Celebrating Yule/Winter Solstice

IMG_8276

Today is the first day of Yule which represents the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice and I really enjoyed celebrating today. I decorated for this season and holiday and am spending the evening with the love of my life. He is always so supportive of everything I do.

In case you’re wondering, some of the more traditional decorations for Yule include burning a Yule log, pinecones and nuts, candles (especially in the colors of gold, silver, green, and red, and more. Like I said in my previous Yule post from this morning, the holiday starts today and goes until New Year’s Day so decorate for the changing of the season if you desire. It doesn’t matter if you practice Wicca or not. You are free to celebrate anything you like! 

 Here are some of my decor from today. It’s simple but beautiful. Leave a comment if you decorate for Yule of have any questions or ideas. Sending lots of love and Happy Holidays to you all!

IMG_8304

IMG_8303

Advertisements

Holiday Gifts From Annabel Lee

   You first heard me talk about Alexandra Walden who runs the awesome blog and newsletter, http://www.meandannabellee.com/ in October. She introduced me to the Samhain Society which I wrote about here as well. If you haven’t read my post about what the Samhain Society is, definitely go check it out, but in a nutshell, the Samhain Society is a society of bloggers and website creators that love all things spooky like me, and write a lot about horror and gothic subjects. Even though not all my articles and posts here are spooky/horror related, I do write a lot of that topic and everyone who follows me here, my art site, and all my social media know that I LOVE CREATING SPOOKY DARK WORKS OF ART AND AM A HORROR LOVING WHORE!

   Besides Alexandra’s newsletter and blog, she also has an etsy shop where she makes and sells really cute gothic home-making items. For the holiday season, I recently purchased two items from her. The first thing I bought was a gift for my husband. He loves having his tea so I bought him a handmade BLACK BUTTERFLY TERRARIUM CAMEO TEA BALL INFUSER which he absolutely loved and will definitely use a lot.

   The other item I bought from her was a gift for myself. I got a Victorian Gothic Tea Cup Candle with a yummy currant scent. I bought the last Alice in Wonderland yellow and white striped cup and saucer which I was very excited about. All the Victorian cup and saucer candles are gorgeous and it was very hard for me to pick which one I wanted but when I saw the Alice in Wonderland one with the detachable saucer and that it was the last one, I immediately purchased it….and I’m very glad I did.

   If you are looking for some holiday gift ideas for your spooky or gothic loving friends or for yourself, definitely check out Alexandra’s etsy shop called, MeandAnnabelLeeShop.

Happy Harvest

Good morning everyone. Happy November 1st. I hope you all had a fun and fabulously spooky Halloween.  What did you do to celebrate? Did you get dressed up? Leave your comments below. I’d love to know everyone’s traditions for my favorite holiday, my favorite season, and my favorite time of the year.

IMG_7979

My Favorite Halloween/Gothic/Spooky Channels and Spooky Shows

The first two YouTube channels you need to check out, AFTER YOU CHECK OUT and SUBSCRIBE to MY CHANNEL, we’re recommeded to me by one of my best friends Jordan Giuliani. 

792E916B-78E6-49E8-8E80-49DAC65D9BEE

The first YouTube channel recommendation is, “Lair of Voltaire.” He does amazing DIY gothic projects for his lair and for the last two months he’s been checking out stores like Target, JoAnn’s, etc., which has inspired me a lot with his ideas. 

2208982C-3B8C-4484-9C23-2BB19FA11380

The second YouTube channel Jordan recommended to me is called, “Maven of the Eventide,” where she reviews many, many, many vampire books, except maybe “Twilight.” Hahaha. Even if you’re not into Vampires, the way Maven speaks is very dramatic and funny. She puts on a Bela Legosa accent when she introduces her self and it’s so funny. I love her. 

121CFF6E-F447-4392-BAB9-98EEA372F754

The last YouTube channel that I ran into is Ms. Sara Monster! I am obsessed with her. She is so gorgeous and does beauty tips for rock and roll/ goth girls like the perfect black lipstick, how she quickly does her makeup and hair before she goes to work, and reviews products and a lot more. I met her through YouTube and are becoming friends through Instagram. She’s a sweetheart and definitely recommend her. 

 

SHOWS:

FE2E8354-5FB8-4944-8810-23F7DACDD3DC

“Curious Creations by Christine McConnell” You can watch Christine on Netflix and can see previews of her on her YouTube channel. She makes the coolest spooky inspired food, from starters to mains, to dessert. I’ve been inspired in making some of her delicious delicacies. 

 

BLOGS:

54E49F13-D0BC-4D5E-BEB3-5F655E8EEA78

I follow and love many blogs but my favorite spooky DIY blog is “Me and Annabel Lee.” She makes a lot of amazing DIY pieces plus she has a fantastic store that I might be buying from her soon. She also helped me a lot when I became part of the Samhain Society which I’m very grateful for!

The Wasteland Pub

Check out my latest spooky and fabulously fun video all about my Wasteland Pub display. I shot this little video during two different Halloween photoshoots I did today. Stay tuned for that. Enjoy my  youtube video here and make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven’t already.

My new Halloween Decorations

This is my first official Halloween post. This is the time of year where I get to finally break out the Halloween decorations. Actually last month is when I started pulling them out but what’s the difference. When I know the stores are taking out their seasonal stuff I always tell myself that I will only buy one new Halloween decoration for my collection. Sadly, that never happens.

I do make a lot of Halloween decorations for my home and to sell but I love shopping for Halloween. Even if I go into a store and don’t plan on buying anything, I still enjoy looking. It’s very therapeutic.

   Here are just some of my new pieces I picked up for Halloween this year as well as a new decoration that I made. I emphasized some because there is a lot more spooky items in my house that aren’t shown here. This is only the start of my Halloween posts and articles so stay tuned for some fun stuff and enjoy.

IMG_7594

I love my new black pumpkins. The spike studded ones are very cool and ‘rock and roll’ and the smaller ones, I will be lighting up underneath with an electric tea light.

IMG_7596

This bronze skull and roses mirror is actually really beautiful and works well with my Snow White evil poison apple spell book.

IMG_7600

This is probably one of my favorite things I bought. I’ve always wanted to get some cool Halloween displays but one that was unique that not everyone would have. This Wasteland Pub light up display was the perfect thing. I love all the details and how it looks when it’s turned on.

IMG_7597

This cool antique style type writer works perfectly in my hall way alongside my golden claw hourglass timer with black sand.

IMG_7602

This top hat skull piece I actually made. I found a wreath that was absolutely destroyed and found the skull piece. I ended up turning the wreath into a small spooky broom. I attached the skull on top, which wasn’t easy, and added some extra glittery jewels to it. I then attached the pumpkin, the rose, and leaves. It doesn’t look perfect but it’s still fun.

IMG_7599

All I can say is that this sign is perfect for me, especially if you know me and know what my latest art installation I’m working on is. I love this sign.

IMG_7601

The Witches’s shoe and the “Little Shop of Horrors” plant were the first two new Halloween decorations I bought this for this year. They are both so cute.

IMG_7598

I’ve never had a wreath before and this year I decided to finally treat myself to a really cool skeleton one which I’m very happy with.

Make sure to leave a LIKE and COMMENT below if you like to decorate and go all out for Halloween. I’d love to hear what you like to do to celebrate this fun holiday.

WE NOW HAVE 26 DAYS LEFT UNTIL HALLOWEEN! 

How to Make Your House Your Home

   I’ve been wanting to do this article for awhile now. I’m not talking about how your house will never be a home unless you have specific items. This article is about not listening to other people who are blatantly telling you what your home should look like, otherwise it wouldn’t be your home, it would be their’s.

To create an environment that you are comfortable and in love with here are a few tips and ideas. First, think about what your personality and interests are. Are you big into sports? Are you a music lover? Do you like Modern art, etc.? 

Also don’t feel that your house has to have one style such as contemporary, modern, etc. I love mixing different styles. I love being creative.

Using my house as an example, my style is not just one thing. I have mostly vintage pieces mixed with rock and roll, movie posters that have great significance to me, a sugar skulls, and a lot of magical pieces and hanging art that both my husband and I did. My house is very eclectic. Even though I have more than one theme to my home style, I’ve made it so it all coincides together.

You don’t necessarily need to have a lot of money when furnishing and decorating your house. If you can afford custom furniture, that’s great but if you can’t, you can still have really cool furniture pieces by DIY.

   For example, you can take a table, like a small TV tray table or a cheap nightstand from good will and decorate it with images that you love from magazines or clippings and then seal them with strong adhesive. I’ve done that in the past and have had great results with it. You can also paint and repurpose furniture. Goodwill, flea markets, Target, and consignment shops are great places to check out and search for hidden treasures if you’re on a budget. If you need help on doing DIY furniture, there are many youtube tutorials that can help you out. This image below is from a DIY youtube channel. You just need to explore different channels.

maxresdefault-2

Another tip is that if you have your home a particular style but find a piece of art, a special object, or something that doesn’t go with your decorative style, but you can’t live without it, definitely buy it. If you really love it, you’ll be able to incorporate into your decorations at your home.

Below are a few items from my home in different genres just to give you an idea how more than one  style can work in your home. 

IMG_4994

IMG_4995

IMG_4996

IMG_4997

IMG_4998

IMG_4999

IMG_5001

IMG_5002

Hope these ideas, tips, and tricks help you create your own livable and lovable space.