The Art of Darkness

Again with the Boney Bunch

June 16th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Boney Bunch CoupleThe subtitle of this post is, “Yankee Candle is a bunch of lying weasels.”

The Boney Bunch is a fantastically popular collection of skeletal candles and accessories, and last year Yankee Candle claimed that they were going to go out on a high note and discontinue the line after the 2010 offering.

Loyal commenter wildeprose occasionally provides updates on the old thread, and recently alerted us thusly:

HELLO ALL!!!!! We are fast approaching 2011 Halloween season @ Yankee!!!! I haven’t had access to online in a couple weeks so I wasnt able to come here and mention as soon as I heard!!!!!
GUESS WHAT!?!?!?!?! Boney Bunch IS going to be back again!!!! I know I had mentioned last year that it was going to be the last year…..HOWEVER, as I also mentioned that the company has begun to be VERY sneaky with this collection!!!! It has been SUCH A CRAZE!!!!! SOOO yes, they tricked me as well!!!! But guess what?!?!?! They tricked the employees as well…they just wanted everyone to realize the limited amounts of the collections that come out each year….and to create a BUZZ!!!!!
I havent quite heard much about them this year, but will be hearing very soon some details!!! As in the past I will give the info as soon as I get it…and based on the past couple years, I have been getting the info before anyone yet!!!!!!
STAY TUNED!!!!!

and followed up with:

Hello All!
They are being VERY SNEAKY even now! The stores that have been saying when the “Halloween Preview Party” was going to be are now being elusive! I should be hearing some info VERY SOON! It has trended that I get info about the pieces the first week of July! BE ON THE LOOK OUT!

So apparently they were just funnin’ us on the whole discontinued-product thing in an effort to drive up demand. Huh.

On the plus side, the series is cute and as long as you’re not suckered into spending too much (particularly for sold-out pieces on eBay; woof) they’re a nice option for a gothy wedding or housewarming gift.

Thanks to wildprose for keeping us in the loop!

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Goth Haiku

June 15th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Over at Whatever, John Scalzi posted a goth haiku written by his daughter and then dared his commenters to try and out-goth a 12-year-old. They responded in force.

Some are humorous:

I am a mistake
A mere accident of fate
“Oops, I think it broke”

Some are genuinely pretty dark:

The blood beads up, bright.
Think I’ll carve another gash:
Maybe feel this one.

Next I think they should tackle goth limericks. (“There once was a bat from Nantucket….”)

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Spidery Shirt Makeover

June 14th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Spider ShirtHere’s a super-simple way to give a plain dress shirt a whimsically gothic facelift. If you can sew on a button and do a plain backstitch, you can whip this up in a couple of hours. (Click thumbnail for bigger.)

You will need:

  • Buttoned dress shirt, white or some other light color
  • Black buttons the same size as the shirt’s buttons
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Grey or silver embroidery floss
  • Thread
  1. Remove the buttons from the dress shirt and sew the black buttons in their place.
  2. Use the black floss to embroider spider legs around each buttonhole (it helps to button the shirt to figure out where to place the legs).
  3. Use the grey floss to embroider a spiderweb on the pocket (or, if the shirt doesn’t have a pocket, on a corner of the collar): Stitch intersecting straight lines and then stitch a widening spiral. Here are some easy instructions if you aren’t sure what you’re doing.
  4. If desired, stitch an extra button to the web and embroider legs on it as well.
  5. Done! Couldn’t be easier.

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My Drunk Kitchen

June 13th, 2011 by Cobwebs

There’s a whole series.

(via Rechelle Unplugged)

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Custer’s Last Link Dump

June 10th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Corpse Bride Cosplay – I have no idea if this is cosplay or an actual wedding (most likely the former), but it’s quite well done.

Three books that look great for Steampunk inspiration:
1,000 Steampunk Creations
Steampunk Emporium
Steampunk Style Jewelry

Haunted House – Adorable little polymer clay decoration.

Designs by Janessa – Jewelry cast from fingerprints. Interesting idea for a keepsake piece.

Monster Page Corner Bookmarks – Easy tutorial. Instead of generic monster teeth and googly eyes you could substitute fangs, red eyes, tentacles, and so forth to turn them into the creature of your choice.

Morning Valley Soaps – Etsy shop which offers perfumes and soaps inspired by things like Sherlock Holmes and Absinthe.

Ravenmania – YouTube user inexcapable has a pet raven which he videos saying random things. The bird croaking Nevermore is somewhat portentous…until he follows up by going, “Wocka-wocka-wocka.” (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Mental Disorder Posters – Interesting set of “minimalist” posters designed to raise awareness of various mental disorders.

Creatures & Ives – Photoblog art project wherein whimsically blobby little monsters are inserted into old lithographs.

Cinderella Skeleton – An attractively-illustrated retelling of Cinderella for grades 3-7. Cinderella Skeleton lives with her stepmother Skreech and stepsisters Gristlene and Bony-Jane, and spends her days streaking windows, hanging cobwebs, and feeding bats until an invitation for the Halloween Ball arrives.

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Horror Movie Poster Wedding Invitation

June 9th, 2011 by Cobwebs

io9 has a neat gallery of “geeky” wedding invitations, many of which are also gothy, such as these zombies and this whimsical skeleton.

Several commenters chimed in with their own material, including member glamzuki whose wedding was based on favorite movies. The save-the-date is just splendid:

Wedding Invitation

I particularly like this because it’s altered text on actual movie artwork (although I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the movie this was from). Even if you don’t have the artistic ability–and can’t afford to pay someone who does have the artistic ability–to create completely original artwork, if you’ve got some rudimentary Photoshop skills you can turn existing art into something quite clever.

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Michael Miller Fabric

June 8th, 2011 by Cobwebs

Michael Miller FabricI recently ran across some pretty skull-print damask fabric, and upon poking around discovered that the designer has quite a number of goth-friendly patterns. Here are some of my favorites:

Skull Damask – This would be wonderful for upholstered items.

Fairy Frost – Pretty all-over pattern that would be nice as part of a quilt. Comes in several contrasting colors, including blood red.

“Pirates” Fabric – Cotton fabric featuring skulls and knitting needles. There’s also a version with scissors. (And may I just comment at how tired I am of skull-and-crossbones imagery being so thoroughly co-opted by the “pirate” crowd?)

Luna Moth – I love how delicate and lacy these moths look.

Bonehead – Kitschy, colorful skulls.

Ornate Crosses – Gorgeous gothy crosses on a black background.

Petals – Black fabric with a subtle rose design. I’d love a dress made out of this. There’s also a really dramatic red version.

Venice Floral Script – Black flowers on a cream background. This would be another lovely fabric for a dress.

Zelda – Black-and-white floral design that looks like patterned lace.

Delovely Damask – Another very formal fabric that would be great for home decor. Available in a number of shades including onyx, linen, and cherry.

Knitmare on Elm Street – This is just sort of bizarre, featuring a repeating pattern of Chinese take-out with knitting needles instead of chopsticks, dogs and cats interacting with knitting, the skeleton of someone who appears to have died whilst knitting and rotted right where they sat, and an annoyed-looking kid in a hoodie who has no noticeable connection with knitting; perhaps he’s annoyed because he accidentally wandered into the wrong fabric. I’m assuming drugs were involved in the development of this design.

Knitty Gritty Skully – Vintage-looking skull and crossbones on a rather formal background pattern. (And this one doesn’t mention pirates. Yay!)

There are lots of other patterns that would be great for quilting, crafts, or home decor. If you’re looking for some unique fabric for a sewing project, go take a look.

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Trivia Tuesday

June 7th, 2011 by Cobwebs

(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)

  1. In the novel Dracula, what nationality is Abraham Van Helsing?
  2. Edward Parker was stranded on a nightmarish island with a mad scientist called Moreau and his tribe of half-beast, half-human creatures, in what 1933 Charles Laughton film?
  3. Which serial killer was also known as Pogo the Clown?
  4. What was the name of Grandpa Munster’s pet bat?
  5. “They all agreed that it was a huge creature, luminous, ghastly, and spectral. I have cross-examined these men, one of them a hard-headed countryman, one a farrier, and one a moorland farmer, who all tell the same story of this dreadful apparition, exactly corresponding to the hell-hound of the legend. I assure you that there is a reign of terror in the district, and that it is a hardy man who will cross the moor at night.” This describes what horrible creature (which is also the title of the story it’s from)?
  6. Complete the title of this H.P. Lovecraft story: “Herbert West: _______ “
  7. What was the name of Nick Cave’s band before he formed the Bad Seeds?
  8. The movie Maximum Overdrive was adapted from a Stephen King short story titled “Trucks,” in which machinery comes to life and begins murdering humans. What causes the “possession?”
  9. What terrible discovery does “Young Goodman Brown” make, in the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne?
  10. The tradition of carving Jack-o’-lanterns hails from Ireland, but what vegetables were most commonly used before pumpkins became popular?

(Answers below the fold)

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Charlie Bit My Finger

June 6th, 2011 by Cobwebs

You may remember the viral video of the cute little British boy whose baby brother bit him. Director Jeff Chan has “reimagined” this as a short film.

(Caution: Mild gore, jumpy-out things.)

(via Blame it On the Voices)

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The Link Dump Who Would be King

June 3rd, 2011 by Cobwebs

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Interesting young-adult “fairy tale.” There’s a useful review by Cory Doctorow toward the bottom of the page, and here’s the author explaining her “big idea” at John Scalzi’s site.

The Costume Mercenary – Blog devoted to “photographs, sketches and concept art of pseudo-historical, fantasy, steampunk and scifi costume.” Gorgeous stuff. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Rejected Young Adult Books – The first one cracked me up.

Living Dead Doll Pencil Sharpener – Amusingly gruesome.

Hobble Belt – Quality leather belt that converts into handcuffs, should you find yourself in need of such a thing.

Joyeria Osea – Etsy shop specializing in silver “bone” jewelry, like hand necklaces and finger bone rings.

Spiderweb Scissors – Needlecraft scissors with handles reminiscent of spiderwebs. This looks like the sort of thing that Morticia Addams would use when darning socks.

Memebase: Neville Sexybottom – Puberty can occasionally be very kind. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Wicked Bugs – New book by the author of Wicked Plants which explores the most “diabolical” members of the insect world.

Monster Tooth Pillow – Super-easy tutorial for making a cute pillow to hold children’s lost teeth until the tooth fairy can claim them.

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