Thursday, December 29, 2011

Let the beading begin!

I have spent the better part of my day playing with my new beads and jewelry supplies, and although some of the stuff I made is definitely for me, you can expect to see some of this stuff in my upcoming store.
What? A store? you ask. Yes! I would like to (hopefully soon) open an Etsy shop to sell my jewelry. I still have some experimenting to do, and I want to stock up some more on feathers, cord, and semi precious beads, but I am getting a start on some stock already.
Unfortunately, the main hindrance to my opening of a store is the fact that I do not own a decent camera to photograph my creations. And without I fear no one is going to be willing to buy. I am hoping to figure something out with that soon, maybe find someone who has a camera I can borrow or maybe even scrape together enough money somehow to buy my own. 

But, despite my lack of a decent camera, I did get a few crappy pictures of what I made today that I would like to share, just because!

I really enjoy making earrings and when I finally open shop I will probably focus on those. Although I do like wire-wrapping stones and want to get better at it, so I will probably sell pendants like that as well. And I can't wait to get feathers for things! I personally love feathers and I know a lot of other people do, too.

That's it for now lovelies. I know I haven't done a Tumblr Tuesday or Thoughtful Thursday or anything in awhile, but I'm hoping to rectify that in the week to come. So watch for it!

Lady Unlaced

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How was everyone's Christmas?

I haven't updated in almost a week so I thought I would just come by and leave an update for you all. I hope everyone that celebrates it had a lovely Christmas and got all the things they've been pining after! I certainly had a good holiday and got lots of wonderful gifts. My mom bought me a ton of supplies for making jewelry that I've spent the past few days organizing and I can't wait to get creating!
I am also enjoying some new scarves, fuzzy socks, incense, necklaces, and altar pieces from my friends and family, as well as the book Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare that my boyfriend was sweet enough to get for me when he found out I didn't get it for Christmas from anyone. He's amazing like that <3

And now I am lounging in my room, debating on whether or not I want to reorganize it and sipping coffee, enjoying being away from school and homework for awhile.

I sincerely do hope everyone is doing well!

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Yule!

Yep, it's the Winter Solstice today (as well an my mother's birthday) aaaaaaand it's the last day of the fall semester! Yay! I am finally done with all my class work and finals and can relax for a few weeks before I get to do it all over again. I am going to a Yule celebration at my best friend's place tonight where we will exchange gifts and drink wine and do other wonderful things, uninterrupted by homework. I am so excited!

On a sadder note though, my wonderful roommate Rose is moving out and will not be rejoining me in our room next semester as she is moving into a different dorm area. Which kind of sucks. I'm worried I will get stuck with someone unpleasant, so fingers crossed that my new roommate will be at least a little bit decent.

That's all I have for now. I probably won't post again until after Christmas. Happy Holidays to everyone, I hope they are grand for you!

Lady Unlaced

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Getting close to the end...

Of the semester that is. Classes are officially over and Finals Week is on the immediate horizon. My workload has not been too bad this finals season, but I am a bit stressed over two of my up-coming tests: Applied Statistics and Oceanography. Oceanography I don't think will be a hard test, I'm just worried about not being able to remember it all. We learned a lot in a few short months. Stats is another problem altogether. I am terrified to take the final for that class. I am currently attempting to do some last minute online homework for that class and it is seriously stressing me out. A lot of it doesn't make sense and I can't quite remember learning it. And when I think I've done something right I click the "submit" button only to find out that my answer is incorrect. I hate it. I kept at the same problem for about an hour, looking through the book and my notes trying to figure out what I was supposed to do. I still haven't gotten it right.
Math gives me serious anxiety. I'm not very good at it and no matter what I do I just don't understand most of it. Numbers and me simply do not get along. But I really need to do well enough in this class so that I at least pass it and I don't have to retake it. I don't think I could handle taking it again. I'm nervous that if I'm having this much trouble with the homework then I'm doomed when it comes to the final.

I can't wait until all these tests are over and I can pack up my stuff and go home for a few weeks. My brain hurts and I need a break from teachers trying to shove pointless information into my skull. Don't get me wrong, I love my lit classes -it's just everything else that's driving me insane. Especially math. Most of it is not even useful.

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 15, 2011

(Belated) Wordy Wednesday #2!

I realize that it's Thursday which is when I usually do my "Thoughtful Thursday" but I meant to update yesterday with a piece of writing and I just didn't get to it. It's the end of the semester which mean I'm pretty busy a lot of the time. Unfortunately, I am also crazy-inspired to write my novel as well. Which any other time I would be thrilled about, but now is not the time! I have papers to write and finals to study for! Ah!

But, without further ado, here is a piece of the novel I am currently working on!

Thoughts of the party I was supposed to be attending fled my mind as I hurried back to my apartment. There was no way in hell I wasn’t reporting them to the shifter council. If Sam was free they needed to know. He had been sentenced to a life’s imprisonment and I cursed the council, yet again, for not sentencing the bastard to death. Mostly I’m against killing people, but for him I didn’t feel any pity. I’d probably pull the trigger on him myself if I thought I could get away with it.
            I shoved my key into the lock only to find the door already unlocked. I had definitely not left it that way when I left earlier, I never did. I pushed the door open. The apartment wasn’t trashed like you see in the movies, but it certainly was not in the state I had left it in. Drawers had been pulled out, a few papers thrown around, and the refrigerator door had been left open. A closer look showed a now empty carton of milk and half my leftover pizza missing.
            “Bastards,” I muttered, slamming the door shut. Still upset about the pizza, I started to poke around the opened drawers. I doubt they had broken in just because they were hungry and now I had to figure out what they had taken. I didn’t have much in my little apartment, especially not anything valuable. I had a few pieces of pricey jewelry but none of that seemed to have been touched. 

So there's a quick taste. I'm loving writing for this character, she's so much fun!
Until next time lovelies!

Lady Unlaced

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #7!

A lot of cool stuff has been popping up on my Tumblr dashboard lately and now it is time to share some of that wonderfulness with you :)

That last one is relevant to my life currently. It's the last two weeks of the semester which means paper writing, last minute projects, and lots of studying x.x

Lady Unlaced

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Exploring Tarot: The Begininng

I have been thinking about doing (weekly?) posts on the Major Arcana of the tarot deck and I was wondering how many of my readers would be interested in that. Leave a comment for me with your thoughts?

I used to study tarot and practice spreads (mostly for myself) all the time, but I've gotten pretty rusty recently. Finding time to dedicate to occult studies is difficult when you're in college. But winter break is fast approaching and I figured this is the perfect opportunity to refresh my memory and share with my readers.

I have two tarot decks, but I really only use my Sharman-Caselli deck (a variation of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck) which I received as a gift from my mother. For those of you who are interested in tarot, it is an old piece of lore that it is best to use a deck that has been given to you as a gift. Now, this is not to say that you cannot go out and buy yourself your own cards -you certainly can. Once cleansed you can work on making the deck personal to you (with your energy) and I'm sure they will work just fine.

Anyways, that is the deck I use and the book I mostly stick to happens to be the little guide book that came with them by Juliet Sharman-Burke. It's a compact and easy-to-read book that I find really helpful.

I also supplement my readings with the use of my pendulum and rune stones. I can talk about those a bit in the future as well if people are interested.

So let me know your thoughts!

Lady Unlaced

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Full Moon Tonight

That's right lovelies, tonight is the Full Moon! I missed the eclipse unfortunately, but that doesn't mean I'm going to let that get me down. And if you're witchy like me, then you know that this is the perfect time for spellcrafting. The mother Moon is shining bright in the sky, and all magickal acts are sure to be aided and watched over by the Goddess.

Need some ideas on how to celebrate and honour the Full Moon tonight? I am here to help! :D

*Cast a circle outside under the moon. Have with you a candle (white or black preferably) and a slip of paper with something you want to release written on it. This can be anything -a bad habit, negative thoughts, etc. Call on the energy of the Moon and ask for its aid to help you to banish this from your life. Burn the paper over the candle flame. Take the time to ground your energy and then bask in the glow of the moon.

*Spend some time by the water. Water and the Moon are very closely associated. Find a beach and appreciate the waves of the ocean, or if you’re at a lake or pond just admire the water’s serenity and beauty. Walk along the shore and soak up the moonlight.

*Go for a walk! It can be through the woods or just down the road. Take the time to reflect on yourself and enjoy the night.

*Howl at the moon! Let your primal side take over and be a wolf! Be a creature of the night!

*Take this time to lay out crystals, water, divination tools, and anything you’d like to cleanse and give a lunar charge under the moonlight.

*Spend time in your garden, frolicking with the fae. Leave them gifts of moon-shaped treats and sugary delights!

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 8, 2011

(Thoughtful Thursday #3) Things That People Have A Right To

  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom of speech
  • Happiness
  • Marry whoever they want, regardless of gender/sex
  • Have an abortion if they so choose
  • Wear what they want and not be treated poorly for it
  • Respect unless they have disrespected you
  • Privacy
  • Read, watch or listen to whatever they like
But no one has the right to take away these rights or try to dictate how others live their life.
It's not difficult people; be kind, be respectful, and be yourself. Don't judge others. Don't encroach on other people's happiness. As long as they are not harming you in any way, there is no need to attack them, verbally or physically. 
Do no stoop to the level of a bully. Defend yourself as necessary but do not seek out violence or arguments. Live peacefully and lovingly; you'll be much happier that way.

It surprises me how many people cannot grasp these simple concepts. We are all human beings and we should treat each other as such.

Lady Unlaced

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #6!

Number 6 already, that means it's been 6 weeks since I started this which is kind of awesome. 
This is what's been stuck in my head thanks to Tumblr...

I really love that last one and I was so happy when it showed up on my dash a few days back. I actually have it printed out and on one of my dorm room walls. There is just something so adorably twisted about it, don't you think?

As for the second one, I will say this: I fully believe that your sex life is no one's business but your own. No one has the right to pass judgement on your character because of the amount of sex you have. That is all.

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hello December (Thoughtful Thursday #2!)

It is exceptionally warm out here in Massachusetts for the first of December. Usually by now there is snow on the ground and the temperature has dropped down to thoroughly cold. But it hasn't -well, it did briefly in October; we got a huge blizzard and it was freezing out for about a week. But for the past two weeks or so the temperature has fluctuated between 40 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It's just weird...

And, honestly, probably not a good sign when it comes to global weather in general. I don't know much about climate change and global warming and all that, but something is not quite right.

And everyone around me is really starting to get into the holiday spirit. I love the Christmas/Yule season, don't get me wrong, but with all this warm weather it's hard to summon up some holiday cheer. I'm trying, I don't even like the cold or the snow, but I'm struggling. I'm in a tank-top today (with a cardigan over it, but still!) which makes it a little difficult to feel like breaking out the Christmas decorations.

Hopefully the holiday spirit will take root in me soon. I really do love the feeling of the Christmas season and I'd like to be able to embrace it fully rather than being thrown off by the wonky weather.

Lady Unlaced

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #5!

Let's do this :D

And lastly...

That last one if a gif of and made by the lovely Fox Marie, who also runs a blog here on blogspot, so you should check her out.

I really adore that Edgar Allan Poe image as I am a true literature nerd.

Lady Unlaced

Monday, November 28, 2011

Musical Monday #2!

Today's musical eargasm: Tori Amos's new album, Night of Hunters. It is her 12th studio album and was released in September of this year.

Asglkjkjjkbdks! This album is so completely amazing that I don't have words that could do it proper justice. I have always loved and adored Tori Amos but this is a whole new level. From the moment the first track started to play it caught my complete attention and I just laid in bed listening to the whole album. It's a breathtakingly gorgeous collection of musical brilliance.

My favourite songs would have to be Shattering Sea, Fearlessness, Cactus Practice, Job's Coffin and The Chase. I realize that's a lot of favourites, but go listen and you'll understand! Some of those song titles are links so if you give them a click you should be directed to a youtube video.

I seriously recommend this CD, and if you've never listened to Tori Amos before you should also look up her other stuff. She's extremely talented.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Homework vs. Webcam

I cannot be alone in this struggle. I have a midterm paper due Tuesday and I am procrastinating. I have most of the outlining done and almost all of the first page complete. I really need to get to work on it though.

However, I did succumb to the powers of the webcam. Behold, crappy (and kind of creepy) webcam fun. :)

That is all.

Lady Unlaced

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my U.S. readers, I want to wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving, I hope you are getting the chance to spend the day with your families and stuff your face with food! I will spending the day with my mother and her boyfriend, eating food, drinking wine and who knows what else. It'll be a small holiday for us but it's nice to with my mom. I don't get to see her that often and I don't live with her, so when I go home for vacations I don't even get to see her much then. So I'm enjoying the quality time.

And because it's Thanksgiving today, you all know what that means about tomorrow. Yep, tomorrow is Black Friday, almost a holiday unto itself. It's a day where everything goes on sale, people get up at the crack of dawn (or before), race to the stores, push people out of the way, and give stores all their money. Doesn't that sound like fun?

I have personally never gone out shopping on a Black Friday and this year will be no different. I don't get up that early and I don't like having a ton of people constantly surrounding me like that. Plus, I am not keen on giving up all my money to a ton of department stores because everything is "on sale." This year I am hoping to do most of my holiday shopping at thrift stores (because my friends are awesome and love second hand gems), etsy, and the like. Maybe I'll go into a department store if I need something in particular, but I want to try to keep it small. 

Anyways, I hope you all have a good day and eat lots of mashed potatoes and pie (and turkey for you meat eaters) and don't forget to give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life!

I am thankful for: my friends, my family, my boyfriend, school, books, coffee, tea, cats, and Harry Potter!

Lady Unlaced

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #4!

Recent tumblr finds of gold :)

I love that video, pugs are so ahdgsyfhv adorable! :D 

Lady Unlaced

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Style Saturday #1!

Ideally I would like to be able to take awesome photos of the awesome clothes I wear and share them all with you. That's what the cool kids do, haha. But all I have is a crappy webcam for pictures on my netbook and it really doesn't work well for something like that. I'm also not wearing anything extraordinary today, just some plaid pants and BVB shirt. So instead of doing that I am just going to share with you what I've been practically drooling over lately.

This is a really awesome deconstructed hoop skirt from this lovely shop on Etsy! With thoughts of the Emilie Autumn concert in February, my mind has been stuck on cool pieces like this. Unfortunately I am far too broke to afford this nice piece.

Other things that have been in my head:
Lovely crushed velvet leggings and Jeffrey Campbell's Lita's <3 Both items I have been seriously crushing on. The leggings I think I could probably make on my own, but the Lita's are only in my dream world right now. There is no way I could afford them, but they are oh-so lovely!

Lady Unlaced

Friday, November 18, 2011

In has nothing to do with being a gentleman...

Or even a lady for that matter.

You should always be nice for people. I always hold the door open for whoever is behind me. It's plain rude to let it shut in their face. The fact that a "lady" may be behind you has nothing to do with how polite you are. There could be a dirty, drunk homeless man behind you and you better hold that door open.

For some reason this general idea of being polite to others seems to be lost on most people at my college. I'm not sure why. Just because we don't necessarily know each other doesn't mean you can't be nice. How on earth did you make friends that way?

Lady Unlaced

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Emilie Autumn Book For Sale!

That's right lovelies, I have a second edition copy of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls that is signed by the lovely Queen Plague Rat herself!
It is in great condition (I have two copies, this is the unused one) with the sleeve.

Also, if you have a Plague Rat in your life, this would make the perfect Christmas present!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #3!

Round 3 on this! Hurrah! I should probably post about more important things, but whatever, haha :)

Lady Unlaced

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday #1!

Topic: Reading out loud in class / poor pronunciation

I realize that kind of sounds like a weird topic to be discussing but I was thinking about it a lot today in my Women's Lit class. Actually, I think about it a lot when I am in that class. As a 4000 level course (the highest level of undergraduate courses at my college) it, by default, requires experience with analyzing old pieces of text in depth. Something that if you are taking this class you should have under your belt by now. The only people in the class are all English Lit majors -that's because no one else takes higher level English classes. Most students who need to fill their lit requirement to graduate take one of the 2000 level survey classes which are much easier to follow and are usually pretty light on the workload. The point is, if you're in this class you should know your stuff.

But every time the professor has people read out loud to the class, most of said people seem to encounter countless problems in the few short paragraphs they've been assigned. A lot of the texts we read are written in outdated language, however, at this level, as an English major, you should be able to read it. The professor should not have to tell you what a word says every 10 seconds and be endlessly correcting your punctuation. It's embarrassing to the person reading and frustrating to those of us who are being forced to listen to them. I just don't understand how you can get to this level in college and still not be able to read and pronounce things properly. Sometimes it's not even the odd language that throws people off, sometimes it's simply things that have more than two syllables. That's ridiculous! I just don't get how that happens. I, honestly, do not have this problem and I'm not sure why so many others do. I realize speaking in front of people can be nerve racking, but reading out loud, sitting at your desk to a small group of people? Where's the problem?

And don't take this as me thinking I am more intelligent than my peers, because I don't necessarily think that's true. It's just painful to listen to them read anything. I personally would be really embarrassed if I was having trouble reading in front of people and would work on it so that I didn't stutter and stumble over everything. Apparently others do not think the same way? 

I suppose I don't understand because I feel like that to be an English Lit major you have to have a real love for literature, because the degree at the end of your college time probably isn't going to get you very far. People don't pay you to analyze poetry. You have to really love digging into a text. With that in mind, I would assume that if you're that type of person, majoring in literature, you would have the capability to pronounce words properly. 

I suppose this is just me ranting. Sorry my first Thoughtful Thursday wasn't more uplifting, but I wanted to update and this is what is currently rattling around in my brain.

Lady Unlaced

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tumblr Tuesday #2!

Here's what's stuck with me the past week or so.

That last one really amuses me for some reason, not sure why. You should be able to click it to make it bigger if you can't read it.

Lady Unlaced

Monday, November 7, 2011

Musical Monday #1!

Alright, so anyone who knows me even a little bit at all probably knows that I am completely obsessed with Emilie Autumn, the amazing victoriandustrial violinist! From the very second I first heard her music (I believe the first song I listened to was Misery Loves Company) I have been in love. It was like an awakening of the soul; she brings together all the things I love in perfect musical harmony.

A new CD has been announced to be released sometime next year (Fight Like A Girl) and she is going on an extensive tour to perform for all her little Plague Rats. My boyfriend was lovely enough to get me a VIP ticket for her Boston show! I am intensely excited to finally meet this lovely woman and see her perform!

What if I'm an ocean, far too shallow, much too deep.

Lady Unlaced

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordy Wednesday #1

The Living Book
September 13, 2011

She reads with pictures
In blue pages of rain;
They whisper to her loving heart.
The world unfolds,
A series of rainbow images.
Her books are of flowers,
A library of moon and sun
Reaching into her soul.
Peace is a radiant song
That is the binding of every tome.
She reads with ideas
On bright papers of inspiration;
They speak to her dreaming mind.
The universe expands,
A parade of coloured imaginings.
Her plans are made of spirit,
A deep well of bubbling water
Pulling out her thoughts.
Adventure is the driving beat
That edges each new journey.
She reads with life.

Just a piece of my poetry I wrote a little while ago. Thoughts? I am not the best poet, I will admit so don't be too harsh on me. I am much better at fiction writing.

Lady Unlaced

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Or Happy Samhain to any of my fellow witches! Today is easily the best holiday all year long. Unfortunately, here on the US east coast, everything is covered in snow. :/ We got a terrible snowstorm Saturday night and the power went out on my college campus for a few hours. A bunch of towns around where I am have lost power and still don't have it back yet. Some places are not suppose to get their power back for a few days yet. I'm not exactly thrilled about this. Autumn seems nonexistent and on my favourite holiday I have to look at snow. I do not like snow or winter -it's cold and wet at the same time which is a terrible combination of things. So instead of appreciating the colours of fall and crunching leaves under my boots I'm dodging slush puddles and looking out on a sea of white. 

On a bit of a happier note though I am suppose to sleep over my best friend's apartment tonight so we can stay up and do witchy things in celebration of Samhain and in honour of the dead. I really wanted to make sugar skulls but I don't have the money to order the molds for them. 

Well, I suppose that's it for now. I hope you all are having a great Halloween!

Lady Unlaced
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