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

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

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Me and the Mister wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Cheers to all!
May your year be filled with abundant opportunities for you to explore, grow in many positive ways, always with lots of peace, love and happiness abounding!

So often you'll find happiness in the least expected places, in the simplest things, which will bestow unexpected treasures in your life.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Happy Birthday to ...


Portrayed by Finnish actress, Maila Nurmi

December 11, 1922 - January 10, 2008

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Forever Thankful ...

The Addams Family celebrate Thanksgiving in their unique style!
(I do not own this photo)

For everything I have been blessed with...
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

This is what it's all about ...

Got this message from a very nice couple who attended the 2018 Monsters & Merriment, and really needed to share it with you.

I'm like so many of you who feel this time of year, that post-Halloween funk enveloping around us. I try to keep the spirit going, leaving up decorations year round, listening to Halloween music of all sorts, using my essential oils such as the warming autumn varieties of clove, cinnamon, and the like. Basically, I just do not allow myself to fully give in to that sadness, particularly when the last of the leaves have shaken loose from the trees as the world hearkens toward the long dark winter. 

When I checked my MacabreWebs page on Facebook, I saw that I had a message from said couple - which I've included above. I remember them very well - they spent a lot of time at my booth, and were just lovely. I am never one to do a "hard sell," as I myself hate when that's done to me. Sometimes all we wish to do is browse and soak in the energies and colors and vibes of the show (I work hard at providing such an atmosphere for all to enjoy) so I let them mill about. They ended up buying my "October Eve" sculpture, which I have to say was truly one of my favorite creations for 2018. Like I've said before, I'm beyond thrilled when someone falls in love with my art enough to want to make it a permanent addition to their own collection, but still, a small part inside of me aches to say farewell to it.

Seeing this really sweet photo and message jump-started my happiness. It was something I needed, and I'm so thankful to these folks for sending this to me.

Currently, I'm fighting a nasty case of the crud right now, hacking and sneezing and feeling generally yucky. Quaffing plenty of hot tea certainly helps, as well as my homemade chicken broth (tons of garlic, ginger and jalapeƱos to blast the goo from hanging on to my lungs!). 

I have lots of plans for the coming year, personally and professionally, so right now the main thing is to concentrate on just feeling better and getting my studio reorganized - that will absolutely keep my mind occupied!

LASTLY: Sadly, we did not get to go to Daves Hollow for Halloween camp-out night this year, as the weather was too threatening. Instead, we stayed at a friend's home, ate, drank, watched plenty of fun Halloween movies, and enjoyed each other's company... the perfect fellowship on All Hallows Eve.

Leaving you here with a photo from last year's Halloween night in the Hollow.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

As the Veil lifts ...

It is a feeling you keep in your life and soul all the time, not merely for Halloween.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

And now, for a true ghost story ...

The long-awaited video for The Secret Commonwealth's The Glowin' Bones of  Craggie Hope premiered at the 2018 Monsters & Merriment show.

It is a ghost story - and a true one at that - I wanted to share with you here...

The events of the story took place in Craggie Hope, a small rail stop town in the late 1800s, during the height of Tennessee's wilder days and, without giving away the story, it deals with "things that die that don't lie down...." as goes TSC singer/founder Troy Guinn's lyrics.

You'll just have to watch it and see for yourself. I especially love this song during the autumn season as Halloween draws near... the crisp chill in the air as the leaves loosen from the trees and sail in the wind, and shadows are early and abundant as the veil begins to lift, certainly enhances this ghost tale for sure (and sends shivers down the spine!). 

Both this song and story are quite near and dear to me in many ways, namely because I so love the song but also due to the fact that this occurred in my neighborhood, a few miles down the road from where I live.

Filmed primarily on the actual train tracks in Craggie Hope, it was also partly filmed on our property (the second time The Secret Commonwealth lensed a video here, proud to say) as well as a few other locations in the area. We're always thrilled to be part of production, especially where TSC is concerned.

The entire album that this song is on, Uninvited Guest, is also known as their "Halloween" album. It's full of wonderful tales about history, love, loss, cryptids and, of course, ghosts and hauntings. It quickly became one of my favorite albums and I'm usually listening to it many times a week (or day!). It is absolutely fantastic - I never grow tired of hearing it.

You can pick up a copy of it by clicking the link below.