6.29.2015

Truckin' Around - Food Truck Extravaganza

Food Truckin

On Saturday, June 20, our family went to a food truck rally with Lisa's family. We met a group of friends there and got to sample some delicious treats! I'd never been to a food truck event before, but Lisa and friends were veterans, so I was able to get some pro tips along the way...

The "Truckin' Around Food Truck Extravaganza" was held in the parking lot of the Schaumburg Boomers stadium in Schaumburg, IL. Unfortunately, it was a super cloudy and foreboding "Will it rain?" kind of a day, so not a whole lot of people showed up (this was previously a regular monthly event) - but this meant NO lines for us, so that part was really good. From their Facebook page though, it looks like this lack of customers may have been the nail in the coffin for this event... unclear whether or not it'll happen again. Be on the lookout, just in case. I know I'd like to go back.

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This is the first time I've ever eaten elote. It was freakin delicious!

There were probably close to 20 different food trucks at this event, from all over. Trucks included Toasty Cheese, Piko, Doner Men, La Cocinita, Haute Sausage, Pierogi Wagon, Jerk, and at least four different cupcake trucks (!!!). It was a little overwhelming at first, trying to decide where to start! (I went with a lobster roll.)

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La Cocinita had rum raisin bread pudding. BREAD PUDDING. Yes. 

The portions were all pretty much FULL portions, which made sampling a little difficult... unless you're with your husband, like I was, so we could share everything. That helped! A couple of places had options for smaller portions, like Piko, who offered tiny sliders in sets of 1, 2, or 3, or the Toasty Cheese truck, who offered half sandwiches - this was a life-saver for a mom of a 3-1/2 year old!

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Yep, it sounds delicious, but I was too full by this point.

So, we started with a lobster roll, and shared some pierogi with Lisa. Then I went for the corn (pictured at the top of this post), although I couldn't even eat half of it before I was feeling too full, so I had to sit and settle for a while.

Thankfully, Lisa and friends were super prepared with collapsible chairs - Lisa' husband even had this freakin sweet collapsible BENCH we could all share! And the whole event is fenced in, so our group of four little boys had a blast running around and kicking a soccer ball.

There is beer at this event, but I can't really do beer anymore, so I missed out on that part. Whomp whomp. Most trucks had other alternate options though, like sodas and water.

Food Truckin

Todd got the most amazing teriyaki tofu slider at Piko. I became so obsessed with it that I made my own version the following week at home, which I hope to share with you on the blog soon!

There were several good options for vegetarians at the event - Piko offered tofu as a protein on any of their options, the Pierogi Wagon had three different non-meat options, and Doner Men (below) had a vegan sausage option - which I purchased, but had wrapped to-go for later. Oh man it was delicious!

Food Truckin

I think Doner Men was my favorite truck of the day. Not only was their food delicious, they had awesome vegetarian/vegan options, AND the truck was itself was INCREDIBLE! So heavy metal!

Food Truckin

This mural gives me Metalocalypse vibes. Oh yeah, they had curry fries. Ughhh now I'm hungry. I checked their schedule and they're all over Chicago, if you're the city type. I wish I was, but I'm such a wussy suburbs girl...

Food Truckin

I did grab some of that bread pudding (mentioned earlier in the post) before we left. It's nearly impossible for me to turn down bread pudding. Or carrot cake for that matter.

Food Truckin
By the way, we're sitting on the ridiculously huge but awesome collapsible bench right here. 

We were lucky because it ended up not raining, and it wasn't too sunny until the very end when we were leaving. What did we do after we left? Cupcake store. Because four cupcake food truck options weren't adequate? Nerds.

Food Truckin
Hey I know that girl! She's not actively blogging, but she's still around. :)

This was a super fun day. We actually traveled around a bunch after this, stopping at a toy store, resale shop, and winery before finally crashing back at Lisa's house. And then it finally started raining!

Do you have a favorite food truck, or type of food truck?

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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6.26.2015

Urban Composting for a Healthier Garden

 photo Title_zpsjmetvb7u.jpgHallelujah, Summer is HERE!!!! FINALLY! Took long enough! I'm excited for fresh veggies and herbs from my garden. As you know, I grew up on a farm and am used to WAY more space...So, I've started researching how to make the most to of the limited space I have for a successful yield. If you live in the city or the suburbs (like me), you may not have a ton of space either...Don't fret! With a little effort and some organization, you can still create a healthy and successful garden this summer.  photo Backyard Garden_zpsbjzxeumu.jpg
I have a tiny garden planted next to my shed...The most important thing is to make sure it gets the right nutrients and enough sun. One way to get sufficient nutrients is composting...I know, I know, it sounds scary, but it's actually not terrifying if you do your research. I earned a lot from the Green Education Foundation. They have plenty of resources available if you have questions. First things first...What is Composting and why do I want to do it? photo veggies_zpsiz942eoe.jpg
Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose. Basically, backyard composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses. I opted to compost because when I started eating healthier this year and I notice how much natural waste I was producing. I was filling up trash bags and trashcans faster than ever before and it was just going into landfills taking up space. I did a little research and found that I can use compost in my garden, potted plants, yard, etc... AND it will keep pesticides and chemicals off of my veggies. You can use it as a mulch, or add it to the dirt to your existing garden instead of buying all of those heavy bags at the nursery. It's a great solution for keeping the environment, your home, and your family healthy.  photo Container_zpspi3sflbb.jpg
What can I compost? SO many things veggie & fruit peels, egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, and dryer lint to name a few! NEVER COMPOST dairy, bones, meat, dog/cat or human excrement, diseased plants, weeds that take over, or cooked veggies. For a list of things you CAN and CAN'T compost, visit GetComposting.com. Here is a little excerpt from their site & guide about how to keep a healthy compost pile!

"Like any recipe, your compost relies on the right ingredients to make it work. Good things you can compost include vegetable peelings, fruit waste, teabags, plant prunings and grass cuttings. These are considered "greens." Greens are quick to rot and they provide important nitrogen and moisture. Other things you can compost include cardboard egg boxes, scrunched up paper and small twigs. These are considered "browns" and are slower to rot. They provide fibre and carbon and also allow important air pockets to form in the mixture. Crushed eggshells can be included to add useful minerals."

 photo 32-Gallon-Mighty-Tuff-Trashcan-2_zpsxhtjesmb.jpgNow, if you Google Composters...you're going to say, "Damn Stephanie, this shit is expensive!"...Don't worry! I have a thrifty solution for you! Go to your local hardware store and invest $10-$13 into a 20 gallon trashcan with a lid and two $2.00 rubber bungie cords. Compost loves a little air and a little moisture so you're going to need a drill. Drill holes 4 to 6 inches apart (see what I did pictured above) into the top, bottom, and sides of your trashcan (big enough to let a little air and water in, but to keep critters out). You can secure your lid with the rubber bungie cords to keep rascally raccoons. Once you're drilled your holes and secured your lid, place your new composter on top of some bricks, rocks, etc...to insure that your compost can drain sufficently. Then, add some sticks and earth (I just used a few shovels full of old dirt form my garden) and get composting! You will also need to mix up your compost when you add new stuff (this is the other nice perk to the bungie cords). Instead of mixing it up with a stick or shovel, you just secure the bungie cords and give it a little kick around your yard. Mixing DONE!
 photo Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 2_zpsbyod09hj.jpg To get scraps from my kitchen to the backyard, I purchased a compost collector from World Market for $14.99 (my most expensive investment into this whole thing). I take scraps out to my composter every 2 days. I also tear up and add any paper junk mail we get (like the newspaper ads etc..) to help balance my browns and greens.
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Hot girls compost! ;)
Composting times will vary due to differences in climate, geographical area, rain, etc...If you have more questions about your specific area, Google "Composting (my town)" OR your town community center might have some info for you!  If you just need more information START HERE for the basics and a composting 101from Planet Natural. 

Stay healthy my friends! ;)

Until next time!
~Steph @ Calamity Layne


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6.24.2015

#OWWWA: Tim Burton

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD
dress - Kohls / shoes - Dr. Scholl's via Zappos / glasses - ASOS / parisol - Amazon / hair flower - Hell Razor / bracelets - Tarina Tarantino / necklace - Curiology Jewellery via Etsy / crinoline - Domino Dollhouse

I'm combining this week's #OWWWA #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt theme with my Hearse Show OOTD post, because I am very much inspired by the Tim Burton aesthetic in all of my artwork, and especially my outfit on this day!

It's no secret that I LOVE stripes, especially high contrast black and white. It's a pattern I'm drawn to in almost everything I do/make/wear, and it is a theme that also shows up in Tim Burton's art as well.

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD

But wait - Tim Burton - he's the guy that directs movies, right? Yep, that's what he's most famous for, but he is also an amazing visual artist (clearly shown in the aesthetic of his movies) - MOMA in New York even gave him a retrospective in 2010. I would have killed to have been able to go!

Among Tim Burton's most famous movies are: Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Batman, Corpse Bride, Big Eyes, Frankenweenie, Mars Attacks!, and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. They all have an underlying darkness to them, a slight goth edge. Some more than others, but if you think about it, they're all there. I love that his style is so recognizable.

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD
one of Burton's sketches.

Tim Burton's work is dark, but with a playful, whimsical side to it that softens it and gives it a humorous edge - his work is not the goth kid who takes himself so seriously that you worry whether or not you should report him to the guidance counselor. You know he's doing ok and just having fun with it. He's not afraid to laugh at himself or to be seen a little bit vulnerable or awkward.

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD

This dark comedy kind of style is very much what I am drawn to, and what I emulate in my own work. I love colorful, cheerful, cute designs, but with a creepy undertone to it. I think that's why I love Day of the Dead themes.

So, for the Hearse Show, I decided to wear this black and white striped dress that I found at Kohls - it's part of their Milly for DesigNation collection. When I tried it on in the store, I realized how much the cut was like a pin-up-y, Hell Bunny-ish type of dress, only it was on sale and cost much less than one of those dresses! So I put a black crinoline underneath and it became even more awesomely fun and retro in style.

As I was going to be on my feet all day long, I didn't opt to wear heels. Instead, I went with my trusty striped ballet flats from Dr. Scholls. It was a good choice!

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD
I match my tablecloths in the Hell Razor booth!

I always like to advertise my own products when I'm at a show, so I was sure to wear a Hell Razor flower in my hair, but I also wore a really awesome necklace from Curiology Jewellery on Etsy of a death's-head moth. It's made of black laser-cut acrylic with a white inlaid skull. I also wore a couple of my stretchy Tarina Tarantino bracelets to give a little pop of color and cuteness to all of the goth.

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD
Tim Burton's blue girl has a striped dress, too.

Below is a closer peek at my Hell Razor hair flower. This is one that I made probably over a year ago, and never listed - I've just kept it for myself as my own personal piece I wear to shows. That doesn't mean, however, that I wouldn't make you a black and cheetah hair flower of your very own, or that I wouldn't sell you this one right off of my head if you saw me in person at a show!

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD

I bought these round sunglasses from ASOS last year in the summer, and they've remained one of my favorites. I have to be careful though, because the arms and nose bridge are metal and could bend easily. So I keep them for special occasions, because if I stored them in my purse as an everyday pair, I'd surely bend them all up!

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD

My parasol was probably one of the most popular conversation items at the show! I bought it as an afterthought, when I realized that I'd be out in the sun all day, and I wanted a way to beat the heat. I wish that I had bought a half-dozen of them and re-sold them at twice the price - I'd have made a ton! The parasol was a great way to avoid the harsh sun, and also make a fashionable statement. Plus, it's oh-so goth. :)

OWWWA: Tim Burton - OOTD

Here's a peek at my black crinoline - I think it's a great way to take a lightweight summer dress and make it look more retro and fun. Plus, you can change up the colors of your crinoline for different effects! I was worried that pairing a crinoline under the dress would make a hot day even hotter, but it was really no big deal!

I hope that you've been enjoying the return of #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt! If you're interested in participating, let me know and we can coordinate topics to see how we interpret the themes on our own!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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6.22.2015

Eat It: Vegetarian Taco Cups

Vegetarian Taco Cups

Ok, so it's not exactly oven-weather... crank up your air conditioner, and make yourself a pan of this yumminess. You won't be sorry. Today's recipe is great as a main course, as an appetizer item, or as a pot-luck take-along. They're super portable, vegetarian, and delicious. I actually like to eat these the next day... sometimes I don't even bother to heat 'em up. :)

Vegetarian Taco Cups

Here's what you need to make...

VEGETARIAN TACO CUPS:
(adapted from this recipe) - makes a pan of 12

  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • Won ton wraps (you'll probably only use about 1/2, so save the rest and make something awesome and desert-y like this with them)
  • 1 can of refried beans (check ingredients, or buy a can specifically labeled "vegetarian.") - again, you'll probably only use about 1/2 of this.
  • Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos - I love these! I got hooked on them from Natalie's Doritos-Crusted Tofu recipe on Bake and Destroy. You won't use the whole bag for this recipe. However, try not to eat them all until the taco cups are done. Not that I've done that before or anything.
  • Soy chorizo - I get mine from Trader Joe's, but you can usually also find this in the produce section at good grocery stores. 
  • Shredded cheese (not pictured) - whatever flavor you like. I think I used a white and orange cheese blend. You know, fancy.
  • Avocado or guacamole (optional) - for topping
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt (optional) - also for topping
  • Any other desired toppings: tomatoes, pico de gallo, cilantro, sliced almonds, shredded lettuce, jalapenos... hmm what else can I add?

Vegetarian Taco Cups

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Chop up your onion, tiny diced style. 

3. Spray inside the cups of a cupcake pan with olive oil/non-stick spray. 

4. Line each cupcake cup with two won ton wrappers. I like to get fancy and turn each one opposite the other so it overlaps on the bottom and covers nicely:
Vegetarian Taco Cups

5. Put about a tablespoon or so of refried beans on the bottom of each cup. Smoosh it down with your spoon, or if you're feeling super professional, your fingers:
Vegetarian Taco Cups
Vegetarian Taco Cups

6. Sprinkle some onion on top of that. You see the photo, what is that? A teaspoon? Two teaspoons? Don't like onion? Skip it. What do I care.

7. Crush a Dorito (or two, if you're feeling saucy) into each won ton creation, on top of your refried beans/onion mix. Whatever Doritos are left after this part are yours to eat, while the rest of the recipe is cooking. You know, like an appetizer.

Vegetarian Taco Cups

8. Now, use a spoon (I think I actually used a fork) to put like a tablespoon or so of soy chorizo on top of all the other stuff. Soy chorizo comes in a long sausage-like casing, so I first had to open it up into a bowl and break it up a little. But then it's just crumbly "meat" that you can spoon on.

Vegetarian Taco Cups

9. Now, shredded cheese, maybe another tablespoon? Can you tell I don't measure? Well, you don't have to either. This is my favorite type of cooking.

10. Hopefully your oven has heated up by now. Put the pan into the oven for 15 minutes, then check. Mine was good in 15. If your won tons don't look brown and crispy, and your cheese isn't melted, then give it another 3-5 minutes. Don't burn it.

Vegetarian Taco Cups

11. Take the pan out of the oven, and let them sit for like 10 minutes or so before topping them with your favorite cold toppings: sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, and the like. If you're having a party, you could offer up the toppings buffet-style and have guests top their own cups whatever way they damn want. Stupid picky eaters.

Vegetarian Taco Cups
Awesome skull plate - Cost Plus World Market @ Halloween time

12. Eat it!

What I really like about this recipe is that I don't have to mess with seasonings, since the soy chorizo has a ton of flavor, and spicy sweet chili Doritos add that just-right extra flavor goodness.

The other bonus about this recipe is that it is super customizable and flexible. Don't like beans? Skip 'em. Prefer black beans? Do that. No chorizo? Try fake meat crumbles + taco seasoning. Or ground faux sausage. Put other veggies in there. Get crazy! Woo hoo! Okay, maybe not too crazy. But you get the idea. Now go make some good food.

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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6.19.2015

Super Easy Garlic Knots

 photo Title_zpsxi4pw7bx.jpgHello!
I have recently found a new addiction...garlic knots. I have had the flu since Monday and have really not felt like cooking (or being good for that matter)...So, I ordered garlic knots from Papa Johns...I'm not gonna lie, they are delicious...and probably horrible for you, but whatever! I can't be good all of the time....rules were made to be broken every once in a while, right? 
 photo Tie Dough_zpsgeljmsd6.jpg Anyway, here is a slightly less addictive BUT, less caloric version that I found online!
You will need: 
Boxed or frozen pizza crust
1 tbs Olive Oil
2 tbs Parmesan or Asiago cheese 
2 tbs Garlic (minced like shown or about 2 actual cloves)
3 tbs butter
1/2 tbs dried parsly or 1 tbs fresh
Salt
flour for rolling out dough
Baking sheet
Kitchen towel

What to do:
Preheat oven to 350°F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

Divide the dough in half, keeping half covered under a kitchen towel. Roll out the other half on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin, creating a square. If the dough is very stiff, use your hands to stretch it.

Cut the square in half two rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 12 strips.

Tie each strip into a knot and then arrange the knots on the lined baking sheets.  photo Knots 2_zpsgn0aahok.jpgCover them with a kitchen towel while you repeat the rolling, cutting and tying process with the second half of the dough.

Bake the knots for 5 minutes, then rotate the baking sheet and bake an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown and fully cooked.

While knots bake, combine the garlic with the olive oil and butter in a small sauce pan over low heat.  photo Tray_zpsrxgolqza.jpgCook just until butter has melted and mixture is warmed. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley.

Immediately after baking, brush the baked knots with the garlic mixture and sprinkle with kosher salt & cheese. 

Lastly, Serve those delicious little morsels of goodness...They won't last long so make sure you grab enough for yourself!!  ;)
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Until next time! 
~Steph @ Calamity Layne 

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6.17.2015

#OWWWA: Wassily Kandinsky

OWWWA: Kandinsky
sweater - old / tights - We Love Colors / shoes (old) - Modcloth / dress (old) - boutique in St. Louis? / brooch - Luxulite / bracelet - antique shop

I LOVE #OnWednesdaysWeWearArt, so I decided to just bring it back on my own this week, and I chose a topic that Courtney already covered way back when, because I've had this dress forever and it's always reminded me of this week's artist - Wassily Kandinsky!

It's also been annoyingly rainy for the past several days (come on, summer vacation!), so I took a bunch of outfit photos on my back porch so that I could still somewhat take advantage of natural light (well, as much as can be had when raining!) - so this is why I appear to be in a weird carpeted-yet-brick-wall-situation. :)

OWWWA: Kandinsky
Composition IV

Wassily Kandinsky is a Russian painter who is known for his non-objective abstract paintings. Typically, an "abstract" painting refers to subject matter that is real, but is pictured in a new/skewed/distorted way: aka - it is still a picture OF something. Non-objective abstract paintings, however, are not OF anything: they're just shapes, colors, lines, values, arranged in some sort of intentional way by the artist. It's not necessarily supposed to BE anything. Not anything realistic anyways. It could be an emotion, like love or anger, or something that has no visual representation, like music.

Kandinsky was in fact very heavily influenced by music, which can be seen in the names of his paintings, such as Improvisations, Impressions, and Compositions. He was an accomplished musician, and claimed to see color when he heard music.

OWWWA: Kandinsky

The shapes and lines on my dress have always reminded me of a Kandinsky painting. I wish I could remember exactly where I got it. I'm pretty sure that it was in St. Louis when Todd and I traveled in the summer to see Nine Inch Nails way back when we were dating (Man, time goes by faster the older you get! How is it that this dress is like seven years old? It doesn't even feel like that at all!). I remember wearing this dress for our wedding shower back in 2009...

OWWWA: Kandinsky
Composition VIII

Kandinsky was not only an artist, but an art theorist. He formed a group called The Blue Rider (after one of his paintings) with fellow artists Franz Marc and August Macke. Part of this group's mission was to defend and promote abstract art, and the affirmation that "all forms of art were equally capable of reaching a level of spirituality."

OWWWA: Kandinsky

Me? I just think that non-objective art is fun because it focuses on the art elements, and isn't concerned with realism. Realism is fun to make, but I find it pretty horribly boring to look at, to be 100% honest...

OWWWA: Kandinsky
Yellow, Red, Blue

The blue and yellow of the painting above are especially consistent with my dress today. I decided to throw in a couple of splashes of warmer colors, like my red-violet shoes, and my red fruit salad brooch from Luxulite.

My shoes are very old, a Christmas gift from my mother, purchased via Modcloth, and they are too big now. (Odd side note: my feet seem to have gotten smaller as I have lost weight, and I typically wear a size 8, whereas my older shoes are size 9. It's a big enough difference where I can't really wear the old ones anymore.)

OWWWA: Kandinsky

It's a shame, because these shoes are super cute, and in like-new condition. I wonder if I can sell them on eBay. I've been doing that lately with some of my nicer items, like name brand pieces or items that I've only worn 1-2 times. Some other things I've been giving to friends, or just straight-up donating to my local thrift stores. I know I'll be putting my Domino Dollhouse crinoline up there soon, so if you're interested in a good deal, keep an eye out for it!

OWWWA: Kandinsky

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention my awesome bakelite mahjong bracelet. It was a gift from Todd way back when we first started dating. I love it, but I'm always afraid something will happen to it! It's from a local antique store. I had been lusting after it for a while, and Todd snuck back there, bought it, and surprised me with it. Awww. :)

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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6.15.2015

Hearse Show 2015

Hearse Show 2015

Saturday was the Hearse Show at Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL, and for the second year in a row, I had a vendor tent for Hell Razor. Here's the post about last year, if you're interested. The short version of this story is that we actually got rained out AGAIN, for the second year in a row, although I think the rain actually held out a little bit later than last time.

If you've never been to Brauerhouse, it's a great little place in the suburbs (I love when I don't have to travel into the city!) with really good food and a rock 'n' roll vibe. They host concerts in the evening, and according to reports from Steph and my brother Sam (who have both attended shows here), it's a pretty good venue! So, it seems only natural that Brauerhouse would be the setting for a Hearse Show.

Hearse Show 2015

Brauerhouse also hosts car shows on the regular in the summertime. Steph talked about that last summer here. There's a big parking lot right outside the Brauerhouse, so lots of room for hearse parking and vendor tents! Check out some of the highlights below:

Hearse Show 2015
Hearse Show 2015
Hearse Show 2015
Hearse Show 2015

One of the things that I always enjoy about hearse owners is the way that they go all out to decorate their cars with fun (and sometimes cheesy, haunted-house-like) halloween decorations! As an avid halloween fan, it's fun to have an event that's NOT in October to indulge my love for all things halloween.

Hearse Show 2015
Hearse Show 2015

The vendor tents were higher in number this year, which was nice because people will come with more intent to shop! Not only were there several of us selling jewelry and accessories, but there were cool vintage, antique, and oddities (usually more morbid and funerary in nature) with awesome unique things to buy! This antique wheelchair below screamed "GRANDMAAAA!" at me in a King Diamond voice every time I passed by. I'm pretty sure it sold, too!

Hearse Show 2015

I was especially proud of the Hell Razor tent this year - I had a corner spot, which enabled us to set up in an L-shape so that people could walk through and browse:

Hearse Show 2015
Hearse Show 2015

I even wore a sweet black-and-white-striped dress that coordinated with my striped Hell Razor decor (I'll show you that in a future OOTD next week!), which was super fun. Any time I can go a little bit more "amped up" in my look (fluffy crinolines, faux eyelashes, dramatic makeup, etc) is super fun for me.

Hearse Show 2015
Hearse Show 2015

I like to think of the Hell Razor aesthetic as "Halloween + donuts." I gotta admit, I felt a little bit like I wasn't dark ENOUGH at this show, whereas normally I feel a little TOO dark at my other vendor events. Is there anywhere I truly belong? Wahhhh. :)

(Side note: check out that awesome photo of the bouquets at Lisa's wedding that I made! I'm working on a little photo album to put out at shows that features Hell Razor pieces IRL - like weddings, on instagram, from my pinup shoot, etc...)

Hearse Show 2015

I made about a half-dozen new flowers to sell for this show, and I'll be getting the ones that are left up in the etsy shop really soon!

Hearse Show 2015

I really loved how the display turned out this time around. I have this vintage train/makeup case that I was able to rig up with a wire for hanging earrings on display that I thought turned out especially cool:

Hearse Show 2015

Right before the big rain (we got absolutely DRENCHED packing up the tent into the car), my friend Candy, who is part of the club that runs the show, got us in to meet Svengoolie! Bonus! And Saturday was actually our (6th) wedding anniversary, so it was extra fun to share this moment:

Hearse Show 2015

So, getting drenched was not as awesome as last year's anniversary events in Las Vegas, but it was still super fun. Hopefully, the show will continue next summer (and it might not rain!), and in that case, I'll definitely be back again! I met so many fun people, and even made a little bit of money in the process.

My next vendor event this year will be in September at the Brookfield Arts Fest on September 26th from 9 am to 4 pm. Mark your calendars!

Hearse Show 2015

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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