Crazy Pop Art Madonna Inn Enchanted Tiki Room

You guys! I got the most awesome curtains ever for the Rumpus Room (tv room/library) last night! Honest, I went in for some nice dark teal blue cotton curtains AND CAME OUT WITH FIESTA COLORED PARROTS!!! So. The room is going crazy pop art Madonna Inn Enchanged Tiki Room. That’s a thing, ain’t it?

Check out the pin board where my evil plans are slowly being realized.

Parrot Bird Ornithology Curtain

Parrot Bird Ornithology Curtain
Cost Plus World Market

Now I want to bring it down a notch with a big teal/turquoise over-dyed peacock green rug.

The walls are light green.. which will really make all the ikea lampshades I got POP!

And this is just me dreamin’ but I really am dying for this chair. Cuz, HELLO.

Fuchsia Nina Chair
Fuchsia Nina Chair

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!

Wither Crockett!

Or, We Just Bought A House!  Apologies for not being present this past three months!  You can always visit me on Twitter or Facebook, upon which I scribble daily.

I’m so excited… at long last, a dream come true. I can’t paint and decorate till my head explodes!  Sure there are many benefits to home ownership, but being able to paint the hallway shocking pink is at the tip top of my list!

The house, originally sold for $3990 in 1926, was a company house for the workers of the C&H Sugar Factory, the main employer in the tiny town of Crockett.  A family room has since been added on the back, and a bonus room finished out in the basement/garage. The garden has been lovingly tended, sculpted and terraced. It has a brick patio with a Monkey Ball Tree that turns deep red in the fall before losing its leaves.

My father & Uncle tell me that my Great Uncle, Dick Prince, was a chemist for C&H back in the day and lived on the other side of town. So we have cousins who grew up here as well.

So here it is, the new Château Blastmilk! We’ll be gettin’ the keys in a week or two!

1927, Then…

Tenney Terrace: 1927!

And Now… 2010!

1926 House in Crockett

View: Lots more pictures on Flickr!

About: Crockett, California on Wikipedia:

Crockett is located on the Mexican land grant Rancho El Pinole made to Ygnacio Martinez, and is named after Joseph B. Crockett, a judge on the California Supreme Court.[1] The town started when Thomas Edwards Sr. bought the land from Judge Crockett in 1867.[1] Edwards built his home and established a company town for the C&H Sugar company.[1]

Crocketville post office was established in 1883, and the name was changed to Crockett later that year.[1]

Article: Article on Crockett, The Chronicle, August 2008

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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Hello Christmas, I’m still here!

Christmas Hana
The Littlest House of Blastmilk Inductee! Elfdoll Hana Devil…
Having the best Solstice, Saturnalia, Holiday, Christmas! No work + Volks FCS Extras order + New SLR Camera (thanks Bro!!!) + Chibi Unoa + Small Dog + Kitties + Hunky Husband…
A Blastmilk Christmas
Check out flickr link below for Blastmilky House of Christmas Fun!

It has gotten a li’l bit spooky

Halloween Mantle of Doom

The heater is on, the rain is around the corner and the tomato plants are drying up. Its Halloween!
We’ve also had a new addition to the family, Elfdoll Hana Devil… mew! She was a surprise from Mr. Kallisti who bought her from an online friend in need. (Hugs to Leah! Hana Devil is in loving hands!) Little imp doesn’t have a name, and she wants to be a girl but she needs some pigtails or sumfin. But I’ve been pining for this tiny since it was released, and I’m just floored with the gorgeous delicacy of the faceups on all four faceplates. Wowie.
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Halloween Mantle of Doom