Mad Like Alyce

Apartment Improvements: Light Fixtures

I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to completely change out the light fixtures in my apartment… but I just couldn’t justify the cost, even though I could take them with my to a new apartment and I’m not planning on leaving this one for at least another year. The fact still remained… these were just not cutting it.

So, in an effort to brighten up my sad, dingy, dark galley kitchen, I went to work on making my existing lights work for me. I have so many great ideas of what I could get to make my apartment that much better… I have great DIY ideas that would be great on this blog. But sometimes I have to realize… this blog is just a hobby. Yeah, I know you can make money on it. I love the idea of being able to support myself! Sometimes, however, I just have to reign myself in. Who knows… maybe you will see one of those tutorials on here soon! But at least these make me hate the existing fixtures that much less.

What I Would Love

First… here is what I would LOVE to have instead of a boring fan. My desired style is more contemporary or modern… but when your last 4 living spaces have been beige… rustic goes a lot further, and at this point, matches a lot of my existing furniture. Go with what is going to work best for you, especially if you are on a budget.

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Metal Orb Chandelier | World Market

Most recently, I have been obsessed with these orb chandeliers… and I would love to take a stab at making one myself! I just don’t think this one would be bright enough for my already dim North-facing apartment.

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Seeded Glass Cluster Pendant | World Market

I also would love something like these, these pendants are adorable! Still, not enough light.

Kitchen Sink Light Update

There was a dirty, ancient light above the sink, and while I wanted to replace the fixture completely (Damir is an electrician, it would be a piece of cake), I settled for giving it a facelift instead. First things first… wash it! While your light fixtures usually look fine to the naked eye, most rental companies never clean it. Sometimes, you are lucky if they clean the bugs out of them prior to you moving in. In this case, I was pretty impressed with what just a little bit of scrubbing will do.

Kitchen beforeMost people may never notice… but it just looks sad.

Once it dried, I used a red washi tape to give the kitchen a little “pop” of color that is completely temporary and easily removed when we move out. Not the fanciest looking thing, but let’s be honest, this is not a showplace kitchen. It actually fit in quite nicely with the rest of my red kitchen decor.

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Dining Room

I say dining room like it is another room… actually its the small space that is an extension of the kitchen, and the primary light for the rest of the living room. I really, really, really wanted to replace this with a chandelier, but in addition to the unnecessary cost, I needed to find one bright enough for the entire room. That, and while Damir is a great sport with a lot of my decor choices… I feel like this one would be pushing it. It’s best to put things up and have him give me the look than ask for his active participation.

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This is how the fan started out… pretty sad and droopy. Poor thing. Pretty sure no one had tightened the bolts on the blades for ages. Its actually a really quick fix for these fans, just a regular Philips screw driver does the trick. Don’t forget to dust and/or scrub the blades as well.

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Then, take off the glass globes and give them a thorough scrub. You can see what a huge difference it makes! The dust just makes them dingy over time.

Even though the visual differences were slight, I feel a lot better about both of these knowing they are nice and clean!

 

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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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  • Bahahahaha too funny not to share! #followyourdreams #freddykrueger
  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween
  • Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
  • One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Check out the full tutorial, now up on the blog, link in bio!

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