Sunday, October 30, 2011

Strange Dreams #1

I have really strange dreams and I almost always remember them, well into the following day. I thought I might start posting the more memorable bits, not only as a record, but also for entertainment purposes. I cannot promise they will always be entertaining, nor make much sense. I just thought it would be an interesting experiment. So here goes the first one:

"I dreamt my boyfriend Ted and I were taking care of a building. We were basically custodial house-sitters for an office building where Dan Rather had an office. I was trying to help Mr. Rather clean his lunch up off the desk when he asked, "Can you manage all that?" I replied, "Yes," just as I accidentally dropped his cherished jar of home-made caesar salad dressing into his leftover vegetable soup. He looked very irritated as he tried to fish the jar out of the soup."

Now I will present a song/video that relates somehow. Since this is the first of my "Strange Dreams" posts I will tell you a little something about those two words. Every time I think of, hear or say the words, "Strange Dreams" I think of the amazing song, "Sharkey's Day," by musician/performance artist/legend Laurie Anderson. I had the vinyl album and the cassette copy of Mister Heartbreak, (that this and many other wonderful songs are from,) as a teenager and never, EVER had seen this video for the song until tonight. I truthfully cannot say I love the video as much as I love the song. In fact, I almost couldn't watch it because it was kind of ruining the song for me. I was in my teens in the 1980's when the video age was born, and I mostly did other things besides sit in front of a fledgling MTV suffering through Poison videos just to occasionally catch a glimpse of something I deemed cool, (although it did happen on occasion!) Life didn't revolve around TV as much back then, and there were no cell phones or computers in everyday homes, (and if there were in some more affluent or technologically advanced homes, they were mostly just word processors and there wasn't an "internet,") so it was really a VERY different life experience. I think that growing up this way has made me prefer to HEAR music FIRST, before I see an accompanying visual. I like to let my mind wander and let my own imagination interpret the music. This is not to say I don't enjoy visuals - I do, totally, yeah,...but for me, some of the magic is lost when I have to see something I might find silly, irritating, goofy or unsettling the first time I hear a song. I would much rather have already heard the song and THEN see whatever they offer for the visuals. This is a strange preference to have while living in the "youtube reality" of today and as I have stated in previous posts I DO love having so many options for visual entertainment so handy ~ it's just that I miss being able to have my own personal experience with the music beforehand. With that long explanation out of the way I will now present a totally goofy video of a song I treasure. I suggest just LISTENING to the audio first, because you might get "put off " by the dated video. Or maybe not. But it is kinda goofy... 

If you made it through that ok, then you might like to see a live version of the song. The visual presentation is much better, more sophisticated in my opinion and you get to see the musicians in action. Again, try to remember the times so you don't judge the clothes or the people's appearances too harshly. This was very daring fare in it's day. Also, remember that a musician doesn't have to be beautiful, flawless or young to be impressive, which I believe excessive focus goes to in today's popular music scene.
The music should speak for itself ~ it is music after all...

Thank you for your time and here's to you and I having more "Strange Dreams"...

***Additional Editorial Comment***  Yeah, I thought the Sharkey's Day video was goofy & then I saw Nicki Minaj's Super Bass video. Seriously ~ What to the Feck, man. Gross. And I liked that song when I heard it on the radio! The video really ruined it for me because now all I can see in my mind is her humping an ice motorcycle, frolicking in a pool of pepto-bismol, the really sloppy pink-haired drunken barbie wanna-be clone dance line and the tacky, black-light neon makeup lap-dance sequence at the end. And I'm sorry to be such a prude but when the HELL did it become COOL to want a guy who sells drugs? This is a song on the mainstream top 40 radio & she's saying she was looking for this type of guy she describes in the song ~ A Drug Dealer! Only someone who is either has no clue about or is in total denial of what drugs actually do to a person, a family, a community, a town, a state, a WORLD, would think that it is something COOL to be involved with. It was all-in-all a very sad sight & realization. See for yourself if you DARE, but you have been warned:

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hello Halloween!

Oh, Halloween ~ I am excited it's almost here, but my excitement is mingled with sadness knowing that it will soon be over. Take a gander at a little look I put together using the Esuga/Sugar Garden Male Ball Jointed Doll FTLO Hunt Prize, (here's a hint on where to find the little bat: "Look to the far East!",) a cool prize that Fatal Error Gave away during the last Twisted Hunt called Inkubus, (LOVE those birdy feet!) and the latest hunt prize from Actuate Eden, (back spines, arm armor, feathered skirt, shoulder and jacket and pants! Look for a red prim cross and buy for 1L.) Also, remember to check out the other sales going on there as well ~ lots of cool/spooky/gothy/glammy makeup, horns, clothing and other finery! (Homepage here.)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Slowly Learning...

I originally posted separate pictures of this Bird Avatar in mid-September, but I have been trying to teach myself some new photoshop skills and I finally figured out how to do something cool ~ putting three of the images on one picture. I am slowly learning more and I realize this is a pretty basic thing I have accomplished but I am kind of proud of myself at any rate.

Bird Avatar available here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More Doll Love

I might never get over how cute this Special FTLO100L Ball Jointed Doll avatar from Esuga/Sugar Garden is. I just keep finding new ways to dress it up. Cute Halloween Group Gift Dress from Rotten Toe, *Epic* Stuck on Fall Garters with Hooves, (100L at the FTLO Event! While I kind of missed the "bent-back" look of your usual hoofed legs, this makes up for it by being cutely encrusted with acorns, leaves, squash, floating butterflies/moths and even an optional particle "footprint" of autumn-colored sparklies!) Gloves from Sn@tch, Black Choker from Violent Seduction, Decorated Horns from the amazing Rotten Defiance Hunt (look for little skulls,) Candy and Ghost Crown, earrings and choker from the great Dimbula Rose/Amato Hunt (look for the buyable pumpkins,) and beautiful Group Gift hair from D!va (Who ALWAYS has really nice group gifts!)

(***Speaking of "Doll Love" (lol) I recently found this amazingly artistic blog, "Ensconced in Velvet," which I really admire for presenting such creative posts and would you just take a look at THIS new doll avatar! I think I will have to go get it ASAP.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Forgotten Fauns

Here are some pictures I took last month, but with moving into my new house and all the stress associated with that, I simply forgot to post them. There's still a lot of unpacking and organizing to be done, but the house is beautiful and the secure feeling of being a homeowner is unmatched. My boyfriend, Me and and even our cat are really loving it! ~Now onto the pictures: No, the pictures themselves aren't fancy and my lack of photoshop skills is pretty evident here, but I was of proud of the looks I came up with and had a lot of fun putting them together using many old and new items from my inventory. I think they are kind of perfect for Halloween, at any rate! Enjoy~

Titania's Court Faun Legs & Horns
Boon Hair (top look only)
Acid & Mala My Fav Bracelet Black  (The black pearl bracelets)
Cobrahive Wrapped Bracelets 10 L
LOULOU&CO Garter (resize script added)
[Love Zombie] Scripture Tattoo (very old item)
Horns with silver cuff  and Skin on Second Look - Monsoon (store Closed)
Zenith Fishbone Necklace (Came with an entire outfit, not pictured.)
.::]HTxDZ[::. (Dark Mother of Pearl Lala Demon Claws- Made by Taki Kujisawa and inspired by me! :) )
White and Black Eyes from Negaposi
*Les Petites Details* Eyelashes and Prim Eyeliner
Twiggy Eyelashes by Redgrave
Feather eyelashes from Glow Studio
Katy Perry ET Makeup - Marketplace (No longer found.)
[XYR] FREE Veronica Doll skin  (Seen in first look - heavily covered with tattoos and freckles)
Cross Mouth Pierce
Dresses from Rotten Toe, Bare Rose (wings also,) and Violent Seduction  (Last skin/ears also.)
Corsets from Silent Sparrow and Heartsick

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Good Witch

I still haven't taken off the adorable Doll Avatar I got from Esuga/The Sugar Garden at the FTLO Halloween Event. It was only 100L (bargain!) AND there's a free male version in the hunt. Speaking of Hunts - I scored this adorable dress, cane and crown from the Dimbula Rose & Amato Hunt Event.  I especially love the HAT, (outfit comes in male also,) and it looked really cute with my beautiful free hunt gift  [*RD*]* Faun Legs & Horns from Rotten Defiance. Hair is from lamb.
Happy Halloween ~ Be Safe and Have Fun!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Punky Heart

My friend Kiba Tachikawa, the owner of Actuate Eden, made this cute outfit a while back and I always wanted to get it, so I finally did! It's called Punky Heart and is inspired by the video from LM.C. It comes with cool legwarmers but I didn't use them so I could wear my faun legs, (which I am addicted to!) I love the floppy arms and the bright colors so much! As I stated, the outfit is a bit older so it came with invisiprim "hand hiders" to keep the hands from poking through the floppy sleeves. I decided to forgo those in favor of some free alpha hand hiding layers I got on marketplace. Oh ~ and the gorgeous doll avatar is from The Sugar Garden. They keep impressing me with their creations and this is no exception! (More on the doll-avatar soon!)

For comparison's sake - here's the cute video! Enjoy~!

Kiba has been making a lot of new things lately, like beautiful horns & makeup, etc. (even working on a special Halloween outfit to be released very soon!) ~ so please check out his Main Shop!

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Outfit: Actuate Eden
Doll Avatar: The Sugar Garden for FTLO Halloween 
Hair: Lamb
Faun Legs, Horns: Titania's Court
Piercing: ni.ju
Pose: *.amato.*

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Room with a View

Skin: The Sugar Garden (Group Lucky Boards - Free to join.)
Hair: AdN Designs
Makeup: [Beautifully Grotesque]
Tattoos: Dimbula Rose
Top & Skirt: elymode
Boots: Violent Seduction (Group Gift - Not free to join.) 
Necklace: Bare Rose
Armstraps: Cobrahive
Animated Glasses: Balkanik