Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The newest character to join the cast

is this rather stick figure looking Mystic Oracle. Was she my own idea? Hardly. I shamelessly plead no-contest unoriginality, your Honor. I can think of a few fantastic fortune teller character props around; the talented Mr Macabre comes to mind immediately.

I'm really winging the process of building her body. Stuck a baggy sweatshirt on her and duct taped it to the chair- sloppy yes, but it will be well covered. Now I'm attempting to distribute crumpled newspaper through the shirt, and will cinch it by wrapping 'round with more duct tape. Then, in theory we sould be able to dress her, attach hands, head (originally Witch Gartilda, now known as Madame Gartilda), and mesh together with extra cloth mache at the neck and arms. Her legs will be fitted in later, how is yet to be determined. Oh, and her crystal ball?, it's a light fixture salvage from our powder room reno ha!

We spent last weekend trawling the V. V. Boutique (Value Village, for the gauche) looking for her ensemble. Scored some seriously stylin' threads for the seer set! Keep watch for her final reveal. :)

Shake it up, shake it down
Move it in, movie it round, disco lady....

MUCH beter :)

Tonight will be spent on her gnarly hands, which by the way, will be sculpted from Michael's Creative Paperclay knock-off, Artminds Clay Mache. It's sticky, and makes my hands smell like marshmallows in a bad way, and generally makes me cranky. Boo on you, Michael's!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Urgent Memo for Sean Thomas Fisher- take precaution against Bad Actors NOW!!!

OMG I knew it I knew it I knew it!!!! All the proof is right here:

a)  I found this on ebay, so it HAS to be legit.
b)  He owned the LaLaurie house in New Orleans- aka America's 'Most Haunted House'- well it would be, with his netherworld friends dropping by and stuff.
c) Have you seen his son, Weston?... HELLO... def zombie!!! 
d) Ghost Rider? NOT ACTING!

Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like
Nick Cage. Personally, I believe it's him and that he is some sort of
walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents
himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might
be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.

This is not a trick photo of any kind and has not been manipulatedin Photoshop or any other graphics program. It's an original photo
of a man who lived in Bristol, TN sometime around the Civil War.

For the many of you insisting that this is a Photoshop manipulation:
Any serious potential buyer will be allowed to have a photo expert
of their choice examine the original photograph before any money
changes hands.

I've had a lot of questions asking where I purchased this. As followers
of my website know, I collect antique memorial photography - 
images of dead people - from the 1800s.  This photo was found in
the very back of album that contained an unusual number of
Civil War era death portraits (which is why I purchased it). All of
the other people in the album, living and dead, were identified 
by name - this man was not.

Photographer is Professor G.B. Smith. A contact of mine forwarded
this interesting article (link) about the photographer, Smith. Turns
out he was a confederate Civil War prisoner of war photographer.

Guaranteed to be an original 1860s-70s photograph and not
a modern reproduction, copy or photo manipulation.

4" x 2.5".
Unevenly trimmed on all sides.
* Items shipped to U.S. addresses are shipped within 1-2 business days.* Items shipped to all international addresses are shipped within 1-4 business days.
* All photos are shipped in photo mailer with cardboard and "Do Not Bend" on outside. Never had a damaged item!
* An option to add insurance will be available - please review your invoice carefully!
rare antique photo photography vintage 1800s victorian famous celebrity

father & son. case closed.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Easy Jack Glow Jars

I wanted to do a craft with my youngest daughter over the summer, so we dug up a dead squirrel and dressed it in Barbie clothes. Since that only lasted five minutes, we moved on to these easy decoupaged jars instead! We'll be hanging twenty of these guys from our cherry tree this year. :)

Simply dig through the recycling box for various sizes and shapes of glass jars. Cut orange tissue paper into squares, and affix with Mod Poge- make sure to brush the paste over top the tissue as well. Paint your Jack face with black acrylic. I'm adding hangers made from armature wire.

All that's left is the lights! I found these super bright led's on ebay (Six Star Sales carries them). They come in a rainbow of colours in single lights, and clusters of 2, 3 and  5. Mine are amber (they actually look less yellow in person).

Way easy, and really effective!