Monday, October 29, 2012

Flying Winds & Flying Monkeys

Hello Lovelies~

I hope you're all doing well on this Fall day. I am under a blanket typing this and listening to both Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder soundtrack on record and the wind howling like crazy outside. What weather we're having up here in Maine! But I won't bore you with the weather. A lot has been going on up here that I can't wait to share! To start, some shop news. As I bulk up both StapeliaStag for the holidays (especially Stag), I wanted to let you all know that Etsy now makes it possible for you to buy gift cards for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list! In light of this, both of my shops now accept gift cards, Paypal and credit cards to make things as easy as possible for you. (Because really, finding the perfect gift should be the hard part, not checking out.)

What else? Oh! I am running a fun promo for my Stapelia Facebook page to gain some new followers and to give away a pretty neat item that I think my followers would enjoy! Here are the details: Go to my Facebook page (HERE) between now and next Monday 11.5 and find the promo post that has the below image. Share that post on your wall and give a shout-out to my page. This will serve as your entry to win an almost complete deck of rare, 1960's era Monster Old Maid cards! Featuring the Universal Monsters, like Wolfman, the Mummy, Dracula, these cards are very hard to find and I am just giving them away! So pass it on and get your entry in. Winner will be announced next Monday!

And speaking of monsters, this past weekend, my Sweetie and I and some good friends went on a history walk through the Glidden Cemetery up north and it was such a good time. An old cemetery, a group of funny friends, and a tour at dusk in October? Please. It's a no-brainer. We also learned some neat facts. Like the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard. Do you know what it is? Take a guess and post it below...

I got further into the Halloween spirit over the weekend by putting a flying monkey costume together for my niece complete with special red feather wings and makeup! She was really happy with it, which made me happy. It was tough doing makeup on such a small face, but considering my limited skills in this arena and her limited patience, I think we did okay. Check it out:

I have been doing a ton of junking recently to stock Stag up with some great items for the holidays and in the course of my elbow-deep pilfering and wading through a metric ton of things that I can't believe anyone would want, I have found some records that display some top-notch artwork. While I try to keep my record collection limited to things I love musically, these are so neat, I may just have to hang them up in my studio. Take a look:

Any horror movie fans out there? I'm going to wrap up with a movie recommendation. I recently watched The Moth Diaries and if you're into vampires and/or subtle, classic horror and suspense, this is the movie for you. It's rare that you find a movie that implies more than it shows, but this movie does this in spades. The characters and tone are great. Give it a watch this All Hallows Week.

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wee Darklings...

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all well out there this week! Things here are busy as usual, but I have finally completed all of my business-related Halloween tasks, including my annual Halloween card! This year's card was a ton of fun to do, despite some weather issues and a reschedule. The kids I used in this shot were amazing and patient and focused. I got really lucky. Take a look at the card shot and some portraits I took for the kids' parents. Perfect 1950's, eh? (You may view the rest over on Flickr if you're so inclined.)

What else? Oh! Well, things over at STAG are really humming along! In just a couple of months, I've had over 60 sales and I have shipped things to Canada, Australia, Germany and all over the U.S. I also recently had an order from a photographer in New York who needed some cocktail picks from the shop overnighted to her for a shoot! I wonder if they'll be famous? But, there is so much more to come to the shop. I am making a concerted effort to really pump up my inventory for the holiday season and now Etsy offers Gift Cards! So, if you love vintage, or have your eye on something, stop on by and give the man in your life the gift of timeless style and class.
So, I have been tasked with creating a Halloween costume for one of my nieces this year and maybe you followers out there can help. She wants to be a "robot monkey." Does anyone know what that means??? I mean, I was picturing sort of a Flying Monkey meets a robot. Maybe.

Like this, only less creepy gorilla.

Or this, only less idiotic grown man in a monkey suit, more cute child in a monkey suit.

Or this? Terminator + a spider monkey?!

I don't know, but it's going to be interesting regardless, and I'll post pictures of what we come up with next week.

And speaking of crazy, I found this amazing old ad that really ran in magazines and stuff, for Thorazine. (For those of you not in the know, Thorazine is used today to treat schizophrenia and dissociative disorder. It's hard core.) I don't know why this ad frightens/makes me want to laugh so much. Maybe it's the old man and the cane. Maybe it's the horrible overdose of horse tranquilizers they were regularly prescribing back then to old people. Whatever the reason, this ad is a win in my book!

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sweet Apples & Chilly Nights...

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are doing well out there. Things here are busy as usual and I have so much to share. To start, I have dropped several prints into the shop for the upcoming holiday season (and because it had been awhile). The following prints are now available: the humorous Super Douche, S'Mores, The Birds & Maine Orchard (the last two are pictured below). A lot of great things just for you.

I recently completed a great project for a client that I want to share with you. I have worked with Motorland Vintage America on several projects in the past, including my Godfather series, last year's Halloween shoot and of course Beauty is the Beast. All fun projects. The latest collaboration is entitled: Vacationland. We took 6 classic camp cars out into the Maine woods and recreated a guys' weekend away, complete with fishing rods, shot guns oh, and a Yeti attack. Yeti attack, say what?!??! That's right. A. Yeti. Attack. (Basically, I was allowed to have fun there at the end...) Take a look! That final shot is entitled S'Mores and it is available in my shop right now. Good times, you guys.

And speaking of fun, I recently shot this year's Halloween card and I can't wait to share that with you all! Once I send those out, I will post that shot here. It's creepy-good. Standby for that...

I've been getting into the Fall spirit recently by doing some Fall baking! We went apple picking a couple of weeks ago and a friend of mine gave me her Grandma's recipe for a crumble top apple pie which we tried (it was delicious) and then we did a traditional crust top apple pie (which was also delicious) and then we whipped up a batch of pumpkin chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting that I decorated with some metallic sprinkles. Those were also... delicious. I love Fall baking, doing you?

I have also dropped a ton of new stuff over at STAG recently, including some warm, fuzzy vintage flannel shirts for the boys and even some Halloween items for the rest of you folks! Here are just a few items available right now...

And, as if I wasn't already on Halloween overload (there is no such thing), I commissioned a wonderful piece of original work by Zach over at Deviant Art. (Here is his online portfolio.) I can't wait to get it!!! He is great to work with, I just sent some photos of vintage Halloween costumes that I loved and told him I wanted a vintage-inspired Halloween illustration and he did the work below. Amazing. And he is currently accepting commissions. Hit him up!

I'll wrap up with this little gem a friend alerted me to as some of you prepare for those Halloween shindigs: What Makes a Good Party (1950-Coronet Instructional Films). This is just... I won't spoil it, take a look:

 Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stag in the Fall Woods...

Hello Lovelies!

I hope this week finds you all well and (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere) getting all cozied up for fall! The weather here in Maine has cooled significantly and the leaves are changing quite rapidly. I think this coming weekend could be the peak of leaf season and that's a bit early. However, I have my Halloween card shoot this weekend, so if the weather cooperates, that will make those shots amazing!

Speaking of new work, I just posted all of my Stag promotional photography for my Halloween release today! I have some fun vintage Halloween items (costumes, props and party games) just for the season going into Stag this week, so I created some 60's-inspired photography to get people excited for the products and for the holiday! Here are some shots and the rest are over here. Keep an eye on Stag as things drop, I really can't believe how fast things sell over there.

I have a fun project coming up and I'm putting a call out there for two women and two men! If you're local and interested, you can message me or shout out on my Stapelia page under the casting call. I will post that this week. Yep, that's right, I have 4 Lucha Libre masks and I want to shoot a 'gang' of Luchas in hideous 70's era garb + masks. (Think, the anchor team fight scene in Anchor Man below.) So if you're outgoing, funny and love polyester... give me a shout. This is going to be good...

Enough work talk, I have some great things to share this week too! First up, have you ever read the Paris Review? (Don't feel bad, neither had I before last week.) Well, it's full of great literary interviews and I stumbled upon a great one by my favorite author, Ray Bradbury, that I thought I would share with you guys. It's not a long read, but I just loved everything about it especially that bit about Mr. Electro at the end. Check it out here.

And speaking of great artists, I found the pumpkin carvings of Dan Szczepanski recently and I couldn't believe it. (Sure, we've all heard of Ray Villifane's work and you really can't top that, plus he uses real pumpkins.) Szczepanski's work is done on artificial pumpkins, which I think might make things a bit easier and crisper, but I love what he does with lighting, depth of cuts and color. Check out some of his work below, or on his Flickr feed above!

And for those delicate agriculturists out there with an herb garden or wee backyard vegetable patch to tend, there's this little gem: Farming with Dynamite. Say what?! I wish I could see those tips...

Until next time: Unpleasant dreams...