Thursday, October 29, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS for every season!

Over the past week, many new arrivals have been popping up, there are 9 new pairs of earrings and 5 new necklaces, everything from sweet and fruity to dark and romantic. One of my favorite pieces this week is the Hand of Doom necklace, which mixes mystery and tragedy. What is your favorite piece this week?























~ 1) Hand of Doom Necklace: the popular ladies hand of the Victorian era, is featured in a black shining coating with a glass red teardrop.

~ 2) Once Bitten Fang Earrings: a perfect set of brass fangs featuring hand painted blood and gore. The earrings can be available without the paint as well.

~ 3) Cotton Candy Queen Necklace: a splendid mix of shabby chic pink and a badass iron cross strung on a silver rope chain.

~ 4) Bat Sunday Necklace: put on your Sunday's best with a creature feature, perfect to gloom up any dark ensemble.























~ 5) Sweet Sparkling Raspberry Earrings: juicy beaded earrings touched with hot pink and topped with scalloped bead caps.

~ 6) Pretty Tied Up Bow Earrings: be pretty tied up in these gorgeous metal bows and glass gray beads, ready for any special event or just on the go!

~ 7) Bow and Berry Earrings: a darling match of red and black; sassy and tied with a bow!

~ 8) Harvest Rose Earrings: a fall romance between darkened golden caramel roses and blackened hooks in oxidized sterling silver.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Marvelous Wedding

I'd like to take a moment to give a shout out to my special man at home, Bruce I love you and Happy 2nd Anniversary! Tag Team Champs Baby!  CONGRATS to any other couples celebrating their anniversary this month!

~ Bruce and I with our custom tag team belts we had made, we even came to Motorhead. The best wedding ever!

~ Ahhh the Bride and Frankenstein statue we had next to our wedding cake, along with a Frankenstein head groomsman cake.

~ You can see more photos of the wedding through my facebook.




Monday, October 26, 2009

Skeleton Krew: no.0029 Eerie Eddie























The Skeleton Krew Collection is back with a new portrait, just in time for the ghoulish season or any time of the year! Meet Eerie Eddie, a ghoulish specimen of the Halloween season! Young at heart, he skips the streets in hope of filling up his pillow sack with all the treats a little ghoul could eat, but don't let the innocence fool you; he was once caught playing with a dead mouse.

I am really loving the final outcome, I find it to be so interesting to see the process of the paintings, the first round he def looked more innocent and with blonde hair too. I finished him last night and I must say the final touches have made him a bit more daring and dark. This childhood spirit is ready to dance and bring mischief perhaps. His costume features hand-painted bat wings, a mask with white face paint, baby fangs and puffed bow with a tiny skull embellishment. 

This portrait mixes the nostalgic look of the Victorian era with vintage flare of the Halloween season. Ready to spook a friend and perfect for any gothic party or personal painting collection, sit him leaning against some books or place him behind glass ready to greet. Skeleton Krew no.0029 Eeerie Eddie is now available at Red Heart 13.






















1st ROUND: I find it funny how much more evil looking it has made him with black hair.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Trick & Treats: Halloween Ideas

Halloween is my all time most cherished season of the year, I'm feeling a little bummed this year because I can't decorate my house due to packing and mayhem. Every year we usually throw a Halloween costume but this year we are heading over to our friends house for an awesome time, I actually lending some of my paintings for the haunting decor. Bruce and I are being a little creative again this year, but not saying who were are going to be, but check out these sweet vintage cat eye glasses that I got for my costume!

Even though there is no sign of halloween at my house, I still love looking at all the lovely decorating ideas from Martha Stewart and who cannot forget fabulous treats that would make snacks for any party. There is always next year I guess!

~ TRULY TO DIE FOR! Martha Stewart Halloween Wine Labels, perfect to transform ordinary wines and sodas into something sweet and poisonous.




























~ Staircase Silhouette, a menacing shadow climbs the stairs. Decorating with paper silhouettes are an inexpensive way to add some mystery and whimsy to any room.


















~ Creepy and cookie! Chocolate and Pretzel Witch Fingers ready to creep and crawl across any party table, and delicious looking too!























~ Elaborate Bird Masks from Martha Stewart, step by step stencils to create a woodland mask ready for a Halloween day at the office or school day. Check out the Owl or Black Cat masks as well.























~ The grandest house on the block, carve your very own Haunted Manor Pumpkin Mansion, with a step by step tutorial to create rickety shutters and boarded-up doors and windows.






















~ A couple years back I stumbled upon Vintage by Crystal and just fell in love! She created a custom wedding wreath of my husband and I in a haunted love scene. I just covet all of her hand spun cotton figurines for every season. I really love her Halloween collection, including this Orange and Black Bat Girl Figure.

















~ How about a spook with this original handcrafted Crocheted Junior Skull, ready to place as a centerpiece on a table or scare all the kids on the school bus!



















~ Add some spooky fun with Printable Bat Garland, ready to add whimsy and ghoulish decor to any party.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sweet Touches For Your Home!

A home is not a home with out a little love and splendid touches that make it personal. Being excited about my first house my favorite thing in the world is figuring out the layout of the rooms and picking out paint color. Recently I've been on the look out for curious accents to sweeten it! Check out these unique finds ready to add character to any room:























~ Bring natural history into your studio or library with these Bird Skull Drawer Pull Cabinet Knobs made in nyc by Billy Blue.




















~ A charming way to dress up any window, these Door Knob Curtain Tie-Backs from Urban Outfitters, remind me of the Winchester Mystery House, a curious door knob that leads to no where!

~ A touch of eerie and a pleasant reminder of Willy Wonka, this Weathered Hand Hook from Urban Outfitters is perfect to hang anything from necklaces to scarves. 



















~ Letter N Custom Moss Door Hanging Initial: a pleasant whimsical accent to welcome people into your home, perfect for a nursery or green house. I really want to get the letter M for my soon to be new home.




















~ Knock knock, who's there? These whimsical iron door knockers from Anthropolgie and Urban Outfitters! A Sly Fox Doorknocker perhaps or an Owl In the Moonlight Knocker, I'd love a custom werewolf but these are just as unique.





















~ A touch of steampunk and romance, this Magnifying Sconce is made of iron and can illuminate a room while adding some character, complete with a magnifying disc of smooth glass.

Friday, October 16, 2009

31 Days Part Two Zemo's Revenge

We are already half way through the month with Zemo's Revenge and Bruce has been brewing quite a movie viewing collection this season. Last weekend we celebrated Stephen King with such classics as Creepshow and the Shining; I do believe Jack Torrance was crazy from the beginning, lol. Tonight I'm looking forward to Hellraiser which I've never seen.

Check out the most up to date list of 31 part 2.
10/01 The Exorcist (1973)
10/02 The Vampire Lovers (1970)
10/03 Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
10/04 The Orphanage (2007)
10/05 Son of Frankenstein (1939)
10/06 The Unborn (2009)
10/07 House on Haunted Hill (1959)
10/08 Creepshow (1982)
10/09 The Mist (2007)
10/10 The Shining (1980)
10/11 Salem's Lot (1979)
10/12 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
10/13 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
10/14 The Brides of Dracula (1960)
10/15 The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS!

With things getting more hectic and boxes piling up all around my house, I'm still trying to bring new pieces to my shop before the big move, I haven't announced anything yet, trying to keep everything top secret until all the paperwork is done; but yes we found a house! 

New this week a ton of earrings for your little lobes and two vintage unique necklaces. Please enjoy! And don't forget about Free Shipping and entering the Mischief Night Giveaway Contest!























~ 1) Willamina Necklace: truly one of a kind necklace featuring the sparkle from a vintage tear drop pendant, rosary beads and a whimsical woman's wrist watch.

~ 2) Grenadine Spirit Earrings: not a perfect match but these religious cross medals go elegantly matched with silver rose beads and red cathedral beads.

~ 3) Red Hot Momma Earrings: perfect for any gal who loves red and black, a stunning combination featuring glass hearts and floral black and clear beads.

~ 4) Opal Twilight Earrings: modern simple earrings that mix both darkness and October's birthstone of milky opal glass beads on dark silver chain.























~ 5) Dalliance Time Necklace: a nostalgic memento of time and a hurry and rush to the next patient. A vintage cream enamel nurse's watch hangs from two vintage bracelet links on a long silver chain.

~ 6) REVIVED Lucid Floral Garden Earrings: dramatic vintage acrylic beads are filled with solid dark splotches that resemble ink, the beads are topped with large blue bead caps.

~ 7) Golden Rapture Earrings: delightful vintage beads of a light blue radiate gold and are topped with a floral brass bead cap.

~ 8) Blossom Jewel Earrings: a cluster of sparkling daises touched with enamel, rhinestones and golden pearls.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS: Better late than never

Long days and pleasant nights! Things have been moving fast over here and getting a little behind on showing you new pieces that have arrived. Take a peek to see what you've missed.























~ 1) Bible Study Necklace: a nostalgic necklace made of childhood memories and a miniature bible charm that opens ready to read a prayer.

~ 2)
Black Coral Pearl Necklace: bring the sea to life while adding darkness and whimsy to your day!

~ 3) Heavenly Monogram Necklace: delicate scripted letters make a unique lucite monogram, whom did it belong to and what was the magical name?

~ 4) The Traveler Talisman: wear your weight of the world through a vintage pulley that has traveled the dark tall tale seas.























~ 5) Athena Earrings: beautiful organic orbs looks as if they've traveled from Greece.

~ 6) Memento Mori Darlings: earrings for any dark duchess!

~ 7) Mad Love Earrings: perfect for any gal who loves the queen of heart or a stunning combination of red and black.

~ 8) Poisonous Earrings: red and black berry beautiful earrings made with vintage glass bold red beads topped with vintage leaf bead caps.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Enter the MISCHIEF NIGHT GIVEAWAY!

It's that time of year again, a time of FREE GIVEAWAYS that is! To celebrate the ghoulish season and my birthday on October 30th, today is the start of the Mischief Night Giveaway!

To kick things, I took a poll to find out what people wanted to see as the giveaway prize, 90% of the votes went to a $20 gift certificate and also a custom necklace or earrings. Only a few votes for the Skeleton Krew painting but don't worry there might another opportunity come early next year.

E N T E R   T O   W I N
Tuesday, October 6th ~ Friday, October 30th
The giveaway contest is simple, show some love by:
~ Leaving a comment that includes your name and email address or etsy shop name.

NOTE: anyone who left a comment in the last two voting polls will automaticlly have their names entered into the giveaway.

T H E   P R I Z E
So what is the prize you ask, how do I decide, well I'm not, I will pick 2 winners randomly out of all the ballots come late night on October 30th.

~ 1st Place Winner: I will work with the winner on designing a custom necklace or earrings, we will talk about colors, mood etc to create something special.

~ 2nd Place Winner: will receive a $20 gift certificate to Red Heart 13.

Leave a comment below with your contact info, so I know your stopped by! 

Monday, October 5, 2009

Nigel the Wolfman

An odd case of curiosity, Nigel the Wolfman was quite an intriguing young lad, born in 1881 he suffered from Hypertrichosis also known as the werewolf syndrome; a very rare disorder in which his hair was extremely dense and grew from every inch of his six foot body. 

As a child, his single mum neglected him and at the age of 9 he ran away from home and joined the local circus, where Miss Manely, the bearded lady adopted him. He grew up as a sideshow performer in the late 19th century, and was later brought to the United States by P.T. Barnum in 1886. 

Playing a beast of the sorts, Nigel would bark and growl to entertain the audience, however no one ever knew the quiet side of him. He loved to read novels during the long hours on the road and spoke several languages. Over the years he acquired quite an antiquarian book collection. In 1921 he died alone amongst his favorite novels including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Moonstone.

You can see Nigel in my upcoming show at the Toothless Cat art gallery in Philadelphia come January.

Stephen Gammell Illustration


















Terrified in my younger years, I would crawl up in bed, under a tent made of blankets and would try to go to bed reading the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, like I said try is best word. Reading by the glowing light from my small lamp, I would always be afraid to reach over and turn out the light, terrified of a slimy skeleton hand reaching from under my bed and dragging me into the nether realm. The frightening folklore ghost stories by Alvin Schwartz never failed, and none without the companion hand drawings of Stephen Gammel.

The real truth of the matter is that I've been haunted ever since but in a good way, I cannot forget the awful tragic revenge and the dripping flesh decay inspiring my madness for the macabre. As I look back now, no wonder children were so afraid, the monsters always kept me intrigued even though I would be afraid to turn the page. Stephen Gammel is my all time favorite illustrator, I am in awe of his skills and the fine details of his pencil drawings; I admire cracks in the skull, stringy hair, mist with lurking shadows and who cannot forget the goo, there is always strands of it everywhere. His work is of gory organic forms nestled with foggy dark backgrounds, never knowing what will be at the next turn. I was always chilled to the bone with screaming faces and odd lumpy creatures, the splendid drawings perfect the mood of every scary story, many of which I take inspiration. Some of my favorites are The Haunted House, High Beams, The Big Toe, and Room for One More. Last year I created a painting called The Bride for my Skeleton Krew Collection, inspired by the story about a bride who falls into the childhood fun of hide and seek, never being found until months later after getting locked inside of an old wooden chest. The painting features cob webs, a wedding ring and Victorian two faced bride starring out at the viewer; this painting will be featured in my upcoming show in January.

At a ripe age of 27, I still bust out the old tattered books looking for a few scares and a rattle of my bones. Check out some other children's books that feature the art of Stephen Gammel, not all are so scary: