Kitchen Labels

I decided to add a little gothic touch to our kitchen by designing some halloween inspired labels for jars. Since it was just a personal project, I didn't bother drawing anything; I just downloaded some fonts for the lettering. The frames and the pictures are fonts too.

I printed the labels onto sticker paper, which I realised was totally unnecessary when I had to tape them on with sellotape anyway, but that's how ya learn. I also kind of like the aged, crackled look the sellotape gives actually...

Deadly Decaf and Spiders' Webs (chai teabags). In hindsight, the chai tea should have been "Graveyard Dust" or something like that, but then again, maybe coffee granules seem more like graveyard dust than teabags...

Liquorice Tea is one of my favourites. It's also a strange greeny-yellow liquid with an extremely sweet aftertaste. Definitely sounds fitting as some kind of poisonous concoction or magical potion to me.

Full strength, regular coffee is, of course, just "Poison". I adore coffee, even instant coffee like this, but I couldn't resist the dramatic title.

What's In The Box?

I've been desperate to share this Christmas present I got from my sister and brother-in-law, but I wanted to get some proper photos first.

Unwrapping this hand-made box covered in bats, I couldn't figure out what could possibly be inside. All I knew was the fact that my sister and I had decided to give hand-made gifts this year and that she had been looking at my pinterest for inspiration.

Inside the box was a tissue seemingly stained with blood. Eek!

And inside the tissue was this amazing present. My sister has a lot of skill when it comes to jewellery-making and her husband is a dentist. Together they made me a human jaw necklace and apparently it was all my brother-in-law's idea which is really cool.

It's molded from a real person's jaw too (the work experience girl's apparently, haha) and then painted black. I can't tell you how much I just love this piece of jewellery. What do you guys think?

Bike Birthday Cake (Not Made By Me!)

First of all, I need to say that I did not make my husband a cake for his 30th birthday. Not because I'm a terrible wife (cough), but because the past couple of weeks have been ridiculously busy for me, both at the fabric shop and with my own personal work. It doesn't really matter though because Tim's mum made this awesome cake for him. How cute! It's got a little bike on it and wee bike patterns round the side (he likes mountain biking). 

Poizen Industries Jumper and Sneakers With Bats & Spikes

If there's skill in life I've developed over the years, it's finding a bargain. Ok, maybe it's more luck than skill, but you know what I mean. In fact, recently, I managed to bag not one but two ridiculous bargains in the one week! 

Firstly, these cute little sneakers from Forever 21 which were reduced from £33 to £7.50 in the sale. Not only do they have little bats all over them, but they also have teeny wee spikes on the heel. Sweet.

Unfortunately they have a little bit of a 'heel'. I kind of wish they were flat so they were more comfortable, but I guess the little heel makes them a bit more feminine (also for £7.50 I ain't gonna complain).

Secondly is this jumper by Poizen Industries. I walked into a Barnardo's charity shop the other day and and the shop had an entire wall full of goth clothes. I'm not even kidding. They were all brand new too. Either someone had decided to become a goth then changed their mind very quickly or, more likely, a kindly company had donated all the clothes to charity (which companies apparently sometimes do). Now my first thought, of course, was: 'Waaait a minute. A massive selection of gothic clothing with nothing over a fiver? I've been in this situation before... I'm in a dream aren't I?' But nope! It was all real so I ended up snagging this jumper and another little blouse for work.

And I can't even tell you how much this is just the perfect jumper. It's long enough to cover my bum (for coziness), it's got a corsetted back (for prettiness), ridiculously long sleeves with thumb-holes and a massive cowl-neck that you can wear about 12 different ways (as I'm trying to demonstrate with the pictures). The best way to wear the cowl-neck though, of course, is over your head as a massive hood! Very goth-ninja indeed.