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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Watermelon...of the Dead!

on February 6, 2009 - 1:14pm

watermelon Brains
I've come across a couple of interesting ideas for serving watermelon at your next bone-bash. The first, a watermelon brain, comes from two sources and seems pretty straight forward.

You can try following scoochmaroo's detailed instructions (her melon brain is pictured right), or Disney's version.

Feeling a bit more brave and artistic? I got a good chuckle when I saw this idea of having the dead rising out of the grave (or melon, as the case may be).

watermelon groundbreaker

I've tried to find the original source for this idea. I always feel a bit unclean when I post an image or idea without giving credit. Unfortunately, Kim's Halloween Recipes page where I found this image simply label it 'online idea' without a reference. If anyone knows who came up with this little beauty, I'd love to know.

Kris Kuksi

on February 4, 2009 - 11:24am

skull sculpturesKris Kuksi is a genius. I can get lost in the tiny details of his sculptures. Whenever I view his work online, I end up leaning forward in my chair, nose close to the glass of my monitor, but I can never see it as clear as I'd like to.

Each piece is like two works of art in one: you have the wide view, like a dark landscape; and then you have all the tiny characters within it.

Luckily, it seems he is coming to the Meta Gallery in Toronto from May 15th to June 14th, 2009, so I will finally be able to see those micro-beauties clearly.

For those of you who aren't going to check out his show in person, you can view his sculptures online. He has a handy (yet finicky) flash application that allows you to zoom in fairly tight on the images.

He has an interesting bio posted on his site, not unlike many stories we've heard before. But there were specific quotes that resonated with me:

Mary Poppins Never Looked Better

on February 3, 2009 - 10:56am

A quick post for this snowy Tuesday.

I'd stumbled across Devon Devereaux's work months ago (maybe even as far back as 2007). It's been sitting in my "stuff I have to blog about" folder ever since, sad and neglected.

This image is part of his Perihelion Show, a collection of sketches starring cartoon creatures of the night, many of which have an on-the-road theme.

I picked this picture as my favourite simply because of the small character depicting Mary Poppins.

I always knew there was something fishy about her.

Online Flicks for an Uninspired Monday

on February 2, 2009 - 12:12pm

I thought I would share a few videos with you to help fight off the Monday blahs.

First it's the Happy Tree Friends in "Remains to Be Seen". In this episode, the furry creatures deal with the disaster of zombies.

I think my favourite moment is when the manual lawn mower comes out.

You can see more episodes (including some with a Halloween theme) on the official website.

The second flick (below) is a music video brought to my attention by Eve Noir who thought I might like it. And I will admit, it has grown on me.

New Props Drying By an Open Fire

on January 31, 2009 - 6:30pm

Monax by the fire
It's been a cold Saturday spent working on props.

Marmota Monax is coming along slowly. Though I don't plan on having his body be visible, he's gotten a sloppy clay covering over his torso. I've been experimenting with a new clay recipe and thought this was a safe opportunity to test it.

More Casket Furniture

on January 30, 2009 - 8:03am

casket poker table
When you start a business, it's important to know your target audience and the positioning of the product you're selling (a basic decision of who it's for, what it does, and how to appeal to your target group). With this in mind, I think the folks over at Casket Furniture need to work on their selling angle. Or at the very least, reorganize their website. I get the feeling they didn't want to miss out on either crowd - people mourning a loss and people who look at coffins as entertainment.

For example, the second menu item on their website after 'Casket Furniture' is 'Casket Gaming' where you can find items like this Coffin Poker Table.

Are you now in a fun and fancy free mood? Totally on board with how coffins aren't just for funerals? Goooood! Because the third menu item is 'Casket Plans' where we switch gears from fun and games. Suddenly the messages take on a sombre tone to discuss how hard it is to lose a loved one, and the products aren't for fun, but for eternal peace.

More X-Rays of Moi

on January 29, 2009 - 10:31am

my skull profile
Recently I posted a bone scan of myself I'd had taken a while ago. I'd remembered I had it because I was getting x-rays done. Turns out the x-rays were useless to the doctor, but they're a welcome addition to my growing collection (nice profile, don't you think?).

It's all rather fitting, since there's been a blogging frenzy this week covering an x-ray lamp made by Sture Pallarp (shown right), and I'm thinking of making my own sometime.

While I've seen 'how-to's online that get people to attach their x-rays to existing paper lampshades, I think I'll pick up a plastic shade made for DIY stained glass projects.

Playgrounds Can be Tough

on January 28, 2009 - 8:39am

I'm sure most of us can remember a time in childhood when our parents nudged us out the door to play, even though something - be it the local bully or the crazy neighbour's dog that's always loose - was waiting for us. I can remember many a battle taking place at the local park. Though I will admit, I never had to fight zombies (not real ones, anyway).

This corner snapshot from Jason Chan's "Zombie Playground" sums up a metaphor of what it was like to battle those foes way back when.

Gives a whole new spin on "King of the Castle", doesn't it?

That's What I Call a Pumpkin

on January 27, 2009 - 8:06am

Ray Villafane is a professional artist and sculptor. He's done work for Sideshow Collectibles, Reflex Publications, DC Direct, McFarlane Toys, and Bowen Designs.

Apparently in his spare time, he'll carve a pumpkin or two.

I found these on a flickr account after reading a post by Ray's brother who was bragging (justly) about Ray's talent as a pumpkin carver. I did a little google detective work and found Ray's website.

To see all of the pumpkins and a 'how to' (ha ha ha...right), check out Ray's pumpkin page on his website.

Scaring Ourselves More than the Monsters Do

on January 26, 2009 - 12:42pm

black hand and pumpkinface
While there are many things to legitimately fear in the world, I find that human beings have a tendency to heighten these fears to the point where we lose scope of what we should actually be afraid of; what the original source of fear was, and how to act in order to protect ourselves. If you lose sight of what the original source was, then any action you take to prevent it from happening again is fairly useless.

I just read a news story from last October about a town in Pennsylvania who, after 16 years, lifted a ban on trick or treating after dark. The ban was put in place in October of 1992, after an 11-year-old girl, Shauna Howe, was abducted and murdered by two men.

Death is tragic. Murder of children is devastating. The people who commit these acts are the source of fear, and have nothing to do with a holiday.

I decided to do a bit of digging on the original story, and what I found illustrates my point of displacing fear.

The girl wasn't taken on Halloween. She was actually attacked on October 27th, while walking home from a girl scout Halloween party. On her own.