Exploring New Techniques!

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Trying out a new technique with watered down paint and ink on watercolor paper. Really enjoying the effects.

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Yeti Alert: Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer Holder!

Oh. God. You guys. I really only go in B&BW at Halloween and Christmas, since at Halloween they have stuff I wanna get and at Christmas they have stuff I wanna give. I went in to do a little Christmas shopping, as I had a lot of coupons built up, and I bought some of their extremely cute and creative hand sanitizer pocket bottles for stocking stuffers, etc. With the bottles come little holders of various girly types for hanging them onto your purse, backpack or belt loop. Behold, this stood before me:

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Afterween 2016: Drawloween Catch-Up!

Well, it has been a wacky month here at WeirdCrest. I just got too involved with keeping things going while Steve is gone to keep up with Drawlloween. So last night, I cracked open the sketchbook and scribbled these out in no particular order, but I did complete them all! They are a bit blurry because I simply took photos of the pages with my phone instead of scanning them. But they’re all there! Behold!

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Halloween Countdown 2016: A Visit to Randy’s Pumpkin Patch!

There’s a pumpkin patch I’ve meant to visit every year near where I worked today. Finally went. I took lots of pics, as I had the whole place to myself. I imagine it has a lot more energy on a cool fall evening, but it was still fun to look at everything. I am generally not a fan or today’s inflatable ornament overload, but some of the ones this guy had are quite funny.

Home Photos: Mantelpiece!

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I thought I would give you a peek into our living room—we collect Halloween and other creepy things, so our home is Halloween year-round. The Halloween section appearing in stores is not holiday decor for us; it’s regular home decor!
We have a small collection of beloved Rinconada animals,but they may be moving to another shelf soon. You can see them all along the front of the mantel.
At the far left is a large Jack Sparrow figure–I am normally not a big “action figure” person but Jack fits well with the Pirates of the Caribbean poster that is just out of sight–it has Jack’s skull featured in the center of it. To further the pirate theme, above the mantel is a framed map of Florida showing all the known shipwrecks around its coast. Our Rinconada parrot is at Jack’s feet .
On either side of the map are two new acquisitions from Target!

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After Jack is a bottle with a skull cork labelled “Trick or Treat Potion”. It makes a delightful “PORP!” when you pull the cork out. 🙂
Next is a crow that suffers slightly from the new craze of putting glitter on Halloween ornaments. He is looking backward at a ceramic unicorn that is also looking backward. I thought they were a nice pair.There is also a just-added winged horse figure by the Rinconada fox, adding more glitter to the spectacle.

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Right after the unicorn is a marvelous pumpkin-headed girl(I love characters with pumpkin heads) given to me recently by a cherished friend from high school.
The large doglike gargoyle in the center of the mantel was found at a flea market for so cheap it was insane. In front of it are two darling little Goodwill-gotten ghost figures with pumpkin heads–did I mention I love characters with pumpkin heads?–and another wee ghost I got recently at a craft fair. This ghost is from the Nippers collection.
On the other side of the gargoyle is a Japanese shisa. I found the lone shisa at a flea market; the other one must have been broken.

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Moving on down the mantel, you can see a very dynamic Headless Horseman(another favorite character of mine to collect) statue found at Marshall’s, and another pumpkinhead. The pumpkinhead’s hat wiggles around on a spring atop his head.
Behind him is a small porcelain tray that has been in my family for many years and passed on to me; on it is a fine Chinese dragon.
The green thing at the end is one of my most magnificent Goodwill finds. It seems to be a guardian figure like a foo lion or shisa, but not quite. It has almost an Atec quality to it, heightened by the green paint. On its underside is a written date of 1965.
The blue-footed booby at the very end of the mantel is a Rinconada look-alike and was so adorable it had to come home with me from another Goodwill trip. 🙂