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Winter is Over, Yes?

on March 22, 2013 - 12:07pm

Is it safe to come out of hibernation yet?

I know it's supposedly spring, but the freezing temps and ice-crusted snow outside tells my senses otherwise.

The need to reorganize my art inventory and tackle all those projects started - but never finished - during the dark months of winter, however, indicates to me that we are moving into a new season.

2013 has been a wild and crazy ride so far. Almost everyone I know is in the middle of huge life changes that are culminating at the end of this month/start of April. Some are moving to new cities, or provinces, and even (possibly) to foreign countries to begin new jobs. A whole whack of people are buying new houses. Four couples I know are getting divorced (or separated). And sadly, reports of serious illness - some just temporary, others lifelong afflictions - keep coming in.

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Every Walker and How They Died on Walking Dead

on December 6, 2012 - 9:56am

You might have seen this image in the National Post and thought "Oh look, a rainbow skull! How pretty!". But if you looked closer, you'd realize it was made up of tiny zombies. Not just any zombies, but Walking Dead zombies. Every single one that's been killed through the entire show so far on screen.

Scroll down further, and you see a close-up of each one, labeled with who killed them and what weapon they used.

And why the different colours? Why, they are colour-coded of course, by season and whether they are male or female.

 

"While AMC lets The Walking Dead gang take a short mid-season break – the Post’s Andrew Barr and Richard Johnson look at a few of the key statistics of two-and-a-half season’s worth of undead mayhem. They find noteworthy – the gradual increase in the body count, the increasingly creative means of Zombie dispatch, and the fact that every character seems to have developed a clear enjoyment for putting the ambulatory cadavers down for good."
 
 

Set of 3 Zombie Wreath Decorations on Etsy

on December 3, 2012 - 2:30pm

Just added to the shop! A set of 3 Zombie Wreath Ornaments!

Fa la la la la, la la la BRAINS!

Tired of cute snowmen, jolly Santa Claus, and that red nosed reindeer?

Looking for something a little more undead? A little taste of Halloween?

Well here it is. A set of 3 zombie wreath ornaments. Each zombie head is one of a kind, hand sculpted and painted, hung in a festive mini wreath, waiting to spread the disease...er...the joy of the season. 

Each wreath measures approximately 3 inches high/wide, with an extra inch or so of a bendable hanging stem (size varies a little because I actually form the wreaths myself using wire-based, faux-vine decorative strand).

Go take a look in the shop, and don't forget about the Monkey Boo Coupon code.

Close up pictures below.

I DO have another set of 3 zombie ornaments made and might post them later. Same style, same wreath, but different expressions since each is one of a kind!

As well, if there's a particular figure of mine (made recently) that you're interested in, feel free to drop me a note to find out if it's still available for sale.

Monkey Boo Birthday Celebration Sale

on December 3, 2012 - 12:10pm

This week Monkey Boo turns 1 year old. Since she was a rescue from a puppy mill, her paperwork is inconsistent when it comes to what day she was born. Some point to December 1, others point to December 5 (which we think is the more likely date).

In honour of her first birthday (and with it being Christmas time), I'm having an Etsy sale based around the numbers 1 and 5.

First, all orders - despite size - will cost $15 or less for shipping across North America.

And second, for those who read my blog or Twitter or Facebook , you can save an additional 15% off the cost of the item by using the code HAPPYBIRTHDAYBOO

Using the code in addition to the lower shipping rates will save some folks $20 for certain items!

The sale runs from Monday, December 3 to Monday, December 10th. After that, the code expires and shipping prices go back to normal.

So if you know a certain someone who loves one of a kind items, or Halloween, or monsters, or art, perhaps there's a creature in my shop waiting to be put under their tree

Monkey Boo would like to mention that each purchase you make translates into presents (and dogfood and treats) for others (including her), so head on over to the shop and get that Christmas shopping done! 

Pumpkin Carnage

on November 13, 2012 - 8:37am

I thought I was being kind, putting my pumpkin out back to live the last of his days naturally.

Instead, I've subjected him to squirrel torture. I can almost hear him screaming at night "They're eating my face!".

He doesn't look too happy about it either.

I hope he isn't planning revenge.

But I sort of know how he feels. November has been somewhat unpleasant so far. Halloween is over. Everyone is exhausted. 

Then a week ago Sunday little Miss Monkey Boo decided to do a backward summersault with a twist off the couch, landing hard with her hind leg beneath her, knocking her left knee cap loose. She already has a slippery kneecap in the right hind leg. We've been on total rest duty since Sunday November 4th.

Halloween Party 1953 Style

on November 8, 2012 - 1:50pm

I love this video and how into Halloween the father is. If it had been of my family when I was a child, the scenes would have been "Here comes Dad, and boy is he furious everyone is making a mess in the living room and blocking the tv. 'Shoo!' he says."

Sugar Skulls and War of the Worlds

on November 6, 2012 - 9:41am

Who says Halloween is over?

This past weekend I didn't feel like going straight home after work. Instead, I went down to the Harbourfront Centre to catch the end of the Day of the Dead Festival with everything from sugar skulls, to Mariachi Bands, to traditional altar displays. Sadly, I got there 20 minutes before it all shut down, and did a quick tour of the lot. I was disappointed to arrive so late, but soon realized all was not lost.

Turns out there was a theatrical performance of Orson Welles' famous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds by the Art of Time Ensemble. Instead of having 11 voice actors, there were 3: Sean Cullen (who has done many things, but I always think of Corky and the Juice Pigs), Nicholas Campbell (who you might know from Haven, or the classic Da Vinci’s Inquest), and Marc Bendavid (The Border).

It was a simple set, leaving the props and costumes to give the impression of time and setting. The main actors stood to the right with microphones in front, scripts in hand. To the far left was live Foley sound effects artist John Gzowski who was fascinating to watch. In the middle were musicians who, in classic form, spent their free time smoking and reading magazines.

Hanging above the cast was an "On Air" sign and a clock, counting off the hour. 

As someone who loves to listen to stories, and also enjoys a glimpse of history, I was completely captivated. 

You could understand why people tuning in partway into the program might believe the news broadcasts were real. And how, if they didn't stick around to listen until the last quarter, they wouldn't  understand that what they were listening to was a theatrical production.

Even the poster for the event (pictured top left) appealed to me.

And that was just the second half of the show. There was more.

The Morning After

on November 1, 2012 - 3:40pm

Let me start by saying a big thanks to Amy over at Circus Posterus who chose Halloween to post an interview with yours truly. Definitely one of the coolest online nods I've gotten this season.

The oddest? I made the list for Best Dating Sites "20 Sites to Plan the Perfect Halloween Date" which tickled me to no end. I'm at the bottom, for those who want to get crafty on their date. Hilariously awesome.

Now, who is going to hand out the "We Survived Halloween 2012" shirts? 

Strange year. Ventured out into the city early yesterday evening and in neighbourhoods that traditionally overflowed with Halloween celebration and decoration, but there was little to be found. You'd think it was the start of October, not the end. Certainly not Halloween itself.

Happy Halloween 2012!

on October 31, 2012 - 7:38am

We made it.

Here's hoping the storm systems don't completely ruin this year's festivities for folks. While it is rainy and miserable, and not the best weather for haunters, it could be worse. You just have to read the news about folks east of us to know how bad it could be.

Besides, I don't think having an old fashioned dark and stormy night in Toronto is all that bad for setting the Halloween mood. 

As for me? What's that saying about the best laid plans? It's looking like my social affairs are going to melt away with the rain. Last minute meetings, work obligations and acts of God have all conspired so that I might be on my own after work. Tonight? I imagine I'll be on the couch with Yetch and Monkey Boo. 

As promised, here are the last pictures from this year's party. I decided to take my corpse from last year and have her propped on the porch to greet guests. Sure, it has nothing to do with Twin Peaks, but I really like her.

I also was able to get the Art Ghoullery behaving, so you can see the complete set in larger versions

Be safe tonight. Have fun. And I wish you the Happiest of Halloweens.

Ghoul Friday

Second Batch of Black Lodge Pictures

on October 30, 2012 - 3:02pm

"Through the dark of futures past

The magician longs to see

One chants out between two worlds

'Fire walk with me'

I'll catch you with my death bag

You may think I've gone insane

But I promise

I will kill again"

Here is the second batch of pictures.

You got to see a preview of the Laura Palmer decoration earlier, and now here it is up on the wall.

I do like the simplicity of using crumpled brown craft paper for the quote "She's dead. Wrapped in Plastic". Something earthy about it, and a sense of being disposable (easily thrown away in the trash). 

I used the craft paper for cave symbols across the room too. And of course, the brown paper bags for the Sycamore tree lanterns. 

The chess game and playing cards with the faces changed are hat tips to Windom Earle, and the poker chips are for "One Eyed Jacks". 

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