Sunday, October 27, 2013

Catching Up With A Ghoul

Hello my Deadlings,

I have been MIA for the last two weeks and wanted to make a quick post about This Ghouls Life!

This week I have so much going on, I don't know where to start! Currently, I am having a lovely day at home with nothing on the agenda, but crafting and horror movies. This weekend my items will be in two places at once! I will be sending some items to a craft show in Delaware. It is mostly Fall Holiday items that fill this place to the brim! I'm sure you can guess what kinds of items I will be sending along with another vendor. While that show is commencing, I will be in Jim Thorpe, PA for the annual Boolesque Festival! I am so excited! I see a burlesque show at least once a year in PA and this is, by far, my most favorite burlesque event I have ever attended! I am super excited to see the burlesque legend, Penny Starr perform! 

While I am in town, I will be restocking a shop in Jim Thorpe called 13th Moon Creations. This shop is amazing and a half! Handmade soaps and beauty products on top of hair dye, horror decor, items from local artists, and some killer finds from Sour Puss Clothing! I am hoping that I can talk the owner into doing an interview with me for next month before the holiday madness kicks in!

Halloween in this week! I am excited!!! Not only is it my most favorite holiday, but it is also the day I got married to my best friend, James. We will be spending the day together, hopefully going to a corn maze, drinking cider, and giving one another some spooky fun gifts! 

I will also be getting a makeover of sorts tomorrow as well! I have never had a makeover or a facial from a professional, so I am very excited. A lady that is a friend of a friend is trying to do 60 makeovers to be entered to win a trip to New Orleans from Mary Kay! Very exciting. I always love beauty tips and trying out new products, so I can't wait for tomorrow! 

Overall, this month has been awesome! I went to the circus for the first time in years, I have already gotten a ton of anniversary cards in the mail, and I am getting ready for the holidays. Netflix has added a ton of awesome movies and more episodes of great shows, so I will have that going on while I work on Etsy things. 

Speaking of which, I am officially a team leader with the Etsy Massacre Team! This a group of talented people that do everything from horror inspired art to special fx pieces. You can check out the team in many different ways: Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, or do a search on Etsy for "etsymassacre". I am in charge of the Twitter and Facebook accounts and I will be in the process of revamping them both with more info and more pictures! I am very excited to be including several new members as well! 

As much as I love to blog, I don't always have a chance to. If you are looking to get your fill of this Ghoul and her thoughts, please feel free to follow me in Instagram. You can find me under the name: AGHOULSBESTFRIEND! I am alway on Twitter, Facebook, and Etsy.

Stay Sweet and Twisted,

Sara, AGBF

Saturday, October 12, 2013

FEARce Five Vol. 8 - Joan Cusack

Greetings my dears. Today I am going to keep this weeks FEARce Five as short and simple as possible. This Ghoul has things to do and people to see. AKA I am doing laundry and cleaning before Adam to my Barbara comes home from work. (Did you like the Beetle Juice reference?) 

Today's FEARce Five is all about Joan Cusack. This lovely lady just celebrated her 51st birthday yesterday, so Happy Birthday, Joan! Joan is one of those Hollywood dolls that happens to not only have another actor in the family (her brother John Cusack), but has been able to work with him as well. However, today's FEARce Five is going to leave John out. Sorry, ghouls. Today's list is my favorite Joan Cusack films that her brother isn't in. I hope you like them! 

This Ghoul's Top Five Joan Cusack Films 
That John Cusack Isn't In

1. The Addams Family Values

2. Toys

3. The School of Rock

4. In and Out

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I would like to add that I did not include Shameless in the list because it is a tv show, not a film, but it is none the less awesome! I highly recommend this show!!!!!! 

I hope you enjoyed today's FEARce Five!

Stay Sweet and Twisted,

Sara, AGBF

A Divine Documentary

Back in June, I went to the Maryland Film festival at The Charles Theater and saw a film that made my heart melt. I was going to make a post about the film, but time was not on my side and before I knew it, the summer was over. I went to a showing of this film again, last night to be exact, and with everything still fresh in my mind, I would love to share my experience and thoughts with my sweet and twisted readers.

The film I saw is a documentary on the one and only Divine! Anyone that knows me can tell you that this is a film I have been waiting to be released for freaking ever! The second I found out that this was in the works I began following the I Am Divine film on every social networking site under the sun.

For those of you who do not know who Divine was, let me take a moment to get you in the loop. Divine is a man from Baltimore that most commonly known for being in the early films of John Waters. He typically had the lead role in these films, often portraying a female character. Some of his films include Female Trouble, Polyester, Lust in the Dust (this is not a John Waters film), Multiple Maniacs, Hairspray, and the notorious, Pink Flamingos. In between these films, Glenn (the man behind the make-up and character of Divine), toured, recorded music, and even performed on stage. He spent time in New York acting in plays and in California working with a group called The Cockettes.

There were many aspects of the character Divine that made him stand out. First off, Divine was not a small person. He usually weighed around 300 pounds and being that size and dressed like a female was quite a sight. Now add in the fact that he wore outfits a large woman would never dream of wearing the having eyebrows and eye make-up so loud that half of his head was shaved to make more room for them, you have yourself one heck of an attention getter. To say Divine stood out was an understatement. Everything about this character was big and loud, including his personality. Divine was loud, crude, perverse, in your face, and a shit stirrer. Divine wasn't just a some character Glenn played, Divine was a force to be reckoned with.

I Am Divine is a documentary that told Glenn and Divine's story. Since Divine passed away in 1988 there was no interview or where are they now aspect to this film. However, it is filled with lots of behind the scenes footage, recorded stage performances, and interviews with Divine. On top of that, it is filled to the brim with interviews from John Waters, drag queens, film critics, fellow Dreamlanders, fellow cockettes, agents, and even Glenn's mother, Frances Milstead. Everyone has such wonderful antidotes to share about Divy.

The only thing about this film that is awful is knowing how it will end, with Divine passing away. Each time I have seen this I have cried. It's sort of like watching Titanic, you get so wrapped up in the story and the music that you secretly hope they don't hit the iceberg and everyone has a safe trip. What makes this film so hard to watch is knowing that by the time Divine is finally getting recognized for the amazingly talented performer that he is, he dies. That being said, as many tears as I cried while watching this, I had five times more laughs throughout the film. Let's be honest, you can't watch a movie about a cult film performer dressed as a woman and not have a good laugh.

When I saw this film last night, I was at the historic Senator Theatre on York Road. This theater has quite a name for itself. Many movies filmed locally premiere at this venue including, those by John Waters. I'm bringing this up because the first clip you see in I Am Divine is of John and Divy at the premiere of Hairspray outside of the Senator. This is also the same place where the beginning of Cecil B. Demented was filmed as well. It was surreal to watch a film about someone who had spent one of the happiest days of their life in the very same place I was currently at. It as a wonderful film about an amazing person and I can't wait to see it again!

Until next time, stay sweet and twisted!

Sara, AGBF

Thursday, October 3, 2013

FEARce Five Vol. 7 - Krya Schon

Greetings Boils and Ghouls! This week has been a busy one as far as celebrating horror films and their anniversaries! On Monday, September 30th, Elvira Mistress of the Dark celebrated it's 25th anniversary. Yesterday, October 2nd, Strangeland hit it's 15th year of being creepy as all hell with one of my favorite soundtracks to date. Just thought I'd throw that in. One top of that, October 1st marked the 45th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead. As if that wasn't cool enough, today, October 4th is Kyra Schon's birthday. 

Now, for those of you that can't place a face to the name, Kyra Schon is the actress who played Karen in Night of the Living Dead. That's right, she was the trowel wielding, mother stabbing, father's arm eating, zombie we all know and love. 

For today's FEARce Five I am going to celebrate this lovely ghoul's birthday by giving you five awesome facts you may not have known about Kyra Schon and some sites where you can buy some of her art. Yes! I said buy some of her art!

Five Things You May Not Have Known About Kyra Schon

1. Kyra Schon's father is Karl Hardman, who played her father in Night of the Living Dead. 

2. Kyra is as spooky as they come and not only has her own website called Ghoul Next Door, but is also a regular contributor to the horror site: Dread Central!

3. In the early 80's, Kyra spent some time trying to "find herself", as she puts it. She lived in Montana during this time and eventually moved back to her home town of Pittsburgh, PA. That's right, we have ourselves and East Coaster!

4. These days, Kyra teaches pottery and sculpture at an art school. She also finds time to make appearances at conventions when she can. 

5. Kyra Schon has an Etsy page where you can purchase some of her work! Her shop is called Stone House Arts

I hope you all have enjoyed this volume of Friday's FEARce Five!

Stay Sweet and Twisted,

Sara, AGBF

A Ghouls Wish List for October 2013 Vol. 1

Before I became an Etsy seller, I was an Etsy buyer! It was almost a problem. In fact, to this day, the majority of my purchases that aren't food or clothes are done on Etsy. I use it buy craft supplies, accessories, shirts, gifts for others, antiques that my grandmother owned, and even soap. Since I am always on Etsy, I decided to make an October Wish List filled with items you can find on Etsy. I hope you all like some of my creepy favorites!

This item is a necklace made by Fable And Fury. It is a black stainless steel pendant featuring the one and only Vincent Price! This seller has many other necklaces that I would love to own! This shops has necklaces featuring John Waters, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Alfred Hitchcock, and David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust!

Since I am a bookworm as well as a horror nut, it should be no wonder that I am adding this next item to my wishlist: Halloween bookends! This past summer, I had Freddy Krueger bookends made by this seller, Custom Creations 2 U. They were made to order and took some time to arrive, but when they did my friend was beyond thrilled to receive them!

I am the type of person that likes to watch horror movies, but likes having them displayed all over the house as well! Horror movie posters, skulls, Beetle Juice figures on display... it's just how I roll. This item is a painted record with Ghost Face from Scream on it. It's for sale in a shop called Ace Troy Pop Art. This shop is filled with awesome art for anyone who loves horror, fashion, or music. This shop has something for almost everyone. 

As someone who likes to cook, but hates getting covered in everything from flour to different sauces, I am a huge enthusiast of aprons in the kitch! And hey, if that apron happens to remind me of Freddy Krueger, so be it! This item is made by Haute Mess Threads and this is just one of many awesome aprons this shop has to offer! They even have an awesome Matrix apron

The last item I have to share is something else that, like the Freddy apron, is creepy and practical. Since my husband is an AT&T manager, I know the value and importance to protecting your phone with accessories, but I get bored with plane Jane covered that only come in black and pink. I was and still am super excited to have found this awesome case made by Stuff and Thingz. You can find all sorts of awesome phone covers at this shop for Samsung, HTC, and Apple products.