Back Bone: AWFF 2018 Donation

awff flierA few weeks ago I finished up judging for the annual AxWound Film Festival and now I am mailing out up my donation package that will be used for the raffle prizes.

I decided my “Twisted” portrait of the Soska Sisters would be the ideal prize for anyone who supports us women in horror (with some added goodies of corpse). As an artist who loves supporting other artists, I am honored each year that I am asked to donate my time and work for this amazing cause.

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Hannah Neurotica started this event to help support female horror filmmakers. She is also the creator of Women In Horror Month that I and many others actively support and celebrate every February. In other words, Hannah is doing amazing things for women in the horror industry and I love backing her up and being a part of her visions. To see more of the projects I have supported with my art, visit the Back Bone section of my portfolio page.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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!

Reanimate Horror Corner Raffle Video

Stay Spooky & Supportive!
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

 

Back Bone: Scares That Cares Always Giving Back

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Playing catch up now that I am back in town from vacation and so glad to find out that the Scares That Care event was a success and the final amount raised was $2,011.84! Thank you to everyone that donated and/or help spread the word.

When we got home we were so excited to find these AWESOME Scares That Cares shirts in our mail box! We will wear them proudly!

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Thank you!!!!

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

Back Bone: Win Monstrous Prizes + Support Scares That Care

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I am so happy to announce that I have teamed up with one of the most amazing foundations……… Scares That Care!

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Scares That Care is an approved 501(c)(3) who fights the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns and breast cancer by helping families that are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden. Our non-profit organization provides money, toys and other items to help sick children. We have two other programs consisting of “Scares For Pairs,” where we help women fighting breast cancer and partnered with horror icon Kane Hodder for the “I Helped Kane” program, where we provide assistance to those children who have suffered serious burn injuries.We are a 100% VOLUNTEER organization in order to maximize our supporters donations to those who need it!

I have donated a $25 Gift Certificate for my Etsy Shop as a raffle prize for their March $5 donation day!  Besides my gift certificate there are lots of other monstrous themed prizes being added! For every $5.00 donated, a number will be assigned. $5.00 would equal one number, $15.00 would equal three numbers, $25.00 would equal five numbers, and so on. At the end of the donation drive, they will select random numbers and contact those people to pick their prize!


As someone who has had to start a GoFundMe for help during my own medical crisis and someone who has grown up watching their mother lose their battle to breast cancer, I personally feel a strong connection with this foundation and everything they stand for. Not to mention the theme of their foundation is a perfect match for someone like me to team up with. I mean come on… look at that logo!

It could not come at a better time either. I have actually been in talks with the foundation since earlier this month. I just turned 35 last Friday. The same age my Mom was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It has made this birthday a difficult one that I actually was not looking forward to. Most people are not anticipating their birthdays because it makes them feel older. This birthday is a harsh reminder of just how young my Mom was and how short of a life she was given. It may not come off that way with all my fun “I met Henry Rollins Birthday posts“, however mentally it is something I have been thinking about constantly over the past year. A countdown of sorts to things becoming more real. Thankfully my husband was able to give my brother and myself a memorable moment we are able to look back on together. I also still think the way it all fell into place for us was my Mom’s doing somehow. Up there pulling strings.

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With us no longer struggling with medical expenses, it feels only right to help give back to others that still are. It’s funny how things work out too. My donation worked out to be a better fit for their March donation day instead of February. It just so happens to fall 2 days after the anniversary of my Mom’s passing. So as I do this to help others, I do it in her memory as well.

So I ask of you.. please spread the word about this special event taking place on March 18th. Anyone can participate too! Just go HERE and read all about the donation day and how you can donate via their store, via Pay Pal or even snail mail! If you can not participate PLEASE spread the word! That helps more then you know!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Check out the other foundations I have helped with my art by going to the Back Bone page of my official website!

Back Bone: Heather Pasewald’s Polar Plunge Page

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Please go to my friend, Heather Pasewald’s Polar Plunge Page and support this great cause! Passing this link on by email, social media and reblogging is always appreciated as well!

Stay Spooky and Supportive!
LDG Nicole