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

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

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. 


Thursday, October 4, 2018

With so much gratitude in my heart ...

The 2018 MONSTERS & MERRIMENT show was just amazing.

Thank you to all who were a very vital part of this event!

The entrance to the show, with the lively and inviting vintage-styled goodies offered by Fezziwig's Halloween Holiday Shoppe.  Run by Vance Nichols (Creative Director of Fontanel), it was an absolute  delight to the senses, like walking into a Halloween wonderland! 

I am again humbled by the love and generosity of all who participated and attended. From the artists, to the live music, the movies and all the cool prizes we gave away to excited fans, it was 9+ hours of fun and fantasy. 

I'd told Mark that I hoped to sell as much of my Halloween art as possible - did not want to have to repack and bring anything home, and you know what? I nearly sold out of everything! With the exception of a few large, high-end sculptures, I returned home with empty boxes! It feels so good to know that there are folks who fell in love with the Halloween spirit, embodied in clay, paint, and material, and that those creations will forever be in a home as a family heirloom. That does my heart a world of good, and again, I am filled with a sense of humbleness here... 

As you'd expect, right now I'm still pretty worn out, still reorganizing and unpacking the last few things back into my studio before I take a break (the entire month of October!) and then rev up production for a few upcoming events.

I'll return here soon to post some photos and maybe even a few video clips taken at the show, but for now, I must return to the Batcave and rest up...

In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys the autumn season! Gather with friends and family, have fun, stay healthy, and know you can look forward to an even bigger show in 2019. See you then!

Love and gratitude to my Friends and Family who participated:

Kelsey Schoff ... Crystal Chan ... Jeff Bertrand ... Keely Jane ... John Davis ... Gerald Seiberling... David and Jessica McCullars ... Nena Gravil ... 
Michael Hraba ... Stephanie Macias ...  
Jackie Cheuvront ... Michelle Sweatt ... Natasha Gann Petree ... Vicki Miller ... Jodie Wrekt ... 
Linda Hermes King ... Jeff Wilson ... Andrea Luttrell ... Ethan Black ... Elizabeth Bissette ...
Amy Delvin ... Christy Eidson ... Jeff Nelson ... Jennifer Cater ... Stephen Fox ... Melysa Baucom ...
Chris Simpson ... Alexis Colbert ... Jerry Winnette ... Destiney Hett ... Jesse Scherer Mangrum ...
Rachel Cottone ... Cindy Mallalieu ... 
Troy Guinn ... Franko Hashiguchi ... Don Clark ... Rob Campbell ... 
Vicki Kremer Plant ...  Susie Kerr-Wright ... Robert & Thomas Rhea of Crimson Witch Patisserie ....

The amazing and talented Vance Nichols ... and EVERYONE at the fantastic Fontanel, the best venue I could have ever hoped, wished and dreamed for.

Of course, it goes without saying, I could not have done it all without my dearest hubby, Mark... thank you for believing in the magic of Halloween, but mostly, for believing in ME. I love you, honey. The best is yet to come!  

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Countdown to the show ...

Only a few more days!

I was worried I'd not have enough art to bring with me - but after being in my studio almost non-stop for most of the year, my butt glued to the chair, sculpting, painting, glueing, embellishing.... I like to think I'm pretty much finished! Whew! It's most certainly a labor of love, even in the face of adversity (I had a few health issues this year but, being that I'm an ornery cuss, just powered through it all), yet always worth it in the end. Can't imagine not doing this! 

Put almost everything on display in my studio shelves (which are crammed full now), stood back and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw! Yes, I think I might actually be done after all.  Made a varied assortment of things this year, big as well as small. Hope everyone likes 'em!

If you live in the Nashville area, please stop by and see me! In fact, come see all the amazing artists (30 total! - our biggest bunch to date) who also have worked hard to bring many wonderful hand-made creations for display and sale. Stay for the live music by our friends, The Secret Commonwealth, do some wine tasting, grab yourself some of the free Halloween candy, catch a few movies in the theater, and enjoy yourselves outside at the Fall Festival. 

Hope to see you there! 

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!)

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. 



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!