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

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mischievous grins on Jack O'lanterns ...

Just one of the many Halloween things that give me joy!
Grinning Jack ornament - created by Me!
I've created a new style of these happy gourd ornaments, which I call Grinning Jacks. Different from my Smilin' Jacks from previous years, these are more in the vintage style, and as always, hand-made from Sculpy and painted with bright acrylic Halloween colors.

I'm bringing a few with me when I go traveling up north to Anoka (remember, it's the Halloween Capital of the world!) and then on to the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show.

But very importantly, along the way, we will be stopping by to visit the home town of a man who I can rightly say, was an incredible inspiration to my inquisitive young mind of my young formative years: Ray Bradbury.

His stories unlocked the door in my imagination! 'The Halloween Tree' is quite possibly my favorite of all time, and I read it each autumn, before Halloween arrives. Along with my traveling companions (my dear Hubby and our best friend John), we will pay homage to this incredibly prolific man. I'm bringing a few things I wish to leave at the park named in Bradbury's honor, including a small pumpkin, a letter I wrote to him, and a few other things. 

Sadly, he passed away in 2012. I regret never having had the opportunity to have met him...

"The leaves have burned to gold and red
The grass is brown, the old year dead,
But hang the harvest high, oh see!
The candle constellations on the Halloween Tree!

"The stars they turn, the candles burn
And the mouse-leaves scurry on the cold wind bourne,
And a mob of smiles shine down on thee
From the gourds hung high on the Halloween Tree!

"The smile of the Witch, and the smile of the Cat,
The smile of the Beast, and the smile of the Bat,
The smile of the Reaper taking his fee
All cut and glimmer on the Halloween Tree... "

(excerpt from The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury)










Saturday, September 14, 2019

Toe Pinchers ...

(This post was from the holiday season in 2016. I like to tout my dear Hubby's talents on occasion when he creates something, so without further ado, read on and learn everything you wanted to know about coffins, caskets and toe pinchers!)

Do you know the difference between a casket and a coffin?


Traditionally, a casket is a four-sided burying (funerary) box. In our modern day, it is the most common burial box in use.

A coffin - sometimes referred to as a "toe-pincher" - has six sides. It is what you generally think of as being used in olden times, though they still are used today.


During the summer, my very creative Hubby made several mini toe pincher coffins in his workshop, all from various wood scraps he had left over from previous projects. Most of them were either sold during our "Monsters & Merriment" show or given away as gifts, but he still has a few remaining for sale: four natural unpainted wood, and four of which are painted black. 

I think the black ones are the cooler of the bunch, as they look decrepit, and just plain macabre! One of the black coffins has a sculpy skull that he himself crafted, to add to the overall creepiness.


 One of the unpainted wood coffins was featured on "Dr. Gangrene's" YouTube channel during his Thanksgiving give-away, which you can see here:

https://youtu.be/QkDzJjQ1BZc






Update: Work in progress -

One of my favorite aspects of creating is applying the paint... 


... and seeing it begin to bring a character to life.

I'm usually one to make an accompanying poem or story for my characters and have conjured up a rather Seussian bit of prose for Batilda. It's still in the works, in a very rough draft state, so I won't share it just yet, but soon.



Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Works in progress -


Someone is beginning to take shape...
There's a hint of *who* it is lurking in the background, ha ha.

Taking a very long time doing her hair. Each strand is being rolled out super thin and long, with a mixture of Premo and Sculpey clays for strength. So far it's been three days doing this, with seemingly no end in sight! Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have taken this task of creating a 3D sculpture of Batilda, and instead just left her as a colorful 2D image. 

Nahhh! Who am I kidding! I love a challenge, the more difficult and involved, the better. (But, ouch, my neck and shoulders are aching from placing these long strands on her head, one by one. No worries, just keep the ibuprofen coming and we'll be as right as rain!)

Can't wait to see how she turns out. Will post more pics soon.

Hey - guess what? The first official day of Autumn is next week, Saturday the 21st. YAY!!!


Photo from Pinterest 



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Happy September 1st! -

Or, as we like to call it around these parts - 
HALLOWEEN EVE!!!


All thirty days of this month is like a tantalizing tease of Halloween Eve, leading up to the very special day we all look so forward to... why, Halloween, of course!

I've posted this before, and so help me, I'll do it again. and AGAIN! You've been warned!

So much about this fun song gets me up and jumpin' with glee. Obviously, I absolutely love the Tim Burton mash-up of movies, including our favorite, 'Nightmare Before Christmas' mixed with a healthy smattering of 'Corpse Bride' all set to the tune of Oingo Boingo's 'Dead Man's Party.'

Having this play on repeat in the background while I'm here working in my studio sets the mood perfectly. 

What gets your heart soaring with happiness at the beginning of the autumn season?




Friday, August 30, 2019

Happy National Frankenstein Day! -



In honor of National Frankenstein Day (August 30th) I am offering FREE SHIPPING on my original sculpture, "microSTEIN," from my Etsy shop!

Offer is good all Labor Day weekend but ends Monday evening.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MacabreWebs