Sunday, April 29, 2012

Anyone Want Free Music?

I just thought I'd share some free songs from Last.fm.
Purple Fog Side – The Ticket
Purple Fog Side – Пустота
Purple Fog Side
miserylab – be there tomorrow-2010
miserylab – Appeal To Fears
miserylab
Roman Rain – Dementia's Hailing
Roman Rain – Koroleva
Roman Rain
Midnattsol – En Natt I Nord
Midnattsol
Plastique Noir – Empty Streets
Plastique Noir – Creep Show
Plastique Noir

Renaissance Festival Haul

Yesterday, I spent hours going through the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Although it was extremely hot (and I got a minor sunburn on my face), it was definitely worth it. If you are planning on going to one of these festivals, be prepared to spend money. The food and drinks are outrageously priced, and the vendors sell mostly handmade goods (which are also pricey understandably). I've never done a haul before, mostly because I'm too indecisive or cheap to buy too many things at once, so here's my first one from all that I got yesterday.

This tea is from Earth Elements. It was a little stand that sold not only hand blended tea, but also all sorts of other dried herbs and such. If you have any questions, you can email Earth Elements at earthelementherbs@yahoo.com .

I got this little jingly cat necklace at a larger stand at the festival. I saw it, and immediately knew I needed it. I'm a cat lover, and I'm always telling my boyfriend how it would be silly if I had a jingly bell to wear like my cat, Abby. Unfortunately, the chain broke, so I'll probably be going out to the craft store today to buy a new one. The place didn't have a name listed, nor did they have any business cards, so I can't include a link.
This next necklace, I had been wanting for a while. I love the eye of Horus/eye of Thoth symbol. Remember how I did a makeup tutorial for it? The pendant is double-sided, so It can symbolize Ra, the sun god, or Aah, the moon god, depending on which side it is worn. You can find it at puzzleringsbypepi.com.
The last place I stopped by was the Global Scent Company store. I always visit this place when I go. They have lovely perfume oils and incense. Everything is handmade, and it is all freshly made too. They have all kinds of scents like All Hallows Eve, Black Widow, Moon, and Egyptian Musk (my personal favorite). First, I grabbed a handmade bamboo incense burner. The deal is that if you buy an incense burner, you can put as many sticks you can fit inside it free of charge! Here is their website if you want to check it out.

So here are the incense sticks I got:
I also bought some compressed incense cones for my silver incense burner.
25 incense cones for $5. Not bad. 
That was all I purchased. If you see anything you like, click on the links. There's nobody better to buy from than small businesses. Many states have renaissance festivals, so I highly recommend going to one. Now I'm off to brew some of that Seelie Fae tea and then perhaps have some lunch!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dowsing

There is much mystery surrounding the art of dowsing. For those of you who are curious, I'm going to share what dowsing is, the uses of it, my experiences with dowsing, and possible explanations surrounding it.

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Dowsing, or divining, is considered to be a form of divination in which the operator holds two L-shaped rods or a Y-shaped rod in order to locate things such as water, metals, gravesites, buried treasure, and even lost items. This method of divination has been considered useful for thousands of years. Dowsing was even condemned at one point for being "satanic," and it was strictly forbidden, especially with puritan settlers in the new world. Today, it is used by hobbyists, including myself, and even in murder investigations. If you would like to learn more about how to dowse, look here.

I bought my first pair of dowsing rods two years ago when I went on vacation to Salem, Massachusetts. I got them from a very lovely shop that I highly recommend called Hex, Old World Witchery. I remember I had looked at the copper rods for a while. I had previously been curious about them, so I decided to give them a try before I bought them (with the store manager's permission). The manager was even kind enough to help teach me how to use them and the Chrystal pendulum I bought. With a little practice, I am now fairly good at dowsing, but I am still nearly hopeless with my pendulum (although it has worked once).  I usually just dowse around my house for lost items, and they have found everything for me. Lost keys, cell phones, scraps of paper with notes, you name it. My father even had a colleague who dowses for unmarked graves on his days off. Nobody really knows exactly how it works, and it works for some better than others, but it really does work for me.

The informational sheet that came with my rods says it helps the operator "develop their psychic abilities." I believe that it is a tool that helps people access the subconscious or universal information. There are still many, unfortunately, that believe divining is the work of the devil. Some believe it subconsciously helps one access spirits that guide the user in the right direction. I've even heard that there may be scientific explanations relating to quantum physics. Watch this video; it's really interesting.
Happy dowsing!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Got The Dark Sunshine Award!


I checked the computer this afternoon, and in addition to getting a new follower today, I also got nominated by Cherish at Babybat's Blog for the Dark Sunshine Award. Thanks, Cherish!


Rules for the [Dark] Sunshine Award.
  • Post the award picture with a backlink to the person that nominated you
  • Answer the questions posed to you
  • Nominate ten or more bloggers

Questions:

  1. Favourite colour: Black, Purple, Red, Green, and Blue. I like so many colors and shades, It's hard to choose a favorite. The colors I don't like are yellow and pink (with an exception to a couple shades of pink)
  2. Favourite animal: Owls, cats, and wolves.
  3. Favourite number: 13
  4. Favourite non alcoholic drink: Pumpkin Juice and Thai Tea
  5. Facebook or twitter: Neither.
  6. My passion: Writing, music, reading, painting, drawing, sewing/ DIY, going on adventures, traveling, animals, and my boyfriend. 
  7. Getting or giving presents: Both 
  8. Favourite pattern: Liturgical Brocade, and stripes 
  9. Favourite day of the week: Friday, because there's always something to do.
  10. Favourite flower:Purple orchids. 
Liturgical Brocade
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Purple Orchid
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My Nominations:
I know so many people have already been nominated, so I can only think of a few nominations right now:
I also nominate anybody else who hasn't done this yet. :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday The Thirteenth Update

Happy Friday The Thirteenth, everybody. It's my two and a half year anniversary with my boyfriend, Joe, today. Unfortunately, he has work most of the day today, so we went out for lunch yesterday before he had class. We went to an Irish pub. I wore a Punk Hogwarts student outfit yesterday. I don't have pictures, but I wore my Ravenclaw tie over a black dress shirt, my black jean skirt with my "diy or die" patch I just painted, blue and black striped tights, and my trusty Doc Martens. 
I love this thing. I'm a Ravenclaw, but my Hogwarts letter was lost in the mail.
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Yay for home-made patches. That's the best way to go, in my opinion.
I also went out for coffee with my friend, Justean, like we do every Thursday. I went to go use the restroom, and I found this on the door of the toilet stall:
It's really neat looking. Below the symbol, there appears to be some writing in runes. Can anybody tell me what this means? I'd really like to find out. If it doesn't mean anything, it might just be the work of some of those dodgy hipsters in black. They tend to gravitate towards triangles and "Satanic" imagery for whatever reason. The Greater Atlanta area has a large hipster population, and the local coffee shop is no exception. I suppose it's because a lot of bands come here, and we have a bunch of trendy stores and consignment shops. Anyway, I didn't mean to get off track.

I hope everyone plans on doing something adventurous this Friday The Thirteenth. There's an old legend where I live about a certain statue in a certain cemetery. You run around the statue thirteen times counter clockwise at the stroke of midnight on Friday The Thirteenth and ask, "Mary, Mary, what happened to your children?"  If you do this correctly, supposedly she will cry.
This is Mary:
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Good luck, everyone!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Portland Black Lipstick Company

I've been looking ages to find a good black lipstick. I've tried a few, and they're all pretty bad. I've even tried eyeliner, but I'm not too keen on it. I recently stumbled upon Portland Black Lipstick Company. When I was watching the test makeover scene for the upcoming movie, My Summer as A Goth, I saw the actors putting on some black lipstick. 


I remember thinking to myself that the tube looked like chapstick.  After I looked it up, I found quite the contrary. This company, obviously from Portland, specializes in natural makeup products. Their motto is actually, "All natural makeup for that un-natural look." I love it! Here's what they say about their products:


"Our ingredients are all-natural. Of course, the word ‘natural’ has no legal or scientific definition in the world of cosmetics, so every natural cosmetic company sets its own parameters. For us, ‘natural’ means using plant-based oils and waxes, lanolin, and beeswax, mineral pigments and/or carmine for color, and distilled essential oils for fragrance."


They're also planning on coming out with vegan based lipstick sometime soon. Not only do they stock black lipstick, they also have all kinds of crazy colors. I plan on buying a tube or two sometime soon. When I do, I'll definitely do a review post. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

DIY Skirt from Pants

I had this pair of really old black jeans. They were still nice, but they were faded. I put them in the giveaway pile until I had an idea. I wanted a simple formfitting mini skirt, so I decided to make one myself. I could've just gone to Goodwill or something, but I'm picky. I knew I probably wouldn't find anything the right length: not too short and not too long. It was surprisingly simple too. Here's how it goes:

Step 1: Cut off the bottom of the pants to your desired length (make one inch room for the hem.) Then, flip them inside out.
Step 2: Take a seam ripper, and rip out the inseam and crotch of the pants (sorry, no pic for this one)

Step 3: On the front, cut a straight line up just below the zipper. This will allow you to fold one side over the other and pin it. Pin the back in the same manner.
Step 4: Take your sewing machine, and sew up where you pinned. Also, sew the bottom hem (unless you want it to fray)
Done!

It's obviously a plain skirt, so there's so much else one could do to personalize it. I'm thinking about re-dying mine black. I'd also like to add some studs along the front pockets, and make patches from the leftover material.