Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Please help Jess Cangiano

You may recognize the woman above as one of the most prominent bloggers in the vintage blogging community. This is Jess Cangiano from Chronically Vintage. She's one of the nicest and most memorable bloggers I can think of, and that says a lot given that I follow hundreds of vintage blogs. So you can imagine my distress when I heard her family lost their home due to an act of arson. Thankfully her and her husband, as well as their dog Annie, made it out okay but her poor kitty is still missing and they've lost everything. If you wish to donate or send words of support, visit their facebook page, read and share her story here.

Jess, you're in my thoughts, love. I wish you all the best. ♥

Autumn Leaves

Enjoying Fall Foliage

It hasn't really felt like autumn or Halloween for me recently, but I spend most of my time cooped up indoors so that could explain it. That being said, I don't want to let the season slip me by... I had planned on looking at the fall foliage on an outing with a friend, but unfortunately that has yet to happen and whenever that does take place I'm sure the autumn leaves will have blown away! I missed the leaves changing last year, I couldn't let that happen again. Last weekend we went on a day trip up to our favorite orchard, a yearly tradition for us. We go there for freshly baked apple cider donuts and their award-winning cider. While on our way up we detoured to Parkhill, ON where there's a lovely little lake, a park, and an awesome cemetery! Here are some photos from my adventure. :)


I had a blast! Even though it was rainy the temperature was rather high that day, and having cold wet shoes kind of put me in the mood for delicious warm donuts! My favorite tree (shown last) looked even better in person, sharp lime greens contrasted by vivid reds. I wish I could have lived next door to Parkhill Cemetery. Maybe one day I'll have a beautiful maple tree of my own. Have you been out taking pictures lately?


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Halloween Shopping 2016

Cool Halloween Finds!

If you're like me Halloween is every day. Many of the items being advertised as "Halloween" in the alt and Goth shop sites aren't exactly new or specific to Halloween, at least in my eyes. Much of which I would wear on any given day! Hell, I still have my Halloween panties collection and I wear my Hello Kitty Halloween jammies every month of the year. That being said, I thought it might be fun to do up two mood boards featuring pieces that I think reflect Halloween fairly well. 


I am a huge Universal Monster movie addict. I have the blu-ray box set and I adore breaking it out on a stormy night. In my catalog search I came across a number of items that screamed Universal Monsters to me. These boots are to die for!! I love them! Sadly they are a Demonia product but if I ever came across a pair on super sale I'd be tempted to scoop them, with those adorable little bats and that clunky Franken-heel, what's not to love? Pair it with these hot spiderweb stockings from Sourpuss and matching purse from Rock Rebel (I have lightning bolt earrings which would look stellar with this bag). I love the colour green, electric chartreuse makes my heart sing! I carried it into these cute bone hair clips from Kreepsville, with a skelly cat pin and Halloween necklace. The Vampyra mask is unfortunately only for decoration, although Sourpuss offers up plenty of vintage Halloween repro items, including a remake of a classic fortune telling game, this mask is intended to hang on your wall... I think it would be better if it were a real mask, don't you?

Shoes: Demonia Camel 201 
Brooch: Creep Heart Jellybean Cat Mini Pin
Bag: Rock Rebel Frankenstein Lace Handbag
Hair clips: Kreepsville 666 Gem Bone Hair Clips
Socks: Sourpuss 17" Knee-high Web Stockings
Necklace: Dolly Cool Halloween Cat and Bat Necklace
MISC: Vampyra Girl Vac-Tastic Plastic Mask

This is Halloween!

Here are some items deserving of Halloween! They're selling out fast, too, not surprisingly as I'm sure many ordinary shoppers see these as an adorable alternative to a Halloween costume. I have been swooning over this cream coloured Halloween themed frock for almost a year now. It's on my to-buy list. I just love classic vintage themed Halloween cats. I'm a cat person, mind you, so maybe it's just another aspect of my cat lady craziness. I think it's very flattering and not too in your face, there's something very reserved and feminine about it. This Lucy Fur sweater also features my favorite Halloween black cat design. I think it really pops and would look sharp paired with a tight colourful trouser. I'm also a fan of Sourpuss sweaters as so far all of mine have stood the test of time. The last dress features fun and girly Kewpie style costumed babies. I like it but not as much as other Halloween dresses. It's growing on me a little, the colour palette is fun and I think it would largely appeal to vintage enthusiasts or cutesy Goths. 

Left: Sourpuss Black Cats Gauzy Dress Cream
Center: Sourpuss Lucy Fur Sweater
Right: Sourpuss Halloween is Everyday Skater Dress


I've seen a few other prints from Sourpuss that are "Halloween" themed but I find them rather drab (black and white cemetery prints). What I enjoy about some of Sourpuss' new releases is that there's colour, something almost unheard of in Goth fashion. Halloween has an abundance of colour and I think it would be nice to see more experimentation in the future, for instance, the Lucy Fur sweater in orange would've been cool to see. Some more electric green or purple! Candy corn too!!! 

What are your thoughts? Find anything cool this year?


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Happy October!

Joyful autumn wishes to you!

I happily celebrated the arrival of October with pumpkin soup and candy corn! It was a decent start, with good weather too. Our foliage is just now starting to change and I adore the gray rainy days that make the fall leaves stand out even more so! In September I brought out my autumn garland and hung it along the stair rail and on our decor shelf. This Thanksgiving weekend I cracked open my bins of Halloween decor and unloaded it upon my living room. Although everything is out on its own shelf it still doesn't feel like Halloween around here...maybe once I put out our outdoor decor items it will tie it all together? I've been so ill I find it hard to pull out that Halloween spirit that's always been so near and dear to my heart. : /

I didn't post a monthly update last month because September was ridiculously busy. Things have been so...different around here. There's so much going on that I'm not even gonna get into most of it. I still don't have pictures yet, if you're wondering. I returned to work in mid September only to find faces I don't recognize and a mass amount of orders that has everyone on edge. This is compounded by the fact that I have been very ill. I have missed on average 1-2 days of work a week. In the end of August and throughout September I wore a face mask to work. There's some kind of flu bug circulating there and with a weakened immune system I couldn't afford to pick it up. Unfortunately my face blistered up in one of the worst acne outbreaks I've had since I was a teenager. I have to stop wearing the mask because it is causes me to break out in blind pimples. They hurt, they're unsightly, I can't get relief! I talked with my boss in the summer about going down to part-time. I've made the decision to enact that in the coming weeks, so I'll be working four days a week now. With the Christmas rush I have the ability to bump the shifts up to 10 hour shifts, so although I'll have a long weekend every week I'll be working the equivalent to what I normally would. I can also pick up Saturday shifts if I feel up to it. It sounds odd to choose to work 9-10 hour shifts when I'm sick but it works because I can push myself through the long days (as I've already been doing) and recuperate on Friday. Before, I would come home and sleep all Friday night, well into Saturday day, leaving nothing but Sunday to get anything done. I'm hoping that having a three day weekend I might be able to cope with my symptoms and some how push on through the work week. Somehow it's easier when you know there's only four days. I can't explain it any better than that.

And no, I still have no idea what's wrong. I can tell you the pain is far worse than it's ever been before. I would put it on par with the pain I experienced in my hysterectomy. The body pains are like flu symptoms times a thousand. I feel as though my whole body is a charley horse. I am one big bruise. My stomach reacts to anything so I have difficulty feeling hungry. I've lost weight...something I shouldn't celebrate...but HELL YEAH! Anything I eat will give me the feeling of gut rot or I'll literally have an upset stomach one way or another. As a result I'm shy about eating anything for fear of the pain, I'm surviving on what is probably only 500 calories a day. A few Fridays ago I went to the ER because the pain was so crippling I couldn't hold onto things. I'm not exaggerating...I was so scared of what was going on inside me that I felt I was going to die. I'm on morphine now. It helps a little but I think it's keeping me up at night. I'm going to see the GI in a few weeks, I don't know if he'll be able to help with my body pains but if we can figure out the stomach issues that's really something. I still have fevers every day of my life and come next February it'll have been a whole year with fevers. December will mark a whole year of physical pain. And that's one whole year of my family doctor not really giving a fuck.

Westerland Rose (left) Climbing Joseph's Coat Rose (Right)

I've been doing up our garden for the fall. Not much to choose from at any of the nurseries. I found these lovely icicle pansies, not a flower I'm familiar with, apparently they'll survive the winter months and return in the spring! You can see in my main post photo above, with my petunias and snapdragons that are still going strong. Sadly I think my Halloween pansies have all died off. They were choked out by the petunias. I think maybe next year I'll do mostly snapdragons and icicle pansies, the petunias just became too unruly this year. My roses really started to look healthier once our weather changed. The stalks became stronger and there have been more buds yet they take a long time to bloom. I purchased two mums while at the nursery, one in a soft pink which I've never seen before and another burgundy which we placed into a burgundy pot (looks really sharp). Our Fuji Cherry is bouncing back now that all the damn Japanese beetles are gone. I must've killed hundreds of them this year. We still have an earwig problem though...yuck!

Mums (left) and my Halloween Pansies from early this year (right)

My folk art has been slow going but I'm happy with what I'm working on right now. I'll probably have to put my art on hiatus yet again. I obviously have no time for Halloween stuff now, it's too late, and it's too late for Christmas because I should've had the bases made and dried last month, but it's been good practice. Sales in my vintage Etsy shop have been steady. It's nice to declutter and get patterns to people who will love them. I've returned to doing my art/illustration work. I'm sick of how underdeveloped my artistic skills have been so I'm studying composition and learning new techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator. Ideally I'd like to continue with that, especially considering that the winter is not ideal for sculpting my folk art, so really, I have no other art to work on but my cartoons at this point.

I've also been sewing! I made a totally adorable dress, not very gothy but that's okay. I've also sewn this cool faux leather spandex crop top. I'm having fun sewing with knits. It's actually quite useful once you get the hang of it; knits are way easier to fit and knit projects tend to go faster than others. Odd as it may sound, the only way I've been learning is by deconstructing other knit items in my wardrobe. The dress I made is actually based on a nightgown, the top I made is based off of a long sleeve shirt that I pinned to the floor and traced; I plan on finding other knit items I enjoy and making copies of them. 

Currently I'm busy sewing my Halloween costume...You may recall I started this up last year but never finished it. Well, I'm not into having too many unfinished objects lying around in my sewing room so I've decided to take up the project yet again! Yes, a fairy! I figure I wear so much black normally it'd be a fun change to go crazy sparkly girly this year. I'm making the headband, wand, and fairy wings. I hope to wear one of the Lockshop wigs I bought a few years ago. I have one in periwinkle and one in purple. I also have these cute silver jelly sandals I got for $5 at Forever21, I love them so much! I don't care if people are over them, they're comfy. I hope to finish the wings this weekend and I'll share my progress as I go along. :)

What are you up to this Halloween, my lovelies?


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