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

Loves: Not A Day Goes By…

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Not a day goes by in these past 25 years, that I don’t think of, love and miss you beyond words….

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A photo I carry in my wallet every day as a reminder that my Mom is always with me.

Remains: Dragnuts and Goblins

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Today we celebrated my Dad’s birthday by going to see Labyrinth on the big screen. A wonderful tribute to David Bowie by the theater but also a really memorable way to celebrate with my Dad as well. He was the one who first introduced me to Labyrinth as a young batling (it came out when I was 5 and I think I literally wore out the VHS) and to this day it is still my all time favorite movie (thank God DVDs hold up so well ha ha). To see it on the big screen 30 years later was unforgettable.

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We also gave him his birthday gift today. It was another model project I did with my husband, Frank. He built it, I painted it and Dad loved it!

It is of Big Daddy Roth’s Drag Nut complete with Monster and Rat Fink. My Dad set it up as soon as he got home and sent me this picture. I of course immediately added it to the Remains of my portfolio site.

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

So Us!

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Hubby found this on Instagram last night. It couldn’t be more “us”. We even own both the shirts they are wearing ha ha. Props to whomever made this (even if they spelled Sheri’s name wrong)! Kudos to you! You rock!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole