Friday, February 5, 2016

Missing My Trouble

    A few days before this last Halloween, we had to put my precious kitty cat Trouble to sleep. Not sure why I waited so long to post about it, but I've just been missing her so much today, so I figured why not? I posted about the passing of her sister Smudge a few years ago, and now both have gone to kitty heaven.

   Trouble was an exceptionally sweet and loving cat, but choosy - she was attached to my mother, mostly, and viewed me as a sibling figure. She would warm up to me, but it would always take some caution and time - I'm energetic and have a pretty loud laugh, not what most cats prefer. But even she found it in her heart to love me back, despite her disdain for my giggling.

   In shape, she was the opposite of her sister, tiny and compact, and it probably earned her the name Trouble (given to her by her previous owners) as she very often found her way into small spaces. She also spent all the years that Smudge was alive, taking care of her. They had an odd George and Lenny complex, if you will: Smudge being larger and not all there mentally, and Trouble being sharp, and small. When Smudge had to be put down, Trouble was sad, but soon blossomed into a whole new kitty, relieved for her sister, who had had many health and mental difficulties at the time. The last few years, Trouble was able to bond with us more and leave an imprint on our hearts, as all lovely pets do.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Actual Gallows Hill

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       Not too long ago (probably back in 2012 or so) I saw an interesting documentary that I'm no longer able to find. It was about Salem, and the search for the actual location where the infamous 19 men and women were hanged during the witch trials. The host and researcher behind the documentary was a descendant of one of the accused (I want to say of Elizabeth Howe). In the end she discovered the exact location - this exact location - as "the one":

     Also found this while I was searching for the documentary (can't even remember the title), unrelated to Gallows Hill, but still interesting insight on the trials. Here, author Stacey Schiff adds explains, "It's a Story of Women":

"No one ever suffered afflictions without being able to name a witch."

And for fun, here she is on Stephen Colbert:

Stacy Schiff Explains How The Salem Witch... by nvx90sports

Check out her recent book (one I'll be adding to my list): The Witches: Salem, 1692 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year to All

Here's to a new year of grand fortune!

Wishing all of my spooky friends a lovely new year! I'm really hoping to achieve a lot this year when it comes my work. When many of us say 'work,' we mean the job we are paid to do, more so than the job we love to do - hopefully one day I can make that word 'work' an all-encompassing word to describe both. As a graduate, I'm still in that awkward 'I don't know how I'll get there, but I know where I want to be eventually' stage, so I'm learning to live with it and grow as I go. I guess I just have to keep doing what I love no matter what! Cheers to all who carry on with their passion whether it be for art, writing, or, of course, haunting!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My Halloween Costume for 2015...

Fiona Goode...

 ...from American Horror Story: Coven! 

I only recently got into the third season of American Horror Story: Coven - I know I'm super late to the game. I saw the first season long ago and wasn't that into it. The second season didn't grab me either. But when a few friends of mine suggested I watch season three, I gave it another chance and was so glad I did. Coven is fantastic - at least to me. It's everything I dig: witchcraft, New Orleans, voodoo, resurrection, and so much more! 

The writing (dialogue and structure) is so impressive and the acting is wonderful, of course. I mean, when you have Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett, you kind of can't go wrong - especially when they're all playing bitches. It's great. 

I decided to combine two of Fiona's costumes: the "Bitchcraft" episode ensemble she's known for (above) and the outfit she wears at nan's funeral from the episode, "Protect the Coven," (below) - just in case I got cold on Halloween night, turns out the wrap came in handy.

For the main part of the costume all I needed was a black blouse with a ruffled bottom (which I luckily found at the thrift store for $5), a black pencil skirt, black stockings, black gloves, and black heels. Not to mention the cool sunglasses...

... and the awesome black umbrella.

I was pretty excited to find the sunglasses at H&M, after much searching, but even luckier to have found an umbrella that actually resembled Fiona's! Took forever to find, but worth it.

Only 15 bucks!
I cut all the seams where the lace was sewn on, and I have to say it turned out to look pretty spot on.

Of course, there was one more major issue - I'm no blondie. So I had to find myself a blonde wig similar to Jessica Lange's gorgeous locks. Trickier than I thought since a lot of them were either white or intense yellow, and super curly, but finally I stumbled upon this one...

Again, only 15 bucks! I gave it as professional a haircut as I could and ended up with it looking pretty decent.

I happened to only have a men's styrofoam head at the time, so it kind of looks like Buffalo Bill dancing to Goodbye Horses... like exactly... (you can hear it now, can't you? So sorry)

A little better? Hope so. For the second look I just added a black hat I got at H&M ($25) and some millinery netting from JoAnn to go over the eyes (around $5, I think). 

The funeral costume also has a beautiful fur-trim wrap, so I half-assedly (not a word? It is now) created one by getting soft, thick black fabric and hot glue-gunning (cause it wouldn't be Halloween if Nina didn't get out her hot glue-gun) a black fur trim around the edges. 

So... what do you think?

Luckily my boyfriend's wonderful friends had a great Halloween party so we all got to celebrate together. Here's my cute man as Bacchus, the Roman god of agriculture and wine. Originally we had planned to dress up as Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie from Alexander, but I ended up not having enough time to complete (or even really start) my Angelina costume, and he didn't have time to do the finishing touches to his costume either, so we changed things up. He was clever enough to call himself Bacchus and luckily, I had already made my Fiona costume for a party much earlier in the month so it was ready to go. I guess it was meant to be. 

Halloween 2015

Hoping everyone had fun this year.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Target: Halloween 2015

Loving the goodies I've been seeing at Target this year! A lot of buttons to be pressed, and spooky noises to be heard from these dec's... 

...Especially this guy!


Check out the rest of the Halloween awesomeness from Target!