Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jewelry for Spookies and Cuties

Hey, readers.  I come to you bearing gifts.  Okay, not really.  Actually, I come to you bearing info about an online shop that I've been following.  It's called Darkling Beloved.

This shop is a one person operation that sells jewelry and other accessories of the spooky and cute variety.  Below, are some images of some of what the shop has to offer.

If you like what you see, head on over to Darkling Beloved and get your online shopping on.  Or, if you're broke, just stare at all the pretty accessories til your heart's content.  Don't forget to use the coupon code SPOOKY10 for 10% off.  Til next time.

Note: I did not take any of the pictures shown in this blog post.  All images are from the Darkling Beloved website.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Covering Tracks

Hey, readers.  Wanted to share with you a band that I just became aware of called Death in Rome.  They're a neofolk band that does covers of popular pop songs.  I found out about them while listening to The Gothquisition 3 on the Cemetery Confessions podcast.  Their cover of Barbie Girl was amazing.

Below are videos for the Barbie Girl cover and a cover they did of Pump Up The Jam.  I recommend checking them out.  Til next time.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oh Yeah!

Hey, readers.  Today marks the 4th anniversary of Cafe LaStrange.  My blog is another year older.  Guess it's time to start checking out preschools. XD 

Last week, I created a Ko-Fi account.  Ko-Fi is a site where content creators can receive small donations from their fans.  Each donation is equal to the price of a cup of coffee.  So, if you're feeling generous, head on over to my Ko-Fi page and buy me a cup of coffee.  Link can be found in the header.

Let's give it up for 4 years of awesomesauceness!  Til next time.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Christmas Gift Haul 2017

Hey, readers.  Happy 2018.  Figured I kick off the new year by showing pics of some of the gifts that I got for Christmas.  First up, is this top.  It's simple and versatile. 

It also came with a cute choker.  Bonus.

Another article of clothing that I got was this sweater.

My favorite part of it were the skulls, keys, hearts and flowers on the sleeves.  Not crazy about the scorpions and snakes though.  But I can deal with it  The good outweighed the bad with this sweater.

In the accessories department, I got a couple pairs of hoop earrings.  You can never have too many hoop earrings.  Never!

What's better than necklaces and chokers?  Star Wars themed necklaces and chokers.

After I removed the choker and necklace from the packaging, I noticed that there was a Darth Vader necklace hidden behind it.

Moving on to DVDs, I got the complete series of Chobits and the animated Beetlejuice.

As a surprise, my mother presented me with art that was made out of one of my reusable sugar skull shopping bags.  A bag that she claimed she lost.  My mother is a sneaky lady.

Lastly, I got a copy of Midnight, Me and Bob Macabre.  So far, I'm halfway through the book.  Things are about to get very interesting.

That's it.  You made it til the end.  Thanks for reading.  Til next time.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Screw the Rules!


Hey, readers.  Hope you all had a good Put Holiday that You Celebrate Here.  The month of December is coming to a close.  You know that means.  Time to share my latest project for this month's Craft Along with GIY theme.

This month's theme is Anything Goes.  That pretty much means participants can create whatever they want without having to follow a specific theme.  Last month, my brother took me to Hobby Lobby and treated me to a few things for my birthday.  I ended up getting a bottle of white fabric paint (not glitter paint that drys clear), some necklace cords and these cute pendants.

Along with a cross pendant that I already had in my possession, I turned them into necklaces.

For the fairy pendant, I used a roped necklace cord that I also already had in my possession from a previous purchase.  For the unicorn one, I used one of the cords that I recently got from Hobby Lobby.  What I really liked about the cord was that it was covered in a velvet-like fabric.

Due to the textures of the cords, these necklaces were one and done.  No further embellishment was needed.  However, I wasn't really satisfied with how the cross necklace and rose cameo necklace looked.  For the cross necklace, I tried running a split ring through the small hole at the top of it so that I could fit it through the cord.  After I got the split ring through, I saw that it got stretched out due to how thick the cross was.

So, I removed the ring and replaced it with a new one and an earring hook that I fit through the hole and wrapped around it self.  Not bad for my first attempt at wire wrapping.  Probably not that clear in the picture, but all of that work resulted in some of the silver plating chipping off and exposing the copper underneath.  I was not pleased.

I ditched the earring hook idea and went with silver wire and spacing beads instead.

Then, I ran one half of a toggle clasp through it.

The end result.

Success!  Now, onto the rose cameo necklace.  I ditched the necklace cord all together and went with eye pins and beads.

After I was done with the necklace, I went ahead and made a pair of earrings to go with it.

Another success!.  Til next time.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Liebster Award 2017

Hey, readers.  I was nominated by BlackKitty for the Liebster Award.  Thanks for the nomination.  Catnip's in the mail. XD

The Official Rules of the Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

    1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog in your post.
      2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
        3. Answer questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
          4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
            5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.
              6. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
                7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.)
                  8. Once you have written and published it, you then have to inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

                  Q and A time!
                  1. What is your happiest memory?
                  A: I haven't a clue.

                  2. Who or what inspires you?
                  A: I usually get inspiration from other blogs or sites that peak my interests.

                  3. Do you play, have you ever played or would you like to play a musical instrument? (Voice counts.)
                  A: From 6th to 8th grade, I played the saxophone.

                  4. Do you have a special talent or two?
                  A: I'm pretty good at making jewelry.

                  5. What is your biggest accomplishment?
                  A: Creating this blog.

                  6. What parts of the world would you like to visit?
                  A: Hmm, don't know.  Canada maybe.

                  7. What is your favorite song at the moment?
                  A: This cover of the Goth Kids Song from South Park.

                  8. What qualities do you look for in people?
                  A: Kindness, a weird factor, good sense of humor and open-mindedness.

                  9. What do you like to do when the power is out?
                  A: Play a card game or color.

                  10. What are your favorite flowers?
                  A: Roses.

                  11. Is there anything you'd like to change about yourself?  If yes, what?
                  A: No comment.

                  11 Random Facts About Myself
                  1. I snore.
                  2. I have seasonal allergies.
                  3. Candy corn, peeps, andes and swedish fish are my favorite kinds of candy.
                  4. My favorite dessert is cheesecake topped with strawberries.
                  5. I have a hard time socializing with other people.
                  6. My all-time favorite show is Daria.
                  7. I wear glasses.
                  8. I sometimes eat breakfast food for dinner.
                  9. I like to binge-watch videos on youtube.
                  10. I'm a night owl.
                  11. Sometimes, I can be a bit nitpicky about certain things.

                  I Tag

                  My Questions for You
                  1. What is the name of your favorite band?
                  2. What do you like to do when you have free time?
                  3. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
                  4. What's your favorite TV show?
                  5. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
                  6. What's your favorite article of clothing to wear?
                  7. Day or night?
                  8. What's your favorite movie quote?
                  9. Halloween or Christmas?
                  10. Who would win in a fight?  Emily the Strange or Dr. Strange?

                  Wednesday, November 29, 2017

                  Craft Along with GIY: Favorites


                  Hey, readers.  Guess what time it is.  It's Adventure Time Craft Along with GIY Time!  This month's theme is Favorites.  For this one, I put away the jewelry supplies and decided to tackle a t-shirt DIY project that involved one of my favorite symbols.

                  Back when I was a kid, I would sometimes spend the weekends at my Grandmother's house.  When the time to go home came, either my parents picked me up or my uncle drove me.  This was one of those weekends where my uncle took me back.  On the drive home, I noticed that he was wearing a ring with a symbol on it that I had never seen before.  I asked him what it was, and he told me it was called an ankh.

                  He went on to say that it meant eternal life.  I've been fascinated with the symbol since.  So, for this month's Craft Along, I decided to paint an ankh on one of my blank t-shirts.  First, I cut an ankh stencil out of an empty cereal box.

                  Then, I picked up some black and white fabric paint.

                  Since the t-shirt that I was going to be painting on was black, I put the black paint aside and just used the white one.  At least what I thought was white.  When I read the label on the bottle, I thought it was white paint that contained glitter.  Nope.  After I squeezed the paint around the stencil and started to fill the ankh shape in with it, I realized that it was glitter paint that was suppose to dry clear.

                  I thought it wasn't a big deal and could just get some regular white fabric paint the next time I went out.  But when I looked at the shirt the next day, I changed my tune.  Instead of drying clear, the paint had dried a silver color and the glitter added a pop of sparkle.

                  Liking what I was seeing, I filled in the ankh with another coat and let it dry.

                  Happy with my paint job, I broke out the scissors and attacked the hemlines.

                  I present to you, the finished product.  Sorry for the sideways photos.  The iphone usually rotates the image to the upright position after it's taken.

                  This was my first attempt with using fabric paint, and it was a success.  I started out shaky, but ended up getting the ankh design that I wanted.  Congrats to me.  Til next time.