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Saturday, October 16, 2010

4:38PM - I guess I was a little too goth in the old house--

I was "so goth" that apparently the place I owned and lived in, an old victorian-era-but-not-good-looking-victorian-house, got got haunted or infested with something that people called ghosts, which could just have been clever frigging trespassing people, to the point that after me staying up every night for about a year listening and watching and documenting stuff happening, I said fukkit and abandonned it.  Drag, really--this house I am in now is getting much more of the "respect for ancestors" treatment and no spooky relics or anything, goth or not!

Current mood: awake

Friday, October 1, 2010

10:09PM - Goth curtain styles

Hello. I am looking for gothic curtain styles. Do you have any ideas?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

12:35PM - Goth Home improvement Find

Here is an $18 find from Habitat for Humanity. The pic is a little bluer than it should be...the tiles are one by one black granite with laser etching....

It is going on the landing at the top of the basement stairs...the only spot in the house that has four directions...and yes, the compass will point the correct way.

Current mood: excited

Thursday, March 12, 2009

9:08PM - Signs of Life?

The recent spam in this community brought to my attention that traffic has been languishing. tk7602 was kind enough to add me as a maintainer since he doesn't read this journal any more, and that inspired me to try to revive things here.

I'd love for you all to share the most over-the-top gothy bit of your house, whether it's decor or architecture, silly or serious, photo or description. What thing would be most likely to make someone instantly say, "Oh, yep. A goth lives here, alright."

Monday, September 17, 2007

1:33PM - gargoyles

FYI: Target's dollar section has a set of three rather nice gargoyles for $2.50, and Dollar Tree has a few decent ones for $1 each. I wish I had more space in which to put gargoyles; I'd be buying them up maniacally.

Monday, May 21, 2007

9:44PM - Tiffany stained glass ceiling fixture on ebay

I know this really is not a selling community but I thought someone might be interested in this ceiling light fixture/chandelier I have on ebay.


Monday, April 9, 2007

6:56PM - Wrought iron beds

I stumbled on this website which sells celtic wrought iron beds.

I must say some of the designs are really to drool over, they have a european website aswell as an american website. http://www.thewroughtironco.com/

they are really quite nice but rather pricey imo, but they do come in a wide variety of colors and such.

anyways i thought you guys might be intrested in this :)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

4:45PM - Black Patchouli Candles on Sale

Just a note:

Pier1 has its BLACK Java PATCHOULI CANDLES on sale, in stores and online.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

6:08PM - we all need these in our bathrooms...


Current mood: awake

Thursday, September 28, 2006

7:19PM - reproduction furniture

Tell me, do any of you know where I can find some affordable reproduction antique furniture or decorations?  I try to use real antiques, but sometimes I just can't find what I need.  Well made reproductions would fit the bill.

I've already found some stuff at homedecorators.com, but their selection is limited.



Sunday, August 6, 2006

10:50PM - In search of a purple chair...

I know I have seen some yummy, gothy furniture mentioned in some of these comms, but looking back I can't seem to find the references I *think* I remember. SO:

Does anyone have any idea where I can find a nice, scooshy, comfy, BIG overstuffed chair in purple? I prefer velvet ot some sort of chenille/pile/etc., but anything in purple would be awesome!

I am in the midwest, so Indianapolis, Cinci, St Louis & even Chicago or Milwaukee are possibilities. I don't mind ordering online, either, as long as delivery isn't outrageous.

Thanks, everyone! Sorry for the X-posting spam...

Saturday, July 29, 2006

1:47PM - New Community Promo

(if this is not fine, I'm willing to remove)


Just say you have organised a soiree at your house and you need some quick ideas to tizzy up your dark dwelling this is the community for you, or, you used a great pattern to make a cute little coffin trinket box and you want to show it off and share the design then feel free to join in, or, you have just found a useful site with amazing bargains (for houshold items) and cant keep the secret to yourself then post away m'dear.

Thank you and maybe I will see you there!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

9:00PM - HELP! I need to know if this is possible!

As many of you already know, we have a black canopy bed. But its not the really pretty kind, its the cheap one everyone in the world already has.
As you may also know, I want one akin to this:

but there is no way I have 43000 to spend on a bed at the moment. So, I am thinking there must be a crafty way to create it in a more inexpensive way. So for all of you who are really good with stuff like this, I want to know: would it be possible to keep the rails and canopy in place, remove the head and foot boards, replace them with railing/pipe from a homeimprovement store, and then be able to weld/solder/attatch things like the following in some way to make a custom gothy bed? I'd really like to know if anyone has any plausible ideas, as some of the pieces on our footboard have come loose and I have had to resort to putting it back together with electrical tape!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

10:01AM - dressing room

I am going to be moving into an old house. Being old, it has no closet space to speak of. Therefore, we are turning one of the bedrooms into a dressing room. I have a few ideas on how to make this space very luxurious, but I would love to hear some suggestions from others.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

8:17PM - Anyone know anything about treebark?

We went to Salem, and get a lot of inspiration from Laurie Cabot's store...we noticed that she decorated a post in her shop to look like a tree, and coincidentally we had been thinking of doing something similar to a post in our studio. She used real tree bark, good-sized chunks of it, to make it look like the trunk, and then had large branches attatched to the top and ssuspended from the ceiling. Branches I can find, but what would be the best way to procure a good amount of bark? There's plenty of woods around here with fallen dead trees, but how would we take it off? And once we do, should we treat it with anything (shellac, etc...)I don't want to end up with creepy-crawlies living in the house, and I don't want it to get brittle and fall apart...anyone with thoughts on this, I would appreciate it greatly!

Monday, April 10, 2006

9:59PM - Please help a desperate student!

I am a student at Columbus College of Art and Design and we have to conduct a survey of our demographic regarding power tools. You would be doing my group and I a gigantic favor by answering our 12 question survey (4 of those questions are SUPER easy)!!!

I am not trolling, but if the moderator feels this is against the rules, feel free to delete the post, I wont be upset.

THANK YOU FOR ALL RESPONSES. just answer to the best of your ability. if some questions are not applicable to you, it is ok to leave them blank.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

8:54AM - I need advice, AGAIN!

Well, last night there was an "oops" in the kitchen. My hubby ironed a shirt before work, and left the iron on the back burner of the stove. He is paranoid that it will burn something while it cools. So when he got home, he wanted soup. I grabbed a saucepan and put it on the FRONT burner, but apparently I turned the wrong knob. The iron started to fry. We managed to clear the smoke and the odor, and the iron is dead-melted straight thru to the wires and such. Now the real problem is: HOW do I get the rest of the melted plastic off of the old electric coil burner? The burner doesn't pop out, like most do, it just lifts up so you can pull the drip-pans out. I feel like a complete idiot and need to remedy this one fast. Thanx for any info you may have...
The dumbest gothgirl EVER:(

Current mood: distressed

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

1:48PM - Need floortile help.

As I posted before, I just redid my kitchen and entryway floors. These were easy, open space, all staright lines.
My next task is the bathroom floor, and before I tackle it I would love some advice for getting the sticky-backed 12" tiles cut effectively around rounded pieces, like the base of the commode. Also, the edge of the bathtub curves, so I cannot cut "edge pieces" as you would for a staright wall. I know I could do some trial-and-error and get it eventually, but I want some experienced advice to cut down on waste and frustration. Thank you all!

Monday, March 20, 2006

3:11PM - Affordable China?

Where is a good place to go (online or otherwise) to buy fine china? Does anyone know? I'm googling like mad and haven't found anything I consider both affordable and beautiful. I've found affordable. I've found beautiful. I just haven't found both at once. :) Something sinister would be nice. Or maybe a sort of Victorian/creepy, maybe.

Set me straight!

6:50PM - Ending in 2 hours and 30 mins!

Black cobweb mesh bed canopy brand new not used

Currently at £19.00 - bought for over £50 from a US eBay seller!

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