Creature Feature: Who Do You Love Horror Shop Contest Update

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As of yesterday Morbidly Beautiful Horror announced that voting was closed and that I am still one of the top 5 shops to receive the most votes in their Who Do You Love Horror Shop contest. The other 4 shops are incredible and to be side by side with them is a huge honor. The winner will be announced on Friday so stay tuned!

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I want to take this time to thank all of my Freaky Fanatics who either took a minute of their time to vote on Instagram or if you don’t have Instagram shared the link with others to get more votes. I know your time is precious and I want you to know that the time you took to show others you support my work means everything to me. You never know what could open bigger doors for me from things like this and to be nominated in general by you guys is an honor in itself. I could not do what I do or be where I am today with my art if it was not for all of your support.

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Thank you for showing the world the potential one girl can have. As an artist who hand makes everything herself it really is hard to compete with commercialized and big names but you guys continue to inspire me. I love you all!

And a big congrats to the other shops in the finals! I love all of your work and even own a few things from a couple of these shops. So when your not visiting mine please take some time to visit them as well.

 

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

 

Back Bone: Women In Horror Month

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As you all know I am a big supporter of Women In Horror Month and Ax Wound Film Festival. However every year, like clockwork my creepy heart smiles when I flip the calendar to February and I am reminded that Women In Horror Month falls on the same month as my birthday.  Happy February everyone! Make sure to visit the Women In Horror Month website and support this killer cause!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Back Bone: A Special Creation For Safyre

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Some of you may have already heard of a courageous young girl named Safyre Terry. She is known as Schenectady New York’s “Super Survivor”. She survived an arson fire that killed her father and siblings. They found her under her father’s body and had suffered burns on 75% of her body. She has had to have multiple surgeries including having her right arm and left foot amputated. Despite all this little girl has gone through she has the most positive attitude and is the most courageous little girl.

I personally did not know of her story until her Christmas Card request went viral on the internet and news. A sweet soul all she wanted for Christmas was to be able to fill her Aunt’s Christmas Card tree. Well of course her wish was granted when people around the world started to send her cards. Before she knew it she had a tree full and then some 🙂

After hearing about her I went to the sites that her amazing Aunt and Uncle have set up for donations and to keep people posted on how she is doing. Her Facebook page is like a diary keeping people informed about how amazing this little girl is and what a fighter she is. I had tears streaming down my face as I watched her perform “Roar” By Katy Perry in her school talent show. This little girl is amazing! God bless her Aunt and Uncle who took her in and have been by her side since all of this has happened.

After reading her story, looking at her photos and videos I was overwhelmed with inspiration. Not only for myself and all the things I have gone through physically and mentally but I immediately wanted to create her something special to show her how much her story had touched me.

So with that I wrote Safyre a letter and made her a special “Super Survivor” hair barrette. I am putting it in the mail this week. I hope it brings her some happiness and comfort as she seems to be in a lot of pain from her most recent procedures. Poor thing. To go through all of this at such a young age has got to be so hard. It’s times like this that I am so grateful that I have a talent I can share with the world. Something that allows me to create something that will hopefully bring some happiness and brighten ones situation.

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Stay Spooky and Supportive!
LDG Nicole

And another Amen!

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Loves: Please vote for my friend Lisa Michelle in the Unleash Your Diana Dance Competition

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Please continue to vote for my friend Lisa Michelle! You can vote daily! The last date to vote is December 8th so I am trying to get as many people I know to vote for her on a daily basis. The winner gets a paid trip to Vegas to train with Jenyne Butterfly. This would be a dream come true for Lisa as this dancer is one of her all time inspirations in dance. Please reblog, post on social media, send in email and spread the word for her!!

Living Dead Girl Nicole

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One of my dear friends entered the Unleash your Diana  dance competition online for PoleandAerial.com. This competition means a lot to her. She was informed that she was one of the 26 chosen out of all the entries to move on to the next round!

The next round is the voting round where people view the videos and vote for their favorite one.

I am asking all my freaky fanatics to please go online and vote for her HERE.  She is also listed as contestant  Lisa Michelle in case you get side linked.

You will need to click “vote” & enter your name & email (you won’t get spammed, this is to keep the voting honest). You can vote 1x/day through December 8th.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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Loves: Please vote for my friend Lisa Michelle in the Unleash Your Diana Dance Competition

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One of my dear friends entered the Unleash your Diana  dance competition online for PoleandAerial.com. This competition means a lot to her. She was informed that she was one of the 26 chosen out of all the entries to move on to the next round!

The next round is the voting round where people view the videos and vote for their favorite one.

I am asking all my freaky fanatics to please go online and vote for her HERE.  She is also listed as contestant  Lisa Michelle in case you get side linked.

You will need to click “vote” & enter your name & email (you won’t get spammed, this is to keep the voting honest). You can vote 1x/day through December 8th.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole