Saturday, June 23, 2012

Amazing Victorian Devil Calling Card Tray and Ashtray

Encourage goth guests to your home to drop their calling cards into this antique cast bronze devil tray. He looks so gleefully delighted to receive them.

You can also offer to let guests stub out their cloves in this bronze devil ashtray.

Steampunk Craft Supplies

Steampunk Softies

Steampunk Softies: Scientifically-Minded Dolls from a Past That Never Was. Inside, you'll find patterns to create several quirky, odd little characters: Tompion Zeitgeist, Fathomless Tilt, Marveletta O'Houlihan, Charity Storm, and others.

Steampunk Sourcebook

A Dover Pictorial Archive book, Steampunk Sourcebook features over 500 pieces of clipart: dirigibles, corsets, pocket watches, ships, and more. It comes with a CD.

Steampunk Paper Pack

This pack of 12x12 steampunk paper features six different designs. It's made for scrapbooking, but I like to use these papers for gift wrapping (though they're thick) and handmade greeting cards.

Jolee's Boutique Steampunk Stickers

I've used Jolee's Boutique stickers for years in my crafting and cardmaking. (I'm not a scrapbooker, though). I'm excited to see they now make gears stickers for steampunk scrapbookers.

I wasn't aware that cuckoo clocks are steampunk, but here's Jolee's Boutique's Steampunk cuckoo clock stickers.

I also didn't know that owls could be steampunk. I guess they are when they have gears for eyes.

These steampunk flying machine stickers are incredibly detailed.

Steampunk Die-Cuts

These steampunk die-cuts are great for scrapbooking, card crafting, and gift embellishments.

Steampunk Chic

Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair from Recycled Finds offers 15 home decor projects. I've read a few criticisms of this book, however, that state just because you glue gears all over something doesn't make it steampunk. True enough.

Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos

Steampunk Gear, Gadgets and Gizmos: A Maker's Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts. Projects include Aetheric Ray Deflecting Brass Goggles; Calibrated Indicator Gauges; Lamp Gun; Mobile Device Enclosure; and more.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Munsters Puzzles for Rainy Summer Evenings

Here in Seattle, we often have to dash inside on long summer evenings due to our usual rainfall. Still light outside, so you don't want to go to bed yet. What better way to while away the time than inviting over a couple dorky friends for a horror "game night?" Pour some whiskey, serve some easy snacks, and giggle over these Munsters puzzles.

Start everyone off with this easy 100-piece Grandpa's Lab puzzle.

After getting someone good and liquored up, see how well they do with this Munsters slide puzzle.

This Munsters puzzle only has 40 pieces, but it is really cool and retro looking!

This puzzle shows the Munsters family happily gathered around a piano, singing. How horrific!

Great Zombie Gag Toy to Annoy Your Co-Workers

Work in a cramped office? Snoopy co-workers always coming by your partition to bother you? Scare them away with this intensely annoying remote control walking zombie. By the way: it moans, too. Send it staggering over into your most irritating co-worker's cubicle just after lunchtime, looking for scraps. Sometimes it's ok to be the most unpopular person at work!

Cutesey Silence of the Lambs Toys

Here's a great idea for warping your children's little minds: let them play with Silence of the Lambs Minimates. With their own tiny little Clarice Starling, Buffalo Bill, and two Hannibal Lector figures, they can act out twisted scenes all day long. Perfect for road trips, airplanes, and your most uptight relative's house.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Skull Bedding to Keep You Wrapped in Darkness of a Night

Sin in Linen is a really cool home textiles company. Here's their Voodoo Bones bedding set.

They also sell a bare-bones (get it? ha, ha) skull and crossbones sheet set.

If you like to decorate with a bit more color, here are Sin in Linen's adorable red sugar skull sheets.

The matching duvet cover has a gigantic sugar skull smack dab in the middle of it.

Street Revival's "Flower Skull" sheet set features a repeating skull pattern based on tattoo art. From the reviews it sounds like the fabric isn't very high quality. Also available on eBay.

This skull comforter is not quite what I'd call "matching," but definitely complements the sheet set.

From the same company, here's a winged skull repeating pattern on sheets.

It also has a matching winged skull comforter set in the same pattern.

Note that some customers are complaining that the sheets are more beige in person, when they expected gray.

What You'll Be Reading This Fall, I'm Pretty Sure: Claudia's Story

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story, on Amazon

I am so excited to read this graphic novel, due out November 20, 2012. I normally don't care for graphic novels (too many pictures, not enough words!) but Ashley Marie Witter's artwork looks fabulous.

And I'm so curious to find out the perspective Anne Rice has dreamed up for little Claudia. She's had over 30 years to reflect, continue improving her writing, think back and modify her ideas on this particular story. It will be interesting to see if there are new wrinkles, subtleties, or backstories that emerge here.


Anne Rice (Official)

Ashley Marie Witter (Official)

MTV Geek News: First Look at Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story