Halloween Mix – Blood On My Neck

It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here, so I’ve compiled another spooky mix to get you in the Halloween spirit. Lots of synthy tracks and haunting vocals dripping with sex, inspired by 80s vampire movies and more modern tales like Only Lovers Left Alive. Check out past year’s mixes: 2014 | 2013

01. “Circulars” — Still Corners
02. “Fresh Blood” — Eels
03. “Dark Allies” — Light Asylum
04. “It’s Out There and It’s Gonna Get You” — The Paper Chase
05. “2020” — Suuns
06. “Worship” — A Place to Bury Strangers
07. “Shadowshow” — iamamiwhoami
08. “Spellwork” — Austra
09. “What’s A Girl To Do?” — Bat For Lashes
10. “The Big Dream” — David Lynch
11. “Dark Energy” — Faded Paper Figures
12. “Smoulder” — EMA


Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Happy Friday everyone! Christmas is just around the corner. I haven’t even finished my Christmas shopping yet, let alone started wrapping. But if you’re ahead of the game, I’ve created some freebie holiday gift tags to spruce up your packages. All you need to do is download the file, print it onto cardstock, cut ’em out, hole punch, and tie with string or twine. I have a few different options — big, small, colored, and lineart only. Feel free to use for all your personal gift wrapping needs!

If you use these these on your gifts, I’d love to see! Upload a photo and tag me on Instagram @stuckwithpins!

Corinne’s Christmas Wishlist

This year, I don’t want a lot for Christmas *cue Mariah Carey singing*. The practical (work-related) things I really do want are a $2,000 85mm lens and a new $300 Canon printer, but I’ve maxed out my Santa card in the past and don’t expect any of these things to be coming down the chimney for me. Alas, it’s the season of giving/getting, and without a wishlist, family and friends constantly complain they don’t know what to buy, so here’s a little round up of some knick-knacks and accessories I’ve had my eye on, and hopefully inspire you to support a few of these small businesses during your own holiday shopping.

1 // I’m absolutely obsessed with this adorable bat sleep mask by Appendage. I’ve never slept with a mask, but I might need to since too much light comes into our cave in the early morning and it’s cheaper than buying new curtains…

2 // The Sick Rose by Richard Barnet is a beautiful collection of medical illustrations documenting nineteenth century diseases. To say I need this book in my possession would be an understatement.

3 // San Diego is super spoiled with tons of talented local artisans. JaxKelly is one of those artists and I swoon over all her earrings, including these gold dipped rose quartz, every time I see them at Pigment.

4 // Madame Talbot is an illustrative genius and curio extraordinaire (I don’t think there’s an oddity shop in America that doesn’t have her work on the walls). Her Victorian gothic posters are so unique and stunningly detailed. We already have the Lincoln Ghost Train framed in our middle room and get compliments on it all the time. I’d love to hang The Everlast Embalming Fluid print by our bar.

5 // Surrounding myself with beautifully designed things is important for my creative process — and that includes pretty office supplies. I’m in love with these gold shears from Target’s Nate Berkus collection and would be pretty excited to find them in my stocking — probably more excited than anyone could ever be about scissors.

6 // Have I told you how obsessed I am with Madame Scodioli? Oh yeah, I have. Well I was ecstatic when she started making spray perfumes, especially of Elyria, my signature scent of earl grey and lavender.

7 // Okay, I don’t expect anyone to spend over $200 on shoes for me this Christmas, but I can dream. I’m on the hunt for a nice (affordable) pair of metal toed boots like these Jeffrey Campbell Bentley-2.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far and keeping sane during their Christmas shopping!

Gift Guide for the Oddity Aficionado – Pt 2

Back again with more unique gifts for the collector of strange and unusual wonders! Last year, my curated list for Pinterest’s Holiday Giving Guide was a hit, so I’ve gathered up a few more curiosities to inspire your Christmas shopping for the oddity aficionado in your life. Check out the whole board on Pinterest!

1 // Natural Histories Book and Print Set – ModCloth | 2 // English Bulldog Anatomical Embroidery – HandmadeEntomology |
3 // Antique Edison Cylinder Record Canister – AllvintageMan | 4 // Real Vintage Armadillo Purse – Ebay | 5 // Pearl Beaded Roe Deer – Virginia the Wolf | 6 // Genuine Spiderweb Necklace – PreciousCreature | 7 // Antique Prosthetic Eye – The Twisted Eye | 8 // Bat Patch – Gerri Tullis | 9 // Rare Autographed Photo of “Penguin Girl” – diabolic | 10 // Antique French Hair Reliquary – Mercurysmoon | 11 // Antique Medical Lithograph Manikin – TrunkGypsies |

Christmas Bucketlist 2014

Hello December! The holiday season is in full swing, the Christmas tree Instagrams are rolling in, and it’s time to start planning our winter-ish festivities. I’m really feeling this is gonna be a good year. Here are a few things we’ve got on the agenda for making the most of Christmas 2014 in San Diego:

✓ December Nights at Balboa Park

Kick off the season with lots of holiday spirit (and insane crowds) at December Nights, one of San Diego’s most popular holiday events. It’s a smorgasbord of art, culture, and general Christmas cheer. There’s live music and performances, food and gifts from all different parts around the globe, and the museums are open late too.

✓ Craft Himmeli ornaments for the tree

These geometric ornaments were super fun and easy to make.

✓ Throw another awesome ugly sweater white elephant party

For the last couple years, I’ve hosted ugly sweater parties centered on watching a horrible movie. Last year we watched the Star Wars Holiday Special, and in previous years we’ve done horror films like Santa’s Slay, Jack Frost, and even an Evil Dead II zombie themed Christmas party.

✓ See the lights at the zoo

Renew our San Diego Zoo passes and walk around at night during Jungle Bells when the park is open late and illuminated with colorful animal lights.

• Buy new leather pants

To rock with oversized sweaters all winter long.

✓ Bundle up and head out to Julian

Grab some legendary apple pie and do a little antiquing in the historic mining town. And maybe see some snow if we’re lucky (my favorite part about living in Southern California is having the perfect warm weather all year round and crisp mountain air just an hour away when we need it).

✓ Concoct a new Christmas cocktail

I’m thinking a hot buttered rum, or a festive white russian.

✓ Partake in our traditional annual Elf fort night

Every year we get together with friends, build a blanket fort in the living room, and watch Elf inside it — like all 20-something & 30-year-olds should.

• Sew our own stockings & fill them with fun little gifts

My mom always gave me fancy new underwear for Christmas and it was my favorite, haha. Dave might be getting some underwear in his stocking this year…

✓ Shop local

Buy gifts from small businesses in our artsy little neighborhood of North Park.

• Celebrate Krampusnacht

Really bummed we won’t be able to make it up to any of the Krampusfest events in LA again this year. But if you’re in SoCal, check out some of the happenings in celebration of the folkloric Christmas devil.

✓ Throwback with Christmas(-ish) movies we haven’t watched in ages

We started with Batman Returns and Home Alone. Next up… Just Friends and Edward Scissorhands.

Now I want to know what you guys have going on this season! Any unique plans, favorite holiday movies, long-standing traditions, or go-to recipes for the best Christmas cookies? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook!