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Nightmare Before Christmas Nursery on a Budget!

Some people get this idea, some people have been skeptical, but here it is, and it is wonderful. Kids need a little spooky, to help them imagine the world with all its shadows lit up.  They only fear what we teach them to fear. This is a room for all you kids born in the […]

Stenciling on Leather or Vinyl Furniture with Rub n’Restore

As some of you may know from tracking my blog, I am an avid costume maker and DIY fanatic. It was while doing research for a common costume dillema (how to make second hand leather or vinyl pieces match an existing costume color scheme) that I encountered this wonderful product. Rub n’ Restire has been […]


Pessimistic people like to think that nothing ever changes. It’s not so. Think about how we “chunk” or compress data into conversation. For the first time in recorded history we can speak in references. The closest we got before was allusion and slang, but never reference. Those didn’t happen until we had mass communication. For […]

Managing Social Media, With Enough Time To Write

Managing Social Media, With Enough Time To Write

For years, I have slogged through the swamp of managing social media. What sites should I be on? What kinds of things do I need to be posting? How often? And how can it possibly take this long? Well, I’m happy to say I have at least discovered some of those answers. The truth is, […]

Creating An Embellished Victorian Gown

This entry is the first in a series for building a Steampunk or Victorian costume, but you may, if you wish, use the technique described for any kind of dress, including a wedding gown, bridesmaid gown, or prom dress. It is cute, easy, cheap, and just adds a bit of flare. Most women have a […]

Creating a Victorian/ Steampunk formal woman’s gown costume

Steampunk has been all the rage for the last few years, building up a huge fan base even among other fandoms and communities. Being a cos-player, I have always been impressed with historical accuracy, creativity, and detailed work, but I operate on a budget. I wanted to come up with a great costume, at a […]


“When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I […]

Making an Appa Towel-Monster

Maybe you love crafting and sewing. Maybe you’re a hard-core Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon show fan. Maybe you really want to make a unique holiday gift for your favorite grandchild, neice, or nephew. Or maybe you just love towels with hoods on them. Whatever the case, this is a quick and easy sewing project […]

Haunted Anniversary

So for our fifth anniversary, we did “ghosts”. Ben booked us a haunted hotel room at the Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, room 410, and stuff started happening right away. That night, we took a haunted walking tour, hosted by Jim Fassbinder, the gentleman who walked TAPS through Alcatraz on “Ghost Hunters”. Because we […]