Sunday, March 11, 2018

Having One of Those Days

Hey, readers.  Going through a bit of a thing at the moment.  Don't know how much I'm going to post this month.  Just thought I'd let you know.  Later.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Yesterday's Skulls

Hey, readers.  Told myself that I was going to put out more than 2 blog posts this month.  Guess that's not happening since the month's almost over.  Anyway, just wanted to leave a couple of recommendations for y'all to check out.

First up, is a webcomic called After Yesterday by Jaime Lalor Illustration.  It's described by the creator as a love story that's not a love story.  A story about music that's also not about music.  Margo has to decide what she wants or continue to just float through life.  Floating through life.  That sounds familiar. XP

Next on the recommendation list is a music artist called Mystery Skulls.  I found out about him through one of my friends.  His sound is a mix of electronica and neo soul.  If you like either of these music genres, then Mystery Skulls is for you.  Below is a video for one of his songs called Endlessly.

And we have reached the end of the post.  If I'm lucky, I might squeeze in a third post before February's end.  If not, see ya next month.


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.