Back Bone: Trish’s Benefit

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We had a wonderful time last weekend at Trish’s Breast Cancer Benefit. I wanted to share some photos I got while we were there.

Just me and the love of my life… my hubby Frank, having a good time.

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He was quite excited when they called his raffle ticket for the booze basket ha ha

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This is my raffle basket on the table amongst over 50 other prizes that people donated (how awesome is that?!). The photo next to it is of Trish’s daughter Ava and the woman who hosted the event raffling my basket off to the winner.

These are just some general shots that show the great turn out of people there to support her cause!  I was so happy to see how great the turn out was for her!

See other ways I have supported great causes with my work by checking out the Back Bone page of my Official Portfolio Site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Remains: 10 Year Anniversary Gift

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Over the weekend we drove out to visit our friends Mike and Heather. We joined them along with their other friends and family to celebrate their milestone 10 year wedding anniversary.

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Heather’s Instagram post showing all of us at their wedding in 2006 and then all of us celebrating their anniversary now in 2016

 

My husband and I decided to make them a gift. I got to thinking of various ideas and then it hit me.. our recent Philly trip with them!!  Then I thought how perfect it would be to make one of our wood wall hangings of the Philly Love statue. Not only because it says Love on it but also because we shared a pretty funny adventure trying to see the real thing (due to road construction and a man dressed like Jesus preaching and praying with people around it). Needless to say we did a lot of drive by photo taking of the statue and never actually got to see it up close.

So Frank and I got to work. He got the wood, I drew it out, he used the saw to cut it out, he sanded it and then I painted it. We decided to use a gloss top coat to seal it because the real statue is actually very reflective and shiny.

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They loved the gift. Heather opened it and immediately started to crack up. She totally “got it”. She even started planning out where she wants to hang it in the house.

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It was a great time with great friends. So happy to have them in our lives. Here is to many more years of friendship as we all grow old together.

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See more of our wooden wall hangings in the Remains section of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Hardcore Hearse Club Show 2016

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Just wanted to share some photos from over the weekend during my 1st vending experience at the Hardcore Hearse Club – Hearses Show. I vended both Saturday and Sunday. It was a good thing I did because the heat was so uncomfortable on Saturday that I felt ill from it and had to shut shop down 2 hours early (show ended at 8pm and I closed down at 6pm). From what I heard I was not the only one. I did pretty well seeing I was there an hour earlier then the other vendors for set up and it was already almost 90 degrees at 10 am when we packed up the car earlier in the morning.

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I was really happy how well my booth came together and got loads of compliments on it. My husband is such a god sent for helping me set it all up. On top of it taking most of it all down himself when I got sick later on. All day long he made sure I was doing ok, had enough to keep me hydrated, spraying me down with a water bottle and making sure I had a cold rag on my neck at all times. I love that man!

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One of the main reasons I had to be there earlier then the other vendors is because we were also displaying Frankenhearse. Darlene was a doll and reserved us a special area and it worked out perfectly for unloading! We ended up using the back up tarp to block some of the sun and we were actually shaded by some trees with helped a lot. Having the gas station directly behind us for washroom breaks and ice/drink runs was also very convenient! At one point when I was starting to get sick Frank actually took me over there to stand in the beer freezer while Dad and Diane watched over my booth. They came out and bared the heat with us almost all day! Such troopers!

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We made sure to put my new decal on the back of the hearse the night before and were so happy with how it looked.  Wilson Graphics never disappoints!

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Despite the heat there were a lot of people there. I was surprised because of the heat but not surprised since this particular hearse show never disappoints and is one not to miss. Lots of hearses, lots of spectators, a decent amount of vendors and the entertainment went on as planned. Unfortunately due to the heat I spent most of the day on Saturday under my shaded canopy with cold rags on my neck and trying to stay hydrated (due to my health issues I have to be very cautious of it). So I ended up missing a lot of stuff going on that day and a few things that evening when we left early but it was better safe than sorry. I was mostly disappointed that I missed my friend, Ron Fitzgerald‘s Illusion act. I was just grateful that the hotel we were staying at was right across the street. When Frank went over there earlier in the day to check us in he cranked the A/C so it had been running in our room all day! That, a cold shower and getting a decent meal in me made me feel so much better!

One of the other awesome things about this show is they never disappoint when it comes to their huge raffle baskets! This year I donated my Tim Burton Framed/Decorated Print and Jack Skellington Dead Girl Decay Barrette! They put it amongst some other really cool items!

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Sunday was so much more comfortable weather wise. The only issue we had was with the breeze which we used tarps to take care of the sides of the canopy and we were all good. I also laid my framed portrait prints down and rearranged my set up to accommodate for it. I refilled any gaps from sold items with back up items I had packed away.

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We got the same spot both days. Also this shot shows Frank’s RC Traxxas Hearse that he parked near Frankenhearse. When it was not parked he was driving it around the show with my business card on the hood! Did I mention I how much I love that man!

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We were also pleasantly surprised to find out that after we had left early the night before, that Frankenhearse had won a prize. We were voted 2nd place hearse for best of show!! Such an honor with so many amazing rides there! Here we are proudly holding our trophy!

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With the weather being nicer a lot more of our friends and family were able to come out on Sunday as well. Dad and Diane were there with us all morning and then others arrived later in the day. It meant a lot to me to have everyones support at my first vending event. My sister in law, Melissa captured this adorable photo of my great niece, Violet who showed up rocking an Aunt Nicole original in her hair!

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Our friend Cathy captured this great shot of Frank and I in my booth as well..

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The best part about vending was all the awesome new people I got to meet that paid my table a visit! Some made purchases, some networked for future events and tons of people took my card to check out the rest of my work online. I am really looking forward to working with some of them in the future. If any of you are reading this… THANK YOU!

Below is a shot that the club received that includes a little girl who insisted her Dad buy my Zombified Clown Mask. I could not be happier that it went to her. She loved it and was spotted wearing it at the show! The 2nd is a shot I took of my very first vending customer! She purchased a Dead Girl Decay Skull pin to match her awesome Cheshire Cat tank! I did not get photos of each of my customers which I am now kicking myself in the ass for. However these 2 pics sum up the range of how great the customers were!

On Sunday since it was much better weather wise I ventured out of my booth and Frank and I decided to get some more Hearse Club gear. But we also got some really killer new things for the house while supporting the other vendors. We got a Frankenstein blanket for our living room and some Frankenstein themed glasses to display on the shelf in our kitchen.

All in all we were exhausted and it was a lot of work preparing for for my first show. The heat wave put a damper on things but I am still very happy that I chose to wait to vend my first show until now. So many have asked me to do it and it meant a lot that my first show was also an opportunity to support our awesome club!

Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for new items! I had made some things to stock up for the show. Some of these items are still available and will be added soon. If you were at the show and want to know if something you saw on my table is still available, feel free to contact me directly! As always I am always available for custom orders as well!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Freaky Fanatics: Wilson Baby Shower

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I am excited to be able to post another special handmade gifting post. 2 weeks of gifting my work and both for wonderful reasons.

Last week was my cousin’s bridal shower and this weekend our friends Bryan and Robyn had their baby shower. They are having a little girl who they are naming Piper (after Piper from Charmed.. how cool is that?! Very!) and well you can’t have a baby girl and not get one of my barrettes… or two.

Frank and I got them a few things off their registry and then I added these little butterfly baby barrettes into the mix.

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I got a few extra photos after the shower of Daddy To Be Bryan and Auntie To Be Lisa (both long time very dear friends to Frank and I). The Wilson’s have always been a 2nd family to us. You may recognize them from some of our wedding photos as they both stood up in our wedding 🙂

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Last but not least me with my girl Lisa. Our green hair sortof meshes well together eh! 🙂

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If you have a baby shower or children’s birthday party coming up and would like a custom piece made by yours cruelly just hit me up. Commissioned custom pieces are my favorite thing to do! You can see more of my creations on my website as well.

Stay Spooky,
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Baby Berryhill Nusery Paintings

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Recently I posted about the train and animal themed paintings I did for our friend’s nursery and baby shower gift. Well yesterday I got a text from Kristin (aka the Mommy to be) that said “they look perfect over baby Jacob’s crib!” and attached was this adorable photo that made my heart smile.

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Exactly how I imagined them! I love nothing more then photos of how people enjoy my artwork! You can see more in my Freaky Fanatic slideshow on my official portfolio website! Don’t forget to submit yours and get featured on my site! Contact me!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Drippings: All Aboard for the Berryhills

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Back to the subject of “I do creepy but can also do cute art”; this past Sunday was my friends baby shower.

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Kristin and Jesse – The proud parents to be!

As you can see from all the blue they are having a little boy. Jesse has a love of trains so the shower was this adorable train theme. Everything down to the invitation being a train ticket. The colors were red white and blue which made me think of all the awesome times Frank and I have celebrated 4th of July with these guys.

When I got the invitation it inspired me to make a gift based on the train and color theme. I asked our friend Kelly how Kristin planned to do the nursery and she told me that if they could not find enough train stuff that they also registered for some “safari” monkey and animal things as well. I also knew that Jesse had a love for turtles (they have a pond of them) so I used a compilation of everything as my inspiration to paint 4 small paintings for the baby’s nursery.

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As you can see from the few photos I was able to snap at the shower, the paintings were a hit! They loved them. I made sure to write a little note on the back of them. “Handmade with love for Baby Berryhill”.

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And of course I had to get a picture with my beautiful friend and mommy to be! She looks amazing! She was even rocking heels!

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Want to see more of my paintings? Check out the Drippings page of my official portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

 

Loves: So me!

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Thank you to my friend and co-worker Klaudia for thinking of me when she saw this! LOVE IT! Couldn’t be more right on. ha ha.

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Stay Spooky!
Living Dead Girl Nicole