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Revival Poster

on October 21, 2013 - 11:38pm

While I don't feel Heaven would promote itself to recruit souls at the end of the world like Hell would (in my imaginings, anyway), I do think they would offer their own itinerary. 

Luckily, I was able to find a vintage publication advertising a revival by John Rice, the man who wrote the book that inspired this year's theme.

I've printed it out and attached it to the official sign-up-in-Heaven's-good-book I put together. 

Pictures of that soon, but in the meantime, click the photo if you want to see the large original image of the revival ad. 

 

Enticing Souls to Hell

on October 19, 2013 - 9:19am

What if Hell took a tradeshow approach to entice souls to choose the fiery pits for their eternal stay? This is what I asked myself when I read a theory that souls actually must choose hell instead of just being cast down (as I was traditionally taught in childhood). 

What could Hell possibly offer that might sway spirits to their side? In a very tongue-in-cheek way, I came up with a list. I thought about not only traditional sin, but items various churches or religious institutions across the Christian bodies have banned or decried sinful.

And I've started to build a basic booth for my Halloween party theme of "Judgment Day: the Last Revival".

First thing is books (as seen in the sample here). I chose Harry Potter, To Kill  A Mockingbird, Astrology, and Darwin's Theories.

Next I played with the idea of recreation: trips to Vegas, Horror Movie Nights, and classic cartoons for the kids (and the kids in all of us). 

Theme for 2013 is "Judgement Day: The Last Revival"

on October 18, 2013 - 4:27pm

It looks like I may indeed get the house decorated in time. It's a theme that's been waiting to be brought into being since last year when I spotted this book, When Skeletons Come Out of the Closets by John R. Rice.

Here's a description of this collection of sermons:

"When Skeletons Come Out of Closets was preached in a red hot revival service. Preacher - here is the way it's supposed to be done. Christian - there is water here if your soul needs an oasis. Seeker of truth - if you are worried about life after death, about how to have peace with God--here is the answer from God's word, the Holy Bible. 'Everybody that goes to hell gets exactly what he deserves. He walks up to the ticket window and pays his own fare to hell -- in wages! But everybody that goes to heaven rides on a free pass.'"

John Richard Rice was a Baptist preacher born in Texas in 1895. He wrote more than 200 publications, apparently selling 60 million copies of his work. He had a radio show called  the Voice of Revival that aired on 69 stations in 29 states, broadcasting his evangelical sermons to folks at home.

 
I have always been intrigued by old fashioned American tent revivals.  They always seemed like such intense spectacles, full of extreme spiritual enthusiasm, and a little frightening to behold as a big city Catholic girl.
 
When I saw the book online, I did some research. Not only did I learn about Dr. Rice, but I actually found a recording of him (note: link works in Chrome, but not in Firefox) talking about what happens when the skeletons come out of their closets at the time of judgement. And it's a frightening story, far more terrifying than any horror movie.
 
I was instantly hooked. My next theme was picked before I had even had that year's party. 
 
I started to brush up on my Revelations knowledge and the various theories about Heaven and Hell that are held under the Christian umbrella and its different houses. 
 
I toyed with the idea of doing a frightening end of the world spin, but wanted to play more with Judgment Day and revivals.Besides, there's so much that can be done with Revelations on its own, it really demands more time than I have.

Making Halloween Decorating History

on October 11, 2013 - 3:13pm

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours painting some paper mache skull masks. In doing so, I've broken a personal record for Halloween prop making. 

Which record I've broken is yet to be decided. 

It's either: a) The latest I've ever started working on a Halloween party theme, or b) the earliest I've ever started on a Halloween party theme, if these don't get used until next year. 

Where on earth did the last two months go? 

I think I may have also set a new record for amount of colds caught in a single year. 

And I find myself on October 11th with only this to show for my party decorations. This afternoon, in between prepping Thanksgiving dinner for my mother and her household, I sat down to brainstorm a list of prop/decoration ideas that I might be able to complete in two weeks.

Two...weeks...

I usually start prep in late July/early August. "Behind schedule" for me means "I didn't get started until September and man am I panicking!".

This is two weeks before I would normally host my annual gathering. It's epic. 

I still have tomorrow's Bazaar of the Bizarre to vend, and Sunday will be my first completely free day.

I think by midweek I will know whether these skulls will make their debut this year or next. 

So start placing your bets. 

Will Ghoul Friday create a brand new theme in time for a party, or will she have to pull out decorations and just...you know...decorate. Like normal folk. Like it were Christmas. 

So...WEIRD...

Side bets for breakdowns optional. 

Ok. I need to tend to some roasted potatoes. 

Happy Gobble Gobble Weekend, my Canadian compadres. 

 

 

 

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.

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". 

First Batch of Pictures for Halloween in the Black Lodge

on October 30, 2012 - 1:35pm

What's a Red Room experience without Agent Cooper?

Here are the first set of photographs from Sunday's Party. The theme, as you know, was Halloween in the Black Lodge.

I'll be posting more images as the rainy afternoon goes on. 

Having some technical difficulties with the site, so I can't put them into the Art Ghoullery just this moment. For now, here's some smaller versions while you wait for the originals to be posted.

In this set, you'll find sycamore trees at the entrance of the Black Lodge; Owls (of course); doughnuts (a bit fancier than what they had on the show); Tibetan rock throwing gear (to determine who "J" is/who killed Laura Palmer); a box of spiders for Leo Johnson; Waldo, the dead eye witness Mynah Bird; and the map from Owl Cave that tells folks how and where to find the Black Lodge. 

More to come!

I Think I Blacked Out

on October 29, 2012 - 3:51pm

Missed posting Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was work and then prepping for my party, and Sunday was prepping then hosting my party. 

October has gone by fast, but I think I traveled the speed of light yesterday to arrive here, Monday afternoon.

I've spent the morning dismantling part of the party decor (Monkey Boo couldn't find her way in and out of the curtained red room very well), and the afternoon was dedicated to snuggling on the couch with the pup.

I'm exhausted. 

Everyone seemed to have a nice time. No huge recipe fiascoes. Decorations came together as expected. Overall, it was a successful gathering.

There are pictures to share. And I will share them. I promise. 

But tomorrow.

The rest of the day is earmarked for putting away dishes, more snuggling with the dog, eating leftover fancy doughnuts from last night, and watching Halloween television or movies.

Laura Palmer Wall Decoration

on October 25, 2012 - 11:03am

"She's dead. Wrapped in plastic." 

It's got to be one of my favourite movie lines of all time. Mainly because of the way it's delivered.

While I am steering away from miscellaneous Twin Peaks references and imagery and focusing on the Black Lodge elements, I knew from the start I probably should include Laura Palmer's death in some way. It's a major part of the overall plot of the series, but it also is integral to the Black Lodge storyline. 

When I realized I had one big blank spot left on a wall in the living room. I decided to come up with something that represented - directly - the death of Laura Palmer. 

I'd toyed earlier with wrapping up my mannequin torso in plastic, putting a blonde wig on her and having an actual wrapped up corpse in the room but it didn't go with the overall feel of the decorations and symbolism I've been using. 

I thought it would look kinda...blatant, crude and clumsy against the other decorations.

Instead, I came up with my...I don't know what to call it...Laura Palmer wreath? It's about 2 feet around.

It turned out nicer than I thought it would. 

So, how did I make it? 

Simple.

Under the Sycamore Trees

on October 24, 2012 - 12:48am

I've been racking my brain trying to come up with an easy way to incorporate sycamore trees into the theme decor without having to build a bunch of them. In the show Twin Peaks, the entrance to the Black Lodge is surrounded by a ring of sycamore trees. 

It finally hit me that I should make paper bag lanterns. They are cheap (because I have overspent my budget), easy (because I am running out of time) and I've had it on my "to do" list for years (but it never fit into my theme). 

Sat down with a set of paper bags, a paint brush, and black paint. I started looking for free spooky tree clip art. Didn't find any I was overly crazy about, and became impatient. Decided I would throw caution to the wind, and just paint them by hand (because at this point, I'm too impatient to even do a pencil sketch first). 

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