Saturday, 16 September 2017

Upcyling With Sticky Back Plastic.

For a while, I was searching for a wardrobe and somewhere to store my fabric for my guest bedroom, so a couple of months ago. I found a small wardrobe at a local community shop it cost £25. It fit the bill perfectly and was already painted black. 

I love the small inlay detail it looked lovely. 

I felt it was boring and need some excitement, so I purchased some sticky back plastic from Lidl for £2.50. I bought this because it was cheap but I loved the black and white floral print with butterflies. 

 I decided to use it to decorate the doors. I rolled the full roll slowly applied to the door, I removed the backing and wiped with a cloth to prevent the sticky back plastic from puckering. 

For the drawers I measured and cut the plastic to size, I neatened the edges with a Stanley knife.  On the large door, there was a small gap, and I used decorative tape around the edges. I'm not sure whether to use the decorative tape on the drawers and the other cupboard. 

For the large door, I used a floral handle.  

I used small metal knobs from Ikea. I purchased last year, I think Ikea has ceased producing them. I really like the effect it looks amazing and it suits the decor in my guest bedroom.. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

An Evening of Halloween Pottery

Well, I just can't believe it's that spooky time of year; where the nights draw and time for my aromatic Halloween tea. I have to confess over the last few years, Autumn and Halloween are definitely my favourite times of the year.  My other evident passions have to be crafting; I like trying to out different disciplines and learn new skills. 

Last week, I saw a community class advertising for Halloween pottery, two of my loves.  I . know what you're thinking Halloween pottery in September it's a bit early, not really. It takes around a month for the clay pot to be processed in the kiln.  I'm excited for next month. 

 Originally, I planned to go with a friend but she felt ill. I went alone. To be honest, with how quick the session lasted, over an hour, there wasn't time to talk. 

 I arrived late, and the class was preparing their clay, they were kneading it and separating the clay to the remove the air bubbles. The techniques seemed very similar to baking dough. Then, the class was ready to mould the clay.  The tutor explained we could make pumpkins or a variation such as a small bowl or Jakel lantern candle holder. I decided to make a pumpkin pot. 

This was the beginning of my pot, I slowly moulded to give the pot to resemble a pumpkin shape by manipulating the centre to raise the sides. This reminded me of being in school and doing clay modelling. 

This was my pot by the end, I think it looks more like a cabbage, I'm still happy with it. I made a lid for the pot from a separate piece of the clay by moulding it around the pot and supporting on to a paper bowl. I used icing cutters to cut leaves out from the clays to decorate lid and made a small stroke. 

This was my favourite post from the class, I love the handle it looks perfect for Halloween.  

The tutor was amazing she came across very friendly and knowledgeable about her craft. She was quick and efficient in teaching us the techniques while being attentive to the learners  Overall, she made a wonderful experience. 

I loved the whole experience from start to finish I  found it very therapeutic. I like how it was short class and within an hour I made a pumpkin pot. Also, it's a great way to excite them mundane Monday Night.

There running children's classes on Sunday between 10- 11 £10 per person. 

On Monday night from 6- 7 for adults it's £10, I highly recommended. This includes all the materials and kilim firing. 

It's held at the Coxlodge Community centre with ample car parking. If you rely on public transport the stage coach 30 runs every 15 minutes and drops almost at the front door and less than a minutes walk from the bus stop  

Check out the Facebook page. 

Disclaimer: This is not an endorsed post, I just like sharing my experiences and try to support independent crafters where possible. Or just like to share my crafting experiences.  

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Darkling Tag

As many in the goth and alt blogging community people have been doing the darkling tag. I was kindly nominated by Mary Mourning from Autumn Moon Enchantment and Lesthi thanks to you so much it meant a lot to me. 

What is your favourite candle scent? 

I don't really buy smelly candles, I have a couple that smell of lickerish, which are gorgeous

Do you have a favourite book? 

I would say Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. 

What is your favourite brand and colour of lipstick?

Collection Plum sensation and Blackberry Fool.

Are you a tea or coffee person? 

In the morning, I like a cup of coffee and rest of the day, I am tea addict. 

What is your favourite perfume/cologne? 

I rarely wear perfume as my partner hates most fragrances and complains. For the summer I loved Britney Spears  Fantasy, which is a  light fruity scent. During the winter, I used to wear Christian Dior's Pure Exliar from the poison range.  

Do you have a celebrity crush? 

I've always had a thing for Gerald Butler particularly in Beowulf and Grendel.


If you had to give up the colour black, what colour would you choose instead?

Probably charcoal or purple.
If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what would it be?

 I am not very good at nick names but my Grandad always called me Sahara, not very gothic but it has a lot of sentiment since it was a family pet name. 

 What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while black clad? 

My first tips are to use children's 50-factor sun screen.  I used to use Boots kid brand for £3, it's gross to apply but worth it, as it's almost impenetrable. 

I always wear light and natural fibres like cotton, linen and some viscose I  try to limit this as I feel really uncomfortable. 

During the spring and summer, I wear a lot of dresses and skirts. I find my legs chafe badly so I would recommend thin shorts or short legging for extra comfort.   

What song always makes you happy (doesn’t have to be a goth band?)

Xandiers Sister of the Light.

Sisters of Mercy More

Are you active in the arts (eg. Play an instrument, paint, write, etc)? No, when I was a teenager I played the double bass, I wish kept it up. I make my own clothing and do a lot of diying. I wouldn't consider with in the arts but it is expressing my creativity.

If you had a teacup or mug made inscribed just for you, what would you have it say? I am not crazy, I am just eccentric.

What is your number one non-gothy hobby?

What's would gothy hobbies be classified as? Anyway, for years, I've collected Pocket Dragons and I still do, they're not very goth, but, I love them.

Thought Provokers:
If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why?

I would say a possibly a demon but not the concept of the west but a spirit with the eastern sense of existing in another world.

What horror monster-bases super power would you have?

Teleportation, I am constantly late for everything, and I get fed up of waiting for public transport.

Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other Goths or gothy people (online or IRL )? Why or why not?I don't have problems interacting with other Goths or Gothy people or people in general, so long their vibes are reasonable. But it also depends on my mood. I am an introvert extrovert which is a problem. Sometimes, I can be full on extrovert where people don't feel comfortable with, and I talk excessively Other times, I wanna be left alone.Another issue, I have is I generally wait for people to talk to me, I will occasionally go up to people usually after I had a drink or having an extrovert day.

I do sometimes feel under confident in regards to my Goth knowledge; include bands, music and sometimes gothic literature subjects. Despite identifying as a goth for almost 17 years, I feel I should know a lot more than I do. When I meet someone with more "goth knowledge" than me I feel slightly intimidated and often stupid.

Which is more important for a look: Great hair or great makeup?

I can rarely do anything with my hair, so it's gotta be makeup; I'm always obsessed with my eyeliner and foundation looking good.

Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture?

I wish more people with in my local area would get together and meet up for coffee or somewhere that didn't always involve nights out or alcohol. Or even, a goth/ gothic craft group is my ultimate dream. It's gotten much better since Noir Castle started up, I can't complain. The last thing is more decent goth/ alt shops, considering Newcastle is home to Phaze clothing. Kathmandu one and two, that sold an amazing range of clothing and homeware. I think there should be more, as I hate online shopping. Fortunately, we do have some great charity shops and fabric shops around.

Care to share an embarrassing story related to your “darkness”?

When I run out of milk for my coffee, I go out in a granny cardigan and my colourful pyjamas. I don't care I need coffee.

How are you at DIY? I am reasonable at sewing, I can use a screw driver, change a fuse and can paint walls. I can't do house diy. I get the professionals in then or ask my neighbour when he's not busy, I don't like to take advantage.

Confessional (aka True or False):

I love watching cheesy romance films. False.

I ALWAYS remember to wash off my makeup at night?

Sometimes I am too tired I just either fall asleep or head straight to bed without doing it.most of the time I very good at removing it.

I sleep with plushies.

I usually sleep with Dexi or Cookie Monster.

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I wear non-black pyjamas most nights. True. It's the only time I wear colour as most my PJs, were presented.If I am at home, I don't care as nobodies going to see me. As long as I am comfortable who cares. It saves on washing and keeps my more gothier clothes in good condition. 

I think Andrew Eldrich is overrated.

Ok, I love Sisters of Mercy and I respect Eldrich's contributions to creating their fantastic music. However, I still think Eldrich is a tit wanker due to his inflated eager and awful attitude towards former members and his fans.

I don’t like vampires. I like vampires with in fictional media and folklore term. I am not keen on the idea 0f adopting a vampire lifestyle. Such as blood exchange because of the risk of blood-borne diseases. Or sleeping in a coffin I've been around the dead due to my job but coffins really freak me out. My ex-wanted coffin to sleep in one and store under his bed. I am really not bothered by much but it was a bit too far for me. Everyone to their own.

I don’t like clubs.

It depends on my mood and work schedule. I love attending my local goth/ rock night or local goth/ rock night if I'm away for in a different town or city.

I don’t enjoy graveyards. False

It depends on the cemetery, I prefer older ones often ceased being used. I like taking photographs which are done in a respectful manner. I enjoy looking at the various tomb stones and reading their inscriptions. On occasions, I do read more recent memorials, I don't photograph recent tombs. I like to pay my respects for a moment. It sounds weird but these were once people with lives, it nice to think of that person, despite not knowing them. As you never know if they get visitors or not.

Blood makes me queasy. False Not bothered

I’d sooner faint than pet a spider. False, I like spiders they kill flies.

I don’t like haunted houses. Kind of True but I get intrigued by the personal stories of the ghosts.

I’ve never read Dracula. I started reading it last year I am still up to chapter 10.

I think “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a long and boring song. False, I love the ten-minute version, but, it depends on my mood

I would like to nominate Jane from the Breaking the Angel and anyone whose hasn't been tagged well you're t

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Goth is Back in Newcastle

Newcastle is renowned for its diverse music scene with numerous venues and nights catering to most tastes. However, not for the Newcastle Goth scene. There are at least rock and metal nights, that occasionally play a Sister of Mercy track, but sometimes that's just not enough.  Compared to ten years ago, there so much choice of nights catering to a myriad of tastes from Goth, industrial, post-punk and EBM, ceased to exist. Back in October, Charnel House, the last local Goth night, finally closed its door after 17 years. 

However, this has all changed with Noircastle the newest Goth night to Newcastle. 

It all started after a chance meeting with Tim Synster. aka The Blogging Goth, who surprisingly lives in Newcastle. I met Tim at the Goth City Festival: Black Planet - Leeds Goth in Perspective. He was on a panel discussing his knowledge, experience and views on being a goth.  I had a quick chat while he mentioned he was considering of organising a potential a goth night. (I must say in person he is such a genuine, witty, and delightful person.)

 In January, I ran into Synster at the Anti-Trump March in Newcastle. In passing conversation he discussed he was organising a night,  contacting DJ's and trying to find a  venue. There was no official date. Once. I saw the advertisement for Noircastle on Twitter in April, I was so ecstatic and counting the days down until the event.

Conveniently, the night was organised for the 27th May, which was the same week as World Goth day and happened to be the boyfriends birthday. 

Before the night had even begun, I was regularly checking my social media account like, as I couldn't contain my excitement.  Synster had been Twittering people were already turning up before 9 pm, the lunch time. 

When we arrived, Tim sat at the entrance and greeted us. He was donning his iconic Eldritch inspired style.  The entry fee was five pounds, so average for independent events, but a bargain for an amazing night.

Originally, when I heard where Noircastle was being held I had my reservations about the choice of venue at the Globe. As my previous experiences have always been appalling with overpriced drinks, dodgy tasting alcohol and unfinished decor I was surprised to learn the Globe was now under new ownership of the Jazz Coop. Their hard work was evident to see and their catering to a new kind of clientele. As the decor was finished, the layout was more effective, plenty room to dance, drink prices are realistic and a superior craft ale choice. According to the boyfriend, it's very nice. They had even installed a lift. All the changes definitely enhanced Noircastle. I love seeing when owners care about their venues and patrons experiences. I definitely want to go back.

Once I heard the allure of the music weaving its potent spell it was beckoning me to dance. Before I knew it I was up dancing by myself feeling the intoxicating vibes of the music flowing from the DJ booth through to the dance floor. I could feel others felt just as ardent as I had. I got the impression people were so excited to finally have a decent post punk, eighties Goth night back.

The night seemed to have an amazing turnout with over thirty patrons attending. There appeared to be a good mix of people of elder goths and few youngsters including me. With Newcastle being so small there is a small Goth community. I saw a few familiar faces. We were discussing what fantastic night Synister had organised and were hoping Noircastle would become a regular event.


Synister enlisted the assistance of DJ'S Twin Terror and Kitty Klaws whose demonstrated their wealth of experience and passion with their phenomenal set. With each track meticulously chosen reflecting the mood of the dance floor. Simulataimiously, the DJ's were able to the influence the atmospheric tempo which enticed us, creatures of the night, to gyrate on the dance floor.

The DJ's mainly played consisted of post punk, goth, a lot of 80's and some industrial genres. With the bands from Joy Division, Mission, Cult, Cure, Siouxsie, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode. Also topped off by topped off with The Mission, Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy.  DJ Twin Terror complied the  Noircastle set for people who couldn't make it to the launch night.  

Since it was his birthday, I had to request his favourite Siouxsie and the Banshee track, Happy House, which got the dance floor filled. I know the boyfriend really enjoyed himself.

The one thing,  I have to highlight was the friendly and welcoming vibes the night emulated with random strangers happy to chat with each other, what I originally remember of the alt' and goth scene. The night was felt very relaxed with no drama, politics or pretentiousness.  I've experienced at some other Goth nights. It had the similar energy I experienced at Carpe Noctum. The night focused on people enjoying themselves and listening to great music. It's fantastic to feel part of the local Goth scene again.  I know you have online communities but sometimes I like actually experiencing in the realistic environment rather than online.

Sadly the night came to an end. The night was closed with the classic Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart which the got the dance floor filled with people for one last dance.

I am happy to sees the launch night for Noircastle was a success. The Blogging Goth has planned for the second night which was posted on Facebook a couple of days later. I'm happy to see it is going to be a regular night with commencing every couple months. I think this works out much better for everybody as if it is once a month I think people are less inclined to attend. With my new work schedule, it works out better for me.

I'm ecstatic to see the addition to Newcastle ever growing alt nights . I would like to say a big thank to Tim Synster for organising an incredible night. DJ'S Twierror and Kitty Klaws for providing the awesome tunes.  

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Goth It Yourself DIY: The Fallen Cherubs

This month crafting theme this Month It takes two from Bane at Goth It Yourself.  It is about either crafting or upcycling in two's or in a pairs. 

This month's project is a spray paint makeover of two cherubs I found in Poundland. I've been trying out the cheap car spray paint and surprisingly, so far it's worked amazingly. 

I used a grey primer that turned them into the unholy offspring of the Angels from Dr Who, I was planning to keep them grey.  

 I sprayed painted them satin black in the end, 

I think my concept was based on when Lucifer rebelled against God and his supporter angels were thrown from heaven and cast into hell. I think the cherubs look as they were part of Lucifiers army and the angel candle look as though it depicts the tale. 

Above I have a picture of cherubs that look as though they are mourning for the fallen cherubs.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Makeup Box Makeover

Since my eyeshadows collection is expanding my dressing table has limited storage space, so I purchased a  wooden box to store it; I purchased it from the Works for £4, but it was looking a bit bland, 

My  growing collection of eyes shadows 

I primed and spray painted the bottom edge black and interior  

For the top part,  I used some old wrapping paper from when my dressing table drawers 

I used pvc glue to stick the paper to the lid. I moulded the paper to box lid and cutting the corner of the paper at corners. I trimmed the edges using a stanley knife.  I forgot to take photos. 

I didn't have enough paper to cover it the front so I  used electrical tape and some decorative tape at the front of a box . I used lacquer to protect the box and it'll make it easier to clean. 

I love the final result of my make-up box. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Repurposed Dressing Table

Bane's Crafty Month theme is repurposing by something old into something new or using a whole new purpose. 

This has to be my favourite theme, so far as I love repurposing anything and everything; Bane is definitely my source for inspiration. Not forgetting Pinterest.  

At the beginning of the month, I've had a number of projects that I have completed and the main thing is reorganising my dressing table in the bathroom, which the epitome of repurposed items.

I have hade my glass table for a few years; it from Ikea and is great being repurposed as a dressing table. 

I purchased this for a pound in a charity shop it's a meant to be a glass chopping board but I used reused on my dressing table. I got the idea from Bane. 

My mirror was secondhand from Gumtree and I paid a fiver for it I loved the ornate detail of it with flowers. 

Most of this is my second-hand finds except for my box cotton wool box is from eBay 

Last year, I bought these bathroom accessories for less than a pound and I spray painted them black. I use them for my makeup sponges and ear buds to clean up my eyeliner. 

I purchased two bottles for sauces or oil olive and I loved the beautiful floral decoration on the bottle and used for my micellar water. 

I purchased a glass tray from the local community shop with other glassware, it was pretty cool. 

I've been debating to spray painted black I finally give in and painted black. by washing it, priming it, and spray painting it black. to protect the painted surface with sticky back plastic.

I love the final result. 

Upcyling With Sticky Back Plastic.

F or a while, I was searching for a wardrobe and somewhere to store my fabric for my guest bedroom, so a couple of months ago. I found a sm...