Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye, 2015

This year has been a mixed bag of depression and disappointment.  It's been one letdown after another.  The only highlight of this year for me was The Black Rose naming my blog as one of the 20 Best Goth and Alternative Blogs of 2015.  So, I'll be looking at the coming new year with a bit of skepticism.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Save the Monster High Dolls

Image taken from change.org.

Mattel has plans to change the look of the Monster High Dolls so they look less spooky.  I call bullshit on that.  Why try to fix something that isn't broken?  Monsters are the theme of the brand.  They're suppose to look spooky.

If you hate this idea and want the original look of the dolls to stay, sign this petition.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry After Christmas!

Evening, all.  Hope those that celebrated had a good Christmas.  Mine went well.  I got to enjoy good company, good food, and received some great gifts.  I'm not going to tell you about all the gifts that I got.  Instead, I'm just going to narrow it down to the top 5.
  • Numbers 1-2: These sweet Loungefly purses.  I love accessories that involve skulls.
There you have it.  My top 5 Christmas gifts.  Next week, I'll be heading out to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  An awesome time will be had.  May the force be with you.



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Humbug!

Is anybody else out there not feeling the holiday spirit?  Cause I'm sure as hell not.  After getting some bad news earlier this month, I've been really down in the dumps.  I'm not even excited about the gifts that I'm going to get.  I'm just going through the motions.

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Vampire Blues

What does Vampires + The Blues equal?  4am Vampire Blues.  That's the name of the album by Neon Midnight.  Armed with just a guitar and soothing vocals, Neon Midnight delivers a sound that is both enchanting and mesmerizing.  4am Vampire Blues can be found on spotify, amazon, and itunes.

Want more Neon Midnight?  She can also be found on youtube under the name ofherbsandaltars.  On her channel, you can listen to her waffle on about a variety of things.  She also does awesome make-up tutorial videos.  Happy listening and viewing.

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Wild Aji Appears

Hello, readers.  Been pretty quiet over here on my end.  Sorry about that.  Writer's block has struck again.  Other than that, I had a super low key birthday celebration earlier this week.

My mother fixed a special dinner, bought a cake, and got me a few things off my wishlist.  That was pretty much it.  Anyway, I have a question for you all.  Are there any goth/alternative topics that you would like for me to cover?  If so, let me know in the comments.

Now, I'm off to watch some videos on youtube and veg out.  Til next time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Link

Afternoon, all.  I just added a new link to my link list called "STUFF THAT I SUPPORT."  Under it, I'll be posting links to crowdfunding sites for projects that I'm really interested in and want to help make happen.  The first link that I posted is to an indiegogo campaign for the book "Midnight, Me & Bob Macabre."

From the Bob Macabre indiegogo page:

The book is about a little boy named Vex, who has violent night terrors riddled with "Spookies."  The night terrors are so bad that the Spookies invade his waking world.  On top of being taunted by the foul creatures, everyone refuses to believe Vex.  Even his Mum and little sister Twink think he's crazy...poor kid.

Enter Bob Macabre - infamous Spookie Wrangler and head of the Nightmare World.  Bob teaches Vex how to conquer his fears and defeat the Spookies through a series of adventures.

If you're interested and want to help make this book happen, head on over to the Midnight, Me and Bob Macabre indiegogo campaign page and donate.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Feeling Crafty?

Looking for some Gothic craft and DIY projects to do?  Then check out my Goths and Crafts playlist on youtube.  So far, it only contains 10 videos.  But I'll be sure to keep it updated with craft/DIY videos of the dark variety.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nemeses and Pretty Devils

Alt-Goth artist, Jules Marie is back with another musical offering.  A 5 track album titled "The Nemesis Effect."  This album contains the same dark, ambient sound as her previous works.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a couple of the tracks had a bit of a hard rock edge to them.  To get a free digital copy of "The Nemesis Effect," click the link below.

Also, have you gotten your hands on Dr. Death and Mr. Vile's latest album yet?  If not, go to their page and download "The Pretty Little Devils."  Both of these artists are great and are worth checking out.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Halloween Tag

Instead of waiting to be tagged, I decided to tag myself to do the Halloween tag.  The purpose of this tag is to answer 13 questions and tag 5 other bloggers to do the same.

The Questions 
1. Favorite Halloween song?
2. Witch or Vampire?
3. Favorite thing about Halloween?
4. Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
5. Skeletons or Zombies?
6. Favorite Halloween candy?
7. Favorite Halloween movie?
8. Favorite Halloween costume?
9. Favorite Halloween store?
10. Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
11. Bats or Black Cats?
12. Is Halloween your favorite holiday?
13. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?

The Answers
Q: Favorite Halloween song?
A: Even though I'm not a Marilyn Manson fan, I really like his version of "This is Halloween."

Q: Witch or Vampire?
A: I love witches.  Vampires are a close second.

Q: Favorite thing about Halloween?
A: The candy and costumes.

Q: Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
A: Halloween party.

Q: Skeletons or Zombies?
A: Skeletons.  Not that crazy about zombies.

Q: Favorite Halloween candy?
A: CANDY CORN!!!  All day, everyday. =D

Q: Favorite Halloween movie?
A: The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Q: Favorite Halloween costume?
A: I have 2 favorite costumes.  My hershey kiss costume from 2nd grade and my Tweety Bird costume from 3rd grade.  Both costumes were made by my mother.

Q: Favorite Halloween store?
A: Don't have one.

Q: Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
A: Yes. I loved carving jack-o-lanterns when I was a kid.

Q: Bats or Black Cats?
A: Even though cats in general make me nervous, I'm going to go with black cats.

Q: Is Halloween your favorite holiday?
A: Y-E-S.  Yes!

Q: Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
A: Hot chocolate.  Especially with marshmallows.

Since the bloggers that I wanted to tag have already been tagged, I'm just gonna leave this open to everybody.  So, feel free to tag yourself.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Quote Tag: Day 3

Happy Monday, readers.  Did any of you get to see the super blood moon last night?  I tried watching it on NASA Television, but the video wouldn't load.  Lame.  Anyway, here's my third and final quote for the quote tag.

"Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done."
- Amelia Earhart

Unfortunately, I've run out of people to tag.  My list of fellow bloggers that I know is on the small side.  So, I'm just going to go ahead and tag all of you lovely readers to do the quote tag.  Just post a quote and tag three people for three days.  Later.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Quote Tag: Day 2

Here's another awesome quote that I came across on pinterest.

"I never set out to be weird.  It was always other people who called me weird."
- Frank Zappa

The next 3 nominees for the quote tag are Gothy Two ShoesIt's Black Friday, and Allison Eckfeldt.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Quote Tag

A few days ago, I was tagged by Little Corp Goth Girl to do the quote tag.  Basically, I'm suppose to post a quote and tag three people for three days.  So, I decided to post one of my favorite quotes that I came across on pinterest.

"You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have."
- Maya Angelou

Now, the time has come to tag 3 victims bloggers to take on the challenge.  I'm tagging The Everyday Goth, Coffin Kitsch, and GIY: Goth It Yourself.  Happy quoting and tagging. =D

 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fun with Polyvore

Last night, out of boredom, I created an account on Polyvore and went about creating a casual goth look for myself.  Polyvore is a site where users can easily shop for clothes, beauty products and home decor online.  My favorite part of the site is the ability to create sets.  This is where users are able to assemble the items that they found onto an online display board so that they can see how everything will look together before buying.  After an hour of searching, adding and removing items, this is what I came up with.

Casual Goth Look

Casual Goth Look by aji-fae

It's been years since I last wore a skirt.  Over the last few years, my wardrobe has mostly consisted of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.  In the months ahead, I'm hoping to remedy that.  I'd like to end this post by giving props to Mary Rose at theeverydaygoth.com.  Reading through her blog is how I found out about Polyvore.  So, thanks.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sucky Week Ahead

Uuuuuugh.  This week is going to be a depressing one.  I'm still trying to find somebody to take me to Necrocomiccon and that's coming up empty.  I'm also flat broke.  So, no spending money.

On top of that, I have nothing to wear to the con.  The majority of my clothes are in storage.  Whenever a cool event is happening near me, there's always something in my way that keeps me from attending.  This really, really sucks.

My Current Mood:

 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Attempting to Adult

Happy Labor Day, readers.  If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll notice that I have a new header.  I figured it was time for a change.  The old header was just something that I put together on paint.  While it did the job, I wasn't that satisfied with it.  I wanted a header that looked more professional.

So, I opened up picmonkey and went to work.  After a few design changes, I came up with what is now the new header.  While I was still in a creative mood, I also went ahead and redesigned the banner that I use to advertise my blog.  I made 2 versions of it.  The first one is serving as the cover photo for my fb page and the other one serves as my signature on forum sites.

FB Cover Photo


Signature


That was pretty much how I spent my Labor Day weekend.  How about you?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Would You Like Some Steampunk with Your Design Competition Show?

A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through the TV's menu guide when I came across a show called Steampunk'D.  Thinking it was like the show Punk'd with a steampunk twist, I decided to check it out.  In actuality, Steampunk'D is a steampunk themed design competition show.  

In it, the contestants (A.K.A. Makers) compete in a series of challenges that test their abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion items into creative masterpieces.  After I watched the first episode, it immediately became my favorite design competition show.  If you want to check it out for yourself, Steampunk'D airs Wednesday nights at 9est/8c on Game Show Network.  To learn more about the show, go to gsntv.com.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Monkeying Around

Got a little tried of making speech bubbles for my avatars on ms paint.  So, last night, I decided to give picmonkey a try.  It's a free photo editing site that doesn't require registration.  However, there is a pay option that offers exclusive features and no ads.  After a few minutes of trying to figure out how to fit text inside of the speech bubbles,  I was able to come up with 2 little shorts.



Oh, the fun I'm going to have. >D

Friday, August 7, 2015

The New Necrocomiccon Venue

The new location for this year's Necrocomiccon has been revealed!

Date: Sunday, September 20
Location:  The Delancey: 168 Delancey St., New York City, NY 10002

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Go...ing Down

Over the weekend, Dr. Death and Mr. Vile released the first single from their upcoming album titled "The Pretty Little Devils."  The album is due to come out September 12.  Until then, have a listen to their new single, "Fall."


Sunday, August 2, 2015

IMPORTANT NECROCOMICCON UPDATE!

This year's Necrocomiccon will not be held at the Radisson Hotel in Piscataway, NJ.  It has been moved to a venue in New York City.  Also, instead of a 3-day event, the con has been scaled down to a full-day one.

Date: Sunday, September 20
Location:  Somewhere in NYC

Stay tuned for further details.
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

DJ Aji in The House!

Kidding!  I'm not a DJ by any means.  A few days ago, one of my friends turned me onto this site called plug.dj.  It's a site where you can stream music for free by joining communities or creating your own community and uploading links from youtube or sound cloud.  My favorite feature on the site is the avatars.

The avatars are customizable and you can have them at the turntables acting as DJ or dancing to the music that's being played.  If dancing avatars aren't your thing, you can select video mode and it will just play the video.  Unsure about whether or not to join?  No problem.  The site has a guest mode, so you can test it out without having to sign-up.

If you ever want to just hangout with me and listen to music while engaging in random chatter, you can sometimes find me at my community: Club LaStrange.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gothabilly Avatar

A few days ago, the avatar site that I hang out on released a victory rolls hairstyle and a pin-up dress.  They had already released a pair of creepers a few months back.  So, I decided to go ahead and attempt to create a gothabilly look for my avatar.  I came up with a look in 2 different color schemes.  One in gray and one in blue.


I wanted to add a spiked collar to both looks.  However, the spiked collars that are currently available on the site are way too bulky and make it look like your avatar doesn't have a neck.  So, I settled for a simple choker.  I think I did a pretty decent job.  What do you think?
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rings and New Domains

Over the weekend, I got some more jewelry crafting done.  Finally completed the glass ring project that I started back in September.  If you want to see how they turned out, you can find a pic of them on my instagram pageIn other news, I decided to go ahead and buy my domain name.  Now, my blog can be found at either www.cafelastrange.com or at cafelastrange.com.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A New Odyssey

Happy Summer, readers.  Swedish artist, My Own Sorrow, has just released a new album called "Infernal Odyssey."  I listened to it last night and quite enjoyed it.  My favorite track is "The Demon I Loved."  For a limited time, My Own Sorrow has made it so that fans can set their own price for downloading the album.   

So, hurry up and take advantage of this opportunity by clicking the link below.  A new odyssey awaits you.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Just Going to Leave This Here

Nothing new to share today.  So, have a random pic of my avatar instead. XD

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

???

Sorry for the lack of blog updates lately.  Haven't really had anything interesting to blog about and I've been a bit depressed.  A lot of personal issues have been gnawing at me for the last few weeks.  Hoping to get myself out of this funk and post more in the future.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spooky Tunes

Happy Day After World Goth Day, all.  If you're into listening to music about things that go bump in the night, I recommend listening to The Long Losts.  They're a goth, punk and rock & roll band that celebrates all things Halloween, Autumn, horror and romance.  The band's sound consists of haunting vocals, spooky keyboards, horror sound effects over rock, metal, punk guitar, bass and drum rhythms with lyrics to match.

If you're interested in purchasing The Longs Losts debut album, "Scary Songs to Play in the Dark," head on over to their bandcamp site.  There, you'll have the option of buying either the CD or digital album.  But wait!  There's more!

Want to see The Long Losts live?  Well, good news.  They'll be performing this September at Voltaire's Necrocomiccon: Enter the Black Labyrinth.  Still haven't gotten your tickets yet?  Then, hurry up and CLICK HERE!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What's Up? What's Down?

Last week was kind of screwy.  On the upside, I signed up for instagram, got some work done on my latch hook project, applied for be a Spooky Box Club reviewer and had plans to go with my cousin to see Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Then, towards the weekend, things took a hard left.

Saturday morning, my mother and I had an eviction scare.  There was a lot of fast packing and calling of family members for help involved.  Luckily, rent money was scrounged up at the last minute.  So, no panic moving for us.  As for going to the movies, that didn't happen.

My cousin and I were originally going to go see Age of Ultron on Friday.  She sends me a text Friday morning telling me that she forgot she had a doctor's appointment that day and asked if we could go on Saturday.  I agreed and went back to sleep.  Saturday rolls around and she forgot again.

She made all these other plans.  When, I called her out on it, she tried to squeeze it in to her schedule.  Already feeling aggravated and annoyed about the packing/unpacking and other family drama, I declined her offer.  Don't fucking make plans with me to do something if you're just going to flake out.

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Necrocomiccon Miracle

Last week, something happened that I did not see coming.  I was given 2 free tickets to Voltaire's Necrocomiccon: Enter the Black Labyrinth.  This is the best news that I have ever gotten.  I immediately started flailing around like a muppet.  This is going to be the first comic convention that I have ever been to.

I'm finally going to get to meet Voltaire and learn the secret handshakeTold my brother about this over the weekend and he said he'd go with me.  Also, as an early birthday present, he said he would get me a room at the hotel where the convention is going to be held so I can at least spend 2 days there.  As awesome as that is, I want to take part in all 3 days of the event.

So, I'm going to have to get my hustle on and come up with the money for one more night.  I also need some spending money for convention swag.  Hoping to make this happen before September rolls around.  You may now return to your regularly scheduled activities.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Forgotten Cities Tour: Minor Venue Changes

Hey, readers.  Just a heads up to those who plan on going to any of the shows on the Voltaire & Ego Likeness Forgotten Cities Tour.  Some of the venues have been changed.  To see these changes, head on over to voltaire.net.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Binge-Listening and Binge-Reading

Yo-ho, folks.  Another weekend is coming to an end.  I finally found out how to turn the heat down in my motel room.  Now, it no longer feels like a sweat box.  Besides that, I spent the weekend doing some music binge-listening and webcomic binge-reading.

Spent all of Friday listening to Dr. Death and Mr. Vile.  This duo hails from Denver, Colorado.  Their music is an awesome mix of dark synth pop with a bit of an 80's overtone.  These guys are definitely worth a listen.  You can download their music for free on their bandcamp site.

I followed up my binge-listening with some binge-reading of the webcomic Mary Death.  It's about a girl named Mary who happens to be best friends with Death.  I spent  all of Saturday night reading through the entire archive.  Some strips will make you laugh.  Some will make you cry.  Others will leave you scratching your head.

That's all I have to share with you for now.  Toodles.

Monday, April 13, 2015

In Training

Over the weekend, a member of one of the facebook groups that I'm in decided that he was going to teach me how to make webcomics.  Considering that my artistic talents aren't that great, this should be an interesting challenge.  After receiving a few lessons on making memorable characters and creating dialogue for a panel, I opened up an image of one of my avatars on ms paint and tried my hand at making a comic short.


What I lack in drawing skills, I make up for using avatar generators.  I'm slowly making my way into the creative side of the webcomic world.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Monsters & Forgotten Cities

Hey there, readers.  Just wanted to share some cool and exciting news.  Do you like Monster High dolls?  Well, youtuber It's Black Friday has created a new channel where she does un-boxings and reviews of these fabulous dolls.  Click Here to start checking out her reviews.

Now on to the exciting news.  In case you haven't been following my facebook page, the tour dates for the Voltaire & Ego Likeness Forgotten Cities Tour have been finalized.  If you're a fan of these artists, show your support and hit up some of these shows.

April 29th New Haven, CT - Café 9
April 30th Salem, MA - Koto
May 1st Portland, ME - Asylum
May 2nd Wash DC - Spellbound
May 3rd Wilmington, DE - Asylum
May 4th Raleigh, NC - Legends Night Club
May 5th Richmond, VA - Fallout
May 6th Charlottesville, VA - The Annex
May 7th Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
May 8th Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly
May 9th New Orleans, LA - The Allways Lounge
May 10th Nashville, TN - The East Room
May 11th St. Louis, MO - Crack Fox
May 12th Kansas City, MO - Riot Room KC
May 13th Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge
May 15th San Antonio, TX - The Korova
May 16th El Paso, TX - Mesa Music Hall
May 17th Albq, NM - Low Spirits
May 18th Mesa, AZ - Club Red
May 19th Glendale, CA - Complex
May 20th SF, CA - The Elbo Room
May 21st San Diego, CA - Darkwave Garden
May 23rd Salt Lake City, UT - Area 51
May 24th Denver, CO - Casselmans
May 26th St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar and Hall
May 27th Champaign, IL - Mike n Molly's
May 28th Cleveland, OH - Phantasy
May 29th Columbus, OH - The Shrunken Head
May 30th Pittsburgh, PA - 31st St Pub


Also, Voltaire has non-tour shows coming up in the following locations:

April 4th - Bakersfield, CA
April 9th - Seattle, WA
April 11th - Detroit, MI
April 25th - Buffalo, NY
June 6th - GeekOut - Asheville, NC
June 12th - CoreCon - Fargo, ND
July 4th - GearCon - Portland, OR
July 11th - PlayonCon - Birmingham, AL
October 18th - Honolulu, HI
October 23rd - St. Petersburg, Russia
Ocotber 24th - Moscow, Russia
October 30th - Anne Rice Ball - New Orleans, LA
October 31st - Spooky Empire - Orlando, FL



Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Now Have a Facebook Page

That's right.  I now have a fb page for my blog.  I'll be using it to alert readers to new blog entries, spreading the word about my favorite webcomics and other shenanigans.  The link to the page can be found underneath the header along with links to the other social media sites that I use.  So, give my page a "Like" and stay up to date on all things dark, weird and just plain cool.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Labels and Tour Dates

Once again, I have discovered another blog feature.  One that can help with finding certain posts.  The "Labels" feature.  I spent most of yesterday going through every single one of my posts and adding labels to them.  I'm a bit of an organizational freak.  Now, you can filter out blog posts of interest by clicking on certain labels.

Anyway, on to the good stuff.  More dates have been added to the Voltaire & Ego Likeness Forgotten Cities tour.

April 29th New Haven CT - Cafe 9
April 30th Salem MA - Koto
May 1st Portland ME - Asylum
May 2nd Washington DC - Spellbound
May 3rd Wilmington DE - Asylum 13
May 4th Raleigh NC - Legends
May 5th Richmond VA - Fallout
May 7th Atlanta GA - The Masquerade
May 8th Jacksonville FL - The Underbelly
May 9th New Orleans LA - The Allways Lounge
May 10th Nashville TN - The East Room
May 11th St. Louis MO - The Crack Fox
May 12th Kansas City MO - Riot Room
May 16th El Paso TX - Mesa Music Hall
May 18th Phoenix AZ - Club Red
May 19th Glendale/ Los Angeles CA - The Complex
May 20th San Francisco CA - The Elbo Room
May 24th Denver CO - Circus of Nights/Casselmans
May 26th St Paul - MN Amsterdam Bar and Grill
May 28th Cleveland OH - Phantasy
May 29th Columbus OH - The Shrunken Head


This list is not finished.  More dates will be added as they come.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Forgotten Cities Tour Update

Happy St. Patrick's Day, fellow Voltaire fans.  Here's an updated list for the Voltaire & Ego Likeness Forgotten Cities Tour.

April 29th New Haven CT - Cafe 9
April 30th Salem MA - Koto
May 1st Portland ME - Asylum
May 3rd Wilmington DE - Asylum 13
May 4th Raleigh NC - Legends
May 9th New Orleans LA - The Allways Lounge
May 10th Nashville TN - The East Room
May 11th St. Louis MO - The Crack Fox
May 12th Kansas City MO - Riot Room
May 16th El Paso TX - Mesa Music Hall
May 24th Denver CO - Circus of Nights/Casselmans
May 26th St Paul - MN Amsterdam Bar and Grill
May 28th Cleveland OH - Phantasy

More cities to be announced soon.  You may now return to getting hammered.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Errands and Other Things

Today, I stepped out of the sweat box that is my motel room and headed over to the nearby FedEx to make some copies.  That little trip turned out to be a bust.  The copy machines that they had there didn't accept cash or change.  They only accepted credit/debit cards.  I tried swiping my card like 10 times on 2 different copy machines and neither one could read it.

So, no copies from FedEx for me.  Guess I'll just ask my mother if she can make some copies for me at her job.  In other news, I finally have a latch hook.  That mean's I can finally start working on that skull and crossbones latch hook pattern that I got for Christmas.  Haven't done any latch hooking in ages.  Hope my skills aren't too rusty.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Did Some Tweaking

Made some minor changes to the site layout again so it looks a bit more streamlined.  Moved the "Follow by Email" bar over to the left, added a "Search This Blog" bar above the blog archive and changed the look of the pageview counter.  I also added some links right below the header to other sites that I frequent.  So, if you're ever on one of those other sites and see me online, feel free to say "Hi" or offer me an endless supply of coffee.  Or both. XD

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Neck Decor

Yesterday, I decided to try my hand at making a necklace.  The Good News: It looked awesome.  The Bad News: It didn't fit around my neck.  So today, I ended up taking it apart and redoing it.  This time, I made sure to measure the wire a few times before cutting it.  Check it.



Splendid, isn't it?  I think so.  In the past few weeks, I have successfully made 2 pairs of earrings, 2 bracelets and a necklace.  Once I finally settle down in my new place, I'm going to stock up on some more materials and try to start up a jewelry business.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

All Set

Yesterday, I finally got my hands on a bottle of clear polish for knot sealing.  So today, I finished up making matching bracelets for the 2 pairs of earrings that I made a couple of weeks ago.  This is the set that I made for myself.


And here's the set that I plan to sell.


Now, I just need to work on building a customer base.  Pretty sure my mother knows some people at her job who will be interested in buying my jewelry.  Fingers crossed.

Monday, February 9, 2015

More Earrings!

Today, I made 2 more pairs of earrings.  After realizing that I had used different colored pins when I made the first pair, I took them apart and used a couple of the beads from that to make a new pair.  This time, I made sure that both pins were the same color and added some leaf charms.  In my opinion, these came out a lot better than the first pair.


For the third pair, I went with some brighter colored beads.


Had a hard time with the bottom pieces.  But once I got that under control, I was able to finish the earrings without a problem.  Awesome job, if I do say so myself.  Next, I plan to make a matching bracelet.  Then, see if I can sell them as a set.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Not Too Shabby

Earlier today, I finally got around to opening my jewelry making kit.  After going over the instructions a few times, I attempted to make a pair of earrings.  Here's the end result.






Struggled a bit with looping the ends of the head and eye pins, but I think they came out pretty good.  Not bad for my first time.  With a little more practice, I should have a better handle on the looping.  If all goes well, I'll hopefully be able to start up my own jewelry making business.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

It's Back!

This September, Voltaire's Necrocomicon returns to New Jersey!

When: September 18-20, 2015
Where:  The Radisson Hotel Piscataway-Somerset in Piscataway, New Jersey

Click the link below to get your tickets now!




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Voltaire Alert

Hey there, Voltaire fans.  In case you didn't already know, Voltaire will be performing in the following cities:

  • Feb. 4: Voltaire in NYC at Radical Vaudeville
  • Feb. 5: Voltaire at Templecon in Providence, RI
  • Feb. 14: Voltaire Full Band show in NYC at Drom
  • Feb. 21: Voltaire at Wicked Faire in NJ
  • Apr. 11: Voltaire at the Midwest Media Expo in Detroit, MI
  • Apr. 25: Voltaire in Buffalo, NY
  • Jun. 12: Voltaire at CoreCon in Fargo, ND
  • Oct. 30: Voltaire at the Anne Rice Ball in New Orleans, LA
  • Oct. 31: Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando, FL

For more information, check out www.voltaire.net.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Do You Know What Today Is?

It's my blog's anniversary.  Anniversary.  Do you know what today is?  It's my blog's anniversary.  Made for you and me.  See what I did there? XD

Formally known as Caffeine's Cafe, Cafe LaStrange is officially a year old.  Considering that I have no idea what I'm doing most of the time, I think I've done a pretty good job of running this blog.  For those of you that enjoy reading it, I just want to say thank you.  I really appreciate it and hope to have some more cool things to share with you in the future.

To celebrate this occasion, here's the song that inspired the title for this entry.  Enjoy.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Finally Done

I'm finally finished with the DIY work on my messenger bag.  When I last posted about this project, I had just finished working on the front of it.  Here's another look at what the front of the bag looks like.


Just hot glued a patch to the front flap and added a couple of Nightmare Before Christmas buttons.  Once I had the design taken care of, I started to tackle my main problem with the bag.  The lack of storage compartments.



While the bag is good for carrying my wallet, cosmetic bag and, if the situation called for it, an umbrella, I had nowhere to store smaller things.  Like a pen, notepad, mini comb/brush and my lady things.  So, I came up with the idea to put all of that in a pencil case that would easily fit in the messenger bag.



This worked for awhile.  However, I wasn't crazy about having all of my smaller things jammed together and jumbled up.  Then, I remembered that I had a small purse hanging in my closet that would work better.



This is a purse that I had gotten as a Christmas gift a few years ago.  As you can see, it's already decorated with a couple of Nightmare Before Christmas buttons.  Due to the purse's small size, I never really used it.  As you can see (Or try to see. XD), the purse has plenty of compartments.


 I just took the shoulder strap and tucked it into the back pocket of the bag.  If I can find a removable shoulder strap for it, I plan to cut the current one off.




 Latest DIY Mission: Accomplished

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Derp

Finished up the DIY work on my messenger bag and was going to show you lovelies pics of the end result.  However, in the middle of taking the pictures, my webcam decided to crap out on me.  Looks like it's back to taking pics with my mother's iphone.  I'll try to have them up sometime this week.  In other news, my new year is off to a crappy start.

My mother and I have been packing up stuff in the apartment because the shit landlord wants us out by the first of next month.  On top of that, we have no idea where we're gonna go.  This is a bit of a scary time for me.  Hopefully, it will all work out and we'll be able to find a place before the beginning of next month.  Optimism, don't fail me now!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015.  Hope you all had a fun New Years Eve.  Make any resolutions?  As for me, I maintain the track record of not making any resolutions.  No offense to those who make them, but I always thought that New Years resolutions were bullshit.  However, I did make up a little to-do list of things that I want to get done. 
  • Crack open my jewelry making kit and start churning out some awesome jewelry.
  • Buy a latch hook for my latch hook kit.
  • Learn more about film making.
  • Create more stencils for t-shirts designs.
Will probably get started on some of these once I get my living situation sorted out.  Right now, I have a Girls marathon to watch.  Bye for now.