Thursday, June 22, 2017

Embroidery Patterns for Spooky People

Today I have some embroidery projects for you that can be completed as a summer project and will allow you to feel good about accomplishing something in the heat. Embroidery doesn't take a lot of energy and as long as the pattern isn't too complicated you can enjoy an adult beverage of your choice while doing it.

Alina Fera has created some embroidery patterns for those inclined to spookiness. Her shop is ALIFERA and the patterns are downloadable so you can start today.

Lavender with Human Heart
Half Cat Skull
Cactus and Skull Planter
Skull Ice Cream Cone
Skull with Coral and Seaweed
These patterns look simple enough for even an embroidery beginner to complete. The thing I like about these is that you don't have to stop once the pattern is finished. You can keep adding details and stitching till summer is gone.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wicked Weathervanes

I stumbled upon weathervane artist David Smith through a painting he did of an approaching storm. I wanted to see what else he was painting and was blown away (pun intended) by his weathervanes. What makes Smith even more interesting is that he never studied art and learned he had a talent for metal art quite by accident. You should read his bio because it's that fascinating- at least it was to me.

Smith sold his first weathervane unexpectedly on Ebay as a way to prove that his art wouldn't sell and he hasn't stopped selling art since. He now sells on Etsy and his shop is DavidCopperSmith.

Dragon Weathervane
Gargoyle Weathervane
Basilisk Rooster Weathervane
Grotesque Garden Sculpture
Griffin Weathervane
Centipede Garden Sculpture
I think Smith's work is stunning. If you'd like to see a weathervane of sorts that he did of our current president, you should hop over to his website. It will give you a chuckle. And, if you're interested in Smith's painting of an approaching storm I'll post it below, but you can see more of his paintings on Etsy.
Tornado Oil Painting

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Voodou Vèvè

I had to look it up, so in fairness, you might not know what a vèvè is either. didn't have it, but good old explained "in Haitian Voodou, geometric drawings that represent the Iwa (spirits)."

Now that we have that out of the way, I'd like to present BlackWaterSiren. This shop is creating the most beautiful Voodou vèvès into pendants and rings. Using sterling silver, copper, bronze, and 14k gold, these pieces are elegant and mysterious. I'm sure they would be great conversation starters.

Ayizan Velekete: Protects markets, public spaces, doors and barriers
La Sirene: Brings creativity, passion, and a driving force
Loko Atison: Spirit of vegetation, guardian of sanctuaries
Marie Laveau: Voodou Queen of New Orleans
Damballah: The Great Master, Creator of the Universe
Baron Samedi: Master of the Dead, known for outrageous behavior
Click on the links to read more about each of the spirits. There are many more available in the shop so browse around and find the perfect Iwa for yourself. It's important to surround yourself with a little magic.

Tiny medals are also available for each of the spirits. A charm bracelet would be amazing.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Decorating the Baby's Room

Tanya Mayers is a whiz at making whimspookal digital art. I'm drawn to her sweet young things with a sinister side. That innocence has bite. You can purchase her work as prints, notebooks, cards, and keychains. Meyers's shop is called HarrietsImaginations.

Vampire & Hummingbird
Lizzie Borden
Goth Girl and Skulls
Bat Girl
Spiders & Goth Girl
Grim Reaper
I think these prints would look awesome in a baby girl's room. The girls in these images are not victims in any sense. They look completely in control of their futures. 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Tiny Witch Stitches

Embroidered pins are the soft-touch alternative to high-tech enameled pins. Just for the record, I like both. Ezgi Danyeli has made a series of witch-themed, embroidered brooches that I like very much. Danyeli has only made the switch to embroidery from beading in the last few years. I can't wait to see where she goes with it. Her shop is called Maluenda Handmade.

Witch on a Broom
Witch with Lantern
Witch with Hat on Broom
Witch's Cauldron
Witchy Pin Set
Black Rose
I think these would look good in an updo hairstyle as well. You could even pin one to your favorite witch hat.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Marie Laveau

Today is the 136th anniversary of New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's death. There's a great deal of mystery around Laveau mainly due to poor record keeping and the fact that she named a few of her daughters Marie. One thing I know is true is that in a time when women of color were relegated to back rooms and ignored at best, Laveau made a name for herself and is still celebrated today. I admire her for that.

In you have the chance to visit New Orleans you'll feel Laveau's presence in the French Quarter. (And really, you must visit New Orleans) True, much of it is hyped-up spookiness, but it's all done with a bit of humor and a great deal of love. Go with the flow and make sure you visit Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on Bourbon Street for some souvenirs. The shop will be packed with tourists, but it's fun to look around. If New Orleans isn't in your plans in the near future, you can shop online. Here are a few of my favorite items.

Marie Laveau Devotional Banner
Blessed Chicken Feet
Marie Laveau Prayer Card with Medal
Ouija / Spirit Cloth
Voodoo Doll
Skull Tullips T-shirt
The shop is filled with fun things. Spend sometime browsing there. At some point today, make a small offering to Laveau. It can't hurt.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Two Sides to Every Artist

If you visit the Deesimagineering shop you'll find an odd juxtaposition of charming portraits of people who could be your family members along with slightly creepy paintings of imagined scenes. What goes on in Deanna Colosimo's head I wonder? Does she struggle with the two sides of her personality? I hope not because both sides are very talented. I'm featuring her darker side today.
Witches Brew Triptych Print
The Story Silkscreen
Fortune Teller Print
Ice Cream Man Print
The Library: Transformation of Education Print
The School of Insane Children Print
Colosimo does custom portraits as well and that's why her shop is filled with pictures of nice, friendly people too. Just so you don't miss out on the fact that these images live side by side there here is a sample of her custom portrait work.

This couple is adorable! I'm considering trying to get Colosimo's two sides to talk to each other by doing a wicked portrait of me and my husband.....

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

A witch just wouldn't be a witch without a cauldron. As soon as you see that big metal pot you start to think of eye of newt and hair of a bat. It's iconic and we should all have one in our collection in some form or other.

Cauldron Incense Burner from OpalStorm
The Leaky Cauldron T-shirt from TheCraftedThreads
Cerridwen Cauldron of Rebirth Plaque from TheWitchChandlery
Cauldron Canvas Bag from AtomicThreadsUK
Cauldron Vinyl Decal from arwendesigns
Cauldron Ear Plugs from ULEKstore
Girl Scout Cauldron Badge from SweetVirgil
Of course, when I see a cauldron the first thing that comes to my mind is Witch Hazel from Bugs Bunny cartoons. I just can't help it.