Mad Like Alyce

hogwarts-for-the-holidays-featureLast year, I had some fun with my mom decorating for our family’s Christmas, but my heart wasn’t 100% into it. I honestly felt like I was doing Christmas DIY’s because… it was Christmas. That’s it. I had fun with my mom and everyone loved the decor, but… I feel like I have to be committed or it just isn’t authentic. Halloween is my holiday, and I decided that I wouldn’t do any Christmas posts this year.


Hogwarts for the Holidays

I was doing some 2017 planning for the blog (i.e. deciding on what I want to do for Halloween) and it suddenly hit me. I COULD DO A HARRY POTTER CHRISTMAS!!!! I may not be all about Christmas… but I am ABSOLUTELY all about Harry Potter. I honestly cannot tell you how many times I have read the books, but I wouldn’t hesitate to say at least 20 times since I started reading them at age 10, and that doesn’t include how many times I have listened to the audio books. I was that 10 year old kid that anxiously awaited my 11th July birthday dreaming every night of getting that Hogwarts owl.


Harry Potter Christmas

With that, my previous thoughts of skipping Christmas DIY’s went out the window. What can I say? If you are going to run a blog, you have to follow your heart… and my heart is at Hogwarts! With a ton of fun DIY decorations and recipes on my agenda, I needed to find something to decorate the sofa table, which has been bare since I (sadly) put away my Haunted Village.


My office had cleaned out our storage, and I scored 3 cream colored frames… and immediately knew what to do. Inspired by the books themselves, I designed three 8×10 printables to fit my freshly painted black frames. You can download and use them all for free!

Free Harry Potter Christmas Downloads

happiness can be found in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the lightDownload: Turn on the Lights.pdf

Merry christmas ya filthy muggleDownload: Ya Filthy Muggle.pdf

Hogwarts for the holidaysDownload: Hogwarts for the Holidays.pdf


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!


  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound


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