Friday, August 18, 2017

Vintage Halloween With A Modern Twist

I've never really collected vintage Halloween items because they are usually beyond my budget. But I do like the sweet symbols of Halloween from years past. They put the glee in my shivers.

Artists Ryan and Erica must have the same love of vintage Halloween. Their shop Witch House Design looks to the past to create new collectibles with bright colors and a certain quirkiness to give them a modern look. The team makes 3-D printed collectable toys and paper ephemera.

Valentine Witch Toy on Wheels
Halloween Jointed Paper Devil
Haunted House on Wheels
Scaredy Cat Art Doll
Halloween Die Cuts
Hockey Mask Killer Toy on Wheels

Witch House Design has shops on Etsy and Threadless. You should pay a visit to them both.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pins for Horror Fans

I really haven't delved into the horror manga series that are widely available these days. I feel like for me to catch up would be a big project- maybe that's what I'll do in the miserable season this winter. My interest has risen after seeing the hand-drawn pins by Corissa Colamartini. She has several eerie pins from the series Uzumaki which is a story about a town plagued with a supernatural curse involving spirals. They look really awesome, but I would hate to be wearing one and not be able to explain what it is. Fortunately Colamartini has other pins that I can explain. Her shop is called The Tamerlane.

Uzumaki Manga Series
Tomie Manga Series
Slug Girl
Fortune Teller
Boris and Natasha
Spy vs Spy
Psychedelic Bootleg Bart
There are lots more just like this in the shop. Go take a peek.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Creepy-Good Monster Props

Was it my imagination or was there a touch of Fall in the air this morning? When I looked out the window a thick fog hung over the yard. An overgrown bush looked like a person hiding behind a tree. I think I've got Halloween Fever.  Let's focus on a shop that came make your creepy dreams come true.

Little Shop of Horrors is where Rev. Chuck Jarman sells his handmade monster props. They're  molded from plastic resin and are hand painted to scare the hell out of you. I love that the monster busts come with a stand for display. Looking in Jarman's shop just sends my mind in all sorts of spooky decorating directions.

Land of the Lost Sleestack Bust
4ft Posable Frankenstein Monster
Nosferatu Bust
6 ft Zombie Corpse
John Carpenter's The Thing Bust
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things Bust
You're going to have to thaw out your credit card that you keep in a block of ice in the freezer for these, but it will be well worth it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Obsessed with Archetypes and Tales

The jewelry from Persephone's Bijoux first caught my eye because of the beautiful colors, but I also fell in love with the magical images.  Self-taught jeweler, Jhone, describes herself as being obsessed with archetypes and tales and the imagery in her jewelry is filled with myth, magic, and romance. This is jewelry that any woman of mystery would want to wear.

Mystic Eye Necklace and Earring Set
Carnivale Tarot Necklace
Heart in Hand Masonic Symbol Earrings
Edgar Poe Earrings
Ex Voto Sacred Heart Necklaces
Gomez and Morticia Earrings
Jhone also sells some beautiful peacock colored tassel earrings that you should take a peek at in her shop. You'll love the color.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ghoulish Art Dolls

The ghoulish dolls from Alison Jackson are anything but frightening. Jackson's art dolls are on the whimspookal side of scary. Each is lovingly sewn from cloth with hand-painted details. You can purchase Jackson dolls at Honey Pot Creations.

Eyeball Doll
Bird Man
Grim Santa
Mad Scientist
Voodoo Art Doll
If you see something you like and want to tweak it a bit, contact Jackson. She's happy to make custom dolls.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Gothic Expressionistic Style

Wikipedia says that New Gothic is a contemporary art movement that emphasizes darkness and horror. I hadn't heard this term, I'm embarrassed to admit, until artist Shelley Jamaine described her work as New Gothic Expressionistic. Well, I'm happy to have a name for the rise in spooky art I've been seeing over the last several years.

But let's talk about Shelley Jamaine. I saw her paintings and my jaw dropped. No sound came out, but that's because I had just put a cookie in my mouth. It's a weird juxtaposition that I love dark art and a macabre atmosphere and also love- absolutely love- vibrant color. My house is filled with color.  I get Jamaine. Her use of color is psychedelic and yet her imagery is full of skulls and ectoplasm-like swirls. Why does the afterlife have to be dark and cold? Jamaine shows it's full of energy- bright, beautiful energy.

Purchase her work at Shelley Jamaine Art.

New Gothic Psychedelic Series
Abstract Mexican Folk Painting Series
Abstract Mexican Folk Painting Series
New Gothic Psychedelic Series
Creepy Forest
Mexican Day of the Dead

I feel like a kid in a candy shop with five dollars. Jamaine's art makes me so happy! She is also selling her work at Folksy (another new one for me).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Halloween Glass Collection

I have a collection of vintage, opaque, orange and black glass, serving dishes that I have been growing piece by piece over many years. Until recently it lived in my kitchen cupboards.  I was in the mood to switch things up in the house and decided to move them out into the open and now they live in an IKEA bookshelf that had been holding my Halloween art.

I tried to do some research for you on the history of my opaque, orange glassware and came up with very little after an hour on Google. My best guess is that was made in the 1940s and was a knock-off of the very collectable Czech Tango glassware. It is molded- not blown glass and the black portions are sometimes painted on rather than black glass. Some of my pieces look like the orange is reverse painted. There are no maker's marks on any of the pieces.  All this means is that the pieces I collect range from $10 to $40 dollars as opposed to $200 and above for Tango glass. That doesn't mean it's easy to find however. I don't come upon it that often.

Most of my black glass collection is a knock-off of Amethyst glass which looks black, but when held up to the light is actually a dark purple. Again, my opaque black pieces cost under $40. I love my inexpensive collection because I can use it rather than putting it behind a velvet rope in a cabinet under special light. It gets pulled out every Halloween to be used as serving pieces. I have collected enough small lunch plates from tag sales, flea markets, and antique shops to feed hors d'oeuvres to a party of 30. So much nicer than printed paper plates, don't you think?

I display some of my collection along with my spooky books and small Halloween art objects. I like how it looks and am sharing it with you today. If anyone knows the history behind the orange glass, I'd love to know it. Send me a message.

I have a new piece that hasn't found a permanent home yet because the cabinet is full! I guess it will end up in the cupboard with the rest of the collection until I can figure out a way to display it all.

Such are the woes of a collector.