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Sundays Are For Candle Making

on July 11, 2011 - 9:34am

I spent most of my hot and humid Sunday hidden away in my office, trying to forget the heat outside. The best way I know to do that is to make things for Halloween.

A total of 19 candle stubs are ready for their part in my jar project. They are made with hot glue, acrylic paint, toilet paper rolls, and LED candles.

If you're waiting to see the final product of the jars, it'll be posted soon (not quite done). If you'd like to learn more about how I made these, I've included some pictures and basic instructions below.

A Fine Specimen

on July 10, 2011 - 9:02am

Generally speaking, I don't do a lot of gore in my Halloween themes. This year, I need a bit of it for the story I'm going to tell. This was project one of the glass jars (the other plans are much less gross).

What I did was take a few of the jars from yesterday that had been glazed with watery glue. I mixed red and brown paints, watered them down, and mixed them with a touch of glue as well. I poured it into the bottom of the jars and swirled them around.

Then, I dipped my paint brush into the paint mix and splattered it on the insides of the jar.

I took my organs - 2 hearts, a nose, a brain, an ear, lips, fingers, eyeballs, tongue - and painted them as well to give them a more realistic aged look before placing them in the jars.

Campground Decor at GLFF

on June 7, 2011 - 8:35am

Saturday was hot.

Humidex was over 100F.

There was only one make-and-take that lured me out into the heat, and that was to make the zombie crossing sign (above). It was so hot that the black sticker overlays were starting to stretch and melt in my hands as I tried to line them up on the yellow background.

Taking breaks in the air conditioned camper, I made a point of walking around the entire campground, taking pictures of some of my favourite displays.

Packing Away Halloween 2010

on November 5, 2010 - 3:00pm

Today is the day we all hate. Decoration take down day.

It's depressing enough that all the ghouls and goblins are going away for another year, but the chore of hauling bins and decorations up and down the stairs is exhausting. I resent it with each step. With each ache.

I've suggested to Yetch that we consider getting charcoal or black drapes for the front room. Shockingly, he's open to the idea (we NEVER agree on decorating choices). I just love the look of the dark curtains and sigh when I take down my black fabric. And it would mean one less thing for me to wrangle with each year.

So while I'm putting away the final decorations (there's always a stray spider or two), you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the last set of pictures from this year.

Halloween Fireplace Decor

on November 4, 2010 - 2:51pm

More images put together. This is the fireplace for 2010. Some of these items might be familiar from previous years. More images posted below.

At shows, people often assume my entire house is decorated with my artwork. Truth is, with the exception of large creatures I make for various themes, none of my pieces make it out of my office. And even if I took them out, they wouldn't take up much space.

I have a strict rule about my pieces: I'm allowed to keep one or two of a series. If I want a new one from the same series, I have to trade it out with one already on the shelf. It keeps my personal collection rather small.

There's one or two of you out there who actually own more pieces than I do.

Besides, I like the idea of having someone else's decorations up, especially when they have a vintage flair (I don't have a knack for that vintage style. At least, not at the moment. Maybe one day).

Halloween Window Display

on November 4, 2010 - 12:04pm

This Halloween, since I'd taken the year off from building a theme, I was able to display some of my favourite pieces in my living room. It was so nice to have them out at once (usually only a few might make an appearance depending on the theme).

It was so nice, in fact, that I've been trying to figure out how to bring them out each year (and no, I can't have them all out year-long). I'm toying with the idea of keeping the front room as a classic Halloween decor area that I can build on as I collect and create some goodies.

Then, when it comes to the "theme", I might stick to the dining room and whatever other area of the house I feel like taking over.

And on the years when I want to convert the front room for the theme as well, perhaps I will instead decorate my office (which always has bits and bobs of Halloween in it). Because you know, I really need to bring out my favourite items more often. They lighten my heart.

Here's the first batch of pictures from this year. The focus is the front window. More images to come!

Halloween Houses

on May 26, 2010 - 11:32am

Decorative Halloween House by Ghoul FridayContinuing with my quest to create collections rather than single items, I've put together two 8 inch tall (at the peak) Halloween House decorations. The first has an orange roof, painted to look like it has worn shingles, with bats in the attic.

The second (below) has a simpler, textured purple roof and a matching spider hanging from a string of web (I quite like how the spider turned out).

They stand well but I'm trying to sort out the best way to add a hanging option to the back. I'm thinking epoxy and a black ribbon might do the trick.

Halloween Hutch

on May 20, 2010 - 12:37pm

My mini pumpkins and little hooters were a big hit last year. Many people bought them, and even more people loved them. I had to wonder what would have turned the loving admirers into buyers.

One thing that seemed to perplex people was where they would put it or how to display such a tiny figure. My immediate solution was to turn some of my little hooters into Christmas ornaments. This worked well.

But it didn't solve the problem for people who would have bought multiple figures if - again - they knew how to display them once they got them home (more than one person - some clearly joking, some half-serious - wanted to take home part of my display for the table).

Thus the Halloween Hutch was born. I've made two so far, experimenting with how they should look.

Each one stands just under 5 1/2 inches. All the items with the exception of the little hooter are secured in place on their shelf. The drawers don't slide very well, but if someone wanted to keep rings or other items in the drawer, they could easily take out the moss.

Deck the Halls with Heads of Zombies

on November 24, 2009 - 2:13pm

Fa la la la la, la la la brains.

I've just finished my first batch of Zombie Wreaths. I've never sculpted a zombie head before, and may I say it's very fun to do.

I'm still figuring out exactly how I'd like them painted, but I'm pleased with it. I had no idea what my style of zombie heads would look like. I was concerned they might be too cartoonish, and I didn't want them too gory either (though I couldn't resist making a few with their brains visible).

This set (pictured below) will be coming with me to the show tonight. I've also made some zombie severed hands and feet, but I haven't figured out exactly what I want to do with them yet.

Whoooooo's Getting Ready for Christmas?

on November 23, 2009 - 12:02pm

The newest addition to the Christmas ornament projects include these Owl Wreaths.

Using the tiny Christmas tree doesn't help give you a sense of size. They are approximately 10cms high.

Being an owl lover, I think they are ridiculously cute. I'm hoping they will appeal to a wide variety of people.

If you're in Toronto, and hope to get your hands on these, I have two shows coming up. First I'll be at Girlesque at Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen West at 9:30 (I'll be one of the people NOT wearing tassells or boas) tomorrow night (Nov 24, 2009).

And for those of you who may prefer a slightly more traditional craft event, I'll be part of Craftzilla on Saturday, December 5, 2009. It runs from 1:00pm - 6:00pm at Kathedral 651 Queen Street West.

At the moment, these are my only shows. Don't miss your chance to get a Peek-a-boo plant for the one you love!