The Art of Darkness

Master of Muppets

May 17th, 2010 by Cobwebs

This is the kind of thing that the Internet was designed for.

See the whole list from Ranker: Top 10 Greatest Muppet Mashups

(via BoingBoing)

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The Link Dump from Snowy River

May 14th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Halloween Party Themes – Hostess with the Mostess has some neat ideas for party decorating.

Fight Club: The Return of Hobbes – A rather masterful dissection of Fight Club in which it is explained as (obviously!) a sequel to Calvin and Hobbes.

Alchemist Keyboard – Lovely computer keyboard mod.

History and the Haunted Mansion – Detailed essay on why the mansion is designed and sited where it is in various Disney parks.

Bloody Nails Project – I agree with Creepy Cupcakes; this is a great manicure alternative to French tips.

The Office Kid – A kid-in-a-kit for childless people who are tired of fellow employees using childcare as an excuse to get out of work.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Hee.

Plush Chainsaw and Severed Hand – Because why not? (The artist’s site is linked from this post, but it’s all Evil Flash, so beware.)

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Alt-Bride Etsy Treasury

May 13th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Wedding DressTreasuries are member-curated “shopping galleries” of items on Etsy. Member KnitzyBlond created one called The Non-Traditional Bride filled with all kinds of lovely items like this gorgeous red silk wedding dress and these rose tattoo shoes. Hopefully she’ll be adding more items soon; she has excellent taste.

Even if you aren’t in the market for alt wedding stuff, the Etsy treasuries are fun to browse. You can find collections devoted to motorcycles and leather, scarabs, “lost in the dark…”, brains, and all manner of other interesting themes.

(via Halloween weddings)

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Photoshop Tutorial: Vaudeville Poster

May 12th, 2010 by Cobwebs

PosterThe PSDtuts site has a great tutorial for making a turn-of-the-(last)-century Vaudeville poster with faux hand-tinting. It’s slightly advanced for a Photoshop novice, but if you’re reasonably familiar with the tool this isn’t too difficult. I love the vintage look of the finished work.

This would be a great decoration for a party or prop for an RPG, and would also make wonderful party invitations. (Somewhere deep in the recesses of my admittedly-addled brain I’ve got the notion that Carrie Mae did her wedding invitations like a vaudeville poster, but I may be hallucinating that. It’s a neat idea, either way.)

The site makes the complete layered Photoshop files for its tutorials available for download with membership ($9 for one month, reduced amounts for multiple months). If you’re planning to tackle this project it might be worth a short-term membership to have a completed version available for reference.

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Mad’s Hobbit Hole

May 11th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Hobbit HoleI am a sucker for well-done miniatures, and this is just mind-blowingly wonderful.

Maddie Chambers had a college course module called “The Importance of Play,” and students had to make a toy to hand in at the end of term. She initially decided to build a little hill with a door similar to Bag End, and then was consumed with the spirit of If a Thing is Worth Doing it is Worth Overdoing, and did just that.

Then I thought, well what if I made the roof removable and had a little room inside? then of course I started drawing up plans and added more rooms and then decided ‘what the hell?’ I might as well make a replica of the one from the movie and make it big enough to fit in dolls house type furniture!

The house has a bajillion little details, from handmade cabbages in the garden to Thror’s map framed on a desk. You can see loads of photos at the site she has dedicated to the project, and you can also check out her main blog, where she’s started detailing work on her next project: A model of the Prancing Pony.

(via BoingBoing)

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Felt Skull Scarf

May 10th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Skull ScarfHere’s an adorable mixed-media scarf by Cut Out and Keep member The scarf is hand-knit, but the skull appliques would be a great way to personalize a purchased scarf or other item.

I like the off-kilter look of these skulls, and the colors are lovely together. Felt is a wonderful material to applique with, since you don’t have to worry about raw edges unraveling. These appear to be attached with a blanket stitch, which is super easy to do.

The shapes are all very simple, so you could do this kind of applique in just an hour or two. It’s a great last-minute way to customize an accessory.

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A Confederacy of Link Dumps

May 7th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Outbreak – xkcd makes an excellent point about “biohorror” movies.

S. Caruso – Interesting “random items arranged to look like a skull” painting. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

May is Zombie Awareness Month – Be sure to wear the grey ribbon.

Handy Measuring Cup – Amusing measuring cup with volumes of things like “enough plutonium to make a bomb.” This has since been licensed to FRED and sold, with slightly different measurements, as the Equal Measure Cup. (Hat tip to pdq)

Cute Bat Pictures – If you don’t want to grab these guys and snuggle them then you have no soul.

Edgar Allan Poe Community College – Facebook group created as “a gathering place for people with strange and unusual interests.” Sounds like us! (Also what the hell is a “routine seance?”)

Giant Lego Tarantula – This is…just what it says it is. Yowza.

[]51 Breathtaking Post-Apocalypse Wallpapers – Add a little dystopia to your computer desktop. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)
Note: URL was disabled because it now seems to point to a malware site. Continue at your own risk.

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Making Perfume

May 6th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Mina PerfumeI’ve had this cartoon from Para Abnormal kicking around in my Drafts folder for ages now, mainly because I like the idea of a “Mina” perfume by Van Helsing (click the image to enlarge).

I’ve never been sure what to do with it, so I guess I’ll use it as a hook for talking about making your own perfume. Which I suppose you could make garlic-scented if you really wanted to.

You will need:

  • About 2 cups of fresh or 1 cup of dried flower petals. Choose flowers that are pesticide-free and nontoxic, and if you’re using fresh flowers try to collect them as close to the time they first open as possible. It’s easiest if you select flowers that have a strong scent, but you can capture a lighter fragrance by running multiple batches of petals through the same water.
  • Four cups of spring or distilled water.
  • 5 Tbsp of high-proof alcohol: Vodka, Everclear, or perfumer’s alcohol (available from hobby suppliers).


  1. If using fresh petals, chop them up a bit (don’t puree them). Put the fresh or dried petals in a nonreactive bowl and cover with the water. (If the water doesn’t completely cover the petals, add more until it does.) Cover and let sit overnight.
  2. Strain through cheesecloth, removing all solid material.
  3. If you’re using a delicately-scented flower, repeat steps 1 and 2 with a fresh batch of petals and the same water.
  4. Place the water in a nonreactive saucepan and simmer gently for a couple of hours, until reduced to about 2 Tbsp of liquid. Be careful not to boil, as it will drive off the fragrance.
  5. Cool and place in a small glass bottle (dark glass is best). Add the alcohol, cap, and shake.
  6. Let sit for 3-4 days before testing.
  7. If the fragrance is too strong, you can dilute it with a little more distilled water: Add 1 Tbsp at a time, letting it rest for 24 hours before testing again and adding more water if necessary.
  8. Store in a cool, dark place, since light and heat will both damage the scent. The perfume will last for 1-2 months.

If you don’t feel like messing with flowers, there are lots of recipes for using essential oils instead. Snowdrift Farm and From Nature with Love both have recipes and advice for making fragrances, and you can also purchase the oils and perfumer’s alcohol from them.

Put the results in a pretty bottle, add a label, and you’ve got your own signature scent.

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Gussied-Up Gloves

May 5th, 2010 by Cobwebs

Skull GloveHere’s a fun upcycling idea: Naughty Secretary Club has several easy suggestions for embellishing a plain pair of gloves.

You can often find pretty lace gloves at secondhand stores, but they’re frequently stained or otherwise less than pristine. Using fabric paint, dye, or ribbon, you can make them like new and customize them to your heart’s content.

I like her idea of dying pairs of gloves to match a jacket, and there are all sorts of things you can do with a little fabric paint and a stencil. You can make matching pairs for you and a friend, or do “opposites” gloves with opposing colors or images on the hands.

This is a super-simple project with a great payoff.

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Victorian Trading Co.

May 4th, 2010 by Cobwebs

LanternReader DampViolets turned me on to this company a while back, and since my mind is like a steel trap (that’s been pried open and left to rust) I completely forgot to post about them until now.

That’s a terrible omission, because tucked in amongst the Victorian kitsch there are some lovely items. If your decor is reminiscent of Poe or Dickens, they’ve got got decorative accessories like this candle lantern and these outlet covers. They have lots of romantic jewelry (some a bit pricey, unfortunately) like this mourning brooch and this poison ring, and they’ve also got a big Halloween section, featuring lovely items like this cobweb under glass, this great “twilight” weathervane (not that Twilight), and this neat baroque chalkboard.

There are all kinds of pretty things to drool over. Go check them out!

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