“Calum!” you call after walking into the kitchen, spraying cleaner on the counter and drying it down with a rag. “It’s your turn to take the garbage out.”
“One second,” he says back, followed shortly with an unrelated, “Oh, shit.”
A moment later you glance up to see him emerge from his bedroom, shirtless, and holding in his hand a toothbrush with bristles coated in white paste.
Your arm continues to circle the counter with the rag, using slightly less elbow grease now that you’ve been distracted. “What?”
“Water’s out in my room,” he answers casually, as if it’s a reoccurring inconvenience that he’s come to expect over time. He reaches across the counter to dampen his toothbrush with the kitchen’s faucet, then proceeds to scrub his morning breath away.
“How does it just go out in one room?” you question, turning to use the same cleaner on the front of the refrigerator.
“Dunno,” Calum mutters with a mouth full of foam. Your ears catch the sound of him spitting into the sink.
“I just cleaned that.”
“And you did a great job.”
You cast an annoyed glare over your shoulder.
“Anyway, cool if I use your shower?” Calum asks, smiling at the silent threat.
The ownership you have over anything in the apartment still sounds odd to you when put into words, almost always forcing you to pause with the need to correct Calum before remembering he’s making sense. You guess you haven’t quite settled in to your newest living arangment yet, still in the habit of referring to it as Calum and Ashton’s place. You only unpacked your last box a few weeks ago, a short while after Ashton left for Las Vegas to pursue the boxing training Dennis Serrant had to offer.
Sorry this took so long to actually get on here…I’d been typing…too much…hahaha…right so, HIGHLIGHTS! Just a reminder that what I saw was the first PREVIEW and I already know they’ve made some script changes, so until opening night on April 4th things will still be changing! Anyway here are my highlights (Re: Lauren trying not to just type out the entire musical.)
I’m honestly disappointed that no one has committed to the aesthetic of Kylo Ren dramatically breasting downward in a black gauze-like/diaphanous dressing gown carrying a candelabra mourning the fact that Rey has “wormed her way into his very soul, woe is he”
You don’t need to buy all the fancy expensive halloween decor from all the shops to have an absolutely Witchin’ Halloween look for your house!
Garland, Garland Garland: Drape these around your house to bring the fall look inside. Michael’s has them in strings already made, but you can make your own for cheap out of found dried leaves, cinnamon sticks and pine cones.
Paper Lanterns: Black, Orange, Purple: These are great! And they’re usually found at the dollar store, or party section for only a few bucks.
ALL THE CANDLES: comon’ witches, I know you got ‘em. Get them ALL out. Even if you don’t light them, having candles EVERYWHERE can lend a seriously witchy look.
White Gauze, Black Gauze: drape it everywhere!
Real Pumpkins/Squash: This should be pretty inexpensive at the grocery store and walmart and home depot small pumpkins are sold for a few bucks
Create an Ancestor Table: white tablecloth (or gauze), white candles, and see if you can dig up old pictures of your family to put in little frames on the table. If you can’t do that, write ancestor names on a white candle in silver sharpie pens or carved into the wax with your athame or steak-knife. If you have any heirlooms or hand-me-downs you can place them on this table too.
Besoms and Mini Besoms are sold at Publix/Grocery stores for a few bucks. You can put them above your door, and around the house.
Hope these help you with ideas. More to come later!
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Ningyo doll by artist Hirata Gôyô II, about 1930’s, Japan.
Gôyô was singular in his quest to pursue junsui bijutsu (pure art) as
well as to secure popular and critical acknowledgement for ningyô as an art
form. In this example, His skills as an
iki-ningyô artist are readily evident. From the look of concentration on the
woman’s face to the contours of her body visible through the black gauze
dressing robe, to the articulation of the fingers, the hyper-realism of the
figure in every detail exquisitely illustrates Gôyô’s skill and technical
virtuosity. Text and image from
THIS IS THE NEXT , CASTING,. IDEA,, A NEW HANDS UP DONT SHOOT, AND SEE IF I CAN IMPROVE ON THE IDEA.. WITHT HIS NEW MODEL,,, WILLTRY TO USE THE BENT KNEE, CONTRAPPOSTO TYPE EFFECT,, TO MAKE THE POSE MORE DYNAMIC,, AND MORE? WILL TRY TO GET A SENSE OF STRUGGLE,, INTO THE POSE???,,, THE MEDIUM IS LIMITED,?….. A GEORGE SEGAL, TYPE SOCIAL CONSCIENCE,?…ALTHOUGH, I DO LIKE THIS PIECE,,,, WILL PAINT, A LARGER , BLOOD RED, TARGET, ONTO THE TORSO,, LOOKING AT MANULE NERI, AT HOW HE APPLIED PIGMENT TO PLASTER… DEFINTLY WONT BE USING THIS CLOTHING TYPE ARRANGMENT,, LESS, CLOTHING IS BETTER,,,, THE MODEL IS BACK TO HIS NORMAL WEIGHT,,, SO IT SHOUDL BE A MORE DYNAMIC CASTING,, THEN THIS PIECE,, THIS MODEL, WAS NOT SO MOTIVATED,,, WILL OPEN UP THE HANDS,,, BUT THE ARMS PRETTY MUCH WILL BE THE SAME POSTION,, THAT FORM.. LIKE I SAID, LIMITED.,.. BUT THIS PIECE WAS A GOOD STUDY…………….
Dress for success. A necromancers guide to ritual attire
The way you dress can make all the difference, from allowing spirits to see you as weak and vulnerable to making them see you as one of your own.
The colors for spirit works are:
Red, Light blue, Purple, Black and White.
Use plain and untattered clothing (No graphic shirts or ripped pants).
Set aside a set of black clothing and use it only for necromancy, these will be your basic set of ritual clothing.
Black suits with red or purple ties and black shirts are the best possible set of clothing a necromancer can wear. They capture the look of a mourner and are a sign of respect, professionalism, seriousness and devotion. Other traditional funeral attire are also perfect (black dresses, mourners veil, etcetera)
Also if you come across a suit that someone has died in or was buried in, they are charged with death and can release great power to the user.
These, if cared for and consecrated, can become powerful garbs. Otherwise they are nothing more than a bit of cloth over your body.
Medical gauze, bandages or linens dyed black grant the effect of looking like an embalmed or mummified corpse which can be used to walk amongst the dead without attracting their attention. They should be wrapped under the arms, cover the breast and stomach of the necromancer as well as around the hands and up the forearms and be worn with black pants.
Spirit masks can hide a necromancer from spirits or allow them to assume their guise and pull from the powers of the spirit. For example, the mask of a spirit whom was a healthcare professional in life can allow you to better understand medicine (Of course that’s only from inspiration. Don’t expect to know how to do a complex medical procedure from wearing a mask)
A short illustration showing different styles of the Manchurian women’s wing-like headdress through early, mid and late Qing dynasty. When time allows, I’d like to create a much more in-depth version with many more drawings/styles.
“Manchu women of position generally decorated their hair with a small comb whose frame was formed with wire or thin rattan strips and covered with black gauze, on which were embroidered green feathers. The commoners mostly wore ‘fork-shape’ buns. Later under the influence of the Han women, they came to wear flat buns. However, the bun became higher and higher towards the end of the dynasty until it was an ornaments of fixed shaped in the form of an ‘archway’, capable of being put on the head at will after putting a few flowers into it, hence the name of ‘big wings’.” (5,000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 173)
“Manchu women combed their hair into a flat chignon at the back with horns supported by a hair board, which was also called ‘double horns hair style.’ Very beautiful and unique, they often decorated hair with big flowers of vivid color or tassels.” (Chinese Clothing, 81)
Here’s Day 7 of 31 DIY’s Til Halloween! This costume was inspired by the film the Craft! There are so many different variations of this look that you can do, so it’s super easy to put together yourself. I gave you two options!
On the left, I’m wearing a white button down shirt I thrifted from the little boys’ section of Value Village for $1.99. The plaid skirt was also thrifted from the girls’ section for about $2. It came with a giant safety pin that I use on everything. I have a black gauze petticoat underneath that I found in the “girls’ repurposed costume” section for a dollar.
On the right, I’m stealthing my CS-426 authentic longline underbust corset from Orchard Corset in size 22" black satin. See the difference? The black skater skirt is my own, from Forever 21 ($10?).
My boots are my favorite knee-high combat boots. You can find similar ones anywhere but these are my signature so I keep the exact ones a secret! I’ve been wearing them for years. The studded collar is Elvira’s collar we got for her from the dollar store that didn’t fit her little shrunken head/neck. She was taken away from her mama cat too early so she’s kinda stunted (I call her Lil Busted), The black tights, thigh high socks, and black tank top are from my closet.
For this costume, you can wear any blue/green/black plaid or plain skirt, a white button down, fitted tshirt or tank top, and a black sweater, leather jacket, hooded sweatshirt, or vest! Thigh highs and boots complete the look…gotta love the 90s goth schoolgirl outfit.
Derek watches Stiles in silence. The sounds from The Fighting Pit and the crowd watching it is dim, and barely able to penetrate the thick the basements concrete wall. There’s a heavy smell of blood, sweat and fear in the recycled air. There are old metal lockers against the wall with the green paint peeling off. The shower stalls are open with no form of shielding to give some privacy.
Derek is sitting on one of the hard wooden benches with Stiles kneeling on the floor between his legs. He’s wrapping Derek’s left hand with a long black strip of elastic gauze, gently but firmly, twining the strip securely between his fingers. Stiles is running the strip between two of his own fingers leaving a faint glow of gold magic soaking into the cloth.
“You don’t have to that.” Derek whispers. It’s against the rules to use any form of magical protection, so the amount of magic Stiles uses is untraceable and almost non-existing. He doesn’t want Stiles to use his magic, unnecessarily; on something that doesn’t really make that much of a difference in the end.
“Yes, I do.” Stiles says decisively without looking up from his task. His skin looks sickly blue in the bad light, his smattering of moles barely visible. “I know it isn’t much but I need to contribute with something.”
Derek leans forward a bit, careful not to move his hand too much, and reaches his already expertly wrapped right hand up to trace the line of moles on Stiles’ left cheek with his fingertips. He follows the caress with a lingering kiss just behind his ear right above his favourite mole. Derek has never been ashamed of his blatant love of Stiles beauty spots.
“You do more than enough.” Derek says quietly, with his lips still against cold skin. “Not just for me but for everybody on our Level.”
Derek feels the deep exhale of Stiles’ sigh and he sits back up to look at him. He’s almost finished wrapping Derek’s hand, the only thing left to do is secure it around the wrist, which he does with a specific pattern of medical tape.
“Voilà.” He declares with an unenthusiastic flourish. He doesn’t let go of Derek’s hand, though.
“I’m gonna be fine, Stiles.”
“I know.” He doesn’t look at Derek. “I know.” He says again with a bit more conviction, “It’s just… we got you out of this. It’s the you killing someone else part I don’t like. Because you don’t like it. And it’s been years and we’re not even half as prepared as we used to be.”
“We need the money.”
“We need the money.” Stiles repeats, finally looking at Derek, as he leans back on his haunches. His eyes are big and brown and gorgeous, even though the dark shadows of their life are peeking through.