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This is Exceedingly Odd

March 19th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Before Christopher Walken became an actor, he was trained as a dancer in musical theater. This clip was done in 2001, so he was 58 at the time.


(via Neatorama)

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Mug Corset Tutorial

March 18th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Mug CorsetOne of the DIYnamite posters likes mug cozies but doesn’t know how to crochet. So she made a mug corset instead. She’s put up a short tutorial so that you can get all dominatrix with your own mugs.

The instructions are very easy (there aren’t any step-by-step photos, but there are only eight simple steps so you hardly need them) and all you need is fabric, ribbon, and eyelets.

You could make your mug a whole wardrobe to match your mood: Black leather, satin and bows, maybe something frilly and peek-a-boo. Of course then you run the risk of your mug getting more dates than you do.

Link (via CRAFT)

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X-Ray Decorations

March 17th, 2008 by Cobwebs

X-RayRoylco is a paper die cut company that has lots of art and educational products. Their new “science” line includes X-ray images of humans and animals printed on heavy-duty plastic. They’re meant to be used in the classroom, but these would be fun to hang on the refrigerator or use as living-room art.

Link (via CRAFT)

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Make a Spooky Spellbook

March 14th, 2008 by Cobwebs

SpellbookHere’s one of my favorite types of project: Something that looks way better than it ought to, given the amount of time and effort involved.

This uses some of the same techniques as the picture frame tutorial I did a while back, and it could hardly be easier. The book would be great for a diary, grimoire, or wedding guest book. It would also make a nice decorative prop for Halloween.

The complete tutorial is here. Knock yourselves out.

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday

March 13th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Easter EggCrafter FutureGirl has produced a wide variety of awesome projects, but I think she particularly shines with stuffed things. Her stuffed octopus pattern, Octophrost, inspired an all-cephalopod Christmas tree, and just in time for Easter she’s created this cute little decapitated bunny egg.

The other side of the egg features the bunny body with blood-spurting neck stump. She doesn’t offer a pattern, but there are some nice close-up pictures which should provide enough detail to inspire something similar. You could also branch out with other animals (chicks, ducklings and lambs spring to mind) and do a whole series of macabre eggs.


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Grunge Web Design

March 12th, 2008 by Cobwebs

red9ineFor those of us into graphic arts or Web design, Smashing Magazine has a nice article entitled “The Secrets of Grunge Design.” There are lots of tips for grungifying a site, including a sample color palette and a list of grunge elements. There’s also a gallery of sites for inspiration.

If you’ve been looking for a way to make your own site a little more dark and unique, this would be an excellent jumping-off point.

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March 11th, 2008 by Cobwebs

The Easter Bunny is going to be hopping along the bunny trail a couple of weeks from now, and you know what that means?

Yeah, rabbit stew. But what else?

That’s right! Monster eggs! The Shadowfamilia has a long tradition of spooking up our Easter eggs, which is fun and makes the relatives nervous. Come…join us!

You will need:

  • Wax crayons; the color doesn’t really matter since you’ll be wiping it off anyway. A color that contrasts with the egg color is nice, since then you can see what you’re drawing.

  • Paper towels or old rags

  • Egg dyes

  • Slotted spoon or coathanger bent in a loop

  • Cooking oil (optional)

  • Hard-boiled eggs (duh)

Use the crayon to draw a pattern on an egg, making sure that the lines are nice and heavy. We like to draw Frankenstein stitching, vampire fangs, or ghoulish faces; think pumpkin carving, only smaller and eggier.

Put egg in dye and let sit for a while. It’s preferable to use a dark color for this step, since you’ll be dipping the egg in another color later.

Remove with slotted spoon, pat dry, and place in a 200F oven for a few minutes until the wax is melted.

Wipe off the wax and dip into a lighter color of dye to fill in the pattern where the wax was. Fish out and pat dry.

If desired, use cooking oil to polish up the finished eggs.

Green eggs with yellow stitching, black eggs with white fangs, yellow zombie eggs, red eggs with horns (those would be deviled eggs)…the possibilities are legion.

Sure, you could use the same method to draw pretty flowers and butterflies, but why would you?

Ooh! Doing a search on “scary Easter egg” turned up these and these. How adorable!

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March 10th, 2008 by Cobwebs

LioLio cartoonist Mark Tatulli lists Gahan Wilson and Charles Addams amongst his influences, as if that weren’t already obvious.

This is a dark-humored strip involving a little boy who makes Pugsley Addams look like Pollyanna. His pet is a landgoing giant squid, he makes friends with the monsters under the bed, and he continually mystifies his normal-seeming father.

I can see Shadowboy turning out like this, except for the “normal-seeming father” part.



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The Monster Engine

March 7th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Dave Devrie PaintingArtist Dave Devrie has an unusual sideline: Converting small children’s doodles into amazingly creepy oil paintings. There are several examples on his site, plus he’s published a book.

It’s surprising how evocative and disturbing the kids’ drawings become when translated into oils. Childishly out-of-scale proportions and missing features suddenly seem ominous and threatening.

I may never look at Shadowboy’s scribbles the same way again.

Link (via Halloween Hotlist)

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Zen of Zombie: Reanimate Yourself for Success

March 6th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Zen of ZombieAt first blush, zombies may not seem like an ideal role model. But have you ever heard one complain? Then check out this guide to living your life the zombie way! Highlights include:

  • How to adapt to anything life (or the living) throws at you
  • How to slow down
  • How to find strength in numbers (Zombie Horde, anyone?)
  • How to make each word count (zombies want brains, zombies say “brains”)

Also covers the 24 habits of highly effective zombies and a 90-day guide to a better, more zombified you.

(I love that ThinkGeek lists this book as “Genre: How To – Undead Philosophy.” :::giggle:::)


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