Wednesday, October 30, 2013

happy early halloween

ah, screw it. here are the stencils a day early. what you could not see from the shot during the day is the orange being backlit. fun, huh?

all three cat windows.

and all four together. 

and that's it for xl stencils. possibly for good. it depends on where we end up living next halloween, you know?

don't forget, if you want links to all sets for halloween decorations from 2004-13, scroll to the bottom of this link.

hausu stencils in the daytime

yep, it's a day early but, guess what! it's not raining right now so i hobbled out on my stupid fractured foot and put up the hausu stencils.

i'll post the stencils all lit up tomorrow night. if you would like to see all the halloween decorations for this year, click here.

since this will, hopefully, be my last halloween at this address, here's a roundup of halloweens past in convenient sets for you. click away (although, don't blame me for the shit ui) and happy halloween!

2012:  stencils, lanterns
2011:  misc, lanterns
2010: all decorations
2009: all decorations
2004-2008:  pumpkins

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

it doesn't count if you don't explode it

just finished "the wrong mans" and, i gotta' tell you, it was even better than i thought it would be.

yes, true. the first two episodes are a bit slow but it builds in this great, darkly funny way. catch it on hulu starting nov 11 stateside! if you're in the uk, you know how to use iplayer.

all squirrel, no moose

perhaps i will have a picture of a moose after we move again. this spring? back to a time zone that matters? until then, here is a squirrel.

and now i have leff's cold

why even bother? that is what i am asking myself after this month. this dreadful, dreadful month. here, have some pictures of some anemic light and a depressing tack.

ugh, i have to sneeze now. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻) to leff's coworkers.

Monday, October 28, 2013


the light this time of year. god. it undermines you and makes you think you're nuts. it is asslighting.

jesus, it reminds me of that daft punk video or the unnamed river spirit in "spirited away" or "heavy metal". light that feels as depressing as assy, late 70's, early 80's ugly style animation? we have it here and it makes me want to punch someone.

maybe my breakfast sandwich. maybe i will punch it in the face.

no. i'd rather eat it.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

cat lamp

one of leff's bragging rights is that he once ate an entire sandwich. a similar accomplishment of mine is making a vintage styley black cat and then sticking it on a lamp.

yes, i will be telling someone's grandkid about this someday. "i once made a cat lamp!" i will say and then probably fall asleep. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

grocery day

grocery day DOES deserve its own post as it's really the only interaction that i have with people other than leff these days (unless you count my opening the door and screaming GO AWAY at religious peddlers and political door-to-doorers. (am actively avoiding mail man who blatantly stared at my tits. granted, my junk mail is now early when he delivers it but i feel cheapened somehow.) ups guy continues to be adorable. but, then again, i do love that brown uniform.)))

where were we? oh yes, groceries. the person who bagged these must also be a lady of a certain age who uses both of these items concurrently. greatly appreciated!


honestly, i don't know why i do this to myself. once a year i will buy a flavored coffee item to see if i can pass as a normal. then i sputter and shake my head as if that will clear the horrid miasma of suck that has been left behind after the struggle to swallow this crap for crap. WHY CAN COFFEE JUST NOT TASTE LIKE WONDERFUL WONDERFUL COFFEE YOU FREAKIN' WEIRDOS?!

added bonus:  the above creamer tastes like an off brand strawberry shortcake doll. *shudder*

lastly! we have the candy for the trick or treaters sorted!

the palmers chocolate skulls with embedded pop rocks are weird. i was all like OMG THIS TASTES LIKE CHEAP EXPLODING EASTER leff liked them though. fwiw.

OH YES! finished the goldfinch! it is SO GOOD. highly recommend. A++, both of my thumbs are in the air  and they are pointing up. in other words, you should clear your schedule and read it.

also, the new poirot was v good even though i am dreading "curtain". *sniffle, sob*

Monday, October 21, 2013

it's been decided


and i'm done!

last two xl hausu halloween stencils are completed. damn, that was fast.

still debating whether or not to do 12 more lanterns. we'll see later this week, huh?

clipping along

the xl stencils are coming along a lot faster than i anticipated. here's the second one in the set of four.

i unintentionally lied to you, ha! :/

apologies if yesterday's announcement re: xl stencils not happening upset anyone. i reevaluated last night and decided, foot be damned, i'm bored by all this sitting and doing nothing. so you're getting xl stencils. "hausu" xl stencils. (rent that, thank me later.)

and these scraps

made me think i'm going to redo all 12 of the lanterns as well in geometric patterns. why? 'cause tickets to london are gonna' be, like, $300 in july  (with taxes and amenities) and raks (me) needs the page hits that lead to sales on red bubble, hint hint.

these scraps just reminded me of wales millennium centre only, you know, inside the building. and more sweary.

check back this week for more halloween decoration updates. i've got, what, 9 days to knock this shit out? easy peasy, squeeze the lemon. or not. we'll see, yeah?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

slight change in programming

no xl stencils for the front of the house this year. the broken foot thing is being a hindrance but mainly i just can't be arsed.

Friday, October 18, 2013



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

from bean to cup...

considering how much of an omnishambles the government is here, i thought these pumpkins would be appropriate.

Monday, October 14, 2013

"sleepy hollow" is keeping me from going bonkers

it appears that i have a hairline fracture in my left foot. hooray? (no. not hooray.) this means i'm stuck doing a hell of a lot of nothing while i'm healing. the trip this month has been cancelled (tbh, i had cancelled it before my accident) so i will be reading and watching a lot of television instead of writing trip posts.

anyway, color me surprised but "sleepy hollow" is, indeed, keeping me from going bonkers.

is it not weird for me to be recommending an american show to you? a bit, yes. but this cast is so good. SO GOOD! plus the show is truly bonkers in the best possible way.

i would be remiss if i did not mention tom mison's ichabod crane. of course. what? a man with a great coat and kick ass boots with a vocabulary to match? sign me the fuck up. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

all of the lanterns for halloween 2013

here are all 12 of the halloween lanterns for 2013. new to the photo tonight are the channel 4 and london weekend logos (BWAHAHAH I KNOW). NOT included is the brian cox lantern as it turned out to be the odd one out.

complete list l to r: channel 4, wrong mans, edith with google eyes, scumbag jen, i beg your pudding, michael caine, sue perkins, the sweeney, asshole roy, dick turpin, hawking and london weekend. (i have always thought that if i ever got a tattoo, it would be of the london weekend logo. (i will never get a tattoo, don't fret.)) halloween set is here.

now to start on the xl stencils. this will probably be the last year that i am doing these as i'm planning on living in another city, if not another country before next halloween.

halloween is 2spoopy for me

yeah, i made both a spoopy and a creppy banner.

it is so, um, something in here. festive? halloween-y? ah, ridiculous, that's the word.

Monday, October 07, 2013

get ready, get set, BAKE!

are all of the halloween lanterns this year going to be british tele related? i'm gonna' go out on a limb here and say "yes" and then present exhibit a? b? i don't know what letter we're up to at this point. whatever, here is a "bakeoff" lantern.

i am in love with sue perkins. heee!

edith with googly eyes lantern

this site has gotten me through so many unfunny "downton" plot lines. (i watch it because it is the funniest show about toffs going.)

and here are TWO edith with googly eyes! hooray!

two halloween type pictures

i found this collage that i made out of british newspapers stuck in my london moleskine this morning.

goes pretty well with these cobwebs in the back yard, doesn't it?

Sunday, October 06, 2013

lazy sunday

drinking black velvets, watching german travel documentaries.

Thursday, October 03, 2013


here are some pictures from leff's bday!

i made him some labels for our home brew. hey porter and aw me nut(s) brown ale.

here's the aw me nuts in my pint glass. it is SO GOOD

we also had some kebabs. this time i had the ingreds for the yogurt sauce at hand. so much more awesome!

eating those and drinking the beer have made me feel like i can go hop on the tube. sadly, even though we have suffered a dalek invasion, it's not the case.

still able to catch up on "whitechapel" though. SO CREEPY!! heeee

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


as promised, here is leff's four layer orange and dark chocolate cake with a raspberry cookie 3d tardis topper. fun, huh? (earlier pictures of cake here.)

happy early bday, leff!!

hawking lantern

yes, it is the same stencil as the one that i made for the hawking lecture last year (was it only last year?!) only this time with added umlauts.

pictures of leff's tardis all aglow will be posted shortly! (ed note: i've no idea why this picture is so much larger than the others.)

almost leff's bday

leff's bday is tomorrow. that means i'm getting his cake ready today. here's the tardis cookie thing that will go on top and hold a candle.

here's the cake. it's a four layer orange and dark chocolate fucker and it weighs a TON.

i'll post another picture once everything is put together and the candle is lit. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, LEFF!