Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Halloween Nevermore Rapport P(oe)arty!

Welcome to my little corner of the Halloween Nevermore Rapport Blog Hop co-hosted by author Annie Walls and Black Heart Reviews.

My contribution to the P(oe)arty is a wee raven. I've been playing around with ideas for Little Gothic Crows for a while now and this hop (as is so often the case) gave me  a deadline to finally get one finished. I'm quite pleased with the way he turned out, so I predict there will be more birdy-making in my future.

After his P(oe)arty duties are over, this little birdy will be flying off to the nest of a friend who has been having a bit of a rough time lately. Hopefully this Raven will help to cheer her up... Evermore! ;)

Thank you for visiting with me and please do head on over to Annie's blog for the list of P(oe)arty links, so that you can mingle with the other P(oe)artygoers.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Delightfully Dark Finds: Arsenic and Old Lace Cross-Stitched

Earlier this year, I wrote about the lovely Laura, from The Little Stitcher, after stumbling across a cross-stitch pattern that she had created of The Addams Family (here).

Well, today I discovered that she has designed a new cross-stitch pattern inspired by one of my favourite movies, Arsenic and Old Lace.

Now, I'm not a cross-stitcher, but if anything is going to inspire me to learn, it's Laura's lovely patterns. Plus, I've always got my cross-stitching mother as back-up.

If you already know how to cross-stitch, or are keen to learn, there are several Halloween themed patterns in The Little Stitcher Etsy shop.

There is also a delightful pattern for a cross-stitch Vintage Witch (pictured left) that you can download for free over on Laura's blog (here).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Witches in Fiction 2014… Crafting Blooming Howls

Welcome to my wee contribution to the Witches in Fiction... Crafting Blooming Howls blog party, hosted by the lovely Magaly Guerrero of Pagan Culture blog.

This was not the post I had originally planned for this blog party, but when our magical hostess, Magaly, sent me the wonderful gift of a vintage novel based on The Addams Family television series a few days ago (here), she also included a bag of lavender in the package. It came with an instruction to have her explain the story behind "the purple stuff".  As it turned out, this was no ordinary "purple stuff". No, indeedy! Magaly had picked it while strolling through... *breathes slowly into a paper bag*... Sleepy Hollow Cemetery! Squeal!

So, realizing that I was in possession of some very, very special "purple stuff", I temporarily set aside the project I was working on and instead made a Little Gothic Heart with red and black damask on one side, and bats on the other. And how does this fit with the witchy theme of this blog party? Well, this Little Gothic Heart is stuffed with lavender that was picked by a witch from arguably the most Halloween-y spot on the planet!

As this was a last minute idea, I was only able to make one heart in time for the hop, but I'm planning on making more and will hopefully do a giveaway down the track. Now, please do head on over to Magaly's blog and mingle with the other partygoers.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

'Tis Near Halloween!

I'm going to try and get the whining out of the way before I get to the fun stuff. I'm so guilty of blog neglect that it's getting ridiculous! I came close to a wee meltdown this morning as I've been feeling very overwhelmed lately. Between work, medical appointments and life/family stuff, I'm being pulled in all directions. For that reason, I need to point out to all the strangers who have been emailing and messaging, asking me to promote their projects, that I'm really sorry, but I just simply don't have the time. Please understand that your request is just one of many (sooooooooo many) that I receive, and even taking the time to read through all the appeals and proposals means I've been neglecting my own work.

One little bit of pressure was relieved recently when my 17 year old son finished the short film he made for a local youth film festival. It's a documentary (with a twist of mockumentary) about his tennis club. Pulling something like this together over the last 6 months wasn't straightforward. He had to schedule people for interviews, get release forms signed, film around inclement winter weather conditions, and in the home stretch, lost a couple of weeks battling a nasty virus... all while keeping up with his studies at school.

His filmmaking projects are made under the name Panic Guy Productions (the logo and illustration above were done by my husband) and never a more apt name there was! My husband and I were up half the night with him giving moral support and feedback before the deadline day for entries.... but he made it! Woohoo! Whether his film gets selected is now in the lap of the gods, and he will no doubt be up against older, more experienced film students, but I could not be more pleased for him that he accomplished this challenge he set for himself.

An Addams-tastic Gift from Magaly
On Friday, I received a package in the mail from the gorgeous Magaly of Magaly Guerrero's Pagan Culture blog. It's no secret that I adore The Addams Family, especially the sixties TV series, so you can just imagine how delighted I was to discover she had sent me a vintage novel based on the show. Yes! I did squeal! I now have another treasure to add to my precious collection of Charles Addams/Addams Family books! Thank you so much, lovely Magaly! ❤

Phoebe and her Zombie Bunny

In other news, my beloved kitty Phoebe turned 19 last Monday! She was spoiled and pampered the entire day... which is pretty much situation normal in my household!

Illustration by Matthew Kirscht
Anyhoo, after being in the midst of a mad filmmaking whirl for months and all the other assorted malarkey that has been going on, I've found myself looking around, bleary-eyed, and realizing that it's October. *gulp* I have so much catching up to do and it is now time that I turn my attention to the approaching Halloween festivities, which includes a couple of Halloweenie blog hops being hosted by my bloggy buddies.

Magical Magaly of Magaly Guerrero's Pagan Culture is having a Halloweenie blog party. The idea is to create something for Halloween (writing, art, craft, cooking, etc.) with a theme of witches or magic, then post about it on October 17. If you aren't able to participate, you're invited to just come along and see what the blog hop contributors have created. You can find out more information at Witches in Fiction... Crafting Blooming Howls.

Author Annie Walls and Black Heart Reviews will be co-hosting the Halloween Nevermore Rapport Blog Hop on October 30. You can do any kind of post you fancy as long as it is has an Edgar Allan Poe theme. Once again, if you aren't able to participate, just come along and enjoy the posts. You can find out more information here.