Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Somewhat Ambiguous Post about Vampyres

Tuesday, February 10th

The insomniac  finally commits to participating in this year's Fourth Annual Vampire's Day Soirée hosted by Holly's Horrorland. Although she'd always wanted to join the festivities in previous years, a suitable idea just never seemed to present itself in time. However this year, she KNEW  she had it nailed, and would write a post combining her two most favourite subjects - Knitting and Vampyres. She planned to whip up a little something from a book she'd received as a Christmas present from the offspring called Vampire Knits. To be accurate, they bought the gift card, which she then used to buy the book. Online. Without having looked at it first.

Now the insomniac  did attempt to watch Twilight with her youngest once - on a flight to Romania - and lasted right up to the part where they started sparkling. She looked over at her youngest and said, “Those aren't Real Vampyres, dear.”, turned the movie off and summoned the flight attendant to order another Bloody Mary. “Make it a double, please.”, she requested politely. So it really shouldn't come as any great surprise that a knitting book whose tagline is “Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn” was perhaps not the best possible use of one's gift card.

Still, it's only Tuesday. There's plenty of time to figure out a new direction for this post, to replace the original plan of knitting a life-sized Vampyre. Tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 11th

The insomniac  reads through the very short script from the 1931 version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, and decides to create little vignettes to tie in with memorable lines from the movie. As she skips gaily through the cottage gathering bits and pieces for the scenes, she thinks to herself, “This is fun!”.

Count Dracula: This ... is very old wine. I hope you will like it.
Renfield: Aren't you drinking?
Count Dracula: I never drink ... wine.

The insomniac  brought out the good wineglass for this photo.

She generally uses whatever's handy.
Like empty jam jars ...

Renfield: Flies? Flies? Poor puny things. Who wants to eat flies?
Martin: You do, you loony!
Renfield: Not when I can get nice fat spiders.

The only kind of spider tolerated in the Little Gothic Cottage ...

After three hours spent sorting through drawers and cupboards and boxes trying to come up with enough decor to match the script, another hour or two setting up the scenes, and a further hour or six trying to capture the perfect photo, exhaustion sets in. She decides it might be a good idea to try something else. Tomorrow. After a good night's sleep.

Thursday, February 12

Today she decides to make little displays based on well-known Vampyre facts ...

There's always a good supply of garlic in the cottage, a known deterrent of Vampyres.

And always a fang bottle opener within handy reach;
beer being a somewhat lesser known defense.

There's actually a Vampyre standing directly behind the insomniac.

Obviously, you can't see his reflection ...

Friday, February 13th

The insomniac  decides to start making stuff up to fit the theme ...

Afternoon tea with Bela; a view of the Carpathian Forest visible in the windows.

Sure, that works.

Alas, poor Renfield. I knew him.
Well. That's really stretching things a bit, isn't it?

Fine. The fireplace stone is from the Borgo Pass. Better?

Saturday, February 14th

Today, panic has set in. Along with the pressure of finishing this post, there's food to prepare for tonight's Valentine's Dinner & Dance at the local community hall. Attempting to do two things at once, the insomniac  hauls out anything that either came from Romania or looks remotely spooky and takes a picture of it while preparing her contributions to the potluck.

The box of assorted bottles of palincă came from Romania,
and remains unopened after seven years. Seems odd for this household, doesn't it?

As for the meatball recipe, who can even understand that particular reference?

Skulls, bats and a bottle that looks vaguely Vampyric.

That's a word, right?

Some of these are for the potluck, some are for the family.

**glances at empty clock case ... decides it would make
a perfect spot to hide from Vampyres, until such
time as shelves are added to store booze**

Since we've already reached the point of making stuff up, we'll end today's contribution with a picture that hangs on the insomniac's  side of the bed, purchased in Romania *cough*, and somewhat loosely translated from that language **coughs again** ...

Listen to them. Children of the Night. What music they make!

Now if you're a regular reader and used to the erratic writing style employed by the insomniac, you will have made it this far. A pat on the back to you, as there's a giveaway. New readers who've arrived here via Holly's Soirée have, by now, likely become confused and wandered away. Never to be seen again.

Please indicate in the comments if you'd like your name to be entered in a draw for either: a) Fang Bottle Opener b) Red Spider c) Amber Spider or d) Bela Lugosi Mug. **insomniac  makes mental note to order more Lugosi mugs, gives her head a shake and goes looking for pen and paper**

Winners will be chosen using the age-old system of writing everyone's name on a piece of crusty parchment, and drawing them from a suitably eerie receptacle of some sort. They will be announced as an addendum to the bottom of this post on Saturday, February 21st, giving everyone plenty of time to enter.


Although the insomniac would love to reassure Holly that having 364 days to prepare should ensure a timely and well-written post for next year's soirée, she'll probably arrive unfashionably late to the party as usual, and be just as woefully ill-prepared as she was this year. Some things never change.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA


Addendum: The names of those entered in the draw were not beautifully written out on a piece of crusty parchment and drawn from a suitably creepy receptacle as promised, but instead scrawled on a piece of scrap paper, assigned a number in the order in which the comment was received, then chosen using the Random Integer Generator at Random.org.

Thanks to everyone who commented and entered! Please email the insomniac  at lynne@insomniacsattic.com with your mailing address, and she promises to drive to town (and a Post Office) by the end of the month to mail your prizes out to you. 

And the winners are (wow, isn't this just like the Oscars!) ...

Draw for Fang Opener - HollyHorrorshow

Here are your random numbers:
11
Timestamp: 2015-02-21 21:27:14 UTC

Draw for Amber Spider - Nicole

Here are your random numbers:
4
Timestamp: 2015-02-21 21:29:25 UTC

Draw for Red Spider - Natalie

Here are your random numbers:
1
Timestamp: 2015-02-21 21:30:07 UTC

Draw for Bela Lugosi Mug - lady M

Here are your random numbers:
6
Timestamp: 2015-02-21 21:31:44 UTC

72 comments:

  1. Oooh... Honey... I love the decoration stuff and the furniture... and the heart-shaped cookies... and all the rest... I want to live there...

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    1. Haha, thanks Madame Kismet! I ate more than my fair share of heart-shaped cookies yesterday after the picture was taken! :)

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  2. Oh my!

    I absolutely adore each image, especially the first one, and of course Bela Lugosi's Dracula is the most perfect of all!

    Count Dracula: This ... is very old wine. I hope you will like it.
    Renfield: Aren't you drinking?
    Count Dracula: I never drink ... wine.

    ^^ this was the icing on the cake, which made it the most perfect of blog posts.

    Happy Vampire's Day!

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    1. The original Dracula is one of the few horror movies I can actually make it through without having to cover my eyes, Yvonne! What a wuss. LOL The Never Drink Wine and Children of the Night lines are probably my most favourite from any movie EVER!

      Happy belated Vampire's Day to you, too! Hope you're feeling better today. ❤

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  3. Fabulous post! Man, you have a lot of cool stuff :) As for the giveaway----FANG BOTTLE OPENER!!!

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    1. Thank you, Tilda! Even though it ended up not being anything like what I had originally planned, it probably turned out better than knitting a vampire ever could have. ;)

      You're down for the Fang Opener - good luck! :)

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  4. Definition of mockumentary from the Insomniac's Attic Online Dictionary... :-D

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    1. Haha, yes - a mockumentary! Maybe a new career for retirement? LOL

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  5. This was hysterical! I definitely can relate to having grand plans go awry. Hmm...I can always use a good can opener, so that's what I'm going for. :)

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    1. Thank you, Rommy! Story of my life - I THINK I have everything under control and end up scrambling at the last minute. :P

      Thanks for visiting, and I have you down for a Fang Opener! :)

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  6. I can think of no better way of starting the morning than face to face with Mr. Lugosi, so put me down for a mug!

    The bits of your house peeking through are such a tease!

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    1. I agree - mornings with Bela are Best! :D

      I keep putting off posting pictures of the house because I still have so much I want to do. Run out of steam at the moment, I have. Maybe I should just post whether they're finished or not. :)

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  7. Omg i need a fang bottle opener! Swoons!

    Yes vampyric is a word. At leasta word that I use.

    You have so many Romanian things! Swoons more.

    So inspired for my future home decor!

    Oh and can you enter me for the Bela mug too, please!

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    1. Got you down for a Fang opener or Bela mug! I ended up looking up Vampyric later - it's a good word. I like it.

      We didn't buy as many things from Romania as I wish we would have. But if we had, I guess we would have needed to build a much bigger house!

      I can hardly wait to see your future house, Laura - part Boho, part Fairy, part Steampunk, part Goth. It's gonna be so cool. :)

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    2. Aw thanks! I sure hope so! It does sound awesome when you put it that way!

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  8. I chuckled my way through this brilliant, vampiric post!! :D I especially appreciated the way you artfully captured that vampire's lack of reflection! Haha.

    I barely managed to get my post up in time too! I've actually postponed my Valentine's dinner until tonight (Sunday) because everything has been just so crazed around here this week, culminating in the dash to get two party posts done. I figure it's still Valentine's Day in other parts of the world, so it counts, right?!! ;)

    Happy Vampire's Day!

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    1. Brilliant - whoa, that's high praise, Emma! I originally took the mirror picture for the little bottles of Dracula and Undying perfume samples in the dish, and then it occurred to me to add that bit about no reflection. Sometimes I get lucky. :)

      I really was rushing at the last minute to get it done - I had totally started out knitting a pair of wristwarmers with bats. I think this post got rewritten about ten times! I'm glad you had a nice dinner with your family (last night or tonight over here). Yes, I think it still counts, as long as you had something 'bloody' included on the menu!

      Happy Vampire's Day to you, Emma! ❤

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  9. I'm a fan on the first photo, I think it's very vampiric!
    I also want to put an entry for all four items please! I love giveaways, how exciting :)

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    1. Haha, thanks, Natalie! That beaded pillow is one of my favourites. The black silk is shattering but I don't want to replace it. Kinda like it all falling apart, as long as it doesn't disintegrate entirely - then I'd be sad!

      I'll put your name down for all four items! :)

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  10. Such a fun and wonderfully wicked story. Or is it considered non-fiction? Either way, I'd love a tour of your beautiful home any day. Such gorgeous furnishings and I have no words for all of the furred and feathered friends you have all over! That white bird is spectacular! Looks like an albino crow. LOVE it! As far as your more than generous giveaway, I'd love either of those glorious spiders!
    The amber one would be my first choice. So good to see you again! Hugs, Glo

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    1. Actually, it's all true - except for the part about knitting the life-sized vampire! I really started a pair of wristwarmers with bats but I didn't like how they turned out. Oh, and not from that book either - there really wasn't anything good to knit in there. :P

      Isn't that white bird great? He's actually a jackdaw but the taxidermist bleached him to look like an albino. I got him to sell at HorrorCon this year, but jeez - now I'm not sure I can part with him. :)

      Got you down for amber, then red spider! Thanks for stopping by, Glo! Hey, did you ever see the Hallowe'en post? Your card was in my little display. ❤

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  11. Leave it to the Insomniac to come up with something witty, picturesque and intriguing for the Vampire's Day Soiree. This was an excellent post in the true Insomniac style. I'm glad to see that you participated this time.

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    1. Thanks, Nightwind! Sometimes the posts come easily and sometimes they definitely don't. It seems as though I do work best under pressure though. :)

      Gosh, that's exciting news about your book!

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  12. I'm a new visitor and you most definitely haven't lost me but rather hooked me in with your witty running commentary. I've laughed and snorted my way through your post, very unlady like I admit. I've love your quotes and vignettes but your words were the icing on a delicious cake. I too always leave things to the last minute, I've spent this week thinking how to shabby chic vampires, not the thoughts of a normal mind maybe... Oh and next year I'd love to see how you combine knitting and vampires. Thanks for the big smile I've got plastered on my face reading your post and I'd love to go in your prize draw for what ever might be.

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, Jane! Normal minds probably don't hang around this blog very long, so you'll probably fit in quite well around here. I like nothing better than a good snort when I'm reading a post, so I'm happy that I managed to deliver this time! LOL

      If you ever figure out how to shabby chic a vampire please be sure to let me know, 'kay? I definitely need to start more than a week ahead of time next year - maybe I actually will figure out how to knit something 'vampyric'. LOL

      You're entered for all four items - good luck! :D

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  13. Well I am a new visitor to your blog and I read the whole thing...I even subscribed! :)
    Oh yes, I do love a giveaway. Please enter me and any of the four will be a wonderful prize (although, if I had to choose, I'm partial to the amber spider!) Thank you also for stopping by my post as well!

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    1. You subscribed! Wow - you are the brave one, Nicole! Thank you though, and I've followed you back (I think - I need to go and check to be sure I actually remembered to do that!)

      I've got you entered for amber spider as first choice, and the three others as second choice! Good luck!

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  14. That strange sparkling gets most of us. And intelligent people who understand their optical nerves (and perhaps brains) might in jeopardy run away. Not me. I endured the entire thing. No, I didn't die. But it was close.

    Love the chaos of your style. And your wonderful images.

    Put me down for the Re Spider. Since red is just delicious! ^♥^

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    1. I'm happy to report that seven years later, the youngest is now just as disdainful of sparkly vampires as her mother. Thank goodness it was just a phase! I can imagine that having to watch the entire movie was pretty horrific. Hopefully, you didn't have to watch any of the sequels, Magaly! :)

      Thank you! I'm always scared to comment on your stories, although I do love reading them. I'm not sure why I'm so hesitant to comment. I think because you're so clever and I don't want to appear too stupid when I've managed to misinterpret what you've written. Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than speak and remove all doubt, right? ;)

      You're down for a red spider - and you're right. The red ones really are the best! ♥

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  15. Very entertaining! Oh, and that mirror is incredible! Is it antique? Also, is that old style push button light switches I see in the photo with the cookies??? If they are, where do you find something like that?!

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    1. Thank you, Mark! The mirror was a lucky garage sale find - $20 if I remember right. Which I usually do. Can't remember my own name some mornings, and yet I can remember exactly what I paid for things I bought forty years ago. Go figure. It's a reproduction, but I still like it and since we don't have any mirrors in the bathroom yet because I can't make up my mind what I want, it's getting a lot of use these days. :)

      Yes, they are push buttons! We had the same kind in the Gothic Mansion, and both of us prefer them to the new rocker switches so we bought them again. We got them at Classic Accents in the US - they have a website - www.classicaccents.net. We had the brass plates at the old house, and got the hammered plates for this house. Absolutely love them!

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    2. It's all about the details! Amazing!

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  16. What a great post! I love all your vignette photos but most especially the last one. Sooooooo deliciously creepy! I'll throw my hat in the ring for the Fang Bottle Opener!

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    1. Thank you, Debra! I had a good time doing the vignettes - it's almost as much fun as decorating a doll house. I really do have to learn how to take proper nighttime pictures though. I had about 50 blurry ones and that was the best of the bunch. :P

      You're in for the Fang Opener! Good luck!! :D

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  17. New visitor, who become a pest! Love your home! As a fellow Canadian, a Fang opener of course! It won't be winter till eternity ( I hope not! )
    Thk you for visiting me as well, yes the gate is from Pinterest, my second home online.
    Keep comfy, nice to meet you! xoDebi

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    1. Nonsense, Debi! Not a pest at all!! I have to admit I was confused when you said I visited you, then I finally figured out you have two blogs and not just the one - I'm now following both!

      Are you another (rare) Canadian who can't drink beer in the winter? Me either. I like a nice hot drink when it's cold out. Beer is for summer!

      I love that gate. I was really hoping we'd be able to afford to get something like that at the end of our driveway, but sadly we had to settle for a plain old farm gate. Boo. LOL

      Stay warm, Debi and good luck on the Fang Opener! :D

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  18. Fantastic photos! i love your "rambling' writing style. I would love to enter your drawing for a fang bottle opener.

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    1. Thank you, Fran! Rambling - yeah, that's a good way to put it. And it's way worse inside my head! LOL

      You're entered for the Fang Opener - good luck and thanks for visiting! ♥

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  19. I was so engrossed, I completely forgot you were making eats for the local shin-dig. Hence my confusion when I got to the photos of bundt cake and heart shaped cookies. I was like, what the hell has Martha Stewart got to do with vampires. Then I remembered those tell-alls I read about her by former employees. I think I like the last photo the best. Mostly because I can't be asked to troll back through the post and make a more deliberated choice. But really, it is a nice photo. Boy that cake looks good. I don't have a bake-worthy oven at present so that sort of thing tends to get my attention like dogs and chew toys. By the way, have you won anything? How'd the shin-dig go?

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    1. Well, Spiced Rum bundt cake with Grand Marnier icing is also a Vampyre deterrent, Ali - sort of a secret only a few of us in-the-know are aware of though. Just like beer. LOL Oh yes, I've heard stories about Martha!

      I'm still getting the hang of our oven ... it's from Europe and apparently they're calibrated quite differently from North American ovens. At least that's the excuse the tech gave me when I dragged him out here to check it because I kept burning everything!

      Have I won anything? You'll have to refresh my memory - like what? :)

      The shindig was just as bad as I imagined it would be. The hubs and I sitting at a table all by ourselves looking kinda sad. We left right after we ate. I figure we've done our part now and participated in a few of them, so from now on, I'll just go down and clean the hall the next day and avoid the dances altogether. I'm just so antisocial. ;)

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  20. Marvelous!!! I was giggling mid way through and laughing full on by the end! I can relate though, I'm full of "best intentions" for starting projects early enough to really do it up and then there's always something that stalls me. But to be clear - it's never my fault! *cough, cough* Wonderful montages. And I must find out where you got that fang set bottle opener!

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    1. Hah, I'm glad you enjoyed it, Danielle! Best intentions are my downfall, I'm afraid. Funny thing is, they're never my fault either! What a coincidence, eh? LOL

      I'll write your name on a piece of parchment to win the Fang Opener. :) If you don't win though, I do sell them in my shoppe. ;)

      I just checked your blog and I see I've missed a whole bunch of posts again. I honestly don't know what to do to get Blogger to smarten up! Anyway, I'll go get caught up now. I feel badly - I really want to read what you've written when you write it and not two weeks later! :(

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  21. I loved it all! now, I've suffered TWO twilight movies because of my daughter, the damage is irreparable ;-) the script and your beautiful decor is sublime - good luck to all those who enter!! and it was wonderful to be a visitor to this fabulous soiree x x x

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    1. Oh no - TWO Twilight movies? Are you done yet or are there more to be endured? I haven't really kept good track of how many came out, because luckily my daughter never made me watch any more after the first one. I think she got tired of them, too.

      I'm so glad you could come to the Soirée!

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  22. Can I come live with you?! lol. I ADORE your decor! And don't worry about being late. I'm later, and for my own event! *hangs head* Please enter me in the draw for the fang bottle opener!
    Thanks so much for attending the Soiree! Hope you had a happy Vampire's Day! ^♥^

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    1. Oh absolutely, Holly! We built two extra bedrooms for the offspring to use when they come visit, but since that hardly ever happens you could claim one as your very own. You'd probably like the one with the Dark Fairy Princess bed and the creepy religious art on the walls. :)

      I will certainly enter you in the draw for the Fang Opener!

      The Valentine's Dinner & Dance was quite painful for someone who really doesn't like socializing with people she doesn't know, so next year I'll skip it and stay home and write my Vampire Soirée post instead. Waaaaay more fun. And thanks for hosting! I discovered lots of new blogs to read! :)

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    2. Excellent! I'll be there tomorrow... I wish! lol. The Dark Fairy Princess room would be perfect!

      I'm not a social butterfly either, especially in the winter. This time of year depresses me actually, so winning your giveaway made my day! I shall email you my address now. Thank you soo much!

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  23. Wow! I was a little bummed out that I couldn't join the soiree this year, but visiting your post makes up for it. So many beautiful spooky things! I echo Holly's sentiment; can I come live with you too?

    I would love a chance to win the fang bottle opener, it would make a great gift for my beer drinking man - or possibly a necklace for myself :)

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    1. I'm a little bummed you couldn't make the soirée too, Ms. Misantropia - oh well, there's always next year! And yes, you can come live and/or visit any time you want. :)

      I've got you down for a Fang Opener - it might be a little chunky for a necklace but I bet your man would love it! And it actually works really well, too!

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  24. Oh my stars....I am new to your blog, made it through to the very end because you are a very clever and inventive insomniac. Love your posting for Vampire Soiree. So very glad to have been directed here. What a hoot. You have so many "thematic" offerings and stagings. I would adore a fang bottle opener and would proudly display such here at Casa de Cuckoos. Thanks for the grins and giggles, Oma Linda http://yeoldecronesgazette.blogspot.com/2015/02/vampire-soiree-2015wheres-your-vania.html

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    1. Well, a VERY BIG pat on the back to you for making it all the way to the end! I've been looking at your Shadow of Oz celebration and wondering what I could make or do for it. I probably shouldn't leave it until April 10th, should I? LOL

      Got you entered for the Fang Opener - good luck and thanks for visiting, Oma Linda! :)

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  25. Well Insomniac, I certainly enjoyed your post and your attempt to keep with the theme. I, of course, would like to be entered for anything and everything - especially those spider. Beautiful pictures by the why - I love your style.

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    1. Well thank you, lady M. I'm glad you can appreciate how difficult it is to stay focused for an entire post! LOL

      I'll put your name down for one of everything then! Do you think my picture-taking is getting better? Because I'm seriously putting off opening up that camera manual. ;)

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    2. I think your pictures are amazing. I think the things you photograph are amazing as well. A feast for my eyes.

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  26. Am I to greedy to want it all? yup!

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    1. Not greedy at all! It's nice to know you like everything enough to want it all! :)

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  27. Sooooo glad that beer repels vampires. Clearly I am safe! Hopefully wine works, too. I loved seeing little vignettes about the cottage. I look forward to more peeps.
    Is it snowy in the wilds? It was about 80 degrees in California all weekend.
    Well clearly I'd be thrilled with the fang opener. You know, for the vampires and all.

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    1. I hope ALL alcohol repels vampyres, lightning x! Currently off beer (only drink that in the summer when it's warm) and recently had a bad experience with the Apothic - haven't been that ill since the palincă/meatball episode in Romania. **cough** So it's hard stuff for me at the moment. Do I feel I have a drinking problem? Nah. ;)

      The father-in-law is in Palm Desert for the winter. He's always happy to report how nice the temperatures are down there!
      We still have a lot of snow around but the temps have been quite warm this year - we were actually up to +16C the other day! Makes it great for driving but I wouldn't mind more snow. It's very pleasant having 'snow days' in the cottage. More pictures soon, I promise! :)

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  28. Dibs on the Apothic Dark, which I finally succeeded in persuading the local market to stock (after I persuaded them to stock the Apothic Red, which I assured the manager tasted "like something somebody with a title would drink.") That bundt cake would go well with it for an apres midnight snack. * Enter me in the drawing for the fangs, please.

    What a delight it has been, dear Insomniac in the Attic, to catch up on your nocturnal activities. You have raised Castle fever -- an elevated variant of cabin fever -- to an astoundingly artistic level!

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    1. Hey, did you see they have another limited edition called Apothic Crush out now? I gotta see if I can stomach some of that stuff - maybe I'll be able to work my way back up to the Dark eventually. Otherwise, you can have my case! LOL

      The bundt cake was a spiced rum cake with Grand Marnier icing. It went good with more Grand Marnier. ;)

      You are entered for the fangs - good luck and thanks for visiting, Beth. :)

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  29. Your vampire themed decorations are wonderful!! I have only tasted the Apotic version in the middle. What is the other wines tastes like? Lovely to see that you have come so forward with furnishing your beautiful home.

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    1. Thank you, linnea-maria! It's coming along although there are still lots of things to be done. But I'm tired, and will leave a lot of it until summer. I also need to sell some things in order to buy new things that will fit with the home better. A lot of the flowery Victorian stuff really doesn't look good in the cottage!

      I like all three versions of the Apothic - the Rosé on the right is lighter than the other two and it's nice in the summer. The Dark is very heavy, but wonderful during these cold days. Apparently, they now have a limited edition out called Crush. I'm going to go to the liquor store this week to see if I can't find it! The only Apothic I don't care for is the white, and I usually love white wine!

      Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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  30. Oh gosh, this is amazing! Such taste in decorating, I am truly in love! <3

    unknownprettylies.blogspot.com

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    1. Awwww thanks, Ellone - that's very sweet! I feel I haven't put much effort into the decor since I finished unpacking in November. But now I'm excited about painting the bathroom purple, so hopefully that will be the start of getting back into it. :)

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  31. Though I have arrived fashionably late to Virtually Attend such a splendid soiree... I have enjoyed myself tremendously and am smiling at the fact that I am not alone when it comes to well intended participation of wonderful Blog Events which then turn to panic as I frantically attempt to Create them in time. This is probably why I have Created so few even though I Delight in attending those of other Bloggers who pull it together and pull it off without relying upon a Wing and a Prayer to make it happen. You did a Fine job and clearly you had a Great Turnout! Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. I ALWAYS underestimate how much time I'm going to need to complete something, Dawn. I'm kind of renowned for that in my little world. LOL I'm in awe of people who actually plan for these things and, as you say, manage to pull it off without the Wing and a Prayer thing!

      It was a good turnout but I think that's because there was a giveaway. Always lots of readers during giveaways. ;)

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  32. Finally I can sit at peace here in my bedroom again, reading your blogposts... and others. ^^

    Your way of writing is indeed special, but awesome! It took a while to get use to it, but now I love it. ;D
    I can see a little more of your home now... but not enough, hehe. How far have you come with all the house-fixing and such?
    Is that a cabinet back there, in the first pic? Love that pattern/engraving/(another-bad-at-english-word)! I really need to visit a second hand store soon, I crave old beautiful thingies!

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    1. Nice to see you, Sandra! It's hard to get caught up on all the reading once you fall behind, isn't it? Special ... that's a nice way to phrase it. ;)

      Just thinking of doing another post soon - we got a new piece of furniture this week so I think I'll write about the room it's in so you'll get to see a bit more of the house then. I haven't done much fixing at all - I wanted to live in it for a while because I can't seem to get a handle on how I want it all to look. I am getting pretty tired of white walls though.

      I think it's a church bench! Very high off the ground and hard to get into to sit on it. It's beautiful carving, isn't it? Thank goodness we bought it before we knew how broke we were going to be after this build! LOL

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    1. We've only been in here for around five months, and it seems so uncluttered and like something's missing compared to our old house. Some say that's a good thing ... I still haven't made up my mind one way or another though. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by for a visit and for your kind comment, romany soup! :)

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