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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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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  • William Faulkner said to “it’s hard to kill your darlings” meaning it can be difficult to critique your own work, especially if you put a lot into it. Stephen King went on to say you should put your work away for six months to a year before editing so you can clearly evaluate. I’m really glad I looked back at this one. Even without the wig, I think it’s striking. #hauntmua #sfxmua #stevenkingismyhero #skullmakeup
  • I’m going through old pictures and ran across this one. I remember not really being happy with this look, and sure, the lines could have been cleaner, but I still really like this! I think we should always go back and look at work a year later... even if it really want good, it shows us just how far we have come in so little time. #skullmakeup #hauntmua #sfxmua #personalgrowth
  • I often do a look that I’m just not all that happy with afterwards, as is with this “halfway to Halloween” clown I created back in.... May? Looking at it now, I don’t know what it is exactly it was that I didn’t like... maybe I just needed a orange wig? I almost like a progress pic more than the finished product. What do you think?#clowns #clownmakeup
  • Throwback to my first actual clown makeup! The eye shapes were inspired by a few looks by @totalnightmaretravis, and i was incredibly excited about this wig! The Rhapsody Short by @rockstarwigs is probably the most fun wig to wear that I currently own. I only have red, but am heavily considering another color for my collection.
Happy National Clown Week! #justclowningaround #clowns #scaryclowns
  • Happy National Clown Week! A year ago, I wasn’t a big fan of clowns, but I practiced so many clown makeups that I eventually came to find them to be one of my favorites, and even created my own clown character. This is the first actual clown makeup I recreated based on @grave_digger_the_clown for last year’s haunt. Turned out a lot prettier than he is, no? 😉
#clownsofinstagram #hauntmua #clownmakeup #clowns
  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Inspire by art by @xsullo
  • Eye see you! I also understand I’m not funny, it’s ok. 😂
This was actually a fun challenge, eyes are really complex and took nearly 2 hours to get them where I was happy. Of all of this, I’m really proud of the detail I was able to get in the irises of each eye, and my blocked eyebrow almost completely disappeared! This actually looks amazing compared to the first time I blocked them out. Yay for progress! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #horrormakeup #horrorart 
Inspired by art from @xsullo
  • I love finding inspiration in new places, and when @bearded_horror shared artwork by @xsullo a week or so ago, I knew I had to give it a try as a makeup! Seriously, such amazing art. I hope I did it justice! Check out their profile to see even more incredible works and compare to the original.
  • After this photoshoot im not sure how to go back to my plain black background... I mean if there isn’t ominous fog in the background, does it really even count?!?! #fogmachine #clownmakeup #scareactress #hauntlife #evietheclown

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