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LED Finger Lamps: Creepy Valentine Gift Fail

on February 13, 2009 - 8:24am

led finger lamps
Every holiday results in retailers trying to convince customers that their product is the perfect gift for that particular time of year. The folks over at www.techchee.com are no exception, but I think the boys from China have pushed positioning of a product just a bit too far in this post for a Valentine gift idea published on Feb. 6, 2009.

The title reads "LED finger lamps for creepy-yet-romantic night on the Valentine's day". As a haunter, I thought the title seemed promising. Even after I saw the picture of the odd LED fingertips, I didn't dismiss the gadget completely, and thought perhaps they would spin it for people who like weird Halloweenish items (I could see prop and costume potential). But then I read the post that explained why these glowing fingertips would make the perfect gift:

You may wanna create special atmosphere on the Valentine's day. What about getting your girl and you in darkness and show her your green-glowing fingertips? It would probably be the most unforgettable Valentine’s night for her.

Pardon?

Confused, slightly uncomfortable, and suppressing the 13 year old boy in my brain who is already stringing together inappropriate off-colour jokes, I keep reading the pitch.

Give Her Your Heart

on February 12, 2009 - 8:31am

gummy hearts
Still pushing on with my Valentine theme, I decided to explore Valentine ideas when it came to presents: traditional gift ideas with a twist. Where better to do this monitor shopping (my term for window shopping online) than www.pushindaisies.com.

The first and most obvious choice is candy in a heart-shaped box. These are gummy hearts, and the front of the box reads "My love is pure, my love is true, you can have my heart and eat it too!". *cough*

If she prefers chocolate, then you can get her a chocolate heart instead; a one pound chocolate heart.

While I'm all for candy, I like jewelry even more (probably because Yetch never buys jewelry for me. Say it with me: awwwww, poor Ghoul Friday). Where was I? Ah yes. I really like the skeleton bracelets, and the coffin earrings aren't bad (but my spidey-sense tells me they might turn my earlobes green).

Zombie Harmony: How the Undead Find Love

on February 11, 2009 - 8:53am

heart with zombie silhouettes
Zombie Harmony: because the apocalypse doesn't have to be lonely.

This is the slogan at Zombie Harmony's Free Dating Site; a site strictly for the undead. Animated corpses can search through the database, narrowing their selections to fast-moving or slow-moving mates, with or without limbs, ranging from fresh to rotten.

User names include 'Hungry Barbara', 'I_ate_my_family' and 'luvs2cuddle' (who enjoys slow lumbering walks along the beach, and whose interests include staring vacantly).

Bleeding Heart Cupcakes

on February 10, 2009 - 4:16pm


While the recipe has made the rounds online, I thought I would post it anyway. I originally saw this on yumsugar.com. In honour of V-day, I am resurrecting it from Internet oblivion.

I should note the recipe is originally from Hey There, Cupcake! by Clare Crespo. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients and Tools

20 glass marbles or small balls of tinfoil
1 recipe batter for White Cupcakes (store bought or see below for the homemade recipe)
2 to 3 cups strawberry jelly or smooth strawberry jam
1 recipe Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting (store bought or see below for the homemade recipe)
Red and blue food colouring
Pastry bag and medium round tip (optional)

Acceptable Valentines Cards

on February 10, 2009 - 2:05pm

Spider Valentine Card
Ah Valentines. I never was a fan of the holiday, regardless of whether or not I was in a relationship. I'm a firm believer of year-round wooing (for me and my partner) and I don't have much faith in the authenticity of gestures made on February 14th.

skull cardDespite my general misgivings, I thought I would dedicate a couple of blog posts this week to the theme of marketed love. Today we'll look at your card options.

The spider card (pictured left) is a product posted on zazzle.com (along with a number of anti-valentines day items, for those interested). They also had a rather nice skull card (pictured right).

Painting My World

on February 7, 2009 - 1:00pm

GF's Lantern Creature
I was reminded of a quote today by Georgia O'Keefe: "To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." This is true of all genres, but I think the statement has a heavier truth when applied to artists whose focus falls outside the realm of the mainstream; whose subject isn't easily identifiable as beautiful to most people.

All artists have to face scrutiny, and there is a chance that some (if not many) people will dismiss the notion of the artist having talent. But I think it's harder for the haunter or artists whom are more dark at heart, because sometimes people aren't just rejecting your skills, but how you view life, and what you deem to be beautiful (or what you classify as art, for that matter).

Watermelon...of the Dead!

on February 6, 2009 - 1:14pm

watermelon Brains
I've come across a couple of interesting ideas for serving watermelon at your next bone-bash. The first, a watermelon brain, comes from two sources and seems pretty straight forward.

You can try following scoochmaroo's detailed instructions (her melon brain is pictured right), or Disney's version.

Feeling a bit more brave and artistic? I got a good chuckle when I saw this idea of having the dead rising out of the grave (or melon, as the case may be).

watermelon groundbreaker

I've tried to find the original source for this idea. I always feel a bit unclean when I post an image or idea without giving credit. Unfortunately, Kim's Halloween Recipes page where I found this image simply label it 'online idea' without a reference. If anyone knows who came up with this little beauty, I'd love to know.

Kris Kuksi

on February 4, 2009 - 11:24am

skull sculpturesKris Kuksi is a genius. I can get lost in the tiny details of his sculptures. Whenever I view his work online, I end up leaning forward in my chair, nose close to the glass of my monitor, but I can never see it as clear as I'd like to.

Each piece is like two works of art in one: you have the wide view, like a dark landscape; and then you have all the tiny characters within it.

Luckily, it seems he is coming to the Meta Gallery in Toronto from May 15th to June 14th, 2009, so I will finally be able to see those micro-beauties clearly.

For those of you who aren't going to check out his show in person, you can view his sculptures online. He has a handy (yet finicky) flash application that allows you to zoom in fairly tight on the images.

He has an interesting bio posted on his site, not unlike many stories we've heard before. But there were specific quotes that resonated with me:

Mary Poppins Never Looked Better

on February 3, 2009 - 10:56am

London
A quick post for this snowy Tuesday.

I'd stumbled across Devon Devereaux's work months ago (maybe even as far back as 2007). It's been sitting in my "stuff I have to blog about" folder ever since, sad and neglected.

This image is part of his Perihelion Show, a collection of sketches starring cartoon creatures of the night, many of which have an on-the-road theme.

I picked this picture as my favourite simply because of the small character depicting Mary Poppins.

I always knew there was something fishy about her.

Online Flicks for an Uninspired Monday

on February 2, 2009 - 12:12pm


I thought I would share a few videos with you to help fight off the Monday blahs.

First it's the Happy Tree Friends in "Remains to Be Seen". In this episode, the furry creatures deal with the disaster of zombies.

I think my favourite moment is when the manual lawn mower comes out.

You can see more episodes (including some with a Halloween theme) on the official website.

The second flick (below) is a music video brought to my attention by Eve Noir who thought I might like it. And I will admit, it has grown on me.

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