Saturday, May 28, 2016

Welcome to May Monster Madness 2016!

Hello and welcome to the 5th annual May Monster Madness blog party! (Which is usually hosted by Annie Walls, but I'm keeping her seat toasty until she resumes hosting duties in 2017.) Thank you to Magaly Guerrero, Holly's Horrorland, Maynard's Horror Movie Diary, and Not This Time, Nayland Smith blogs for generously offering to assist me in this task. And thank you also to the bloggers who signed up to participate in this year's May Monster Madness. I'm looking forward to seeing all your monster-y posts and hope that everyone will try and get around to visit with the other participants over the course of the weekend festivities.


I love all kinds of monsters, but I was once again inspired by my beloved Addamses for this year's MMM. One of the many things I adored about the sixties incarnation of The Addams Family was the way the show utilized irony. The Addamses may have been peculiar and macabre, but they were also unwaveringly decent, honorable, tolerant, and generous. The so-called normal, upstanding citizens, however, who regularly crossed paths with the Addams clan were invariably judgmental, rude, opportunistic, and dishonest. This paradox was amplified in the case of the family's resident "monsters", Cousin Itt and Thing, who were never anything other than benign and helpful, and yet the mere sight of them would send visitors screaming for the exit.

Just recently I have begun teaching myself needle felt sculpting, so to celebrate the monster-y madness of the Addams household, I made a Cousin Itt.


If you would like an opportunity to win Cousin Itt, just comment below with, "You rang?" (Please note that Cousin Itt is a decorative piece designed for display. He is not a toy and not suitable for young children.)

If you would also like to win one of five, "Black is such a happy color.", fridge magnets, just comment below with, "Happy".

As always, I will assign a number to each comment in the order that they are left and the winner will be chosen via the RANDOM.ORG Random Number Generator. Please make sure you leave me some way to contact you. This giveaway is open internationally. Entries close on Tuesday, May 31st, at 11:00 p.m. US Eastern Daylight Time.

PARTY-GOERS

Little Gothic Horrors
Magaly Guerrero
Something wicKED this way comes...
The Curious Professor Z
Holly's Horrorland
She Who Seeks
It Came From The Man Cave!
Maynard's Horror Movie Diary
Little Corp Goth Girl
Goth Gardening
The Walrus Room
Winter Moon
Hallowe'en Ornie SAL Blog
Writer on Wheels
Kara's Creations
Dream in Darkness
Gina
MonsterMartha
MagicLoveCrow
Not This Time, Nayland Smith
Kestril's Rhythms and Groove
Witchery Grove
Dr. Theda's Crypt


Thank you for visiting! Happy May Monster Madness!!

The giveaway is now closed! Winners will be announced soon!!



77 comments:

  1. Have a bit of a bad go of things at present... Nice Addams post, dear Lady Emma...
    Hello from Marshville...

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    1. Sorry to hear that Dr. Theda! Hope you're okay!

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  2. So happy to be apart of this.

    You rang.

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    1. So happy you joined the party, MonsterMartha! :)

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  3. Thank you for inviting me to the party 😊

    I love your Cousin Itt, you're so creative! ♥

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    1. Aww... Thank you, Yvonne! ♥ And speaking of creative... I loved your post!!

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  4. My post is up and ready for party goers!
    http://halloweenorniesal.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/may-monster-madness-ball.html
    I love your Cousin It, by coincidence "You Rang" is how I answer the door when my son comes home and rings the bell!
    The fridge magnet would also make me very happy!

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    1. Haha. Brilliant! Only the very best kind of mothers answer the door with "You rang?!"

      Thanks so much for participating in MMM! I loved your cross stitch!!

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  5. You rang?

    Thank you for hosting this! I was looking for inspiration for my next blog post. Your cousing Itt looks absolutely adorable!

    And I would be very happy to receive a fridge magnet too ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for participating in MMM, Kara!

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  6. So "Happy" taking part for your awesome party. Glad "You Rang" these fabulous creative monster makers together, :=). (I'm in team Dream in Darkness)

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    1. I've loved all the fab MMM posts! Thanks so much for joining!!

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  7. Hey, "you rang"? Well, that makes me "happy"! ^^

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  8. You rang? I'm Happy.

    I need to dig out the classic Addams family to watch with the kids. I think they'd both love it.

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    1. Haha. Thanks for participating, Rommy! I loved your story! (I always love your stories!)

      I bought 'The Addams Family' TV series DVDs when my son James was 14 and he absolutely loved them! :)

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  9. You rang? Gomez is my soul mate. Happy!

    Debbi Decker (Crazed Poppet Creations)

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  10. Oh, your felted Cousin Itt is just adorable, LOL! I've always loved Morticia and Gomez -- the perfect couple! Thanks for being the blog party host -- I'm looking forward to visiting all the other partygoers. You rang? Happy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Debra! Thanks for participating! Loved you Bride post!!

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  11. "You rang?" Indeed! I dig Itt! The Addams make me so Happy!

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    1. Thanks for helping to spread the word, Holly! Love your post and thanks for being a part of MMM!

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  12. So awesome ! I just saw a post on fb about MMM i see the deadline for the post is today !! So ill try to see if i can come up with something
    Btw ... Happy and you rang ? Hehe

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by the party, Claudia! :)

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  13. Ello! Sorry I'm late, as I just finished reading through this bootiful postie. Thanks soooo much for hosting this awesome and rad event, and Holly....thank YOU for being an awesome co-host my dear! "You rang?" Well I'm "Happy!" :) <3 xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much for participating, Ladan, and being so wonderful about spreading the word! ♥

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    2. Thank YOU too my beautiful friend! Looking forward to next year's MMM! Much love <3

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  14. “You rang?” Of course you did. And yes, that was me shrieking with “Happy” delight. I mean, who doesn’t get all pleasantly noisy at the sight of handsome Cousin Itt? You did such a great job, Emma. I’m so jealous.

    And I completely agree. The world is full of human creeps, who are always doing their best to discredit honest monsters. ♥

    Party!

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    1. Thank you, my lovely! ♥ :D And thanks so much for helping me to get the word out about MMM! xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon! And thank you for dropping by the party!

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  16. First and foremost: YOU RANG? Secondly, thanks for hosting again this year. You know how much I look forward to this blog party every year! Thirdly, OH SMOKES!!! I love your Cousin It. LOVE! :)

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    1. Aww... Thank you so much, Professor!! ♥ Thanks for participating and I loved your post! (I intend to watch that movie, by the way!)

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  17. We have visited each... (sorry there were so few this year )... But it seems to have been an enjoyable one...

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    1. Thanks so much for all your support, Dr. Theda!

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    2. Glad to help any way that we can, dear Lady Emma...
      And a Happy belated (May 24th) Blog Anniversary.

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  18. I have hopped! I have commented on each one that allowed comments.
    I'll pop back tomorrow to catch up on the people on a later timezone to me, I am sure the US will be posting throughout my night.
    Thanks for organising, I do a few Hops each year and I know how much work goes into each one.
    Thank you also to the people who left comments on the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL Blog. Several of you are "no-reply" people so I can't respond but we did appreciate all the comments left for us.

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    1. Thank you, Jo! I really appreciate you participating and I LOVED all the beautiful monster-y cross stitch pieces on your blog.

      The time zones are always a pain in the butt when coordinating one of these hops. ;D Hopefully, having the entire weekend will give everyone time to post and mingle.

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  19. I love this Monster Madness every year Emma! ♥♥ Your Cousin Itt is just so delightful...you are amazingly creative!

    I found your thoughts about the Addams Family very touching and true - I would love to have had them as friends/neighbours!! xox

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    1. Thank you so much, Siobhan!! ♥ xo

      Yes, the world would actually be a much better place if everyone stopped to think, "What would the Addams Family do?!"

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  20. "You rang?" Thank you everyone for hosting this event. I will be publishing my post shortly

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  21. Thank you Emma for hosting this years Monster Madness, I've had a ball. I hope to get around everyone by tomorrow. I love the Adams family antics and they always seemed so much friendlier than their human neighbours. Your Itt is wonderful and I'm so "Happy" to help celebrate our friendly monsters as "You rang?" the news out.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jane! I really appreciate you participating and loved your Doctor Who-themed post!!

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  22. You rang?

    Oh my! This blog hop really reminded me how much of an amazing community we have here! :) I love your post - original Addams family is an absolute favourite - and your cousin Iit is so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sary Walrus! Yes, it is a pretty great community, isn't it!! :)

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  23. How am I just discovering your wonderful blog now! Sheesh, I must live under a rock <3

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  24. You rang? I love this it so adorable, and it makes me so "happy"!

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    1. Thank you for coming to the party, Desta! :)

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  25. "You Rang" and made me "Happy" :D...and now you have shown me a new skill I must try for Cousin Itt is just spectacular! Thank you for hosting this year, we woud have missed a rare treat indeed :D XXX

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    1. Thank you, Gina! ♥ And thanks for joining the party. It wouldn't be the same without a new installment of the Moon Daisies!!

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  26. Hi Emma
    I'm finally getting around to the party! I love your post about the "irony" of the Addams Family! Very true!
    You always make me so "Happy"!!!!!
    Oh, "You Rang"? LOL!
    Big Hugs! Thank you for hosting this year!

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    1. Thank you, lovely! ♥ I'm so glad you were able to join the party!!

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  27. Here's my post, finally, Emma! I hope you like it. :)

    http://notthistimenaylandsmith.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/may-monster-madness-2016-in-b-movies_29.html

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  28. Loved Kara's cookies, but couldn't see where to comment XXX

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  29. You rang, Emma?...Again. I forgot to include this in my above comment. Perhaps the fact that it was 3:00 in the morning had something to do with it. Haha! I was Happy to get the post done though, even if the hour was late.

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    1. Sorry about the lack of sleep, Chris, but your posts were great! :D

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  30. Happy MMM, Emma!'It' is amazing, but I will only join the "happy" draw this time!

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  31. You Rang?
    Love the Addamses...you did such a great job!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by the festivites, Mama Zen! :)

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  33. The magnets would make anyone 'HAPPY' Emma :) so sorry I didn't get to join in the monster mayham BUT now I am back and of course need to get me some monster goodness by checking out the posts ;) I love you summarising why we LOVE the perfect Addams, their qualities, not to mention black wardrobe wear, make them a family to aspire too :)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, Shelle! I know it's hard to keep up with all the blog hops and challenges. I'm particularly blown away by you guys who do the 29 Faces Art Challenge... You must be well and truly ready for a gin and a lie down at the end of that one!!! ;D

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  34. Cousin Itt is so cute!!!

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