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A Proper Brush for the Skullery

on December 21, 2011 - 9:23am

Got an early Christmas present from my oldest friend who knows me very well.

A smiling skull scrub brush. 

Of course, it's so much fun I don't want to actually use it to clean up dirty plates.

I've been brainstorming various other cleaning tasks where I could use it but it would last longer (bathroom sink cleaner, pretty thing I look at and play with instead of actually cleaning, etc) but have yet to come up with a winning idea. His fate may be in dish-scrubbing in the end. Even if he wants to be a dentist instead. 

We're in the final stretch of Christmas prep when everyone starts to go mad with stress over what they haven't gotten done, so I'm hoping all of you can find some time to just relax a bit and enjoy yourself before Christmas.

I don't know about you, but I tend to enjoy the days just before Christmas more than the actual day. 

Today I'm taking my mother to go and see the live theatre production of Mary Poppins for her birthday. Perhaps I can bring back a little of that sing-a-song-and-everything-gets-done magic for us all. Wouldn't that be nice?

Or at the very least, a chalk drawing we can jump into to escape it all. 




Project Idea: Skulls, Candles and Books

on September 16, 2011 - 1:19pm

For this Misgivings Day Weekend, why not make one of these? It's super simple to make. And I mean, who doesn't need a Skull Candle Holder?

Closer to Halloween, I will be adding webbing (using a webgun), but for now here's the (almost) finished image. All you need is a skull (the ones from the dollar store work great), PVC pipe (or you could use a paper towel roll or tall can), hot glue gun, paint, and whatever you want to attach your skull to (I used fake books).

Most of the skulls you find at the dollar store look like they are from the the dollar store. But if the shape of the skull is good, then you can easily spruce it up with some paint.

When I first bought the foam skull, it was yellow (see the side-by-side image below). I took some watered down black paint (a wash) and added more shadows around the jaw, the eyes...basically anywhere there was a contour.

Devilish Deals at Dollarama

on September 8, 2011 - 8:57am

I just went for styrofoam balls.

Get in, get supplies, get out. That was the plan when I headed to the local dollar store. Upon entry, I was hit with a siren song of orange and black.

I made two unscheduled purchases. The first were these Halloween themed bags. I'd forgotten to bring my own cloth bags with me (in Toronto, there's a 5 cent charge on plastic bags. It's a deterrent to encourage people to use less of them which I support and have a collection of reusable bags I normally keep in the trunk of my car but forgot that day). So of course, logically, it made sense for me to buy new bags, right?

Besides, these bad boys are huge. 20 inches tall, and slim. I don't have bags like these, never mind Halloween themed ones. Done.

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).

A Surprise for GF

on October 14, 2010 - 12:13pm

The best thing to come out of my trip to Vegas was a surprise from Yetch. We'd spent the day apart and when we met up at the hotel again, Yetch was uncharacteristically excited, saying only "I have a surprise for you".

I was very curious. You see, Yetch is almost always running at an even keel. There are few things that cause his calm demeanour to blip from its steady, laid-back consistency. If he's almost giddy, it's got to be good.

And it was.

I'd ranted in the past about how it was next to impossible to get a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka where I live. Some of you were even kind enough to offer to send me an empty bottle, and I thank you for that. It seems now I won't have to trouble you after all.

When I took it out of the box, I wasn't disappointed. It's just as cool as I thought it would be.

A big thank you to my darling Yetch.

Skulls Wallpaper - Bronze on Oil Slick

on October 17, 2009 - 8:36am

Skull Wallpaper
If you don't mind spending a lot of money or doing a lot of prep work, then Rockett St. George has a wallpaper you might be interested in.

I would have told you about this gem last night, but we lost our internet connection for the evening (and cable...and phone. The horror!).

"The signature paper featuring skulls in a reflective bronze, deep pile velvet on a incredible light-catching, iridescent base, using horribly expensive ink which changes colour as you walk past it - through reds, greens, blacks and golds - like an oil slick."

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