The Art of Darkness

Head Like a Holder

June 15th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Doll Head Candle HolderHere’s a decorative item that has loads of possibilities for the crafty types amongst us. The commercially-available version of this is, uh, pricey,* but it could be replicated at home, and better.

Visit your local ceramics store (they’re all over the place, and they pour all kinds of kitsch) and buy an appropriately-sized doll’s head in greenware. Drill a candle-sized hole in it, then take it back and have them fire it for you. You can leave it plain or paint it (make sure that the paint you use is for ceramics). Easy and cheap!

*I wouldn’t spend $80 on something that didn’t give people the fantods, let alone something I had to hide when my mom came to visit.

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Bats Day in the Fun Park – August 17-19

June 14th, 2007 by Cobwebs

For those of you in the Southern California area (or those of you sufficiently relentless to consider traveling there for this), the annual “Bats Day in the Fun Park” event is August 17-19 this year. Dress in your finery,* and don’t forget to meet at the Haunted Mansion for the group photo!


*This blog takes no responsibility for heat prostration caused by wearing black latex in Southern California, in August.

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The Gothic Tarot

June 13th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Whether you’re a collector of tarot cards, or whether you’re just starting out (in which case see my cheat guide here), I have to recommend the “Gothic Tarot” deck that I recently treated myself to. It is really lovely, and it follows the “standard” deck closely enough that even newbies can use it. Very nice indeed.


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Madame Talbot’s: Cool Posters

June 12th, 2007 by Cobwebs

This e-Bay store sells “lowbrow Victoriana,” curiosities, and lot of interesting posters featuring skeletons, ghosts, and whatnot. There’s nothing like posters to cover up bare walls for cheap.


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$67 Million Skull Unveiled

June 11th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Artist Damien Hirst has unveiled “For the Love of God,” a £50 million diamond-encrusted skull. The skull itself is a platinum replica of a real 18th-Century skull, and Hirst has polished the original teeth and re-set them in the replica.

Nothing to Do with Arbroath has more.

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Psycho Bunny Necktie

June 8th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Psycho Bunny NecktieJust in time for Father’s Day, Neiman Marcus has this splendid Psycho Bunny tie.

Link (via Neatorama)

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Garbage Scout

June 7th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Whether you’re on a tight budget or just into shabby chic, second-hand furnishings and decorative items can add a lot of character to your home. (Second-hand items are also great for projects like picture frames and display cases). Garbage Scout is built on the principle that free is even better than cheap: It’s a series of interactive Google Maps for several major cities, and trash hounds list the location of interesting items that are being thrown away.

There doesn’t seem to be a comprehensive city list (the main Garbage Scout domain doesn’t resolve to anything), but a bit of internet sleuthing should tell you whether your city is listed. Here are New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, to get you started.

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Demented Display Cases

June 6th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Ever walk down the street on trash pickup day and find someone throwing away an old chest of drawers? Have a flea-market desk that’s outlived its usefulness? Save the drawers!

  1. Take two or three mismatched drawers, remove the hardware, and paint the outside black.
  2. The inside surface will be your display area. You can paint it a contrasting color of paint (perhaps a deep red, or even an antique bronze), or use spray glue to line it with an interesting fabric (such as brocade) or decorative paper (wrapping paper, wallpaper, scrapbooking paper).
  3. Hang them on the wall, either with a brute-force method such as nails or screws, or (if your landlord is twitchy) with some sort of sticky mounting strips like 3M’s Command line.

Use them to display your special treasures, from priceless netsuke to your collection of action figures. If you’re feeling particularly frisky, you can have glass or Plexiglas cut to fit the opening, making them true little cases.

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There’s a “Hog Heaven” Joke in Here Somewhere

June 5th, 2007 by Cobwebs

The Tombstone Hearse Co. custom-builds 19th Century-style hearses attached to motorcycles. This would be a pretty neat mod for a private bike, too.

Link (via Neatorama)

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In Case of Zombie Apocalypse…

June 4th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Zombie Safety Poster

…aim for the head. PhotoBucket user MaxRadical has designed this useful emergency poster which should be hung in all public places. I’d really like to see a series of these, covering the basic safety techniques we all use in our day-to-day lives: Vampires, Great Old Ones, Disturbed Indian Burial Grounds. I don’t want my child to grow up not knowing the fundamentals of exorcising demons, I can tell you that.

Also, why is there no “Fighting the Forces of Evil” elective in high school?

Link (via Raincoaster)

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