Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wishlist // Bob's Burgers

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All of my wishlists have been horror-themed for the past few weeks, so I thought I'd lighten up the mood a bit and throw together a list based on one of my favorite shows; Bob's Burgers! Despite my love of all things dark and dreary, even my extremely picky sense of humor and I can appreciate the sheer comedic genius that is this show. It's one of my favorite things to zone out to after work and I'm pretty sure I've watched the first three seasons on Netflix five or six times each. I bet you'll never guess which character is my favorite ;) 

At this point, you know the drill but it still needs to be said. The sources for all of these items are listed above, and I encourage you to take a peek at the artists and sellers who created them. I saw through the Instagram grapevine that Morgan snagged herself a sweet pillow that I featured in last week's list! 


My sister recently rescued the most adorable little one-eyed kitty from a shelter, and I finally got to meet her last night! I just got a sweet new camera, so I decided to throw together an impromptu photo shoot with Bella the cyclops cat and her new big brother Edison. Brynn and I took Bella outside for a little bit and I'm absolutely in love with how these outdoor photos of her turned out. Edison is quite literally a scaredy cat and refused to take a step outside, but I'm still pretty impressed with these indoor shots considering my old camera couldn't shoot for shit inside. Despite the fact I'm super allergic to cats, I can't wait to spend more time with these babes (after downing a million milligrams of allergy meds, or course). 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grab My Button!

Abra Cadaver
Just a quick post to let you guys know that I've thrown together a new button if you happen to be displaying my old one on your blog!
If you take the time to post this guy on your site, please let me know so I can return the favor :)

Wishlist // Creature From the Black Lagoon

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This week's wishlist is inspired by my favorite movie monster -- the Creature From the Black Lagoon! I'm completely obsessed with that adorable sushi sticker! The bow is pretty fancy, too. As always, the sources for all of the featured products are listed above, so check them out! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

House Hunting Blues

House hunting? It's not going very well. So far, it's gone a little something like this:

We find a place that's in budget? Great! It's in a neighborhood with one of the highest crime rates in Denver and every inch of the porch is covered in graffiti! And it looks like it probably has bed bugs!

It's in a decent neighborhood? Sick! They don't allow pets.

We manage to secure a showing? Right on! When we go look at it there are literally 50 other people scheduled to look at it at the same time.

Something looks even remotely promising? Psych! It's a scam and my email is suddenly being bombarded with messages from Nigerian missionaries who are happy to send me the keys... after I wire them them the $2,000 of course!

It's really frustrating and discouraging, yo.

Looking for a house has literally become the bane of my existence. I spend at least 3 hours a day scouring the Internet for leads, Zack does the same. We spend hours every weekend driving up and down random streets in Denver and the surrounding suburbs in search of "For Rent" signs that rarely exist. We really aren't being picky. A house would be preferable, but a duplex or a townhouse would be cool. Something with two bedrooms and a fenced yard. Those are literally the only requirements. Early on in our search, we had a list of all kinds of things we wanted; washer/dryer hookups, hardwood floors preferred, a garage, a high walking score. We've pretty much given up on even hoping for any of that.

We did manage to get to the application stage for one place, a townhouse close to where I work. It was in budget with two bedrooms and a small yard for the pups. The owners were sweet and extremely pet-friendly. The place was well maintained and had quite a few luxury perks. We were a little reluctant to fork over the application fee because so many other people were there filling out applications too, but we both had a really good feeling about it and decided to give it a shot. The landlords called on the 4th to inform us that it went to a couple who applied precisely two minutes before we did. Well fuck.

It doesn't help that rent prices in Denver are at an all time high while availability is at an all time low (here's proof). Out of curiosity and desperation, I took a look at the first apartment complex I lived in when I was 19 because all of the ground floor units had fenced yards. It was in a fairly sketch part of town, the neighbors were really loud and maintenance was a little slow but I never had anything seriously bad happen to me there, so I thought "why not?" Well, here's why not. The 2 bedroom apartment I paid $575 a month for in 2009? Yeah, it's renting for $1,100 today, putting it out of our $1,000 budget. Buying, unfortunately isn't an option nor is it something we really care to do at this point in time, so that's off the table. I feel stuck.

I'm sorry that this post literally consists of nothing but bitching on my end, but I'm just so frustrated that I needed to vent. I'm working 40-45 hours a week right now and looking for a house pretty much consumes every free minute of my waking life. I start school in less than a month, and I really want to be settled and done with this by then. The mere thought of trying to juggle a full-time job, three classes and more of this house hunting bullshit practically has me in tears from all the stress. My family and friends keep telling me to be optimistic, that something will come along and it will all be okay, but it's getting harder to believe that with every failed showing and scam email that arrives in my inbox.

It just really blows.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ribcage + Roses

Dress: Hot Topic // Hair Flower: JoAnn Fabric
Boots: Thrifted // Jewelry: Thrifted and Hot Topic// Sunglasses: Amazon

Is it totally lame for me to admit I actually kind of like shopping at Hot Topic? It is? Okay. Whatever. I mean, half the stuff in that store feels way too "young" for me, but their dress selection, if nothing else, is completely killing it this summer. I snagged three new dresses last weekend using some Hot Topic cash I earned when Courtney and I went shopping a few months ago. The moment I saw this one hanging up on the wall, I had to have it. There was only one left in my size and it was basically free! The front of it is a little plain and meh, but isn't the back of it amazing?! I got tons of compliments on it when I went out for karaoke Saturday night wearing it, and I love the way it looks with my moth tattoo peeking out above the bones. 

As you can see, I am in desperate need of a haircut at the moment. One of my friends always does my hair, but thanks to a shitty situation involving her shop's landlord being a shitty person, she's currently moving so I can't get an appointment. The cowlick in my bangs in out of control and I've got split ends for days, so I've usually been rocking a ponytail lately. I had waist-length hair until I cut it about a year and a half ago, and this is the longest it's been since then. It's kind of tempting to let it grow out again, but I think the shorter length is a bit more flattering on me. I do have a small collection of wigs I occasionally wear when I'm itching for long hair, so I'll have to share some photos of those one of these days. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Craft Haul

The JoAnn Fabric by my house is going out of business, and they're having a sale of epic proportions all month long! Despite the fact I'm supposed to be downsizing and preparing to move, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to expand my (already enormous) craft stash, and I'm planning to make one more sweep this weekend before their doors close for good.

I picked up a ton of fabric, including a few that were normally $17-25 a yard for $10 or less per bolt. I have no idea what I'm going to do with 10 yards of this lovely woodland print fabric, but I guess I'm going to find out.

As Z and I are house hunting, we're set on finding a place that has enough space for him to set up a music studio and for me to have a sewing area. I grabbed this yellow fabric to reupholster a sweet chair (which I've yet to find) for my sewing table. 

I also snagged this set of fat quarters to make some new hammocks and other goodies for the rats!

I'm going to use this sheer floral fabric to make a new robe, and that green and grey leopard print knit is going to become a cardigan. As for the sewing-themed burlap? I'm going to use that to make some sort of overlay for my bulletin board. I think. 

These three fabrics looked like they'd make sweet circle skirts!

All patterns, regardless of brand or original price were $1.99, so naturally I had to stock up. I can't wait to bust some of my Nana's vintage fabrics out of storage and make some new dresses!

This tape measure was way too cute to pass on.

I've always wanted one of these magnetic sewing organizers for my pins and needles, and I couldn't resist the chance to score one for only $2!

I'm making a bunch of satin sleep masks to sell in my sister's online shop, so I picked up a ton of ribbon and trim at 25 cents or less per yard.

They had some pretty rad scrap booking stuff priced at 75% off, so I picked up this cool alarm clock thing and a box that looks like a book. I'm going to use the box to organize my button collection. I have no idea what to do with the clock.

Before all of my liquidation discounts were applied, my total was nearly $400. After discounts? I ended up spending just over $100. When I go back this weekend, I'm going to do another sweep of the fabric section, pick up some more craft paints and hopefully pick up some yarn to stash away for the winter! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LunaTone's First Molt!

Okay... so technically this isn't the first time she's ever molted, but it is the first time she's molted since I got her back in February, so that's all that matters, right?! It's the first time I've ever caught one of my tarantulas in the act -- and had the opportunity to witness the entire process from start to finish, which is pretty swell.

In case you aren't familiar with what molting is/entails, it's something all tarantulas (and most other invertebrates) go through to grow. Tarantulas have exoskeletons covering their entire bodies, and they periodically shed them as a new, larger one forms underneath. It's a process that can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 12 hours depending on the spider, and during this time tarantulas are incredibly fragile and vulnerable. Even the slightest disturbance during molting can cause death, and for up to a week afterwards tarantulas can't even eat while their new bodies and fangs are hardening. Molting is really pretty fascinating. You can learn more about it here if you're interested.

I happened to get home from work the other night right when LunaTone had just flipped over onto her back (the position Ts almost always molt in). She wasn't moving at all, so I was worried she had started while I was gone and had gotten stuck and died, because that's how my Greenbottle Blue died a few years ago. She was completely still, but after a few minutes I noticed her start to slowly move her legs. Just few minutes later she looked like this:

The entire process took less than an hour, and afterwards she just laid on her back for awhile before getting up and sneaking into her burrow. Her new exoskeleton is still hardening, so I've been trying to leave her be and have only been taking pictures through the glass of her enclosure to avoid disturbing her. She's been pretty active today, so I think she'll be ready to eat and venture out of her tank again soon. I haven't been able to take her out to get a real idea of how much she's grown, but if I had to guess I would say she gained close to an inch, and probably has a legspan of about 4.5 inches now! I was able to wrestle her shed exoskeleton away from her the next morning but unfortunately she chewed up the abdomen beyond recognition overnight so I couldn't use it to verify her sex this time. Boo.

And because I'm kinda sorta addicted to GIF making these days, here's a little live-action snippet!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wishlist // Re-Animator

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Re-Animator is easily a top 5 favorite horror film for me, and when it comes to campy cult classics, it's my main squeeze. It has the perfect mix of dry, dark humor and grisly gore action, and let's face it, Jeffrey Combs was a total babe as Dr. Herbert West.

The sources for the products featured in this week's wishlist are posted above. Waxworks Records is totally killing it with their reissues of original horror scores, and I'm kicking myself for missing out on the opportunity to snag a copy of Re-Animator's soundtrack on vinyl (rumor has it they'll be putting out the soundtrack to Friday the 13th next!). 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fourth of July in Frisco

My uncle is the Sheriff of one of the mountain counties here in Colorado, and every year my family is treated to a pretty epic set of Fourth of July events hosted by the Sheriff's department. This year was the first Z has been able to make the trip up the mountain with me, but unfortunately traffic was so bad (as in, it took us 3.5 hours to make a drive that normally takes 45 minutes) we ended up missing the parade and most of the other daytime festivities. Boo. Hiss. I suppose there's always next year.

While we didn't get to check out the parade and we missed a few of the bands that were playing, we did get to spend the afternoon stuffing ourselves with food cart fare (fried PBJ and Twinkies, holla!), downing the the world's weakest margaritas and checking out some of the stalls set up on Frisco's Main Street. I also got to spend some time with my adorable little niece, which is always rad. Afterwards, all 40 of my family and friends crammed into my aunt's house where I continued to indulge my inner glutton with veggie burgers and tofurkey dogs before making the terrible decision to spend an hour on the trampoline with five of my younger cousins.

Remember how I mentioned my uncle is the Sheriff? Well, that comes with some major perks on the Fourth of July. The department hosts a private fireworks pre-party every year, and employees' friends and families get to sit on a field separate from everyone else about 50 yards directly behind where they light off the fireworks. You guys, words really can't explain how incredible and intense it is to be that close. The views were absolutely amazing and for about 20 minutes, we were being showered in firework debris, including a few pieces which were still partially on fire. But you know, nothing says "Murica!" quite like being pummeled with flaming cardboard and ash, so it's easy to say the night was a success.

To attempt to show you just how crazy my firework views were, I made a couple of little GIFS using the videos I took on my phone during the show. I hope my fellow Americans had a great Independence Day!
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