12 Shares of Christmas

Business Name: DeadlyDarlingDesigns

Links: IG @deadlydarlingdesigns / Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeadlyDarlingDesigns

What is your business about? What is it that you do/sell? I like to call it creepy crafting. 💚 Mostly it’s a creative outlet that became a hobby that I wanted to share with others. Everything I make is something I would wear or decorate with myself! 

What gave your the inspiration or motivation for your business? There’s such a niche for us Halloween lifestyle lovers and my creepy ghouls and gals out there... 🎃 and there’s just not much that caters to our style. I realized the only way I was going to find what I was looking for was to make it myself. It’s been so much fun and I thoroughly enjoy every challenge that’s presented itself in trying to make my crazy ideas become a reality (also thank you YouTube for reteaching me how to use a sewing machine 😅)

What has been your biggest success to date? My biggest success has been to see everyone’s overwhelmingly positive responses to my creations! 🖤 I love making them, but hearing the feedback and shock at how much they love what I made or how the photos don’t do my creations justice, makes me feel amazing! I am so honored. 😌

Do you have any big plans/ideas/launches planned for 2018? Not as of right now. I will be starting student teaching full time, so I’ll be working around that chaotic schedule. 🙃Teaching children is my dream and crafting is my outlet, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something for my batty babes and monster men! ⚰️ Until then though, I LOVE doing custom pieces so please reach out to me with any ideas!

Do you have anything on special or something you are launching for this holiday season? Yes, a collection of creepy holiday goodies! 🎄🦇 Stay tuned...

Holiday Discount Code: Free Shipping (w/n US) “SEASONSCREEPINGS” 🎁

12 Shares of Christmas

My shop name is Stilettoed Devil www.etsy.com/shop/thestilettoeddevil (I also post everything on my personal IG a few days before it goes up on Etsy and usually offer special discounts like free shipping codes on here as well so be sure to follow my IG as well @Grace_Glampire )

I am a unique character and avid admirer of vintage, tiki and anything creepy. That’s why my store motto is “Where creepy meets tiki!” I specialize in several things ranging from tiki shrunken head necklaces (big with the So Cal tiki crowd) to occult style rosaries to be used by practicing witches and more light hearted spooky halloween inspired jewelry. I took everything I loved and basically did my own take on it and made things I wanted but couldn’t find anywhere else. I guess you could say I have one stilettoed foot in a vintage tiki paradise and the other in a macabre Tim Burton fantasy! HAHA!

For years I have made my own clothing and jewelry. In the past girls would often commission me because they liked my fresh take and wanted  things that would stand out and weren’t mass produced. (I personally handmake all items. Each is little bit different so no two pieces are identical. I mix my own glitter as well so all colors are custom and not just straight out of the bottle.) That’s how my Etsy store came about. After I made my first shrunken head necklace earlier this year, so many girls (and guys) in the tiki scene were commissioning me to make them that I decided I should just open an Etsy store!

My biggest success to date were two things: the first being a local boutique “Audrey K” (in Burbank) approached me and wanted to carry my Atomic Cat brooches. Audrey is really amazing and I was so lucky to work with her. The second being, one night in bed I heard an Etsy order come through and I recognized the name. It was one Miss Queenie Black. She is a local goth artist here in Los Angeles, her stuff is amazing and I habve admired her work for years and now here she was, placing an order with me! I felt so honored!

For 2018 I plan on keeping a positive outlook and continuing to vend at the Southern California tiki events (Tonga Hut and Don the Beachcombers) and possibly start vending at some of the more goth events as well such as Bats Day at Disneyland. The sky is the limit! I am just so grateful at the warm welcome I have had from other vendors and from my customers!

My code for 15% off all items (no minimum) for new customers is NEWCUSTOMER the code is good through December 31, 2017. Attached are two photos. The first is the atomic cat brooches I have available now (holiday edition) which include removable santa hats and the second is an example of one of the shrunken head necklaces I make that is one of my biggest sellers.

Summer Vibes with Unique Vintage - Hamilton Dress

Unique Vintage sent me a special dress to style, and I must say, it is a new favorite of mine.  The Hamilton Dress screams summer to me and comes in several different color ways.  I choose the black/white color way.

I decided to style this dress with hints of red, and a few of my favorite summer time staples.  Red Espadrilles, and big hair flower and a snood.

Southern Missouri summers can be kind of brutal.  We have heat AND humidity, and right now, that is exactly what we are experiencing.  A hair snood is a simple way to keep medium to long hair off your neck and back to help stay cool, and it is a 'vintage; way to not just throw your hair into a ponytail.

The Hamilton Dress is a light weight cotton and has a very full skirt.  If it were not 90+ degrees here, I would say it would be lovely to pair it with a petticoat to showcase the fullness of the skirt, but alas I forgo petticoats in the summer because it is too damn hot.

If you are between sizes, or have a large bust, I recommend to size up in this dress style.  While the bust line is forgiving, it is tight.  I ordered an XL to accommodate my bust measurement.  The waist was a little big, but I don't mind, I a usually belt all dresses.

As far as dressing for this style, you cannot go wrong with red, red lips and a big cat eye.

The Hamilton Dress is on the website for $88 right now, and some of the other color ways are on sale! Be sure to check it out.

I will be posting another blog about how to style this dress a little less classic and how to transition this closet staple into fall, or cooler weather.

Wedding Week: Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Vibes with Angry Young and Poor

Angry Young and Poor so graciously provided my dress for the rehearsal dinner.  If you are not familiar with this company, please click over and get to know them!  It is a small business that has been dedicated to the punk rock / alt side of things since 1995.

I selected a black off the shoulder dress by Lucky 13.  The Loren Dress comes in black, plum, or midnight blue.  It does have give/stretch, but order a size up, as in my opinion it runs small.  It is currently $77 online through angry young and poor website.

This dress is really pretty, and can be glammed up, to the nines, or dressed demure.  I chose to attach a spider brooch at the bust line to repeat similar image from my wedding dress.

AY&P also provide braces and a Kustom Kreeps tie for my groom.  The braces come in a variety of colors and start at $12.  Johnny chose a black pair to go with the "creepy" theme.

The Kustom Kreeps Grave Digger Tie was a big hit, and one I a sure he will wear again.  It is available for $7 right now online.
Photo by Shantelle Young
Photo by Shantelle Young
Photo by Shantelle Young
If you are looking to outfit yourself or your bridal party for any part of your wedding, please keep Angry Young and Poor in mind.  Sometimes it is hard to remember that you don't have to shop at Men's Warehouse or David's Bridal, because that seams to be the push as soon as your get engaged.

Stay Sweet,
Katty Delux

Wedding Week: Reception Extras and Party Favors

Photo by Shantelle Young

We officially did it! We are married and have been for a week now!  It has been a lot of fun, and we could not have done it without the help of some very important vendors.

I wrote last week about using your favorite companies to help you get splendid gifts for your bridal party, and your reception is no different.  We went a totally non-traditional route with our wedding, and you should know that means we did exactly what we wanted.

Our reception was hosted at Civil Kitchen, in Springfield MO, and we decorated with what I like to call Halloween in June, or something a little "creepy".  

Sourpuss Clothing provided the skull planters and creep cookie plates.  They looked perfect for our creepy theme, and are know serving purpose as decor in our living room.  

The planters are $19 right now and come in black or red.  You could fill them with planters, like we did, or candy!

The creep plates are on sale right now for $8 a each and are a fun addition to any house. I may have to get some more, just to eat on.

The tombstone sign was created by an IG friend, Future Mrs. Design, who works with all types of mediums to custom create items for your wedding, gifts, or just fun little trinkets.

 And lastly, our cookies are hand created by another small business owner, Fancy Paperie, who does cookies and beautiful papers, invitations, and cards.

I loved that we got to support small business and also use companies that we know and love!  Don't worry there is more to come with a few other companies that we worked with for a wedding.

Stay Sweet,
Katty Delux

Wedding Week: Bridal Party Gift Ideas with Sourpuss Clothing and Suavecito

I don't know if you are like me, but I started to really roll my eyes when searching for wedding party gift ideas.  Now, I am not having traditional nuptials.  My fiance and I decided that a church was not the venue for us, and we are not necessarily a "traditional" wedding magazine couple anyway.

I could not, in good faith, get any friend an engraved photo frame, or some sort of barf-o-tron gift that they would never use, so I looked to some of my favorite companies to fill the order of thanking our friends for helping us get hitched.

One of the hardest parts of this whole "bride" journey, is honestly staying true to yourself.  There are a million different opinions that will pull you down different paths, and really when it comes down to it, you just have to do what feels good and right to you.  So why in the world give presents that you wouldn't want to receive yourself?

Suavecito/Suavecita is a brand that both Johnny and I, as well as our friend are very well acquainted with.  A great groomsman swag bag could be filled with pomade, or their new signature cologne, and a new comb.  Your bridesmaids would be sure to love a new suavecita lipstick and/or some wonderfully scented pomade of her own!

Another favorite company of mine, and one that I have worked with multiple times, is Sourpuss Clothing.

It is hard to think how a clothing company could fit into gift giving, or even how it could be a good place to look for wedding reception extras, but Sourpuss is MORE than just clothes!

For the groomsmen, Johnny and I picked out some very rad pinstriped ties by Kustom Kreeps through Sourpuss, and also a couple of stainless steel flasks.  

Sourpuss Clothing also sent along some great things for a wedding reception, but photos of that will up on another post, because obviously I want to get some photos of the cool items at our actual wedding reception.

From one alternative bride to another, think outside the wedding magazines.  Go with companies that already support your "roots".

Stay Sweet,
Katty Delux