Spitting Image: “Walk On The Wild Side”

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Now that I am 40 I realize what it means to hear older people say “the good ole days”. As someone that was a child in the 80’s and a pre-teen/teenager in the 90’s where so much creative energy flourished I am grateful to have grown up when I did and experienced so many things that were wildly different and so inspiring. Unlike the kids these days that are stuck being bombarded with remakes, reboots and everything being so PC.

So I decided to check another portrait off my art bucket list inspired by one of my favorite movies from my childhood… Little Monsters.

I was 8 when the movie came out and I have watched it so many times in my lifetime I have lost count. Ironically as sensitive as I am, I was never scared of this movie like most kids my age were. I was always that weird kid who got lost in the story and wanted all these creepy magical adventures to happen to me in real life. Even as adult, I still have hope that there is a world of monsters partying under my bed. So far there’s “SNOT” but a girl can still dream.

So here it is.. my latest split face portrait inspired by none other than actor, comedian, tv show host Howie Mandel as himself and his high energy, baseball collecting, apple juice pissing, homework eating monster Maurice. I call it “Walk On The Wild Side”….

This piece was hand drawn in pencil and chalk pastels. I decided to draw Howie from the 80’s so that it matched the personality and time period of the movie character in 1989.

Maybe one day Howie will make an appearance at a Midwest con and I will be able to gift it to him during one of my real life adventures. Maybe Maurice will finally appear under my bed and I can gift it to him instead. In the mean time the rest of you Howie and Maurice fans you can pick up prints and made to order DTG printed t-shirts of this piece in my Etsy Shop. Prints will also soon be available at Closet Collectibles when I make my next art drop off.

Make sure to check out more of my portrait work on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site and remember wishes are for “bush league leprechauns” and not monsters! So if you are looking to have a good time and get in a bit of trouble be sure to checking under your beds! I still am!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole

Spellbinding: Calming Amazonite

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Being a tortured artist, and knowing what its like to suffer from such things as anxiety and over stimulation from being highly sensitive, I was inspired to add another Limited Edition Spiritual Skullerfly Crystal Wreath to my Spellbinding Collection. Clients have already told me how much they love the ones I have made so far so I decided I want to continue bringing a little magic to all of your worlds through my creations.

This time I was inspired by one of my favorite calming stones… Amazonite which is known to help heal and balance both the throat and heart chakras. What I love about this stone is that you can literally find zen just getting lost in the soothing shades of pastel greens, blues and even sometime browns that this stone naturally gifts to us.

When I first decided to make this it was important to me to bring the feeling of the stone to life through all the other accents. This also meant it would take me a little longer to research and find the perfect materials. Thanks to my Mother In Law, Judy (who always believes in my work and is always on the look out for things for me) combined with some great finds from some wonderful small business craft suppliers I was able to bring my vision to life.

The Skullerfly’s wings, body and eyes as well as the twigs (from nature) have all been touched with blue-green iridescent glitter for that whimsical sparkle I love so much. Hanging from it are the Amazonite rosary crystals as well as a clear crystal point. It was created during Beltane, blessed with incense, charged by the Flower Full Moon and as always made with loving intentions.

If this special piece speaks to you it can be purchased in my Etsy Shop. It is perfect for hanging anywhere you want to feel a sense of calm and zen! The colors also make a beautiful accent for you mermaid and water signs who love ocean and sea decor.

Because these are Limited Edition they are one-of-a-kind and only one of each crystal will be made. With their added symbolism they are perfect for a sentimental gift or to splurge on yourself for an extra pick me up!

See more of my Spellbinding Magical Creations on my official portfolio site and let me know in the comments which crystal stone you would like to see me be inspired by next!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole

KeepItHandmade Rainbow Themed Artist Auction Starts Tonight!

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The Rainbow Themed Artist Auction at @keepithandmade starts tonight on Instagram at 8pm EST!

Be sure to follow their page so that when the auction opens you can start to comment your bids! This Auction is going to be huge. There are multi-colored items as well as color specific items to choose from. Their page alone is worth checking out just to see how beautiful it looks with everyone’s colorful handmade creations posted along side each other!

I will have 2 multi-colored and 2 solid colored items up for bidding. I also made sure to have a little bit of everything since I have such a wide range of things that I make.

Here are the direct links to make it easier for you to find them…

Limited Edition “It’s Gonna Be That Kind of Mornin'” Pee Wee’s Playhouse Signed Print in Upcycled Frame

Spiritual Skullerfly Crystal Wreath Hanging Decor in Carnelian for Creativity Manifestation and Sacral Chakra Healing

Spiritual Skullerfly Crystal Wreath Hanging Decor in Aventurine for Prosperity Manifestation and Heart Chakra Healing

Smiley The Undead Clown Lifesize Faux Taxidermy Wall Hanging/Display

If you can or can not bid PLEASE go support my work by going to the item listings in the links above and liking them. This shows up in your feed and helps others find my work. It also helps with the Instagram algorithm. Not on Instagram? You can still help by sharing the link to this blog post with your email contacts or with your social media followers. Support small business and the artists who still get their hands dirty to create!

Stay Spooky & Magical
LDG Nicole

Spellbinding: Sweet Dreams & Peace Of Mind

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I loved making my Limited Edition Spiritual Skullerfly Crystal Wreaths last Summer. I was inspired to find a way to use my talents to spread some light, love, healing intentions and a little magic into the world. Each one being inspired by the crystal rosary beads I chose.

Since there are so many wonderful crystal stones out there I thought why stop at 4.. why not make another one that may call out to someone that needs it. My end goal was to create this decorative piece of art that would help to invoke and manifest sweet dreams and peace of mind for whomever it speaks to.

So I decided to go with my favorite bedside stone… Howlite. It is also known to help heal the crown chakra.

Howlite being a beautiful mix of whites and grey I went with the calming colors of white and silver, which are quite perfect with it being a very snowy winter this year. The Skullerfly’s wings have iridescent glitter on them and the skull eyes and body are accented in silver glitter. It has faux twigs that are dipped in silver glitter and ice crystal like beads for extra sparkle. Like the other wreaths, this one also features a clear crystal point and has been blessed with incense. As the others were charged by the Strawberry Full Moon, this one has been charged by last night’s Snow Full Moon.

If this special piece speaks to you it can be purchased in my Etsy Shop. It is perfect for hanging near your bed or anywhere you like to relax and unwind. It also would make for lovely Yule or altar decor!

Because these are Limited Edition they are one-of-a-kind and only one of each crystal will be made. With their added symbolism they are perfect for a sentimental gift or to splurge on yourself for an extra pick me up!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole