January 22, 2016

Poser status going strong

Blogger is making all the photos on this post look dull - I don't know how to fix it :( Other than, if you click on each photo they appear as they should, much brighter as they should. Annoyed.

If you don't know now you know, wigga (caucasian edit).

If you didn't know I'm a huge poser and I don't give two fucks about it.

This DIY'd denim vest of mine has been a #WIP for a couple of years. I think I finally have it where I like it right now. The cool thing about denim vests is that you can keep adding and removing shit as long as you want. It used to look like this. I have since removed the patch on the back and added a bunch more shit.

I think the MJ pin looks better on my faux leather vest.

Bye for now, going to add more pins on this baby!

January 15, 2016

7 Things - 2016

1. I think continuing with this type of post is the only thing I can commit to for 2016. Let's be real.

2. It's been a sad week. Monday, when I heard that David Bowie had passed away, I spent the day really down. There was just no one like him. Then to here that Alan Rickman died too, sucked. He was my favorite villain in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. That used to be my all time favorite movie, until Lord of the Rings came along. I used to have a huge crush on Kevin Costner too. I don't get it either.

3. This Adele Carpool Karaoke video with James Corden is everything. Last night I was still in a funk and afterwards I was smiling. If you don't like these two then it won't help you. 

4. Finding out that Snoop Dogg is on snapchat was also a plus. 


6. I've been cleaning & organizing. I'm a new-year cliche. 

7. I did update The Shop last week and will continue to do so in weeks to come.

2015 Bullet Points

  • 2015 was the year I fully committed to being a half-assed blogger
  • My creative juices skipped town and left me to deal with real life
  • Tyrone built us an awesome bed. It has since been shortened a bit
  • I made Game of Thrones cookies
  • We went to the PTV, SWS & PVRIS show at Saltair. Last year, I went from knowing nothing about PVRIS to falling in love with them. I will forever have a crush on those boys in PTV.
  • I made a pretty cool dragon shirt that I am still proud of
  • I started a Monthly Doodle challenge and never finished it
  • On weekdays we wear black
  • I never want to go back
  • On April 3rd, 2015 Tyrone graduated college! I am still so very proud of him.
  • On April 11th, 2015 my childhood best friend died. It was one of the roughest times. I had never lost a friend like that before and hit me in a very dark way.
  • Hate won't win. There were way too many shootings & murder/suicides last year. 
  • Blue October therapy show
  • Saw Falling In Reverse for the first time in June
  • Went to a few other good shows. One of which was supposed to be Of Mice & Men but they had to cancel their SLC show the day of. 
  • We swam in a crater for our anniversary. 
  • My Game of Thrones obsession grew out of control
  • In July we brought home Mortisha and she has now taken control of our entire lives. She was 5 weeks & 5 lbs when we got her and now she's almost 7 months old and roughly 45 lbs. 
  • Warped Tour 2015 :) !!!
  • In September I was laid off of my 8-year job. My last day was October 1st. I STILL HAVE NOT GOT A JOB! It's getting down to the wire though. Just the thought of going back to work makes me want to hide. I will have to make myself start looking next week for sure.
  • In October I got my DIY groove back. 
  • I didn't decorate for Halloween this year. I think it may have been a bit of depression, but that is just not me at all. I'm a little mad at myself for letting that happen.
  • One of the best things that happened this October was we went to Disneyland for my birthday and to celebrate me losing my job.
  • In November, Tyrone had a nightmare of a surgery. It took over our lives for weeks.
  • We went out to eat a lot and saw a bunch of movies. Those are some of my favorite times. 
  • All of last year I said I wanted to buy a new computer and in December I finally bit the bullet and got a new one. Yay!
  • We've seen Star Wars twice.
  • I've upped my #pingame 
  • We upgraded our Christmas tree. It's taller and fuller and not going to fall down at any minute.
  • I actually took the Christmas decorations down before February this year.  
  • Mortisha started puppy training class too. It's going pretty good. She gets a lot of attention naturally she loves going. 
  • It actually snowed here this year so we went tubing. I tried to practice standing up on my snowboard but couldn't do it on my own. I'm so out of shape it's sad.
  • The day after tubing I got sick with a really bad cough and sore throat. That, so far, has been the last sickness since around the end of October. I've spent most of my unemployment sick with either a cold, the flu, and coughing. Tyrone says it's my body detoxing from working at that place as long as I had to. If you know me, you know I had some rough times there. It was time for me to go, as much of a surprise as it was to be laid off, but it was time. I'm just not ready to move on to another job yet.

December 17, 2015

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Wreathe

I made this NBC wreathe to go along with the Monster Wreathe I made for this holiday season.

My inspiration for the wreathe was our Christmas tree and the below pics I took on our trip to Disneyland this past October.

One day I'll try to make this clock for Halloween

I need this candelabrum in my life now!

I took the simple approach to this wreathe. I had this white wreathe already so I didn't need to go out and buy one or make one. 

I added some some fake holly bits, a hand-painted striped bow and of course, a skellington head.

The bow was easy to paint, believe it or not. I couldn't find any ribbon that looked like the one from Disney so I bought some wide chalkboard ribbon and painted the stripes on myself. 

Now, the skellington head was not so easy to make. I tried Model Magic because it is lightweight, but I could not get it to mold how I needed it too, so I scrapped that idea. I went back to the air-dry clay that I used for the teeth in the monster wreathe. I haven't touched clay since high school, so this was not so fun for me. For the life of me I could not get it very smooth. You can see the bumps in mine but at some point I just had to say "fuck it" and go with it. Once the clay was dry I painted it white and added black eyes and nostrils. 

I had plans to make a garland with a skellington head as well, but didn't end up leaving myself enough time. Honestly, I didn't want to after I was done with this one. Maybe next year, if I can find an easier way to do it. 

 After re-reading this post it is kind of a bummer isn't it? I sound like a Debbie Downer.

December 14, 2015

DIY Disney Haunted Mansion Monster Wreathe

Ever since we went to Disneyland in October for my birthday, I knew I was going to try to recreate some of the decor surrounding the Haunted Mansion. It is by far my favorite ride there for obvious reasons and during Halloween it's a pure joy. The little kid in my comes out and I embrace it when I'm there. I should post about our trip one day because it was definitely a good time.

(This photo also has supplies for other DIY projects)

Supplies Needed:
1. Green Garland - I picked the cheapest one I could find
2. Strong Floral Wire - because the clay adds some weight
3. Wire
4. Crayola Air-Dry Clay
5. Plyers
6. Paint
7. Red Bow - I bought a cheap one that was already made

First, I took the strong floral wire and created an oval shaped wreathe to the size I wanted. Secondly, I attached the green garland to the oval shape with some wire all the way around to create a stronger wreathe.

(This is the picture of the wreathe I took at Disneyland that I feel in love with)

Once the wreathe base is complete you can begin attaching the features, but first you may want to make the features. 

I used air-dry clay to form the teeth and eyes. While the clay was still soft I put wire in each piece to make them easier to attach to the base once they were all dry. I made 12 teeth altogether; six for the top and six for the bottom. Once they clay was dry (it took around 48 hrs) I painted them white and used a matte modge podge as a clear coat. 

For the eyes, I painted them both yellow with black pupils. 

Using the clay; forming and painting each piece was the most time-consuming. Once all the pieces were ready it was a very simple wreathe to make. You could make the pieces out of anything your heart desires that would be easier, like cardboard, paper, felt, etc. 

After attaching each facial feature I adhered the red bow and it was ready to be hung. I love seeing it in our hallway of our apartment complex as I approach our front door. It makes me very happy.