Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to my little munchkin Kairi

My sweet little munchkin is a year old! We found her in the street a few hours after she was born, with her umbilical cord and placenta still attached.

She lived in a Rubbermaid tub next to the bed, we had to bottle feed her every two hours, rub her butt with a wet washcloth to get her to poop, and make sure she stayed warm. We didn't know if she would live, so we were afraid to name her and get too attached.

When she finally opened her eyes and started exploring we knew she'd be okay, so we named her Kairi!

She's the sweetest kitty and we love her to death.

Friday, August 28, 2015

African Tortoise Skull!

I finally got around to cleaning this guy! 

What I'm currently working on

I got a big batch of fresh heads from a tannery, and I'm so excited to get started on them! My biggest project in this batch is this HUGE Icelandic Ram skull
The horns are fully curled on both sides and are gorgeous. He came with this label saying that he has "weird teeth" so when he's a little cleaner I'll be able to see them better and find out what's weird
I've got him macerating in a tub now, it should take at least the weekend for the tissues to start falling off. 
I also got this awesome Jacob sheep! Jacob sheep are adorable and have wool that's great for yarn, and they can often grow 4 or 5 horns at once! He's macerating in the tub with the ram. Tomorrow I'll pull his and the rams horns off because they can be damaged by maceration. They'll go back on when the skulls are all done. 
The rest of the skulls I got! A beaver, otter, bobcat, coyote, skunk, domestic rabbit, cottontail, gar, and a doe! These are all still in my freezer, but I bought some new smaller tubs and I plan to start a rabbit, bobcat, and maybe the gar tomorrow. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

O My! Goat Milk!

I am obsessed with goat milk beauty products, and when I saw these packs of soaps and lip balm by O My!, I had to have them of course. These products are made here in my current home state of Virginia, which is awesome!
First of all, these soaps smell AMAZING! I bought 3 different packs: Coffee Companion, which comes with Iced Mocha Coffee and Caramel Macchiato, Summer Lovin' which comes with Summer Melon and Kiwi Berries, and Wine Lovers, which comes with White Zinfandel and Merlot. I opened the Coffee Companion pack first and put the Iced Mocha Coffee bar in the shower, and now my whole bathroom smells so much like a fancy cafe that I'm afraid it might attract hipsters. I have Kiwi Berries by the sink and it is delicious, I love any scents that have kiwi in them and this is definitely a very unique and yummy scent, perfect for summer. I haven't opened any of the other soaps yet, but you can pretty much smell them through the shrinkwrap, and they are all amazing. I'll review the rest of the scents I bought when I open them!
Now on to the real reason why I bought these packs: THEY CAME WITH LIP BALM. The Coffee Companion pack came with an Iced Mocha Coffee lip balm, Summer Lovin' had Orange Sorbet, and Wine Lovers had Sangria.
I don't like coffee, but I love to smell other people's coffee, and this balm smells like a freshly made iced vanilla latte. It's a very strong scent, which some people don't like, but I personally love that in a lip balm. It has a super yummy vanilla coffee flavor, I swear you even get a hint of bitter 'coffee' taste. This flavor is really cool, I didnt think it would like it because I thought it would taste and smell like straight-up coffee, but it's awesome.
This one is now in my top 5 favorites of all 500+ lip balms I own. I'm a sucker for citrus and creamy orange flavors, and this one is insanely good. It smells like a melted Dreamcicle and I love it. This one doesn't have a flavor on the lips so much as the coffee flavor did, it's sort of a light cream flavor, but you can still smell melted Dreamcicle super strong when it's on your face.
Of the three, this is my least favorite scent, but that's just because I'm a Sangria hater. It's by no means a bad scent, it's very unique and very Sangria. It has a slight 'soapy' aspect to the scent, but it's still pretty good. It really doesn't have much a flavor, even less than Orange Sorbet does, but you can smell it when it's on your lips, it's pretty strong. Even though it's my least favorite of these, I still really like it!
These lip balms are incredibly moisturizing and make your lips soooo silky smooth. The balm is very soft in the tube and applies very smoothly. The packaging is adorable with a little goat face on it, along with the flavor name and a list of ingredients. I would absolutely love to get all of the flavors, and if I do I will definitely be reviewing them all! You can buy these soaps and balms, along with all their other amazing goat milk products, at and visit them on Facebook at

Saturday, August 1, 2015

African Tortoise!

I gave a copperhead snake I had to a taxidermist friend who needed one for a competition, and in return he gave me a big python and a BEAUTIFUL African tortoise that he had in his freezer. Both of them died in pet stores. 
I haven't quite decided what to do with the Python yet, but today I put the tortoise in a tub of water to begin maceration, which will likely take 6-8 weeks even in this heat. I'm going to keep checking on it and remove the shell from the water when everything detaches so I can save it from discoloration. 
Will update on this little guy later! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Revo Summer 2015 Lip Balms!

I've been obsessed with finding and collecting all the Revo flavors since their original summer line came out in Walgreens last year. Their most recent collection is the five Summer 2015 flavors, which includes Pink Lemonade, Cherry Cola, Pina Colada, Cotton Candy, and Orange Mango. The balms in this collection are not in their normal smooth spherical matte plastic packaging, but are shiny and have what I can only think to describe as 'ridges'. They're similar to the diamond shaped Revo balms that are sold at CVS. Orange Mango balm from the Summer '15 collection compared to Pumpkin Spice in the usual Revo packaging
Pink Lemonade smells pretty much identical to the Lemon Ice flavor to me. It's slightly more tart, more like a "glass of lemonade" type scent, whereas I feel like the Lemon Ice balm smells like straight up lemon Pledge (but I still love it). It's good, and the scent is pretty strong and on the lips it has a nice sweet lemonade flavor.
Cherry Cola is just like a freshly opened can of Cherry Coke or Wild Cherry Pepsi, you can almost hear the 'fizz' when you twist it open (not really but it is delicious). I have a few Lipsmacker balms and lip glosses that are cherry cola flavored and this is way better than any of those. It doesn't have any of that weird artificial or chemical scent/taste that others do. It has a nice flavor, like yummy Cherry Pepsi residue without the stickyness and calories.
Pina Colada This one is probably my favorite, not because I like Pina Colada, but because it has the strongest and most natural scent and flavor. This thing smells like coconut milk and fresh pineapple juice, and is definitely the most appropriate summer balm in this collection. On the lips it has a nice pineapple flavor, like those weird clear lifesavers that I only recently found out were pineapple flavored. Yum!
Cotton Candy I totally expected this to be my favorite flavor because I always love anything cotton candy, but to me this just doesn't accurately portray the cavity-inducing bags of goodness that are cotton candy. The scent is absolutely not bad at all, it just isn't what cotton candy smells like to me. You know when you make a pitcher of watermelon Kool-aid, and you pour the packet of powder into the bottom, and then dump the cup of sugar on top, and this big dusty cloud of watermelon-sugar dust flies up and hits you in the face? That's exactly what this smells like to me, and I love it. They should have named this balm Watermelon Koolaid Sugar Dust, which would be very appropriate for summer. I still love this one.
Orange Mango Mangoes are my favorite fruit, but I usually don't like anything mango flavored, especially because it's almost always paired with either peach or orange. That does not sound like it should be a bad thing, but something about those fruits mixing in artificial flavors just makes them taste and smell awful. I do actually like this flavor, but not because it's necessarily 'good' or an accurate mango flavor, but because it smells exactly like that bright orange kids liquid Motrin medicine. I love that smell and flavor, I could do shots of Motrin if you let me, I just think it's delicious. I can see how most normal people would not like this flavor, it's pretty medicinal, but you should still try it, especially if you're a Motrin fan like myself.
That's it for the Revo Summer 2015 Collection! Overall, I really like these flavors! Revo has very excellent and unique flavors, and I will continue to buy every single seasonal and holiday collection they release! I have almost all of the Revo flavors, so if there are any you want to know about let me know!

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Etsy Store!

I've created a new Etsy store where I will be posting some of the weird things I make and find! Check it out!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Framed Bones

Made this with some extra deer parts! I love it, definitely making more like this. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Yes, that's what they're called, but these awesome little tins are far from full of shit. They're made by the quirky company Blue Q, and they are AMAZING. Each tin is a combination of two flavors, usually a fruit and spice or flower, they are all really unique flavors. I found the Lemonade Hibiscus and Wildberry Chamomile flavors in a store, and I did what any normal psychopath would do and immediately bought the other 10 flavors from their website. These balms have a nice short list of natural ingredients and are suuuuuper moisturizing! Each balm has awesomely adorable artwork on the lid, as well as the flavor name and of course LIP SHIT. I have absolutely zero complaints about these balms, I have read a few reviews where people have said that the lids can be hard to remove, but I haven't had that problem with any of mine.
LEMONADE HIBISCUS As difficult as it was for me to choose a favorite flavor, I decided on Lemonade Hibiscus, probably because I'm a sucker for all things lemon. This is the first Lip Shit I bought, and the one that made me fall in love and buy the rest. This balm smells exactly like a cold, tart glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade. I have to admit, I don't know what a hibiscus flower smells like, but there is definitely a slight fresh, floral undertone to this, but it's not like old lady floral or perfume floral, it's really like fresh cut, crisp flowers kind of smell. It's delightful! The nurse on the lid also makes me laugh for some reason, probably because if I was hospitalized I would make the nurses bring me lemonade.
WILDBERRY CAMOMILE This was the second Lip Shit I bought, and I'd probably say that this is my second favorite (although I really love them all equally). The wildberry has a nice home-made berry jam scent to it, and paired with the chamomile, it smells like some kind of amazing fruity jam and tea concoction. I love the green and purple color combo on the lid art, with the adorable bow-wielding girl scout lady.
PINEAPPLE BROWN SUGAR I love pineapples, but not pineapple scented things, and brown sugar is usually too sickly sweet for me. I didn't think I would like this one, but I WAS WRONG. This balm has a really fresh, almost acidic scent, like a freshly slaughtered pineapple. The brown sugar isn't bad at all, it gives this balm more of a pineapple upside-down cake scent, like fresh pineapple slices with warm buttery brown sugar. The kitten eating an ice cream cone on the lid is also painfully cute.
PEACH LAVENDER I was a little torn on how I would feel about this one. Peach is my absolute favorite scent/flavor/fruit, but I really really really don't like lavender. In the tin, this balm smells like straight up lavender, but it's not overwhelming. On the lips, you can smell/taste the peach a lot better, and it's goooood. If you like lavender, you'll love this. The five o'clock-shadowed fireman on the lid is a nice touch.
POMEGRANATE GINGER This balm is similar to the Peach Lavender in that it smells like ginger in the tin, but on the lips you get more of the pomegranate. I really don't think pomegranate has much of a scent in general really, other than just a tart 'fruit' smell. I love both ginger and pomegranate, so this one is fabulous.
COCONUT BASIL This is one of the most unique flavor combinations, AND I LIKE IT! Coconut scented products often smell like sunscreen and not coconuts. This balm smells like dry coconut flakes, and the basil adds a nice spicy touch! If you wanted to buy a Lip Shit for a man in your life, I'd go with this flavor, I'd say it's the most 'MANLY' scent. This is a really cool flavor, and it has twin guitar playing monkeys on the lid, so you need it.
GRAPEFRUIT ROSEHIP I think I've said this like 3 times now about different fruity scents, but grapefruit is my favorite. I love tart, sour, bitter, delicious pink grapefruit. This balm definitely smells like fresh pink grapefruit meat, it is tart and bitter and realistic and delicious. I don't think you can really smell the rosehip in the tin, but on the lips you really can smell/taste it! I love this one, and it has a fancy cowgirl on it, which is always a plus.
VANILLA CARDAMOM I have no idea what cardamom smells like. I didn't even know what cardamom was until about 30 seconds ago when I Googled it thinking it was a flower and discovered that it is actually a spice. Cool. Well this balm is the bomb, it even claims on the lid that it is THE BEST LIP SHIT EVER. I love vanilla, and this smells very vanilla-y and I love it. The cardamom is a nice touch and smells terrific with vanilla, but I still am not quite sure what cardamom is or what it's used for, so for all I know this could smell nothing like it. I'm just going to trust that LIP SHIT wouldn't lie to me about this. Yup.
BLACKBERRY HONEY This balm smells like one of those expensive jars of honey from the farmers market with the chunks of honeycomb stuck in there. It's great. I love honey, but just to reiterate, this isn't cheap sugary honey that comes in a bear from the grocery store. This is top of the line fancy fresh honey that a brave beekeeper risked his life to can for your enjoyment. There is a very slight blackberry scent to this, but it's mostly honey to me. This is a really 'sexy' kind of scent.
RASPBERRY LEMONGRASS I actually do know what lemongrass is, but I have no idea if it's suppose to smell lemony, and this kind of does. It smells like a delicious raspberry lemon cheesecake dessert, like lemon bars with fresh raspberries on top, like a home made raspberry lemonade. It's great and yummy and great for summer (and all other seasons cause it's so good). It's got Little Red Riding Hood on the lid, skipping through a lemongrass forest to bring her grandma a basket of raspberries.
CUCUMBER MINT This balm made me laugh for way longer than I should have because the woman on the lid is putting on her seatbelt and the cardboard packaging the balm came in said "Always wear your lip balm!". GET IT?!? I laughed. Anyways, this is another unique balm flavor, it's very fresh and almost 'medicinal', but not in a bad way, it doesn't smell like Nyquil or anything, I just feel like the cooling cucumber and mint combination is gonna make everything better. It's medicine for your lips and your life. This lip balm is good for you. And it made me laugh, which is the best medicine, right? I love it.
ASIAN PEAR This balm is just called Asian Pear, but I think I smell a little bit of sneaky mint in there too. This is a unique scent (I keep saying that but it's just true) and I really like it. Out of all 12 balms, this one makes my lips all tingly, like there is some kind of minty oil in the balm. There's a weird tiger thing on the lid. I think it's a tiger at least. He's cool, we're friends.
That's all for this review! Hopefully this can help some people decide which of the wonderful Lip Shits they will buy to slather on their faces. Or you could just follow in my footsteps and buy them all cause they're all sooooo goooood. You can buy Lip Shit balms online at, or if you'd rather buy them in a store, you can find one that carries them near you at I've seen them at Earthbound Trading Co., and a few Barnes and Nobles stores. I was not paid in any way for this review, I bought these balms with my own money, I just love them so much that I needed to share it with the world! Leave me comments and tell me which ones you have and love, or which flavors you want!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


My husband's cat Church died last Fall/Winter, we found her under his moms house after she hadn't been seen in a few days. I've wanted to get her and articulate her skeleton since we found her, and I thought waiting a few months would be best so that nature could help me out. Well that was NOT a good idea, because like most dead bodies in cool, dry environments, she mummified. My husband bravely crawled under the house and fought off a vicious black widow attack to get Church's body for me, and I brought her home and put her in a Rubbermaid tub with some fill dirt. 
I thought maybe having her in soil and out in the open would attract some insects to clean the bones, but after a few days in tub, nothing had happened. I could have macerated the whole body right then, but I didn't want cat soup cooking in my backyard for a week in the heat, and there are just too many tiny bones I couldn't risk losing since I plan to articulate. The body was so badly mummified that I couldn't remove any bones, so I had choice but to macerate (which is currently happening), but I thought I could do the skull by hand. I pulled off what I could by hand, and then used a pai of sewing scissors to get most of the rest. 
Soft tissue like eyes and brain are always the first to go. 
Removed what I could by hand! Bad photo quality because it was getting dark. 
Removed the rest with sharp scissors, but it wasn't all coming off. 

I quickly realized that this incredibly mummified tissue wasn't going to come off while it was dry. I put the skull in a small, tightly closed container full of water and left it on my front porch for a little over 24 hours. The direct sunlight and 95 degree temperature helped speed up the process a lot. By the time I removed the skull from the water, all the rehydrated tissue had fallen off and I had a clean skull! 
When bones come out of water, they smell. Bad. I soaked the skull in a container of about 50/50 water and laundry soap, which did the job of getting the smell out completely. Normally, this is where I would degrease the bones, but since this mummified, there was no moisture at all in it and therefore no grease. I had to be very careful with the incisors, cats have VERY tiny front teeth in their top and bottom jaws, and the fall out very easily. I removed them all before soaking and when it was dry I used tweezers to put them back in, with superglue of course. 
Those tiny teeth!

This skull went right from the laundry soap bath to the sink for a rinse, and then into a water and peroxide bath to whiten. Normally I'd leave bones in peroxide for two days to completely whiten, but I left this skull in for about 12 hours. It's not as white as it could be, but I like it. After it dried, I glued the bottom jaws and put everything together! 
This skull turned out beautifully, and I love it even more because it belonged to a cat that I knew when she was alive! I have the rest of the body macerating now, and I will pour the water through a strainer to be sure I get all those tiny bones. I plan to articulate the skeleton, so stay tuned for that adventure! 

Dog and cat