Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog Hop

I  love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday.You can wear anything you want,  all the chocolate you can eat and you don't have to deal with your relatives or in-laws. Life really can't get much nicer then that. 
Ever since I can remember I have always loved spooky things. Growing up, there were a lot of strange happenings at my house. As children we often saw shadows and heard voices that were not supposed to be there. That may have been part of my attraction to all things spooky and undead. I watched every Hammer Horror film on the Saturday afternoon movie. We played vampire, it was like tag, but creepier and you got to bite people.

When I was 8 or 9 I discovered Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem "The Raven"  I wasn't old enough to interpret  or even understand   the entire poem, but I knew enough to know that it spoke of something utterly terrifying in the world of adults.   It opened the door  to poetry for me and it still remains one of my favorite verses. 

For this blog hop challenge, I knew I would do something to pay homage to Poe and The Raven.
I had all kinds of ideas swirling around my head, but in the end I decided to keep it simple, inspired by 19th century mourning jewelry which I absolutely adore. You can check out my Mourning  Jewelry Pinterest board

My raven bead, my Poe pendant , and my skull charm, a powder coated black chain, a pearl, hematite  a black bead, and 3 black resin roses. 

I thought about adding my "nevermore" word bead, but decided that would be overkill. Haha overkill, I just cracked myself up!

If you want to hear Poe's Raven I suggest this reading by Edgar Oliver.

Please grab a cup of coffee or if its past lunch, a glass of wine and check out the rest of this blog hop. 
You can even put on Pandora Radio Spooky Symphonies  while you peruse this unearthly blog hop.

Diana Ptaszynski
Staci Smith

Kathleen Breeding

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Stephanie LaRosa

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Sarajo Wentling

Dawn M. Gallop

Christine Damm

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

hello there

It's been along time since I've written my blog. I    I'd like to say it's because I've been doing some really exciting things and I just haven't had the time but the truth is I don't really have any reason other than I'm terribly lazy and  not very ambitious.
OK I have been really busy but that's always the case. I don't get much time to just sit  and breathe. A husband, a tween, an old dog with dementia, a younger dog who is just "special",  business, a life, you get the picture. You can probably relate.   I really don't have anything to say other then and then I've been either working, working or working on something, except when I'm sleeping, and then I am usually very busy in my dreams. As the holidays approach I will be even busier just barely hanging on to my sanity by a thread.  I have some things in my Etsy shop and I'll try to list more as the holidays get closer.       
Here are my upcoming events: 

The Ridge Fine Art and Handmade Wares Show

November 16th, Saturday at the Drayton Ave Presbyterian Church, 
 2441 Pinecrest Dr
FerndaleMI 48220

Annual Home Show
Nov 23, & 24
Royal Oak MI

Detroit Urban Craft Fair
Dec 7th and 8th
Masonic Temple,  Detroit