Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cathedral Puzzles for Bored Goth Kids

What do you do when your kids (or nieces and nephews) are bored and it's too hot to play outside, or a rainy summer day springs up? I like to challenge kids to complete a puzzle with me. What better time to introduce them to some concepts of gothic architecture, too?

You might have to tempt the kids gently into joining you (they might say "That looks dumb!" or "How boring" if you push too hard). Sometimes I just set the puzzle up and start working on it, or a little nudge like "Oh you surely aren't old enough to help me with this, are you?" works wonders.

Pour some lemonade, spread out on your dining table, and enjoy the challenge. Sometimes I'll leave one of these out in an out-of-the-way table so we can work on it a few minutes at a time here and there so it doesn't seem so overwhelming.

This 3D puzzle by CubicFun depicts the Sagrada Familia cathedral (basilica) in Barcelona, Spain. The puzzle has 194 pieces and takes an estimated 150 to 180 minutes to put together.

Here's the 3D puzzle by CubicFun depicting the Cathedral de Santiago which is also in Spain. This one is a bit easier to assemble, having 101 pieces, but still can take 150 to 180 minutes to finish.

This 179 piece puzzle shows the Cologne cathedral in Germany. It's estimated to take somewhere between 200 and 220 minutes to put together.

Who wouldn't want to put together a puzzle of the lovely Matthias Church in Budapest? The construction time on this 176-piece puzzle is apparently 240 to 300 minutes. Yikes!

This monstrous 952-piece puzzle is by Puzz3D. It depicts the Cathedral Notre Dame in France.

Let's not forget to attempt a puzzle designed to look like St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. With just 72 pieces, it should take around 100 minutes to assemble.

There are many other cathedral and church puzzles out there, but these were the most likely to be of interest to goths and people with darker tendencies!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Black Soap and Shampoo for Goths

I just discovered this Danish company, Sort of Coal, that makes black colored soaps and shampoos. Strangely, their products are made from white charcoal. Huh!

They describe their black shampoo as "invigorating cleansing for your hair." Really wish I knew what this smelled like. Love the color and the idea of using a black shampoo! It must be pretty awesome because it's sold out on Amazon.

The company also makes this black soap from white charcoal. It's meant to be used on both your face and body.


Charcoal in Beauty Products (NY Times)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cute Black and White Striped Dresses for Goth Babies in Summertime

This black and white dress and panty set is sized for newborns. The decorative flower has a sparkly jewel in the center.

Here's a cute dress with attached necklace that your baby could wear to lunch out with grandma, or perhaps a gothic tea party. Who doesn't love polka dots?

This Little Me legging set is for older toddlers. Great for playdates with other gothlings.

This legging set is a little more dainty and feminine.

This 3-pack playset includes two tops and a pair of black leggings.

Here's a cute summery capri set for toddlers.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mattel's Raven Queen Doll for San Diego Comic Con 2015

I never really got into Ever After dolls - I guess I was a little burned out by Monster High. But I may have to come around since the SDCC exclusive Raven Queen is so gorgeous!

Check out the raven feathers on her cape, the raven skull on her tiara, and the judicious use of purple and red together on her outfit. Stunning!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June Gloom: Tim Burton DVDs Suddenly on Sale

It sort of depresses me that the widescreen edition of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is currently priced below $4. It wasn't the greatest movie (and certainly pales in comparison to NMBC) but still.. sigh.

The deluxe, 20th anniversary edition of Beetlejuice on DVD will set you back less than $5 right now, too.

Nobody I know seemed to enjoy the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake. Still, should you feel compelled to add it to your video library, it will set you back less than $5 right now.

Another $5 or less bargain: Dark Shadows on DVD.

For whatever reason, I really enjoy re-watching "Sweeney Todd" every Christmastime. Now I'll be able to do so without having to scrounge around for it on On Demand or Netflix. I can add it to my collection for under $10 right now.

Tim Burton's "Big Fish" is also currently being sold at bargain basement prices.

At the moment, fans of "Coraline" can snatch up the Blu-Ray for under $8.

And if you want to get a good, lingering look again at Katrina van Tassel's elegant striped dress, you can snag a copy of the "Sleepy Hollow" DVD for under $5 as well.

Happy scavenging!

Delightfully Dark New Books for Goth Babies and Spooky Little Toddlers

Here are my most anticipated new dark children's book releases coming out for Summer 2015!

"Seven Orange Pumpkins" is a counting-themed board book for little babies. I'd use it any time of the year, not just in autumn. The illustrations include pumpkins, a scarecrow, a witch and a spider.

The artwork in 5 Very Little Pumpkins (a baby board book coming out soon) is a bit too cutesy for me. Still, it might be a nice way to sneakily introduce an unwitting mundane relative's new baby to the slightly darker side of children's books.

Here's a simple gothy board book for babies I like much better: Peek-A Boo!

Check out the adorable bat illustration!

I have a baby niece who really enjoys interacting with Lift the Flap books. So I'm tempted to get her Spooky House when it comes out in August.

Here's another lift-the-flap book that looks fun: Ghost in the House.

In this "Halloween Baby Face" book, you're supposed to print out and insert a photo of your own baby to use with the costumes in the book.

Who wouldn't want to see cute chubby baby hands playing with this "Little Monster" Frankenstein's monster-themed board book?

"Scaredy Cat", by the same author, comes out long before Halloween.

Spooky, Spooky Little Bat will be available after July 15.

Children aged 2-5 years will most likely enjoy finding out what happens when the little witch Delia uses magic to change the weather, in It's Raining Bats & Frogs. Plus - bats!

"Boo-La-La Witch Spa" is coming out later this summer, in August. After Halloween, the witches pamper themselves at the Fa-Boo Spa with Bat-Whisker Tea, and Broom Bristle Facials. It's meant for ages 3-5 years.

Peanut Butter & Brains is "a zombie culinary tale" for kids aged 4-8 years.

I'm hesitating, not having seen the inside, about "Mom! The Monsters!" Given the subject matter, it may indeed be a bit too scary for small children.

Written for 5-8 year olds, "Seen and Not Heard" is about naughty children at Shiverhawk Hall who simply refuse to stay inside their gilded portrait frames.. Peek inside the book at this review post and also here and at Picture Book Party.

For younger pre-teens, "The Monster Diaries" features a sneak peek into the real, everyday lives of The Mummy, The Werewolf, the Vampire, among others.

Happy reading!