Monday, October 26, 2009

Project: (my soon to be) SpOoKy, Hanging Tree


I am sure you've all heard/read this before. For those of you who may not know... I have a serious fascination with trees.
Can we say fetish??? Sort of, although it's more of an obsession, fixation, a passion... you get the idea.

Mostly, I seem to collect feather trees and I have lost count of how many I own. I also made a few black, faux feather trees this year from scratch - but you'd know that if you read my blog.

Anyhow, I am now in the midst of making a (soon to be) SpOoKy, hanging tree. The subsequent making of this tree was inspired in part by a future event, umm... no I don't see into the future, but I do plan ahead.

The other source inspiration for this tree is the simple fact that I do tend to make a lot of Halloween ornaments throughout the year. I also tend to spend far too many hours using Photoshop to wipe out the backgrounds of the majority of my pictures.

Sure my photos may look pretty good, but I find I spend about 6 hours (per set of listings) between the picture taking, editing, uploading to Photobucket, pasting html code, testing the code and then uploading an auction template to eBay to be too much time wasted... I'd rather be sculpting!!! Honestly, I would!

Pictured above is the start of my time saving tree. This large tree, once it's completed will become the backdrop for every Halloween themed ornament or hanging candy container I make this year and next.

The branches are not yet attached, so it looks a bit odd. The tree base/trunk is still drying. (I started making the tree yesterday afternoon.) It does not look especially SpOoKy either... that's because it does not have it's facial features hollowed out and sculpted. It will have paper inserts for the eyes and mouth, a tree branch for it's nose. The tree is/will be hollow and I will light this baby up... provided I can get the branches to attach/adhere properly to the trunk... I don't think it'll be an issue.

I hope you'll stay tuned as I continue to make progress on my SpOoKy, hanging tree. ~ Lori

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Paper Lanterns... fun little treats for your Halloween tree

A HUGE thank you to Allison who bought several sets of my Halloween paper lanterns and generously sent me a few pics of them on her tree, both lit and unlit.

I also spy a few of my other papier mache ornaments she purchased this year too.

Oh and she also found some really awesome tealights that turn off when you blow on them! How cool is that?? Pretty darn cool, hope I can find them here too. ~ Lori










Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Len Bentham of Happy Holidays is having a blog a sale & giveaway

If you like vintage style Halloween candy containers, rattles and ornaments please take a moment and stop by HAPPY HOLIDAYS to see what goodies Len currently has up for grabs.  

Many of Len's ooak ~ hand cast, composition Autumn and Halloween themed pieces are enhanced with multiple layers of paint, origami papers, vintage trims and millinery supplies. 

At the end of his week long sales event there's a giveaway, so please be sure to stop in and say "hello". ~ Lori



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Halloween Party Giveaway!

Thank you to all who stopped by to enter the giveaway.
The Winner is Caroline YAY!!! Please drop me a note and I'll get the tags mailed out to you asap.









































As promised I have assembled a set of 7 of my Vintage Style Halloween tags/ornaments as my contribution to the Halloween Blog Party.

Please leave a comment below this post to enter the giveaway. One winner's name will be drawn on Saturday, October 24th.

Please head back to the party! ~ Lori

Halloween Party Pooper... just temporarily!

My sincere apologies for not being able to participate in the party (right from the get go.)
I am really bummed because Halloween is my absolute favourite of all holidays!!
But alas our son is feeling very poorly and I haven't had time these past few days to get much party prep done.

I promise I will get a few Halloween goodies assembled and posted for a give-away a little later today! ~ I will keep the post up for the entire week and draw names next Saturday, October 24th!

For now, please hop back over to Vanessa's blog to enjoy more of the festivities!
 ~ Lori

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ornament SALE tonight ~ Tricks and Treats Blog

I am having a HALLOWEEN Ornament Sale tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST on my Tricks and Treats blog. I hope you'll pop over for a peek!

4 treat bucket head ornaments with vintage chenille arms and legs - skelly, pumpkin, black cat and turnip.
3 small treat buckets - one pumpkin, and 2 watermelons.
7 sets of vintage style "Tree" lanterns that hold tea lights - skellies, devils, trees, striped yellow and green melons, pumpkins, black cats.
and lastly there are
7 sets of miniature vintage style "Tree" lanterns - they do NOT hold tea lights - skellies, pumpkins, striped yellow and green melons, black cats and devils.


** Please note: All items do not include shipping costs. Airmail shipping costs can be combined for multiple purchases (Actual shipping cost.) All items will be invoiced through PayPal.


Have a great night! ~ Lori

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tea, sad sacks and a nice large Jack!

After a day wrought with very bad weather and a power outage I managed to get a few new items scheduled to start on eBay at 9:00 pm EST tonight.

A couple of the pieces being listed this evening are currently featured in The Fall issue of Celebrate365.
One of them is the large Jack O' Lantern, (Great for lighting and will hold a ton of candy) the second is a vintage style Halloween teapot (Lots of fun! - It can be illuminated and can hold candy too) ~ The Jack is pictured below.



















The newest series of papier mache figures I have been working on, and that will debut tonight are called "Sad Sacks". The premise behind them ~ It seems all of these poor little waifs have dressed up for All Hollow's Eve, but have somehow missed it! ~ A sneak peek of one (a black pumpkin) is pictured below.






















That's all for now, hope you have a great week! ~ Lori

Monday, October 5, 2009

Prim and Whimsy Girls give-away















I am so pleased to be included in this month's Halloween themed Prim and Whimsy Girls give-away. Sorry, I'm a little late in posting this to my blog.

I am giving away two separate sets of four Vintage style Halloween tags and ornaments. They are hand made (by me) and hand pieced from layers of card stock. There are two fully articulated tags included in each set, one of a pumpkin man, the other a cat dancer. I'll include a pic below of one of the sets.

In order to be entered into the give-away drawing you'll need to stop by the Prim and Whimsy Girls site by clicking the link above. Please leave your comment on the site for your chance to win one of the many wonderful Halloween goodies being featured. ~ Lori