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Catacomb Creations

on August 22, 2014 - 2:32pm

I wanted to start making art people could hang. I know that shelf space is sometimes limited, and personally I like having cool things on my walls. I came up with the Catacomb Creations. Each one has a small wire loop that allows you to hang the item, but it's also hidden so you can display it any way you want. 

FanExpo 2014 - The (Unofficial) Dead End in Artist Alley

on August 21, 2014 - 8:57am

This year, Festival of Fear is in the North Building. But that's not where the horror goodness ends.

If you meander through back streets and alleys (Artist Alleys, in this case), eventually you'll come across a Dead End

Less than Two Weeks to FanExpo 2014

on August 15, 2014 - 1:18pm

I have no idea how we've arrived in August, but Fan Expo is about to raise the circus tent in Toronto in less than two weeks. Despite my apparent black outs when it comes to time, my muscle memory has been hard at work, creating new beasties for the big weekend. 

2014? What the...

on January 21, 2014 - 5:03pm

The site broke after Halloween. While my secret ninja web skills made it so published content could be viewed, the bug still remained that prevented me from uploading new content. Between work, ice storms, dealing with a small forest of downed tree limbs (still ongoing), and all that icky life stuff, we couldn't spend time to fix it until the new year. 

But now I think it's all better. 

Problem is, it's January. Life-sucking January. Motivation-squashing January. 

Spring is when most people reorganize their houses. I, on the other hand, get obsessed with such tasks in the winter. Usually it's because I've turned my work spaces upside down by the time the chaos that is Halloween arrives. Full throttle creation leaves no extra time for proper storage of show gear or art supplies. never mind normal house stuff like hanging artwork that's been sitting around for months, or figuring out what special sort of light bulb you need for the ancient fixture in the bathroom. 

And that's what I've been doing these last couple of months while waiting for the site to be fixed. 

I even created a little nook of homage to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween in my office. 

As we near February, I plan to finally start updating the site and maybe even start creating again. Wouldn't that be nice?

 

 

 

Happy Halloween 2013!

on October 31, 2013 - 4:44pm

Oh there's never enough time, to bake the goodies, or edit the pictures, or post the content.

The world doesn't understand it's Halloween and I have better things to do than deal with real life problems when there are candles to light, and treats to be eaten!

But I am pausing to post before the night completely gets away from me.

Look for pictures of the theme decorations in the next few days. Perhaps it will help with post-Halloween depression.

Happy Halloween, folks. 

Do something nice tonight, even if it's a simple indulgence that makes you smile.

Ghoul Friday

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Boo to You Parade

on October 30, 2013 - 5:36pm

I still have to take some photographs of my decorations. In the meantime, I thought you might appreciate seeing some pictures of the Boo to You parade that takes place during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.

The parade comes around twice a night, the second showing being far less crowded than the first.

I attended both, of course. 

For that matter, I attended two parties, so you might notice a change in location, atmosphere and even some missing figures in photos of the same float. That's because the second night it poured, and I mean no fooling around rain that delayed the parade an hour. I will say though, I do like the pictures from that night a lot. There's something about the wet streets that add to the shots. Plus, that's the parade where Tweedle Dee (or Dum) came over and gave me a big smooch.

Unfortunately the Headless Horseman, who rides out before the parade starts, didn't make an appearance for the almost rained out parade, which meant I only have the blurry images from the first one. That being said, some of those blurs turned out pretty cool. 

Enjoy!

2013 Jack O'Lantern

on October 29, 2013 - 1:57pm

I thought I was being a good girl by leaving my pumpkin untouched on the porch. I bought it a bit early, and while I've read that some people carve their pumpkin as early as a week ahead of the big day, my pumpkins never last that long (mainly because they spend part of their evenings in my office). 

I left him on the porch to stay cool and happy.

However, the milder weather we've been having seems to have caused my pumpkin to get some moldy patches.

I rushed it inside, chopped off the bottom, carved out as much of the mold as I could, and I have him soaking in a water bath with a bit of bleach in the hope to help it stick around until at least Friday morning. 

Here's what he looked like prior to his soaking in my sink ;)

Happy Halloween, folks! Two days left! 

Hang on, Mr. Pumpkin. 

Joshua Hoffine's "Black Lullaby" Kickstarter Project

on October 28, 2013 - 8:53pm

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I'm a fan of Joshua Hoffine's photography. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife (then fiancée) Jennifer a few years ago when I bought his print "Death" a few years ago.

Before you pick up that discounted copy of a B-horror film, or buy a pumkin spiced latte, or buy clearance Halloween items, let me direct you to a better cause for your $10 to be spent on. 

And I say $10 specifically because I know money is tight everywhere. Believe me. I know. 

But even that little bit of cash can help to support something pretty cool. 

He has a kickstarter project called Black Lullaby which I just pledged $30 towards. He's in the process of making a short film inspired by his collection of photographs and needs some help with shooting the final monster appearance plus all that post production goodness. Watch the video below to learn more directly from the man himself.

The Weekend Before Halloween

on October 26, 2013 - 9:04am

While Halloween is the official night, this weekend is the star of the season when it comes to celebrating. Many people are running around trying to get last minute decorations up and grocery shopping done for their parties tonight. Others are still figuring out what to wear to these parties. 

Me? A few years ago I switched my party date from Saturday to Sunday. Since my gatherings are more laid back and often include dinner, I decided to free my faithful guests from the burden of choosing which invitation to accept, or which party to leave early so they could get to the next one.

I really like the laid back feel of celebrations on a Sunday evening. And as we get older, and my friends have children and careers, I find my guests appreciate it too. They come by after 6, and folks start heading home around 10, leaving a few of us chatting until midnight.

I've run out of time to do any additional decorating. I have work, then grocery shopping. Last night I put up some last minute fun items: the red sign (top left) that reads "Hell: Where Afterlife Means Afterparty" (much more exciting than Heaven's sign of "Purgatory is Temporary. Heaven is Forever", top right).

I put up two old school black silhouettes painted on craft paper (you can see the spider bottom right).  And played with lighting. 

This post is dedicated to all the host and hostesses who are rushing around like maniacs today, worrying that the spider cupcakes aren't going to turn out, or regretting they didn't have enough time to get that prop in the bathtub. 

Have fun tonight kiddies. Be safe.

 

Little Red Souls

on October 23, 2013 - 11:43pm

It looks like the heavenly display is close to finished, so tonight was dedicated to getting 4 of the souls who chose Hell hung in the dining room.

Instead of using cheesecloth, I re-purposed the fabric from last year's Twin Peaks Black Lodge red waiting room. Folding, pinning, and hanging each one into various forms, I tried to get some interesting shapes and hints at stance and mass. 

I think they'll look pretty cool under proper lighting.

I still have 6 more to get into place. Hopefully that will be completed tomorrow night. 

Getting into that stage where it's about last minute final touches. A layer of material here. A sign there.

Some of it is still not quite right, but those should sort themselves out.

Sunday night is the big reveal.

I still have to grocery shop and put together the menu that goes along with the theme. 

And then there's that pesky work thing that always gets in the way.

But for now, it's time to sleep. 

 

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