Rollout Creative is a Canadian firm which specializes in very cool wallpaper. They have a line of unusual artist series stock wallpaper, but their real forte is custom work. They have artists on staff which can help you design exactly what you’re looking for, plus they offer printing services if you want to supply artwork of your own.
The site includes photos of past work (I especially like the designs they did for Joey’s and Worth) which are worth browsing just for inspiration.
The site doesn’t list prices, but I’m sure they’re not cheap. However, if you’re looking for high-quality wallpaper to complete your perfect decorating scheme, they might be worth it.
Award-winning author Will Shetterly (Dogland, Elsewhere) recently wrote a “vampirish” YA novel about Cat Medianoche, a girl who discovers on her fourteenth birthday that both sides of her family are part of an ancient war and that each group sees her as the key to their victory.
Your dad used to be the spooky-mysteries TV show host Professor Midnight. Your grandmother lives in the basement and only comes upstairs after dark. Your mom died when you were a baby, and nobody will tell you about her. Oh, and you have two birthdays, both on Halloween. And that’s the part of your life that’s normal.
He sent it to his editor, then to the major YA publishers, and they all agreed that it was brilliant and also that they didn’t want to buy it. Everyone felt that vampire fandom was cresting, they didn’t want to commit to a “fad” that was mostly played out, and this is why the publishing industry’s current business model is looking more dinosaurian every day.
Shetterly has thus turned to the Internet, self-publishing the novel in a variety of formats including a free download.
The fabulous Empress Pam recently sent me a link to the Wicked Wines site; it used to be just Vampire Wine, but they’ve branched out considerably since the last time I looked. Their TrueBlood Syrah would make a nice centerpiece for a spooky gift basket.
Start with a little coffin: Pushin’ Daisies sells inexpensive cardboard coffins in a variety of sizes. You could also scale up a papercraft pattern such as this one and fold your own. If you’re really dedicated, make one out of wood (check out the awesome wine coffins that WormyT did a while back).
Line the coffin with scarlet tissue paper, add the bottle of wine, then tuck nibbles around the sides: A sharp cheddar or creamy gouda cheese; some crackers; a bar of dark chocolate, and some spicy pumpkin cookies. Fill any empty spots with plastic spiders. Enjoy by a crackling fire with an appreciative loved one.
Haunted Places – An index of places around the world with reported hauntings. See if your town has any, and plan a visit. (Mine only has two, which seems rather low given that several Civil War battles happened around here.)
Our Secret Santa Can Suck It exchange was a lot of fun, and I’m thrilled at how creative everyone was! Below is a list of everyone’s “gift” post on their individual blogs. Go take a look at all the awesomeness!
One of the participants in our Secret Santa Can Suck It virtual gift exchange has a bad case of the flu, and she sent me a note yesterday tearfully apologizing to her assigned giftee for not having a chance to follow through with a pretend present. No problem! My bag of gifts is large and I’m sure I can rummage around and find something appropriate for a second recipient.
This gift is for Melissa, and it’s almost a no-brainer. Melissa loves crafts and sewing, so she gets a big craft room of her very own:
MRX Designs is doing a series of prop books made out of thrift-store encyclopedias that are completely awesome.
The books are covered in fabric or vinyl and the custom fixtures are cast resin. The artist adds gilt edges, end papers, closures, and other whatnots to make the “tome” seem more realistic. His posts are a wonderful source of inspiration and include lots of pictures and design notes on the build process.
One of my friends who still works for The Mouse recently sent me this teaser for an extremely cool Haunted Mansion-themed game of “Life.”
It’s apparently available at retail locations in the parks, and although the Disney Store lists the item, it’s also marked as being unavailable. It’s not listed on Amazon (although this cute Pirates-themed version is available), and while it’s apparently in stock here and here they’re also selling it for significantly more than the regular retail price.
I’m sure it’ll show up on Amazon eventually, although likely not until after the holidays. Oh well; I suppose there’s always next year.