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6th Annual Scarefest - July 3, 2010

on June 7, 2010 - 3:23pm

Image from Scarefest 2007
Every year I miss Scarefest, a friendly, casual haunter event hosted by Boneyard Bargains. And every year I vow to attend the next one.

Scarefest is a gathering of people who share an interest in all things related to Halloween. In attendance will be people that own and operate professional Haunted Attractions, Home Haunters as well as Halloween product vendors. The event is free and open to anyone 16 years of age or older. Bring along your photos and stories to share with those who have the same passion as you. Food and beverages will be provided as well as a prize giveaway.

This year I'm keeping that vow. In fact, I will be one of the vendors.

So if you live in or around the GTA, come on out and meet fellow members of the Ontario Haunters Club.

Please send an email to Boneyard Bargains to RSVP by June 19th or call 416-266-7354.

It runs from 1pm-7pm on Saturday, July 3. Takes place in Kim and Paul's backyard - 115 Phillip Avenue, Scarborough Ontario.

So come on out, talk some Halloween, eat some snacks, and...oh...I don't some Ghoul Friday goodies. ;)

Treating Steampunk Like it's the New Facebook or TV Dinner

on May 28, 2010 - 1:05pm

steampunk image for FanExpo
Remember back when you'd been on twitter or Facebook for a couple years, and mainstream media picked up on it, and Oprah did a show on it to let the middle class suburban masses in on this great new hip discovery well after it had grown in size so that it wasn't any sort of secret (and Facebook already had one foot deeply cemented in a boot of lame?) And the show was all about teaching you how to be 'with it' too?

Or better yet, remember when Martha Stewart and Rosie O'Donnel did a segment on KidRobot's Munnys, and you looked over to your vinyl toy collection and sighed, a bit hollower than you were 3 minutes before?

Christmas Craft Show - Sunday Dec, 20, 2009

on December 17, 2009 - 12:02pm

Zombie Nutcrackers

While stuck on the couch, I was able to get some painting done on these Zombie Nutcrackers that stand about 9 inches tall. I'm willing myself well (enough) to get out of the house this weekend. Not only do I have Christmas shopping to do, and a tree to put up, I'm a vendor at a show on Sunday, Dec 20th: Indie Christmas Market at Ransack the Universe. 11am - 7pm at 1207 Bloor W., east of Lansdowne on the south side of the street. It's taking place below Vintage69. It's a bit hard to spot. Look for a sandwich board with the flyers of an eye-patched Santa taped to it.

Back to the couch I go!

Small Press of Toronto Book Fair

on December 10, 2009 - 8:50am

On Saturday Dec 12, 2009, from 10 am to 5 pm I'll be at the Small Press of Toronto Book Fair promoting and selling Brains vs. Coffee. You'll find books, chapbooks, graphic novels, zines, comics, audio-books, and magazines plus an amazing full day of readings at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West. Admission is free.

Official flyer posted below.

Craftzilla Lessons & The Finger Healing Process

on December 7, 2009 - 12:36pm

Craftzilla table
Yetch snapped a quick picture of the table at Craftzilla with his phone (I still think this is an amusing thing to say. If I read that statement 20 years ago, I'd have said "Sure. Soon we'll be cutting our hair with the remote control too"). Vendors were encouraged to bring a string of Christmas lights so I grabbed a string last minute, not knowing how I'd use it.

As you can see from the picture, it just ended up snaking through the display, but that was because the venue was a little dark and I wanted to illuminate the items. The hooks inside the new ornament display box helped immensely with this.

So what did I learn from this experience, and what tidbits can I pass onto anyone out there new to selling?

Always have a backup plan for how you will organize your display in case there is less table space than expected. I spent the morning before the event playing with different display scenarios, and this helped when I had a foot less of space than anticipated.

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!

James Fisher

on October 27, 2009 - 2:21pm

James Fisher's Playing With Fire
One of the benefits of being a vendor at a Halloween market is that you never know who your neighbour will be. Mine was James Fisher.

Fisher is a local artist and creator of Rue Morgue Magazine's "Disfigures of Speech" column. The print I purchased - pictured right - is from that collection.

Fisher is also the creative mastermind behind where you'll find links to more of his artwork and illustrations, along with some macabre melodies he's put together. I know a number of you folks are looking for new music to use in your haunts, and this might be the fresh sound you're looking for to replace some of your stale standbys. You can hear some samples on his myspace page.

With both prints and CDs priced at $10, you can't go wrong.

Fisher spent the whole day sketching the faces of lucky customers onto prints of delicious monstrosities (so the head of the customer was now atop a skeletal form, or a creature, or even decapitated). By the afternoon, it was rare to see his portrait chair empty.

And on top of it all, he's a nice guy. Offered me some of his pasta, gave me his sunglasses to wear when the sun was melting my eyeballs, and entertained me with friendly conversation.

Ghoul Friday Invades The Wine Rack

on October 15, 2009 - 9:57am

Skeleton checks out Wine of the Week
I was recently given a generous offer by someone: decorate a store for Halloween (using my private collection of decorations) and they will sell my items for two weeks.

I've never decorated a store, so I had to come up with some logical guidelines pretty quick for myself:

  • Keep everything up and out of the way
  • Don't detract from the products or block them
  • Items must be fairly small (shelves were 1 foot deep)
  • Set up and take down must be easy (and not messy especially since it's during store hours)
  • Choose items that match the style of the store and are LESS likely to offend

That last point was even more important when I found out they were going to be inspected by a bigwig in the company in the next week. While the employees were excited for some bloody severed heads and cocoon victims, I didn't think the manager of the store (or the big suits coming to inspect the store) would be so keen.