macabre

DIY glittery baby doll part Christmas ornaments

I’m all over adding whimsy to traditional Christmas decorating, but how about a little macabre action too? Here’s how to make your own bedazzled baby doll part ornaments for seasonal sparkle with a dark sense of humor…

Taking taxidermy to a whole new level of strange

Artist Sarina Brewer describes herself as “a self-proclaimed science nerd melding her past formal art education with her passion for biology and the bizarre.” And she does not disappoint. Her creations are inspiring and provocative, violent and poetic. In any case, they are definitely unique.

Why we love the mummified rat in our wall

Apparently, the contractor hired to renovate our place was a little kooky, and so is the landlady. We found out just HOW kooky they are when we started talking to our landlady about pets, and mentioned that we’d had two Dumbo rats before. That’s when she got so excited to show us the mummified rat on display in our wall.

My husband’s boss is coming over! Should I hide the zombies and naked ladies?

My husband just informed me that in a few weeks, his boss has so graciously picked our house to hold their monthly “briefing.” Our two front rooms, where everyone would be for this little get together, are full of my husband’s zombie and macabre paintings, and pin-ups. I don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable or weirded out. I’m wondering if I should take some of the paintings out, get lots of flowers to distract from the gory goodness, or just let it be? How do you make such an offbeat space into a crowd-friendly one?

Creating a creepy year-round house that doesn’t feel “Halloweeny”

Where can you find horror decor that’s not Halloween tchotchkes? And how can you keep the creepy spirit in your home year-round, without just looking like you forgot to take down your Halloween decorations?

Cut your pastries with a bonesaw

Libby Bulloff, the Seattle-based slightly-creepy awesomepants who brought us The Satanic Wrath and Evil Despair of Infernal Yardwork presents this lovely breakfast photo of the breakfast she had last weekend.

As she explained: “Stephen takes a genuine bonesaw to a pair of chocolate croissants he baked this morning. Like you do.”

Dark clothes, punk shirts, gothic jewelry from Restyle.pl

Oh HELLO, newly-scouted Euro-based clothier Restyle. I am in lovvvve with your gothy-punk mix and your supah-cute model. You have come along at just the time so many of us are restocking our closets for summer. Whether you’re looking for a few new accessories or a host of macabre tees, I think you’ll like shopping here.

Auction house odds and ends — emphasis on the odd!

Come in!

I’ve been curating my household of oddities, antiques, and collectibles — largely from my job at an auction house in San Francisco, and also fed by my love of local sales and thrifting. I think my finds add a charm to my home that was otherwise missing.

This is my house, where I keep all my Things and make my art.