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Vintage Blog

March 18th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Moth CapeHere’s a fantastic source of design inspiration. Vintage Blog is a treasure trove of vintage fashion and artwork, with photos and illustrations from the late 1800s through 1930 or so. There are lots of corsets, gorgeous Art Nouveau detailing, and enough unique fashion ideas–like this completely awesome “creature of the night” moth cape–to keep even the most ambitious seamstress busy for a while.

The site is in French (which doesn’t really matter, since the posts are mostly images rather than commentary), but Blogspot’s intrusive “translate this page” dropdown appears to be fouling up the navigation: The archive dropdown tends to display the same posts no matter which week you choose, and the “older/newer post” links don’t show up properly. I finally wound up viewing the site through my feed reader to see the older posts.

It’s worth the trouble to see the images, though. There are all kinds of ideas for hairstyles, jewelry, accessories, bridal, evening wear, et cetera, et cetera, and of course et cetera. I’ve already found half a dozen dresses that I’m going to have to try and replicate.


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We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody

March 17th, 2010 by Cobwebs

I am deeply speechless.

Shadow Jack is so getting their album for his birthday.

(via Whatever)

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DIY Vinyl Wall Art

March 16th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Vinyl Wall ArtAlert reader pdq sent along this link to a neat tutorial on making wall decals using ConTact paper, along with the comment, “The instructable itself is straitforward & easy, but the tentacled bit pictured is MARVELOUSLY Cthulhu-oid.” Right on both counts. (The author calls it “Tim Burton-esque / Tokyo Plastic vision of swirls,” which also works.)

The tutorial is nicely detailed, including instructions on sketching the design in advance and tips for ensuring that the paper won’t ruin your walls (note to non-US readers: ConTact is a brand rather than a description, so double-check to make sure you’re using similar stuff). There are also bonus instructions for using the scraps for bamboo and creepy tree silhouettes.

I really love the wiggly “tentacles are invading from another dimension” look of the finished decal, and since it isn’t permanent you could update it whenever you wanted a change. The paper comes in a variety of colors (including “chalkboard”), so there are all kinds of decorating possibilities without the long-term commitment of paint or stencils. Neat!

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Ouija Invitation

March 15th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Ouija InvitationI am completely in love with this ouija-themed wedding invitation by Corndog Industries. The envelope even turns into a planchette when opened.

Erin Blankley, who is apparently the Chief Corndog, creates all kinds of offbeat custom invitations and announcements. I also really like this medieval scroll and this cute little skeleton. Her ideas are wonderfully quirky and original.

The site is relatively sparse, but the “more invite info” link includes some pricing and contact information. If you’re in the market for custom invitations or just want to admire her creativity, go take a look!

(via Oddee – Other interesting wedding invitations at the link)

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Mars Needs Link Dumps

March 12th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Animation Dailies – James Lopez is an animator for Disney and is going to start posting short animated clips. The storyline for “Sweating Bullets” sounds entertaining.

Metropolis Graphics – A couple of years ago graphic designer Jon Heilman created a high-quality replica of the time portal map from Time Bandits. He’s now selling copies, plus the map from Lord of the Rings, Professor Marvel’s banner from The Wizard of Oz, and more.

iMaxi – Taking the “Apple’s iPad sounds like a feminine hygiene product” joke to its logical conclusion, this Etsy seller makes iPad cases with wings.

If Murdered – Sort of like FML and/or MLIA, but with more murder. Also this one made me choke on my coffee.

The Super Punch Tarot – To celebrate its third anniversary, the Super Punch blog has asked a bunch of Web artists to create individual cards in a tarot deck. The results are…eclectic.

Alice in Wonderland Roundup – The aforementioned Super Punch also has loads of posts about Alice, including some great artwork.

“The Shining” Cuckoo Clock – This is hilarious.

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Skeletal Stencil Idea

March 11th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Animal MagicUK-based PaperBoy specializes in wallpaper for children, specifically boys, which seems unnecessarily niche but that’s another story.* One of their designs is Animal Magic, featuring attractive animal sillhouettes with their skeletons screen-printed on top. I love the clean lines and the fact that they offer a range of tones, from just-barely-glimpsing-the-bones to more obvious skeletal overlays. They’ve also got a fabric in the same pattern, with the same more-or-less-obvious skeletons.

Unfortunately for those of us who are not very rich goths indeed, the hand-printing involved in producing these puts them way the heck out of our price range: £105 per meter for the cloth and £120 for a 10-meter roll of wallpaper. Eeyouch.

However, a similar look might be possible to DIY using purchased stencils, screen printing, or hand-painting. I doubt you’d want to hand-stencil your entire living room, but a frieze near the ceiling or one wall of a bathroom would probably be do-able. You could also paint enough fabric for a simple dress, or just use the skeleton-inside-the-bunny idea as one-off illustrations on throw pillows or tote bags. If you like needlework, a set of these animals would be fun to embroider along the edge of a skirt or as a sampler.

*What? Girls can’t like dinosaurs?

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Seen Online

March 10th, 2010 by Cobwebs

So there I am, feasting on brains, and this dude calls me the z-word. And I’m like, “It’s un-dead American, asshole!” Yeesh.

Free idea: Get on the bus with a broom. Look at people, shrug, say “It broke down”. Sit down and act casual.

My favorite part about having cramps is the complimentary killing spree.

I learned 2 things about dealing with women today. But they won’t matter tomorrow when the rules change again.

I’m surprised a shop called Pet Stuff doesn’t offer taxidermy. With that name it’d just make sense. The same goes for Forever 21.

I just saw some graffiti that read, “Satin Rules!”. Now, either it’s a cult that can’t spell, or DISCO IS BACK BABY!!

Ice-dancers are what happens when you feed a ballerina after midnight.

If that zombie didn’t want me to shoot him in the head, he wouldn’t have said “HUNNGH.” That’s, like, zombie for “shoot me in the head.”…@ChaosNexus It’s true. It’s like that “Eskimos have 47 words for snow” only with zombies and shooting them in the head.

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Ultimate–No, Really–D&D Game Room

March 9th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Game RoomThe Burntwire Brothers spent two years customizing a room in their house just for playing Dungeons and Dragons. Decor includes iron-bound doors, sconces, swords, horned skulls, medieval-looking chandeliers (with dimmers that the DM can control), hidden strobes, fog machines, and a simply ridiculous number of books and modules. You can see more photos and a few design notes here.

Even if you’re tepid about D&D, the decor is great inspiration for adding a dungeon-esque element to any room in the house. I would absolutely love a library decorated like this.

(via BoingBoing)

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The Silk Bat

March 8th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Bat DressXandra of EvaDress is a professional pattern maker who has a great fondness for “retro sews.” Her blog is full of vintagey goodness, and right now she’s working on replicating a bat costume she found in an 1887 French publication.

She doesn’t have a pattern, just this picture, so she’s doing it all from scratch and occasionally posting about her progress:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

There’s not a lot of detail on her process, but I’ll definitely be interested in seeing the finished product. The dress is gorgeous, but I’d love just the bat-wing cape as a separate piece. With luck, maybe she’ll sell the pattern in her store.

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The Scarlet Link Dump

March 5th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Bicycle Tire Belt – This Etsy seller makes belts and other items from bicycle tires. The belt might be an interesting DIY project.

Whimsical Journeys – DeviantART user Mr. Bluebird did a series of “travel posters” advertising places like Neverland and Oz.

Dia de Los Muertos Wedding – Unique “offbeat bride” wedding idea.

Tiny Dragon Lizard – These adorable Indonesian lizards look like itty-bitty dragons. (Hat tip to poopisan, who sent the link along with the comment, “I want a whole flock of them to do my bidding!” Me too.)

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter – From the author who gave us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes the tale of one of our nation’s greatest presidents, out to avenge his mother’s death at the hands of vampires.
(Hat tip to Emily)

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter – About two seconds after I posted the link above, it was announced that Tim Burton is going to adapt it as a movie.

Poe Wedding Invitations – Although I question using “Nevermore” as a thematic element in a wedding invitation, these are certainly elegant and unusual.

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