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


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.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Lighten the Miserable Season

The Miserable Season is dragging on and on. This is the hardest time of the season because you know the Lovely Season is coming, but we still have several weeks to go. Fortunately, I appreciate the dark side of life and it's why I find Halloween and Dark art so interesting. This week I have some art pieces that honor the darkness with a light touch.

Heart & Brain Metal Wall Art from Maroon Concept

Mystical Hand-painted Deer Skull from Art Nature Curiosity

The King is Dead Skull Pendant from Phillip Mann Customs

Mosaic Sugar Skull from artpaw

Rustic Gas Can Jack-O'-Lantern from The 5PM Farm

Handmade Cedar Skull Birdhouse from CaveFishBirds

Brighten the Miserable Season with a piece of dark art this week.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Halloween Decor: Vintage Glass Perfection

If you've been following me for awhile, you probably already know that I'm a collector of vintage black amethyst glass and orange Czech glass because they look spectacular for a Halloween dinner party. Most of the pieces I own have come from either the Brimfield Flea Market, Ebay or Etsy, with a few tag sales too. It's so much fun to search for them and find an interesting and inexpensive piece. My collection of orange Czech glass is smaller so I've been looking to add a few pieces. I thought I'd share what I've recently found on Etsy with you.

Orange and Black Compote from Nevermore Antiques

Painted Orange Glass Vase from modernpoetry

Orange Glass Vase with Black Trim from BobandAnnies

Orange and Black Compote from NevermoreAntiques

Art Deco Ceramic Dish from Scowling Owl

Czech Orange and Black Tango Glass from Vintage Retro EU

Vintage Serpentine Vase from Lost Horse Antiques

Orange and Black Glass Candlesticks from ONEOFAKINDBYJJ

Sometimes I use the vases as pumpkin pedestals.  These pieces really do look lovely on a Halloween table- much, much better than paper plates.