Drippings: Harley Quinn For Ava

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Saturday was my goddaughter Ava’s very first gymnastics recital. In lieu of traditional flowers or stuffed animals I decided to put my artistic abilities to good use. Besides, Aunt Nicole is far from traditional anyways. ūüôā Seeing she is a big Harley Quinn fan (she even dressed up like the DC Super Hero Girls version of her this past Halloween) and often mentions the fact that she is a gymnast too, I used that for my inspiration. Seeing how passionate Ava is about this I decided to paint her a little Harley Quinn of her own. I even added some magical “super power” glitter to the blue and red streaks in her hair!

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Now typically you would give them their gifts after the recital. However as soon as she saw me holding a gift bag she started to ask questions ha ha. Then when I told her I made her something she got so excited I couldn’t hold off any more and let her open it. I made sure to tell her I made it because I am so proud of her!

When she opened it she said “HARLEY QUINN!!! HOW DO YOU DO THIS!!” and was all smiles! Totally made my day to see how much she loved it. Then she read the little note I put on the back “Ava… Follow Your Dreams. Love Aunt Nicole”

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On top of it she did an amazing job at her recital. Girl was on stage doing tumbling and one arm cartwheels without hesitation. So proud of her!

See more of my paintings on the Drippings page of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Ava Turns 7!

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If you look at my Freaky Fanatic Slideshow you can actually see my god daughter Ava growing up through out all the photos ha ha. Needless to say since she was 1 she has rocked numerous Aunt Nicole “fairy goth mother” creations. This year she turned 7 and her mom/my best friend Regina got her a grey and lavender butterfly dress for her to wear. She was so excited about the dress that I couldn’t help but make her a matching barrette for her special day. She is also at that fun age where she likes to play dress up so when she saw¬†it she immediately wanted to wear it. She loved it along with the Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy dolls we got her. Here are a few photos from her special day.

Check out more of the barrettes I have made for young girls as well as babies under the Batling Section of my Dead Girl Decay page! Contact me to do a custom order for the special little lady in your life.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Creature Feature: 500 To 1 on Sheri Moon Zombie’s Website

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In May I had the honor of having Sheri Moon Zombie post my Tasty portrait on her website and social media pages. I decided to send her my latest 500 To 1 piece that I just finished last night. Woke up this morning to see she has featured it and even referred to me as one of her “fav fans” ūüôā

Here are screen shots of it on her site and social media pages. Please click on them to be brought to the page and show my work as well as Sheri some love for sharing it with her followers.

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Denis O’Hare

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After a hard week of going through another digestive motility scare, I was overwhelmed with joy to see Denis O’Hare posted a photo¬†of¬†my “We All Have Our Flaws Kitten” portrait¬†on his Instagram. He posted it a few weeks ago but I just came across it this week…. which is ironic because¬†I really needed the pick me up.

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I seriously could not be more giddy about this. I know I am a total horror geek, but stuff like this really means a lot to me as an artist. When you work really hard on a piece and you give it to the person that inspired it, all you can really do is hope they appreciate all the heart you put into it.

Thank you Denis for sharing my work with the world! It was an honor to meet you at Walker Stalker Con and so happy to see how much you are enjoying the portrait I drew of/for you! You really are just as amazing I always imagined you would be.

Want to own a print of this piece of art that I drew for Denis? Prints are available in my Etsy shop!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Freaky Fanatics: Jacob Loves His Choo Choos!

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Almost 2 years ago I posted some photos of the paintings I did for my friends Kristin and Jesse who were having a baby boy. Jesse being a big train collector and also¬†having a pet turtle I was quite inspired…

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When Kristin set them up in the nursery she sent me a photo¬†of them fully on display in baby Jacob’s room. I of course posted it to share with all of you¬†because it made my day. Later on when I saw them in person hanging over his crib¬†I was so happy to see how well they went with everything else in the nursery.

Well today baby Jacob is getting bigger and¬†he is a lot more active at his age. So when I got this text from Kristin this morning it made me smile from ear to ear….

“Hi! Wanted to tell you, Jacob is big time into trains right now. Every morning and night he points to the pics you painted and says “Choo, Choo, turtle…” It’s so cute”

This is why I love using my talent to make hand made gifts. The hard work pays off when you get these types of reactions from people. Especially the little ones.

Thank you Kristin and little Jacob for making my day!

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

Artist Shout Out: Trixie B True

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So it’s been a while since I have done an Artist Shout Out post. As you all know these come far and few in between and I do them here on my own art blog only when I come across an art piece that¬†really makes my jaw drop. Well the work of Trixie B True¬†is just that. It’s also¬†wearable, functional, and down right amazing. That is is why I wanted to share her work with all of you.

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So before we left for Philly I wanted a hip bag to bring with me. I wanted something I could not only bring on this road trip, but on future vacations, concerts, festivals, vending¬†etc. I had certain things I wanted that were limiting my search¬†results ….

  • I didn’t want it to look like a fanny pack
  • I wanted it to match my creepy cute¬†style
  • It needed to stay on me comfortably due to my digestive disorder (could not dig into or be too tight on my stomach etc).
  • Need to be adjustable.
  • It needed to be able to fit everything I needed¬†including¬†my medications without being too big and bulky.
  • It needed to be well made and last for¬†all of my future adventures

I always go to Etsy first when I am searching for something I want because by now you all know¬†I support¬†other artists and buying from small businesses. I also know it is my best bet to find something one of a kind or custom made.¬†When I came across Trixie B True’s Etsy shop I knew I had landed in the right place. The first thing that caught my eye was a black glitter vinyl hip bag with blood splatter fabric on the inside! I immediately contacted her.

When it comes to Etsy you will know if you found the right artist based on how they respond to your inquire, their personality that comes through in their responses and how excited they are about your wacky visions and ideas. After conversating back and forth with Stacy I went from stressed about finding the right bag in time to anticipating what she would create from my vision. She directed me to her website to see some of the unique things she has made and recommended we work together to come up with a custom bag design.

Then it came to me. Could she possibly use her sparkly orange vinyl to make a hip bag in the shape of a creepy smiling jack o’ lantern? How about using the black sparkly vinyl for the facial features and lime green for the zipper? Could she use matching bat fabric for the inside? This would totally be a bag that would scream “Living Dead Girl Nicole” however would she be able to make it functional to my medical needs?! Well she could and she did!

I of course could not wait to get it in the mail and asked for a sneak peak. She sent me a text of my finished bag and also posted it on Instagram with a caption that described me to a tee. Of course the minute I saw it my jaw dropped and I could not wait to get it in the mail.

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When it came in the mail I was STOKED! I literally screamed “GAAAAAAH I LOVE IT!” when I opened it ha ha. I immediately sent her this photo!

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She not only measured to make sure standard pill bottles would fit in it but she made it adjustable so I could use it as either a hip bag or a cross over bag if needed. She was even able to get the lime green bat fabric I wanted for the inside!


She listened to everything that was really important to me and made it happen. Especially with my medical conditions. It is sometimes hard for people with medical conditions to go out on the town and do things without carrying a gigantic medicine cabinet of a bag with them. It makes it harder for you to enjoy yourself when you have so many things to take with you “just incase” something happens.

I used it EVERY single day on our road trip to Philly. I got TONS of compliments on it. Even the woman who checked us into the hotel was in awe over it the minute we arrived. Here are just a few shots from the trip with me rocking it to give you an idea of how it looks when you wear it, the size it came out to be and how it totally rocks with the rest of my style of clothing. She truly took my vision, my needs and made it a reality!


It’s been YEARS since I have been able to travel to places outside¬†of the states (that was not medical test or surgery related). This road trip to Philly was 12 hours away from home. It was exhilarating¬†and my¬†Trixie B True bag was a huge part of making it an enjoyable experience for me.¬†That is why I had to share how amazing this bag is and how important it is to me to now have something that matches my style, is made of high quality¬†craftsmanship and in a fun way contributed to giving me my freedom back.

I know many of my followers also suffer from digestive disorders, medical conditions etc and have to carry medication and other important things on them at all times. I also know others are highly active and looking for something that would allow them to have a stylish option that gives them¬†hands free fun when they go out.¬†Don’t let my spooky style bag discourage you from contacting Trixie B True into making you a bag of your own. I know some of you follow me because you dig my creative creepy style and others follow me because you dig it, however you don’t live it. This was completely a vision we worked on together to make something custom to who I am. She will work with you to make you something just as unique as you are!¬†She has done bags with stars, unicorns, super heroes, Star Wars, roller derby, rockabilly, retro, 50’s, animals, cupcakes and more!

Contact her and make sure to tell her Living Dead Girl Nicole sent you!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole