Mad Like Alyce

South Dakota actually has an abundance of great wineries, but Calico Skies is quickly becoming my favorite. Just 25 miles south of Sioux Falls, this winery boasts not only fantastic wines from their own grapes, but an incredible view to boot! Best yet, wine tastings are free, and you are welcomed to bring your own snacks! They do have cheeses and crackers available for purchase if you leave yours at home.

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The Wines

We started by doing a tasting. Personally, I’m a fan of sweeter wines and was able to sample EVERY sweet wine at no cost. While they really all were incredible wines, here were my favorites:

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White: Brianna

This wine was not only delightfully fruity, but had a pineapple aroma that was sweet and refreshing.

Red Blends: Sun Dog & Sweet Licks

I honestly couldn’t decide which one I loved more. The Sun Dog had a warm, rich body with a fruity finish. The Sweet Licks is best described as “Adult Fruit Juice,” as it is made with concord grapes, but has the maturity of an exceptional wine. Both were fantastic… need not mention the fact that both are named as a tribute to their four legged family members!

Fruit: Cranberry

I’m going to have to get a case of this around the holidays. It was a beautiful balance of sweet and tart and it made me far less sad that winter is on the horizon… This wine will absolutely be making an appearance on the blog in a future post.

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The Afternoon

Calico Skies has live music on Sundays in the summer, and we selected a bottle of their sparkling wine, Moto to accompany our spread. My latest addiction is Black Pepper Triscuts and spicy cheese… but we also ended up with sweet potato chips, blueberry cheese, and chocolate!

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We made the wine last the afternoon as we caught up, and each bought a bottle to bring home. I purchased the Sweet Licks, which didn’t make it a week before it was finished. All I have to say is that I may see a wine subscription to Calico Skies in my very near future.

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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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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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