Evelina vom Krampus: rings in the holidays!

Evelina vom Krampus!

Introducing... someone I've had for 2 years. She's a winking Ari head on a Dollfie Dream V1 body. Lovely Evelina was painted red by Paul Kaiju, face-up by me.

Evelina vom Krampus!

Introducing... someone I've had for 2 years. She's a winking Ari head on a Dollfie Dream V1 body. Lovely Evelina was painted red by Paul Kaiju, face-up by me.

A couple years ago I begged Paul Kaiju (http://www.paulkaiju.com) to do his magic on a dollfie dream body so I could have a Devil Girl in vinyl along the lines of his Yooskie. I’d had my heart set on a Delf Winking Ari head JUST as Luts discontinued her. Wah! But then… THEN… Nofunangie was selling her Winking Ari “Tankgirl” on the promise that she would be totally wiped and live no more. Mr. Kallisti did so, and sculpted some devil girl pointy ears on the head, while I bought my Brother in Law’s Dollfie Dream 1st Edition body (optimum for the doll anus in the sculpt. I know, I’m funny that way).  We inset magnets into her forehead, Mr. Kallisti did quick horns. There will be more.

Face-up by me. I promise to take more pictures of her, Evelina is RAD!

More pictures of our Holiday palace at Casa de Crockett!

Christmas 2011

New fireplace insert ^_^

Christmas 2011

New fireplace insert!

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011

Art Deco Rococo! Hand-embroidered vintage table cloth

Thrifted from Sebastopol antique shop. I love vintage embroidered linens, but there is so much out there I try not to bring too much home. It has to be special, useful… and CHEAP! This was about as much as a new tablecloth from Target, so I think it was a super deal. On the small side, which is perfect for our little mission style dining table, with wings extended it will be a perfect fit. I love the monochrome palette, keeps it neutral in my very non-minimalist house ^_^

There is A LOT of work that went into this little beauty! Love love love!

Hand-embroidered vintage table cloth

Found in Sebastopol antique shop! Natural linen, blackwork embroidery. Rococo theme!

Hand-embroidered vintage table cloth

Found in Sebastopol antique shop! Natural linen, blackwork embroidery. Rococo theme!

Hand-embroidered vintage table cloth

Found in Sebastopol antique shop! Natural linen, blackwork embroidery. Rococo theme!

Hand-embroidered vintage table cloth

Found in Sebastopol antique shop! Natural linen, blackwork embroidery. Rococo theme!

Armchair Pride or, my big gay dolls!

It is Gay Pride 2011, and Licca & Billy are celebrating the victory in New York! California must surely be next ^_^

I used to watch Pride every year when I lived in The City, I’m more retiring these days, but my heart is always there, as are many of my very dear ones, friends and family alike.

Licca & Billy in The Parade & Proud!

It is Gay Pride 2011, and Licca & Billy are celebrating the victory in New York! California must surely be next ^_^

Licca & Billy in The Parade & Proud!

It is Gay Pride 2011, and Licca & Billy are celebrating the victory in New York! California must surely be next ^_^

I’ve also been collecting porcelain dandy figurines. I love porcelain, but most of it, the good stuff, is so far beyond my reach.  So I’m targeting mid-century-regency twee pieces, and they can be had for a steal. I look for good color, and the faces must be well painted. And anything “made in japan” is fair game!  I love the dandies, some of them are so poncy that the sellers on eBay often mistake them for women, such as my Mint Bicorne figure below.

Pretty Porcelain: I love my boys

Lilac Derby is by Cordoy, and the Minty Green Bicorne is "Made in Japan"

Pretty Porcelain: I love my boys

Lilac Derby is by Cordoy, and the Minty Green Bicorne is "Made in Japan"

French Prints: Fashion Plates & Louis-Leopold Boilly & Little Napoleon

French Prints at the Sugar Shack

And the craziest china cabinet we could find... full of glowy uranium depression glass and antique absinthe collectables!

I’ve been collecting these french prints for a few years now, this is the first time any of them has made it up on the wall!  We’ve grouped them together above a crazy art deco cabinet we got to house all the depression glass and absinthe collectibles.

The piece de resistance, a pair of large framed prints, were recently acquired at the Alameda Antiques Faire, I nearly fell over myself to get these, and the price was amazing. Shall I tell you? $75 for the pair.  The artist, Louis-Leopold Boilly, is an obsession of mine, seeing as his career straddled the Ancien Régime all the way through the Post-Napoleonic period. This pair of prints Defends Moi & La Lecon D’union Conjugal also reference the famous Before & After by Hogarth: depicting the struggle of seduction, and the exhaustion of surrender.  These are from the Directoire Period, circa 1797!

Thanks to Google Books for this quote:

“During the Directoire, Boilly produced a number of compositions, of which a good many were executed by an engraver of no very great talent, named Petit. Prints such as ” Defends-moi,” ” Tu saurais ma pensee,” ” Ah ! qu’il est sot ! ” and others in the same style are fairly common, and not particularly worthy of attention. On the other hand, certain coloured and uncoloured prints after Boilly have within recent years attained a considerable rise in value. ” — French Prints of the 18th Century

The rest are Directoire Period Fashion Plates & Kissing Games, Famous and Infamous Madames du Lettres: Mme de Staël, Mme Roland & Mlle Lemornand, a tiny print of the Palais du Justice & Conciergerie (last holding place of Marie Antoinette and so many others who went to the guillotine), and a tiny victorian miniature of Little Napoleon himself. Oh, and don’t forget the tiny dime store vase featuring Madame Recamier, the famous beauty of the Directoire and Empire!

On Collecting: I’m fascinated by Georgian & Victorian collectors, my stepmom just sent me this Guardian UK article (by AS Byatt no less) to a new book out on the subject: Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves

The season for antiquing & thrifting is upon us!

Or it is for me apparently! Some treasures trickled in via eBay (Marwal busts & the Nishi Snow Woman doll), some we drove 120 mile round trip TWICE to pick up (the two china cabinets), but mostly we bummed about the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, the Crockett City Wide Garage Sale, downtown Vallejo & Martinez Peddler’s Faire.

One of the greatest things about buying a house, you get to furnish it! We’ve bought some new furniture, all carefully thrifted via Craigslist and local shops. I’m a super cheapskate, which makes it challenging, but SO satisfying when I find the perfect piece. We’re almost done though. Anything else (aside from a sofa) that comes into the house, something else has to go.

The tchotchkes though, they keep coming! We’ll definitely have to have a garage sale soon. Or a virtual one. Most recent fascination: vintage “made in japan” china & decor & toys.

In any case, welcome to the new WordPress blog! I’m unpacking and decorating the Doll Nursery (see china cabinets below), and we’re still decorating and renovating the Sugar Shack in Crockett!

Gothic Cottage Kitchen Re-model and more

I guess I should blog about what I’m actually doing, which for the past six months has been a laser focused on actually buying the house, now that we are one month in situ at Crooked Cottage (so dubbed for now), we are making it our own and unpacking, with light renovations.
Lucky we are the house just needed paint and a few tightened pipes! There are enough extra rooms that we can effectively live in two (bedroom & kitchen) while 3 are full of boxes, and one undergoing renovation (rumpus room)!
In the meantime we’ve been frugally planning our updates, shopping for bargains and salvage, and putting in some good elbow grease. Yes, even me! Proper photos are yet to come, but I’ve been posting iPhone pix to flickr of our finds and treasures. Lots of Martha Stewart DIY products, she’s so good at the vintage!!!
1930's Gothic Cottage: kitchen hardware & paint!
1930’s Gothic Cottage™ $400 kitchen make-over! Schoolhouse Lighting, Celedon Paint (cabinets only), Iron Cabinet Hardware & Oiled Bronze Wall Mount Faucet. The stove came with the house, woo!

  • Martha Stewart: Paint Timothy Hay: Her paints are gorgeous, it is very easy to go all vintagey with her palettes.
  • Martha Stewart: Iron Bin Pull & Knobs: these are brilliant and look very Art Deco in our 1926 kitchen!
  • Schoolhouse light fixtures: the glass shades can be replaced later, this way I get the fixture mount for a bargain while I look for vintage schoolhouse globes!
  • Bronze wall-mount faucet: wall mount faucets are harder to find, but Amazon & Overstock.com make it so easy!
  • House of Antique Hardware: Gothic Style Surface Cabinet Hinges: These are gorgeous and really put the fancy on the old cupboards.

Other cool things we’ve picked up and have yet to install!
Doors from Urban Ore… $250 for these two amazing doors, the cross buck w/ purple glass will be the door to the garden from the Rumpus Room & the privacy glass (from an old bank) will go to the small powder room off the kitchen.
Dude! Purple glass crossbuck door, from rumpus room to garden For powder room
I’ll post more about Chez Blastmilk! And the treasures therein… and dollies to come!

Shopping for Aging Schlubby Goth Girls

For my as yet confirmed spring vacation to an undisclosed location (yes, including new collar for the Butter girl). Shopping spree at OldNavy.com Women’s Plus. Neutrals for this season are still greys and navys. Yeah!!!! Jersey dresses with schlubby sneakers are perfect vacation/weekend wear.
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And finally found a shower curtain I love at UrbanOutfitters.com. And a couple gothic cottage bathroom accessories.
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Gothic Cottage Style: something I made up to describe stuff I like. Rustic vintagey apothecary with Gothic Revival elements. Gothic Revival sans the Vampire Chic of modern gothic decor. Neutrals are off-white and soft greys with slashes of dark grey and black and bright colors.
And for Valentines Day I got the Red Queen “Alice in Wonderland” hoodie from Torrid store. I think they’ve sold out from the websites. So, go me! Ima goob.
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Aschenputtel et Miette

Aschenputtel et Miette
I made this dress (the blue chiffon) a couple summers ago and never photographed it. it is my own pattern, and I’m particularly fond of the back.
Aschenputtel et Miette
La Petite Miette sports vintage Madame Alexander scavanged from a garage sale. And has the weathered, attic stains and dust to prove it. Miette thinks it adds authenticity to her impish aristo on the down-and-outs character. Right.
View more at the flickr gallery linked below!