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

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Yuletide thoughts to ponder...

Why do monsters haunt Christmas in Europe, but not here in America? 
St. Nikolaus rewards the good little children, while Krampus,
his dark counterpart, punishes them for being naughty
In Austria, 'monsters' like Krampus are used to punish greed and selfishness. 
But in America, that does not seem to happen.

Thought-provoking article with many historical references.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Happy Halloween - ^vv^ -

The weather has grown quite chilly (a freeze warning is in effect the next few days) which means we're staying indoors, cooking pumpkin stew (from several of the fresh pumpkins we carved a few days ago) and beef stew, while dear Hubby is baking fresh pumpkin bread and soul cakes to bring to our friend's home tomorrow for Halloween. Yup, that's all we're doing - going to eat, observe the holiday, watch movies, and have a welcoming ceremony to greet with love the dearly departed as the veil thins.

We had our big Halloween party here at 'Castle GreenFuzz,' attended by over 50 friends. It was huge fun, hilarious, a real hoot! A break in the weather allowed us to go outside and light our giant bonfire, so I'm happy it was all not a bust (thank you again, crappy weather!).

The cool photo below of me was taken by my dear friend, Keely, during our party. I have been dubbed, "Skelly Ellie" and I'm fine with that! Wearing the awesome handmade original tophat I bought at Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween last month. It's a big craggy tree with pumpkins around it. I really ought to post a better photo of it, it's spectacular, and I get so many comments when I wear it.

Ok, that's all for now, folks. In the meantime, please be good to one another, spread peace, love and generosity of kindness anywhere you can, to all living sentient beings.

Blessed Samhain to all!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

It's currently in the works ...

In between downloading/processing over 2000 photos from our autumn trip, I'm working on the upcoming premiere issue of Autumn Brilliance digital magazine, to debut fall 2020.

So thrilled to be working on this! I feel that with the unexpected demise of Art Doll Quarterly, the Halloween art community really had nowhere else to go to showcase their works. I spoke with many artists at Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween who expressed a shared sense of sadness and disappointment over this unfortunate event. We all looked forward to seeing what new wonders would be in that magazine's pages in every new fall issue.

Since I worked in publishing and promotions for over 20 years, I've decided to step up to the plate and publish this on my own. It will be digital for now, with the hopes of possibly having printed editions in the future. And, also, for now, it shall only be a once-a-year edition (that being autumn and Halloween of course) but a big, special one at that, filled with not only art, but all things Halloween and autumn, including articles on Halloween lore, old time recipes, a travelogue of interesting places all across the US, live events, and more. 

Now as for all the amazing artists I got to meet along the way during our road trip and particularly at Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween, I'd like to say, welcome to your new home! We really are just a big interconnected family, when you think about it, so let's all congregate here and show the world what we do! 

In the meantime, please check the link below for occasional updates.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Welcome, October -

I have MANY photos to download (like over 2000 of them) from our 9-day long autumn road trip that included Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween in Marshall, Michigan (OMG it was the BEST ever!).

Right now my allergies are out of control and I'm suffering nonstop sneezing, coughing and itchy, watery eyeballs. YUCK. Boy do I feel glamorous, har. Add to that the fact that we're in the midst of a horrible heat wave (96 degrees with a heat index of 102!) which only adds to the misery. Come on, October! I mean, WTF? Bring on the cool autumn weather already, willya? Sheesh! 

Ok... I'll be back soon as I'm feeling more human again... 

Friday, September 20, 2019

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: