Thursday, May 6, 2021

Silly Little Faeries

I don't know if you saw my Instagram post from earlier in the week, but I have a strong suspicion that some vindictive faeries pulled all 24 of the Vinca plants I had just planted out of the ground and laid them next to the holes. None were eaten or even nibbled on. Why suspect the faeries? Because (and I'm not proud of this) I forgot to leave out any treats for the faeries on Beltane. It's something I try to do and for some reason it just slipped my mind. Let this be a lesson.

May is the month of faeries in my mind- especially in New England where flowers are just starting to open and everything begins to look lush again after the cruel winter. So, today I have some faerie art to show you.

Enchanted Wood Fairy Pit Sphere from The Fire Pit Gallery

Miniature Fairy Doll from Felted Art and Dolls

Sweet Fairy Doll from Magita Craft

Fairy Jeweled Assemblage Ornament from A Soulful Journey

Halloween Fairy Doll from Checkerboard Faire

Sam the Faerie from Tanya Abaimova

Fairy Godmother Apron from Western Gothic

I'm hoping this post will appease the faeries in our garden by showing them how much I honor their presence. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Sun Is So Bright: Goth Glam

This weekend I realized that I hadn't seen my sunglasses since isolation began. I usually only wore them when I was out and about and since I've been doing little of that, I lost track of them. That started me on a hunt from some new sunglasses and while I didn't exactly find any that would be useful for everyday, I did find some fun goth-glam sunglasses and accessories.

Eccentric Rococo Sunglasses from Pearls and Swine

You should check out the entire shop of Pearls and Swine, by the way. Their sunglasses are so over-the-top fantastic it was hard to choose which one to show you. These glasses really spoke to my love of beads.

Spider Web Sunglasses from Cremated Equal

This pair of sunglasses is probably more my style for everyday wear. They're cute without causing chaos.

Moon Eyeglass Chain Holder from Anamnesis Syndrome

Perhaps if I had a chain to hold my sunglasses I wouldn't lose them so often? Probably not.

Beaded Skeleton Hands Glasses Chain from Chains4Frames

The Original Coffin Sunglasses Case from The Dark Alley

This sunglasses case come in a variety of fabrics. Isn't it sweet? You can even get a matching tote back in this shop.

Leather Skull Glasses Case from XProjeX

This case comes in black or red leather. There are also lots of other great goth leather products in this shop including hair barrettes.

The hunt continues for a new pair of sunglasses that I can put my prescription in, but I'm still thinking about those Rococo sunglasses for poolside.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

My Fingers Took A Walk

Sometimes I think I've seen all there is to see in Halloween art and I pause for a bit, but yesterday I let my fingers stroll through Etsy and, as always, a few things caught my eye. You see I've been writing this blog on Halloween art somewhere between "It couldn't have been that long ago" and "Forever." My eyes sometimes start to glaze over when I look at one pumpkin too many. The truth is though, I love pumpkins! 

I'm reading a book right now called Improv Wisdom and the author has thirteen maxims for living a better life. Last night I read about the fifth maxim: Be Average and one of the things the author said was to forget about thinking outside the box. Instead look more deeply at what is inside the box. I'm paraphrasing, but it was one of those aha moments for me. 

That's a long explanation for letting you know that posts may be further between, but I still like what is inside the box. So, let's take a look at what I found in my box last night.

Eyeball Flip Up Sunglasses from hitekdesigns

This pair of sunglasses made my jaw drop! The eyeball portion actually flips up to reveal dark lenses. I have no idea what I'd do with these, but I want them.

Cats and Pumpkins Lithograph by John A. Knudsen

Did I actually say my eyes glaze over with too many pumpkins? Impossible! I love this bright, busy print of cats and pumpkins in a city setting. Need it- it may become a birthday gift to myself.

Skull Acrylic Painting from The Sacred Trust

No, you can't have too many images of skulls. What immediately caught my eye about this painting was the metallic gold background. I'm a sucker for shiny things.

Beaded Skull Brooch from Korzhev Embroidery

Again, what's not to love about a skull? Especially one who says "Death be damn! I'm still smoking a cigarette"

I think this is fantastic! As some of you already know, my heart flutters at the appearance of disembodied hands.

That's it for now. I'm sure I'll have more things to show you from inside my box next week.
 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

My Spooky Agenda April 21::27

I don't have any Halloween artists to show you today, but that doesn't mean I'm not feeling spooky! Here's my agenda for the week.






Monday, April 12, 2021

Rings that Evoke Dark Shadows

I loved watching the tv series Dark Shadows. I watched it just a bit as a kid, but it was too scary for me- I hid behind the chair and peered around it. When I rewatched it as an adult, I loved it even more. It was campy and spooky all at the same time. I'm thinking about Dark Shadows because this Wednesday marks nine years since Jonathan Frid, the actor who played Barnabas Collins, died. In honor of Frid and Dark Shadows I decided to look for some rings that evoke the mood of the show.

Gothic Arch Ring from Craeven

Coffin Skull Ring from Rock Flower Studio BVA

Bat Ring from AF Jewelry Studio

Coffin Ring from Metal Crow

Cemetery Ring from Whitelake Jewelry

Now head over to YouTube and find an episode of Dark Shadows to watch.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Gothic Garden

Spring is finally here and it's one of my favorite times of the year. I love see things come back from the dead. I enjoy gardening (in the shade of course) and like to include as much garden art as possible because it take your eye off the weeds. You see, my gardening style tends to run towards the abandoned cemetery look. I've even considered adding some headstones. I found some garden art that I might put in my garden. Maybe you'll like it too.

Gargoyle Fence Post Cap from Postcapman

Ghost Fence Post Cap from Postcapman

Spider and Web Suncatcher from Inari Glass Studio

Spider and Web Plant Hanger from Great Day 4 Upcycling

Succulent Skull Pot from Alfiggery

 
Even if you don't have a garden to play in perhaps you can bring a little Gothic garden inside.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Gorey-esque

I'm thinking about Edward Gorey this week. He died on April 15, 2000. (note: um, I just realized this is March, not April, but let's go with it anyway.) I don't know anyone who doesn't appreciate Gorey's macabre drawings- so whimspookal. His little books are a delight to read over and over again and someday (when I win the lottery) I'll start buying first editions.  Many have been inspired by Gorey and this week I have some art to show you that is Gorey-esque. By the way, if you haven't read Born to be Poshumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery, well, what are you waiting for?

Serpent Illustration Print from James McPhee Art

Original Drawing, Spring Thaw by Landis Blair

Edward Gorey Shadow Box from Creepy Christine

Gorey Inspired Holiday Card- customized for your family from Epic On Demand
Personalized Gashlycrumb Tinies Drawing from Epic On Demand
Personalized Gorey Style Family Portrait from Katkaland Shop

Edward Gorey At Home print from Vivstrauss

The thing I find most lovable about Gorey is the way he fantasized the macabre but lived a quiet life at home with his cats. Something we can all aspire to.

You can also read about the time I visited the exhibit Gorey's Worlds in Hartford, CT or the Tiger Lillies' album about Edward Gorey to find out a little bit more about him.