Halloween Party 2018–Mostly thoughts on Last Year

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One of my favorite aspects of Halloween is that it seems so much easier to get people together. I love mingling with old friends though sadly, this time of year seems like the only time I get to see some of them ūüė¶

Each year, I start a little earlier when it comes down to planning for my epic Halloween party. My friends and I try harder each year to create a more mind-blowing spectacle. Last year, our theme was ‘Witches and Wizards’ where we created a giant bulbous cauldron and a few other props. From the ceiling of my friend’s garage we hung floating candles and customized several old pieces of furniture from goodwill.

My favorite prop was absolutely the cauldron–the endlessly bubbly dry ice definitely created the magical atmosphere. I ended up camping out in the corner with my Halloween tarot cards by Kipling West (a MUST for any fellow Halloween addicts out there) and really enjoyed reading the fortunes of the party goers.

This year, we are doing a Viking/Skyrim theme but its been more challenging than last year. Firstly, everyone seems to have more life going on and less time to meet up. For me, I don’t really know how to conceptualize Viking/Skyrim-inspired decor. I think I overthink it, not really sure how to create decorations that scream ‘Skyrim‘ when you instantly gaze upon it. Magical books, cauldrons, and crystal balls automatically give that ‘witchy’ feel but with Vikings I really wasn’t sure where to start.

Researching Skyrim, I saw a pattern of textures and colors but mostly fantasy tavern artifacts such as mugs and stone walls. I’m super faithful to themes when it comes to decorating, mostly because I believe that being consistent really makes a more impressive atmosphere. However, I just don’t feel consistent with the theme. I sometimes feel more Skyrim, sometimes too fantasy taverny, sometimes too historical Vikingy. Ahh the artist’s dilemma haha. Only me.

Here’s a few decorations so far, I’m not really sure how I’m doing. My hope is that the party will still be enchanting/magical.

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Yup, I bought this pumpkin because it was an easy decoration piece #cheater.

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This piece has been the most difficult to conceptualize–and the paint wouldn’t stick to it it’s bland white surface with any sort of ease.

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I feel like SOMEBODY’S IS WATCHING ME. ^_^

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Metallic glass orb thingie…yeah I wasn’t sure what I was going with this, I use this decoration every year lol.

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I had a lot of fun converting an old wooden into this adorable pumpkin bed.

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Complete with a Yggdrasil seal. I will be also using this seal in the invitations and I really like adding that additional bit of cohesion.

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My super top secret Halloween plans. Keeping this away from the friends, I am hoping that they will like everything. I’m unsure only because I don’t feel confident in my approach this year.

Last year was easy, this year, more artistically challenging hahaha.

 

 

The Best Halloween from Dollar Tree

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I have to laugh at myself, because I keep thinking I don’t have a specific Halloween style. I must be “all over the place” but this isn’t true. I really go for the cheap, cutesy stuff.

It’s my way of “rebelling” from the demands of society. In the professional world, I hate how everything has to be serious and organized. It’s so fucking boring. Everything has to be “a certain way” and “serious” and all drives me crazy. Why can’t things just be junky and chaotic?

So that’s why my Halloween is unorganized and excessive. I just like being free when I decorate to just throw things wherever without all of the stupid rules.

My love of the maximalist life is what often draws me to the Dollar Store. Ahhh the D.S., the place of affordability–where I can dump piles of stuff into my cart and leave knowing that I can still buy food. Halloween is where I really love to indulge, and the Dollar Store never fails to amuse me with the amount of cute they stock.

Here are a few goodies I’ve picked up this season. The best part is, if you see anything you like, you know it isn’t expensive or elusive.

ENJOY ^__^

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I love the sparkle of this sign. The quality is really nice for something you only paid $1 for.

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Wahhhhhh! Who can say no to this adorable scaredy-cat! I found this hidden under tons of garlands. I think if this cat had been more visible, there would have been none left.

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The true reason why I found this cat so endearing…

IMG_9811 A gorgeous bouquet with a creepy eye in the center. They offered them in black, purple or burgundy.

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These bone champagne glasses are really bright and shiny. Perfect for someone who likes bright, fun colors.

The total cost for these decorations pictured…$6.00!!

Halloween Haul: Target

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Bwhahaha…YES!! I am always so excited to shop for Halloween. This time of year is the only time you’ll see me shop for decorations. I probably own enough black and orange to completely design a house or two…yet I must purchase more *____*…

This year at Target, I finally broke down and allowed myself to indulge in a few items that have been stuck on my wants list for the last few years: lighting. I made sure to pick up a bat projector this year and then I broke down and also bought an orange/purple light projector from Phillips. I can say that I am happy with both–each set of light does add to the magical atmosphere of my place.

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All the goodies. Lights, favors, makeup and a movie.

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I was quite delighted to find this movie (or I should say movies). I don’t ever recall watching the second¬†Halloweentown¬†and the first brings up such fond memories… ahhh…

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LOL, I love how cutesy creepy these bubbles are. More on the sweet side which I am always down for when it comes to Halloween.

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I cannot wait to give this nail polish a try: glow in the dark nail polish and glitter makeup from one of my favorite makeup brands.

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I broke down and bought these super adorable skeleton string lights. They are colorful and fun–each skeleton fading into a different color of its own choosing.

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FINALLY!! What a treat after all of these years of wanting a motion projector…

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Such a fun decoration! The moving bats really adds a whimsical touch to our place.

Halloween Decor Find: Spirit LED Candle

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Yesterday I took a trip with my boyfriend to Spirit Halloween. We found ourselves in a bit of trouble–hauling a giant bag out of the store instead of window shopping *insert laughter*

One of my finds was this cool sparkly LED face candle ^_^

It reminds me of an enchanted candle of a Disney movie. The candle flickers while the face changes from one vibrant color to another.

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Tee hee, I’m so ready for this season to begin!

Let the spooky times commence. Someone watches us in the night bwhaha.

Hermit Saturday

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Hiding from the world today, writing my heart out. These days are rare and I am thankful that I get even this one. Sometimes, writing is the only way I stop myself from saying or doing something that I truly regret. My anger can really bottle up, bubbles of rage that threaten to boil over.

It’s not that I wish that people would do what I say or that things have to go my way. What I wish for is for the vitriol and hate that people spit at me to dial down. I never treat anyone with cruelness and I always send such¬†positivity into their lives. I’m not saying that everyone has to treat me super kind, especially if that isn’t who they are. All I want is a basic level of respect. If they have something to say, even if it’s a complaint, why do they speak with such a clear intention to hurt?

Why can’t they say what they feel with the same respect that I give them? I just don’t want to be someone’s punching bag, but at the end of the day the truth remains: you just cannot control people. And that’s why I write–write everything out. Because it’s still a tough pill for me to swallow–that kindness doesn’t equate someone treating you with the basic level of common decency. You can truly do so much for someone and be guaranteed less than nothing. In these circumstances, I just wish that I could receive nothing back, because it’s less than nothing is so much worse.

My hope is that writing will ease the sting of negativity and that sadness will be replaced with inner strength…

 

 

Sunday Motivation: Move Along

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I’ve always held this song from All American Rejects close to my heart.

This has been a rough week for me–but I know it has been a tough one for us all. With all of the unexpected suicides catching our breaths and reminding us that we all face struggles. For me, it also makes me realize that what we are searching for may not be what we need. We always think that we need wealth and a better job–but that may not be the thing that can heal us. It can make us feel so hopeless when we realize that we thought would help us, simply doesn’t. So what do we do? How do we make it through? We move along–this song couldn’t be more poignant, so heartfelt, and inspiring.

Lyrics–Move Along

By: All American Rejects

Go ahead as you waste your days with thinking
When you fall, everyone stands
Another day, and you’ve had your fill of sinking
With the life held in your
Hands are shaking cold
These hands are meant to hold

Speak to me
When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through
Move along
Move along

So a day when you’ve lost yourself completely
Could be a night when your life ends
Such a heart that will lead you to deceiving
All the pain held in your
Hands are shaking cold
Your hands are mine to hold

Speak to me
When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through
Move along
(Go on, go on, go on, go on)

When everything is wrong, we move along
(Go on, go on, go on, go on)
When everything is wrong, we move along
Along, along, along, along

When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through
When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through
When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do (Know you do)
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through

Right back what is wrong
We move along
(Go on, go on, go on, go on)
Right back what is wrong
We move along
(Go on, go on, go on, go on)
Right back what is wrong
We move along
(Go on, go on, go on, go on)
Right back what is wrong
We move along

Songwriters: Nick Wheeler / Tyson Ritter
(From google.com)

My Vision of Success?

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My last few posts have fallen on the negative side and I truly wish there was no need to travel such a low path.

The reason that I’ve allowed myself to remain honest with how I feel is because I value emotional truth. I just don’t think that lying to oneself does any favors but suppress an uncomfortable sensation. For me, attempting to stamp out any unpleasant emotions does nothing but ensure a future explosion.

I had an idea today that I wanted to try to see if I could help myself head towards genuine positivity: my vision of success. I spent a lot of time thinking about why I feel depressed and anxious and it has a lot to do with being unable to change my current circumstances. I have no issue toughing¬† every day existence–I just want to know when it will all be over. But the problem is, I can’t say when ‘over’ will be. So that’s why I thought about taking out my journal and really contemplating what my vision of success would be. Perhaps if I honestly wrote on paper what I’m looking for in this life, that would give me that answer of what the ‘end’ would be of my crappy situation?

I am not sure but it is worth a try.