GothKitchen roundup: top 10 awesome knifeboards

In my never ending quest to fill my home with things that put the fun in FUNctional, I’ve been looking at knifeblocks.
Knifeboards are a great way to hold all your knives in one place and avoid accidentally cutting off phalanges, but who says your knifeboard has to look like everyone else’s? I’ve found a few that cut the mustard, if you’ll excuse the expression, so here’s a countdown of my top 10 knifeblocks, including the one that currently graces my kitchen bench!

 

10. The Centurion Knife block.

Knifeboards are a great way to hold all your knives in one place and avoid accidentally cutting off phalanges, but who says your knifeblock has to look like everyone else's? Call them 'Novelty,' 'FUNctional,' 'Offbeat,' whatever you like really, but I call them awesome. P.s. Check out the Star Wars one and the Human Head!
The Centurion in action.

This fun knifeblock is a DIY from Instructables, with all the instructions to make your own. I love projects like this, but for those less woodwork-inclines you can probably find one that someone has made on Etsy or on Amazon.

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How to make Christmas (without children) freaking Awesome.

Christmas without kids is freaking awesome.
I know what you’re about to say, but hear me out…

-Disclaimer: I like kids. I do. I’m going to have some baby-bats of my own in the coming years, but that doesn’t stop me from referring to them as snot-making poo-machines. I’ll still be doing so when I’m the one cleaning up the snot and poo. So put away your pitchforks, GothMums/Dads, and have a giggle with me.-

I know it’s not what you’ve heard. You’ve heard that Christmas is all about childish excitement and seeing the kid’s happy faces when they open their presents.

And here’s the thing,

It is.

But
that’s not all it is. You don’t need to have little baby-bats drooling everywhere to have ‘childish excitement’ or kids to have ‘happy faces.’ And if you’re feeling especially daring you can go line up and have a photo with Santa with your other grown-up adult friends instead of missing out on the fun.

Look at their happy faces.
Look at all the baby-bat’s happy faces.

So this is for anyone who’s an adult celebrating Christmas without tiny people snotting on their Christmas decorations.
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Top 10 tips for surviving Christmas after Divorce.

Christmas, like any momentous event, can be hard after a breakup. Especially if that relationship had traditions or particular ways of celebrating that you just can’t do anymore.

There’s no good way to go through a breakup or divorce, but if you do find yourself in that situation during Christmas time,  there are things you can do to help yourself make the best of a bad situation.

“When things get you down, make the best of your own life rather than worrying about what everyone else thinks.” – Dita Von Teese

So, in the hopes of helping someone else, here’s a few things about Christmas that I’ve learnt post divorce.  Sure, the divorcees here will know what I’m talking about, but these tips could just as easily apply to singles, couples, friends. Anyone who’s moved out of home, moved across town, moved back in with their parents. Anyone who’s found themselves in a situation where they have to do something different to celebrate the holiday season than they have in the past.

Here’s my top 10 tips for Christmas after a divorce.

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Adult Goth: The Parcel In the Post. AKA talking about it like adults, instead of avoiding it like a child.

The other day I recieved a parcel in the post.
(Cue Peter Combe song. Don’t know who Peter Combe is? You probably weren’t a child in Australia in the 90s. If you were, then you’re welcome: enjoy the earworm.)

Peter Combe, children's song singer. He's got nothing to do with this post, but if you're an Aussie kid like me, his over 18 gigs are now the stuff of legends.
Peter Combe, children’s singer. He’s got nothing to do with this post but if you’re an Aussie kid like me, his over 18 gigs  featuring drunk adults wearing newspaper hats singing about washing their teeth with orange juice to are now the stuff of legends.

It was one of those incredibly delicious days where lying-in was bliss and I had decided to completely take the morning off from everything and just relax with my love. Sun streaming though my windows and a book waiting for me on my bedside table. You get the picture?

So when the knock came, I stayed in bed whilst my Gentleman answered the door and signed for the parcel. He then brought it in to me with much teasing and “What is it? What have you bought this time?”

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Thrifty Goth: How much does a Wedding cost?

There are so many amazing gothic weddings floating around the interwebs. Each more gorgeous than the next.

This one is especially gorgeous, head over to Offbeat Bride to see more of these two. http://offbeatbride.com/2012/06/california-gothic-wedding
Seriously, gorgeous. Head over to Offbeat Bride to see more of these two. http://offbeatbride.com/2012/06/california-gothic-wedding

But leather roses cost money, and even cheap candles will all add up when you choose to buy one for everyone.

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Emails to my Colleagues: Part 1. The Fridge.

From: JesterNoir
Sent: [Date Redacted] Early December 2014
To: Level 3.
Subject: Level 3 Fridge.

Hi everyone,
I did a bit of a fridge clean today;
I figured that if you hadn’t noticed when your drink went off in December 2012, you probably wouldn’t miss it all that much.

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