Archive for day of the dead

Halloween Countdown: Los Meurtos Animal Mug Set

Posted in day of the dead, halloween, skulls and skeletons, wish list with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Oooh…I love this Los Meurtos Animal Mug Set!

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Definitely adding that one to the wish list!

Halloween Countdown: Oriental Trading Co.

Posted in day of the dead, decoration, halloween, macabre, skulls and skeletons, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I always like to do an Oriental Trading Co. roundup this time of year. Here are my favorite offerings from the 2016 catalogue.

Zombie Garden Gnome Set
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Big Top Terror Cardboard Stand-Up
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I love all their Day of the Dead offerings. This is the basic design.
Day of the Dead Skull Wall Decoration
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I handmade a version of these years ago. Not your grandma’s die-cuts.
Bloody Weapon Cutouts
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Halloween Roses with Eyeballs
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And if you’re looking for something kid friendly, there are adorable Halloween Owl Favor Boxes
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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies #1

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, bats, cats, comics, craft, day of the dead, dolls, ephemera, halloween, horror, macabre, monsters, photography, sculpture, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Don’t know the origin of this, but I love the extra written touch.
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This kid’s face is not exactly what I’d call “joyful.” At least the trees are happy.
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Awesome.
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A very intricately done Day of the Dead hanging bat!
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This seriously looks like she’s wearing her sister’s skin.
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A little macabre for a greeting, no (that pumpkin is crying actual tears while getting murdered). What’s with the gleeful spectators? Is this some kind of Gladiatorial event for squash and…elves?
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The source said this is a real Victorian postmortem, but I have trouble believing it’s not doctored. Still…maybe the photographer was just really, REALLY late.
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Gorgeous custom Monster High doll!
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I wish this item hadn’t been taken down for sale/display. I would’ve done a feature post on the crafter of this fine wooden witch carving.
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At first it looks like a strange pose, but my black cat Dr. Morbius does this gravity defying move all the time.
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So long kiddies…pleasant dreams…
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Engelmech

Posted in craft, day of the dead, dolls, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on February 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I came across a Flickr stream with some beautiful doll modifications.

Bright and striking Day of the Dead figures…
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A goddess of destruction, here and there.
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A seductive Venus Fly Trap.
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They are even gorgeous while in progress.
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And lastly, my absolute favorite of the bunch. A gorgeous tribal priestess? Shamaness?
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She’s hypnotic.
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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies

Posted in advertising, anatomy, art, craft, creatures, day of the dead, ephemera, halloween, horror, monsters, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m in a rush today, and unfortunately do not have time to write the image commentary (which I so thoroughly enjoy) so feel free to chime in!
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Halloween Countdown: Sugar Skull Doll

Posted in body decoration, day of the dead, halloween, makeup with tags , , , on October 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here is a different twist on traditional sugar skull makeup; a well done explosion of pink and plastic.

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Anyone remember those plastic charm necklaces in the 80’s? Those were great. Just sayin’.
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The handmade wig really makes this look.
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Halloween Countdown: Krisztianna

Posted in craft, day of the dead, halloween, sculpture, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , on October 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Krisztianna has a series of Day of the Dead inspired sculptures she calls “Muertitas.” There is one representing each season (and a few others).

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They are all gorgeously blossoming with life, drawing elements from their respective times of the year. The color coordination is lovely.
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She crafts these beauties with styrofoam, paper maché, wire, clay, wood, acrylic, synthetic flowers, twine, pins, glue, sealant, screws, “and lots of love.”
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