Friday, October 9, 2015

Day 22 - a work in progress

So setup is moving along nicely - the fence & most of the headstones as well as all the blowmolds are in the yard.  I put the skeletons & lights out there Wednesday night.....

And I'm not happy with it.  I don't like the lights and it looks way too busy.  I guess I shouldn't have gotten so many new skeletons!  {gasp!  Did I really say that out loud?!?!?!} It looks more like a skelly party than a cemetery.  This is what I have so far - and this doesn't include the small skeletons or animals! Oh, and 4 more headstones that need paint and 2 others that need a plywood backing and new paint. 

The token picture of the Mosh Pit of Blowmolds.

Sooo......I think I'm going to move the fence out to the front of the big trees and on the left side, take it around the tree instead of inside it. That'll give me a little bit more room.
I LoVe the green spotlights - I got them in the Christmas section at WalMart last year.  I need blue ones that are just as intense. Or maybe I need to switch them around and have the green on the outside and the blue focused on the door?
Doesn't the skull in the door look awesome?? Love it. 

I need to move stones around, since I have the ghost projection light that I am thinking to put on the fence next to the house. So that big stone that's usually there has to move. 

I feel I need to up my game a bit, since I'm listed on The Scare Factor Directory!!  
It's sort of weird being on there listed with fantastical places like Erebus and Slaughtered at Sundown - all those places people wait in lines and pay to get into.  But when I filled out the "contact us" section of the website and asked if something as small and insignificant as my yard display could be listed on their site, they were so nice, saying sure!  Send us the info!  So there I am - all the way down under Shelby Township.  

I worked on it a bit last night - moving stuff around and putting out the small skellies.  It does look better with the fence moved out more and the area around the coffin looks less busy, altho all 3 skeletons are still hanging out there.

It's supposed to rain tonight, but I'm OK with that, since a rodent or twelve got into my coffin where the ghosts were stored and now they REEK so bad and are stained with excrement.  I hosed the ones on stakes down, but the little hanging one needs a good rinse.  I'll get it finished up this weekend - it's supposed to be sunny both days, 63* on Saturday and 71* on Sunday!  


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Day 23 - Secret Reaper

I am a member of the HalloweenForum (lisa48317 over there) and for the last couple years I've participated in the Secret Reaper (the H'ween version of Secret Santa) It's always a big hit with the members, so there are multiple Reapers that happen over the year. I just do the main 2.  

When one signs up, they post a list of what they like and don't like and possible items they need or want for their display / haunt / whatever.  There's supposed  to be a $20 limit - new, used, hand-me-downs, whatever. 

For my first victim, she was doing a haunted house and her theme was phobias.  One of the rooms was creepy dolls so I was able to rummage thru the garage and pull out the baby dolls I'd started a few years ago and didn't finish because they didn't go with my display.  I finished them up and shipped them off to their new home in Canada.  She loved them !
The goodies for my second victim are sitting willy-nilly in a box, waiting to be packed up and mailed, so I don't have pics of anything in there yet.  I had some things in mind that I already had, so I dug thru some totes as I pulled them to the front of the garage and put them in the box.  

I was the victim of a Canadian, too!  
This lady is clearly a phenomenal artist as well as making great choices in gift-giving.   
Stickers & candy & fall washcloths.
 Small foam headstones that I'm going to add plywood to the back of to bulk them up and repaint.  
 Spider candles & a huge freaking ghost that's gonna look cool in one of the big maples. 
 And the BEST GIFT EVAAAAAAAH!!  She hand-painted this zombie nutcracker!  
I totally adore it! 
 Spiderwebs, straws and a metal glitter house. 
 Chester approves of the window clings & doorbell. 
My second Reaper I think went WAY over the $20 limit.  I got 2 boxes from her and I honestly thought they had no bottoms.  I kept pulling things out!
Box #1 - a bag of bones, 2 window clings, a chalkboard headstone, 2 solar powered JOL lights and a motion sensor rat & crow - I haven't played with those yet!
 Box #2 - Day of the Dead cookies and candies. 
 Skull shot glasses that light up and the most awesome wine glass!
 My kitten already attacked the monster, a stress ball skull, a ghost candle holder and vanilla ghost hand soap. 
 Mini chalkboard stones and ToT block.  I was admiring that in the store - glad I didn't buy it!
 Bat Wall Art, holiday transfers for my apothecary bottles and face tattoos!
 Glow in the Dark nail polish, a purple bell spider and a Frankenstein / Bride bag. 
 Awesomely creepy orange lights and a nice strobe light! 
I confess there's a few things that I'll pass on during another Reaper or something, but most of the stuff I will use and enjoy!  It's a lot of fun, both the 'stalking' and deciding on the perfect items and also the receiving - since you don't know who drew your name until you get the package, and then it's only if they chose to reveal themselves!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Day 24 - My Boneys

  My Boney Bunch Collection from Yankee Candle somehow managed to be the first indoor decor that made it out this year.  I figured I had to move the stuff off this bookshelf when I wanted to paint the wall behind it, so I'd just pack that stuff up and bring out the Boneys for after the wall dried! 
I think I started collecting them in 2012.
I don't put candles in them or I'd have a massive glow in that corner of the room!

I have a couple other pieces from Yankee Candle, but they're not from the Boney Bunch line, so they'll show up in other posts. 


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Day 25 - Cemetery Tuesday - Metamora

Welcome to Cemetery Tuesday!  This is where I share some of my explorations of (usually) local cemeteries.  This one is from last May, which is why there are no leaves on the trees. 

This one is kind of interesting in that when you look at the map on Find A Grave, it shows it only to be on the south side of Dryden Road....but this sign is on the north side.  It's a newer section with a lot fewer interments.  The backwards 7s are interesting. 
I intentionally didn't get this entire stone since it was very new.  The lady had (judging by all the hand-made stones left there) a much beloved dance teacher. The ballerina en pointe is so pretty!  It was also etched with the woman and her family.  Not sure I would want to be on a stone if I'm not under it! 
 This is located in SE Michigan's horse / hunt country, so it's no surprise that it's bordered on the side and back by a horsey property. 

If you're interested - this place is for sale.  For a bargain price of just under $2 million, you can get a 4000 sq foot mansion on 32 acres, with a Thoroughbred horse training facility, complete with race track, 80 stall barn and equine therapy pool. 
 My sister joined me this day.  We saw this name a lot. 
  This is a pretty neat leaning stone. 
I like this!
This is so sweet!