Flashback Weekend 2021

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As my blog and bio readers are fully aware, I attend a lot of conventions to network, gift my art and be around like minded people. The first horror con we ever went to was Flashback Weekend in 2004 (where we met Sid for the first time). We have been attending them regularly, every year since. We even travel to them or have mini staycations for the whole weekend to really make the most of them.

Since COVID hit we haven’t been able to attend any conventions and have been having major withdrawals. Most cons were cancelled or dates kept being pushed back for a long period of time. As they started to gradually make a small come back we were still avoiding crowds, not traveling and masks were still mandatory for photos etc. Not to mention they would be planned and then cancelled as restrictions were changing from day to day.

Since things have started to re-open more, Flashback Weekend announced their return. We originally were not going to attend. Wait it out some more but my husband Frank and I discussed it and on a last minute whim decided to go. We figured if they decide to shut the world down again at least we got to get our horror con fix in. Being smart about things still being so unknown we decided to only go one day and on a Sunday which as any convention goer knows, is the quietest and least crowded day to attend.

Here are some highlights from our last minute horror con adventure…

One of the most exciting parts of the day was when we decided to adopt a life size Stripe Gremlin. He enjoyed the convention with us all day long. The best was when a young girl passed us and said “Ohhhhhh.. you broke the 12 O’Clock rule!” Frank and I laughed about it all day….

Stripe Garcia also helped us connect with some new horror fanatic friends. So many people stopped and asked about him or took photos of him. Including the most adorable young cosplayer who goes by The Mini Creep. She saw him and asked if she could take a photo with him. I saw her incredible Sam costume and asked if I could take a photo with her. It made my creepy little soul happy to see someone so young and so excited to dress up and be a real part of things. It made me flash back to the day I was little and dressed like Elvira and how much I would’ve loved events like this when I was a kid.

Then of corpse the main reason we came to the convention was to embrace our inner 80’s child. When we saw the guest list there were 2 main things we wanted to accomplish, and that was having a mogwai play date with Billy Peltzer and finding the shooting star that would lead us to a circus tent from space! Check and check!

We were so glad that we were able to enjoy a horror con again. It was just what we needed. We knew we missed our horror community but after being there again after so long it really hit us how badly we missed it. Oddly enough it was refreshing. I guess if I were to describe it from my witchy point of view I would honestly say it re-grounded me. I was having a bit of a stressful week and I think Frank knew this would lift my spirits (goddess do I love this man).

Thank you again to Flashback Weekend for putting on another fun and safe event for us horror geeks to feel free again!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole

Skinned: Halloween 2019 as Mavey Wavey

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Despite the snow we got here in Illinois we still made the most of it and I of corpse still dressed up! This year I pulled my inspiration from my love of Hotel Transylvania and went as Mavis!

I used my makeup skills to transform my face to look more like her by making sure to contour my nose and cheeks. And because I am committed to Halloween I even made my zing (aka my husband Frank) stop at 711 to get me a Slurpee so I could drink out of it all night and really be in character. I really had a blast with this costume. Here is how it turned out…

Completed Mavis Makeup
I found an ancestor!
With my zing!
Toy Story meets Hotel Transylvania! Bo Peep Violet and Aunt Mavis!

What did you dress up as? If you enjoyed this post you may want to check out some of my other makeup transformations on the Skinned page of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!

Mavis AKA LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Sixth Annual Vampire’s Day Soiree

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So it’s time once again for the Annual Vampire Day Soiree.. a celebration of all things vampy and shared amongst us bloggers on Valentine’s Day! So in celebration here is a collage showing some of my vampire inspired creations amongst photos of meeting some of my favorite vampy celebs! Comment letting me know what photo sticks out most to you and why you like it best!


Now don’t forget to go over to the event page so you can hop along the rest of the blogs participating in today’s soiree! Go show them some blog comment love this Valentine’s Day!

See more of my work at www.artworkbylivingdeadgirlnicole.com and purchase my creepy creations at www.etsy.com/shop/livingdeadgirlnicole

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Ava’s Kitty Cheshire Headpiece

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So I got commissioned for a special job 🙂 My goddaughter Ava wants to be Kitty Cheshire from Ever After High for Halloween.

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She has the costume but not the headpiece/hat/headband. She goes to Halloween stores and keeps reminding her Dad that she still needs her hat. Well anything he shows her of course is “not HER hat” ha ha. So that is where Aunt Nicole’s magic comes in!

Just finished it last night. It’s a bit of a combo between the cartoon and doll versions all rolled into one. That away no matter what version people think of her…it’s still “HER hat” ha ha. Instead of hard plastic (like the store bought one would have been) I made it out of a fun textured black felt that will be nice and soft on her head and much more “kitty” like. The ears are made from wired black fun fur. The headband was already covered in black fun fur as it was from a set of cat ears her Dad purchased at the store as a back up plan. It’s hard to see from the photo but the inside of the ears are made from glittery iridescent white foam sheets. The whiskers match by being made of iridescent sparkly pipe cleaners. The lighter lavender paint on the cheshire grin actually glows in the dark 🙂

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See my other misc artsy projects in the Remains section of my official website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole