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Posted: October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dark Arts: A Guide to Gothic DIY is NOW AVAILABLE! Check it out! Woooooo!



Posted: September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
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I haven’t posted here much lately, because I’ve been working on (drumroll with associated antici……pation)…



Here’s the cover:

darkartscoverfinal…seriously, I can’t believe it’s done. It was many weeks of writing, crafting, photographing, learning to edit things, fixing formatting issues, and now FINALLY IT’S DONE.

It’ll be for sale tomorrow, October 1, in my Etsy Shop. Just in time for Halloween, if you’re not the type to make creepy things year-round. Here’s a teaser of a few of the projects:

Top: Mourning Brooch. Bottom left: Fairy Gothmother Ear Cuff. Bottom right: Mercury Belt Bracelet.

Top: Mourning Brooch. Bottom left: Fairy Gothmother Ear Cuff. Bottom right: Mercury Belt Bracelet.

Are you excited? I AM EXCITED.

Acronyms and Inspirations

Posted: August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

I feel like there’s a certain type of post I’d make a lot, if I could figure out how to categorize it. It’d be posts where I see something and try to figure out how to make it– WTW? (Would This Work?) HTDT? (How To Do This?) MLT? (Maybe Like This?) The most accurate would be IBICMT,IJHTFIO (I Bet I Could Make This, I Just Have To Figure It Out). My notebooks are filled with these queries. I try to guess the problems ahead of time (e.g., “If I make this tank top with plastic skulls on the back, how do I wash it?”), which for me is about 75% of the fun of creating things. It’s like being a crafty Sherlock. Ok, maybe more like a crafty Mythbuster.

I have a lot of inspiration for these sorts of posts on my Pinterest “Makey Inspiratorial” board. A lot of the pins are purely for inspiration, not to directly copy (like this skirt by Gibbous Fashions and this amazing coat). Sometimes I like the general look of something, but would change details on it (for example, I’d use a different skyline to make this lamp), or they’re a collection of different ways to do the same thing (like all these boot decorations). And that’s how I usually work– if I want to make something but can’t find a tutorial, I’ll look for as many photos as I can find and work backwards from a finished object. Does it always work? No. But generally, I’ll know why it doesn’t work, and can decide from there whether it’s worth another try.

So. If you follow my boards on Pinterest, you’ll see a lot of things you can make. I do pin a lot of tutorials from all over the web. But you’ll also see random photos of things I appreciate. Hope you don’t mind.

I have been watching waaaaaaaay too much Supernatural. If you haven’t seen the “Frontierland” episode from Season 6, I won’t spoil it for you– but this is one of Dean’s lines. It’s so good. Soooooo good.

Did this shirt with a freezer paper stencil. Image is below if you wanna make your own.


Posted: October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Up there is one of my gnome hats. It’s the first thing I created from start to finish with pretty much zero help– no online tutorials, no patterns to follow. I had the idea, figured it out, and got… well, THAT.

I’ve been a fan of Brian Froud for a long while, and many of his illustrations of gnomes and faeries have the little dudes wearing pointy hats. They almost look like acorns. I loved them, and at the time I was writing a book on fairy-inspired crafts, so I decided to figure out how to make one.

I started with blurry memories of how I made hats in Home Ec in junior high. They were beret style floppy hats (this was 1994, after all), made from triangles and a band around the edge. I thought a while about why they didn’t stand up like little Hershey’s Kisses– it was all about the size of the triangle.

So I started sketching. I knew the shape I wanted. I took measurements– of my head, of the distance from my forehead to where I wanted the point to be and so on. I drew and drew until I had a testable pattern.

It failed. So, so hard. I had to make four trial versions before I had something that resembled the hat above. It was another three or four tries before I had something I was comfortable showing anyone else. And that, as a matter of fact, is how I got started selling on Etsy– I wound up with this PILE of gnome hats and I only have one head.

They were pretty popular. And why not? They were unique, the design was solid, and I paid attention to things like “What’s the average head size for women? Men? Kids?”

My point is that I had to keep going. I could have given up after the first pattern, or the second, or the fifth. But I wanted to hold the hat that I could see in my head.

I still haven’t figured out how to get a candle to balance on the end of one of my hats. But that’s a challenge for another time.

Don’t give up. Try things out. Make mistakes. Make BIG mistakes that make great stories later. I learned so much with those bazillion gnome hats. I learned the best way to cut and sew corduroy, and how to make my machine jump through hoops, and a lot about math that I figured I’d never use once I left high school.

And if you’d like to stick your tongue out while wearing a flannel batik gnome hat, you can scoop it up from my Etsy shop.

Thrift Core: Learning to be frugal is awesome

I just happened upon this site. Vanessa (the creator/thriftatrix) writes about how to get the most from thrift shops, including shopping tips, how to decorate with found items, how to reuse things, and so on. Plus she posts pictures of her (often vintage) scores. I’m not a fan of most vintage, but her revamps (seriously, how did I miss the idea of painting ceramic owls bright pop colors? Sheesh) make me want to troll the aisles at the Bethesda Resale Shop.


Posted: October 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

My computer is dead.
Operating right now on my boyfriend’s laptop, but am hesitant to put anything on it (pictures and so forth) because I’ll just have to transfer it all when I get/fix my own computer.

So yeah. For now, radio silence. BUT AS SOON AS I AM WITH COMPUTER, LOOK OUT. So far I’ve got two tutorials and a sad story about trying to bleach stripes into my pants.

Over and out. *crackle*