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As some of you know I have moved to Oregon and not just any ole’ town in Oregon but Halloweentown. What does this mean exactly? Crazy, mad dash, don’t leave your brain at home, overwhelming, insanity in October. Yes, that is right… insanity. Oh My Great Pumpkin!! I’ve always wanted to live in a place that celebrated Halloween and boy did I pick it. Although I’m sure Salem, Mass. is just as mind blowing.

So in staying with my ‘jump in with both feet’ mentality, I decided to build the Pumpkin Arch I’ve wanted for years, but could not have in Alaska. Along with joining my local friends in some of their Halloween events that they produce every year. I’m going to get my fill of Halloween in one large dose and there isn’t even a chaser!

Below is the Arch, day and night shot, the only thing missing in these photos is the witch hat for the witch pumpkin. I will also have window Projections in two of my windows, one is a witch scene and the other a pumpkin scene.

 

daytime nighttime

I put up the Halloween display at work and the ghost made her debut along with the canvas’s that I created earlier. I’m slowly adding things to the table as I go so I may update later with more pictures.

She is almost finished. I have her strung up and will add a bit more large mesh Cheese cloth to her once she dries over night. I cut her off the dress form and then repaired the area. Will take pics once she is in her display at work.

 

I finished the Victorian canvas’s that I was working on from the last post. The picture below shows them both, with a little touch ups left to do on the left canvas.

Victorian canvas

 

I started working on a full sized ghost as well. She will actually be a half ghost but the flowing fabric will make it look full sized, and she will be hung from the ceiling. The upper half will be layers of Cheese Cloth that is soaked with Paverpol, and then I will attach fabric over the complete form to make it look like one piece.Below are a few pictures of the progress:

 

 

 

PumpkinRot has done it again. If I could just pluck out his imagination and meld it with my own… Frightfulish things would occur, at least in my own realm. They are already occurring within his own….

Swamp Foetus

You can find the man of Rot and his darling of a wife, Bean at the following locations:

PumpkinRot Website

PumpkinRot Blog

Pumpkin Hollow on Etsy

Halloween Theme Greeting cards by Rot

 

It’s getting closer to Halloween with every passing day and that means the Home Haunters and Pro Haunters are brain storming and creating to their hearts content. Heck, for the most of us we are content if we are doing anything Halloween related at any time of the year…me, I doodle out creepy tree’s and whimsical haunted houses during work meetings  ::: looks up at  website header ::: 🙂 <— yes that is a smiley…wait I just did a smiley… MEDIC!

So I check my Facebook this morning and there is a post from Melissa McKnight about a rusting technique that has been posted over on HauntForum, which I have been sooooo neglecting due to all of my own goings ons. Yeah, I know…spank me later. Heck, spank me three times, I have also ignored HalloweenForum and Garage of Evil.
So back to rusting… I run on over to HauntForum to see exactly what the oxidizing iron is all about and lo’ and behold Jaybo (also known as Jayson from Nickols Manor) has written up a How-to on creating a realistic rusting technique. Seriously folks… you could make your Grandmother look like she was made from iron. Mine, rest her loving soul, would have switched me for even thinking the thought. ::: looks up ::: Love ya Grandma. You guys think they have switches in heaven? I can see it now… “So you like creepy tree’s huh little girl, lets go take a walk to find us a switch.”
Digressed… I’ll explain later. So the rusting technique that Jaybo has shown, has been done by others and is a combo of techniques really. Jaybo isn’t taking ownership of the technique, so slow your roll on thinking he is claiming it as his own… just showing us slow boaters how to do it when we need it. I would hug him for it but Dixie/Dawn would kick my butt. I have a girl crush on Dixie/Dawn… I think she is my good twin…me being the evil one of course. We have a love of the same things. She just doesn’t know how much… NO I don’t mean Jayson! Dang people! Whimsy Halloween stuff… ::: rolls eyes ::: The girl mentions spanking and that’s it for the rest of the post…

Digression… again… So this rusting technique… simple really and most of you may have the ingredients laying around the house…and in the kitchen!!! Can you imagine Oatmeal? Oatmeal! of all things is one of the adds to the mix for rusting. If you live in an area that your worried about varmints, eating what ever it is you have rusted, including nibbling on Grandma, then use Sawdust instead. Smaller, Oatmeal sized chunkies, down to the little stuff I would imagine would work better.
OHHH!! Read the comments from Jayson’s blog entry at Nickols Manor. One of the Davis Graveyarders piped in with suggestions on GreatStuff foam being used for rusting… I won’t say her name, ::: whispers CHRIS ::: mentions how they use it for rusting at the Graveyard.  They learned the technique from Bad Boys Scenic Design while at HauntCon last year. Chris mentions something about the using of GreatStuff foam and this being the only worth while thing to use GreatStuff Foam for… If any of you home haunters even attempt to stone her or Jeff… I will send my Grandmother after you!!! You don’t know the meaning of switching until a southern grandma has done it up right.

So if you have read this far… wow… you’re A.D.D. too!!! or… your just waiting for the pictures.
First let me summarize the links a bit. I think this is the most links I have put in one blog post.

Jaybo’s post on HauntForum – This link has total How-to
Jayson’s post on Nickols Manor – This link doesn’t have the Oatmeal addition

Now for pictures:

*** My grandmother was a wonderful southern lady and actually never switched me. My mom learned it from her though!! I only had to be switched once, to my knowledge, so she learned it right! ***

As for the long post… I’m home sick today nursing my shoulder. I have Thoracic Outlet syndrome, I have had it for many many years and somehow have pissed it off again. Basically your hand goes numb and it starts hurting from shoulder to hand. I get the tinglies in my fingers when it starts to wake up a bit and that’s when the pain starts.  Nutshell… makes for an angry girl that gets frustrated that I can’t do what I want to, when I want to, which includes painting the dang shelving unit I’m looking at in my living room that should be done and in the Skullery! Also makes it very difficult to sculpt anything cause my hand gets sore and hard to grasp stuff. Typing can be done if I sit the keyboard in my lap, along with the mouse, which at can’t seem to do at work. So…hence the home’ness today.

Now go rust something!!!

Franky is Alive!!! I have been monitoring Grim’s workings of Franky, via his blog, and am very excited to see him completed, not only am I excited I am astounded at the outcome.

I remember Grim mentioned that he typically doesn’t like to create ‘classic monsters’ but luckily for us he decided to tackle the classic Frankenstein’s monster.

I can’t put my finger on what my favorite part of Franky’s parts are but I can say, his box is brilliant!

You have got to check out all of the progress pics of Frank. Clicking on the image below will take you to Franks final blog post, there are several blog posts on Frank so check those out once you jump over to Grim’s site.

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Frank

Mauly is finished. There are a few details I want to add but don’t have time to due to the fact that I’m taking her to work until Halloween.

I was going to add pigtails to her but until I figure out a way to make them not look so ‘cutesy’ I will leave her be. She warned me that if I made her too girlish, she would sit and stare at me when I’m sleeping.

I only had time to snap one photo of her so far…

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Ok Ok… it’s actually called the Grimvisions Ghastly Halloween 2009 Giveaway and if you do not participate you are, well… not one of the cool kids and we WILL make fun of you.
I will admit I’m a bit biased on the whole Grimvisions giveaways, why? I won the last one!!! ::: squeals ::: and I’m sending my minions back over to Grim’s to whisper in his ear while he sleeps.
Do I have a favorite between the three prizes? Hell no!!! I secretly salivate over all three artists talent. Er…wait… now it’s not a secret. Crap!!

Jump on over to the Grimvisions blog and check out how you can go about winning, while I try to figure out how to cover up my coveting the artistes monstrous creativity. ::: stomps off mumbling :::

In my hermitage lifestyle, I have soooo got to get out more, I have totally missed the fact that we have a newer Haunted House attraction here in Alaska. It isn’t in the same city as I am so that would be why I had missed it, and due to being cooped up with my own creations…creating.

I recently joined Facebook, in an attempt to network myself so that I can start selling on Etsy. What I didn’t expect was that it would connect me with locals. Frankly I had given up on their being any  local Halloween’heads and lovers of the spooky arts.  Well, by joining Facebook I found Michelle, owner of Gateway to Darkness.

The Gateway to Darkness opens October 2nd at 7pm, all times and dates can be found on their website. The admission is $12 and their locations is:
1241 W. Melanie Ave, Unit 4, Wasilla, Alaska 99654

With fingers crossed, mine that is, I’m hoping that we can connect other locals to the oh so wonderful world of spookiness and the Haunt. Alaskans spookites where are you? It’s ok to come out now… we won’t judge, unless you show up with a bloody cleaver with real blood… then we will have to run, run really fast.

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