more than 1 litter box, since i have more cats.

This is a very short clip i took of the flood happening from the evacuation point. 

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

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My favorite pics

Publié le par Charly C.

This entry is probably one of the least exciting ones. This is not a #firstworldproblem, because I'm not complaining. I want to actually show my gratitude for having this device for many things have happened while i had this iPhone 4.

I want to "celebrate" the life of this phone, and share some pleasant memories I made while having and using it.  

One of the things that this phone did the most, was to snap pictures and to keep me connected to Anna through messages and the pics we send back and forth. 

How do i know this phone won't function for long? It lags every time i try to open any app. I can't update its OS - no big surprise there. I also can't update the apps i already have. And i only have Instagram to which I can't upload anymore either. 

The point of this post is to remember some of the good stuff that happened while i used this iPhone 4. Or to share some of the pictures that i took and i liked or still like the most. 

This picture is my favorite. Yes, I took this picture. It is also one of the first pictures i took with this phone. Back in 2015. This is the 2nd picture i ever posted on instagram. You can see and like it here. I feel the light in this picture is just right, the colors are fine, pretty close to reality. 

To snap this picture, i put my hands through the bars of the fence of the yard the cat was in. I like how the cat was not paying any attention to me. To me this picture looks poetic in a way. Inspiring to write some fiction or something (else than a blog post).  

At the time, I didn't care about likes and stuff. I still don't. But it does feel nice to receive likes on the pics I post. ;p 

Chimney cake from the Christmas market of 2015. It was a really nice cake and the first one I had. Originally it was big. at least double the size seen in this picture. They're about 30 cm (12 inches?) long when made for the Christmas market. 

They're freshly made on the spot, and extremely popular. They can be covered in a variety of stuff: coconut flakes, sugar, nuts, and other things. This was (grounded) nuts i believe. I think we got 2 of them, i forgot. But the next years when we went to the Christmas market, we did buy 2 each time. 

That plate was a disaster for this picture: it' plastic. I has no pretty plate, sadly. You can view this pic on Instagram as well.

Looking at the date this picture was taken, is the same evening as the kurtos kalacs (chimney cake) above. It means this image was taken about an hour or so before the other. 

The evening was most likely cold since it was December 19. Only the closest woman in the picture and the few bare trees give away the temperature or time of the year. Otherwise the green grass could indicate summer. 

Anna took this picture. If you look closely, there was some fog out in the distance. There was such an eerie sensation. I still get it when i look at this picture. I still really like this image and I don't think I shared it before. 

This is actually a parking lot now, but back then, they just finished creating it. These days, on the right, there are many bars/cafes/restaurant places and the parking lot is full of cars.

On Instagram I shared it a few days later. What's interesting is that I have here, a picture of the same parking lot, from almost a year later. 

Picture of a stunning rose from May 15, 2016.

Of course, there are many other pictures I took and didn't share yet. Well, some will never be shared.

This rose looks gigantic. But it's probably just the angle. 

Seeing this pic of the rose, i can almost feel its sweet scent, and i can almost feel the early summer temperature around me. You could say the feeling is burned in my brain and on my skin. 

Obviously, without this phone, i couldn't take all these pictures. 

These tulips were very pretty in real life back in April of 2016. Either the angle or the light didn't make them justice. Too bad. I remember I took more pictures of these tulips. This is the one i like the most. 

I remember they brought me a big smile seeing them. They looked very colorful, cheerful, and simply beautiful. I was smiling like an idiot and being as happy as child seeing them. 

It's very refreshing to see pretty flowers in spring after the heavy and cold winter. They give hope for a better year and future. 

I shared all these pictures on the tumblr account where I upload all the pictures for this blog as well as the pics for my other site, Being Obscure. Usually, the pics with credits on them are hidden from the public on the Tumblr account. 

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

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My Crafting Books

Publié le par Charly C.

Hi all!

I think it's time for me to talk to you a bit about the books I own that help me with sewing or crafting stuff in general. 

DISCLAIMER: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I used these affiliate links to give you the option to check the book out, for yourself, if you so wish, through a well-trusted seller. While I will be very glad if you buy any of the linked items, the decision to do so or not, belongs to you. Thank you for reading!  

I own books, magazines, and some leaflets. I will talk about a few of them in more detail than about others. I'll also mention which are the ones with more interesting projects and stuff. 

Gotta mention that I didn't read them all. I didn't have enough time to do so. At least not yet. Plus, some of them are not really for reading as they have just projects and how to do them.

Most of these books are in Romanian, and I'll put them last. or after the ones in English. 

I have also 3 books that are more useful for those interested in fashion per se. I managed to read 1 of them, and about half of each of the other 2. 

My Fashion Related Books

These are my fashion related books. More fit for a coffee table, i suppose? But I don't have a coffee table, so they'll live with my craft books. 

  1. Elsa Schiaparelli's Private Album -affiliate link- 
  2. Vintage Fashion -affiliate link-
  3. Fashion Designer's sketchbooks (2) -affiliate link-

One is about vintage fashion through the 20th century, one is about fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and the other one talks about the process used by fashion designers to create their clothes. 

The book on vintage fashion is interesting for those who like or want to dress in the style of a decade of the past century. You get to discover designers, the silhouette promoted at the time, along with some historical context. 

It is through this book that I got an interest in Elsa Schiaparelli, and I was pretty excited to buy her Private Album book. I will talk a it about this book on my Obscure Reviews site, and I'll add a link here when that happens. 

To learn more about the creative process in the Fashion Designer's Workbook, there is a little interview with the featured designers as well as a little presentation of their sketches and a few of the finished look. I have to mention this is the 2nd volume. 

Various Crafting Books

Here are 5 crafting books:

  1. made at home -affiliate link-
  2. biblioCraft -affiliate link-
  3. 18th Century Embroidery Techniques -affiliate link-
  4. Simple Contemporary Quilts -affiliate link-
  5. Easy Embellishments for Creative Sewing -affiliate link-

From this list, I read half of the 2nd and the 3rd. I also read a bit of the first. If you're interested in reading a bit more about the "made at home" craft book, I have a review on my Obscure Reviews site

What can I say about these books is that they give a bit of introduction to present the book. They also give plenty of rather easy projects you can do, with step by step instructions. 

On top of this, you also get to see the final result. The made at home, Contemporary Quilts, and biblioCraft are books mostly for making home decor items. Or items you can use around the house, such as tea towels, pillow covers, quilts, and more. 

The Easy Embelishments book shows projects that you can do for your clothes. If you need some ideas or a bit of guidance for upcycling this book can be useful. This is all I can remember from it from just browsing and looking at the pictures, as I didn't read it.

The book on 18th Century embroidery techniques is quite interesting. It talks about methods, shows pictures of embroidery done at the time, where can it be seen, and more. 

Expect a review of this book on my site, at some point, and this post updated when that happens, because I am reading it, as I already mentioned. 

Romanian Crafting Books

There are quite a bit of crafting books in Romanian, that I own. About 4 of them are specifically with traditional embroidery or cross-stitching designs. One is about crocheting and making these interesting lace doilies. Though you can use them for whatever other purpose. You can see an example in this Instagram post i made last year.

Two or 3 of the books explain how to make your own patterns for various types of clothing. They rather lack explaining how to place the pattern on the fabric, which is the preferred sewing order, and so on. I think they were aimed at more experienced dressmakers and not beginners.

I used one of these books to make a/the pattern for an ankle-long cape. If you're interested in a post related to how that went, I'll be happy to talk about it. 

These books are from the 1970s and 1980s. The one on top, called Almanah Femeia is a booklet or a tiny magazine. It features knitting, crocheting, and embroidery work. 

The tiny book in the right upper corner is where I found the design I used on my jeans jacket. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, last year i embroidered my jeans jacket. And I talked about it in this entry

The same book also had the design you can see on the big doily in this IG post from last year.  And here you can see it being worked on. 

Here you can see some work in progress on a bookmark with a design from the yellow book. And here is the final result.

Burda Magazines

There's not much to see here. I bought the most recent issues starting with August 2019. The older issues I found next to the trash. The oldest issue is from 1996. One issue is in Hungarian, and that's the only one I can't read. But if I get more experience in dress-making, I won't need instructions. The others are in German with Romanian translations (in an insert). The translations are only for the sewing instructions, not for the few of the extra articles. 

I also don't have much to say about these magazines, except that the issues became slimmer and slimmer. In the 1990s, they featured recipes as well, and some crosswords which allowed you to enter contests and win things. Then, they also featured pictures from the readers, with the clothes they made with the help of Burda. 

I didn't include the leaflets in here. I may make a separate post for them as they're printed on newspaper paper, and they got old and fragile. I'm keeping them safe. For now. 

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

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I Bought a New Tarot!

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello everyone!

DISCLAIMER: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I used these affiliate links to give you the option to check the book out, for yourself, if you so wish, through a well-trusted seller. While I will be very glad if you buy any of the linked items, the decision to do so or not, belongs to you. Thank you for reading!  

We learned that last week, on aug 22 and 23, a yard sale would take place. 

What is a yard sale?

A yard sale here is organized as a gathering of various artisans or authorized sellers. These folks sell either stuff they made or things they don't need anymore, that was collected over time. So a yard sale is more like a small fair or a flea market.

What happened?

So, Anna tells me about this fair taking place at Address1, but then the next day (aka, today) she tells me that the event is at Address2. And This Address2 was closer to us, so we decide to go there. 

And what do you know? There was NOTHING going on at this 2nd location! NOTHING! The place was a decent looking house with a yard. In the yard, i could see some sort of gazebos? made of wood or metal. So they were pretty permanent. The gates were under chains and locks, everything was quiet and almost eerie. 

So we decide to go to the Address1, hoping that the event may happen there. We hop on the tram as it the fastest way to get there, by a weird coincidence. What can i say, public transportation is like that here.

By tram, we only traveled 3 stops, and we reached the general area in which the event was taking place. It would have been quite difficult to go there on foot mostly because of the heat.

We get there, and lo and behold! the event IS happening! But we nearly missed it by passing it by, hahaha. It was hosted in a VERY narrow and long yard. 

There were quite a few people attending as well, so the place felt cramped. Everyone was wearing a mask due to the current situation. Anna didn't have the courage to browse, but i did. 

I saw the work of this local artisan. She made very unique necklaces out of leather and some large beads, as well as some hand-painted greeting cards. I wasn't enticed by anything, especially not her chatty personality. 

Ok, she was trying to make me buy, as she needs the money, yada-yada-yada. But i had no use for any of that stuff. I only wanted to buy something if i REALLY liked it or needed it. Her items, as unique as they were, didn't fit the bill. 

I walked further into the yard and i found this other girl selling a few things. The one thing that stood out to me was her Tarot de los Angeles. Angel Tarot?  

She was asking less than 10 USD for it (40 lei). And i wanted already to buy another deck. And in the only store where I saw a variety of decks being sold, the cheapest was 15 USD? (60 lei). You ight say the difference in price is not big, but every penny matters. 

I thought it would also be a good purchase for my site, BeingObscure.com where i currently offer some interpretations for the Shadowscapes Tarot deck

Why is that? because when I'll be done with the Shadowscapes, I'll need something else to write about. Yes, I do own an oracle deck, but i feel no connection to it, whatsoever.  

In this picture, you can see me comparing it to the (barely visible) Shadowscape Tarot. I must say, this new tarot being smaller, is easier to handle. As such, it feels lighter as well. 

The downsides is that it's in Spanish. See this card? It says "Tronos" not "Cronos" as i see it. So, yea, they really messed it up with the chosen font. 

The deck is complete and in very good condition. The package has some signs of tear and wear, but I can fix that, I believe with some glue and/or clear tape. 

If you're interested in checking out this deck, you can use this affiliate link.

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

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Good thrift store finds (summer 2020)

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello all!

As you guys know, this year started off on a meh side.. well, at first, Australia was on fire. Then the 'Rona happened, and now everyone is more or less confused about things. 

In Romania, the stores, restaurants, and other places have been closed for 2 months. Once they opened, we went shopping again. Of course, I feel like we went a bit overboard with some stuff, but let me tell you that 2 months is a long time. And some other places around the world were closed for longer, or had to reclose. And that's sad. Depending on when in time you read this, you most likely already know all this.

So, back to today's topic. If you don't already know, a thrift store is also called a second hand store; it's a shop where people buy items that have generally been already owned and used by other people. In some cases, the items can be in a 'like-new' condition, may even have the original tags attached, or simply broken or well-used, and i have no idea why they're being re-sold. 

With all of that to be kept in mind, you can find some really good deals or treasures in these shops, and today i want to brag about a few of the things we found. 

Two Pairs of Shoes

Personally, i try not to buy used shoes. I recently realized that i feel a bit icky about people's feet in general - especially touching them (i imagined a situation in which i'd have to give a pedicure to a stranger). My partner's feet are the only ones (besides my own) that i feel comfortable enough to touch. 

As you can see from these pictures, these shoes are in quite good or very good condition. The sandals look as if they haven't been worn at all. The shoes have been worn a little bit, but the top and the heels look very good. 

These shoes are not my purchases but given their condition and since they're under the same roof with me, I thought i'd share them. Let's just say these cost much less than what they would sell for on eBay or other sites. 

The pumps are leather all around, and this means that they can easily be repaired if needed. And if we find a good place that offers such services. 

I will not be wearing these as they don't fit me and aren't my style, but Anna will. And she says they're very comfortable and easy to walk in. 

Vintage Pyrex (approx. 1977)

These casseroles (?) are made by Pyrex England. This pattern is the JAJ Sunflower pattern. When looking it up, you'll see there are at least 2 designs called Sunflower. This is the "less popular" one? 

I blame the MadGirlsVintage youtube channel for this purchase. She has an impressive Pyrex collection, in generally 2 colors only: pink and aqua. She has a few pieces in other colors as well, as she tries to "complete" her sets. 

Well, I don't want to reach that level of collecting Pyrex items, but these 2 pieces made me pretty happy. They are also pretty useful in the kitchen as I actually cooked in them, in the oven. 

These Pyrex casseroles are round. I probably wouldn't have bought them if they were oblong. Most likely because I already have a heat-resistant glass oblong casserole, from the Borcam brand. 

Decorative Plate

I'm not sure what color you see, but this is a rather pale pink or pale red? I'm not sure. The plate itself is rather thick. Its design is clearly supposed to be in the style of the well known Spode Blue Room china sets. 

To be honest, I always liked those plates, I never knew who made them, nor did I know their price. I did think they are ancient plates and vases from China, which are very expensive. I just didn't know that companies reproduced and reinterpreted them. I was much younger, and now I do know those things. 

I purchased this plate because I thought it might be valuable for resale or something. Well, I don't plan on re-selling this plate any time soon, but use it instead. In any case, if I do decide to re-sell it, I would make a bit of money off of it. 

I want to buy more plates in this style. I'm hoping to find them in black or green, preferably blue. This pink doesn't look appealing enough to me. I find pink to be a difficult color. To match, wear, use...  In any case, I will have to see if I still find anything at all, as well as if I like the design and the color. 

These plates were sold in a book outlet. And I didn't buy any. I wish I did get a few. But In a way, I thought it's a bit ... hmmm ... offensive in a weird way.  

All in all, I'm happy with these finds. I will keep on searching for such treasures in the second-hand stores. 

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Going in the park. Take 2

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello everyone!

As you all know, Romania was in the State of Emergency, aka martial law for about 2 months, because of 'Rona. This meant we couldn't go out anywhere, especially not in the park. 

I talked in this post about exploring the Carol Park in Bucharest, last year. I posted pictures only of the Mausoleum, which is probably the best attraction in this park. 

However, as I was explaining there, there are a few other things that visitors should check out. Some visitors were checking them out, but I have a feeling they were all locals. And i think tourists and other foreigners should also check these features out. 

I found it on an alley on the right of the way leading up to the mausoleum. 

Don't ask me who this is, as I forgot, and I didn't take any closer picture or one in which his name would appear. Sorry about that. I guess he was a scientist of sorts.. I thought the statue was pretty impressive on its own, so i took a picture. 

There are many statues scattered across the city both in parks and outside of them. 

Walking a bit more, we found this fountain.

And we weren't even allowed to get close to it, sadly. The security came to chase us away right after I managed to snap this picture.  It's sad that the authorities don't try to take advantage of this gem of architecture, more: promote it, charge $1 to get close, something...  

They did let a newly wedded couple to take pictures there, and they weren't even alone.

I was impressed by it in person. Even the air around it seemed different, magical? for some weird reason. I can't explain it. 

These 3 photos belong together. I'm not sure what this abstract art is supposed to represent. They remind me of Communist mosaic art. It just has that feeling. You can see the mosaic dating to the Communist times from the fountains downtown in this post - the mosaic has been replaced as the fountains were revamped.

It's just sad that the pieces haven't been maintained because i find them stunning. Surely they'll be removed at some point, just like the art in the fountains has been removed during the renovation/revamping works. 

Sure the fountains and the park needed/need some love and upkeep and the Communist era is something most Romanians want to leave behind, in the 20th century. 

This was another water fountain it seems. It didn't work and I had to be quick in taking this picture because I didn't want to be chased by the security anymore. 

The design of this fountain is very interesting and doesn't really seem like something they would like more than 100 years back - asymmetry. 

I'm not sure what this asymmetry was meant to express, but it looks good and still quite fresh since we're used to seeing generally symmetrical buildings. If they're not symmetrical, they're somehow made to look like 1 piece. This is a puzzle: pieces of various sizes and shapes, taken from who knows where and made to fit together. 

How cool is that?!

As you can see from the image, this was taken in 2017. You can still find these gigantic pots at the main entrance of the Gradina Cismigiu. Yet again I'm not sure what these pots are meant to represent as I actually didn't pay attention to see if there's an explanation for them or not. 

Yes,  Gradina Cismigiu is a different park and not very close to Carol Park. I wanted to include these pots as an example: almost no matter which park you go to, you're likely to see something unique, even if boring at first, but that can be removed at a later point in time for a reason or another. 

I think there might be a 3rd entry as well, as I have yet to talk about the creatures you can see in these parks. 

See you soon! 

© Charly Cross 2013 - present. All rights reserved.

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Little Update - May 18th, 2020

Publié le par Charly C.

Hello, readers!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I signed up for the Amazon affiliate program. 

Through this program, i can put links to various items/products i'm talking about in my blog entries, and IF you decide to make a purchase through the link i post, I'll earn a little reward, but you will not be charged extra.

All entries in which i will use these affiliate links will have the following disclaimer, somewhere at the top of the entry: 

DISCLAIMER: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I used these affiliate links to give you the option to check the book out, for yourself, if you so wish, through a well-trusted seller. While I will be very glad if you buy any of the linked items, the decision to do so or not, belongs to you. Thank you for reading!  

Nobody is forced to buy anything if they don't want to, if they feel it's too expensive, or whatever other reason. 

While i did sign up today, I have to wait for approval - 180 days. 

For now, this site only makes money through the copyrights, and so far i have yet to see a single physical euro/dollar, as i didn't reach the minimum allowed for withdrawal. in fact, i'm very far from that. 

On my site with reviews, BeingObscure.com, i'm even farther from that goal, as it barely starts to pick up views. 

I want to be as transparent with everyone, as i am able to. i won't disclose figures, as i believe that's against some rules somewhere. i also don't want to make people feel bad - i make so little money, they HAVE to help out, or they make so little compared to me, that i'm greedy. 

Again, if you like the items i link to, feel free to buy, not buy, seek alternatives. 

I want to point out that i will only link to items, if they somehow relate to the entry. I also added links to some of my past entries, with the disclaimer in place. 

Little Update - May 18th, 2020

If you stayed with me so far, thank you! 

If you decide to buy through my links, thank you again! 

Soon i hope to post a new recipe, more sewing stuff, and the second part of us visiting the Carol Park in Bucharest. In no particular order. 

Stay safe and see you soon!

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