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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: April 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

SHOUTS AND MURMURS

THIS IN ONE IN A SERIES BY UPDIKE AND GOREY

I  came across this book just by accident while looking for some Halloween and Christmas stuff.  I thought the title
was very amusing.   This is one in a series of books written by John Updike and the drawings done by Edward Gorey.  (What a name for an illustrator).  I am going to give you short exerpts of  the TWELVE TERRORS OF CHRISTMAS.

  1. Santa:  The man.  Describes his loose-fitting beard, his alcoholic smell, and compares him to one of Steven King's clowns.

  2. Santa: The concept.  Questions why anyone would live at the North Pole.

  3. Santa's Helpers.  Asks why anyone would work in sweatshop conditions without getting something out of it.

  4. O Tannenbaum.  What happens if the tree  falls over?

  5. Tiny Reindeer.  The hooves cut through the shingles on the roof and their fur could be full of bugs.

  6. Electrocution.  Not only do you have to watch out for the lights, but also for all of the electronic games.

  7. The Carols.  They boom from public audio systems, yet our hearts are still heavy.

  8. The Specials.  Talks about the annoying television specials that invade the channels.

  9. Fear of Not Giving Enough.  Leads to dizziness in shopping malls.

  10. Fear of Not Receiving enough.   Leads to anxious scanning of U.P.S. deliveries.

  11. Fear of Returns.  The humiliation that comes with it all.

  12. The Dark.  How early it gets dark outside, and how creepy everyone looks as they walk by the lit-up windows of the department store. 
     It isn't a very long book, only 32 pages.  I have seen it priced anywhere  from a little less than $2.00 up to $10.00.  It's well worth it, even if it's just for the illustrations.  Take a look at the other books by Edward Gorey too and let me know what you think.



Sunday, April 18, 2010

THE DEAD HAVE RISEN IN MY YARD!

 




   All of these guys were the very first things to inhabit my front yard. Them and about 3 different tombstones.  The heads were styrofoam skulls that I cut the jaw so their mouths would open, the bodies are all the cheap blucky skeletons, and the hands were made with with wire, masking tape and cardboard.  To stiffen up the bodies they have pvc to stiffen them up.  Different string and rope thicknesses were used to give them the veins.  The outside skin was carpet rubber glue and paper towels.  Then after they were done drying I diluted some brown latex paint and rubbed dirt into them.  The center pvc that ran up their spines and the one I put leg bones on were held up with a piece of rebar hammered into the grass.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WEBSTORE HAS!!!!

 
 

 



I found this great website that sells vintage and reproductions of different stuff.  My favorites were
the different Halloween and Christmas decorations and the cards and stickers that I remember as a kid going to the  5 and dime store and getting.  They also has a large number of  The Day Of The Dead stuff.  For those that don't know of the day of the dead, it's a Mexican  and Latin American holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  It occurs on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls' Day (Nov2).
I like all of the older types of decorations, especially the paper ones.  They even have alot of vintage, real old cards, tickets and decorations from the 50's, 60's and 70's.  If you have a chance and want to look at some cool stuff  head on over to http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/.  You won't be disappointed on what you see and they have tons of stuff to look at and buy and they prices aren't bad either.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A FEW HOW TO'S COMING TO A BLOG NEAR YOU SOON!!!

WEBBING ON THE SKULLHEADED SPIDERS

SOME MORE WEBING AND AN EGG SACK


GROUPINGS OF CANDLE AROUND SOME TOMBSTONES

A CLOSEUP OF THE WEBBING
These are a few of the pictures of the different how-to projects I will be giving instructions on for those who have not done these things before, and for those people that have done them I will give may give you a couple new hints or ways I have done them and and have worked out for me.  The first, from the pictures of the spiders with skulls and the egg sacks, will be of how to make webs with a glue gun.  You're probably thinking, I know how to do these! This has been done before!  It may have been done before but I have found an easier way of doing it without having a compressor.  I ran across this way of making webs of of Instructables and in no way taking credit for it.   
There will also be one on making candles for your own haunt.  Some of the info may seem the
same but I will give you some other hints and tricks that I have used to make mine.  If you do decide to make some for your haunt,  be warned that you can't make just a couple.  Your haunt will look better with the more the merrier theme.  I like using mine around the gravestones, as if someone was there earlier paying their respects for the dead.
Last but not least will be a very easy one.  Turning spiders into Skullhead spiders.  I have used these from the beginning of my haunt and kids and adults alike think thier creepy and scary.  Mine are done in serveral different sizes.  This is going to be an easy how to but a very cool one to.
The how-to's should be done in a couple days and also I might even have a little bit of video to help you
create some fantastic webs.


Friday, April 2, 2010

STYROFOAM HAS BEEN VERY, VERY GOOD FOR ME!!!!!

MY SECOND GROUNDBREAKER
WILL VACANCY GRAVESTONE
ONE OF MY FIRST PROJECTS MADE OF STYROFOAM
GROUND BREAKER COFFIN


BASED ON HEADSTONE IN 1800'S CEMETERY IN MY TOWN
 ANOTHER BASED ON 1800'S CEMETERY GRAVESTONES
MY FIRST TRY ON AN OBELISK
MAY LOOK LIKE IT'S LEANING
BUT BY FRONT YARD IS ON A SLANT






      



MY TAKE ON A CROSS
 Over the past 4 or 5 years on my haunt I have used alot of styrofoam.  carry the white insulating foam. I like it and sometimes it can get messy.  My tools that I usually use when I'm working with it is a rechargeable circular saw (usually when I'm cutting straight lines).  I also have a Ginsu knife that I'll use when I don't have to cut something of great length.  My other favorites when it comes to curves, cracks and carving texture ( take a look at my to coffins), are the set of foam cutting tools ( I would call them more like foam melting tools) that I got from the Hot Wire Foam Factory.  When I first got them I really didn't like the way I couldn't get very good straight lines.  But when I started to use my saw and then used the foam tools for the texture, everything started to come together. 
    The foam tools especially helped when it came to make the wood grain on the to ground breaker coffins.  I didn't have to put  alot of hand pressure on carving the grain. I also moved the tool faster so the woodgrain wouldn't be burned in too deep.
   I also can't forget my trusty Dremel tool that was used for cutting the lettering. The letters were stock letter and number stencils that we bought in different sizes from Walmart.  All of the were cut freehand.  Liquid nails foam adhesive was used to glue the parts together.  It's very strong and doesn't take alot of time to set up.  When I had to glue the same pieces side to side ( like some of the double tombstones), bamboo skewers we used to hold them in place with the glue.  Last, I picked up a torch to give texture and a weathered look for the tombstones and the boarded up windows.