While the kids spent the last five mornings in Vacation Bible School, I cooled off inside and worked on my newest project - a Halloween Shadowbox.
With 12 rooms to fill, I had lots to think about and I'm very happy with the results. So many handmade and vintage smalls decorate this piece and the best part is, the only money I spent was on the old house. Everything else came from my stash.
Soooo......after spraying the house with black paint, I got started.
I tried to get lots of close-ups and pics for you.
On the left side of the attic is a flocked black cat, haystack, pumpkin and white mouse. I used these mice throughout the house as little accent pieces. They also worked as great splashes of color against the dark black house.
On the other side of the attic is a poor woman frightened in her shower. Originally, I thought of the movie, "Psycho" when I made this, but then added a tiny mouse to scare her.
Remember "Caspar the Friendly Ghost"? I cut out some old playing cards of Spooky and Wendy, the good little witch.
OK, I think I had most the fun making this Graveyard Wedding. First, I took a vintage wedding couple cake topper and painted them to look like skeletons. I also changed the woman's wedding dress to an olive green and repainted her flowers from pink to orange and black.
In the background, I painted and glittered a moon and added 2 gravestones, Spanish moss, old orange flowers, and wedding bells. For added visual interest, I added twigs to resemble trees.
I was obsessed with details during this project. Even the groom's top hat is decorated with a teeny weeny orange band.
Look! I caught a witch! Years ago, I dug this bottle up on the grounds of a boarding school where I used to work. I added other tiny bottles and metal candlestick to give the feel of a science lab or witch's shelf full of her potions.
An olive green bead acts as a cork so our little witch won't have any ideas of escaping.
What's Halloween without a trick-or-treater? He's made out of paperclay and the mold of an antique bisque doll from Germany. The actual doll is missing a leg, but I was able to improvise and make him another.
I have NO idea what old game these domino-like pieces came from, but I found a whole bag at the Sr. Citizen Center for under $1.00. I knew they'd come in handy! Under each letter was an indented circle. No idea why, but I filled them with 2 old fabric orange buttons. And while I was at it, drew little faces on them so they resembled jack o'lanterns.
Behind our little devil is skeleton scrap paper and a card that looks like it should say, "Bingo" but instead says, "Candy."
Who doesn't love bottle brush trees? I dyed this one orange, sprinkled it with orange glitter, and added a mini skeleton to decorate it. A paperclay pumpkin and old rusted key help finish the look.
Toil and Trouble!
I printed out an antique cabinet card of a not-so-happy Victorian woman, added a sparkly purple hat, green make-up and rhinestone brooch to make witch. Another bottle that I dug up stands next to her while a mouse looks at her potion.
Is this the sa-weetest witch?! I've been collecting vintage images for a year or so now and am always attracted to these sweet faces. I used orange crepe paper at top and old Scrabble pieces below. The Scrabble pieces are NOT grunged to look old. They really are that old and that's all natural aging!
I bought two Vintage Halloween Images CDs on Ebay. If you're interested in getting them for yourself, there are a nice amount to choose from. I think Etsy sells them too.
Copying a sweet owl from a vintage Halloween card Elizabeth, from BlueBird Papercrafts sent me, I was able to make this little vignette. The owl sits on top of a branch, while a white mouse looks on. Far in the distance, a witch is in flight.
Why did this happen? The picture is fine in my pictures file. Hmmm....a Halloween mystery?
This is actually a Santa figurine that I repainted to look like a wizard.
And last is a scared little boy peaking out from behind a gravestone at a laughing jack o'lantern. Instead of green moss, I used the orange for a different effect.
That's about all the explanations....just some more pics....
I recently bought some old chess pieces thinking I could use them for altered art. These black knights stand erect on both sides of the house as if protecting it.