Monday, May 18, 2015

Skulls for Breakfast


       Do ever get bored with your breakfast, and wish there was a way to make it more exciting, more creative, more...morbid?  This egg mold will make your breakfast into a macabre meal. The silicone mold sits right in your frying pan, and the eggs cook inside the skull. Serve a unique treat to your gothic partner, or surprise your kids with the coolest breakfast ever! 

Copyright-Fred and Friends
These sort of molds can be tricky to use at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy. You could probably also use it for pancakes!

The skull mold is made by Fred and Friends, an innovative design team based in Rhode island. It is available right on their website: http://www.fredandfriends.com/kitchen/funny-side-up/FUNSKL.html#start=1

and also on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fred-Friends-FUNNY-SIDE-Skull/dp/B00FL2CMMQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431963237&sr=8-1&keywords=skull+fried+egg

Here is a video of how to use the mold by Mosogourmet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBJ222mIA6Y

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Poison Garden

Most of the time you know when you are in danger, like when a bear is charging at you or someone is following you down a dark street. But did you know there are deadly killers hidden right under your feet?
Some plants and flowers may look innocent but can kill you with a taste or even a touch.
The Poison Garden has gathered many of these plants together to show and teach us about these fascinating species. Situated within the Alnwick gardens in Northumberland, England, the section is guarded by imposing black metal gates that read "These Plants Can Kill". Created by the Duchess of Northumberland, it is inspired by a legendary apothecary garden grown by the Medicis that harbored not only medicinal herbs but deadly ones that proved useful in poisoning their enemies.
Credit - Alnwickgarden.com

Some of the plants in the Poison garden include poison hemlock, deadly nightshade, black henbane, and the deceivingly pretty common foxglove. There are about 100 other plants to view, some locked behind their own cages for your own safety!
Credit - Alnwickgarden.com
Learn more at http://www.alnwickgarden.com/explore/whats-here/the-poison-garden

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Barbies Gone Wild!

  Perhaps you didn't know it but there is a very good chance your Barbie collection has a secret life you knew nothing about. There are things going on behind closed Dream House doors Barbie doesn't want you to see! 

  That's where Ontario artist Mariel Clayton comes in, capturing Barbie, Ken and their party pals in their very worst moments. After all, Barbie dolls have wants and desires too. Life is very competitive for Barbies and apparently the pressure to be your best, at all times, is too great for some. Just a caution that most all of these images by artist Mariel are NSFW!


When Barbies Kill! Image: Mariel Clayton
  Many of the staged scenes & images seem directly inspired by the celebrity culture we are immersed in every day. There's also a running commentary on the vapid, materialism of our consumer culture. On the other hand, why shouldn't Barbie have as much fun as Lindsey Lohan or get the chance to let off a little steam?


Titled "The Cygnet" ~ Image: Mariel Clayton
  There are also images which simply pay homage to classic works of art like the reference to Vermeer seen below.

Titled "De Melkmeid" ~ Image: Mariel Clayton
  There are many more creative images of the artist's work at the full web site found at: http://www.thephotographymarielclayton.com/. Stop in and take a look around!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Morbid/ Evil Taxidermy

  Perhaps you've stumbled into a curio shop, second hand store or dusty antique shop - you find yourself frozen by what you see before you. In front of you is Taxidermy from hell! Someone has taken apart and reassembled a rabbit and created a visage of evil, an art piece which pays homage to Easter and somehow includes a crucified rabbit and a miniature Ouija board. You want to speak but words won't form. A primal instinct tells you this is all wrong and you should turn around run. Instead you reach forward and look for a price tag. Can I possibly take this home and display this? 


Credit: Curiosities from the 5th Corner

  Much of these weirdly morbid creations have found their way to a website which has an obsessive need to collect these Frankenstein Taxidermy creations. The web site does not come with a warning but it's my suggestion to not view these images just prior to retiring to bed for the evening. Some of these creations are quite disturbing!

Credit: Gwen R. via Facebook
 To see more of these morbidly hideous creations head on over to the Crappy Taxidermy web site which holds multiple pages of these images as well as a published book for those who just can't get enough!

Credit: Hayley Louse Beck ~ Foxy Taxidermy
  Don't say we didn't warn you! View more at ----> Crappy Taxidermy or get some Eye Bleach here!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Morbid Sanctuary

Morbid Sanctuary Blog Launches!

Welcome to the party! Come one, come all! 

Morbid Sanctuary is proud to launch this blog as a byproduct of the creative minds of ArwenDesigns and MaxxArtist. This blog will highlight artists, writers and creative types with a penchant for the morbid. We will also pass on informative tidbits on galleries, museums and morbid moments in history you won't want to miss.

On day one of the new blog we would remiss if we did not mention a great Kickstarter that Paula, founder and artistic mind behind ArwenDesigns is directly involved with. It's the Kickstarter for Clockwork Phoenix 5 an anthology of which Paula has illustrated the cover. 


Clockwork Phoenix is a celebrated anthology series edited by Mike Allen of Mythic Delerium. So please click on the following link for the aforementioned Kickstarter Project and get involved - even if the only help you're able to give at this time is to spread the word! Please share it on Twitter, Facebook or yell it from the rooftops - any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Now fasten your seatbelts and keep your arms and hands inside the ride at all times! It's going to get Morbid! Also- No refunds!