Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Growing a Ghostly Garden

Some people would enjoy a tropical or fairy garden. I would rather design something a little more mysterious and dark, like a cemetery. I want to be able to see the spiritual world in this garden under the full moon.

Creating a ghostly garden requires more than just white flowers like dahlias, poppies, or hydrangeas. The flowers should be ethereal and have interesting shapes. You should be able to see their silvery white hue glowing in the moonlight. Having gray shrubs or bushes will give your garden more depth. Imagine the shadowy figures reaching outward to pull you in as you take midnight walks. Here are some suggestions for creating your own ghostly garden.

If you're looking for interesting shapes, these Silvery-gray Foliage Dusty Miller would do the trick. As the moon shines you might see the leaves just glowing.

In this packet, there are more seeds of the Dusty Miller foliage. Not only would you create your midnight garden, but it would be perfect for rainy days as well.

Not only is Common Wormwood beautiful as decor for your garden, it is also medicinal.

These Black Cumin flowers are so unique. The center of the flower looks like a creature is growing from it.

I love how the petals of these White Dianthus look torn. That's exactly how I imagine a ghost's dress to look like as it trails on the ground.

These Silver Dust Ragwort plants have a silvery glow. It would be perfect for your ghostly garden.

When I first saw these White Nancy Dead Nettles it looked as if the flower was just erupting from the plant! So organic and almost creature-like.

One flower I know is necessary in my ghost garden is Angel's Trumpet. It is historically medicinal and poisonous. Most of all, some sources say it was used to communicate with the dead.

The beautiful fragrance of the Nicotiana is relaxing on a moonlit night. The petals also look like they are reaching up to kiss you.

I have never seen a flower with such intricately shaped blossoms. It looks like ghostly fingers growing from the petals.

What's better than a White Moonflower for your cemetery themed garden? These will only bloom in the middle of the night.

I can imagine the shadowy figures being shown from this The White Dove Flower. It would be spooky in the middle of the night!

I can see faces in these almost poisonous looking White Borage flowers. Believe it or not, these are edible.

These white German Statice are gorgeous and dense. This plant is very easy to grow, quickly adding volume to your garden. The flowers that bloom remind me of little stars.

This adds a different element that I haven't covered yet. The frayed petals are like needles sticking out. I really enjoy the shape of these and how large they are compared to the rest of the flowers. They're a Giant White Aster.

These Sweet Autumn Clematis flowers are stunning. Not only that, but they have a strong gorgeous fragrance. Perfect for summer nights, sitting up late in your glowing garden.

To give your garden a more cemetery style feeling, plant these White Foxgloves. This might suggest funeral church bells.

This Silver Ghost Sea Holly Flower is eerie. I love how sharp and pale these flowers look.

The leaves on this Silver Dollar Plant look translucent. The moonlight shining through would make them glow. This would create a more serene place for the people of the dead.

If you're looking for more sweet smelling flowers, these Meadowsweet flowers would be perfect. Also, for those who live in dark and dreary areas, Meadowsweet flowers thrive under these conditions.

If you're looking for sharper edges for a more sinister garden, I suggest planting these Prairie Sage Wildflowers.

I love the shape of sunflowers, so these Carlina flowers are like their evil twin. The silvery pointy petals would look so fantastic in the middle of the night.

Not only are these white roses gorgeous, but the symbolism is perfect for a ghostly garden. Symbolically they represent remembrance for the dead.

When I see these white butterfly bushes it looks like they are leaning towards you. It's a little ominous.

Throatwort is a very unique shape. This would add a lot of texture that you might be missing in your garden.

These Snow in Summer flowers are for ground cover.

Have you seen anything like these Leontopodium Alpinum white flowers? They are otherworldly and alien.

These silver sagebrush flowers look so devilish. They look like they come up to your waist, so watch out for your ankles when walking through.

We need some shelter from the sun, so this Old Man's Beard tree is perfect. I love the sharp points hanging downward toward you.

I can see putting these crepe myrtles around the entrance of the garden. They look ghostly as they loom over you in the middle of the night.

We can't have our own creepy garden without a touch of blood. These white and red carnation flowers would add just a touch of color.

One more vegetable that would fit in with your haunted theme are these white ghost peppers.

Finish your garden off with glow-in-the-dark pebbles along the pathways - it would take thousands of them to really do it right though!

There are plenty of plant options to give your ghostly garden a haunting look. As summer is quickly approaching, I thoroughly enjoy wandering outside at night. Are there any other plants that you can see being a part of the garden? Tell me about it, I'd love to hear more suggestions.

Plush Toys from Alice Through the Looking Glass

Clearly I am just a hair excited about this new Alice Through the Looking Glass movie. I swear these are the last pieces of ATTLG merchandise I will show you guys! I couldn't help myself because their expressions are priceless. Some of them look half asleep or half dead. The most surprising part about this line of plush dolls is there is no Alice! That's okay because all the other favorites and villains are there. Take a look at these Alice Through the Looking Glass plush dolls on Amazon. These are great gift ideas for the wee goths!

My favorite devious character, The Cheshire Cat is still grinning maliciously. In Through the Looking Glass he is a kitten, so maybe we find out why he is so mischievous. I can't wait to hear his backstory. Honestly, I think he was born with that sinister grin, don't you?

As much as I love the Mad Hatter, I feel like this plush did him an injustice. Where's the fear in his eye? Or his madness? Frankly, he looks calm and moderately happy. I think even the word "worrisome" is a bit of a stretch for his expression. I do like the eye makeup. The more chaotic his color scheme, the crazier he may be.

This White Rabbit plush is supposed to represent him when he was a baby. As it turns out, he was born with a watch in his hand! At least that's what it looks like. Talk about nurturing your children's obsessive behavior.

As any evil and villainous queen should, this Queen of Hearts plush has nailed the resting bitch face. There is absolutely no air of amusement! Out of all the dolls, the Queen of Hearts is the one I would cuddle the most.

I actually love the expression on the Time plush doll. It's a little arrogant, apathetic, and maybe even shows a touch of exhaustion? Being the embodiment of time I imagine would be tiring. Not only that, you're pretty much on the level of gods. He would go well as a pair with the Red Queen.

If you're looking for little wee goth gifts, this may be the route to go. These Alice Through the Looking Glass plush dolls are cuddly, soft, and dark! How do you guys feel about this line of plush dolls? I think I prefer them just because each one has so much character. Comment down below!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Adorably Pouty Little Alice Through the Looking Glass Mopeez Toys

New from Funko to celebrate the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass: Funko's Mopeez plush toys based on the film. I haven't found an Alice character yet, nor a White Queen. Surely those are coming soon?

These are all around 4.5 inches tall - not quite pocket sized, but easy to tuck into your purse to keep you company!

I'm probably not going to be able to resist getting this cute Mad Hatter Mopeez!

And of course the Iracebeth Mopeez will keep him company on my desk!

Here's the Time Mopeez, looking grumpy.

Here's the White Rabbit Mopeez, named McTwisp.

Chessur is so mopey, he isn't even grinning!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Goth Shop of the Week: Afterlight Clothing

When I go out and about, you won't see me wearing anything but a skirt or a dress. I love displaying my goth pride and looking good at the same time. But when I am at home alone, it's a whole different story. I have no shame wearing my over-sized Nightmare Before Christmas shirt and beanie. Some of these shirts honestly need an upgrade. I've had them for as long as I can remember. Afterlight Clothing is a godsend. Check out these awesome tees.

Have you guys ever seen a Nightmare Before Christmas T Shirt like this? I love the design as Jack as a giant balloon. Who is the young girl holding the string? I think it looks like Sally!

The Cheshire cat on this goth Alice in Wonderland tee looks like he planted evil thoughts into Alice. He's so satisfied with himself and mischievous! Alice looking like a murderous monster makes my day.

I am in love with this Victorian steampunk tee. This character is unique, but is clearly inspired by Tim Burton. What a beauty.

What a twist on a already dark fairy tale! The dark Little Red Riding Hood tee looks like they kill the huntsman! I think I like the thought of Little Red Riding hood having a pet wolf who accompanies her while traveling through the forest. Frankly, that makes more sense.

I think the print of the Victorian skeleton gentleman is really cool. I think the antique elements like the crow and spider really add to the design. Unfortunately, I just can't get behind this badly bleached black tee. If that wasn't the case, I would have had to stop myself from buying it!

This haunted house tee is another Tim Burton inspired illustration. The pumpkins look so sinister! I would definitely wear this during Halloween.

Since I feel like the crazy cat lady in the family, I really feel like I need this zombie cat tee. I always feel like my cats are out to kill me anyway, so the shirt is strangely fitting. It looks like it was drawn by Jhonen Vasquez. Absolutely love it.

The Death card usually signifies substantial change, but this Death tarot card tee puts a more literal edge on it. This grim reaper is out for blood and your soul will be his. Eventually at least.

These gothic tees by Afterlight Clothing on Etsy are just bad ass. The art style is so familiarly dreary and ghastly. I might even give my macabre look a break and just go out with one of these tees on. How do you guys feel about these? Comment below.