Imaginary Karin http://imaginarykarin.com Personal blog and art gallery of Karin Persson Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:09:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 http://imaginarykarin.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Imaginary Karin http://imaginarykarin.com 32 32 82922033 Wintery Christmas cards http://imaginarykarin.com/wintery-christmas-cards/ http://imaginarykarin.com/wintery-christmas-cards/#comments Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:06:19 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4416 Drawing of snowy owl in winter landscape

Happy holidays! ๐ŸŽ„ These drawings might not be all that Christmas-y but I didn’t mean to either. I wanted to do something more generally winter themed. For the past few years, I’ve made bullfinches and yule goats for Christmas so this time I went for a snowy owl and a lynx.

I made these to send as Christmas cards to some Internet friends (Adastra and Kya to be precise) this year, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mediums:

  • Ink pens
  • Coloured pencils
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Games Workshop Warhammer paint (raided boyfriend’s stash)
  • Glitter nailpolish (yes, really)

The idea was to make a detailed animal with a sort of grungey unfocused background.

Started with watercolour pencils that I brushed with water, and then used coloured pencils over for more precise colouring. To increase the whiteness and “feel” of the snow I used some waterbased model paint. Don’t know if that’s the best way, but eh, it worked out ok.

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Drawing of snowy owl in winter landscape

Happy holidays! ๐ŸŽ„ These drawings might not be all that Christmas-y but I didn’t mean to either. I wanted to do something more generally winter themed. For the past few years, I’ve made bullfinches and yule goats for Christmas so this time I went for a snowy owl and a lynx.

I made these to send as Christmas cards to some Internet friends (Adastra and Kya to be precise) this year, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mediums:

  • Ink pens
  • Coloured pencils
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Games Workshop Warhammer paint (raided boyfriend’s stash)
  • Glitter nailpolish (yes, really)

The idea was to make a detailed animal with a sort of grungey unfocused background.

Started with watercolour pencils that I brushed with water, and then used coloured pencils over for more precise colouring. To increase the whiteness and “feel” of the snow I used some waterbased model paint. Don’t know if that’s the best way, but eh, it worked out ok.

You can’t tell from the photos, but the foreground snow and the animal’s eyes are slightly glittering. Did that with a thin coat of shimmery nail polish. Again, I don’t know if that’s the best way, but it looked nice when I did it. ๐Ÿ˜›

Drawing of lynx in winter landscape

Drawing of lynx in winter landscape

Lynx drawing folded as a card

Drawing of snowy owl in winter landscape

Close up of the snowy owl

I’ve celebrated Christmas with my dad and step-mum this year. It was just them and Markus and I, so it was a calm and quiet Christmas. We don’t even buy each other gifts (Officially. Somehow the car is always loaded with stuff after visiting. Mostly food ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) so it was super relaxed. We ate food and watched movies, which was a nice.

Hope you all had a nice Christmas (or whatever) and will have a very happy new year! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thoughts on getting a new dog http://imaginarykarin.com/thoughts-on-getting-new-dog/ http://imaginarykarin.com/thoughts-on-getting-new-dog/#comments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:24:07 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=3843 It’s been almost 7 months since Zappo passed. It both feels like it was yesterday and ages ago at the same time.

Plenty of people grieve their pets by immediately getting a new one, and I can’t say I blame them. We all deal with shit in our own ways. For me though, I haven’t felt ready for it just yet. I still feel a bit like the title of My Dogโ„ข is reserved for Zappo. He was mine, my friend and companion, and all these other dogs are just…… dogs. Does that make any sense?

With that said, after reflecting on losing my motivation and basically turning into a sad couch potato, it seems clear that I probably need to get a new dog.

Also, I want to get one before I get “stuck” and stop wanting one. Like, if you fall off a horse you’re supposed to get up in the saddle again as soon as possible, to prevent developing a fear of riding/horses. Maybe it’s a good idea with dogs too? I don’t want to wait so long that I get used to not having one and then it will seem like too much work.

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It’s been almost 7 months since Zappo passed. It both feels like it was yesterday and ages ago at the same time.

Plenty of people grieve their pets by immediately getting a new one, and I can’t say I blame them. We all deal with shit in our own ways. For me though, I haven’t felt ready for it just yet. I still feel a bit like the title of My Dogโ„ข is reserved for Zappo. He was mine, my friend and companion, and all these other dogs are just…… dogs. Does that make any sense?

With that said, after reflecting on losing my motivation and basically turning into a sad couch potato, it seems clear that I probably need to get a new dog.

Also, I want to get one before I get “stuck” and stop wanting one. Like, if you fall off a horse you’re supposed to get up in the saddle again as soon as possible, to prevent developing a fear of riding/horses. Maybe it’s a good idea with dogs too? I don’t want to wait so long that I get used to not having one and then it will seem like too much work. Does that make sense either?

So. We’re definitely gonna get a new dog, I’m hoping sometime next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is kind of a big project though, to find the right breed and the right individual… Not gonna lie it feels a bit daunting. Especially since I’ve decided to not get another whippet.

Why not another whippet?

It’s kinda sad because whippets are amazing. They do however have one issue and that’s their fur. Or lack of fur rather.

Of course, it’s reasonable to put a jacket on the dog on a day with extreme weather, but I feel it shouldn’t be required every single day just because it happens to be winter. Especially not since I live this far north – it’s winter a lot around here. And I’m a winter person, I prefer being outdoors in the cold and snow rather than in summer heat.

I loved Zappo but my next dog should be a little more robust and better adapted to this northern climate. Also, there are so many amazing breeds out there. I wouldn’t mind trying something new. ๐Ÿ™‚

Why I’m going to “shop” rather than adopt

I see a lot of “adopt, don’t shop” online and how it’s so much better to get a shelter dog. I won’t be doing that and the short reason why is: there are not a whole lot of “rescue dogs” in my country.

Sweden doesn’t have the same problem with homeless dogs as many other countries. Dogs are considered valuable and cost a lot of money to buy, even mixed breeds. Any dog seen roaming around on its own will be caught asap and steps will be taken to find its owner. There are basically zero strays.
Because of this, there isn’t a market for shelters either. There’s only one shelter in the whole country and it’s down in Stockholm. Unfortunately, most of their dogs are very demanding working breeds and “bully” breeds. Both of those are types I don’t want. Getting a dog from there doesn’t seem like a rational option for me.

Pet stores are not allowed to sell dogs either. Or cats or any animals other than certain species of rodents and birds. The law considers it cruelty to keep most animals in cages in such stressful environments. Our pet stores are for buying supplies rather than actual pets. Something I’m glad about!

The only way to get a dog (apart from that one shelter) is to buy one directly from its current owner/breeder.

I’ve started doing some research into suitable breeds and will probably post more about that in the future.
Hope y’all like reading about dogs, haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sherlock reading gif

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Inktober 2017 http://imaginarykarin.com/inktober-2017/ http://imaginarykarin.com/inktober-2017/#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:06:07 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4385 Holy cow, I completed Inktober for the second year in a row! Being the major procrastinator that I am, I’m actually rather pleased with myself. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ช

Preconditions

Last year I did Inktober with Drawlloween prompts, but I decided not to do any prompts this time.

I knew I would have less time this year as we would travel to Copenhagen, and then we had plans to visit my (divorced, so two different trips) parents and have Markus’s parents come up to visit us. And I had that neverending cold, which by now is finally over.
Because of all that, I didn’t want to have any restrictions but rather be free to do as I pleased.

The tools were the same as last time though.

I still have the same book I used last year and decided to continue with it (I’m even reusing the same photo of it). The paper is a bit yellow and soft so the ink bleeds a little, but it’s a pretty book and I want to use it.

After counting the pages it seems I have two more years worth of space left.

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Holy cow, I completed Inktober for the second year in a row! Being the major procrastinator that I am, I’m actually rather pleased with myself. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ช

Preconditions

Last year I did Inktober with Drawlloween prompts, but I decided not to do any prompts this time.

I knew I would have less time this year as we would travel to Copenhagen, and then we had plans to visit my (divorced, so two different trips) parents and have Markus’s parents come up to visit us. And I had that neverending cold, which by now is finally over.
Because of all that, I didn’t want to have any restrictions but rather be free to do as I pleased.

The tools were the same as last time though.

I still have the same book I used last year and decided to continue with it (I’m even reusing the same photo of it). The paper is a bit yellow and soft so the ink bleeds a little, but it’s a pretty book and I want to use it.

After counting the pages it seems I have two more years worth of space left. I hope I get to finish not only Inktober for 2 more years but to completely fill the book as well!

Imaginary Karin - inktober drawlloween tools

A selection of drawings

Below are some of my own personal favourites! If you want to see all 31 of them you can find them on my Instagram or my DeviantArt profile.

My top favs this year is the GW2 raptor mount because it’s funny, and the water horse/Kelpie because it’s a good subject. I’m tempted to make a full-size coloured version of the water horse.

Another I really like is the Erumpent from the Fantastic Beasts movie. She turned out simple but super cute. โ˜บ She would look great as pixel art too. I haven’t pixeled anything in forever, so we’ll see if I get around to it.

Inktober 2017 - Guild Wars 2 raptor mount

Day 2 – Guild Wars 2 recently came out with a new expansion – that included mounts!! Featured here is one of my Asuran characters (yes they look like gremlins).

Inktober 2017 - the little mermaid

Day 8 – Den lille havfrue/The Little Mermaid

Inktober 2017 - Lantern bat

Day 9 – tiny bat with tiny berry lantern

Inktober 2017 - three eyed cat

Day 12 – ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Inktober 2017 - she-elf

Day 14 – female elf

Inktober 2017 - Bรคckahรคsten Kelpie

Day 20 – bรคckahรคsten/the brook horse/kelpie

Inktober 2017 - lingonberry flower

Day 21 – lingonberry flower

Inktober 2017 - Bohemian Waxwing

Day 23 – Bohemian Waxwing, one of my favourite birds

Inktober 2017 - little castle

Day 25 – little castle

Inktober 2017 - Erumpent

Day 26 – The Erumpent is my favourite beast from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she’s so cute! Poor girl just want some love ๐Ÿ˜‰

In retrospect

I actually think I did better this year regarding the quality of the drawings. Looking through them it is obvious that some are a bit more rushed or uninspired, but overall it looks slightly better. Or maybe I just had fewer fuck-it-I-give-up days?

Not having a theme was both a blessing and a curse, but mostly a blessing. It’s probably part of the reason why I did better drawings this year. But at the same time, I had lots of days when I stared at the blank page not knowing what to do. Those days having a theme or a prompt would have helped.

It seems that the brain likes to make up themes anyway though. I had lots of little “mini-series” going on. Like 3 different birds, 3 magical equines, 2 elves etc…

Inktober was just as fun this time. It’s a bit of a pain when you’re stressed or tired or don’t feel very creative, but it’s so worth it. If you’re even a tiny bit into art, I can wholeheartedly recommend participating! ๐Ÿ˜€

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A weekend in Copenhagen http://imaginarykarin.com/weekend-in-copenhagen/ http://imaginarykarin.com/weekend-in-copenhagen/#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:38:04 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4363 I was lucky enough to spend the first weekend of October in Copenhagen, Denmark. Partly to celebrate Markus turning 30 and partly to celebrate us being together for 10 whole years! Can’t believe how time flies when you’re having fun! ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽ‰
We had been talking about a more exotic destination for this birthday/anniversary trip, but in the end, we decided on Copenhagen. And it did not disappoint!

Nyhavn

Nyhavn by night

Nyhavn is an old port famous for its colourful houses. It’s one of those places you just have to go to. They say you haven’t been in Copenhagen unless you’ve taken a photo of these houses.

We found our way there on our first evening after it was already dark, so the houses aren’t all that colourful in my photo, haha! But even at night, it was beautiful with the lights from the restaurants reflected in the water. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Pubs and restaurants line the street along the canal, and despite it being an ordinary Thursday there were plenty of people out. There were lots of boats docked there too, including some cool old wooden sailboats.

Strรธget

Strรธget, Copenhagen

Strรธget is the famous main shopping street.

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I was lucky enough to spend the first weekend of October in Copenhagen, Denmark. Partly to celebrate Markus turning 30 and partly to celebrate us being together for 10 whole years! Can’t believe how time flies when you’re having fun! ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽ‰
We had been talking about a more exotic destination for this birthday/anniversary trip, but in the end, we decided on Copenhagen. And it did not disappoint!

Nyhavn

Nyhavn by night

Me and Markus in Nyhavn

Markus and I ๐Ÿ’•

Nyhavn is an old port famous for its colourful houses. It’s one of those places you just have to go to. They say you haven’t been in Copenhagen unless you’ve taken a photo of these houses.

We found our way there on our first evening after it was already dark, so the houses aren’t all that colourful in my photo, haha! But even at night, it was beautiful with the lights from the restaurants reflected in the water. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Pubs and restaurants line the street along the canal, and despite it being an ordinary Thursday there were plenty of people out. There were lots of boats docked there too, including some cool old wooden sailboats.

Strรธget

Strรธget, Copenhagen

Strรธget, Copenhagen

Me and my purple ponytail

Strรธget is the famous main shopping street. It’s like 1 kilometre long and runs through pretty much all of central Copenhagen.

Most of the stores are the usual mainstream brands, so I wasn’t all that interested in them, to be honest. Aside from the Disney and a LEGO store, which was fun! But I found the side streets much more interesting. That’s where you’ll find all the odd quirky shops and restaurants, so that’s where we spent most of our time.

Rundetaarn/The Round tower

Round tower in Copenhagen

View of The Round Tower from the street

Inside The Round Tower, Copenhagen

Inside the tower

View from top of the Round Tower, Copenhagen

Rundetaarn, or The Round Tower, used to be an observatory back in the day. Now it serves as a lookout point where you can get an amazing 360ยฐ view of Copenhagen. I had never heard of it, but it was on the way between our hotel and Strรธget so we stumbled upon it on our first day.

The inside was pretty weird in that there weren’t any stairs, only a flat cobbled floor spiralling upwards. It was a long and slightly dizzying walk to the top, but the view was well worth it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

Rosenborg Castle garden, Copenhagen
Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

o_O

This was only one block over from our hotel, so we walked over there on Saturday after breakfast. Apparently, there’s a museum in the castle where they keep the Danish crown jewels. We never actually went inside, but it was beautiful enough from the outside!

It was surrounded on 3 sides by a water moat and next to it was a rose garden (Rosenborg literally means “rose castle”) and a park. I was pleasantly surprised to see plenty of roses still alive despite it being the beginning of October. It was a lovely place and in hindsight I sort of wish we had gone inside.

National Museum

View from the National Museum, Copenhagen

View from the upper floor at the National Museum

Viking helmets at the National Museum, Copenhagen

Viking helmets

Aurochs skeleton at the National Museum, Copenhagen

Aurochs!

Rune stones at the National Museum, Copenhagen

Also a place we visited on Saturday. Mostly to get away from the increasing rain, to be honest. But it was worth it, I always like visiting museums.

They had a lot of stuff from Scandinavian history, including a collection of rune stones and Viking armour and weapons. I’ve seen similar things before in Swedish museums, but still fun as they had a lot of stuff.
The coolest thing in there (according to me at least) was the enormous aurochs skeleton! I don’t know why, but oversized extinct animals never fail to excite me, haha!

Boat tour

Boat tour in Copenhagen

Canal houses in Copenhagen
Me in the tour boat, Copenhagen

Sunday we decided to hop on one of the tour boats. This was one of the highlights of the trip as we got to see a lot more of the city. The boat went along the main bay as well as through some of the canals, so we got to see a lot of the city.

We went past a military harbour with a huge battleship, condos where every apartment had their own dock, and we even saw parts of Freetown Christiania. It’s a “self-proclaimed autonomous anarchist district” and known for legalising certain drugs and having lots of residents with otherwise alternative lifestyles.
I sort of wanted to go there because it’s such a well-known place, but in the end we felt we didn’t have enough time. Also, from what I saw from the boat it kinda looked like a dump, so maybe it was just as well.

In summary

I say the whole weekend was a success. The weather cooperated, for the most part, and the city was fun. Prices were pretty much the same as in Sweden, except alcohol which was cheaper. The land was flat and the city centre compact so it was easy to walk everywhere.

The weirdest part was all the bicycles. I didn’t take any photos where you can really see it, but there were bicycles EVERYWHERE. All the bigger streets had dedicated bicycle lanes with their own signs and traffic lights etc. There was also massive bicycle parking lots here and there. Everyone and their mother seemed to take the bike rather than the car.
Which is great, less pollution and less noise, but also scary as they are so fast and silent.

Another odd thing was the language.

Swedish and Danish (and Norwegian) are very similar. Reading Danish is ok, I can understand if not all so most of it, and I could sort of understand people speaking – but not well enough. I don’t know how to explain it, it’s almost your own language so it’s almost understandable, but at the same time different enough that you feel the need to use English to avoid misunderstandings. ๐Ÿ˜›

It was a very nice weekend, and we had lots of fun. Copenhagen is a beautiful city with a lot of quirky charm. It was also great to get to spend some quality “us” time together. โ˜บ

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First snow 2017 – and my lost motivation http://imaginarykarin.com/first-snow-2017-lost-motivation/ http://imaginarykarin.com/first-snow-2017-lost-motivation/#comments Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:10:39 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4356 First snow 2017

As is tradition, I’m covering the first snowfall! โ„

I actually saw the first flakes on Monday, but they don’t count. They were just twirling through the air and melting as soon as they touched the ground. The first real snowfall I witnessed came on Tuesday the 24th. It wasn’t much, but it was white, it covered most of the ground, and it didn’t melt away.

Temperatures have been varying between +2ยฐ to -2ยฐ for the past few weeks, so winter is definitely coming. Good thing Markus got the winter tires put on the car yesterday.

Today I woke up to this. It’s wet and mushy, but it seems to stay. It’s actually still snowing!

I’m currently stuck at home with an unusually persistent cold, so I haven’t been able to go outside to experience it. Other than stepping out the front door to take these pics I mean.

But even if I wasn’t sick I wonder how much I would go outside anyway… The truth is I’m finding it really difficult to motivate myself to go out in the forest without Zappo (my old dog,

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First snow 2017

As is tradition, I’m covering the first snowfall! โ„

I actually saw the first flakes on Monday, but they don’t count. They were just twirling through the air and melting as soon as they touched the ground. The first real snowfall I witnessed came on Tuesday the 24th. It wasn’t much, but it was white, it covered most of the ground, and it didn’t melt away.

Temperatures have been varying between +2ยฐ to -2ยฐ for the past few weeks, so winter is definitely coming. Good thing Markus got the winter tires put on the car yesterday.

First snow 2017

Snowfall on October 24. 2017

First snow 2017

Proper snowfall on October 26th, 2017

Today I woke up to this. It’s wet and mushy, but it seems to stay. It’s actually still snowing!

I’m currently stuck at home with an unusually persistent cold, so I haven’t been able to go outside to experience it. Other than stepping out the front door to take these pics I mean.

But even if I wasn’t sick I wonder how much I would go outside anyway… The truth is I’m finding it really difficult to motivate myself to go out in the forest without Zappo (my old dog, if anyone doesn’t know). And I hate that.

The only walks I take nowadays are from the parking lot to my office, and maybe a quick stroll around the centre of town. Sometimes ENTIRE WEEKENDS go by without me ever setting foot outside the house. That is not like me, that’s not who I am. I used to take multiple walks every single day, now I just feel lazy and out of shape.

I also feel so out of touch with everything…

When you walk in the woods every day you become very attuned to the nature around you. You get to see every season up close and personal. You are the first to see the ice melt, the first to notice spring flowers blossoming, and the first to find berries and mushrooms in the autumn.
Every morning I used to look outside at the weather, check the thermometer, and then take the dog out. I don’t anymore, I don’t keep track of the weather at all. This autumn complete blindsided me, and I was actually surprised when I saw the first snowflakes. Like what, it’s that cold already?

Keeping in touch with nature is so important to me (yes, I’m a total hippie) and I don’t like losing it. I need to get my shit together and get out there again.

Ok, enough of my whining. Let’s end on a positive note, it’s snowing and that’s great! I love winter!
Does anyone else have snow yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pics from the north Swedish flora http://imaginarykarin.com/pics-north-swedish-flora/ http://imaginarykarin.com/pics-north-swedish-flora/#comments Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:47:57 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4292 Guess we could call this part II of the photos from my fishing trip this summer. I said I had a bunch of photos of plants and flowers too, and here they are! This is a very image heavy post, so consider yourself warned. โ˜บ

Arctic Starflower (Trientalis Europaea)
Arctic Starflower (Trientalis europaea)

This is my absolute favourite flower: the Arctic starflower (Trientalis europaea)!
Here we call them “forest stars”, which is a perfect description of what they look like. When walking through the woods, they shine like bright little stars in the undergrowth. Especially if it’s a bit dark outside. They’re so tiny yet impossible to miss. I find them just magical!

The lingonberries are probably the most important berries we have. They’re called the “red gold of the forest” because you can actually earn a decent buck by selling them. We even have foreigners coming from all over the world to pick wild berries in our forests. It’s a whole industry.

Lingonberries are very pretty, and lingonberry jam is a household essential in Swedish kitchens. But I’ve always preferred blueberries and cloudberries myself.

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Guess we could call this part II of the photos from my fishing trip this summer. I said I had a bunch of photos of plants and flowers too, and here they are! This is a very image heavy post, so consider yourself warned. โ˜บ

Arctic Starflower (Trientalis Europaea)
Arctic Starflower (Trientalis europaea)

Arctic Starflower (Trientalis Europaea)

Arctic starflower (Trientalis europaea)

This is my absolute favourite flower: the Arctic starflower (Trientalis europaea)!
Here we call them “forest stars”, which is a perfect description of what they look like. When walking through the woods, they shine like bright little stars in the undergrowth. Especially if it’s a bit dark outside. They’re so tiny yet impossible to miss. I find them just magical!

Purple mountain heather (Phyllodoce caerulea)

Purple mountain heather (Phyllodoce caerulea)

Bog-rosemary (Andromeda polifolia)

Bog-rosemary (Andromeda polifolia)

Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

The lingonberries are probably the most important berries we have. They’re called the “red gold of the forest” because you can actually earn a decent buck by selling them. We even have foreigners coming from all over the world to pick wild berries in our forests. It’s a whole industry.

Lingonberries are very pretty, and lingonberry jam is a household essential in Swedish kitchens. But I’ve always preferred blueberries and cloudberries myself.

Red belt conk (Fomitopsis pinicola)

Red belt conk (Fomitopsis pinicola)

Tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius)

Tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius)

Shelf fungi are pretty cool, and they come in such a great variety of shapes and colours. I always like finding them on trees. Although I suck at naming the different species, so I’m not 100% sure about the ones above.

Red clover (Trifolium Pratense)

Red clover (Trifolium Pratense)

Bunchberry (Cornus suecica)

Bunchberry (Cornus suecica)

Heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Somewhat overblown heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Interesting pine tree

Bonus pic of a weird pine tree. Wonder what caused it to split itself like that? Maybe has something to do with the big growth further down on the trunk?

I don’t know if the plants in this post are really exclusive to the subarctic, but I think at least some of them are.
Let me know if you saw something here you haven’t seen before. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Spooky Box – The Mystic http://imaginarykarin.com/spooky-box-mystic/ http://imaginarykarin.com/spooky-box-mystic/#comments Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:51:07 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4315 Spooky Box - The Mystic - contents

It’s been a while since I had a Spooky Box, but now it’s time again! ๐Ÿ˜€

Spooky Box Club is a subscription box for the alternative crowd. Most of the items are exclusive and handmade and/or manufactured by small local businesses, all with an emphasis on cute, witchy, and gothic interests and styles. Naturally, I love it and it’s the only subscription box I ever buy.

The theme of this particular box is “the mystic” which seems to relate to seers and fortune tellers. ๐Ÿ”ฎ

The Mystic Box

Spooky Box - The Mystic - moon garlandD.I.Y. moon phase garland
It’s a bunch of wooden disks you can paint yourself and put together into a garland with a chain. I’m not a crafty person, but this looks easy enough. It actually looks pretty cool. I also like that it’s wood and metal rather than, say, plastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - pinPsychic glitter moon pin
You can never go wrong with glitter, so I like this a lot. It was impossible to catch the colour with the camera, but in reality the moon part of the pin shimmers in a very dark green/turquoise.

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It’s been a while since I had a Spooky Box, but now it’s time again! ๐Ÿ˜€

Spooky Box Club is a subscription box for the alternative crowd. Most of the items are exclusive and handmade and/or manufactured by small local businesses, all with an emphasis on cute, witchy, and gothic interests and styles. Naturally, I love it and it’s the only subscription box I ever buy.

The theme of this particular box is “the mystic” which seems to relate to seers and fortune tellers. ๐Ÿ”ฎ

The Mystic Box

Spooky Box - The Mystic - moon garlandD.I.Y. moon phase garland
It’s a bunch of wooden disks you can paint yourself and put together into a garland with a chain. I’m not a crafty person, but this looks easy enough. It actually looks pretty cool. I also like that it’s wood and metal rather than, say, plastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - pinPsychic glitter moon pin
You can never go wrong with glitter, so I like this a lot. It was impossible to catch the colour with the camera, but in reality the moon part of the pin shimmers in a very dark green/turquoise. It’s really pretty!

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - charmPlanchette bracelet charm
It’s so tiny and cute! I think it’s supposed to go with the bracelet and charms I got in the Voodoo Box.

Side note: When I was a kid we used to make our own spirit boards by drawing the alphabet and numbers etc. on a piece of paper and then use a regular drinking glass to navigate it. It was called the “spirit in the glass” game and it never failed to creep us out. I was almost an adult before I learned about real Quija boards. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - bag charmCrystal ball bag charm
This thing is made of metal and pretty big and heavy, but I like that. The design is cool with the skeleton hands and the purple glitter. I’ve put it on the laptop bag that I use for work, and it looks great!

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - patchMystical patch
Nice shine and nice purple colour, and I like the banner shape. Extra points for being an iron-on patch so I don’t have to sew.
Or… Maybe that’s a negative thing now that I think about it? Ironed on patches tend to peel off the fabric if it moves around a lot or get’s washed enough times. Sewn is way more durable in my experience. Hm.

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - sun catcherCrystal sun catcher
This is just one massive glass crystal ball (it weighs a ton) but it’s so pretty! I hung it in my living room window and it’s beautiful when the light catches it and it throws rainbows everywhere. So simple but it definitely works.

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - necklaceOnyx pendulum necklace
Eh, not impressed. I like the idea, but the chain is cheap and the pendulum migth be onyx but it looks like a piece of plastic. Next to the other things included in the box it just looks like a junk item thrown in.

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - art printsLunar calendar 2018 + mystic palmistry art print
Even though I don’t always know what to do with them or where to put them, I like getting these prints. ๐Ÿ™‚ Think I’m gonna take the lunar calendar to work. It would look stylish on the wall next to the computer monitor.

 

Spooky Box - The Mystic - lollipopHandcrafted gourmet lollipop
As always, one of my favourite parts of every Spooky Box is the lollipop! I sort of collect these. ๐Ÿ™‚ They used to have nicer wrapping and wooden sticks, which was much prettier imo, but I still like them. This is the real key to healthier living: making candy too pretty to eat! ๐Ÿ˜€

Conclusion

The aesthetic of this box, with the crystal balls and purple and turquoise colours, is one I really like. I think most of the items seemed decent and well made too. The bag chain and the crystal ball was especially nice, and so was the pin and patch. I also like the idea of including little d.i.y. projects. The moon garland is just about the amount I’m willing to put into making things myself.

What do you think about the box? ๐Ÿ™‚

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๐Ÿ–ค The Darkling Tag http://imaginarykarin.com/%f0%9f%96%a4-darkling-tag/ http://imaginarykarin.com/%f0%9f%96%a4-darkling-tag/#comments Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:42:27 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4300 Nobody tagged me but I wanted to participate anyway! I wouldn’t call myself a real goth, but I’m definitely alternative and “darkly inclined” so to speak. If you like it feel free to answer the questions yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Darkling Tag

Simple Questions

What is your favourite candle scent?
I have a bit of a scented candle addiction and have a million (not really, but definitely a lot) different scents that I switch between. The favourite depends on the season. Warm spicy scents for autumn (love pumpkin spice), clean fresh smells in the winter, flowery sweet scents in spring etc.

Are you a tea or coffee person?
Neither. I can drink both – but only if mixed with so much milk and sugar it barely even counts as tea/coffee anymore.

What is your favourite brand & colour of lipstick?
In theory, I absolutely love lipsticks and would wear them all the time. In reality, whenever I wear it I can’t stop worrying about it smearing or fading. So to save myself the headache I usually settle for a bit of tinted lip balm and call that enough.

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Nobody tagged me but I wanted to participate anyway! I wouldn’t call myself a real goth, but I’m definitely alternative and “darkly inclined” so to speak. If you like it feel free to answer the questions yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Found over at The Walrus Room and …And She Stumbled Down the Rabid Hole.

The Darkling Tag

Simple Questions

What is your favourite candle scent?
I have a bit of a scented candle addiction and have a million (not really, but definitely a lot) different scents that I switch between. The favourite depends on the season. Warm spicy scents for autumn (love pumpkin spice), clean fresh smells in the winter, flowery sweet scents in spring etc.

Are you a tea or coffee person?
Neither. I can drink both – but only if mixed with so much milk and sugar it barely even counts as tea/coffee anymore.

What is your favourite brand & colour of lipstick?
In theory, I absolutely love lipsticks and would wear them all the time. In reality, whenever I wear it I can’t stop worrying about it smearing or fading. So to save myself the headache I usually settle for a bit of tinted lip balm and call that enough.
If I do decide to wear lipstick my favourite shade that I’ve found is Sangers by Illamasqua. It’s the perfect vampy red and suits my skin tone very well.

What is your favourite perfume/cologne?
I like many of the perfumes by Juicy Couture. Especially Viva La Juicy Noir. Extra points for how cute their bottles are!

Do you have a celebrity crush?
Nah, not really. I like a lot of celebrities but I don’t care about them as much now as I did when I was younger, so “crush” would be an overstatement.

If you had to give up the colour black, what colour would you choose instead?
Dark purple, like plum. Or maybe a dark emerald green.

If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what would it be?
Haha, something witchy with a W in it. Like Willow or Morwen or something.

What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while clad in black?
1: cover your head with a cap or veil or something.
2: stay out of the sun.
3: live close to the arctic so hot weather won’t be that much of a problem.

What song will always make you happy (doesnโ€™t have to be a goth band)?
This shows my age but… I Believe In a Thing Called Love by The Darkness. Listen to that peppy falsetto and try not to smile. Or better yet: watch the music video! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ

If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why?
Yeah, I’m gonna be a witch.

What horror monster-based super power would you have?
Guess witch doesn’t count as horror monster… Lycanthropy! I want to be able to wreak havoc as a werewolf! ๐Ÿค˜

Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other Goths or gothy people (online or irl)?
I rarely feel comfortable interacting with anyone I don’t already know, so no. Also – and I know it’s just in my head and nobody probably cares – I can’t help feeling a bit inferior sometimes when talking to someone looking like a diehard punk/metal/goth if I don’t also happen to look alternative that day. Like some days I do look like Morticia Addams, but some days I also look like a colourful 50’s housewife. Or like a hippie. Or like a lumberjack. So obviously, according to my brain, I’m a poser and not as dedicated as them or something.

Which is more important for a look: Great hair or great makeup?
On others I don’t care, but on myself I say great makeup. Because my hair is very uncooperative and difficult to style, so it’s easier to do something fun with my face.

Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture?
I just wish there was more of a subculture scene up here at all. The towns are mostly too small to have any dedicated goth/metal/punk places, it’s all just mainstream general stuff. No alternative bars/clubs, no alternative shops, no nothing. :/

How are you at DIY?
Horrible. I’m not crafty at all.

Confessional (aka True or False)

I love watching cheesy romance films.
Depends. If it’s a romantic comedy it can be fun, but straight up romance… nah. Mostly not.

I ALWAYS remember to wash off my makeup at night.
True. Don’t understand how anyone can sleep in makeup. If I don’t wash it off I’ll wake up the next day with itchy bloodshot eyes, 15 fresh pimples, and a stained pillow cover. ๐Ÿคข Not worth it.

I sleep with plushies
False. I do occasionally sleep with a live cat though.

My cat Maja on the bed

I wear non-black pajamas most nights.
True in the sense that I don’t wear anything to bed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I donโ€™t like vampires.
True. I mean vampires are cool and all, but they’ve been overdone and I’m getting tired of them.

I donโ€™t like clubs.
True. Prefer pubs.

I’m dating a goth/darkly-inclined person
True!

I donโ€™t enjoy graveyards.
False. Love them, especially around All Saint’s Eve when the graves are all lit with candles and lanterns.

I donโ€™t like haunted houses.
False. Love haunted houses, just don’t make me stay the night in one. ๐Ÿ‘€

Blood makes me queasy
False. *Insert Ygritte saying girls see more blood than boys*

I’d sooner faint than pet a spider
False. I like spiders and have actually owned a pet tarantula.

I’ve never read Dracula.
True. But I bought the book once when I found it on sale, so I do own it. I just haven’t read it yet!

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Scenery from a fishing trip in the wild http://imaginarykarin.com/scenery-fishing-trip-wild/ http://imaginarykarin.com/scenery-fishing-trip-wild/#comments Sat, 05 Aug 2017 20:10:20 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4276 Lake near Arjeplog, Sweden

Markus and I have friends who are dedicated fishing enthusiasts, and a few weeks ago they invited us to accompany them on a weekend trip to… well, the middle of nowhere. I’m sure the place has a name, but it wasn’t written on any maps or signs so I have no idea.

Now, I’m actually not that interested in fishing. My dad and grandparents took me fishing all the time when I was a child, but despite their best efforts it never stuck with me. I don’t have the patience for it. I cast my line 3 times and if nothing has happened by then I’m done and want something else to do.
But I tagged along for the trip anyway. Being out in nature is always great and it had been a while since I last went camping and sleeping in a tent.

And it was great! While the others were fishing I was walking around exploring the forest and taking photos.
So, here’s a photo dump of our weekend off the grid. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pite river by night

Pite river by night

The drive took 3 hours and ended at a spot in the region of the source of the Pite river.

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Lake near Arjeplog, Sweden

Markus and I have friends who are dedicated fishing enthusiasts, and a few weeks ago they invited us to accompany them on a weekend trip to… well, the middle of nowhere. I’m sure the place has a name, but it wasn’t written on any maps or signs so I have no idea.

Now, I’m actually not that interested in fishing. My dad and grandparents took me fishing all the time when I was a child, but despite their best efforts it never stuck with me. I don’t have the patience for it. I cast my line 3 times and if nothing has happened by then I’m done and want something else to do.
But I tagged along for the trip anyway. Being out in nature is always great and it had been a while since I last went camping and sleeping in a tent.

And it was great! While the others were fishing I was walking around exploring the forest and taking photos.
So, here’s a photo dump of our weekend off the grid. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stony riverbank by Pite river

Very stony riverbank! I was certain someone would fall and break a leg here, but we all made it across unscathed.

Pite river by night

Pite river by night

The drive took 3 hours and ended at a spot in the region of the source of the Pite river. Here’s the nearest named location on Google Maps if you’re curious. We were a bit east of there.

This place is very close to the Arctic circle, so the summer nights are incredibly bright!
All 3 of the photos above are taken in the middle of the night, the first one around midnight and the last 2 around 01:00. The sun is just below the horizon, soon on its way up again.

In the last photo, up near the top left corner, you can also see one of the many many MANY mosquitoes that accompanied us wherever we went. I forgot to crop it out, but whatever. They were everywhere so it’s actually amazing my photos aren’t all covered in them. ๐Ÿ˜›

Pite river, Sweden

Lazy lunch by the river.

The guys napping after lunch. Sleeping on rocks can apparently be comfortable.

Camp fire with coffee pot

The weather was, for the most part, cloudy and not too warm. Which is perfect. Blazing sunshine is beach weather, you don’t want it when you’re out in the woods. On the second day, we even had a light wind keeping most of the mosquitoes away.

Both our friends got to catch one decent sized grayling each, so they were pleased with the fishing. Markus didn’t catch anything, but he was happy anyway. Like me, he just enjoys outdoor life and is quite content as long as he has a campfire to poke with and a pipe to smoke. ๐Ÿ˜Š

sunshine through trees

Selfie by the river

Makeup of the day: sweat, sunscreen, and a shitload of mosquito repellent. ๐Ÿ˜œ

Reindeer herd

Reindeer herd in meadow

Met the little family above on the way home. All reindeer here are owned by the Sami people, so they are only half-wild and not as terrified of cars and humans as they should be. They also tend to run alongside the road rather than straight across, so you have to keep an eye out when driving. Moose are technically more dangerous on the road since they’re bigger, but reindeer are more common and less predictable.

As annoying as they can be, I still like them though. They look a bit mangy this time of year when losing their summer coat, but they’re still beautiful animals.

Anyway, in summary, I had a great weekend!
I don’t fish but I kept myself busy anyway. The forest is never boring, you always have things to do and look at.

Here I’ve posted mostly photos of the river, but I also have a lot of pics of the plants and flowers. But I’ll save those for a later post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Losing Zappo http://imaginarykarin.com/losing-zappo/ http://imaginarykarin.com/losing-zappo/#comments Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:51:14 +0000 http://imaginarykarin.com/?p=4261 As you might have seen if you follow me on social media: my dog Zappo is no longer with us.
He passed on May 26th and I just didn’t feel like writing about it before.

What happened was I noticed some lumps on his neck that seemed to be swollen lymph nodes, so I took him to the vet. I hoped it was just an infection or something, but they ran some tests that came back positive for cancer. We also found it had spread down into his chest. It wasn’t long before it was decided the best option was to just let him go.

The days between deciding and it actually happening were long and heartbreaking. Everything was “the last”. The last night, the last day, the last walk, the last meal, the last everything.

And I kept feeling like I should do something. You know, something special. I’ve seen many sweet posts online about people doing “last days” with their dogs. But with Zappo that didn’t seem right.
He was old and sick and mostly just wanted to sleep. And he hated car rides, so taking him anywhere just seemed mean.

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As you might have seen if you follow me on social media: my dog Zappo is no longer with us.
He passed on May 26th and I just didn’t feel like writing about it before.

What happened was I noticed some lumps on his neck that seemed to be swollen lymph nodes, so I took him to the vet. I hoped it was just an infection or something, but they ran some tests that came back positive for cancer. We also found it had spread down into his chest. It wasn’t long before it was decided the best option was to just let him go.

The days between deciding and it actually happening were long and heartbreaking. Everything was “the last”. The last night, the last day, the last walk, the last meal, the last everything.

And I kept feeling like I should do something. You know, something special. I’ve seen many sweet posts online about people doing “last days” with their dogs. But with Zappo that didn’t seem right.
He was old and sick and mostly just wanted to sleep. And he hated car rides, so taking him anywhere just seemed mean. I figured the best last day I could give him would be a calm, peaceful day. No stress, no tiresome activities, just a calm normal day – albeit slightly nicer than usual.

We took slow walks and I let him sniff everything for as long as he liked. I let him eat whatever he wanted. I even let him sleep on the bed, which confused him a lot. He hasn’t been allowed on the bed since he was young so he kept side-eyeing me like he was waiting for me to tell him to get down. ๐Ÿ™‚

The actual euthanasia was quick and smooth, it was over before either of us even had time to react. In hindsight, it went the best possible way it could have. They had lit a candle in the room too, which I thought was a sweet touch.

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Zaphod (22-03-2005 – 26-05-2017)

The hardened country girl in me keeps reminding me that he was “just” an animal and I always knew this day would come. Humans have relatively long lifespans and this is perfectly in line with the natural order of things. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll probably have more dogs in the future.

And well, it isn’t the end of the world, but I’m still grieving. And it’s definitely an end of an era, so to speak.

I got him when I was 22, and I had him for 12 years. That is almost my entire adult life up until this point. And he was a huge part of my life too.

As I posted when he turned 10, he was been my best friend and the one true constant in an otherwise ever changing world. And like I’ve written on my pets page, he was always way more than just some pet to me. He was also my first own dog that I got and raised by myself. Guess all life’s firsts tend to be the most difficult.

But I know it was the right decision, and it was at the right time, before he started to really suffer.

He was weird and beautiful and funny, and I’m going to miss him. Thank you, Zappo โค

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