Halloween Countdown: Switchin’ Kitten

Posted in animation, cats, halloween with tags , , on October 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I think the fact that this vintage Tom and Jerry short takes place in an archetypal creepy castle on a stormy night, and features a Dr. Frankenstein-esque mad scientist (who incidentally appears to be on both helium and speed) qualifies it as prime Halloween season viewing.


I love a good collection of outlandish lab equipment, and boy does this castle deliver in that department.


Also of note, a brief scene involving a large tome entitled LOVABLE CATS (which is, unfortunately, not in print).

What was your favorite old Halloween cartoon?

Halloween Countdown: Ghost Church

Posted in halloween, installations, undead with tags , , on October 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

St. George’s Church in the Czech Republic, constructed in 1352, has been abandoned since the 1960’s since the locals felt it was a bad omen when the ceiling caved in during a funeral. Yet its pews are populated with shrouded ghostly figures.

Although it would’ve made a great story if these pious undead had appeared spontaneously, they were actually commissioned as an installation.

“The figures represent the ghosts of Sudeten Germans who lived in Lukova before World War Two and who came to pray at this church every Sunday,” says the artist Jakub Hadrava, a third year sculpture student. “I hope to show the world that this place had a past and it was a normal part of everyday life, but that fate has a huge influence on our lives.”

The installation was designed to attract tourism and help garner funds to restore the church. I’d certainly pay a visit if I could.


Halloween Countdown: Gentleman Crow

Posted in craft, creatures, decoration, halloween with tags , , , on October 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I love when readers/fellow bloggers share their own creations with me! Halloween decorations can all start to look the same after a while. The lovely Jori of Shivers of Delight decided to change it up and craft this “Gentleman Crow” to grace her front porch this year.


You can see some in-progress shots and read more about it HERE! You’ll find lots of other spooky goodness on the site as well.

Are you doing any unique decorations?

Halloween Countdown: Top 100 Classic Horror Movies

Posted in film, halloween, horror, monsters, undead with tags , , , , on October 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to this year’s SWS Halloween Countdown! I thought I’d get things going with a fantastic IMDB list of the Top 100 Classic Horror Movies.

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This list covers some excellent classic AND obscure titles, many of which I hope to re-watch this season (I’ve seen about 95 out of 100 on this list, which I’m not sure should be a point of pride or embarrassment…so we’ll call it “alignment with my own passions.”).

How many have you seen? What are your favorites?

Annemarieke Kloosterhof

Posted in anatomy, bugs, craft, paper with tags , , , on September 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Annemarieke Kloosterhof makes gorgeous two and three dimensional paper cutting projects.


Yes, this is paper…


Of particular interest to me is her “Vital” series, in which she “[tries] to capture the essence of the different diseases people struggle with, and the feeling it gives them, hiding amongst the delicate veins are animals and insects to be found, portraying the delicacy of the human body and its vital organs.”

The “invaders” in each organ are not quite visible at first glance, but upon closer inspection they become apparent.


Annemarieke Kloosterhof

Otto Rapp

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on September 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I came across the following macabre yet captivating image by Otto Rapp and fiendishly searched for more.


Many would be quick to associate his work with classic surrealism (which he does cite as an influence), but he balks at the idea of, pardon the pun, being painted into this corner.

He states:
I do not concern myself with the elimination of the rational, the exclusivity of the irrational and the absurd, but presentation of the conscious and subconscious world as an inseparable whole. I draw my inspirations from the layered labyrinth underground which represents the other side of life, which is an inner imaginative-inspirational counterpart to the outer world, expressed with the help of logic-alogic associations, analogisations and symbolism.

His portfolio is teeming with richly detailed paintings and drawings. Have a look.

Otto Rapp

Edith Waddell

Posted in art, skulls and skeletons with tags , on September 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Peruvian born artist Edith Waddell is a painter, illustrator and printmaker who often combines traditional painting with collage and digital work.


Many of her works are brightly colored, tempered with soft pastels…filled with feminine imagery, botanicals and spiritual symbolism.

At times, she employs a kind of beautiful yet unsettling symmetry that makes one feel as if staring at a colorful Rorschach test.

She states:
My goal is to make visible that which is overlooked, confronting the public with the dark and mysterious aspects of their own psyches, emotional struggles, and their relationship with the natural environment. My work is an invitation to make an introspective examination and reflection into our own existence, both physical and spiritual.



Edith Waddell


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