Imaginary Karin - Personal blog, art, and pixel art by Karin Persson

My Favourite Things: April 2015

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My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!
Below are some of my favourite things right now:

Music: The Distillers

An old punk rock band that isn’t even making music any more, but still my current obsession. Their music is really great and I have developed a bit of a crush on singer Brody Dalle!

If there is one thing that ALWAYS works for me music-wise is dark, deep, gritty voices – especially female ones. I can’t resist the sound. I even listen to Cher sometimes just because of her voice. And now The Distillers have been added to my list of bands with interesting vocals.

Design: Dust Furniture

Imagine if Dr. Seuss decided to make furniture? It would probably look something like this. I don’t normally care that much about interior design, but these are the weirdest book cases and cabinets I’ve ever seen and I love every single one of them! The designs are wonderfully whimsy and truly unique.

If they were available in Europe I’d buy this piece in a heartbeat, but sadly it’s a North American company and I don’t even want to know how much shipping and customs would be for me.

Geekyness: Bilbo’s Contract

Imaginary Karin - Bilbo's contract

Imaginary Karin - Bilbo's contract unfolded

Imaginary Karin - bilbo's contract detail

It wasn’t just Zappo’s birthday last month, I had mine at the end of March too and my boyfriend presented me with this wonderfully nerdy gift: Bilbo’s Contract. It is exactly that: a copy of the contract he had to sign before joining the company of dwarves set out to reclaim The Lonely Mountain.

It’s really long and detailed, I haven’t even read the whole thing yet because it’s just so much text. It’s kinda hard to tell what it says in some parts too since it’s “hand-written” and the paper is “damaged” in some places. I’m going to try my best to decipher all of it though.

My dog is 10 years old

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet puppy

Mother Bertha and siblings. Zaphod is the pup to the far right.

On March 22, in the year 2005, a litter of puppies were born in a small town in north Sweden. They were all tiger-striped in brown and black, with white markings. One of them, the male with the white dot on the back of his neck, was destined to be mine.

I visited the breeder and saw the puppies for the first time when they were 5 weeks old, and made up my mind shortly after. They were a lovely couple (the humans I mean) and their dogs were healthy and happy. My puppy came home with me at the end of May 2005, when he was 8 weeks old.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet puppy

8 weeks old and just moved in with me.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet puppy

4 months old

Most puppies are round and fluffy, but not this one. Even that young whippets are tall and thin and bony. Zappo was all elbows and knees, and a head balancing on a lanky neck that seemed far too long for his body. It was the most beautiful little creature I had ever seen.

He was a nice puppy too, calm and gentle, and didn’t chew on anything other than his toys.
In hindsight, I got off very easy. The breeder warned me that whippet puppies can be really destructive, and that the “sight hound dignity” adult whippets possess usually doesn’t develop until they’re a few years old. Zappo was dignified from day one, I often joke that he was born an old man.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo whippet

Almost 10 years old (taken in January 2015)

And now it’s been 10 years…
10 years of walking through the forest, climbing mountains, running across open fields… and slacking on the couch eating crisps.

He is the longest relationship I’ve ever had.
When I first met him I was 22, now I’m 32. I’ve moved towns, moved apartments, changed jobs and boyfriends, studied and graduated, and always he’s been with me. No matter what has happened in all other aspects of life, I’ve always had my dog.

It’s funny to think about.

Imaginary Karin - Zappo 10th birthday cake

We celebrated last Sunday with a “cake” made from his favourite treat: cat food. Wet and dry.
Thankfully he didn’t want to share it with me, haha!

Happy birthday, you scrawny old mutt! You’re the best friend I’ve ever had.

New tattoo! And it’s a big one.

As some of you might remember I got a tiny Smaug tattooed on my right arm about 1½ years ago. I was then warned that tattoos can be addictive and it was likely I would want more. Well, I’ve always loved tattoos so that turned out to be very true in my case…

I have gotten more ink. Way more ink. In fact, I’ve gotten a whole damn sleeve.

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

Yes, as of Tuesday (i.e. two days ago) that is my arm. Of course it’s a witch.

I've always had a passion for fantasy, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales - and in my opinion there is no better representation for ALL those areas than the witch. I also happen to be madly in love with everything Halloween.

To me, the witch is a happy symbol, and Halloween is a happy holiday. They both represent something I love, and I wanted my tattoo to show that. It shouldn't be all dark and gloomy - I wanted it to be fun and colourful!

The actual inking was done by the talented Ed Perdomo, who specializes in cartoony colour tattoos. I saw his work on Instagram and immediately decided that he should be the one to do my witch.

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

Ed has his own unique style and always design his tattoos from scratch. After giving his a rough idea what I wanted he presented me with this sketch. I didn’t hesitate for a second, she was just perfect! So very “me”!

Below are the first session (November 2014) when we only did the outlines, and the second (December 2014) when we did about half of the colouring. Two days ago was the third and final session.

It was painful, and right now my arm is all swollen and sore, but it was so worth it! I couldn’t be happier! I’ll probably post some more images once it’s healed.

Now I just have to figure out what to fill my right arm with…

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo
Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

All photos taken by Ed Perdomo.

My Favourite Things: March 2015

my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!
I think it’s a nice idea so I’m going to try and do this every month from now on.

Music: Oslo Ess

Sometimes when I’m bored I browse the “related artists” lists on Spotify, and during one of those session I stumbled upon the Norwegian rock band Oslo Ess.

They have some quite catchy songs, and I like that they sing in Norwegian.
The song in the video, Midnatt, has been stuck in my head for weeks now! I can’t speak Norwegian but I sing along anyway

Tv: Being Human (UK)

I’ve blogged about this show before, but I recently re-watched the first 2 seasons and decided I still like it very much and can still recommend it to people. It’s funny and awkward and kinda weird, with adorkable and interesting characters.

Also, it’s British, which means everyone looks like normal people instead of flawless Hollywood starlets.

My new dishwasher

my dishwasher

Our new dishwasher! I’ve never actually owned one of these before. Until now we’ve done all our dishes by hand like bloody cavemen, but finally we’re stepping into the 21th century!

This Macbook cover

macbook cover

I got a Macbook Air from work, and since I’m not a big Apple fan and would rather have had a PC laptop I got permission to “pimp” it however I wanted. After searching around I found this site that sells vinyl decals with a huge assortment of crazy prints. My choice fell on this slightly gothic design called “Time Travel”.

The material was really cooperative, so it was easier to apply than I thought it would be, and it’s supposed to be easy to remove too.
I’m really happy with it so far, the computer got 100% cooler imo!

The sci-fi bookstore in Stockholm

Thanks to work, I recently got to spend a few days in Stockholm. It was great fun! I got to see some previously unseen areas of our capital, got to eat some really good food (T.G.I. Friday’s has been added to my list of favourite restaurants), and visit some really fun shops.

The best destination by far was The Science Fiction Bookstore. They are a real “geek haven” with a wide selection of books, comics, movies, board games, and merchandise from all corners of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror.

Imaginary Karin - Sci-fi bookstore in Stockholm

I could easily spend a whole day in there. Partly because of their wares, partly because you can sort of actually get lost in the 1½-story labyrinth of shelves.

Those types of messy and cramped shops are actually my favourites. I understand that it looks better to have a small selection of neatly displayed wares, like at those designer stores with very expensive clothes, but imo it’s much more fun to raid a store that looks like someone’s attic.

Fortunately for me, the messy stores usually are the ones selling my favourite types of items as well: the geeky and the odd and the old.

Stockholm Sci-fi book store Doctor Who

The Doctor Who section!
I was tempted to buy the big talking Dalek plushie just to annoy Markus (he thinks Doctor Who is ridiculous) but unfortunately it was a bit too expensive. It also would’ve taken up too much space in my suitcase.

Imaginary Karin - Stockholm Sci-fi book store

Imaginary Karin - sci-fi bookstore Stockholm Harry Potter

A Harry Potter collection locked in a glass monter. I guess it’s a security measure, you wouldn’t want customers to grab the wands and start random wizarding duels, now would you?

They had a stand nearby with hats and scarfs, but only Gryffindor and Slytherin in stock unfortunately. Otherwise I might’ve bought a Ravenclaw scarf.

Imaginary Karin - sci-fi bookstore books

My very very small haul: a gorgeous illustrated Tolkien dictionary and Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch.

Thing is I have a lot of expenses coming up right now, so I didn’t feel like spending too much. Besides, we’re going to Stockholm again in March so I’m planning on buying more stuff then.

Anyway, if you’re into geeky things and ever find yourself in Stockholm I recommend you swing by The Science Fiction Bookstore! It’s well worth it!

pig table

NOT from the Sci-fi store, but I found it and I feel I need to share it with the world: a pig table.

It’s… unbelievable. Slightly frightening. I’ve never seen anything like it.
In all honesty, if it hadn’t been so damn expensive I probably would’ve bought it right then and there! This is just my kind of weird, haha!

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