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The Morbid the Merrier. Grown up Goth, giving this 'being an adult' thing a go. Skulls, Rainbows, Books. Corpgoth, ThriftyGoth, DIY, Homemaking. Find me on Facebook.

The Smallest Castle in England Is For Sale And It’s Adorable

I know, the first thing you think of when someone says the word ‘castle’ is grandeur, turrets, moats, opulence and vast halls.
Maybe some dolls, if you’ve been keeping an eye on the market.

Well, this one does has a turret. But just one.  Singular.

Meet ‘Molly’s Lodge’, a Grade II Listed castle that sits on a 0.61 acre plot of land near the village of Long Compton in Warwickshire, England.

Molly’s Lodge was built by the famous British architect, Edward Blore, in the 1830s. Photo: Savills, Banbury, Property Consultants.

It’s adorable.

Check out these interior photos:

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The Buffy Cast’s New Photoshoot Looks Like a Goth High School Reunion

It’s seriously gorgeous.

They’re going to be in the April 2017 edition of Entertainment Weekly, but if you’re like me and don’t live in the USA, here’s a sneak peek:

Buffy The Vampire Cast Reunion Shoot (2017)
Actors from left to right, Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, Alexis Denisof, Charisma Carpenter, Seth Green, David Boreanaz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Marsters, Michelle Tracthenberg and Kristine Sutherland, with creator Joss Whedon in the foreground of Buffy The Vampire Slayer photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by James White on March 7th, 2017 in Los Angeles.
Styling: Annie Jagger/The Only Agency; Boreanaz’s Styling: Rob Bolger; Prop Stylist: Andy Henbest/Art Department; Production: Allison Elioff/Sunny 16 Productions; Benson’s Hair: Toni Chavez/The Only Agency; Makeup: Adrienne Herbert/Art Department; Dress: Self Portrait; Shoes: Saint Laurent; Jewelry Erickson Beamon; Hannigan’s, Denisof’s Hair: Stephen Sollitto/TMG-LA; Makeup/Grooming: Marcus Francis/Starworks Artists; Hannigan’s Dress: ALC; Shoes: Saint Laurent; Denisof’s Shirt: Dolce and Gabbana; Blazer: John Varvatos; Boots: Ralph Lauren; Brendon’s, Whedon’s Grooming: Erika Parsons/Art Department; Brendon’s Jacket:G Star; Shirt: John Varvatos; Jeans: G Star; Boots: Frye; Whedon’s Jacket: John Varvatos

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Turn your indoor staircase into an indoor slide!

I didn’t have stairs in my home growing up, but I remember tobogganing down my friends stairs on foam mattresses.  On your bottom, on your back, on your stomach… stairs were a multitude of fun…  until someone got a carpet burn or landed too hard on a particularly pointy stair.  Trisha Cleveland on Quirky has come up with an alternative to bumpy, potentially unsafe rides down the stairs.  SlideRider turns an indoor staircase into an indoor slide.

sliderider

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Victorian Post Mortem Photography: photos with the dead. Myth or fact?

A fascinating story that regularly does the internet rounds is Victorian Post Mortem Photography.
Literally: Photos with people after they’ve died.

It often goes like this:
In the nineteenth century, it was a custom to take photos with recently deceased people, especially if a photograph has not been taken whilst they were still alive. These photos were called ”Post Mortem,” coming from Latin, meaning after death.  Sometimes also called memorial portraiture or a mourning portrait.

In one version of the story, it originated in England, when Queen Victoria asked to photograph the corpse of an acquaintance or a relative, so she could keep as a souvenir.
Soon after, this idea spread around the world, keeping a morbid reminder of loved ones that have passed on.  These photographs served as keepsakes to remember the deceased, helping in mourning and grieving.

Post Mortem Victorian photography of the recently deceased
One of the photos that accompanies the story.  The colour of her hands is the proof given that the girl who is standing in the photo is the one who is dead.

But is it true?

Well no… and yes.

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Amazing Gothic finds on Gumtree

The local classifieds are always an amazing place for unique finds, and as I’m on the prowl for things for my new house I’m seeing more and more gothic items on Gumtree, the Australian version of Craig’s List/Classifieds.

But since I only have so much space in my house, I thought I’d share some of these finds with you in case you might want to take some of the pretties home.

I mean…

What am I going to do with a Vintage Medical Autopsy Table?  Who knows, but it’s gorgeous and it’s for sale in Sydney, NSW.

Vintage industrial medical gothic autopsy table found on gumtree amazing goth home decor finds

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Why people always paint their walls cream.

My Gentleman and I bought a house!
It’s our very own!  Words cannot convey my excitement and happiness that it’s finally happened.

Yippeee!
Squeee!

We can do whatever we want to it.  No more rental inspections or removable stick-on picture hooks for us.  No more bland walls or neutral coloured carpets.
But I’m so excited by all the possibilities that it’s literally paralysed me from doing anything to customise it.

I’m stuck.

Purely because I can do EVERYTHING, I’ve done nothing.

I’ve got swathes of ideas.  Pinterest boards full of inspiration.

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Stuck in the 9-5? Go on a microadventure!

9-5 corporate goth?  Use your weekends to go on microadventures!

There’s a lot to be said for the “Laptop Lifestyle” that every social media/blogger wants to sell you, but the reality is that many of us work 9-5 Monday to Friday and that’s the way we like it.  Clock off for the day, go home and put our feet up without having to worry about checking our emails till we’re back at work the next day.

But because of our routine, when we think about ‘adventures’ we assume they are impossible because we’ve only a weekend before we have to be back at work again on Monday.

Viewed like that, finding the time off to check out the great outdoors or just go camping can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be impossible– that’s where “micro-adventures” come in.

“The idea is based on using what time you have – weekends, mostly – and maximising its potential by stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something adventurous to escape the humdrum of a nine-to-five lifestyle.” –Australian Geographic Continue reading Stuck in the 9-5? Go on a microadventure!

Why a woman should never propose.

A woman should never propose marriage to her man.
I mean, I did a bit of research around the web and it’s obvious as to why, but I’ll spell it out anyway:

Because unless he takes the initiative how else is she supposed to know if he’s really committed to her?
Him saying yes to a proposal isn’t enough of a commitment.  It’s a completely different thing to her saying yes if he asked her, of course.  Why?  Because it’s different, that’s why.

Because it’s emasculating.
There’s nothing worse than having a woman tell him she thinks he’s amazing and the pick of the bunch. Can you imagine how much that would ruin his self-esteem?

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