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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

This Year's Theme

on October 27, 2011 - 2:02pm

A creature of darkness tired of working for death.

He sought an existence the opposite of the world he knew.

Love.

But what is it? How to attain it?

The living held the secret.

So he studied their literature and observed their courting behaviour, gathering all the human elements of love: a fiancee to shower in gifts (including the key to his heart) and the elusive workings of human passion. 

I hope to take the last of the photographs this evening, and have them posted for you tomorrow.

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Another Day, Another Painted Prop

on October 26, 2011 - 3:41pm

A very quick peek at the last of the large prop makeovers this year. 

After this, I hope to start snapping some official images of every character in its place and tell the story of this year's theme.

We have here a 6 ft hanging ghoul with a blue complexion. His detailing is pretty wonderful for a hanging prop which is what caught my eye. That and his almost gleeful expression which works well in my story (coming soon). But blue isn't what I'm looking for, so it was time to give him a quick paint job.

For the record, this prop could easily be taken out of the box, hung up, and with a good spotlight be ready to go. I just needed him to look a little different. Plus, I wanted those eyes and teeth to pop.

All I did was paint black around the eyes and mouth (image below, left). Then I used dark brown to paint the deep creases and shadows (below, middle). And finally, light grey/beige and white dry brushed highlights (with white for the eyes and teeth).

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).


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