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Boo-tiful Bellagio

on October 7, 2010 - 1:44pm

Ah, the Bellagio Hotel. This is what I expected more of from Vegas (both in terms of glamour and Halloween goodness).

140 expert horticulturists tend this garden within the hotel (which is free to explore). It's wonderful by day, and has an eerie beauty by night.

I did my best to steady my camera as I took pictures but a few of these are still a bit blurry. The hues of purple and violet set the perfect mood, but weren't exactly the best photography conditions for someone without a tripod.

Note the red blooms around the gigantic pumpkin (below). They are actually chili pepper plants. Genius.

The man-sized Venus Fly traps were automated, their mouths snapping closed ever 30 seconds or so.

But as you can tell from the amount of images I've posted here, it's the trees that I fell most in love with. Beautiful branches sweeping into swirls I could walk through (had they been closer to the ground). Humongous glass leaves hanging from the ceiling. Breathtaking.

Another Little Minion with Pumpkin Features

on September 1, 2010 - 2:55pm

Every single time I saw this little guy, I couldn't help but get The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead by XTC stuck in my head.

Of course, the figure is far less political than the song.

He was, perhaps, the second minion to go to a new home at the convention. I know he went fast enough to cause a hesitant shopper who'd come by the table earlier to lament their decision to not snatch him up when she had the chance.

I always want to put up a sign that says "If you really like it, please buy it now because it will be gone the next time I see you." Such is the nature of one of a kind pieces. I don't have that sign, of course, and if I ever do you are all allowed to throw stones at me because it just seems in bad taste. But I still always feel bad for the people when they discover a certain piece has been sold. And it happened a few times this weekend.

Anyway, I really like how he turned out. I wasn't sure how the pumpkin might look with eyeballs, but it certainly gives him an animated appearance. Might make a few more similar to him in the future. He added a certain festiveness to the table.

I also got to play with more gathering of material at his feet. I really like the look of them wearing cloaks too big for them, that have some wear. Makes me think they've just gotten back from an adventure and are just fooling me into thinking they are inanimate by standing still.

Happy Canada (Pumpkin) Day

on July 1, 2010 - 11:20am

Sculpey pumpkins work in progress

Happy Canada Day! Can't think of a better way to celebrate than to make some pumpkin sculptures. It's my first time sculpting large ones, and I'm really enjoying it. These guys are about the size of an orange (approximately 3" tall). I'm still working on them, but already their personalities are shining through.

These three will be coming with me to Scarefest on Saturday. I hope to see some of you locals there!

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.

Merry Christmas, Ghoulies

on December 25, 2009 - 9:20am

For my Christmas post, I couldn't think of a more perfect picture than the one snapped by Spirit of Halloween. Poor little pumpkin. Probably thinks we've all forgotten him. Well I haven't.

He's like my own personal Tiny Tim.

Last night we had family over for dinner. My mother, on the brink of her sixties, still cares for a household of troubled teenage girls - two of which came with her last night. And while I was out of the room, one of them said as she was looking around "I was expecting more scary things in her house." They both seemed genuinely disappointed. I thought that was pretty funny.

Even funnier were the big smiles on their faces when I took them into my office where I have all my ghoulish goodies tucked away. As if the sight of glowing pumpkins, macabre figures and art, and a flickering skull candle made everything right in the world for them.

And that's how Halloween saved Christmas.

Merry Christmas, folks. Happy Holidays. Seasons greetings. Be kind to each other today.

Boo The Pumpkin: Growing Old Gracefully

on November 11, 2009 - 1:47pm

Ageing pumpkin
Boo lasted a long time after being carved. Yetch snapped this picture of her on the last night she spent in the house. I thought it was a fitting image to post as my last Halloween 2009 image.

Speaking of which, I found a couple more pictures of the decorations this year. Head on over to the Art Ghoullery to see. 



Jack O'Lanterns and Alarms at 8 AM

on October 29, 2009 - 10:45am

Boo and Spooky, my jack o lanterns
Introducing Boo (right) and Spooky (left). They were carved this morning.

I hadn't planned on carving them this morning, but life has a funny way of dictating schedules.

I've been having a heck of a time with my Halloween Tree. Not enough hours to work on it. Things get rushed.

That's when entire branches break off and what was once sturdy begins to fall apart...