Mad Like Alyce

Off the Shelf: Taking a break from the chaos

So, it’s been awhile, and a lot has been happening!  What, you may ask? I moved… Again! I finally got out of my walking boot, and have been going to physical therapy, setting up the new apartment, Damir’s Dad is finally here from Bosnia, and I’m packing for a week long trip out West to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation… which covers the big stuff.

Add all of that to the little things like working late, working on the Pit Bull Rescue website, and shooting and editing footage for the site, plus the million other projects I have on the site, it had gotten to be a bit much. So much that lately, I have been so wiped that I simply cannot bring myself to pull up my computer in the evening. For this I apologize.

Of course, my best stress reliever is reading, so I have made sure to at least be reading a book while I have been passed out on the bed/couch/floor/anywhere. Its perhaps the best way to completely hijack my stressed out mind and transport it to a wonderful world of someone else’s creation and disappear into their story.

Dreams & Shadows

dreams and shadows

By Robert C. Cargill

This was a wonderful book I had read a few years past, and although I had been yearning to read it again, I simply could not remember the title or author. Thank you Google! I was able to search for the key points in the plot line and find the summary via Amazon (Thank you Amazon!).

This story is a fantastic dive into the supernatural otherworld of the Fae and includes beautiful back story elements on histories of the Jinn. This tale is a beautiful weaving of characters battling a fate that was sealed years prior. Overall, if you are interested in fantasy at all, this is worth a read.

The Secret Place

the secret place

By Tana French

This was a great crime solving novel that included some interesting elements of magic as well. It all starts with a pinboard in an all-girls school allowing them to place their “secrets”. In my opinion, the magical element was a bit unnecessary and ultimately didn’t play as large of a part as it could have.

The beauty of the story is in the incredible rush of emotion surrounding love. Love of a career. Love of a purpose, Love of a friend, and mostly, first Love. The author captured the hormonal and intoxicating pulse of young love in a way that made me so incredibly wistful and nostalgic. Again, a highly recommended read.

Horrorstor

horrorstor

By Grady Hendrix

This was definitely a novelty read, and I only picked it up due to the unique cover. Set in a Knockoff IKEA store called ORSK, the author uses a very unique storyline and plays off of the Sweedish naming conventions of products and the happy go lucky atmosphere while the plot grows continually darker. I felt that I started rushing this one simply to get it done, but overall, I enjoyed the read. Not something to run out and buy, but if you see it on the library shelf, go ahead and take a look.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Wheeee!!!"
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas

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