Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

It's here, It's here!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Have a fantastic day! Enjoy the festivities and be safe!
New post coming soon...with all the goodies! :)
Doing the final prepping for all the lil' ghosties and ghoulies coming tonight!
Hot Cider, check. Full Size Candy Bars, check. Mini Movie and Projector, check. Pumpkins, check. Check, Check, Check! ~ no wonder I have no money! 

Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!!

See Ya Soon!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Perplexing Pumpkin Parts Parade

Good Day To You All!
Seems Fall has finally come to Georgia - upper 30's, lower 40's last night. Quite brisk today. Feels Great!

Baby and Momma are doing fantastic! The rest of the crew are doing great as well. I may have to start a section just for my grand children. My daughter is now saying 'my second child' who knows I may have a sixth before I know it. :)
Kennedy and her Pappy

the promised Owl Project picture

If you recall from the last post, I was in the process of molding a pumpkin for Ichabod's head. Well, I should have known things were going entirely too smoothly. The second half of the mold broke while I was removing it from the pumpkin. Couple of big pieces and of course lots of small ones. Now I have to fix it so that it can be used. Or start again. Not 100% sure which one at the moment...
front half and (broken) back half

all the little pieces
Humpty Dumpty syndrome

I put together a 'finger' mold as well this past week. Just a simple mold to use as a base for sculpting finger extensions. It came out really rough, plaster turns hard really fast! For a minute I thought I wasn't going to be able to get my hands out without cracking it! Then I used my neoprene (a bit more than normal) to make a casting and let it dry. It is quite rigid now and should work perfectly for this project.
right after the neoprene was poured

while it was drying
really rough cast but you can still
see some of the details

This past Wednesday, I was invited to go to the Chamber of Horrors! Had a blast! I went with Chester, Jan and Karen. Hadn't seen Karen since last DragonCon (over a year ago - hard to believe). We had dinner first at The Vortex in Atlanta. I had the Yokohama Mama burger. It was so good! It had a teriyaki glaze, jack cheese and a pineapple! Very, very messy though. I thought I was going to wear it a couple of times. From there we went to the Chamber. Lousy parking but the atmosphere was great! While we were waiting I got to see Travis, whom I hadn't seen in almost two years! He was helping to put the whole haunt together! There were all kinds of props that spit and sprayed. We left much wetter than we arrived. It's ok though, Chester and Karen were brave and shielded us with their bodies. :)
some of the characters at
the Chamber of Horrors

our photo
Jan, Me, Chester and Karen
and the helpless charred remains 
of some poor girl

and Travis, of course!
check out his Circus Envy shirt -
relevance will be reveled momentarily

On Saturday, my daughter, her friend and I went to the Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Lots and lots of people. Last years estimates were 35000. All in a 5 block area. We got there just in time for the parade to start. And then we wandered around for a bit, checking out the people and shops. Had a great time! I won't post all the photos I took, but here's a few...
official L5P Halloween Parade Logo
*did you notice? the 13th!!*

Desiree and Jenifer all ready for the parade
start of the parade - hence the big sign :)

tall skeleton dancers

box characters - these guys were in the DragonCon
parade too!

even Godzilla made an appearance

and what parade would be complete without...


Jenifer meets Bowie's Labyrinth Character

Jenifer and Circus Envy
*remember the shirt?*
love the lunch pail!

colorful characters

this little dog was so cute
he sat down and posed for his picture

Seems like lots of pictures this post. :)  Hope you liked the parade! I think that's all for now. 
Till next time...
Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Halloween Farmers Frightening Shoes!

Good Day Everybody!!
Hope you've been productive and happy since last we spoke!
It's been a busy time, but really great.

Where to start, where to start......
Baby, of course. :)
I can't believe that Kennedy is a month old already. That went by way too fast! She's doing well, getting big. She's a good egg! Quiet, content and curious. She's always looking around at everything. Her Momma is doing great too.
She has the darkest eyes

Shaylor and Kennedy.
i can only guess at the trouble these
two are going to get into

my son, Ryan, aggravating his niece  :)

We made a trip to the Atlanta Farmers Market recently - pumpkin hunting of course. They had everything from little, tiny pumpkins to huge monsters that would require 10 people to move. Some really big white pumpkins this year too. Jenifer picked out a few small ones - she didn't want anything big since they are in an apartment. I picked out one. But it was for Ichabod (more on that later). After we got done with the pumpkins, we looked at the plants and flowers that they had. It was Jenifer's first time at the market, so we walked around. Found some really cool things that I would love to have for the yard. We found a wind chime that I would really like to have but it was $295. It had to be around seven feet long...made the most relaxing chimes you've ever heard.
strikin' a pose on the big pumpkins
there were even bigger ones than this

love this bird house!
it's about six feet tall
and $125 - maybe someday

one of the plants that i really liked
love the colors in this
plant these all around the bird house :)

Last time I showed you the label for my Gypsy Mead. Well, it is now bottled and waiting for consumption. It will be ready to drink in July....2014. The Loki Mead that I bottled earlier will be ready at the end of December. At the rate the clock has been ticking it will be here before I know it. Is it just me or does this year seem to have quickly vanished? 
Gypsy Mead
i got 'frosted' bottles this time around
(the one on the right is a clear bottle)

I've been getting ready for Halloween for months now and believe it or not.....I was LATE putting up my decorations. The first was in the middle of the week, then it rained and I was sick. I just, yesterday, got my decorations out. I waited for this weekend so the grand kids could help....I am using that word loosely. Lawton and Shaylor gave me a hand with decorating this year. I didn't put up everything this year. I only used about a third of what I have. I think I will have to start doing a 'plan' for next year since I have so much. I will have to layout everything some time around July next year. I think I confused my neighbors as well - not putting up my stuff on the first of the month. I really haven't seen a lot of decorations or lights this year. Kind of disappointing. Maybe they are all waiting for the final week? 
the new wreath all lit up

coffin and tombstones

the whole group
not including the table set up - that will be 
Halloween Day

new lights from the inside
they are so bright

Got to spend time with Jenifer at Six Flags. Jenifer and Amanda went, but unfortunately Amanda got sick and was unable to stay. So I met Jenifer and spent half a day with her at the amusement park. They are doing 'Fright Fest' now. Never been and wanted to go and see it. I never knew that Fright Fest was only a couple of hours - from 9-11 pm. We rode a few rides and went through the haunted houses. It was really amusing...they scared the crap out of the people in front of us and behind us but it was like they were scared to "boo" me. You could see the look on their faces, not sure whether to try or not. Jenifer and I both laughed about it afterwards. The characters had some of the kids (teenagers) running around and screaming, which was really funny. I had a good time and am glad I got to go. It will be a long time before I go again though. I think their pricing is outrageous but it was worth it in the end being able to spend some time with my daughter. There is a new haunted house in Atlantic Station, called Containment, which is just down the street from my daughter. I would love to go but I'm not sure about timing (and $$). I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed and see what happens.  :)
Jenifer with the organist
there is a fountain (to the right) that is pumping 
blood through the water
by the time we took this photo, it was almost clear again

one of the characters and Jenifer in her
batgirl cape

Me, Jenifer and the ghoulies
She didn't know that the one on the left
side had snuck up behind her for the photo

Jenifer's last ride of the night -
not on your life!!

Since Jenifer really likes 'Nightmare before Christmas' Perry got her a black tree that is decorated for Halloween and then will be decorated for Christmas. It's a cute idea and Jenifer really likes it. 
Halloween tree - all decked out

close up of some of the lights

Jenifer's pumpkins from the farmers market
they fit perfectly on the stairway ledge

I've been working on a new project which is now clear that it will not be finished in time for this Halloween :( 
His name is Ichabod. I am creating a character based on ball joint dolls. So he will be totally articulated. He will be about three feet in height by the time I am done. I had not intended for him to be quite that big but he seems to be dictating his size. He'll be thin with long limbs and a large head (pumpkin of course).
The pumpkin that I mentioned earlier is for this purpose. I am molding the pumpkin, then I will pour it, carve and tweak it, then create a new mold to use for Ichabod. I am planning on doing the entire figure with fiberglass. That way he will be able to be outside and withstand the elements for many years to come. I may even make some available, if everything works like I want it to. So far, so good. He's just taking his time about being created. Here are a few progress photos...
basic layout
body frame together and bent into shape

ball sections added and taped

paper added to bulk up figure and taped
the two sections you see are arms
the ones in the back are one section of the legs
so you can see, he's not going to be tiny
the body section is approximately 14 1/2 inches

i added a couple layers of paper mache
to strengthen the form before i begin
adding the details in clay

the front half of the pumpkin mold

the mess that is my dinning room table
my wife is already giving my grief about this  :)

I have also made a couple of sales so far this year! YAY!!! I sold the Halloween table runner - all the way to California. And the Antiqued Mask has been sold as well. I'm really excited about this. See my ETSY store (upper right hand corner).
I've been making some quilted Halloween ball decorations as well. Jenifer has two of them on her tree. They've turned out really well and I will be making more. Probably will be doing some for Christmas as well. I think I will use a heavier fabric for the Christmas ones. Maybe a velvet or something along those lines. I don't have photos of the Halloween balls just yet but I will put them up as soon as I can.

In the last post I showed you a pair of Halloween tennis shoes. Well, I made my own! They look nothing like the ones I posted about but I do like the way they turned out. I was running out of time, so I used my Halloween stamps with acrylic paint to create them. 
Halloweenie low top tennis shoes
complete with skeletons, mummies, witches and vampires.
and some glitter of course, for that extra bang  :)

Well Folks, I think that will do it for this post.
Have a great week -
Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!!

Only Eighteen Days Left!

p.s. the witch drawing in the background of my blog is from Dave Lowe. He does some really amazing work. You can check out more of his stuff here.