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October Shows!

on October 7, 2014 - 11:18am

Happy October! I've been celebrating the best month of the year in Orlando, eating up all the Halloween activities I could stuff into a few days (pictures soon). Now that I'm back, I realize I need to tell folks what the heck is happening this month. 

Montauks: Bird, Bison, Badger

on August 28, 2014 - 11:28pm

First day of FanExpo 2014 has come and gone. And so has most of my Montauks! I only have one bird (the one with the shawl) and two badgers left (pending a pickup tomorrow). Whew! That was fast. 

It was pretty bustling for a Thursday. Perhaps being on a long weekend has spurred folks to take an extra day or two off work.

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.

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