A little bit dark, a little bit spooky...

A little bit dark, a little bit spooky...

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Why have I not posted recently?

I promise you, I've not been lazy ... quite the contrary!

I have been working nonstop on putting Autumn Brilliance magazine together. Yep, I'm a one-woman staff so my entire days and evenings have been spent sitting in front of my computer. Well, I'm happy to report, the end is near! - ha ha, as in, the fruits of my labor are nearing completion.

Look for the digital launch on September 15.

A huge, HUGE thank you to all who were involved in creating this project... all the wonderful, amazing Artists. 

I love you all!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Countdown continues! ...

Only 133 days until Halloween!

What are you doing these days during the pandemic lockdown?
Looking at the world through my pumpkin-colored lenses, I know it's soon leading up to the most fun and favorite holiday we all live for. I'm practicing safe and sane social distancing, but also hoping to include at least one small road trip this autumn, as planned.

In the meantime, staying put at home as usual, tending to the garden, my six cats, and working on quite a bit of art of all sorts, such as the Dia de Los Muertos kitty cat duo below.

Today is Father's Day, as well as the Summer Solstice weekend celebration. Sending love and light to all the dads, stepdads, single moms, uncles, big brothers, all who have had to take the role of strong loving guidance, giving of themselves tirelessly for our well-being.

Plaster bisque Day of the Dead kitty cat duo
Hand-painted, with mucho amor.
4" H x 2" W

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

I haz a big sad today...

It has been a truly scary few months, not just here in Tennessee, but worldwide, as we all have been forced to quarantine in order to ensure the safety of everyone's health. We've been closely monitoring the news to see what steps need to be taken in order to jump-start our former regular day to day activities, hoping that it would soon enough be safe to proceed, based on the guidelines from our local/state and national officials. 

It saddens us to see so many people not taking this pandemic seriously and throwing caution to the wind, opting to gather closely in public areas without taking the proper safeguarding of masks and gloves.
This is extremely alarming to us. 

An awful lot goes into the planning of an event the size of Monsters & Merriment, and generally spans the course of most of the year to put all the pieces neatly into the puzzle so that they fit perfectly. In addition to myself and Vance Nichols, we have others who contribute much of their valuable time in helping to make our show the success it is.
One of those people is our dear friend Ethan Black, who is currently suffering much more badly than we are during this pandemic, as his father was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has been given about six months' time to live. As you can surmise, his mind and energies are not focused on the show at the moment.

Our show is completely comprised of YOU: independent artists and small businesses, all of whom have been hit quite hard, as many of you were holding two or even three jobs to make ends meet before being forced to stay at home for two months without income. Any extra money is understandably not being put toward booth/table fees for any upcoming art shows at the time, as putting food on the table, paying rent/mortgages, are the utmost priorities. The overall economy has suffered as well. Folks just don't have the disposable income they did prior to the pandemic.

We've tried to stay optimistic about things. First and foremost, the health and safety of our friends, family, artists, and all those who would attend Monsters & Merriment, is paramount. We love nothing better than seeing everybody safe and sound, enjoying our big Halloween event with plenty of laughter and smiles on their faces.

While we initially thought that by the autumn, this frightening thing would pass, history has proven otherwise time and time again: this may only be the beginning before a second (and much worse) wave of the virus comes. Even if we were to implement ultra-mega safety measures, we nonetheless fear what 'might happen' in such a large setting with thousands of people in one place. 

While I would sincerely love to be able to say that we are undeniably confident that this year's show will be a go, to be honest, we are just not sure about things at this point. Our instincts tell us to be extra careful, though we are trying our best to remain optimistic. 

Is it worth taking a risk? We cannot in good conscience say yes. 
A motto we live by is "Better Safe than Sorry!"

It truly breaks our hearts to do this, but we need to err on the side of caution and postpone our event until it has been deemed safe to do so. We are disappointed beyond words that Monsters & Merriment will not take place in 2020. We appreciate your understanding of our safeguarding reasons, and promise to make up for lost time in the biggest, most colorful and fun way we can in next year's show. 

Here's to 2021! 

That is our one silver lining, shining in what has been a very dark cloud called 2020.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Happy World Goth Day! -

Not all of us subscribe to the lukewarm ambition of life.

I've always gravitated toward the more eccentric, flamboyant, outrageous styles and will never change. Don't expect me to cut my hair into a little old lady 'do (I'd rather shave my head instead!) or wear boring clothes.

Ain't gonna happen, peeps! Life is too short and full of too many fun colors and styles. 

My style SHEroes are Cher, Dolly Parton, Siouxsie Sioux, RuPaul, the Boulet Brothers, and a few others of the like who also were never interested in fitting in with the rest of the herd. I salute you lovely ladies!

Though I'm getting older and there's a slight hitch in my giddy-up, I still LOVE dress to the nines and wear wigs, false eyelashes, black velvet and thigh-high boots. Let's just say, the more drag queen the look, the more I like it! 

One of my favorite Dolly Parton quotes is, "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap."  I love that beautiful, creative woman so much!

My hair has morphed into so many different colors over the years, from white-bleached blonde to blue to blue black, red, purple, magenta, orange, you name it. As long as I'm able to reach up and slather some dye on my locks, I'll keep at it!

In honor of World Goth Day, I'll leave you with this oldy but goody of me, circa 1990s.

Share your best Goth look! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Staying safe and sane ...

...well, sort of!

I generally have little to no problem staying home, and, being easily amused, have lots to keep me happily entertained!

However, lately, yup, starting to definitely feel some cabin fever creeping in. No worries, Halloween is but a mere 164 days away. Got plenty to keep me busy with, including my garden when I'm not indoors working on projects.

This ongoing project, "Batilda," is continuing nicely! The second decorated box (of four total) is complete. Quite different from the original, which was tres GOTH, this one is resplendent with summery flower colors of lavender, greens, and pinks. It is going to be gifted to a very special lady. Nope, can't tell you who it is just yet, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

Not the best quality photo, but it'll have to do for now.
"Batilda" decorated cackling keepsake boxes, by me.
Copyright 2020 

And how are you doing?

Monday, April 27, 2020

New project: Joli Chat Noir

'Joli chat noir
la bonne vie
elle se moque de toi'

Quarantine art has kept me relatively sane these days!

I'm a collector (read: hoarder) of many a thing that grabs my artistic fancy, including materials, ribbons, paper, old boxes of every sort, doo-dads, thingamabobs and whatnot. All these things that I had vowed steadfastly to repurpose into some lovely new hand-made original art that may, someday, somewhere, end up on a collector's shelf.

Being indoors has necessitated me to being using up some of these plentiful supplies in my studio, including this simple round box which was the container for fancy French brie cheese.

I have reincarnated this simple cardboard box into a thing of sweet whimsy. A keepsake trinket box which I have called 'Joli Chat Noir' (pretty black cat). 

The top of the box is a silvery 3-D paper of raised flowers. The sides are covered in frilly, satiny assorted ribbons with gold rhinestones, and adorned with a sleek black bewhiskered kitty dreaming of a delectable fish dinner (both the cat and fish skeleton are sculpted from polymer clay). The kitty's eyes glow in the dark. She sports a collar trio of crimson material roses, which adds a pop of color to the scene.

The inside of the box is painted muted vintage French sage, with an antique drawing of a black cat, as well as the little poem I wrote.
Joli Chat Noir
created by Ellie Gee
MacabreWebs Studios - copyright 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020

"Pandemic Dreams," Part 4 - Beulah Dreams

Beulah Dreams
by Ellie Gee
MacabreWebs Studios - copyright 2020 

Beulah dreams
of snow like ice cream
that falls across the land
A blanket of white
Obliterates her sight
Despair so out of hand