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2013 Jack O'Lantern

on October 29, 2013 - 1:57pm

I thought I was being a good girl by leaving my pumpkin untouched on the porch. I bought it a bit early, and while I've read that some people carve their pumpkin as early as a week ahead of the big day, my pumpkins never last that long (mainly because they spend part of their evenings in my office). 

I left him on the porch to stay cool and happy.

However, the milder weather we've been having seems to have caused my pumpkin to get some moldy patches.

I rushed it inside, chopped off the bottom, carved out as much of the mold as I could, and I have him soaking in a water bath with a bit of bleach in the hope to help it stick around until at least Friday morning. 

Here's what he looked like prior to his soaking in my sink ;)

Happy Halloween, folks! Two days left! 

Hang on, Mr. Pumpkin. 

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.

Mad Monster Party Art Show

on October 15, 2012 - 12:48pm

I'm a big fan of the site Doo Wacka Doodles  (and Belle Dee's art) throughout the year, but during the Halloween Countdown it's an even better treat. 

Spotted this post about a Mad Monster Party Art Show in Sherman Oaks, CA. Belle has put a link to the gallery and samples of what's being shown, what's for sale and all the details so please visit the links above.

Instead of repeating all of her post, I just wanted to highlight one piece for sale by Dan Szczepanski of a carved pumpkin (selling for $900). There's a video where you can see each side.

Dan Szczepanski has an entire collection of carved foam pumpkins which are quite stunning. Like the Haunted Mansion pumpkin, the Edgar Allen Poe pumpkin, the Headless Horseman pumpkin, and a whole lot of Disney, Universal Monsters, and Halloween goodness. 

Halloween Figures in the Lucky 13 Sale

on October 9, 2012 - 12:03am

Yesterday (our Thanksgiving Monday) while Canadians everywhere were chowing down on Turkey dinners, I was painting.

I was able to get a number of figures completed (and a few close to completion). As you may know, I'm having my Lucky 13 sale on Etsy up until October 13th, at which point I will put the shop in vacation mode until after my last show of the season.

Small "Halloween In a Jar" Scenes

on October 8, 2012 - 10:54am

Every year I try to come up with a new "thing" for shows, especially for the Bazaar of the Bizarre (Oct 21st in Toronto) where people tend to like my stuff vs my art if that makes any sense at all. One of the new items for this year is my Halloween in a Jar dioramas. I'd done a handful of prototypes for FanExpo and all sold.

This time around, I've picked up some fairly large jars and some very tiny jars. The pumpkins seen here are for the tiny jars. To put it into perspective, note the size of the penny beside the pumpkins. Teeny weenie! 

Bazaar of the Bizarre & Peasant Pumpkin

on October 2, 2012 - 10:00am

Splitting time between decorating for Halloween and trying to get ready for my next show this month. I recently finished the Peasant Pumpkin but still have 6 more figures I'm hoping to have completed in time. 

If you're in Toronto on October 21st, come to the Bazaar of the Bizarre a marketplace for all things exotic, whimsical and macabre! Local artists - indie, goth, lowbrow and the Halloween inspired - will gather for the annual event (and belly dancers!).

When: Sunday October 21st 2012

Where: Pia Bowman ballet school, 6 Noble St Toronto (just north from Queen St, west of Dufferin)

Time: 11am - 8pm

FREE to attend! Child and costume friendly.

It's one of my favourite events of the season. Be sure to come by my table and say hello! 

Halloween in a Jar

on July 19, 2012 - 3:00am

 

I've tossed this idea around for a long time, and finally sat down to put it together. I think it's pretty cute.

I wanted to put together very simple sculpture displays in jars. I've started with a group of ghosts (below) and a family of owls in a nest (left). 

I like the idea of having Halloween sitting on a shelf like a preserve, just as you would with peaches or other summer fruits that remind you of warmer days during the winter. 

I'm going to make a pumpkin one as well, and bring all three to my next convention to see how people respond to them. Perhaps I'll make an entire series for the fall if folks respond well. We'll see. 

What do you think?

 

Little Minion: Pilch

on July 11, 2012 - 10:44am

Pilch looks forward to the Autumn Festival every year.

He tends to his small garden at the edge of the river with a devotion only true green-thumbs can appreciate. He dotes on all his plants, but he's especially fond of his pumpkin patch which is responsible for producing all the pumpkins to decorate the festival. 

At night, he'll tie a copper plate to his head with a lit candle perched on top to help him work by moonlight in his beloved garden, polishing the pumpkins, weeding, shooing away any little critters who might mistake his masterpieces for a midnight snack. 

This figure is approximately 8 inches tall.

Too Early For Trick or Treat?

on March 27, 2012 - 12:18pm

The first completed sculpture of 2012 helps to set the mood for that far away holiday we wait for all year.

He stands at 11 inches. This year I'm going to make some of my Little Minions not so little. There will still be smaller figures but I thought it was time the Plague Doctors had some competition when it came to size.

It's been a lot of fun making various creatures in a larger scale, and I'm excited to experiment more.

I do wish I was a better seamstress. While I did sew his trick or treat bag, I'd like to get more inventive with their outfits. Sewing skill would help a lot, though I know I can find ways around my lack of talent with a thread and needle. I just need to be more creative. 

Hopefully you folks are finding some time this spring to bring a little Halloween into your hearts.

 

 

 

Burnt Brittle!

on November 8, 2011 - 4:41pm

The last traces of this year's Jack O'Lantern - the seeds - have been mistreated. 

I had been saving them to make the Pumpkin Seed Brittle recipe I've been eyeing for years, resisting the urge to snack on their toasted goodness while they waited patiently in a container in my office (Yetch would have devoured them otherwise). 

Today I found the time to make it. Had it heating up on the stove when I thought "oh! I should have my camera and take pictures for the website".

By the time I ran into the other room and retrieved the camera, my brittle went from light toffee to deep amber.

*sigh*

Yetch is still very pleased with the results.

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