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Stuff I Found While Looking Around

December 9th, 2015 by Cobwebs

It’s time for another bunch of random stuff I want to share but can’t hang a whole post on. Some of them have no attribution, so if you happen to know the source for any of these please leave a note in the comments. (Click to view larger.)


“Bloody Good” Cheesecake

This chocolate cheesecake with “bloody” topping is from sugardish. The presentation is nice, but I’m horrified at the idea of using red gel frosting for the blood. Instead, put 1/2 C raspberry jam and 2 T brandy in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the jam melts. Strain through a sieve to remove seeds and pour over cake.

Reindeer Bun

Reindeer Bun

Unsettle your co-workers with this festive hairstyle. Given the new craze for “man buns,” fellas can get into the act too. There’s a video tutorial here.

Steampunk Terrarium

Professor Alexander’s Botanical Vasculum

Etsy shop SteamedGlass specializes in these steampunky moss terrariums. They’re currently closed with no re-open date, but this might be useful as inspiration for a DIY version.

Corgi Swarm

Corgi Swarm

The “spell failure” caption on the photo has been floating around for a while (and it makes me laugh every single time I see it), but somebody actually went ahead and formalized the conjuration and its effects. Next time I run a D&D campaign, this sucker’s going in there.


Halloween Headbands

These headbands/fascinators are by Grandin Road (motto: “Marking up cheap crap by 10,000% since 1991”), but something similar would be reasonably easy to DIY. The spider, in particular, appears to be just a styrofoam ball and pipe cleaners.

Trick Candy

Trick Candy

This is diabolical. (via pdq)

And here’s another, related, idea.


Scary Wreath

I gave up on finding an original source for this; it’s all over the place on link aggregators, with and without the caption. It seems to be patterned after the Evil Wreath in NMBC, and would be easy enough to DIY. The eyes appear to be yellow Christmas lightbulbs with pupils drawn on, and the teeth look like craft foam.

Bonus links: When I was trying to track down the source for this, I uncovered a few other neat wreaths: Game of Thrones, Zombie, and Cthulhumas.

Bat Stencils

Bat Stencils

The tutorial for this project, including a downloadable pattern, is from Design*Sponge (the instructions are halfway down the page, under the wall o’ unrelated links). The bats are made of craft foam and are intended as temporary decorations, but you could also use the pattern as a stencil and paint them on permanently.

Eye Tie

Eye Tie

A friend took this photo at the SOFA exhibit in Chicago. The eyes appear to be the flat-backed acrylic eyes used to make dolls and teddy bears, and the beads are probably plastic pearls. It’d be possible to just hot-glue them to a thrifted necktie for short-term use, but if you wanted something a little more long-wearing you’d have to bite the bullet and sew them on.

The eyeballs would look pretty good on a hat or clutch, too.

Vincent Price

Vincent Price

This is here because everyone should be reminded occasionally that young Vincent Price was smokin’ hot.

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3 Responses

  1. Goth Gardening Says:

    Vincent Price… Swoon.

  2. Bruno Says:

    Vincent Price <3

  3. Mim Says:

    Well HELLO Mr Price!

    (And he could cook…)

    Brandy and jam is a way better idea for a cheesecake topping.

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