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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Preview of Ghoulish Goodies for Sunday's Show

on October 17, 2011 - 10:53am

Have I mentioned that I have a show on Sunday in Toronto

I've been working like a mad woman, trying to get everything ready.

It's going to be tight. 

I still have Halloween props to work on.

And sleep. Sleep is important, especially if I want to ditch this bug once and for all. I was sick on Halloween last year, and don't care for a repeat of that. 

So much to do, so little time!

This will probably be my last show for the year, so if you live in the area and are hoping to pick up some of my items for Halloween or Christmas, be sure to come see me at the Bazaar of the Bizarre!

On that note, I'll leave you with a set of images of items that will be for sale on Sunday.

Enjoy!

Flashback: Creature From the Black Lagoon Costume

on October 16, 2011 - 8:19pm

 

Vintage picture of a kid in a Creature From The Black Lagoon costume. 

Awesome.

Many more photographs to be seen on Swapatorium's Halloween flickr set.

(via Frankenstein's Fun House)

SPEAKING of vintage Halloween pictures, I added a few from my childhood at the very bottom of the About page. Yes, that's me with the balloons in her hair. And the woman in the other picture with balloons on her head is my mother.

AND many of you have heard the story about me spray painting the tombstone on the wall for my Grade 4 Halloween party. Well now you can see a picture of that too (the link is in my bio on the About page).


H-A-Double L-O-W-Double E-N Spells Halloween

on October 16, 2011 - 11:13am

 

From Scar Stuff, an iPhone/Hipstamatic stop motion video featuring the beloved "Halloween" song by Kay Lande and Wade Denning.

Radio Makeover

on October 15, 2011 - 9:00am

Before I did my Rip Van Winkle routine and dropped into slumber for days as my body wrestled with a virus, I had time (and energy) to work on another piece from buycostumes.com. This time it was a radio.

I liked the old fashioned shape of it, and the idea that a skull presses out against the black screen of the speaker. 

While not for me, some people might like the feature that when you turn it on, lights flash red and blue. The skull moves forward, pressing against the screen, and then there is a recording of a voice speaking spooky sayings.

For my display, I turned the radio off just when the skull was sticking out the furthest, freezing him in place. 

The drawback to the radio is it comes in a light milk chocolate colour, almost like toffee (see images below).

The colour draws attention to the fact it's made of plastic, and since there is no contrasting colour on the main body of the piece, you can't see all the great grain detailing on the face of the radio. 

The brass look of the buttons are fine, and the colour of the mesh at the top half of the radio is perfect.

I grabbed black, white and brown acrylics, and a can of black spray paint.

Hack! Snort! Groan.

on October 14, 2011 - 7:32am

I think we should replace the spirits and traditional monsters who are referenced in scary stories with the change-of-season virus. It's much more terrifying.

On Sunday, I thought I was just about free of the festering fingertips of whatever cold had me in its grip.

But when I spent 19 hours on Tuesday unconscious,  or wishing I was unconscious, I had my doubts regarding recovery. 

I've tried to reason with the bug. I've weakly pointed toward unfinished projects, unmailed items, and important dates on the calendar, but it hasn't made much of a difference. 

This morning I made noises like the Tasmanian Devil as my body tried to clear my lungs and air passage. Instead of being saddened by this new state of phlegminess, I was encouraged. If it's finally in my chest, it means my body might actually be purging it from the system instead of letting it hide behind my kidney or whatever spot it's been lurking the last few months (where you always feel like you're about to get sick, then don't). 

Paper Monsters

on October 8, 2011 - 8:36am

Macula has offered up some free paper toys with Halloween themes.

And there's quite a lot of them!

Witches, pumpkins, Frankenstein monsters, vampires, zombies, cyclops, unicorns...any scary creature you can imagine.

They are all posted at the top of the page. Simply scroll through the images, click the one you like, and download.

Get out your trusty-dusty scissors, a bit of glue (or tape) and get going!

I think it's a great way to spend a Thanksgiving weekend. Sadly, unlike most of my Canadian counterparts, I have to work.

Have a Happy Gobble Gobble Day, everyone!

Great Pumpkin Poster

on October 7, 2011 - 1:39pm

 

This is a beautiful silkscreen poster by strongstuff that's up for sale this week.

It's 18" x 24" with three different versions/printed runs
• regular edition: 280 prints
• variant edition (Printed on French Speckletone Cream 80 lb cover): 50 prints
• steel edition (printed on steel): 20 steel signs

Prices, of course, vary depending on which you want to purchase.

They officially go on sale on Oct 12, but it looks like they all sold out in the pre-order.


Try Not to Scream

on October 7, 2011 - 8:29am


Triple fear threat.

 

A dummy.

Has a dummy.

Who has a dummy.

 

Just walk silently backwards out of the room.

 

If you want to see more creepy goodness, check out snailbooty on flickr.

 

(via Spookshows.com)

 

 

Who Says Plastic Doesn't Have Panache?

on October 6, 2011 - 11:16am

Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who's the ghoulish of them all?

Wait. Don't answer that. Let me pretend it is I.

Here is the first makeover mystery item from buycostumes.com.

In this post I'll show you how to add simple detailing anyone can do. I'll then continue with uncomplicated dressing ideas, and eventually (as it isn't dark in my part of the world right now) I'll share with you how this style can be dramatically altered using lighting.

I have a store-bought mirror that reflects images upside down.

The frame and "glass" are made of plastic (issue number 1 I'll be focusing on).

The size is 14" H x 21" W which is pretty decent. Placed in a hallway or a nook of the room, it would work well as a focal point. But if you want to display it on a large wall, it suddenly looks smaller than it is (issue number 2 I'll be focusing on).

Plus, the mirror itself has a curved back (in order to create the upside down effect). The dressing approach I use will camouflage that as well.

Let's begin with adding depth and texture with acrylics.

The Return of the Children of the Candy Corn of the Damned II

on October 4, 2011 - 11:51am

Andrew Bell is the artist behind the monsters on The Creatures in My Head.

He constantly updates with illustrations of playful creatures - often drooling and with bad posture - that always make me smile (even the ones that are decidedly sad).

Today was no exception, for what should appear in my blog feed but a post entitled "Out Out Damned Corn (Patient 0)" with this new figure.

At 4″x7″ high (including the glass dome with wooden base), I think I could certainly make room for him in my house. 

Be sure to follow the links above and check out all the images.

(Updated: Oh look! He has a friend)

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