I’ve had a lot of fun walking down memory lane, talking about the makes I’m most proud of. If you followed the letterboxing link from the last post, you’ll know it’s not what most people would think. It’s about finding things in the woods. It’s older and cooler than geocaching, with a much smaller community.
I loved to make Halloween boxes, naturally. But the set I’m most proud of was based on something I have loved since I was a kid: Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
The box series was called Kolchak: Terror in the Woods. It was big, complicated, included little prizes, the works. I still have the boxes, made by not just myself, but some other very talented people. Someday they’ll get planted again.
But the thing I’m most proud of in this project was the trailer. I went out with my friends Anna and Derek to a local park. Spent the day filming and getting kinda cranky. B was a werewolf. I got oil-based paint in poor Anna’s hair.
Sometimes, past me is a dip. To be fair, I didn’t have a cell phone then, just a regular digital camera that I actually had to remember.
See, in 2012 I threw a letterboxing party at the clubhouse of our apartments. It was called Dark Carnival, and I had a blast making utter crap “attractions” for it. But did I take pictures? Well, I have a few of the carnival itself, but almost nothing of my actual things I made. But here’s what we’ve got.
This is just the basecoat. I remembered these because of the last post, because when B saw these, he yelled “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?” Again, I had won. A friend made a bunch of clown outfits, and this is the best photo (cropped to remove children who are probably adults now) I have of the result.
They were popular, and people took them home at the end of the night.
I also made a clown that was painted in chromadepth, a 3D effect you’ve probably seen in haunted houses. I called him Meano. I put him in a box with a blacklight, and people donned the glasses and looked in. Probably to be underwhelmed. I kept Meano for a long time, but finally dumped him a few years ago. And I never took a proper photo. All I have is the drawing:
I made a very cool shadow toy that was broken immediately, and this thing. I don’t even remember what it did. It’s made out of very special “craft cylinders.”
We mock people for taking pictures of their lunch, but I say, snap away! You never know what you’ll miss later.
Dolly Grim, from 2014, is no doubt one of the creepiest things I’ve ever made. My husband had to pass through my studio, stopped and said “Jesus Christ! What the hell is that“? Of course, this is when I know I’ve won.
You can see the original post, and my process, here. It was a learning experience. Dolly probably still lives happily with a far-away friend.
This was another one I found browsing Etsy for handmade Halloween stuff. I have had so much fun this year! This kitty from Raggdoll Carnival is sturdy and adorable. They have a lot of spooky wonders in their shop!
Spun cotton is one of those delightful vintage crafts that I have a book on, but haven’t tried. Spun cotton was used for cheap manufacturing in the mid-20th century. Think very light Christmas ornaments covered with chunky glitter. When I saw Vintage by Crystal doing handmade spun cotton, I was all over that.
I don’t mean to buy something from Shellhawk every year. It’s just that every year, her stuff gets better and better. She was saving this piece for an open house, but I convinced her (okay, it wasn’t hard) to let me buy it instead. Here it is, all lit up.
This is another Mastodon recommendation: the marvelous glass pumpkins of Jack Pines Studio. I had a hard time choosing just one! This one is called Green Orchard, and I thought it gave the perfect autumn vibe.