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Beautiful Bats and Venus Fly Traps

When I found out that this month’s theme post at Sophistique Noir was floral, I knew exactly what to write about. Last spring I participated in EBEW’s floral group post, and I wore florals in Florida, so I’m not against wearing pretty patterns. But I didn’t want to showcase another floral outfit. This time, I want to show you an amazing find: Purple and black bat-and-floral wallpaper!

cute bat

When my group at work moved into a different building one of the first things I did was explore the area. I’m in a cube but there are a few offices in the building. In one of the swankier offices I found an entire wall of this amazing wallpaper. I don’t know whose space it used to be, but he or she sure knew how to decorate! I love how the office is currently a contractor bay and the paper remains.

bat in flight

I snapped photos and showed my friends my amazing find. I didn’t have a blog when I found this wallpaper but I’m happy to share the photos with you now. I did a web search for “bat wallpaper” and had page after page of desktop wallpaper links. I kept hitting dead ends until my colleague and friend Pleiades found the source: Flavor Paper.

flavor papers

Flavor Paper has a wallpaper section with amazing patterns. Some of my favorites are Flower Pedal, Flower of Love, City Park, and Iris. But nothing is better than Elysian Fields. I prefer the black and purple, but check out the other colors too. In fact, the colors change the look of the paper so much! It might seem obvious, but the same print in antique pink has a totally different effect.

pattern

I’d put this up on one wall of a home office or paper the entire bathroom! I think an oval mirror with a silver frame would pop against this background. I love that this paper is pretty with a dark side. Even the plants are dangerous!

What would you do with this paper? Do you have any others that you like?

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Crystal Head Vodka

I think I found my vodka of choice.

I first saw Crystal Head Vodka in a magazine and thought the skull-shaped bottle would be a fun novelty. I found a bottle of it in the local liquor store, but it wasn’t cheap. It cost just over $50 for a 750 ml bottle. Since I had just received my tax refund, I decided to splurge.

skullYes, the bottle is really goth (or as my coworkers said, metal). But the vodka is smooth. I like to mix vodka with orange juice or cranberry juice, but this goes down straight up.

Crystal Head is founded by actor, Dan Aykroyd, and fine artist, John Alexander. Both are avid enthusists of the crystal head legend. The heads are an archeological mystery. Thirteen ancient crystal heads have been found in various parts of the world. No one knows how they were made, or by whom.

As a Canadian,  appreciate that only pure glacial water from Newfoundland is used to make the vodka. The vodka is quadruple-distilled and triple filtered using Herkimer diamonds, a type of quartz crystal.

I can’t wait to finish the bottle and fill it with water and food dye. I think a red skull would look great on my shelf at work. The clerk at the liquor store recommended turning it into a lamp with a simple cork-and-wick and oil (all of which you can get at a craft supply store). I think a plain old drippy candle would look great too.

If the only selling point was the bottle, this wouldn’t have staying power, but I really like the product. I’ll be buying more Crystal Head Vodka soon.

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