Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quick Update

Hey, readers.  Blogger's block has set in again.  I've been spending most of my time lurking online, getting nit-picky with my outfit customizing on second life, and trying to think up a new jewelry making project for this month's Craft Along with GIY theme.  All and all, the past couple of weeks have been uninteresting.

Before I end this post, I would like to pose a question to you all.  What do you think about these kind of blog posts?  Ones where I just talk about myself and what I'm up to.  I try to keep posts like these to a minimum because I feel like people aren't really interested in them.  In my opinion, posts like these are a nice break from the pressure of trying to post about only goth/alternative things.

Let me know in the comments.  Til next time.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rearranging and Earring Making

Hey, readers.  In my last post, I talked about and showed off a jewelry set that I had recently made.  Late last night, I took a look at the necklace from it and realized that I wasn't that crazy about the placement of the bead work.  So, I took the necklace apart and changed the placement of it.  Here's what the necklace use to look like.

 And here's what it looks like now.

I removed 2 of the split rings that I used to attach the first chain to the key pendant and just ran the chain through it.  Next, I added the bead work to the chain ends.  Then, I reattached the second chain.  Since, I could easily put the necklace on by pulling it over my head, I removed the toggle clasp.  This simple design fix makes the piece look so much better. 

Today, I was in another jewelry creating mood.  So, I decided to make some more earrings.

Another productive day in the bin. How's your week been going so far?  Let me know in the comments.  Til next time.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another Late Night Handmade Jewelry Post

I'm on a roll!

If the bracelet looks familiar, that's because I posted about it before in my "A Simple Fix" post.  I swapped out the keys that I had on it with the key charms that I got from A.C. Moore.  Also, to make it more sturdy, I removed the old jump rings and replaced them with split rings.  Another jewelry set to add to my collection.  Pretty soon, I'm going to run out of room in my jewelry box.

Til next time.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Late Night Handmade Jewelry Post

Hey, readers.  Over the weekend, I got some jewelry making done.  I made a necklace featuring the skeleton cameo pendant that I got for Christmas, and a pair of earrings to go with it.  The necklace chain that came with one of the basics packs that I got was too short to fit around my neck.  So, to solve this problem, I lengthened it with some eye pins and beads.

Here's what I originally came up with.

The earrings came out great.  However, when I tried the necklace on, I realized that you couldn't really see the bead work.  It mostly hid behind my neck.  Since I didn't have any extension chains on hand, I ended up replacing the beads with some split rings.  Here's what it looks like now.

Much better.  But what about the bead work?  I didn't want it to go to waste.  So, I broke the beads up and made 2 more pairs of earrings.

Wundervoll!  Til next time.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Hey readers.  Today, marks the third anniversary of Cafe LaStrange.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, I'll be throwing a party on  A link to my room will be posted on my facebook and twitter page later this evening.  So, be on the lookout for that.

As always, thanks for checking out my blog.  You all rock.  Til next time.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Decorating Pause and Other News

Hey, readers.  Due to some things involving our shady landlord, Aji's Decorating Corner is being put on hold.  I'm not going to be posting any more updates about my bedroom til this situation gets sorted.  At least after this post.  In my last one, I talked about going out with my family to see Rogue One.

Since we had some time to kill before the movie started, we stopped by The Christmas Tree Shops.  Despite the name, the shop sells more than just Christmas items.  While we were there, I snagged myself a lamp.  Even though I already have a set of net lights hanging behind my bed, those aren't something that I want to plug in on a regular basis.  Cause once the bulbs go out, I'll have to take the whole thing down and put it back up again.

What drew me to this lamp was the pattern on the shade.  I liked how it contrasted with the pattern on my bedding, but also shared the same colors.   

That's all for today.  Stay tuned for my next post.  It's going to be a special one.  Til next time.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas Gift Haul 2016

Hey, readers.  2017 is here, and I kicked it off by going to see Rogue One.  It was good stuff.  But let's get to what you all came here for.  The gift haul.

First up, are these glass drawer knobs.  Pretty, pretty.  Once I swap out the old knobs on my chest of drawers for these, I'll be sure to post a picture of it on my instagram page.

Next, are these necklace pendants.  I already made a necklace out of the silver one.  Still gotta plan out what to do with the others.

Speaking of jewelry, I also got two gift cards for A.C. Moore.  For those who don't know, A.C. Moore is an arts and crafts supply store.  A couple of days after Christmas, I went there and stocked up on some needed jewelry basics.

Time to talk clothes.  I'm not going to get into detail about all the clothes that I got because most of it is boring clothing essentials.  So, I'm just going to talk about my 2 favorite clothing items.  A plaid shirt in red, and a black maxi dress.

I ended up liking the shirt more than I thought I would.  I can wear it on its own or layer it with other tops.  Love the maxi dress.  I've been pining for a basic black maxi dress for a loooong time.  I can dress it up or down.

In my Christmas stocking, I got the usual.  Candy!  As of now, only the sweet tarts remain.

Along with the candy, I got these cute necklaces too.

And so ends the Christmas gift haul.  My blog's 3rd anniversary is coming up.  So, expect another post really soon.  Til next time.