Monday, October 16, 2017

Eating Scorpions in Beijing

When I visited China, I heard of a market where one could eat scorpions - Yandai Xiejie (Old Town Beijing). I'm curious and adventurous and this piqued my interest.




When I got there however, I must admit that it freaked me out a bit. The scorpions still had their venomous tail tips intact...full of potentially paralyzing and deadly poison! Supposedly if you cook the tail hot enough the poison is neutralized....but what guarantee did I have that the guy working the little scorpion skewer stand would cook it enough? 





Just as I was about to change my mind a group of elderly people came to the stand. They were probably in their mid 70s. Looking at me they realized I was scared and laughed a bit at me and told me not to worry. They eat scorpion every time they come to Beijing. So I thought "if they can do it, so can I". I ordered my skewer of scorpions that were then cooked right in front of my eyes and very hesitantly bit the little pointy tail tip that just a few moments ago contained a deadly poison...it did give me a little thrill. 




It was delicious. It was crunchy and spicy like a mixture of potato chips and shrimp. Sometimes it really pays off to face your fears. They were so delicious that I'm sad we don't eat scorpions in Europe. ;-)


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Favorite Summer Dress

My favorite summer dress this year is the "Naughty 1950’s Seaside Postcard" dress from British Retro.

 
 
I combined it with bananas for extra summer funk. 🍌🍌🍌


I just hope my colleagues at work don't take a closer look at the fabric!


Photos by Rozanna Giannakis



Monday, October 10, 2016

The "Oma Barbarella" Dress

I bought this dress at Humana (a local thrift store). It was so crazy-ugly and it was screaming my name. Anybody I showed it to shrunk back in horror at the sight of it.

 
But I knew better....:-)
I fell in love with the psychedelic, swirly, green-orange-gold design...
 
 
...and turned it into a rockin' wiggle dress.
 
 
 
Photographer: Paul Allan Ballard
 
 
I baptized it the "Oma Barbarella Dress" and it made its debut while I sang Blondie, The Cranberries etc. covers at the UN Staff party with the rock band The Wild Ones.
 




 
Photographer: Adrienne Hanly

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Wars Paper Jewelry

Since everyone is Star Wars crazy this week, I think I should post the Star Wars themed things I have made. These were for Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany.
Since this convention took place in Germany, I felt like I should combine German cultural kitsch with Star Wars and made a Star Wars Dirndl and matching jewelry.

Star Wars Paper Jewelry:

 
 
 
 


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Star Wars Dirndl

Since everyone is Star Wars crazy this week, I think I should post the Star Wars themed things I have made. These were for Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany.
Since this convention took place in Germany, I felt like I should combine German cultural kitsch with Star Wars and made a Star Wars Dirndl and matching jewelry.

First, I made a pattern of my favorite Dirndl dress by tracing the pieces...




Then I cut out patterns of the fabric and stitched them as "appliqué" onto the apron.

I decided to make my own "TIE Cockpit" buttons by covering old buttons with fabric.


 I made my own ribbon - ruffles by sewing two colors together.




Voilà! The Star Wars dirndl in action…


 





Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Baking Cherry Pie with Atomic Cheesecake Studios

Right in time for the Holidays Coco Vin felt like baking...
Photos by Atomic Cheesecake Studios
Hmmm but what shall I bake?



































First you crack an egg!



































The egg cracked and what a handsome egg it was! Oh My!



































Then you stir it all up...



































Voilà! A cherry pie right in time for the Holidays!



































Sunday, August 2, 2015

Repairing Vintage Jewelry with Nail Polish

I have a weakness for vintage jewelry and have been collecting items since I was a teenager. My passion was fueled at yard sales where older ladies sold off their collections from the 1950s-60s. These weren't cool, vintage or fashionable when I was a teenager in the 1980s-1990s, but I lived in my own "silver screen fantasy world" and was able to amass a large collection for very little. However, sometimes the pieces were in really bad shape. I learned quickly how to repair and clean vintage jewelry the right way, but I also cheated a bit. I found that plastic pearls that have completely lost their color and luster could be painted with pearl nail polish. This was a much faster fixer-upper than trying to locate the exact same pearl size...and especially in the days before the internet this was a difficult task. Plus, I'm a practical person and want to live with and use the items I bought. I found that using a shimmery pearl nail polish did the trick. Some purist collectors would probably hate me for it, but you can always later, if need be, pop out the old pearls and replace them with long sought after original replacement pieces.
              
Vintage Trifari
 

 Vintage Chanel