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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Crows in the Corners

on October 25, 2011 - 2:41pm

Martha Stewart has good ideas. 

Sometimes they just need some tweaking.

Here's my take on a cool way to display those feathery fiends you've collected for Halloween.

The Countdown is On

on October 25, 2011 - 9:57am

Less than a week until Halloween and I'm scurrying around to get last minute items in place (as I'm sure all of you are too). 

The weekend started with a late night screening of Fulci's ZOMBIE (or Zombi 2, if you like). Seeing a classic up on the big screen was great, and now it's being released on Blue Ray so everyone can have some 70's zombie goodness. Found this trailer with Guillermo del Toro talking about the film which is fun in itself.

Going to sleep at 3 am before a show is maybe not the best idea. On Sunday morning I actually forgot to bring copies of my book with me (I remembered the sign though. Does that count?). Still, it was a good day and many of my creations were adopted (especially the undead nutcrackers). I have some items leftover and will put that up on etsy closer to the end of November. 

Today I finish the last large prop of the Halloween theme and the final little additions to the house. Hopefully by Friday I'll be able to share some photos of that with you.

In the meantime, head on over to The Happy Undertaker where Drazen has slowly been releasing a 10 part series of story illustrations called House of Bats. So far, 3 pages have been revealed and I am patiently waiting for the rest.

Don't Jump!

on October 22, 2011 - 7:53pm

Yetch decided he wanted one of my little pumpkins from the batch I made for tomorrow's show. I left this little fella on his own while I packed up everyone else, and he just looked so forlorn (and a little desperate) by himself, perched so precariously. I quickly got him inside the curio cabinet with the other little pumpkins I've kept in the past.

I'm almost all packed up for tomorrow morning, which is good since all of Toronto is one big gridlock at the moment. Highway closures abound, and of course everywhere I need to be in the next 24 hours is on the other side of the city.

First stop is a late night showing of Fulci's Zombie (I won two tickets through Fangoria Magazine, which is pretty cool). But Yetch seems to finally be coming down with whatever virus has had me pinned to the mat all month, so I'm not sure if he's going to be up for it. It's one thing to get him into the car but another to ask him to travel to the other side of the city via transit and then walk a couple blocks when he's feeling poorly.

And tomorrow should be interesting since I have to drive across the city to get my wares to the Bazaar of the Bizarre and the highway I need to take will still be closed. 

So by the end of tomorrow I'll either be happy from all the Halloween goodness I was able to attend, or ready to climb up on the edge with my sad little pumpkin.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Corpsing A Skeleton: Part 2 is Done!

on October 21, 2011 - 1:35pm

 

Here she is!

Isn't she perty?

Finally got to finish her today and I've written up the second part of the how-to with some close up images for you to get a good look at the subtle changes that make a huge effect. 

I can't wait to get her dressed up for Halloween. 

Minions for The Bazaar of the Bizarre

on October 20, 2011 - 10:39am

No time for proper introductions, but here's the minion brood ready for Sunday's show in Toronto.

Dem Bones

on October 18, 2011 - 2:20pm

Teaser for Project 3 (of 4) in my buycostumes.com adventure stars this 5 foot posable skeleton. Doesn't she look nice and rested?

I'm about halfway through her transformation process, and will spend the next hour or so typing up the start of the how-to. Stay tuned!

Update: It only took me 3 hours or so, but here's part one of a two part how-to, and the first step of this skeleton's journey into a new character.

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.

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