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.



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.


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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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