Saturday, December 31, 2016

Peace Out, 2016!

Hey, readers.  Happy New Year's Eve.  With you-know-who winning the election, and the grim reaper cleaning house in Hollywood, we can agree that 2016 wasn't that great of a year.  But now, on to something completely different.  Let's talk Christmas!

Mine was good.  My mother put together a kick-ass spread, and I got some cool gifts.  Expect a haul post in the near future.  Hope everybody has a fun New Year's Eve/Day.  Til next time.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Prep Work

Hey, readers.  Christmas is almost here.  Spent the last couple of days doing some last minute gift shopping, wrapping said gifts, and making jewelry.  While I was out with my mother and brother, we stopped in a craft store so I could get myself a set of craft pliers.

During my tool search, my mother came across an owl pendant.  Since one of my cousins is into owls, she suggested that I make a necklace for her.  I already had a chain and some clasps back at home. So, making one wouldn't be a problem.  Especially since one of the pliers from the new set that I bought were a flat nose pair.

No more damaging my nails when working with split rings.  Since no one in my family really checks out my blog, I feel it's safe to post a pic of the finished product.

Along with the necklace, I also made a bracelet to go with it.

That's all for now.  Hope you all have a happy holiday.  Til next time.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Creepy Cloth, Net Lights and Tinsel! Oh My!

Hey, readers.  Today's post is an Aji's Decorating Corner update.  Last night, I finally got around to putting up the creepy cloth behind my bed.  But that's not all I did.  Since it's the holiday season, my mother came up with the awesome idea to hang up a set a net lights behind the cloth.

Not only would this make my gothy bedroom look a little festive, but the lights would also serve as nighttime lighting.  So, no need for a lamp.  Once the net lights and creepy cloth was up, my mother framed it out with some silver tinsel garland.  This is what it looks like with the net lights off.

And this is what it looks like with them on.

As you can see from the top photo, I still haven't spray painted my headboard black yet.  But I'll get around to doing it eventually.  Anyway, after we took care of the area behind my bed, we spiced up my entertainment area with some more silver tinsel garland and a set of star lights.  Check it out.

Lights off.

Lights on.

I love how both areas turned out.  Since the tinsel garland goes with my color scheme, and the lights add a nice touch of ambiance, I plan on keeping them up after the holidays are over.  My bedroom will be both dark and quirky. XD  Next on the bedroom design agenda is finding somewhere to hang this piece of cuteness.

One of my mother's co-workers is retiring, and moving out of state.  So, she gave her some of her old holiday decorations.  This sign was one of them.  When my mother showed it to me, I immediately called dibs on it.  That's it for another rousing episode of Aji's Decorating Corner.

Til next time.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mini Birthday Gift Haul 2016

Hey, readers.  Yesterday was my birthday.  I turned the big 33.  In honor of the occasion, my mother cooked a celebratory dinner.  Then, me and some of my friends hopped onto and played music late into the night.

Along with the awesome meal, my mother also got me a few gifties.  First up is this cute jewelry box.  It's perfect for my smaller pieces of jewelry.  Still need to find something bigger for my spiked accessories though.

The next thing I got was an itunes gift card.  I really like the colors on it.  Think I'll hold onto it for a future craft project after I redeem the code.

Time for the grand finale!  *drum roll*  The final gift I got was.....TWO PACKS OF ANDES!!!  Besides candy corn, these are my favorite sweets. =D

Well, that's it for my mini birthday gift haul.  For my next blog post, I'm thinking about doing the "What's in my bag?" tag.  If you're interested in seeing a post on that, let me know in the comments.  Til next time.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Imperfectly Perfect

Hey, readers.  Yesterday, I did some touch-up work on my bedroom walls.  I even managed to paint the sides of the heater without getting white paint all over the walls.  However, once those 2 small tasks were taken care of, I started to notice other things that sent me into painting overdrive.

The previous person/people who lived here had cable wire running along the baseboards and door frames.  I could of just took the wire down.  But then that would of left small holes in the walls, which would need to be filled.  Then, put more holes in the wall when the cable wire was put back up.  Vicious cycle.  

So, when my mother was doing the trim, she did her best to get the brush underneath the wire in order to get the color on.  She ended up doing a pretty good job.  However, I noticed a few spots that she couldn't get to, and that started to bother me.  I'm wired strangely.  A lot of the time, I can be very nitpicky and OCD.

I have to have things done a certain way or it will drive me crazy.  I don't know why.  That's just how I am.  So, I tried my best to paint those areas.  Then, I spotted other tiny areas that needed to be painted.

Finally, after obsessively trying to get the walls perfect, I had to stop myself.  I realized I was needlessly driving myself crazy.  The walls looked great.  Yes, there are still tiny signs of the old paint color showing.  And yes, when my mother did the trim, she did get a little bit of the new color on the door and window frames.  

But so what?  After stepping back and looking around the room, I think that the little imperfections add charm.  I describe the style as goth/shabby chic/messy.  Not only does this label describe my bedroom design, it also pretty much describes me. XD

In short, what I'm trying to say is don't sweat the small stuff.  Don't let minor things that are out of your control drive you crazy.  If you come across a tiny obstacle, do your best to use it to your advantage and work around it.  So ends another segment of Aji's Decorating Corner.  Thanks for taking the time to read my long-ass rant. XD

Til next time.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

It Continues

Hey, readers.  Work on my bedroom is still in progress.  On Thursday, I got a new comforter set for my bed.  I wasn't able to find one that was completely black.  So, I settled for one with a white pattern on it.

What drew my eye to this comforter set was that it had a similar pattern to one of the storage cubes that I keep in my closet.  The other thing that I really liked about this set was that it came with an orange pillow and throw.  Perfect for Halloween.  Upon further inspection, I noticed that the front of the pillow had a small pocket on it.  There was just enough room to stuff Lord Vader into it. XD

Today, my mother painted my chest of drawers black with a couple of cans of semi-gloss spray paint.  It came out great.  No sanding or priming required.  You can see a picture of it on my instagram page.  That concludes another episode of Aji's Decorating Corner.  

Til next time.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Twenty Questions Times Two

Hello, readers.  I've been spending the past couple of weeks screwing around on Second Life.  But I yanked myself away from it long enough to take part in the Twenty Questions Times Two quiz.  Enjoy.

1. Are you named after anyone?
A: My mother named me after a famous actress.

2. When was the last time you cried?
A: Last month.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
A: I'm okay with it.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
A: Pastrami.

5. Do you have any kids?
A: Nope.

6. If you were another person, would you be friends?
A: Hell yeah.  We'd be 2 weirdo peas in a pod.

7. Do you use sarcasm?
A: Pretty much on a daily basis.

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
A: Yes, and you can't have them.

9. Would you bungee jump?
A: Never.

10. What is your favorite cereal?
A: Frosted Mini Wheats.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
A: If depends on the shoes.

12. Do you thing you're strong?
A: Not really.

13. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate mint chip.

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
A: Usually, it's what they're wearing.

15. Red or pink?
A: Red.

16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself?
A: Me.

17. What color pants and shoes are you wearing right now?
A: Pink and pink.  Currently in my jammies.

18. What was the last thing you ate?
A: Breakfast.

19. What are you listening to right now?
A: The sounds coming from the TV.

20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
A: Black or blue.

21. Favorite smell?
A: I don't have one.

22. Who was the last person you talked to?
A: My mother.

23. Favorite sport to watch?
A: I don't really pay attention to sports.

24. Hair color that's real?
A: Black.

25. Do you wear contacts?
A: No.

26. Favorite food?
A: Pizza.

27. Scary movies or happy endings?
A: Happy endings.

28. Last movie you watched?
A: Empire Records.

29. What color shirt are you wearing?
A: Black.

30. Summer or Winter?
A: Winter.  But I prefer Fall and Spring.

31. Hugs or kisses?
A: Hugs.  All the hugs.

32. Favorite sweet food?
A: Candy corn.

33. What book are you currently reading?
A: The Vampire Kisses manga series.

34. What is on your mouse pad?
A: I don't have one.

35. What did you last watch on TV?
A: Reba.

36. Favorite sound?
A: Whatever music I have on when I decide to listen to some.

37. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
A: Both.

38. What is the farthest you have traveled?
A: Florida.

39. Do you have a special talent?
A: The power to annoy.

40. Where were you born?
A: New Jersey.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Design Burn

Evening, readers.  I return with an Aji's Decorating Corner update.  Yep.  That's what I'm calling it.  Because I'm weird like that.

Over the Labor Day weekend, my bedroom walls got painted a nice light gray/silver color.  My mother did the trim, and I painted the rest of the walls.  Some touch-up work needs to be done.  But overall, the walls are finished.

Today, I tackled painting the heater white.  I did the front of it, but decided to leave the sides for my mother to do.  I didn't want to risk messing up the walls.  New black curtains were put up yesterday.  However, we took them down so we could add some silver panels between them that my mother got from one of her co-workers.

She also gave her a teal throw pillow.  Since it didn't fit her room decor, my mother gave it to me to put on my bed.  Now, here comes the burn part.  After I said that I liked the curtains and pillow, and had no problem with including them into my room design, my mother seemed relieved.  Then, commented that my room needed more color.

I already have planned in my head how I'm going to introduce color into my room.  I tried explaining that to my mother, and she just laughed it off.  She clearly doesn't think I know how to decorate my own fucking bedroom.  That kind of hurt my feelings.  Just because some things aren't to her taste doesn't make them wrong.

It's my room.  I'll decorate it how I damn well please.  Anyway, I've been posting pics of my progress on my instagram page.  So, if you want to see what I've done so far, you can see on there.  Once everything's done, I'll post pics of the finished product here.

Til next time.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Birthday Party Shenanigans

Hey there, readers.  Last night, I attended my cousin's 80's/90's themed birthday party.  I'm not much of a dancer.  So, I spent the majority of the evening listening to the music and hoarding candy from the candy bar.

Here's a few shots of the candy bar.  Excuse the blurriness of the photos.  The flash function on the phone didn't work.

I was feeling a little on edge.  So, I got myself a pack of smokes to help get me through the evening. XD

Til next time.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Filling the Void

Hello, readers.  Today was a good day.  A family friend gifted me with some used furniture.  A bed and a chest of drawers.  My bedroom is finally starting to look like a bedroom.

For the bed, the original idea was to spray paint the brass headboard black.  But my mother suggested that we pad it and cover it in black fabric instead.  Both ideas sound good.  So, either way works for me.

As for the chest of drawers, they're definitely getting painted black.  I'm also thinking about replacing the current knobs with glass ones.  Other plans include painting the walls a silver/gray color, and putting up black curtains.  That's all for Aji's Decorating Corner.  Til next time. XD

Monday, August 15, 2016

And I'm Back

Hey, readers.  Haven't been around much lately because my mother and I recently moved into a new place and didn't have any internet.  Still don't have any internet of our own, but our upstairs neighbor was nice enough to let us use his wi-fi.  Internet shenanigans ahoy!

Since is back up and running, I might hold a little online housewarming party on there.  If that happens, I'll post a link on facebook and twitter.  So, keep your eyes peeled.  Til next time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Spooky Entertainment

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Hey, readers.  Today, I'm taking a detour from misery lane to bring you a bit of spooky gaming news.  If you enjoy ghosts and flash games, then I think you'll really like Haunt the House.  In the game, you play a ghost living in an old house.  The objective is to scare all of the people that are inside of it out. 
While the objective seems simple, it's a bit tricky.  You have to scare the people just enough that they run out of the house.  However, if you scare them to badly, they kill themselves by jumping out of windows.  The number of people that kill themselves effects your score.  So, be careful. 
I found the game to be a fun time killer.  You can find it for free online or get it for your PC/console.  Til next time.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Walls are Closing In

Hey, readers.  For the past few weeks, I've been dealing with some personal issues that have left me feeling really down and stressed out.  It's like I'm in this void where nothing I say or do matters.  I hate this feeling.  Go away, feeling.

To distract myself, I've been doing a lot of youtube watching and podcast listening.  Again, I'm sorry about the lack of updates.  Really hoping to get back into the swing of things soon.  What do you like to do when you're feeling down?  Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What to Do? What to Do?

Hello, readers.  Lately, I've been in a blogging funk.  This is mostly due to a halt in my DIY activities and other factors that I don't want to get into.  A few weeks ago, I discovered that my laptop had a voice recording program on it.  Must of sneaked its way in when I upgraded to Windows 10.

Anyway, for the past week, I've been toying with the idea of doing voice recordings on topics dealing with the goth subculture; and other alternative subcultures.  What do you think?  Would you want to hear my random babbling on gothy things?  If so, what would you like me to talk about?  Let me know in the comments.

You can also post your suggestions on my facebook and twitter page.  #gothbabble

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Mind's in a Fog

Will get back to blogging soon.  Until then, enjoy this image of my mental state.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Pastel Punk?

Well, I did it again.  I entered an avatar into another avatar contest.  This time, the theme was pastel punk.  At the time, I didn't know if it was an actual trend or if it was a theme made up by the contest creator.  

Without even bothering to do a quick google search, I came up with a look that I thought fell under the theme of pastel punk and entered it.  Here's my handiwork.

She looks like she could be a member of Jem and the Holograms.  The cartoon, not that heinous movie.  Anyway, as usual, I didn't place.  But as I was looking at the winners and other contestants, I noticed that most of them looked more pastel goth than pastel punk.  When I finally did do a google search on it, I came across the same thing.  

The majority of the images on the page looked more pastel goth than pastel punk.  I don't get it.  Seems like a lot of subcultures are getting pastel counterparts these days.  What's next?  Pastel hip-hop?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Death Tag

I was tagged by Sylvie D from Little Corp Goth Girl to do the death tag.  I think she's out to get me.  Anyway.....

The Questions
1. How would you like to die?
2. What would happen to your blog?
3. Who will you leave money to?
4. What happens to your body after you pass?
5. What do you want your funeral to be like?
6. What will you miss the most that still exists after death?
7. How will you want to be remembered?

The Answers
Q: How would you like to die?
A: Peacefully, in my sleep.

Q: What would happen to your blog?
A: It would float around on the internet, haunting other blogs.

Q: Who will you leave money to?
A: Close family members.  Or a black unicorn.

Q: What happens to your body after you pass?
A: I would probably like to be cremated.

Q: What do you want your funeral to be like?
A: A celebration of my life.  Followed by a marathon of my favorite movies.

Q: What will you miss the most that still exists after death?
A: Coffee and avatar sites.

Q: How will you want to be remembered?
A: I would like to be remembered as a funny and creative person.

By the powers vested in me by the internet, I tag Mary Rose from The Everyday Goth.  I'm looking forward to seeing what answers she'll come up with.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Strange Entities

Hi-hi, readers.  Today, I'll be giving 2 reviews.  The first review is for UnLuckables.  This site is part of the Little Bit Creepie series by Kristie Silva.  It has a gallery that showcases different types of UnLuckables that you can purchase as prints.

What are UnLuckables?  They're creatures that are part monster and part voodoo doll.  I find these things to be fucking adorable.  Like this little cutie below.


I definitely suggest checking out the site.  You might come across a UnLuckable that you'll want to take home.  On to the next review.  This one is for My Own Sorrow's latest album, "The Entity."

It's another dark masterpiece.  Some songs will make you want to dance.  Others will make you want to go out into the woods and perform a ritual.  It's a good balance.  To get your own copy of "The Entity", click here.

That's it for my double review.  Til next time.  (Note to self: Come up with a better closing phrase. XP)

Note: I did not take the picture shown in this blog post.  The image is from UnLuckables.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Pastel Goth

A couple of days ago, on the avatar site that I like to hangout on, I entered my avi into a pastel goth themed contest.  This trend isn't really my thing.  I like pastel colors.  But I prefer them in small doses.  I just entered the contest out of boredom.

Anyway, this is the look that I submitted.

I don't really know much about pastel goth.  But I think I did a nice job with this look.  Sadly, I didn't place.  Ever since they revamped the avatar contest feature earlier this year, I've only placed twice.  Eh, oh well.

My next  blog post will probably be a review of My Own Sorrow's new album.  If not, I'll just post something totally random instead.  I'm such a spazz.  Til next time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Goth Planner Group

Hey, readers.  The Everyday Goth has just created a facebook group for spooky folks who use or like looking at planners that are decorated with a Gothic theme.  If you're interested in joining, click here.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Perky Perks

Hello, readers.  Last night, I received my perks from the Midnight, Me & Bob Macabre indiegogo campaign.  Let's take a look shall we.  The first item that I pulled from the package was this t-shirt.  Check out my mad close-up skills. XD

The other items that I got were a small print and a poster.  Both signed by the book's author and illustrator.

To get your own copy of "Midnight, Me & Bob Macabre," click here.  The book can also be found on amazon.  Spookies beware!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Haunting LIVE 2016

For those who don't follow me on twitter or happened to miss my tweet about it, The Long Lost will be hitting the stage in the following locations:

April 10th - Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
April 22nd - Half-Way to Halloween Show with This Way to the EGRESS at Roxy & Dukes - Dunellen, NJ
May 13th - The Goblin Market at the Steampunk World's Faire - Piscataway, NJ
May 21st - Zombie X Festival - Calverton, NY
May 26th - Lovecraft Bar - NYC
June 10th - Steampunk in the Catskills II with Jeff Mach and Friends at the Blackthorne Resort - Durham, NY
June 22nd - Machine Night Club - Boston, MA
July 29th - Tatsu-Con - Buffalo, NY
July 30th - Tatsu-Con - Buffalo, NY
July 31st - Tatsu-Con - Buffalo, NY
September 23rd - Venue TBA - East Haven, CT
September 24th - DARQ at KOTO - Salem, MA
September 25th - Radio Bean - Burlington, VT
October 14th - Halloween In The Catskills with Jeff Mach & Friends - Durham, NY
November 11th - Steampunk November - Mansfield, TX
November 12th - Steampunk November - Mansfield, TX
November 13th - Steampunk November - Mansfield, TX
If you like The Long Lost and want to stay up to date with what they're up to, hit up their website.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Help an Artist Out

Robert Tritthardt, creator of the webcomics Writhe and Shine and Overcast with a Chance of Doom, needs your help.  Working on these comics is his chosen and only job.  In order to keep a roof over his head and feed his furry companion, he needs to raise more monthly pledges for his Patreon campaign.  What's Patreon?  It's a crowdfunding platform that allows artists to obtain funding from their fans/supporters on a recurring basis.

If you enjoy reading these webcomics and want to see them continue, head on over to Robert's Patreon Page and pledge.  Any amount will help.  Even $1 a month.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

For the Darkly Inclined

Hello, readers.  Want to find more media that shares your interests in all things dark?  Then, I recommend checking out The Belfry Network.  It's a site that provides links to blogs, podcasts, and videos that cater to dark culture.  The site is run by a guy called The Count, who also has a podcast called Cemetery Confessions.

The podcast delves into news related to the goth community.  I've only listened to a couple of episodes so far, but I found them to be very informative and entertaining.  Well, that's all I have to share with you today.  Til next time.  

Friday, February 26, 2016

Q & A

Hey, readers.  It's Q & A time.  Below I'll be answering the questions that one of my followers has posted.  *waves to Sylvie*

Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from and still reside in the mysterious land known as New Jersey.

Q: Do you have an embarrassing baby bat story?
A: That's kind of hard to answer.  I don't think I ever had a baby bat phase.  When I was in my teens, I considered myself to be an alternative kid.  Sometimes, I dressed in a way that could be considered goth.  Other times, I didn't.  

I experimented with and tried out different looks back then.  It wasn't til my early twenties that I started to fall more into goth.  The closest thing that I have to an embarrassing baby bat story was when I became a big fan of using black eyeliner to outline my lips before putting on lipstick.  This was back in my high school days.  Sometimes, I would put the liner on way too thick and my lips ended up looking weird.

Q: Who is your favorite Muppet?
A: Miss Piggy.

Q: What are your non-goth confessions?
A: - I don't watch a lot of horror movies.  I can handle watching certain ones.  Others I avoid because they're straight-up nightmare fuel.  

- I love Hello Kitty. 


- I enjoy watching MLP: Friendship is Magic.

Q: Bats or crows?
A: I'm not a pet person.  So, neither.  But aesthetic-wise, bats.

Q: Where is your favorite cemetery?
A: I don't have a favorite cemetery.

Q: What is your favorite band?
A: I don't have one favorite band.  So, I'm going to name my top 3 favorite bands.  The Killers, Dr. Death & Mr. Vile and Matchbox Twenty.

Q: Black cats or black hell hounds?
A: Again, as pets, neither.  Aesthetic-wise, black cats.

That's it for my first Q & A.  Depending on how many people are interested, I might do it again in the future.  Til next time.  *waves*