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

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Monsters & Merriment on 'Today in Nashville' TV show -

Did you catch our little segment on Nashville's Channel 4 WSMV?

The 'Today in Nashville' show featured our dear friend, Fontanel's Creative Director Vance Nichols, in his monthly appearance where he creates an easy to do floral arrangement. For this season, he put together a gorgeous autumn window box display.  I need him to come to my house and give my front windows a makeover with these, they were stunning!
The super-awesome Vance Nichols! 

Vance and the show's hosts, Kelly and Carole, shared information about the big Fall Festival and also MONSTERS & MERRIMENT. 
Vance with show hosts, Kelly and Carole
Okay now, please bear with me; I must confess: I just about died, watching this on TV ... it was surreal seeing my product and website displayed for millions of viewers here in the south who were also tuned in at this time.

Seeing this on TV almost made me faint! (with happiness!)
http://www.monstersandmerriment.com


It is seriously difficult to fathom that my humble little Halloween art show has been featured first on a famous Halloween radio station (The Big Scary Show) and now, on TV! 

And not just that, but also included some of my very own hand-made art: "Seemore," a sculpted piece I created a few years ago that Vance himself fell in love with and has since added to his personal collection (Seemore is in the lower right of the photo below) 

All I can manage to say is WOW! I think I got up and did the Snoopy Happy Dance, and scared my poor cats in the process. Really, this is all like a dream come true for me... I don't quite know what else to say, I'm still in shock. 

Vance, you are so wonderful to me, thank you for your friendship, and very much so for believing in this vision I had of a cool Halloween art show... you "get it," and I'm eternally grateful to you, my sweet friend. As we've been saying to each other, "the sky's the limit" in making this bigger and better with each passing year. 
I say, YES! Let's do it!



She was excited to talk about the show!

Seemore is ready for his closeup, Mr. DeMille....

You can watch this fun clip (it's only about 4 minutes long; the MONSTERS & MERRIMENT segment starts at about 3:20) by clicking the link to the WSMV Channel 4 website. 

https://www.wsmv.com/today_in_nashville/vance-nichols-fall-window-box-planters/video_66811ca4-3bcf-53cc-9923-e22db94263c5.html

https://www.fontanel.com/events

And please come on out to Fontanel for both events... they are fun, filled with food, music, art, movies, and are FREE!





  

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Big Scary Show podcast - Update ...

You can stream and listen or download the CreepyCon podcast #166 that features sound bites and interviews with me about Monsters & Merriment, and also the Rector of the First Church of Halloween (our dear friend John Davis) who will discuss the Gospel High Mass he will be conducting at the show on September 29th, 2018 at Fontanel.

Listen in by clicking on the link below!



https://www.bigscaryshow.com/episode/big-scary-show-episode-166-creepy-con/?doing_wp_cron=1536242614.7403519153594970703125

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Happy First of September 2018 ...

Yippee!!!! Summer is nearly gone. I've worked on so many projects all summer long, but withheld posting photos until the break of September (which is today!). 
Now, in my opinion, can we rightly say it's Halloween season. Let the festivities begin!

I've rediscovered my love of vintage Halloween, and this year indulged in creating several goodies in that particular style. Ya know, I really must do more! I love it so much, from the rich colors to the set up, it absolutely hits me right square in the old nostalgia button. 
So here are but a few of the many vintage Halloween things I worked on earlier in the summer...

"Got Candy?" 
Hand-made by me. Polymer clay, paper clay, string, paper, wire, wood, acrylic paints.

"Many Silly Faces to Love"
Mini portraits of black cats - painted and assembled by me


"The Enduring Friendship of Autumn Times"
Hand-made from polymer clay, acrylic paint, paper, wood, wire



"October Eve"
Hand-made by me of polymer clay, paper clay, acrylic paints, plastic, 
wire, material, wood

The stores began to stock seasonal things about a month ago. I'll admit, it's fun to see Halloween goodies on the shelves so early in the year, but there's a flip side to this coin that doesn't sit well with me or any of my fellow artists. The vast majority of the Halloween items in these stores are all cheap-quality, mass-produced knock-offs from China. I noticed that a lot of the items I've seen so far look strikingly familiar to me - they are virtually identical to creations from some of my favorite holiday artists.  

I've also noticed that when I check the demographics on my Monsters & Merriment website, a good portion of the traffic comes from Beijing, China, as well as Russia. Hmm... I love it that people are going to my site but it makes me wonder whose intentions are pure ... and whose are not.

Time for me to get back to the studio. Still have so much to do before Monsters & Merriment at the end of this month! 








Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Big Scary Show podcast

The Monsters & Merriment crew made it out to Knoxville TN to attend the superbly demented and delightful CreepyCon Halloween convention this past weekend.

The Big Scary Show - one of the coolest horror news broadcasts in the known universe - was there, and we met up again with our friend Badger. I was interviewed for next week's broadcast, telling all the listeners about the upcoming MnM show in Nashville.


Our dear friend, John Davis, the Rector of the First Church of Halloween, was also interviewed by Badger. John informed listeners about the FCOH, the Gospel of Halloween, and what attendees can look forward to when they meet him at Monsters & Merriment, where he not only will have a booth selling some of his beautiful Hallowed Relics, but also will be performing a live preaching of the Halloween Gospel inside the Countess Moira theater during the afternoon's festivities.


You can hear our interviews next week (August 27th - September 1, 2018) by tuning in to Big Scary Show (just click on the above link to automatically take you to the website in a separate window).





Friday, August 17, 2018

From my Parlor Panther to yours ...



Halloween is drawing closer! One of the biggest icons of the holiday - next to pumpkins - is the black cat, often depicted with a witch, riding along on her broomstick on Samhain eve.

So many untrue superstitions have been woven about this beautiful creature! If anything, having a "parlor panther" in the house brings nothing but good luck, much love, and even a free vermin disposal machine. 

My cat Lily in the photo above is the sweetest little kitty ever. I daily admire her lovely sleek-as-mink fur, vivid green eyes, and even her claw-studded 'biscuits' she makes against my neck, as I carry her like a baby in my arms around the house - which she loves.

Hoping that people will adopt more black cats - they are often the last ones remaining in shelters, sad to say. Folks, don't miss your chance to have your very own mini black panther! I promise that you will be a happier person for bringing one into your home to love who will love you back unconditionally.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 







Friday, June 29, 2018

Grinning Glow Skull necklace - - -

Every once in a while, I get the bug to create some fanciful freaky jewelry. I use bits and pieces of existing chains and whatnot and to that, add my own hand-sculpted pendants.
Of course, it seems that everything I sculpt turns out to be either a monster or a skull, as in this case, the pendant presented here being a grinning glow-in-the-dark one at that. I think he's a rather charming chap!
I like to 'test' my goods whenever possible, and wore it out to an event where I got many compliments and queries about it. It turned out so well, I am tempted to keep it for my own use! 
... but likely will have it available for sale at this year's  MONSTERS & MERRIMENT.

Ok, back to the drawing board, got lots more to do!