The Art of Darkness

Kali, Goddess of Plush

August 15th, 2008 by Cobwebs

KaliSelf-proclaimed “plush-a-holic” Leeanna Butcher was recently asked to interpret Ghee Happy’s Kali art into a plush doll. The results are just adorable. I love the little skulls and all the severed limbs on her belt.

This would be an appealing project to emulate because although there’s a lot of work involved, it can be broken down into simpler sub-tasks. Even better, it doesn’t require special equipment or a skillset beyond the level of a competent home seamstress. Maybe if we ask nicely she’ll offer a pattern on Etsy.

Who wouldn’t want to cuddle a goddess of death? I’m tempted to make up a bunch of the little skulls and stack them in a basket on my desk.

Link (via BoingBoing)

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Stop the Remake

August 14th, 2008 by Cobwebs

MTV is planning to remake The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’ll pause whilst you bang your head on your keyboard a few times.

This upscale “reimagining” will feature new songs. Oh, goody.

Although I sincerely doubt that it will persuade any studio execs to change their minds about this little project, those of us who would prefer not to have our sweetly freaky cult classic marketed as faux nostalgia can at least register our displeasure by signing the petition at Stop the Remake.


(via Wil Wheaton, whose post includes his memories of losing his RHPS virginity.)

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Corporate Zombies

August 13th, 2008 by Cobwebs


The Corporate Zombies are little desktop toys who resemble office workers, only zombified. They come with accessories such as laptops and cell phones, and they’re ready to sit on your desk and threaten to eat your co-workers’ brains. They even glow in the dark!

I plan to give everyone on my dev team one of these sets for Christmas.


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Amusing Webcomics

August 12th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Medium Large

Francesco Marciuliano writes the comic strip Sally Forth. It is rather bland and family-oriented. Medium Large is apparently how he blows off steam. I want this one blown up and framed on my wall.

A Softer World

I could have sworn I’d written about this site already but I can’t seem to find the post so I may be hallucinating. A Softer World combines odd off-center photographs with short narrative text into something that’s as surreal as all get-out. The cartoons aren’t often funny so much as haunting. Mousing over each one will reveal additional “Easter egg” text.

Check these strips out, and prepare to giggle inappropriately.

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Link Dump: Tutorials

August 11th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Here’s a bunch of quick-hit projects that can be bent to darker ends.*

Photo Bookmarks – Zakka Life shows you how to make unique bookmarks out of photographs. You could use the same technique to have a clip-art Cthulhu hold your place for you.

Scrap Scarves – Easy scarves made out of leftover fabric scraps. These would be nice in dark, gothy fabrics.

Pencil Bags – Fabric bags with zippers that could be used for lots of other things (jewelry or lingerie bags come to mind). I love the little skull-print one.

Custom Neckties – This one requires a bit more sewing skill, but it’s worth it. There’s all kinds of novelty print fabric out there just screaming to be made into a necktie. (It’d be particularly cute if you could find a hangman’s noose print.)

Cloth Napkins: These are one of those projects where the result looks like you worked a lot harder than you actually did. They make a great hostess gift, too. Black and Red Napkins, Halloween Cocktail Napkins, Handmade Cloth Napkins.

Ribbon Roses – These are wonderful embellishments for clothing and accessories. Make a bunch in black and dark purple to cluster atop a hat.


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Our Little Ghost

August 8th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Heartweb from Lilac TwistI ran across this poem by Louisa May Alcott the other day, and it occurred to me that the first stanza would be perfect for a gothy baby announcement.

Oft, in the silence of the night,
   When the lonely moon rides high,
When wintry winds are whistling,
   And we hear the owl’s shrill cry,
In the quiet, dusky chamber,
   By the flickering firelight,
Rising up between two sleepers,
   Comes a spirit all in white

I like this verse because it sounds a bit spooky but is tame enough not to upset your more mainstream relatives. You could put it inside some pretty stationery from someplace like Lilac Twist or Purple Fairy to create unique personalized announcements.

There’s an article on the HGTV site about making handmade announcements if you need some inspiration, although the procedure itself is obviously pretty straightforward.

If your tastes run toward the morbid, there’s no reason why you have to resign yourself to icky-sweet lambs and duckies on your birth announcements. Just take care with the card design and you can include darker elements without offending Aunt Bessie from Shreveport.

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Wonderland Expedition Kit

August 7th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Mome RathThat Lucky Girl is a fan of Alice in Wonderland, so for her birthday her boyfriend made her a “Wonderland Expedition Kit.”

In 1867 a biology professor was sent to investigate a mysterious fire at the Liddell household. This kit is full of samples and documentation from the final known trip down the rabbit hole.

Included in the kit:
-Card Guard specimen, mounted
-fetal Mome Rath
-caterpillar, preserved
-rose painted red
-raven’s feather (like a writing desk?)
-pocket watch
-looking glass
-Cheshire Cat teeth
-Cheshire Cat fur samples
-framed photo of Lewis Carroll
-various photos of Wonderland inhabitants
-Eat Me and Drink Me bottles
-vial of water from Pool of Tears
-bottled mushroom bits, one from each side
-map of nonsense occurrences in England, leading to rabbit hole
-map of Wonderland
-typed copy of “You Are Old, Father William”
-typed letter from Professor Lake, detailing his journey to England
-half-burned print of the courtroom scene (removed from the scorched remains of the Liddell house)

That’s some true devotion right there.

The entire kit is simply wonderful; I love all the thoughtful little details.

Link (via BoingBoing)

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Things That Have Amused Me Recently

August 6th, 2008 by Cobwebs

The best way to end an argument with a significant other is to light some candles and run a hot bath. Once they’re in it you add a toaster.

The Rogue Entomologist’s bug art, particularly the Off with Their Heads series, featuring praying mantis corpses dressed up in little costumes.

ZombieHarmony – “Because the Apocalypse doesn’t have to be lonely.” (Viral ad for a real dating site. Still funny.)

Scary Sleepover – Addictive little online game in which you try to scare a kid out of a haunted house using various “props” like talking portraits and flocks of bats.

Adopt a Microbe – “Hi there, I’m VZV. My family is the Herpesviridae family….”

Although I can accept talking scarecrows, lions and great wizards in emerald cities, I find it hard to believe there is no paperwork involved when your house lands on a witch.
–Dave James

Recent spam headlines I have received: “Set your wife on fire,” “Fondle all her internal nerve endings,” “Blow your lady’s mind into bits.” I’m clearly being spammed by H.P. Lovecraft.

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Collector’s Edition Beedle the Bard

August 5th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Beedle the BardIn 2007 author J.K. Rowling created seven copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a work referenced in the final Harry Potter book. She gave six to people who were deeply involved with the Potter series and auctioned off the seventh for charity. It was ultimately purchased by for nearly $4 million. Part of the cachet of the books was that there were only ever going to be seven in existence.

Uh huh.

You will perhaps not be shocked to learn that the book is now going to be published and widely available. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon now. The standard edition will feature the five stories and several illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book, plus commentary on each of the tales “by Professor Albus Dumbledore.” (Isn’t he dead?)

There will also be a collector’s edition which more closely replicates the design of the original books, including the cool skull on the cover and all the metal clasps. Yours for a mere $100.

The book is very pretty. I’m nowhere near sufficiently Potterphilic to buy one, but it might be fun to decorate a blank leather journal with similar hardware.

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Again with the Link Dump

August 4th, 2008 by Cobwebs

You know that part of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” where the brooms just keep on dumping buckets of water? That’s my relationship with my Drafts folder.

Office Poltergeist – Little software widget to help you “haunt” a co-worker’s computer.

Tales of the Plush Cthulhu – Aaaaaaawwwww. (The FAQ is amusing, too.)

Ubuntu Satanic – Dark and spooky skin for Ubuntu Linux. This is all wrong, though. It’s Windows that’s for the damned.

Pretty Bitter – “Stationery that pushes the envelope.” Features a selection of pretty lacy cards inscribed with sentiments like “Suck It.”

FutureGirl has tips for sewing vinyl, which she once used to make this cute vinyl dress.

Guide to Cold Reading – Tips on how to sound convincing when doing a “psychic reading.”

Gloomy Sunday – Interesting article on the Curious Expeditions blog about a song that supposedly induced suicide in anyone who listened to it. Bonus pics from a funeral museum.

Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts – I love this T-shirt.

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