Friday, June 14, 2013

Goodbye Lydia :(


I'm incredibly sad to announce that Lydia, my sweet little spider girl, has passed on to the big web in the sky. I had noticed that she had been sitting in the same spot for several days, but since her legs were not curled under her and she was long overdue for a moult, I stupidly assumed that she was just saving her energy for the process, and I decided to leave her be. I kept up with her misting as usual and tried to avoid doing anything that could stress her out, but while changing her water yesterday, I accidentally tapped her hind leg and she didn't budge. Since she would normally tense up or begin crawling when I so much as opened her terrarium door, I instantly knew something was very wrong.

While she appeared to be resting firmly with her abdomen on the ground and her front legs propped up on her driftwood, she was like a rag doll when I took her out, her legs and pedipalps completely soft. I tried to set up a makeshift ICU in a small container in an attempt to revive her overnight in case she was still hanging in there, but there was no improvement this morning. It was too late.


It's stupid, I know, but I'm beside myself with grief and I'm devastated because I had grown extremely attached to that 8-legged lady. I really did love her, you know? I'm angry at myself because I didn't realize that she needed help until I wasn't able to help her anymore. I cried most of last night, and I've been tearing up all day whenever I look over and see her empty enclosure, still half expecting to see her come climbing up the wall at any moment.

The day I got her and right before a moult. She looked like a totally different spider!
I thought I would share some of my favorite photos of her today, so you can see what a beauty she was and so that I can look back on happier times. She was such a sweet -- though at times feisty -- little creature. She was a terrible huntress, and it would usually take her days to catch a cricket because she possessed no ninja skills and would blindly throw herself at her prey, which would quickly jump to dodge her incoming attack. I'm sad I'll never get the chance to see her grow to her adult size and obtain her bright blue and pink coloring, but I'm thankful for the time I got to call her "mine."

The last photo I took of her a few days ago. 

Friday Favorites 6.14.13

Can I just start this post off by saying I'm thrilled that it's finally Friday? I spent most of last weekend and this week packing and moving boxes, getting new carpet installed, putting my new furniture together, sorting through the hoard of shit I've accumulated, organizing stuff for a garage sale, DIYing everything in sight and redecorating my bedroom. Somehow I managed to squeeze work in there as well. I wish I could crawl into my new bed and do nothing but play Skyrim for a few days, but alas, I've got things to do.

Tonight I sort of get to relive my high school days, because I'm attending a prom hosted by Children's Hospital with my little sister's best friend since childhood. He had originally wanted her to go, but she has to work so I'm filling in. I'm pretty sure some major strings had to be pulled for me to go as his date since I'm a few years past high school-aged, but I'm super excited to get to be a part of this experience for someone I've known most of my life :)

But anyway. On to the Favorites!

Love is all You Need? is an incredible little short film produced by Wingspan Pictures and directed by K. Rocco Shields. It's already managed to snag 19 film festival awards, and it just might change your life. Seriously, it's by far one of the most powerful and moving things I've ever seen, and I cried like a baby through each of the seven times I watched it. It takes place in an alternate universe where being gay is the "norm" and heterosexuals are treated exactly as homosexuals are treated today. Told through the eyes of a young girl who realizes she's straight and faces persecution from everyone in her life -- including her peers and parents -- Love is all You Need? offers a unique perspective on the issue of gay rights, and also alludes to problems with traditional gender roles. I promise it's well worth spending 20 minutes of your life watching, and I can't recommend this film enough. You can watch it above, and I encourage you to share it with everyone and anyone you know.  
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It's been pushing 100degrees every day this week, and I wish I could pick up a few pints of these delightfully deviant mock Ben & Jerry's flavors to beat the summer heat. These designs were put together by the fine folks over at Freddy in Space, a blog you really should be following if you love horror half as much as I do. They've created two series of ice creams already, as well as a collection of horror-themed ice cream truck treats, and I hope they never stop! Can I put in a recommendation for a Carrie-themed ice cream complete with strawberry "pig blood" swirls, please and thank you? ;) 
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While we're on the subject of horror, how rad is this monster movie garter belt by Corpse Couture on Etsy?
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My oral surgeon was kind enough to let me keep my wisdom teeth when I got them removed in April, and I'm seriously considering having them turned into a necklace by the lovely lass at BoneLust. All of her creations are ethically sourced, and if your want a necklace of your own, all you have to do is send her your teeth and she'll transform them into something wonderful like the example above. 
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It's official! The Elder Scrolls Online will be available on the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 in 2014! Do you know what this means? I will have absolutely no life outside of gaming when it drops next year. I've been an Xbox enthusiast for years and I love my 360, but after seeing the specs they've released compared to the information Sony's offered up about their new console, I've pretty much decided that I will be converting to the cult of Playstation this holiday season. No required online connectivity, no extra charge for Netflix, no Big Brother-style policing of used games and $100 less than the Xbox One? Sold. 
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This is one of my favorite odd photographs I've stumbled across recently. I kind of want to get a print made of it and hang it on my wall. 
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I'm finally getting a sewing machine sometime in the next few weeks, which means no more hours spent tediously sewing by hand for this bitch. I've been searching for dresses, tops and skirts to make once my sewing area is all set up, and I love this upcycled top Jean from Extra Petite put together. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

DIY or Die: Black Lace Candle Holders


I picked up these mirrored candle holders at Goodwill a few years ago and promptly gave them a face lift with some gold craft paint and scrapbook paper. That was back in the day when I went through a brief Shabby Chic phase and my apartment looked far better suited for a 90 year old woman than a 19 year old girl. Seriously, friends used to refer to my apartment as "the old lady house." The fact I lived alone and spent most of my free time baking, crocheting and watching Murder, She Wrote probably didn't help my cause, but whatever. My cupcakes are delicious and Jessica Fletcher is a bad ass.


Needless to say, I've shifted very far away from that style of decor, and I've slowly been redoing my space to more accurately reflect my current taste. I'm kind of going for a Wednesday Addams meets modern vintage type thing, I think, but really I'm just making shit up and decorating as I go along. These candle holders were one of the first projects I tackled when revamping my bedroom so it no longer looks like a mismatched mess of bachelor pad proportions. I didn't want to waste money buying new ones when I loved the design of these and had everything I needed to give them a makeover chilling in my craft stash.

Since this project was insanely easy, I didn't take any photos of the process and I don't think it really requires detailed instructions. I simply removed the mirrors from their built-in frames and spray painted the holders using an all-purpose paint. While the paint was drying, I stretched the lace across the front of the mirrors, wrapped it over and tacked it in place on the back with a few drops of hot glue. Once everything was dry and ready to go, I popped the mirrors back in and boom! All finished.


I love that the mirrors show subtly through the lace and I'm overall very pleased with the results, though I'm kind of wishing I had used a high-gloss finish instead of satin. I should also note that I have never actually burned any candles on these holders and I just use them for something pretty to look at. If you make something similar and decide to light up, I make no promises that the candles will not catch the fabric on fire and burn your house down.


I've finished a couple of different projects and still have a few more I'm working on that I'll be sharing soon. Some are simple projects like this one, while others will require a bit more tutorial writing on my end. I'm most excited to show you guys what I did to a lamp I dug out of the trash, the upcycled curtains I made using a spare bed sheet and the handmade knobs I'm working on for my new dresser!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Sum of All Evil // The Chapman Brothers

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Jake and Dinos Chapman -- more commonly known as the Chapman Brothers -- are a sibling duo from England that create some pretty disturbing dioramas, intriguing installations and scary looking sculptures. Their subject matter tends to border on the grotesque, and they focus on whatever is generally deemed offensive, vulgar and obscene. So basically if you're following my blog, you'll probably like their work.

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All of these photos are from their exhibition that debuted earlier this year. Filled with meticulous detail and affectionately titled "The Sum of all Evil," the exhibition consisted of four dioramas that drew influence from the Holocaust and incorporated the brothers' distaste of the McDonald's franchise for good measure. Jake Chapman told Euronews that he sees the franchise as "a useful benchmark for everything wrong with modern society: McDonald’s once represented the idealism of fast food and the space rest era. Now it’s consistent with the dilation of the ozone and a litigious clown who’s lost his sense of humor." 

You tell em' Jake. 


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If you're interested in seeing other works created by the Chapman Brothers, I highly recommend checking out their website. There you'll find other exhibitions they've participated in, books they've written, sneak peeks at their works in progress and videos of them at work in their studio. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Favorites 6.7.13


*Le sigh* Sometimes it feels like I'll never have time to catch up on blogging, or anything else for that matter. This week was another crazy one, and probably one of the most hectic I've had in a long time. Last summer, I nannied full-time for my cousin, and she hit me up at the last minute to ask for my services this week. The last five days have been filled with 5am wake-ups, dirty diapers, trips to the swimming pool and not enough naps, including Tuesday when I was recovering from a crazy time the night before at a Marilyn Manson concert and running on less than four hours sleep. I have almost nothing on my agenda for next week, and I will gladly welcome some quiet time to myself to knock out some writing, take some photos, work on some projects and finally get the posts I've been itching to do put together.


My new Marilyn Manson drink koozie is pretty much the bees knees. I got mine at the concert, but you can also find it here.

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This tutorial for studded ballet flats by Swellmayde is super easy and inexpensive to throw together. You'll also find tons of other nifty DIYs if you mosey on over to her site.

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I think I'm destined to have a house filled with mismatched art, because I keep finding incredible prints that I just have to have! As you've probably gathered through past posts, Beetlejuice is one of my all-time favorite movies, and these portraits of Barbara and Adam by Jaime Knight on Etsy are simply perfect.

P.S. Apparently there's a sequel in the works? Eww. I do not approve.

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Few things annoy me more than strange men telling me to smile when I'm out in public. Guess what bro, I don't exist to look nice for you and when I'm out and about with my natural bitch-face on, I don't owe you anything different from my norm, so don't ask for it. This anti-street harassment shirt was designed to detract such shenanigans.

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Maybe I was some kind of domestic goddess in a past life, because my love of elaborate hostess aprons just seems to grow by the day. This monster apron from Suburban50s on Etsy is one I'm currently lusting after, though they have dozens of other neat patterns and designs for sale as well.

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I'm not sure if this is a real book or just a design someone came up with. Either way, I love it.

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I love illustrations from old pulp magazines and horror anthologies. The illustration above was drawn by Virgil Finlay, and it appeared in Weird Tales Magazine, a publication that's always featured some of the greatest art work. 

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These X-ray paper cut designs by Wendy Wallin Malinow are super neat. This one, inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, is definitely by favorite.

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I've always dreamed of having a room overflowing with books. I would give pretty much anything to call the room above "home."
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