Spitting Image: Pretty Bitchin’

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Eleven Stranger Things Season 1I have been wanting to do a portrait of Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven ever since the 1st season of Stranger Things came out. I was completely in awe of her character as well as her mad acting skills. Not to mention who wouldn’t want to draw that beautiful face of hers.

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it but I knew I didn’t want to just replicate a still from the show. I wanted my piece to be unique among all the ones I have seen others do so I waited for that creative spark to hit me. Well while binge watching Season 2 my mine went zap! I knew I wanted to do a split face portrait and I wanted to showcase
Eleven’s fun makeovers from both seasons. Her “pretty” makeover from Season 1 and her “bitchin'” makeover from Season 2.

I am excited to announce that I finally finished it between other projects and filling holiday orders. I call this piece “Pretty Bitchin'” which I get a kick out of every time I say it…………

Created by Readiris, Copyright IRIS 2015

Are you a fan of Millie’s and love the show Stranger Things? Prints and shirts are now available of this piece in both my Etsy and Amazon shops! See this piece and other portraits I have done on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Stacy AKA Trixie

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So you may recall my super long Artist Shout Out post that I made after I came back from our Philly road trip. It mainly focused on the awesome custom hip/shoulder bag I had made by Stacy of Trixie B True. Well I could not get over how incredible it was. So I decided to thank her by making her a little something in return.

She is very involved in Roller Derby and you all know I am a big fan of that sport. I saw my first bout of the Windy City Rollers as part of my 30th birthday celebration because floor seats for roller derby was something I always wanted to experience. If I didn’t have so many health issues I would be all over joining ha ha. Either way, Stacy informed me that her team colors were red and black.

Here was the end result…

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

 

Artist Shout Out: Trixie B True

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So it’s been a while since I have done an Artist Shout Out post. As you all know these come far and few in between and I do them here on my own art blog only when I come across an art piece that really makes my jaw drop. Well the work of Trixie B True is just that. It’s also wearable, functional, and down right amazing. That is is why I wanted to share her work with all of you.

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So before we left for Philly I wanted a hip bag to bring with me. I wanted something I could not only bring on this road trip, but on future vacations, concerts, festivals, vending etc. I had certain things I wanted that were limiting my search results ….

  • I didn’t want it to look like a fanny pack
  • I wanted it to match my creepy cute style
  • It needed to stay on me comfortably due to my digestive disorder (could not dig into or be too tight on my stomach etc).
  • Need to be adjustable.
  • It needed to be able to fit everything I needed including my medications without being too big and bulky.
  • It needed to be well made and last for all of my future adventures

I always go to Etsy first when I am searching for something I want because by now you all know I support other artists and buying from small businesses. I also know it is my best bet to find something one of a kind or custom made. When I came across Trixie B True’s Etsy shop I knew I had landed in the right place. The first thing that caught my eye was a black glitter vinyl hip bag with blood splatter fabric on the inside! I immediately contacted her.

When it comes to Etsy you will know if you found the right artist based on how they respond to your inquire, their personality that comes through in their responses and how excited they are about your wacky visions and ideas. After conversating back and forth with Stacy I went from stressed about finding the right bag in time to anticipating what she would create from my vision. She directed me to her website to see some of the unique things she has made and recommended we work together to come up with a custom bag design.

Then it came to me. Could she possibly use her sparkly orange vinyl to make a hip bag in the shape of a creepy smiling jack o’ lantern? How about using the black sparkly vinyl for the facial features and lime green for the zipper? Could she use matching bat fabric for the inside? This would totally be a bag that would scream “Living Dead Girl Nicole” however would she be able to make it functional to my medical needs?! Well she could and she did!

I of course could not wait to get it in the mail and asked for a sneak peak. She sent me a text of my finished bag and also posted it on Instagram with a caption that described me to a tee. Of course the minute I saw it my jaw dropped and I could not wait to get it in the mail.

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When it came in the mail I was STOKED! I literally screamed “GAAAAAAH I LOVE IT!” when I opened it ha ha. I immediately sent her this photo!

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She not only measured to make sure standard pill bottles would fit in it but she made it adjustable so I could use it as either a hip bag or a cross over bag if needed. She was even able to get the lime green bat fabric I wanted for the inside!


She listened to everything that was really important to me and made it happen. Especially with my medical conditions. It is sometimes hard for people with medical conditions to go out on the town and do things without carrying a gigantic medicine cabinet of a bag with them. It makes it harder for you to enjoy yourself when you have so many things to take with you “just incase” something happens.

I used it EVERY single day on our road trip to Philly. I got TONS of compliments on it. Even the woman who checked us into the hotel was in awe over it the minute we arrived. Here are just a few shots from the trip with me rocking it to give you an idea of how it looks when you wear it, the size it came out to be and how it totally rocks with the rest of my style of clothing. She truly took my vision, my needs and made it a reality!


It’s been YEARS since I have been able to travel to places outside of the states (that was not medical test or surgery related). This road trip to Philly was 12 hours away from home. It was exhilarating and my Trixie B True bag was a huge part of making it an enjoyable experience for me. That is why I had to share how amazing this bag is and how important it is to me to now have something that matches my style, is made of high quality craftsmanship and in a fun way contributed to giving me my freedom back.

I know many of my followers also suffer from digestive disorders, medical conditions etc and have to carry medication and other important things on them at all times. I also know others are highly active and looking for something that would allow them to have a stylish option that gives them hands free fun when they go out. Don’t let my spooky style bag discourage you from contacting Trixie B True into making you a bag of your own. I know some of you follow me because you dig my creative creepy style and others follow me because you dig it, however you don’t live it. This was completely a vision we worked on together to make something custom to who I am. She will work with you to make you something just as unique as you are! She has done bags with stars, unicorns, super heroes, Star Wars, roller derby, rockabilly, retro, 50’s, animals, cupcakes and more!

Contact her and make sure to tell her Living Dead Girl Nicole sent you!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: New One Of Kind Barrettes!

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New Dead Girl Vintage Decay and Dead Girl Skullerfly Decay barrettes are now in my Etsy shop! These are one of a kind pieces so get them before they are gone!

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LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Burlesque Vintage Owl Barrette

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This barrette that I made is now owned by one of my best friends, Heather.

The middle features a vintage owl brooch sitting on a flower petal and accented with black, brown, turquoise and peacock feathers!

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What I love most about making these Burlesque Vintage Decay Barrettes is that they are unique and no two will ever be the same. The barrette or pin is always made with the central focus being a vintage piece of jewelry that is one of a kind.

Check out more of my Dead Girl Burlesque Vintage Decay Barrettes both on my official website and in my Etsy shop! Bookmark these links because I plan to make more of these as I find more vintage pieces of jewelry and once they are gone they are gone!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: New Vintage Burlesque Barrettes

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Attention all you victorian, burlesque retro girls out there! I just added two new barrettes to my Dead Girl Vintage Decay line! These barrettes are available for purchase in my Etsy shop!

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Stay Spooky and Sparkly!
LDG Nicole