Category Archives: Inspiration

Happy Birthday, H. P. Lovecraft!

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Tombstone of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, taken by William Hart, Cthulhuwho1 on flickr

H. P. Lovecraft has authored many American classics, but none of which you’d find in a high school curriculum. He has written not only some truly great short stories, but many, many poems, essays, and formal letters. He has haunted us with many wonderfully terrifying stories including a few of my favorites: “The Call of Cthulhu”, “Herbert West–Reanimator”, and “A Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was greatly inspired by his own night terrors, dreams, and fears. In his essay, “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction”, Lovecraft notes yet another of his inspirations: time:

“The reason why time plays a great part in so many of my tales is that this element looms up in my mind as the most profoundly dramatic and grimly terrible thing in the universe. Conflict with time seems to me the most potent and fruitful theme in all human expression.”

While Mr. Lovecraft did not live what many might consider to be a happy, prosperous life, at least in death he shall no longer fear the horrifying clenches of time. As a result of his lifetime perils and works thereof,  he has sealed his own immortality in a place without time. Today, on his birthday, let us celebrate him and his 75 years of peaceful rest, which he has rightfully earned.

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Wednesday WINspiration: Handmade Gauges

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Our second edition of Wednesday WINspiration is all about handmade earrings for people with stretched ears! So far the market is not very vast for this form of body jewelry, especially if you’re the type that would rather buy something a little more personal and a little more creative, so today I’d like to introduce you to 3 people selling their own handmade treasures especially for your ears.

1. Our first set is handmade by Andreanna of an awesome shop called Glamasaurus! While Glamasaurus is chock full of kawaii jewelry and accessories, you will find the items featured here in her alternative shop, Glam². Glamsquared specializes in unisex jewelry such as plugs and cufflinks, and it is full of imaginative cameos, elegant details, and a little bit of geek chic.
Glamsquared / Glamasaurus / Facebook / Blog

2. This beautiful set is handmade from spent copper casings by Curtis of Curtis Copper Concepts! I’ve always been able to appreciate how beautiful yet deadly a single round can be. These plugs are especially edgy and also masculine. I love that he’s recycling something used into something gorgeous, and I’m definitely loving them with the added glitz of Swarovski crystals. Did I mention those are reversible? At Curtis’ shop you’ll also find a great selection of handmade copper bird-feeders and art.
Curtis Copper Concepts

3. The third shop in this collection was made by Sasha of Pierced & Belligerent! These were especially hard to choose from because there were just so many options! If you’re into clay spirals & plugs, steel tunnels with pictures, fakes, or just something really fierce, you should give this shop a look-through. She does tons of custom creations, and I’ve also found that Sasha has a knack for crochet!
Pierced & Belligerent  / SashmoCo / Facebook / Tumblr

I’d like to thank these three folks for allowing me to show off their awesome designs!

These shops feature some very special handmade creations for folks with alternatively-sized ear-piercings. I hope they’ve awed and inspired you this Wednesday! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday WINspiration: Hair

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Haircut Ideas

I’ve been mulling over a new haircut for quite some time now, and I have some ideas brewing that I really wanted to share!

  1. I miss having a mohawk! When I met Bradley, I was sporting a super-cute “chelsea-hawk” and I’ve been debating returning to a similar cut for quite some time. This photo definitely inspires me to go back.
  2. If I were to return to the ‘hawk, I would like the sides cut to about this length. From experience I know that with how thin and fine my hair is, it won’t look much better than a comb-over if my mohawk is draped over a bare-shaved head.
  3. Add some nice blunt bangs to keep it looking femme. I think the color of the hair in this picture is close to what I would like to dye mine to. Or possibly black.
  4. I’m absolutely loving this dip-dyed ponytail on Lauren Conrad. I would like to do this, but with a shade of neon yellow-green to match my work uniform. I might consider dying the shorter sections of the mohawk this color, as well.

Happy hump day! I hope the rest of your week is lovely, and if I do happen to finally get my hair cut, I’ll certainly be posting pictures! Thanks for reading!