Friday, 28 October 2011

BRB Goth weekend

Off to Whitby, back in one week, see you then :D

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Day 28 – Do you consider yourself an eldergoth?

Well I wasn't around when we sacked Rome, so I guess not...

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Day 27 – The worst thing you ever did to a newbie.

I don't do bad things to newbies, I'd rather welcome new people than scare them away, baby bats are vast becoming an endangered species.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tuesday Tutorial- How to save Pumpkin Seeds

I suppose this week's Tuesday Tutorial is a little bit Halloween themed. This is the most popular week for Pumpkin sales, mostly from people buying them up to make Jack-O-Lanterns (although I personally prefer buying them up to make soups and muffins).
Regardless of what you bought your pumpkin for you can use the seeds rather than tossing them.

Pumpkin seeds, as anybody who has ever carved up a pumpkin are part of "that gross slimy bit" in the centre, usually, no matter how much you try you'll usually end up scooping at least some of the slime out with your hands, and to most people this feels pretty gross.
Unfortunately I haven't managed to find a way around that, it seems to be the only sure-fire way to make sure you get all of the gunk out, but if you put all of that gunk straight into a bowl then you can save the pumpkin seeds.
I used to just pull them individually from the gunky bit, but that was pretty vile, made a mess and took ages, then I discovered that if you put the gunk into to a bowl and then cover it with water and leave it for a couple of hours.
After a few hours have passed the orange gunk with have swelled up from all the water and it won't feel so slimy, as an added bonus a lot of the seeds will have detached from the flesh so you can just scoop up those and put those ones straight into another bowl.
To remove the rest of the seeds simply pull them from the flesh (this is an awful lot easier to do at this point and makes far less mess).
Leave the no clean seeds to dry out over night and then spread them out on a baking tray and lightly toast them for a few minutes.
So what to do with them now you have your pumpkin seeds?
Well they make a delicious addition to muffins and breads or as a quick nutty snack on their own.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Craft Post: Spiders from Mars mini Pillbox hat

Ziggy, because he clearly isn't an earth spider.

You know what I love about Halloween? All of the weird and wonderful crafting ideas it gives me.
I saw these glitter spiders in a shop a few weeks ago and suddenly decided I needed one perched on my head, so I doodled up an idea for a mini pillbox hat covered with a fine synthetic mesh I found and discovered I could make look more "webby" with a quick blast from my heat gun.

I don't have any worn photographs yet but Ziggy is coming to Whitby with me so hopefully I'll get some there :)

Friday Feature - ShopsSquad

ShopSquad is a brand new shopping advice site that aims to help  people find exactly what they're looking for without having to trawl through endless reviews from anonymous people.
The idea of ShopSquad is to "take the salesperson out of the store and put them onto the web" using an idea currently unique to their personal shopper network; live, on demand video chatting with advisers.
So basically ShopSquad can be used like your own personal shopper without the expensive of hiring one and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so it's an awful lot more convenient to boot.
The categories currently covered on ShopSquad range from Auto-mobiles to cameras, clothing, accessories, food, drink, pet supplies and many others.
The other great thing about ShopSquad is that if you have a good knowledge base for products then you can sign up as an advisor and earn money from helping people find exactly what they're looking for.

I'm currently signed up as an advisor, and over the past couple of days I've quite enjoyed getting to grips with the site, it's incredibly user friendly and easy to use. I haven't done a live advice session yet but I am looking forward to hopefully getting started on that front next week.
As an advisor you are paid a commission for each item sold that you recommended to someone and your pay will be paypalled to you each time you hit $10 worth of sales, there are also some helpful get started steps when you first sign up that will earn you a free $5 (effectively putting you half way to your first pay from them).
If you're interested in Shopsquad you can either sign up at their main site, or click my referral link here

Happy Shopping every body :)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Day 24 – Name the best websites for Goths

See now this one is a toughy, I could literally write an entry that is pages and pages long, but that would probably bore you so I won't.
Instead I decided to give you my five favourite Goth blogs.

Haute Macabre is a treasure trove of Gothic Fashion, often found in some unexpected places, recent entries having involved the likes of Vera Wang, Vouge Italia and Jean Paul Gautier.
Haute Macabe is easily my favourite Goth blog. is the personal blog of Angelspit vocalist and A is for Arsenic designer Amelia Arsenic.
Her blog follows her work as a vocalist, designer, model and socialite, and is often incredibly inspiring.

I'm a huge fan of reading about La Carmina's cool hunting travels in Asia.

Amore de Mori is the online home of taxidermist Bonnie Wood.
It probably seems a little odd to see a Vegan such as myself recommending a Taxidermy blog, however Bonnie and I have a similar moral code when it comes to animals, she like I believes that if an animal dies then it's whole body should be used.
A lot of Bonnie's taxidermied creatures are found as roadkill or washed up dead on the beach.
While her work may not be to everybody's taste, I do appreciate the morbid beauty of it.

The Fashionate Traveller covers subjects from travel (obviously)  to alternative fashion, there is also a section for very quirky DIY projects.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Whitby Alt Fest October 2011 Lolita Meet-up

I know I have a couple of local readers so I thought I'd mention the Whitby Alt Fest Lolita Meet.
The meet will be on the 30th October at Sherlock’s tea shop (10 Flowergate, Whitby, N.Yorkshire) at 11:15 am, to beat the afternoon lunch time rush.
After lunch we can make our way to the gothic market held at the leisure centre and some of the surrounding buildings.
There will be games, photographs and prizes (including a hand crocheted pair of wrist cuffs) during the meet.
I hope to see some of you there :)

The official RSVP post can be found on EGL here
If you don't use Livejournal but would like to go to the meet anyway pop me a comment and I'll let the event organiser know you're coming :)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Day 22 – If you could attend any Goth event what would it be?

The 69 Eyes at Mera Luna 2010

I have been to two Mera Luna Festivals, two  DV8 festivals (well one and a bit I guess) now and I am about to attend my fourth Whitby Goth Weekend, I guess as far as festivals go I'd like to go to Wave Gotik Treffen,  Summer Darkness and part of me is rather intrigued by the Goth Cruise,  I think I'd like to do that at least once, though it does seem rather expensive for what it is.

I'd kind of like to visit Tokyo Dark Castle at some point because from every review and blog entry I have read about the place it seems like a night I'd enjoy, similarly a Facebook friend of mine often posts photographs and set lists from a night I *think* (I'm not entirely sure as the website is entirely in French) is called Soirees Gothiques which also looks pretty fun (website is here if you can decipher it).

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Day 21 – What body mod do you have or have you considered?

Things I have

A pentagram tattoo
Pierced Ears

Things I want

Tattoo sleeves
Nose Piercing
Skin Divers around my pentagram
I'm really interested in having my ears pointed

Friday, 14 October 2011

Friday Feature - Diversity Hair

This week I am delighted to be able to feature Diversity Hair, for anybody who has not yet encountered them Diversity Hair is the UKs original and first All in one Alternative Hair Extensions Supply retailer.

What inspired  you to start Diversity hair in the first place?

Diversity Hair started out in 2001 making synthetic dreads and hairpieces for friends, and by 2003 was running as a business doing hair extension installs and selling hairpieces and loose dreads online.  In 2004 we decided to take the step into retail, and began planning, but as with everything in business, funding was an issue.  We started saving and planning, and took a small hiatus to do a hairdressing qualification and concentrate on that.  Fast forward to 2009 and we finally have a bit of financing ready to start up the retail side of things.  Now in 2011 we are fast growing as the number one place to go for alternative hair supplies in the UK.  

We started this business as we, as a customer of these products ourselves, were sick of having to go to so many different online stores (some abroad) to get the products we wanted/needed.  We couldnt find anyone in the UK doing a one stop shop and so decided to take the steps to provide one ourselves.

Can you tell us about some of your favourite products?

I think the Jumbo braid has to be my favourite, it's particularly jazzy, as it has the best colour range of all the major brands and its texture is perfect for making synthetic dreads.  I have another favourite product, but since that is in the pipeline I cannot give that away just yet ;)

What is it makes you different to all of the other Alternative hair care suppliers?

Well, the difference was simply that I was the only one in the UK, but as with everything, a good idea will be jumped upon and replicated, and this is no different.  I see others trying to replicate what we are doing, but we can only continue to be the best we can be and be ahead of the game and that will set us apart from the rest.  Plus being a fully qualified hairdresser, hair extensionist and accredited Prostyles Ltd hair extensions trainer, I have the knowledge of our products and advice to pass onto the customer, which hopefully makes it more personnal.

We also, very much support alternative hair extensionists and dreadmakers and promote them where possible.

You also work alongside Fresh Tendrils hair design, can you tell us about how that came about?

Tea, of Fresh Tendrils is a good friend, and having done some market stalls with her and her jewellery and adornments line (Sacre Couer), and knowing her past synthetic dread work was very good, it was an easy decision to team up with her and have her be our dreadmaker.   We work as two separate businesses, but I wanted to have someone I could recommend personnally to customers that asked for ready made dreadlocks, that i could trust to do an amazing job.  

Diversity hair's official website can be found here
And you can like their Facebook page here

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Day 20 – If you could dye your hair any colour what would it be?

Jonathan M Shiff's Cybergirl

Ever since I saw Cybergirl in my early teens I've wanted to all over dye my hair blue, trouble is now that I can afford to do it and don't have to worry about my parents freaking out, I can't really do it because it goes against everybody's uniform policies :/
Still if everything works out with Arachnee Threads then I shall dye my hair bright blue AND NOBODY CAN STOP ME  HA HA HA!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Day 19 – Share beauty advise and take a photo of your make up.

The biggest piece of beauty advice I could ever give anybody is not to follow anybody's beauty advice,but to play around until you find what works for you.

Lately I have been moving away from heavy black eye-liner towards more of a "Little Earthquakes Tori Amos meets Asian Ball Jointed Doll" look.
I achieve this look with:

Matt foundation and setting powder one shade lighter than my skin.
Copper coloured loose powder for brows and eyeliner (the one I'm using is a Miss X one I bought when Angelspit played Newcastle).
Rose coloured blush
Gunmetal coloured eye-shadow (only on the lids)
Milky coffee coloured lipstick (this particular one has a little bit of gold shimmer in it)

Monday, 10 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sunday Round Up: So I vanished for a couple of days!

My name on a brick outside The Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

So I vanished for a few days, my bad but I was a bit knackered.
Wednesday was my mam's day off from work, which is usually a day I end up not making an entry because I tend not to get on the internet very much during that time.
Anyhow, we went to see my Grandma and she let me hunt through her fabric stash so I have some snazzy projects coming up :)
Thursday was the VNV Nation gig, which turned out to be a lot harder than any of us anticipated, the gig itself was amazing though which made up for running around with ginormous boxes full of sweatshirts (honestly you wouldn't think they could be as heavy as they actually were).
I got a few hours sleep then met up with my Prince's Trust Mentor on Friday in Starbucks, where I discovered after they gave me the wrong drink that I don't hate coffee after all, I just dislike instant...Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii I'm a coffee snob 0_o
We bounced some ideas back and forth for Arachnee Threads (none of which I'm able to actually tell anybody at the moment...I HATE KEEPING SECRETS ARGH!).
Went home, had another few hours of sleep then headed off to Legends with Kev for Hellfire, bit of an odd night.
Spent yesterday utterly knackered.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tuesday Tutorial - Mermaid nails

I wasn't able to find time to make my own Tuesday Tutorial this week, so I thought I'd share my results from someone else's tutorial this week, and of course share their video :)

My version is slightly different, but the concept remains the same. Over all I found this video incredibly easy to follow and I love how the look turned out on my own nails.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Day 15 – Your favourite or most expensive item in your wardrobe

Oh that's easy both of those things are my Forever In Black Memento Mori underbust Corset (you can get your own here)

Disqus for Queens Of The Wild Frontier


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