Friday, March 31, 2017

Macabre Mix

I have an odd mix of macabre items from Etsy I want to share with you today. Typically these are pieces by artists that caught my attention, but for one reason or another didn't get a full post. I still want you to check out their shops though because you may find something you love.

The Hag's Hand Pendant from Raintower
Silver Skull Flower Ring from The Gilded Fish
Graveyards Print from Eyes On Fire Art
Skulls with Wings Silk Scarf from Seda Silks
Realistic Buried Skull Garden Stone from Other Creations
Vintage Never Never Land of Poisonous Plants Coloring Book from Vintage Treasures BB

I don't know about you, but I got paid today and feel the need to do a little shopping. Support artists!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Patches & Pins

The recent explosion of enamel pins for sale makes me wonder what to do with all of them. The problem is I like so many of them and have even bought a few, but I'm not sure where to pin them. They usually don't look right on my office attire, I don't wear hats, and I don't wear vests. Maybe I can turn them into hair ornaments? I'm still working this out.

In the meantime, Seventhfury - The Works of Matthew Johnson is grabbing my attention with a great selection of enamel pins and embroidered patches.

Embroidered Gentleman Patch
Bitey Corn
Knocked Speechless Embroidered Skull Patch
Gold Lightening Skull Enamel Pin
Embroidered Screaming Pumpkin Patch
Scaredy Corn Enamel Pin

Johnson also has some silk screen prints in his shop that I like.

The Pumpkin King Poster
Clandestine Cat Poster
If you like Johnson's style you should hop over to his shop Seventh Ink for t-shirts and art. I'll be looking for places to pin.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Inky Halloween

Andrew LaBarbera is making whimspookal Halloween art that I fancy. His drawings are in pen and ink and capture the mystery of Halloween. Witches and pumpkins fill the page and the intricate lines of the pen add some tension.

His drawing, Ghost Dream, could have come straight from my memory. Did I ever tell you about the time I was falling asleep and heard my door slowly open and when I opened my eyes to see if one of the cats was coming in I saw a dark shadowy figures gliding toward my bed. Yep. Not joking.

LaBarbera's shop is Artwork by LaBarbera. These prints and will keep Halloween (and your nightmares) present for you the entire year.

Ghost Demon
Scarecrow and Crow
Ghost Graveyard
Witches & Pumpkins
Headless Horseman
Of course I'm going to have to purchase a print of Ghost Dream. I hope something tickles your fancy too.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scream-Printed T-Shirts

Ben Parsons is doing it right. He prints his t-shirts by etching a design and using a screen print. I know vinyl printed t-shirts are everywhere, but you can't beat a good old screen print in my opinion. They wear so much better. Parsons says he started printing shirts when his brother moved out and he took over his room for a printing shop- funny.  His designs are simple, bold, and spookalicious.  The shop is called Ben Prints and carries hats, hoodies, and tank tops as well as t-shirts.

Day of the Dead T-shirt
Cat Cross Bones T-shirt
Skull T-shirt
Skull Baseball Raglan Shirt
Skull Baseball Cap
Sins For Days T-shirt
Frank Lives T-shirt
There are lots of great designs in this shop. Make sure you read the "about" section for a special discount if you're going to purchase- and I do encourage that. You'll make Ben's brother feel so much better for moving out if you buy a t-shirt. He'll know it all worked out in the end, and that's what we all want.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Girly with a Dash of Ghoulishness

If you like girly with a dash of ghoulishness then I have just the handbag for you. These little clutches will will make you giggle with a glint of evil in your eye. Each bag is handmade by Emma Ford for her shop Big Daisy Kiss Boutique. Any one of these would be darling with your Lolita Easter outfit.

Anatomy Gothic Clutch Bag
Graveyard Square Clutch Bag
Nightshade Square Clutch
Ouija Clutch Bag
Lovely Bones Clutch Bag
Black Rose Clutch
Ford also has some interesting jewelry in her shop.

Sailor's Grave Terrarium Necklace
Colony Necklace
You can never have too many handbags. I think a collection of these would look great sitting on display in your boudoir. I may be a little too old to carry off girly, but I'll never be too old to carry off ghoulish.

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's Friday - Tie One On

Gentleman, it's time to start thinking about wedding season. No, I'm not asking you to propose to anyone, but you should consider purchasing a new tie - perhaps several ties. After all, you'll probably wear the same suit if you have to go to multiple weddings and wouldn't it be nice to change up the look with a different tie?

Ed's Neckties has some frightfully awesome choices for you. Shop owner Ed Ballesteros was encouraged to make his own ties after noticing the great fabric available when his wife was shopping.  Good for Ed, I say!

Black Skull Necktie
Sugar Skull Necktie
Red Skull Tie
Patriotic Skull Necktie
Skeleton Necktie
You know that deep inside you'd rather wear one of these ties instead of the one your wife or girlfriend picked up for you at Kohls.  Just do it.  And next Christmas, point your family in this direction if they're going to buy you a tie.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Leather Pendants from Edenbee

When I was looking for a mask for the Goblin Ball a few month ago, I came across Eden Bachelder's shop called Edenbee. Bachelder is a Canadian artist who has dabbled in many arts and is focused on mask making for the moment. My attention was drawn to the leather pendants that she creates, but I also like her watercolors. I'm not dismissing her masks; those are lovely too.

Death's Head Moth Pendant
Owl Skeleton
Bat Pendant
Goat Leather Mask
Signed and Matted Print of Black Bird VI
Slinking Wolf Print
Sepia Raven Matted Print
The more I look at that goat mask, the more I love it. I would wear it with a big ballgown. Visit Bachelder's shop for a variety of masks. You can't have too many.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fashionably Frightening Art

Julianna Menna describes herself as a professional painter in Philadelphia who creates "fashionably frightening art." I really like her series of regal bird skulls dressed in period costumes. You can visit Menna's website for a look at her paintings and drawings, and prints can be purchased on Etsy at Julianna Menna Art.

Allison Gross 
The Judge
The Bride
The Lord
The Lady
I must say that these are the tiniest art prints I've ever seen. Most of them are under five inches, but they are also the same size as the actual paintings. They could probably be framed and put in a doll house!