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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Christmas means Construction

on December 8, 2008 - 11:05am

zombie construction sign
Hello all! Many people living in urban areas associate the springtime with construction to improve roads. In the home haunter world, I find Christmas to be the time many haunters are working to speed traffic along - on their websites.

While my blogs have been quieter than normal the last month, it does not indicate an absence. I've been working behind the scenes to optimize images and improve some areas of the website.

This website officially launched in summer of 2008, and the focus at the time was to get content up. Now, I'm a little wiser and have a better idea of how I want things displayed. This means undertaking the painstaking task of revising the site and editing images.

So I'm still here, my little loathlies. I'm just behind the cyber curtain.

Playdead, not Politics

on December 5, 2008 - 8:08am

Recently, I've spent most of my time ranting and raving about the current political situation in Canada. I'm finally at the point where I think I can blog without boring my readers with my views on politics, since that's not what this website is about.

For example, I wouldn't want to get off track and complain that many Canadians don't seem to understand the basic structure of their own parliamentary system, and what the real implications are for what's happening. No sir. I wouldn't want to do that.

Instead, I will promote Playdead Cult's Christmas sale happening this Saturday December 6th from Noon to 7pm, and Sunday December 7th Noon to 5pm. They are promising new affordable art pieces of varying sizes and lots of great discounts (10% - 65% off selected items). As well, you can enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, music, live art and screen printing and "Playdead style gift wrapping"!

And don't forget to ask Santa for a new Prime Minister. I'm asking for Don Newman.

A Skull a Day Keeps...the Reaper Away?

on November 30, 2008 - 9:18am

paper skull
Skulls, skulls and more skulls. Skull cars, knitted skulls, paper skulls. This is what you will find on Skull-A-Day, a website dedicated to all things cranial.

In addition to interesting and sometimes odd skull-themed pictures and blog posts, you can find free skull stencils and even skull crossword puzzles.

What started as a personal project has bloomed into an online phenomenon:

I made an orange paper skull on June 4th, 2007 and posted it online saying, 'I'm making a skull a day for a year'. I made my 365th skull on June 2nd, 2008 (and even posted a bonus skull the day after since it was a leap year!). Now in Skull-A-Day 2.0 I'm posting daily submissions from readers.

Wicked Wrapping Paper

on November 28, 2008 - 1:17pm

Reluctantly, I realize it's time to embrace the cheerier holiday of Christmas. I'm still not ready to bring out the decorations, but today was my first day of Christmas shopping (online, of course). Now that I have the gifts ordered, I need some wrapping paper.

Gift Shrouds (Eclectic by Design) promises 'Dark designs for wicked wrapping. Helping bats and ghouls celebrate in style'. And they deliver. Customers can choose from critters to cleavers, to lovely Victorian patterns for their holiday wrappings.

For me, the problem is I don't have many friends who would truly appreciate the paper adorning their gift as much as I would. Perhaps I'll send Santa the link.

Post-Halloween Ponderings

on November 23, 2008 - 4:08pm

Hello friends and fellow fiends. For my first after-strike blog, I've decided to be a little self indulgent and talk about what's been going on with me. I won't be hurt if you skip these ramblings and wait for something more fun, but if you're interested in some introspective chat, read on.

Whenever Halloween has come and gone, I wait and see what my mood will be. Most years, I mourn the passing for a week, venture out to discount sales and see if there are any treasures to be found, and think about what I am going to do next year before the flurry of Christmas takes over.

I'm on Strike

on November 14, 2008 - 8:24am

There is a level of patience that goes beyond and above expectation. I believe I've reached the outer limits of mine when it comes to the excruciatingly slow loading times on this website. So I've decided to go on strike.

Perhaps strike isn't the right word, because there has already been conversations to discuss this problem and how my needs aren't being met by my hosting server.

Ok then. I'm going on a blogging strike. I need the extra time to harass Yetch into picking a new provider. And besides, someone in this house will suffer physical harm if I have to continue dealing with 30 second load times. It's better for all involved if I just step away from the computer.

I'm hoping this will be resolved by early next week. See you then.

Joy of Cooking Humans

on November 10, 2008 - 4:52pm

After watching a bit of Hannibal on television last night (I like Julianne Moore, but she just isn't a substitute for Jodi Foster), I remembered an item I've been meaning to blog about for ages.

Thanks to Natalie at Bake and Destroy, you now know what to get your favourite cannibal or undead friend for Christmas. As part of her - and I kid you not - Zombies in Popular Media Class, she wrote The Joy of Cooking Humans for all flesh eaters to enjoy.

The premise came after musing about the evolution of Zombies over the years (especially throughout the filmography of George Romero):

Tired from Takedown

on November 5, 2008 - 3:14pm

After a record breaking 10 hours to take everything down, sort it into storage bins and then clean up (normally I can do it in 5 hours), I've been somewhat burnt out this last week. I need a bit longer to get back into the swing of things and to take a little break for myself.

Last night I dreamt that I'd built a new prop for next year - a sure sign that I need to take it easy still.

In the meantime, here's a video from another haunter I've mentioned before (Dave the Dead) showing his decorations obediently marching themselves back into storage.

If only it were that easy.

Halloween 2008 Pictures

on November 2, 2008 - 2:18pm

party room
It's all gone. Not a prop to be seen on the main floor.

I'm left feeling torn in three directions. First, I feel a bit sad that it's over. Conversely, I'm very happy to have my house back to normal (everything seems so spacious!). And finally, I'm starting to ponder what the theme for next year will be.

In the meantime, I invite you to take a look at images from this year's theme in the Art Ghoullery.

The children's restaur-haunt was a nice change since it allowed me to have fancier items in the front room (gift shop), and a real party atmosphere in the dining area. It also was designed in a way that it didn't interfere much with day to day life, so I could set up most of it early on.

I hope all of you had a great Halloween. I still have a couple of party ideas to post from this year. After that, it's back to enjoying gems found online and in my city.

So farewell for another year to my seasonal visitors; come back in September to see what new ideas I've come up with.

As for the rest of you, I'll be updating the blog as usual. Stick around, my lovelies, as we start the countdown to 2009.

Happy Halloween

on October 31, 2008 - 9:13am

It's finally here.

I wanted to post Halloween wishes to you early this morning, my dark little darlings, before I head out the door for a whirlwind day. And as a present, I am sharing one of my favourite David Hartman pictures. I keep meaning to do a proper post about him, but it will have to keep for another time.

With bright sunshine and warm temperatures (at least here in Toronto), I imagine it will be a pleasant Halloween for all (though is it really a Canadian Halloween if all of your costume isn't covered by a hat, scarf and winter coat?).

My wishes and thoughts for you on All Hallow's Eve:

Enjoy yourself today. Take time to breathe it all in.

Buy yourself a treat (the kids aren't the only ones who deserve it).

Be safe.

Respect the hard work of home haunters and their props. And look out for the little ones being bullied by bigger cowards while trick or treating (bullies are the real monsters).