Back Bone: Re-Animate The Horror Corner

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As you all know I had my own GoFundMe set up a few years ago when I was going through a major health crisis. If it weren’t for the generosity of others, I don’t know how my husband and I would have gotten through things both financially and mentally.  I start my post off like this because I have been there and I know how hard it is to ask for help in a time of need. Which is why I am always trying to find ways to use my art to give back.  That is why when I was recently contacted by my friend Stephanie over at Morbidly Beautiful about a benefit raffle to help a fellow horror artist who was badly burned and lost everything in a fire, I immediately jumped on board.

If you are not aware, and surprisingly as it may sound, the horror community is one of the most kind and generous communities you can be a part of. That is why I was not surprised when I heard I was 1 of 70 shops who have donated their handmade creations to help raise money to “Re-Animate The Horror Corner“! Stephanie and I both decided that my Yours Cruelly Elvira/Cassandra Peterson portrait was ideal for any horror fan and a print of that piece will be going to one of the lucky winners.
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If you love horror this is the raffle for you. Not only are you able to win some really unique prizes but your money will go to helping a horror artist to be less stressed while she recovers health wise and also help her to get back to creating and doing what she loves. Watch this video to see all the prizes and how you can enter!

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Stay Spooky & Supportive!
LDG Nicole

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Backbone: Prize Donations for the Hardcore Hearse Club Weekend

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If you plan on attending the Hardcore Hearse Club’s Haunted Halloween Weekend then make sure to enter some of the great contests they are having. I won’t be vending this event due to other artistic obligations, but I have donated these handmade Dead Girl Decay Barrettes that will be given away as part of the prizes! It’s hard to see in the photo but they each come in super cute glittery bat bags.

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If you were not aware of the events happening this weekend here is the flyer with all the details. We may be there with Frankenhearse (weather permitting) on Saturday. 21767989_1969568029924147_3647249949313628228_n

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Beetle House LA

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Could not be more excited or honored. Boxed up my ORIGINAL “What Nightmares Are Made Of” charcoal and pencil drawing to be shipped off to the new Beetle House Bar/Restaurant opening in Los Angeles next month. Their first location opened in New York and was such a success they are opening up a 2nd location. My piece will be displayed on the walls with other Tim Burton inspired art.

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I was skeptical to send off my original at first because it’s a very meaningful piece and I worked really hard on it. However the more I thought about it the more I realized it needed to be a part of this amazing project instead of tucked away in my portfolio for no one to appreciate. Yes I was dreaming of one day giving it to Tim Burton himself. But let’s be honest.. the chances of that happening (even though I am a dreamer) are not very likely. The whole point of the piece was to express how much Tim Burton has inspired me as a artist and a person. Which is the exact vision behind Beetle House. I feel it will be at home there and who knows maybe some how Tim himself might finally get to see it.

Speaking of seeing it… if you live in the area or travel there make sure to visit Beetle House and snap a photo of yourself with the piece on display! I would love to collect photos of people enjoying the piece in person there. They are currently already taking reservations online!  I myself hope to one day travel there so I can see it on display and also take in how incredible Beetle House is. My only fear is I may never want to leave 😉

Love this piece? Then check out the prints and shirts available in my Etsy shop! want to see more of my portrait work? Then check out the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Mutter Museum

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philly mutter (4)The Mutter Museum in Philly was mine and Frank’s #1 reason for wanting to go to Philly when we took our road trip with Mike and Heather back in March. Knowing how excited we were to go there Mike and Heather even paid for our admission as an added thank you for Frank driving the 11 hours to get us there (yes our friends rock!).

Part of the reason I was so intrigued by this place is because anatomy was my favorite subject in art school. Then you add on all my own “fun” ailments, my love for oddities and anything remotely macabre and that pretty much sums things up. Needless to say when we went there I was mesmerized by the place. We are both still so happy we got to experience it in person. Recently on an episode of Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour show we got to experience it all over again. As we were watching it we kept saying “ohhh we were there! We saw that!” ha ha.

I had been following the museum for many years before getting to go there and knew that every year they put up their Mutter Tree for Christmas. Often people send in ornaments to donate that go with the theme of the museum. Well this year I decided to donate one of my 2016 Santa Claws Christmas Ornaments to the Mutter Tree! Well go and behold I opened this post on Instagram this morning and could not be more thrilled!

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So thrilled it arrived in one piece and is now a part of this incredible museum’s holiday tradition!  See other ways my art and handmade creations have been featured and displayed on my official portfolio website! Also if you like this ornament, there are other versions of it available in my Etsy shop. They are one of a kind so once they are gone they are gone! Happy Holidays everyone!

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LDG Nicole

Backbone: Win My Handmade Creations At Trish’s Breast Cancer Benefit This Weekend!

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From either personally knowing me or reading my posts it is obvious that breast cancer is something that has personally effected my life in a dramatic way. With my Mom passing away from the disease when I was 10 it has had a huge impact on me in ways I can not even begin to explain. Being 35 (the age she was when she was diagnosed), having a recent scare of my own and her birthday coming up this Saturday it is easy to say that the thought of breast cancer is pretty fresh in my mind these days.

trishHowever it is also on my mind because my friend Trish is fighting the same battle my Mom did. Just like her she is fighting this at a young age while raising raising 2 beautiful children. She continues to be an inspiration to everyone with her positive “I’m gonna kick this cancer’s ass” attitude!

When I heard they were having a benefit for her I had to find a way to help. One glance at the Back Bone page of my portfolio it’s pretty obvious that I enjoy using my artistic skills to help great causes. Especially after facing my own serious health scares and seeing how people pulled together to help me get through them. It’s scary enough to have something so serious effecting you physically and yet trying not to stress over the cost it all takes to get well. The help of others made a huge impact on my recovery. I urge you to come out and support this strong amazing woman and her family. From my own personal experience I can tell you that every bit counts!

With that I made a basket of my handmade creations that I am donating. It will be a part of the prizes raffled off this Sunday, July 24th at Evil Horse Brewery in Crete IL from 2- 5pm! So if you ever wanted to get your hands on some of my creations now you can attend a fun event, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a whole basket of them all while helping a great cause!

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The reusable cloth basket is filled with the following…
– Full Size – Skullerfly Hanging Decoration
– Full Size – Skelefly Animal Print Freaky Flower Decoration
– Full Size – Vintage Burlesque Dragonfly Barrette
– Mini – Skullerfly Magnet
– Mini – Sparrow Bird Tattoo Inspired Barrette
– Mini – Sparrow Bird Tattoo Inspired Pin
– Breast Cancer Ribbon Keychain
– Living Dead Girl Nicole Zombie sticker

Stay Spooky + Supportive!
LDG Nicole

 

Freaky Fanatics: Hearse Show Winner

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Some great photos featured on Instagram by the winner of the Hearse Show raffle basket that included my donations!

See more of our Freaky Fanatics on my website! Don’t forget to share your photos with me and you can be featured as well! Contact me to send yours in!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Back Bone: It’s Scares That Care Donation Day!

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scaresthatcareHave you donated yet for your chance to help Scares That Care and win some killer prizes (including a $25 Gift Certificate for my Etsy Shop)? If not TODAY is the BIG DAY!

Get over to their EVENT page NOW to read the details on how to donate and get your raffle entry before its over!

Stay Spooky (and Supportive)!
LDG Nicole