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Zombie Girl by Pam Morris

on July 3, 2011 - 8:47am

The other day Pam Morris revealed an entire crew of new creations, including this zombie girl.

The crazy carrot-coloured hair.

The...contemplative gaze ("...braaaiiiins?").

The beautiful smile.

I was sold. Or rather, the piece was. To me.

Be sure to give them a browse in her Etsy shop before they're all gone.

My Halloween Date

on November 1, 2010 - 9:22am

Jack o'lantern
The plan for this Halloween was to go on a haunt crawl with a group, head downtown for a little martini or two, and then get home for the premiere of the Walking Dead on AMC.

Halloween morning showed the first signs of roadblocks. My cold, which has just been a nuisance up to this point, teamed up with a migraine (I blame the brief snowfall we had in the city) and knocked me out for 2 hours.

When I awoke, the migraine was better, but I was goopy. Coughing. Sniffling. A bit dizzy.

I was going nowhere.

A friend of mine came by to visit around 5, and left just as the sun was setting.

I called to Yetch who was relaxing after staying up drinking with friends at a party Saturday night (until 7 am). He'd gone past relaxing and into sleeping.

I tried to gently wake him a couple times but to no avail. I was on my own (insert awwwwwws here).

So I carved myself a companion who didn't care that I was sick and didn't mind staying in with me while I sneezed and coughed.

The doorbell only rang twice for trick or treaters (insert another awwwww here). I even bundled up at one point, shuffled out to the porch, and prominently displayed the pumpkin. But even though children pointed, parents weren't interested in crossing the street for the only house with a light on.

So my little jack o'lantern and I went back inside. I put on a movie during which we had a photo shoot (he posed on the table, I took most of the pictures below from my spot on the couch).

Plague Doctor, Ghoulish Gary and Fido

on September 1, 2010 - 5:38pm

If you were following my blog last year during Festival of Fear, you may recall my post where I talked about wanting a certain print from Toronto artist Ghoulish Gary Pullin. Sadly, he didn't have any in 2009. I still walked away with a beautiful Frankenstein print (that looks fantastic framed, by the way), but when you have your heart set on one particular thing, it's hard to let it go.

It was the Fido image I was coveting. Not only is it easily one of my top zombie movies of all time (plus it's Canadian, and it has Billy Connolly as a zombie), but the artwork is stunning. So it should be no surprise that the very first thing I did when my table was set up on Friday was head over to Gary and lay claim to a copy of the print (pictured right).

The surprise (at least to me) came on Saturday. My table was buzzing with people (at the convention it went in waves: it was like you either had no one around or 5 people at once wanting to buy something), and in the middle of packing up an item I look up and see Gary.

No, that's not the surprise.

5 Undead Heads in the Shop

on July 12, 2010 - 9:45am

As promised, I added five Undead Heads adjustable necklaces to the Ghoulish Goodies Shop yesterday.

Note the beautiful model sporting my wares. I think he's a little thin, but hey, that's advertising right?

Today I'll be making official announcements on twitter and Facebook to let the rest of the online ghoulies know they can pick up a couple of items here. I won't be posting more than 10 items at a time, and every few weeks I might switch out items for sale. I'll be sure to make announcements on the blog.

Funny enough, there has been a lot of communication and a few sales behind the scenes through email. People took my suggestion of "Ask and ye shall receive" to heart and contacted me about items not in the shop. To them, I say thank you for taking the initiative and enjoy your new creatures (they are headed to the post office this morning). So don't be shy if there's a question you want to ask about something you may have seen here in the past that isn't listed as a sales item.

Thanks to Zombie Command

on June 30, 2010 - 11:41am

Zombie T-shirt - Zombies Just Want a Hug
I need to take a moment to give a shout out to Zombie Command. I've been following their blog for a while now, enjoying all their undead-goodness. They recently gave me another reason to love them when they held a giveaway to celebrate their birthday, and I was one of the many lucky winners.

And the prize?

A fabulous zombie t-shirt generously donated by Crazy Dog T-shirts. They have a series of Zombie themed designs.


Necklace Display

on June 9, 2010 - 2:39pm

Sometimes a solution doesn't need to be fancy. This one certainly isn't.

I've been trying to figure out the best way to display the Undead Head necklaces I made a bit ago. If they had clasps, I could have gone with a number of creative ways to display them. Alas, they are all on adjustable slipknot chords. With clasps, I or customers could easily undo the necklace to remove them from the display (be it a large tree, as I had originally envisioned it, or even something as simple as a vertical tower).

The next problem I faced was wanting to display as many as I could, in a manner that kept the chords neatly separate and the zombie faces looking straight out at people.

The last objective was to (as always) create this display with items I already had around the house.

A few weeks of brainstorming, and I finally had my eureka moment. I took 2 canvases - one with the canvas material still intact around the wooden frame, and the other with the centre material cut away and then pulled back around the wood. I then epoxied the two together (with the full canvas table-side down), essentially making an open-faced box frame.

Happy New Year

on December 31, 2009 - 8:22am

Was looking for the perfect image to celebrate New Years and found The Zombie's First Love by Justin Reed. I'd come across a few images that had potential, but they were all disqualified because the bloggers didn't post who the artist was. Not only were the images not sourced, but when I tried to track down a specific illustration that is common around the net, I saw that it was being sold on zazzle (or another made-on-demand site) on merchandise by someone who obviously wasn't the artist (there were a number of images, all different styles, being sold).

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!

Don't Lose Your Head

on November 30, 2009 - 8:32am

decapitated posters

Dangerous times for advertisements. Someone has dedicated themselves to decapitating figures in the posters, or at least collecting images of this. Be sure to look through the entire flickr collection. I especially enjoyed the "Sex in the City" billboard.

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.