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Another Fine Link Dump

December 18th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Sketchy Santas – Some of the most disconcerting mall santa photos, ever.

Zombies Can’t Dance – Baxter King reviews a “musical graphic novel”…thingie.

Ghost Sex – Article about people who claim to engage in a little supernatural bonking. I’m listing this largely because the subtitle “Things That Go Hump in the Night” cracked me the hell up.

Vampire Cafe – A few photos of a very neat themed restaurant in Tokyo. There’s also a link to the cafe’s site, but it’s all in Japanese, so good luck.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Variety reports that Natalie Portman will be cast in the movie adaptation.

Krampus – You’re probably already at least peripherally aware of Krampus, who accompanies St. Nick in certain parts of the world and inflicts trauma on naughty children. Most of the images I’ve seen of him have been on the kitschy-vintage side, so I especially like the first two photos in this roundup.

Stubbs the Zombie – Computer game featuring the “rebel without a pulse.” (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Monster Cereal – As I have commented before, I sort of love blogs that are dementedly devoted to one particular subject. This one is given over entirely to Count Chocula, Boo-berry, and the rest.

Christmas Goblins! The Shadow Farm has done a series of gremlinlike critters that make your holiday go wrong: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Soft Sculpture Skulls

December 17th, 2009 by Cobwebs

SkullsEtsy seller missbutler specializes in Latin-inspired soft sculpture and accessories, like this spider ponytail holder and skull buttons. I’m especially fond of these sugar skull ornaments, not only as decorative accents but as inspiration for a similar DIY project.

The skulls could be made from cotton fabric (use the pattern from my skull pillow project) and decorated with puffy fabric paint. They could be stuffed with fiberfill, but you might also consider filling them with potpourri and using them as sachets (make sure that whatever potpourri you use doesn’t have an oily residue that might stain the fabric). They could also be filled with those little plastic pellets used for beanbags and turned into paperweights.

The materials are inexpensive, so you could create a whole bunch of skulls with different designs. Hang them on a tree or pile them in a pretty basket. You could even write guests’ names on them and use them as placecards for a special party. Fun! Easy!

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Secret Santa: My Gift

December 16th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Okay!

The matchups for our Secret Santa Can Suck It exchange have been made and sent out to their assignees. After everyone posts their “gift” on their blog, I’ll put up a list of all the entries to peruse. In the meantime, here’s mine.

My recipient was Marissa Darling, and my gift to her is this awesome spiked corset from The Blonds of New York (photo cribbed from Haute Macabre – Click for larger):

Spike Corset

My secondary gift is a gallon of Bactine, because I’m not sure it’s possible to put your arms down in this thing without performing elective surgery on yourself. But that’s not the point! (So to speak.) The point is to look both beautiful and badass, and I’m sure she’ll be able to manage that with no trouble at all.

I chose this gift because from her writing she seems both lovely and rather spiky. The corset will allow her to be alluring and unattainable all at once.

So happy holidays, Marissa Darling! I hope you enjoy your gift!

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The Dragonry

December 15th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Dragon EggsI’ve mentioned DadCanDo in the past, but since they’ve done a bit of reorganizing I wanted to call your attention to The Dragonry.

It’s a whole section of dragon-related items, like these dragon eggs made from blown eggs and hot glue, the Dragon Hunter’s Goggles which could double as an inexpensive Steampunk accessory, and loads more. The projects are fairly easy and use readily-available materials, and they’are a marvelous source of inspiration.

A “real” dragon’s egg would make a wonderful and unique gift for a child (or a Harry Potter-obsessed adult). It appears that their example uses a chicken egg, but since it’s embellished with hot glue and then painted there’s no reason you couldn’t use a larger plastic or wooden egg instead. Add some suitable documentation as to the egg’s provenance and perhaps a pretty wooden box to keep it in, and you’d have a lovely display piece.

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Secret Santa Reminder

December 15th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to sign up for the Secret Santa Can Suck It virtual gift exchange. Matches will be made tonight and sent out by tomorrow morning.

Join us! It’ll be fun!

Update: The matches have been made and participants have been notified. Watch this space for the results!

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Silent Night

December 14th, 2009 by Cobwebs

This is a fairly old ad for DirecTV that’s made the rounds before, but it’s worth posting anyway.

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One More Doggone Link Dump

December 11th, 2009 by Cobwebs

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies – Zombified carols including such classics as “Deck the Halls with Parts of Wally” and “We Three Spleens.”

Oversize Advent Calendar – Tutorial on making a large advent calendar to showcase holiday cards. This could pretty easily be turned into a haunted house for showing off spooky illustrations.

Death at Christmas – Five tragedies that make a slightly-dysfunctional family celebration seem downright pleasant.

Zombocalypse Now – A choose-your-own-adventure book about the zombie apocalypse. You (the protagonist) are a pink stuffed bunny rabbit. Just try and tell me drugs weren’t involved in the creation of this book. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

A Very Scary Solstice – Review of two holiday albums from the H.P. Lovecraft Society.

Wondermark – This made me giggle. (Mouse over for Easter egg text.)

For Strange Women – Etsy seller specializing in perfume oils of a “darker” nature.

My Parents Were Awesome – People can send in photos of their parents when they were younger and cooler than they are now.

The Five Most Miserable Christmas Songs – Holiday, um, cheerless.

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Card a Stranger

December 10th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Wondermark suggested this previously, and I quite like the idea of making some stranger’s life a little more surreal.

The idea is simple: If you’ve got a holiday card or two left over after you send out your greetings for the season, choose a stranger’s name out of the phone book and send one to them. Include your family newsletter or other “personal but slightly banal” note, along with a warm greeting. They might be puzzled, they might assume you’ve made a mistake, they might be touched. There’s no way to be sure, but you’ll certainly provoke some kind of reaction.

Since my holiday cards tend to involve vampires or Edward Gorey, I plan to have more fun than average in my quest to bring a little weirdness into some else’s life.

Read the original post over at Wondermark for more suggestions, including how not to be messily axe-murdered. That’s always important.

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Skull Ornaments

December 9th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Skull OrnamentsStolloween–whose creativity never fails to amaze–has a tutorial for making gorgeous skull ornaments using cheap plastic bulbs and craft foam. These are fairly simple to do but wonderfully effective.

I especially like the look of a bunch of these massed together on a tree or in a decorative bowl. You could get an assembly line going and do a lot of different designs, then make them the centerpiece of your decorating scheme.

Since they’re shatterproof, you could nestle one in the center of a large bow and use it to decorate gifts. They’d also make an unusual placecard/party favor for a holiday dinner.

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December Belongs to Cthulhu

December 8th, 2009 by Cobwebs

The Tor.com blog is devoting the month to all things Cthulhu, including gift suggestions for the Lovecraft aficionado, the “show us your tentacles” art meme, and poems like The Other Other Gods.

There’s Pam, whose gums stink of the sea
And Stephanie the bloated sun
And Omar, called the Goat and Wheel
And what’s-her-name, the nameless one

And Ferdinand, the Leaping Glare!
And Butterscotch the Brutal Snore!
And Ethan Jones of Wichita.
(I don’t know what he’s in here for.)

:::giggle:::

A running index of all Cthulhu posts is here.

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