Stocking Stuffers for Strange Girls

I’m aware it’s early and wholly unlike me, but I’ve officially become stricken with the holiday spirit. But as you know, my inner strange girl won’t ever let me fully abandon Halloween. So I’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers (most under $20) you can put on your Christmas wish list that’ll still satisfy your spooky affinities.

1 // This Burned at the Stake candle couldn’t be better suited for Christmas with the sweet smell of bonfire, pine, and subtle notes of clove and spice (they’ve aptly left out the scent of burning hair and flesh).

2 // Swooning hard over this vintage anatomy journal. There’s lots of other beautiful designs suited for the lover of antique science and biology on the Cognitive Surplus site.

3 // Beauty products make great stocking stuffers, and if you’re looking for something more out of the ordinary, try any one of the handcremes from TokyoMilk’s Dark collection. I’m especially loving Arsenic right now, an intoxicating warm blend of vanilla salt, spices, and woods sharpened with cut greens and absinthe.

4 // All girls with a fondness for the Victorian love a good hand curio. This brass hand paper clip is both decorative and functional (dare I say “handy”?). The design was reproduced from a Victorian letter holder.

5 // This little embroidered bat patch is just way too cute not to have inside your Christmas stocking.

6 // Have all eyes on you with these quirky nail decals.

7 // You’ll be cute as a bug in these bettle socks from Anthropologie.

8 // These killer dagger cat eye “singlasses” are perfect for the badass babe on your Christmas list.

9 // I’m loving that lapel pins are back in style, so get ur flair on with these delightfully dark brass & copper pins featuring a coffin, planchette, and crystal.

10 // Can never have enough bewitching fragrances. The Parlor Apothecary has concocted an assortment of unique potions with intriguing names ranging from “Victorian Spirit” to “Antique Tonic” and “Alchemy Elixir”. Their set of 4 perfumes makes an ideal gift for the enchanting lady in your life.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Hope you aren’t too sad about Halloween being over, and got some fun ideas from this list for geting a head start on your Christmas shopping.

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

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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 |