Archive for category Arts Crafts and the Macabre
My new Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre article on the Zombie Cat Productions website was posted last week! This article was about a fantastic shop called Morose and Macabre, run by who else but Dr. Morose and Miss Macabre. I totally fell in love with these guys and blathered on about them in an almost embarrassing fashion for the entire article. Here’s an excerpt:
They describe themselves as Neo-Victorian inspired, low brow, horror artists (Oh, how romantic is that?) and they create pretty much any kind of art you can think of, from original paintings and prints, to jewelry, assemblages, post-mortem shadowboxes, and my very absolute favorite: dolls and poppets. Just have a look at the very first item of theirs that I saw that made me fall in love:
The doll above is just one small example of the kinds of items Morose and Macabre sell in their shop. They have paintings, prints, jewelry, dolls, t-shirts, everything!
They also have a Facebook page, a Myspace page, a website, a blog… you can find these guys on the internet everywhere… All the links are easily found in my article, which you can easily read by clicking here!
Now, I understand that the shops I feature in my Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre column are usually of a distinct taste… They’re not for everyone and I can appreciate that, but I still hope you appreciate the quality of their art as much as I do!
Holy cow, I haven’t updated this section of my blog in at least a month! Sheesh. I’ve published three articles for my Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre column over at Zombie Cat Productions and I haven’t written about any of them here. I knew I was behind but I didn’t realize…
Okay, so here’s what I’ve written about since the last time I saw you. Human Skulls, Autopsy Scene Postcards, and most recently, Dr. Frankenstein-esque Jewelry. I even found a little wiggle room to write about my own Etsy shop in one of the articles! I don’t make macabre type stuff, but I found a loophole. Okay, so I *made* a loophole. Hey, you go write your own article for a website and see if you don’t make your own loophole or two as well. Hmph.
Yeah, I know. That title is way cheesy. I apologize…
“…every week so far, each Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre article that I’ve written has featured various Etsy shops that sell handmade arts and handmade crafts geared towards the morbid side of all of us…But did you know that Etsy wasn’t exclusively handmade? Not only can you buy creepy handmade stuff, you can buy creepy old stuff too…
“…An entire section of the shop was dedicated to horror and sci-fi! A movie buff’s heaven! Seeing as how that’s what Zombie Cat Productions is made of, a bunch of filmmakers and horror movie buffs, I thought it would be perfect. My husband Chuck’s website, www.CheesyMovieNight.com, also reviews a lot of horror movies (albeit the cheesy variety) so I just had to contact the owner of this shop.”
Her name is Pam Hoffman and she sells vintage movie stills. It’s so fantastic. And not expensive at all! Once you buy one of the movie stills and pay for shipping, you can very easily go to the store and buy a frame for it because you have that much money left over!
I’m totally planning on getting a few, especially for my dad and my husband, for birthdays and Xmas. And since there are lots of different sections of her shop, like Romance, Westerns, and Musicals, you can find something for anyone. Mother’s Day is coming up… do I have anything for my mom yet? Hmmm… I wonder if she likes Frankenstein?
This week’s Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre article features Jill Von Doom’s Etsy shop, Von Doom Designs. Jill’s shop holds a special place in my heart because not only did I buy my very first Etsy item from there, it was for my wedding last year in Las Vegas! I can’t believe I can’t find a good picture of me wearing the blood-splattered, duct tape rose I bought from her, but here-
This is such a fabulous picture of me and Anna, I just couldn’t NOT post it. You can sorta see the rose in my hair… Here’s a photo of it from Jill’s shop:
Anyways, go read my article and participate in the free shipping offer she has going for Zombie Cat readers… You’ll LOVE her stuff, I promise :)
Come on, people! I know you wanna win something! Everyone loves free stuff!
In my last Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre article on Zombie Cat’s website, I announced a competition that is super simple to enter. All you have to do is comment on the article! Simmone, YourOrganGrinder shop owner on Etsy, has offered to GIVE AWAY one of her wool felt eyeball ponytail holders! How awesome of her to, completely on her own accord, offer to GIVE AWAY for FREE one of her handmade items!!
I’ve got only TWO comments on the article so far, and I’ll be announcing the winner in four days! What, am I supposed to just eeny-meeny-miny-mo it? Make it more interesting than that, people!
You can win either a blue-irised eyeball or a green-irised one, I’ll let you choose which one you want!
COMMENT NOW! Time is almost up! And to those of you that did already, thanks!!
My second article in the Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre series is up! Go to Zombie Cat’s website and check it out!
Here’s an excerpt:
“One super talented needle felting artist I recently found on Etsy is Simmone Spring. She is a full-time crafter who lives in Brisbane, Australia, and makes brains. And eyeballs, and kidneys, and prostates… the list goes on. She also has one of the coolest names for an Etsy shop I’ve seen thus far: YourOrganGrinder. Pretty clever play on words, if you ask me.”
There’s a contest within the article as well. Simmone at YourOrganGrinder has offered one of her awesome eyeball hair ties as a prize! All you have to do is go read the article and comment about your favorite item in her shop. Make sure you leave your email address in the comment as well! I will be choosing the winner at random in one week.
See you guys very soon!
As a contributing writer at Zombie Cat Productions as well as a new Etsy shop businesswoman, we’re trying a new concept and combining the two. You’d be surprised at how many horror and gore themed, handmade items you can find over there. Well, maybe you wouldn’t be… Anyways, my new bi-weekly article series is called Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre. Keep an eye out! I’ll be posting some of every article here on my blog!
Here’s an excerpt from the article for you. Visit www.zombiecatproductions.com to read the whole thing.
“Howdy, fans. It is I, your favorite artist turned Zombie Cat and proud Etsy shop entrepreneur, Maggie/Vixen. This is the first installment of my new Zombie Cat column that will highlight some of my favorite things- horror, gore, and arts and crafts. What a combo, huh? How in the world are these things related? It’s not a stretch by any means…
…I’ve been creating art my entire life and I’m no stranger to the “art” vs. “craft” debate that has been raging since the beginning of time. The term “craft” has developed an ugly little stigma over the years…
…Let me introduce you to one of my all time favorite items that I have ever found on Etsy: The Zombie Stick Figure Family Stickers.