When I started searching for inspiration for a “vintage” chunky Halloween house, I found this postcard. Really, take a look at it… isn’t it fabulous?

As I started creating the scaredy house, I had no clue what was going to scare the house…

No clue at all… I thought about it as I worked and wondered where I would end up… no ideas, no ideas…

…and then I remembered an ebay lot I purchased that had the doll you see to the right.

A giant devil toddler would certainly be scary, right?

His “costume” is painted and his horns, tail, and staff are made of bits of wire, paper scraps, and Plasti-dip. His trick or treat pumpkin is a hollow bead covered in polymer clay.

I know his costume isn’t much by today’s standards, but I wanted that vintage underpants-over-tights-homemade effect.

And, of course, here’s the scale shot:

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When someone mentions “black cats” (as my partner in a Halloween swap did), it brings to mind two iconic images. My inspiration for this project comes from second of those two icons. More on the first later, but for this project, “The Black Cat Poster” or, Théophile Steinlen’s 1896 advertisement for the cabaret, Le Chat Noir:

le chat noir caberet

The Cabaret on the right was located at 68 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris-Montmartre. What a great building for this project. Here’s my Halloween-influenced interpretation of Le Chat Noir:

le chat noir caberet

The windows are isinglass (thin sheets of mica). All of the trim is wood.

le chat noir caberet

le chat noir cabaret

One of my favorite bits:

le chat noir cabaret

And the Le Chat Noir Moon sign:

le chat noir cabaret

le chat noir cabaret

I loved working on this project, because everywhere I turned, I was reminded of the iconic “black cat” image for me, my buddy-boy, Spike (1982-1991):

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Baby Godzilla

It was totally unintentional (and a bit of a struggle), but I recently embraced my inner cutie.

How did this happen? How else but a wicked Craftster Swap. You’ve seen my work from previous wicked swaps — the Wicked Circus and the Wicked Forest.

Suitably wicked, I thought.

For this wicked swap challenge, the goal was to take your partner’s favorite villain and imagine them as a child. After getting my partner and seeing “Godzilla” on her list, I knew, almost immediately what I was going to do. But I didn’t know it was going evolve from dark and dingy and wicked to…

Cutie-patootie.

I knew that my partner was a big fan of Lilo & Stitch (as am I) and so I knew that I had to recreate the scene where Stitch builds a city out of toys and books and then stomps through it. Just like Godzilla. I mean, how perfect is that?

But I thought I could do it wickedly — dark colors, drippy vines… maybe some slime somewhere. And then, well then, I decided I wanted pictures of monsters to hang on the walls of Baby Godzilla’s nursery.

And then, well then, I remembered who my partner was — the incredibly talented Kira Nichols of Oops, I Craft My Pants who just happens to draw some fabulous monsters.

Fabulous and cute. I was happily on the cute train, no turning back.

Baby Godzilla Nursery

Even the child’s artwork in the lower left corner is from Kira — a piece she did when she was a child — how perfect is that? (Yes, unbeknownst to Kira, I snatched a bunch of images off of her web site. Of course, once she received her tin, my thievery became undeniably “knownst”.)

The abc blocks are individually folded paper cubes – an idea that was much easier in theory than in execution.

Now I know you’re probably wondering how high and low I had to search to find that absolutely perfect monster foot pedestal, but, tut-tut, no searching at all, it was in my stash.

The serendipity of which has dealt a serious blow to any de-cluttering efforts I may have been considering.

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