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Halloween Countdown: Link Treat Bag, Part 1

Posted in comics, craft, decoration, halloween, home, horror, monsters, retro, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I always gather months worth of Halloween items to post, and am unable to fit them all in by the time the big day rolls around. So here are a bunch of assorted goodies!

INCREDIBLE “Crash Landing” Lawn Decorations
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Gorgeous Miniature Halloween Village
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Giant LEGO Vampire
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The Muppets Holiday Haunt Book
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Handmade Macabre Shadow Boxes (Thanks for the submission, Janice!)
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Haunted Halloween Appetizer Plates
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Giant Skull Chair (Thanks, Colleen!)
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And a perfect zombie pumpkin by Ray Villafane.
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Halloween Countdown: DIY Bat Mobile

Posted in craft, decoration, halloween, home with tags , , , on October 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I didn’t realize I had a few bat posts back to back in my draft folder! We’re so used to seeing “Batmobile” in reference to our favorite winged crime fighter, that we tend to forget about the bat mobiles. Here is a handmade one for the home, of rather epic proportions.

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I admire the patience and effort that went into the construction. It was made with sewing frames, acrylic paint, thin sheets of compressed foam, string, fishing line, and electrical tape. Well done!

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Some other decorations were also featured in this post.

Halloween Countdown: Haunted Overload

Posted in decoration, exhibits, halloween with tags , , on October 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I just got engrossed in Haunted Overload for too long. It is an attraction filled with beautifully wicked things to look at, and their use of ambient lighting perfectly compliments the props and scenery.

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From the Haunted Overload mission statement:
Haunted Overload is simply one of the most creative and unique haunted attractions in New England. Now located on the DeMeritt Hill Farm on Route 155 in Lee NH. The show has twice been voted one of the top 13 haunted attractions in the country.
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Focusing on quality, we are committed to giving the customer the ultimate Halloween experience at an affordable price. Nowhere else can you see huge monsters looming over the crowd, some as tall as 34 feet. The authentic farm location provides the perfect backdrop for the hundreds of lighted pumpkins and movie quality sets.
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The haunt is changed and expanded each year to give the patron something new and exciting to experience.
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Has anyone visited?

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Halloween Countdown: Roger’s Gardens

Posted in decoration, halloween, home with tags , , on October 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Those located near Orange Country might want to check out the unique Halloween display at Roger’s Gardens.

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It almost feels as it one is exploring the craft supply shelves of a witch (who has mild OCD and arranges everything neatly), somewhere in an old mansion.
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Classy, indeed.
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I adore the antique style decor…
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The trailer (yes, the display has a trailer!) is even more impressive!

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Halloween Countdown: Williams-Sonoma Skellie Toile

Posted in anatomy, decoration, halloween, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , on October 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Williams-Sonoma Skellie Toile collection is reminiscent of vintage anatomical textbook illustrations.

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Given my predilection for anything that makes me feel as if I’m either in a museum or studying something that belongs in a museum…I’d give these items a spot in my home all year long.
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Now this is an apron I could cook in.
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Skellie Toile

Halloween Countdown: A Fanciful Twist

Posted in decoration, halloween, photography with tags , , on October 2, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start this countdown with some delicious eye candy. A Fanciful Twist has Halloween decorations and still life photography that make me MELT into the feeling of the season.

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Oh these lush displays…the magical realism…
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I’m tremendously inspired with home decor ideas.
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Every surface, every nook is filled with interesting things to look at.
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Step into this enchanted world here.

Cardiac Wallpaper

Posted in anatomy, decoration, home with tags , , on July 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve never considered patterned wallpaper before (my environment tends to be a little “busy” with books and odd trinkets cluttering every free space, so it seemed a touch overstimulating to add designs to the mix). But I’m sold on this Cardiac Wallpaper.

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I think this looks lovely. We’ve all heard the expression “If those walls could talk…” The hell with talking; I’d like my walls to rhythmically beat.

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Cardiac Wallpaper
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Retro Atomic Sci-Fi Kitchen

Posted in craft, decoration, home, retro, retrofuturism, sci-fi with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Ceramic artist LuRu’s Retro Atomic Sci-Fi Kitchen is a truly awesome, completely handmade renovation.

Look at these incredible tiles!
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Despite working with a small space, LuRu really rocked this theme. There’s even a sci-fi “stovescape!”
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Yep…I’m completely in love with this tiling.
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See many more pictures here.

The Mini Tree of Horrors

Posted in christmas, Dana projects, decoration, monsters, tribute with tags , , , , on December 25, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Last Christmas I was home alone in a neck brace with a bizarre 6 month case of severe laryngitis so I couldn’t speak. But I ate a whole box of my favorite cookies ever (see below) and a LOT of bacon…so that was a nice little party for one!

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At the start of the year I went to LA to stay with my father, presumably for a couple of weeks to get my seriously deteriorating health in order. As the universe would have it, I was slated for unimaginable medical horrors in 2013 (many of which I’ve referred to in this blog)…and I’m still here in LA, very slowly but surely rebounding from what the doctors deemed “incurable.”

While my heart aches for the bygone days of constant holiday crafting, baking, decorating and spoiling the hell out of my love ones (and I will do all of the above again one day)… I can find immense joy and hope in the fact that I am still alive with a wonderful little family and group of supportive friends. I’ve had a few tiny miracles, indeed.

We always spend Christmas in New York, so we have no decorations in this apartment. I’m not quite recovered enough to get out or have visitors yet, so it will just be my father and me this Christmas. But I was determined to do something special, so we got a cozy little table top tree. The mad influx of medical bills inspired me to decorate it for under $5.

I chose to make a tribute to the countless days my dad and I spent watching old sci-fi and horror together throughout my life. We still do it, and it is something I treasure immeasurably.

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How many familiar faces can you spot?

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Thank you all for reading this blog, and for your support this year. I miss my family and friends terribly. Although I can’t participate in festivities yet, it is a special year because I still…exist (how MAGICAL!)! I wish you all an amazing holiday season.

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Desktop Goodies 12/23

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, christmas, comics, decoration, horror, photography, retrofuturism, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

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By my talented friend Andy:
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