Art.. the perfect gift…

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Well I needed to wait until after Xmas to post this so it didn’t ruin gift related surprises.
My cousin Kevin contacted me earlier this month to commission me to draw a portrait of his mother in law that had passed. He wanted me to draw it so he could give it to his wife Lisa for Christmas. 
This is the finished portrait…
I got a lovely message from Lisa after she received it..
“Nicole I can’t tell you how awesome you are and how much I appreciate the picture. You captured my Mom’s spirit and I love it!”
I love when I get feed back from memorial portraits like this. It keeps me inspired to continue doing what I love by seeing how my work effects others and makes their lives a little brighter in a time of lose. 
I also had fun making Christmas Spider Ornaments this year for my immediate family and close family friends.
I am sure you can tell from my Muppet obsession why I chose these googly eyes! Are they not the cutest?!
My best friend Regina purchased some of my Dead Girl Decay Barrettes to give as gifts. Here is a picture of her daughter Mia rocking the Halloween inspired Dead Girl Decay she gave to her. 
I love that my art can bring Halloween out in others even during the Xmas season ha ha. 
And this is not art related but definitely horror move and Xmas related so I had to share. This is a photo of the awesome Xmas cards me and my husband sent out this year. The photo is of me and my husband Frank with Sid Haig in his complete clown makeup from one of the conventions we went to this year. As you all know Sid is one of our faves.. not only as an actor but as a friend.  
The cards said “Fried Chicken and Gasoline Love from The Garcia’s”
Hope everyone had a rocking Xmas! Now on to celebrate the new year.. 2012… the last year on earth. Everyone ready for the zombie apocalypse or what?
LDG Nicole

Pumpkin Carving 2011

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Last night we had our annual pumpkin carving party.
Mine and my husband’s end results….
LDG Nicole

It Came From the Black Lagoon…..

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So earlier this year my husband surprised me and brought home 4 original Aurora Universal Monster Models from the 60’s (Creature, Frankenstein, Dracula & Wolfman). A friend at work was selling them and he bought them right away on a steal. The problem with them is that the man who was selling them put them together and painted them when he was a little kid. Which meant taking the apart and redoing them completely.  
Us being Universal Monster Fans and having them themed out in our living room my husband thought this would be a great project for the 2 of us to work on and then display in our home. 
We decided to be generous. Since our friends Kenny and Jordan are HUGE Creature fans and have Creature memorabilia through out their entire home we decided that we would give them that model once we completed it. We decided to make that one our first project.
My husband carefully took the body apart with exacto knives and various tools. He also scrapped all the old dried up glue off of it.
He calls this picture Creature Sushi ha ha
We washed the pieces up and then my husband glued the model back together the way it was suppose to be. He left some of the smaller pieces off like the skeleton hand and tree so that I could paint those and he could glue them on when we were all done. 
Well I was nervous as I had never painted with model paint before but I give myself a nice pat on the back for  the way it came out. I tried to paint it as close to the pictures I found of the completed model online..
TADA….

As we complete the other models I plan on posting them as well!
We gave the completed model to Kenny and Jordan on Sunday and they loved it. They invited us over for Walking Dead Premiere Dinner night.. and this is how they served the meat to us…
along with pasta salad and potatoes! 
Gotta love a zombie inspired meal with your creative friends! 
LDG Nicole

Michael the Champ!

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Each year my nephew plays baseball for his town. This past summer his team won their championships. I took a lot of photos of from his games including the championship game so I came up with an idea to make him something as a part of his Christmas present. I ordered this plain wood baseball frame online.. filled it with photos from the championship season and decorated it with baseball stickers. I painted his name and 2010 Champs on the frame as well. He really liked it and told me he was going to hang it up in his bedroom next to his trophies. 🙂 Here is a photo I got of him with it when he opened it as well as a photo my brother took after he hung it up in his room for him…

We will rock you!
LDG Nicole

West Memphis Three Benefit Success!

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A huge thank you to those of you that came out or donated!! The benefit was a huge success and the concert  was amazing!! Here is a slideshow of photos I got from the event!! And yes the last one is my husband wearing his Dr Satan mask standing next to Stitch from Mushroomhead!! 🙂

I also posted a few videos on my YouTube Channel but the sound is lousy cause I was using my digital camera and I was literally right by Mushroomhead’s speaker which was right in front of the stage. But you can still see how awesome the show was visually.

Keep fighting the good fight!
LDG Nicole

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

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In my kitchen this morning before heading
off to work 🙂 he he

Well with Halloween this weekend.. we had the option of dressing up at the office today. Money being tight I decided to pull my costume out from last year from when I dressed as Lydia Deetz (despite the wig it’s also really comfy) . Last year I didn’t dress up at work cause I had wedding on the brain.. I only wore it for a party so my co-workers have never seen it. I didn’t enter the costume contest at work although I wish I had… cause the person who came in 3rd was dressed as Beetlejuice ha ha. But everyone at work loved it and it got me even more in the Halloween spirit for this weekend!!

Unfortunately my Count Pumpkin took 2nd place in the pumpkin decorating contest. I was grateful to take 2nd place despite the 1st place winner using an idea that has been plastered all over the internet for years. Everyone kept telling me all day how mine should have won because it was original. So that was nice to hear. 2nd place still landed me a $35 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings though! So me and the hubby will be grubbing sometime this weekend to celebrate.

I have always been a Halloween freak. I have so many awesome memories of my Mom and her best friend Jackie dressing me up in fun costumes. The best part is I always had a part in picking out what I wanted to be.. who I wanted to be and loved every minute of it. My Dad use to take part in the Halloween fun as well. He would get into Halloween and dress up as characters and sit out side on his front porch for the trick or treaters. One of my faves he did was actually Beetlejuice. He even dressed as McDonald’s Mac Tonight and got on his roof and danced and sang for the trick or treaters. He also use to take me to Boo at the Zoo every year as well.

As I have gotten older Halloween “time” has become more and more special to me.

Tieing the knot last year at the Courthouse Halloween morning 2009

Sunday is not only Halloween but mine and my husband Frank’s 1 year wedding anniversary!! Last weekend marked 12 years from our 1st date 🙂 which was our Homecoming dance our senior year of high school. Our 2nd date was Fright Fest at Great America haha. Next Sunday on 11/7 we mark the official 12 years of being an official couple! Ever since I was a little kid I have just loved this time of year!! Which of course makes it even more awesome that me and my husband started to date during this time of year. It was like it was meant to be. And getting married on Halloween last year was unforgettable and couldn’t have been more “us”. Every year when fall comes around and the leaves start changing I have so many wonderful memories to look back on and so many to continue to look forward to. On top of everything it has also inspired me in  my art work as well!! So when you look at my art pieces remember the artist is that little girl who obsessed over Halloween and never let it go! ha ha!

Ghost With The Most,
LDG Nicole

Nothing a good knife can’t create!

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Over the weekend we had a few friends over for annual pumpkin carving and pumpkin ale night. I really wanted to carve a Lily Munster pumpkin (seeing I adore her) but there are no stencils online to do it. So I took it upon myself to create my own from some images online that I put in Paint and then edited them to be somewhat like a stencil. I was very pleased with the results!!

My husband Frank has a large tall pumpkin which he decided was perfect to make of Herman Munster and decided to carve him out to match mine. He was lucky enough to find a stencil on the Zombie Pumpkins website. 

We have some crazy storms coming through here tonight.. so most likely once the weather calms down I can get a nice picture of the two of them side by side on our porch.

Take a stab at it!
LDG Nicole