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September 15, 2010

Treasuries and finished projects

I completed the Lady Death shadow box.  I decided to build it around the idea of Lady Death giving a grand ball.  The inside of the box shows bits of her house like ribcage wall vases, skull goblets, black velvet curtains with death masks hanging from them and the grand ball room filled with dancers.  The other side shows Lady Death all dressed in her best finnery ready to welcome her guests.  Someday I would  love to buy one of these houses from http://www.victoriandollhouse.etsy.com/:  and create a whole house for Lady Death.

Here's a few photos of the finished shadow box:

Seems like many on Etsy  have gotten the whole Fall/Halloween fever already I've been in four treasuries in the past five days and I made one as well.  Check out some of the amazing talent featured:

And the one that I created featuring all Etsy Dark Team members, The Spider's Touch

September 13, 2010

New Projects and Keeping Busy

I've been keeping myself extremely busy, I listed four new items last week.  Including these shadow boxes

That mantle clock shadow box came out even better than I had hoped.  I've always been charmed by tiny bits of art so I loved the chance to create that little vignette.  For this week I have four projects that I've half started.  I'm working on two totally new projects they will be flat pieces perfect for table decor or even Halloween centerpiece type decorating.  One of the new pieces is a hinged shadow box with a Lady Death goes to the Ball theme.  I was rereading Peter S. Beagle's "Come Lady Death" and I just had to try and capture that mood.  Here's a sneak peak at Lady Death: 

Hopefully I will have that projected completed and listed this week.

September 05, 2010

Sunday Sunday...

You wouldn't know it by the weather but all other indications say that fall is here. The last of the kids will be back in school soon; all the stores have back to school sales going on, school supplies are in the seasonal section of many stores. It's a time of change and fresh starts. Even though I've been out of school for years I still get anxious this time of year, I like I should be doing something, getting ready for something. I still miss the unblemished surface of new notebooks, of fresh pens and newly sharpened pencils. Which is the only thing about school I miss the rest of it was just the kind of hell that only freaks without a buffer crowd of fellow freaks can know. And yet I’m still nostalgic, still yearning for that chance at a fresh start.

In the meantime I’ve been keeping myself busy trying (without success) to forget certain life things. I’ve made a couple of new pieces and relisted some older pieces that I made some changes to. One of the new pieces is a coffin shadow box called Monsters in Love. I wanted to do something for Mary Shelley’s birthday so I did a piece using a quote from Frankenstein and a picture from the movie of Frankenstein and his bride. I mixed in a lot of nuts and bolts and some washers. I’m happy with the way it turned out. Here’s a pic:

I also made a new mini shrine. This one is about the Arachnid Goddess she who both creates and destroys she is the weaver and mistress of all our fates:
I went to a new thrift store today. I found some small ceramic dolls that I can do something with, a rather rustic compartment shadow box and a small mantle clock that I have a new idea for. I also found a book by Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H. I’m excited I’ve wanted to read her work for a long time and haven’t gotten my hands on any of her books. Thankfully I always have reading and creating to do!