Monday, May 31, 2010

The 31st! The Final Day of the 2010 MAYniacal MAYhem Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl!

Wow! A whole month's worth of Halloween that saw local temps soar into unseasonable heights of the upper 80's, even reaching into the 90's one day. Not the normal weather that I associate with Halloween.  It made focusing on all things Orange and Black a little harder, but even more enjoyable.

I want to thank everyone who has hung in here with me. I do appreciate and have enjoyed your company!  I know that I've missed some fantastic blogs, but if I do this again next year, I'll be sure to put them on the tour. It is always fun to find new places.

And perhaps, with some advance notice, some of you would want to get in on the fun too, planning something special for one day during the month. You have a whole year now to think about it!  And hopefully next year, I'll have more time to add some of my own Halloween treats too.

For our final stop, we are jumping across the ocean (for those of us that live in the U.S.).  Since my whole entire heritage comes from the British Isles (Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England), I was super excited to find this blog!

Author Richard Jones shares his journeys, along with his fantastic photographs, seeking out the haunts of the British Isles, on Haunted Britain. I hope you enjoy his blog as much as I do!

And. .one last time. . please check out my other blog for the other final Halloween treat!

Thanks again for visiting me!


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Halloween Blog Crawl ~ The 30th Day!

Today, we are heading on over to Mike's The Skull & Pumpkin blog. (Wouldn't that make a terrific pub? I can picture the hanging sign over the door!)

Mike has a terrific sense of humor and sparks some trips down memory lane, along with injecting a sense of the spooky along with the fun.  Make sure and click on his "Is this your first visit" link!  What a fun photo!!  He also has intros to the content of his blog. Super cool!!

For your convenience, here is the link to my other blog.

I hope that you are enjoying your long weekend!!



Saturday, May 29, 2010

Day 29 ~ Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl

The two blogs today have a theme going between them. Not decorating for Halloween, but surrounding yourself with the unique and a bit of the dark, year around. Think of living in the Addams family home. Only with neater "stuff"!

Amazingly, but understandably, my favored Victorian period has strong influences in the gothic look. It is a common mistake to think that Victorian meant lots of pastel roses layered upon layer with white lace. Victorian homes were dark, rich with deep reds, greens, golds and blues. They did believe in layers. .layer upon layers of textiles. Ornate and detailed wallpapers. And heavy draperies layered over lace panels, over shades or shutters.  And remember, lighting was poor. Either gas lamps on the walls, or kerosene table lamps.

And it is also very reasonable that the popular (and I think delightful and innovative) steampunk look figures into this too.  The Victorian period was one of evolution, of new inventions, of mechanization, combining the rich old world decor with newer innovations, but still made with quality materials.

And so this portion of our crawl brings us to The Steampunk Home.  Take a leisurely stroll through the photos. I love that kitchen with the custom stove!




Continue to scroll down and you'll see new pieces that have intricate designs, and movie sets with the clutter and layer upon layer of memorabilia that Victorians favored.  It wasn't uncommon to see Asian influences in their home either. They looked at other obvious cultural designs as signs of worldliness and well travelled, so sometimes their decor was more of a hodge podge of styles with the overall theme being lots of details. The more, the better.

You will also see comparisons of a modern home and what dark colors can bring to a room, over white or pastels.

I love the office too, although it brings more of an Arts & Crafts flavor into the mix.  And the media room also favors that period. .I do love the heavy use of dark wood during that time.

When you have savored and noted details that you must try in your own home, meander over to my other blog for more decorating delights!

I do hope that you are having a fantastic holiday weekend!! (I myself am going to a huge antique market tomorrow, but I doubt that I'll find any of the cool stuff pictured here. .but I'm going to try!)



Friday, May 28, 2010

The 28th Day of the Midyear Halloween Blog Crawl

Today we are going ghost haunting. .or hunting. While not specifically Halloween, Patty shares her stories and some excellent photographs that make stopping at her blog, A Haunting We Will Go, very worthwhile! I love reading the history that she supplies with her photos!

For more Halloween, please go check out my other blog!

It's almost the holiday weekend! Wishing you a fantastic one!!




Thursday, May 27, 2010

Midyear Halloween Blog Crawl ~ Day 27

Today we are heading over to The Shadow Farm. Dave has shared some photos of weathered tree remains that guard this old cemetary .go take a look to see if you can see anything in the wood. . . .

Then scroll down to see his latest Halloween sculpture, and see if you can give him some insights of what is happening. He has had the rare occurance of not knowing the backstory of this creation. It is time to let your imaginations soar!

For more Halloween fun, head on over to my other blog!

Have a great day!



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Day 26 of the Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl!

Tom should open a travel agency for the haunted, spooky, and paranormal. He seems to have a gift for finding the most interesting places that have some dark history attached to them.


At least he can steer you in the right direction on his Dark Destinations blog! Get ready for some super cool reading!!

And here is the link to my other blog for some more Halloween fun. The tour crawls on!!




Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Halloween Blog Crawl/Day 25

Hang in there everyone! Only 7 more days to go!

I'm beginning to feel badly because there are some excellent Halloween artists that I know that I'm not going to have the days to include, and I truly don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. I'm going to suggest, at your leisure to browse through the blogs on my watch list here, because I have all of the blogs that I've visited, and many more that I've been watching for a long, long time.

Today we are heading over to ShellHawk's Nest! She recently went to the West Coast Haunt Convention and has photos of her journey. Then take the time to read her past posts. I love how she writes!

After you have had a laugh of two. . you know. . .the link to my other blog is here, and also worth the trip!

Wishing you a creepy good day!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 24 of the Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl

I found another "how-to" prop making blog with a delightful sense of humor. (And I love the background. .all of those eyes!!) Please crawl on over to Spooky Blue to see how to make papier mache skulls and more!

And here is the link to my other blog for more Halloween fun!




Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Halloween Blog Crawl, Day 23

I found another site with some amazing photos of his propwork! And make sure and look back in the archives for the instructions for making a papier mache skeleton!  That's what you'll find, and more at Mr. Chicken's Yard Haunt! 

Then please go over to my other blog for some neat Halloween art!

I hope that you are having a super good weekend!



Saturday, May 22, 2010

Halloween Blog Crawl ~ Day 22

The props this person builds are amazing, and I respect the enormity of the projects even more, since I'm having a difficult time finishing my miniscule paper clay doll!  Take a peek at The Prop Shop, to see his latest papier mache creation! Then scroll down to see the glowing eyes of his Sphynx!

Then crawl on over to my other blog for a Halloween treat of a different sort!





Friday, May 21, 2010

MMTMYHHBC - Day 21

Are you in need of Zombie Blood? Is this one of the staples that you keep on hand to answer that need that arises every so often? (Notice that I'm not asking WHAT you are planning on using it for. .that is your business. .and no, I don't know the type. .do Zombies even have blood types?)

But if you have a craving. .errr, a desire, you think you might need some for your Halloween costume next October, then head on over to Season of Shadows because John is giving a whole bag away. 

Good Luck!

After you have signed up, and spent a little browsing time, please go over to my other blog for a neat technique tutorial!




Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 20, Mayniacal Mayhem

Today I'm pimping blogs that I am thrilled to be a part of.  The women that belong to Spooky Stitchers keep Halloween in their hearts all year around, and I don't think that it is just because it takes that long to stitch a project either. That is just me that has THAT problem! (And yet I keep buying new patterns even though I haven't gotten some of the ones in my stash even started!)

These gals turn out one beautiful piece after another! It was truly hard to choose one to share on my blog, so you'll HAVE to go see the others on this group blog! (this one happens to be stitched by Shelleen, who always turns out lovely work). 

When I don't think that I have the time to breathe, stopping in here, always inspires me to keep at those WIP's!  Thank you girls! You're awesome!

And when you are through ooohing and aaaahing, please go over to my other blog to see another of my passions.




Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl/Day 19

Another fun Halloween spot is at Adele's Spooky Art! She is not only a talented artist, but she also finds Halloween and vintage Halloween items to take us all back down memory lane.

She is fun, and she is insightful! 

Please go check out her blog, then head on over to my other blog for more Halloween fun!



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Day 18, Happy Halloween Blog Crawl

Personally, I don't care for gore in association with Halloween. I know that the chainsaw genre is very popular, but I prefer my Halloween to be vintage spooky.

But there is always room for one exception, right?  Since I was a little girl, I always got the thrill of the chill whenever I read the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  I still don't quite understand the allure for me, especially since I was always very impressionable, and was frightened out of my shoes more than once by relatively benign scariness.  But it's true.

And it still remains one of my favorite spooky stories.  So I was thrilled beyond words to find the artwork of Jennifer Macneill Traylor.  I love all of her work. .her horses are to die for.  And her Headless Horseman? Totally awesome! What a talent this woman has!  Please go check out The Night Mare! You won't be sorry!!

AND, I was the lucky recipient in a drawing for of one of her darling hand painted pendants.  I'm SO anxious to wear it! 

Plus, as if that weren't enough, she sent me three of her gorgeous postcards! (I'll post a photo of them later ) I'm being selfish. .those aren't going out to anyone, but staying here with me where I can continue to enjoy her artwork! 


Many, many thanks Jennifer!!

Please check out my other blog for another artist who delights her collectors with Halloween suprises!




Monday, May 17, 2010

MAYniacal MAYhem! The Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl/Day 17

Today we are going ghostly, with stories and music.  This blog features the legends and lore, my other blog the melodies.

Edinburgh's Dark Side is a wealth of history with ghosts weaving their way through the tales.  I don't know where Julie is getting her stories, but I'm sure happy that she is so generously sharing them with the rest of us! Whether you believe in ghosts or not, her posts still make for some very good reading!!

Wishing you a delightful week!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Day 16! The Halfway Point of the MAYniacal Mayhem H.H. Blog Crawl!

Because we have reached the half-way point in our crawl, I thought that I would share a site that technically isn't a blog, but SO informative on how to create your own spooky Halloween, that it is worth bending the rules just a bit. 

How To Haunt Your House is a supportive site for the book, which I don't have, but have heard a lot about.  They have links to buy their book, but the website itself has lots of wonderful photos and free downloads to get you started making things in time for this year's official Halloween celebration.

And here is the link to another Halloween Haunt.

Have a beautiful day!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Day 15 of the Happy Halloween Blog Crawl

"It was a dark and stormy night". .well, ok. .it isn't night, but it has been dark and stormy. It has also been alternating hot and murky, with the air so thick it is hard to breathe, and an hour later, cool air rushes in. .then a thick fog settles. Then another storm rolls in, and the whole cycle begins again. The weather has been SO weird lately.

Excellent time for settling in for a spooky good story.  Head on over to the Vampires of Potts Point, dim the lights, light some candles, get a glass of your favorite brew, and get comfy.  Most of their entries are stand alone stories, so you can pick and choose.

And for some dark art, head on over to my other blog for a visual treat!

Sweet dreams!!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Halloween Blog Crawl/Day 14

I hope that everyone has their passports in order, because today we cross the border into Canada, to visit Crazy 4 Halloween

Besides ideas and instructions for clever decorations and props for your Halloween Party, or Trick Or Treat Night, you'll find costume and makeup ideas (like the recipe for no-cook blood. .yuck!!! lol)

Take your time to enjoy your visit, then travel on over to my other blog, for another Halloween Treat!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mayniacal Mayhem, Lucky Day 13!

Turning from the fanciful, to the mystical and spiritual side of Halloween for a bit, we are going to go visit Blackwood.

Mary Katherine combines her own experiences, with historical phenomenon and excellent photographs to share her journey into the world of the paranormal.  Her descriptive writing draws you in to share her world.  Whether you believe or not, her blog makes for some very interesting reading.

Then please head on over to my other blog for some other real life Halloween celebration plans!




Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Happy Halloween Blog Crawl/Day 12

I found another site of various Halloween delights! She finds Halloween in various art forms, along with sweet, and spooky. Stop by Frankenstein's Fun House for a peek.

And then head over to my other blog to continue the tour!

Have a beautiful day!!



P.S.  The ghoulish image that you see is made of cake! Totally edible!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Halloween Blog Crawl, Day 11

Wow! I'd love to have the collection of Halloween decorations that you'll find at It's All About Halloween!  He has one amazing photo after another!

And I love the way he decorated with the lanterns. I'd love to be able to do that too!  Enjoy your tour!

Then please go check out awaits you here!!




Monday, May 10, 2010

The H.H.B.C. Day 10

It says on his blog, that he will have new houses in May of this year, and I wanted to share his blog so that everyone will get a chance to buy one if that special one hits their eye!

I do love my Halloween villages, but his houses are so extra special, it would be wonderful to have at least one. .but you know how hard it is to make a neighborhood with one house? This is definitely a time when more is better! lol

Please check out his handiwork at The Haunted Construction Co!

And then you know what to do. .here is the link to see what awaits you!

Have a good, good, day!!




Sunday, May 9, 2010

MAYniacal MAYhem! The Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl/Day 9

Because it is Mother's Day, I thought that a pretty Halloween blog would be nice. If you like vintage Halloween images (I LOVE them!), you're going to like the collages that she puts together on A Nostalgic Halloween!

SO creative, SO pretty, and SO old fashioned! It is hard to pick a favorite!  And, every so often she will share some vintage images for you to click on and save.

And when you are through drooling, please go check out something rather special on my other blog!

Wishing everyone a beautiful Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mayniacal Mayhem, Day 8!

I can't believe I found a blog dedicated to these spooky characters! I had to double check to make sure that my younger daughter, whose inner child still dances to the tune, wasn't the author.

My son, who is two years older, and lives in a more metro area where there are more and bigger stores, sends these to his sister every Halloween. What started out years ago, as a tease, has turned into a tradition. And nothing could please me more than to see them continuing to build their own connections.

It also pleases me to see that they aren't the only ones whose inner child is alive and well!  Let's all have some laughs at The Monster Cereal Blog!

Then go on over to my other blog, for another type of trip down memory lane on this Saturday.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!


Friday, May 7, 2010

Day 7! Midyear Happy Halloween Blog Crawl

Oooh, I found something super cool today!  Some of you are probably already aware of this blog. He has over 1000 followers and for good reason! Skull A Day gives everyone the opportunity to either create their own, or see skulls in everyday items, and submit photos.

The author originally made a skull a day, for a year, and has now opened it up to everyone to share their creations.  It is worth spending some time going back through, looking at the different entries.  I could use that mosiac bistro table on my patio!

And as usual, when you are through, please head on over to my other blog to see what treat awaits you!

May you see Skellies wherever you go!