Freaky Fridays

Welcome to Freaky Fridays where I post links to the odd and the fantastic. Thank you to my friends, especially Sally and Adam, who provided me with pure gold this week. Have a weird news story? Send it to dearmisshavisham@gmail.com

Love is on all our minds with Valentine’s Day looming on the horizon. This UK couple decided to seal their commitment with rings made from each other’s harvested bone cells. So I must ask, how deep is your love?

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The heart wants what the heart wants and mine wants these surreal sculptures by Canadian artist Shary Boyle. The always brilliant Dangerous Minds has the full story and suggests that these are for the dark and the demented. I can live with that.

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I hate clowns, always have. When I was a kid my mom decided I should have a clown collection so you can imagine the nightmares that ensued…so yeah, thanks, Mom. These clowns from Eat Liver aren’t creepy, nope not at all.

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Still not creepy…

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Ok, maybe…a little…

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For the love of all that is holy…

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While researching our next vacation I came across this list of the “The Most Haunted Place in Each of the 50 States” on Places You’ll See. Most of these look perfectly delightful like Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo, Michigan below. It’s a bed and breakfast now, guys.

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You buy one haunted Thai baby figurine and pretty soon you see haunted Thai babies everywhere. I didn’t know I was so ahead of the curve when I bought mine at the flea market, but CNN reports that Thai Airways now allows you to purchase a seat for your creepy doll. Who says you can’t travel once you have kids? It’s apparently all the rage with Thai celebrities. Also, when you google “spirit doll” some really terrifying things come up, like this little guy from Spiritdoll.net:

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Take away my videograme, I dare you.

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Christ, they’re multiplying. On to happier themes, I promise, no more haunted dolls…for a few weeks.

How about beautiful baroque wigs made of paper by Russian artist Asya Kozina from the always entertaining Bored Panda.

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And why not also add a set of paper eyelashes from Paperself. I’m in love. Let’s throw a paper themed gala. Doilies for everyone!

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Happy Friday! May your weekend be filled with terrifying beauty.

Love Will Tear Us Apart: Valentine’s Day is Back

No one understands the horror that Valentine’s Day can inspire more than dear Miss Havisham.

Truly Valentine’s day isn’t fun for everyone. If you too dread the red hearts and boxed chocolates, I encourage you to embrace the following.

To begin, you may want to swear off carnal love and buy yourself a chastity belt. Here’s an antique one that was auctioned off a few years ago found on Philip Chasen Antiques. Don’t do that.

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The Bronx Zoo wants you to name a cockroach after your your ex and so does Miss Havisham.

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Buzzfeed has compiled the best of the worst vintage Valentine’s day cards ever. And if you still can’t find one that perfectly expresses your current situation, try the Vintage Valentine Museum blog for more.

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You can try to be proactive and order a love potion kit on etsy. What’s in this?????

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You can just drink away the pain with someone you wish to…ahem…commiserate with.

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May we suggest the delicious sounding Good Old Fashioned Heartbreak cocktail from Julip Made. I can only assume that the dish towel pictured below is for mopping up your bitter bitter tears.

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Or you can seek some good old fashioned revenge on the one(s) responsible for your heartbreak.

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And then some more revenge…vintage voodoo doll!

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Then you can listen to Morrissey or The Magnetic Fields or something very very emo and get your gumption up by reading this beautiful story of love-when-you-least-expect-it by the talented Ms. Dixie Laite on The Lost Art of Being a Dame blog.

Then yes, get thee to Agent Provacateur like Dixie did or What Katie Did (see below).

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And if indeed you do wish to celebrate, do so in style darlings. Skip on down to the Queen Mary for their Vintage Valentine’s dinner. You can stay over and cuddle with the ghosts of this floating hotel of (delicious) hauntings.

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Share your worst Valentine’s Day story with Miss Havisham. Email us at dearmisshavisham@gmail.com and we promise to make you feel better.

 

 

 

 

Miss Havisham’s Tea on Pinterest

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Darlings, we are on Pinterest. Consider this your invitation.

Follow Miss Havisham’s Tea and you’ll find more inspiration than is contained here on this blog. Your black heart will simply burst.

 

Freaky Fridays

Welcome to Freaky Fridays where I post links to the odd and the fantastic. Thank you to my friends, especially Sally and Arthur, who sent me pure gold this week. Have a weird news story? Send it to dearmisshavisham@gmail.com

Take a look inside the famous Witch House of Beverly Hills showcased on Los Angeles Magazine.

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Perhaps you are in the market for a gift for that very special someone. May I suggest a haunted doll?  You can have a child, teen, or adult spirit. Please please please read the reviews; they’re pure gold like this one:

“My first haunted doll is named Bonnie. I bought from AJ’s haunted doll store. She is a fine spirit, sometimes active sometimes not. I guess it all depends on her mood (AJ knows why). We have experienced electric disturbances and sounds during the night.”

Tell us why, AJ! Tell us whyyyyyyy. Also a quick Ebay search turned up a whole army of haunted dolls for sale as well. I guess it’s a thing.

I found this little nugget at a flea market and she is truly the stuff of nightmares.

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Does your figure belong to a different decade? Are you a 1920’s pixie or a 1950’s bombshell trapped in skinny jean hell? The eagle eyes at We Sew Retro have compiled The Vintage Sewing Nerd’s Guide to Netflix” and it’s decade by decade up through the 1960’s. Now you can indulge in all the period dramas you want. Not only that, they also have great tips for sewing.

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By now we’ve all heard that Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine but back in the day, lots of regular old products contained shocking ingredients. This drug meant to calm down the elderly that I found on Dose is actually an anti-psychotic. This ad, my god this ad…

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But early medicine didn’t stop with dosing the very young and very old with heroin and cocaine, check out these bizarre historical headache cures from long long ago on mentalfloss. Who doesn’t want to take a bath with an eel?

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Like ice cream? Like cod? Try the Creamed Cod Ice Cream from George’s Portobello Fish Bar in London. For a more complete list of novelty ice cream flavors from around the world, I direct you to the one, the only, Zagat’s.

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Earthlings, we come to you from the future…or central Europe. Monuments that baffle and delight on Crack Two.

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Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) was used to enlarge the pupils of Italian renaissance women for beauty’s sake.  It’s also likely the drug that made Juliet appear dead in Romeo and Juliet. Healthline discusses the medicinal and deadly uses of belladonna also known as The Devil’s Berry. It goes to show you that interesting facts lurk everywhere, even your health website. Isn’t the internet delicious?

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Pretty sure the headline says it all: Woman Wakes Up to Exotic Animal Caressing Her. Ahhhh Florida.

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Knitted dissected animals? Sure.

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And finally, I leave you to do a little soul searching. Take the “What famous serial killer are you” quiz at the Crime Museum website. I got Delphine Lalaurie who was truly monstrous.

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Happy Friday!

 

Death Becomes Her

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I know it’s a tad morbid and yes, I was a little goth in high school, but I love Victorian mourning wreaths. Woven from the strands of a loved one’s hair, Victorian mourning wreaths give us a glimpse into a nearly lost art and a time when mourning permeated nearly every aspect of life. They’re also quite the conversation starter when you host a dinner party, “Oh that? That’s some dead lady’s hair. Do you want a pig in a blanket?” But seriously, the history of it all is pretty intriguing.

The 19th century saw mourning take center stage in both art and fashion, likely fueled by England’s Queen Victoria’s own extended mourning period for her husband, Prince Albert. Clothing took on a heavy, structured look and women adopted wearing black from head to toe including gloves, parasols, and veils. Think of it as proto-goth. Jewelry made of jet also became popular as the number of years a woman was expected to publicly mourn extended. After all, a lady needs her baubles.

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What I find particularly interesting, however, is the Victorian’s complete fascination with human hair. Jewelry containing woven locks of hair from the deceased trapped under crystal was worn as a memento. Rings, pins, and even bracelets woven entirely out of hair became the norm. Usually the pieces I come across are English, but the practice did eventually make its way across the pond to America (Remember Scarlett O’Hara brazenly dancing the jig dressed in all black?). I’ve even come across ladies in Europe and the Midwest who are still keeping the practice alive (no pun intended) and will even custom make jewelry for you. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, lovers.

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Mourning wreaths are often a collection of hair from an entire family (including pets), a church congregation, or even a school. The hair was collected at the time of death, or even when someone simply moved away, and woven into shapes, usually flowers, using crocheting techniques. The flowers were then combined together to form a wreath of varying hair colors. A wreath could grow over years to include beads, stuffed birds, silk flowers, and photos.

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While I don’t know the stories behind most of the pieces I’ve collected, I do have an appreciation for the time, artistry, and obvious love that went into creating them. The title of biggest fan, however, would have to go to little old Leila Cohoon, a former hairdresser, who started a museum for hair work in Independence, Missouri. Road trip!