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

Remains: Vending Is Hard Work!

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So I haven’t posted much more about preparing for my 1st vending event because I have been super busy preparing for it. Ever since we have been back from our Philly vacation, every weekend has been dedicated someway, somehow to preparing for the show. With working a full time job the weekends are my best time to dedicate to all of this. I have been making new limited edition products (that will only be available at the show), up-cycling things for my display, shopping both in store and online with my mad budgeting/deal finding skills, researching helpful blogs for 1st timers and brainstorming (with mad lists) of what I need to make this all happen. I actually had to make myself take a break from it all to do my “We All Have Our Flaws Kitten” Denis O’Hare portrait. With him being added to the con with only a month to go I had to stop the presses and make it happen! Because well I love him and priorities ha ha.

So much has been made and so much is going on but I wanted to highlight some fun things worth sharing. So first of all my mother in law, Judy has been enjoying retirement with lots of flea market shopping and bless her soul that woman is always thinking of me. She has been finding so many amazing things for me to use and things are really coming together quite well

For instance.. here you will see a before and after shot of a ornate, framed coin display that she picked up for only $3.00 (and she picked me up 3 of them!! Score!). All I had to tell her was ornate frames that I could up-cycle and she was on it!  The one on the right is after my husband and I completely transformed it into a purple and black gothic display for my Dead Girl Decay Barrettes. Much more my style and matches my overall brand identity.

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For some additional brand identity I made mention of dying our old ivory colored bat shower curtain purple. She had some free time and actually dyed it for me. Now it matches the look of my portfolio website! This will most likely get draped over my table.

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So I had a vision of what I wanted to do for my Custom Order Forms. I wanted a tombstone display that would sit on my table. I wanted it to hold the order forms and atleast 1 pen. I also wanted it to say HERE LIES CUSTOM ORDER FORMS. So I did a search on Etsy to see if I could find someone who could make an affordable base for me. I would then of course be able to paint and decorate it myself.  That is when I found Woodloom on Etsy. I told her about my unique display idea and she was thrilled to make it for me. On top of it she was a delight to work with and also went away with one of my Dead Girl Massacre Decay Barrettes. She plans to wear it with her costume at the Haunted House she helps run during the Halloween season!

Here is the end result…….

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So there you have some fun highlights of my vending preparations so far. To top it off this past weekend we let the beast out of winter storage! Frankenhearse is ALIVE and on the streets again!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: 1962 Aurora Dracula Model

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So remember that box of Aurora Universal Monster models my husband brought home for us to reconstruct and bring back from the dead? Well we finished another one…… Dracula.

This is how it was when we got it….

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This is how it looked after I cleaned it, sprayed it with a primer and started to paint it….

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And this is how it looked after I finished painting it and my husband played Dr. Frankenstein and put him back together. I then did a few paint touch ups and then he did a nice spray laquer over all of it.

And here it is displayed in our dining room next to the Frankenstein one we finished earlier this year.

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We gave the Creature from the Black Lagoon away as a gift to one of our tattoo artists so we plan to be on the look out for another one for our own collection. The last one we have in the box to reconstruct is the Wolfman!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Bring Out Your Dead!

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So many new items in my Etsy Shop! This early snow storm kept me cooped up and creating! With that here are the new items in my shop and they are ready to ship! Which means if you act fast you can get them in time for Christmas!

3 Headed Zombie Garland Prop Decoration is perfect for decorating your home, a horror movie inspired Christmas tree or the head table at your zombie themed wedding! More photos and available for purchase HERE!

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Dead Girl Massacre Decay Flesh Frame is accented with eyeballs, teeth and blood. It is perfect for holding a 5 x 7 picture from a recent horror movie convention, your favorite Halloween memories or photos from your zombie themed wedding! More photos and available for purchase HERE!

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This Coffin Shaped Flesh Box will keep an eye on all your little trinkets,money, jewelry and more! If someone tries to steal your stash this box might even bite 😉 Why not use it for a ringbearer box? More photos and available for purchase HERE!

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Now you can creep out all your friends by wearing this flesh petal flower barrette complete with realistic creepy eyeball in the center. They will wonder if it’s real and just how you came about wearing it! The ultimate horror fan accessory! Leatherface would be proud! Available for purchase HERE! These can be customized into barrettes or pins. Would make for a really unique bootineer!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

 

Freaky Fanatic: Ava as Kitty Cheshire

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As you all know I recently posted about how I made a Kitty Cheshire headpiece for my goddaughter Ava. She needed it to complete her Halloween costume because she didn’t want to just wear cat ears. She had to have a hat that was just like hers. Ever since I gave it to her Dad I have been anticipating how she liked it and if it worked. Then I got this picture texted to me over the weekend and it made my heart smile. So happy to be a part of making her Halloween memorable.

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See Ava and many other happy customer photos on my Freaky Fanatics page of my website! Have a photo of yourself rocking something I made? Have something I made displayed? Send in your photos and you can be featured here on my blog as well as my website! Show the world how you support the arts!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Ava’s Kitty Cheshire Headpiece

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So I got commissioned for a special job 🙂 My goddaughter Ava wants to be Kitty Cheshire from Ever After High for Halloween.

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She has the costume but not the headpiece/hat/headband. She goes to Halloween stores and keeps reminding her Dad that she still needs her hat. Well anything he shows her of course is “not HER hat” ha ha. So that is where Aunt Nicole’s magic comes in!

Just finished it last night. It’s a bit of a combo between the cartoon and doll versions all rolled into one. That away no matter what version people think of her…it’s still “HER hat” ha ha. Instead of hard plastic (like the store bought one would have been) I made it out of a fun textured black felt that will be nice and soft on her head and much more “kitty” like. The ears are made from wired black fun fur. The headband was already covered in black fun fur as it was from a set of cat ears her Dad purchased at the store as a back up plan. It’s hard to see from the photo but the inside of the ears are made from glittery iridescent white foam sheets. The whiskers match by being made of iridescent sparkly pipe cleaners. The lighter lavender paint on the cheshire grin actually glows in the dark 🙂

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See my other misc artsy projects in the Remains section of my official website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Turrise Wedding and Gifting

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I had posted photos a couple of months ago from my cousin Nellie’s bridal shower. Well the big day was yesterday. For October in Chicago they could not have gotten a more beautiful day. Everything about the wedding and reception was beautiful. You could just see how in love the 2 of them are and how perfect it all fell into place for them. It’s really neat knowing that they started dating in high school and stayed together all these years just like Frank and I. The kicker… the same high school. BT love stories I tell ya ha ha.

I have been sick for the past few days (digestive disorder is a bit out of control) so I was just happy to be able to attend, support them and witness how memorable it all was. Starting to finally feel somewhat better today and taking it easy the rest of the day while editing photos and laying around.

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Frank and I decided to join forces and make them a wedding gift. I am so happy we got a head start on it with me getting ill. The idea came to me as I was thinking how well we did working together to make our great niece Violet a wooden Marie wall hanging. I thought it would be rather symbolic if we joined forces again to make another special gift together for Nellie and Vince’s special day. Even more so it being from one married couple in the family to another. I had a vision of sorts in my head because I knew Nellie loved owls. You all know my appreciation of owls comes from my Mom so when I have a chance to use them to make something special I am all over it.

I thought this time it would be fun to not just share the finished piece but to also share some photos of the work in progress.

I sketched it out with different ideas and versions. Frank got the wood and had me draw the final idea we both agreed on directly on to the wood. He then cut it out by hand with a saw and hand sanded it to make sure it was a smooth surface.

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I then did my thing and painted it. This shot was taken during the painting process.

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When it was all dry I painted the sides and back and then Frank put a nice clear coat on top of it. Then I wrapped it along with an picture hanging kit in cellophane, attached the card and added a cute polka dot green ribbon (Nellie’s favorite color).

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When we got to the reception we saw my Dad also made a artistic gift for the couple (now you see where I get it from ha ha). He drew a caricature of them and included a mat for all the guests to sign! Our wall hanging set perfectly next to it and the other gifts that people brought.

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For fun here are a few photos I got at the reception (before we had to leave because of me not feeling well.. ugh)….

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Frank and I with the stunning newlyweds Nellie and Vince

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Me with my beautiful cousins Nellie (the new wifey Turrise), Chelsea (the maid of honor) and our awesome Aunt Maureen

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A photo my Dad took of Frank and I at our table

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My new favorite photo of me and my Daddio 🙂 Not only my Dad but my artistic inspiration.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole