Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Impending Thrills and Chills

Looking forward to the second season installment
of American Horror Story "Asylum"
New Location, New Plot, New Characters,
Some of the same Actors!

Meet the characters....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Witch in the Bathroom for Halloween

We've all seen those neat little framed art prints 
with the subject matter being that of a bathroom
or bathtub.  Some with a female figure 
in the bathroom or bathtub and
in various stages of undress.
I'll just call it "Bathing Art",
here are a few examples I found from Art.com.
I think this kind of art is most likely 
intended to hang in one's bathroom or powder room,
not so much in the kitchen or above the couch,
unless you're weird...

One day while searching the Internet I came across 
a neat Halloween themed "Bathing" image 
by mid century illustrator, Ren Wicks 
"Bathing Witch" 1964 Harold’s Club [Reno] Calendar

While I'll admit it's a little cheesecake, 
I also think it's perfect bathroom art
for the Halloween season.
check out the details...
she's got her haunting license 
and is deemed an expert.

She uses witch hazel in the bath.

and she has her familiar looking on.

This print isn't commercially available to buy, but
I found this image at a high resolution on the 
"Sexy Witch" site HERE.
I reduced the size to fit in a 4 X 6 frame and 
printed it out on my deskjet.
Now all I needed was a frame suitable for Halloween.
Here's a "memorial frame" common in Victorian homes, 
I spied this in the Victorian Trading Co. magazine, 
which is a good start.
I just think it's a little too frilly for my image.
After all, she is a witch bathing in a cauldron!
A few days later while at Michael's checking out their 
Halloween offerings, I thought I'd have a peek at their
frames and stumbled upon this one...
It seemed very suitable in an old Salem sort of way.
Old dark stained wood....check. 
black metal hinge-like details.....check.
2 sizes to choose from.....check.

I bought the 4''X6'' size frame.
I didn't size the image to the edge of the frame, 
I gave it a little floating/breathing room.
It's about 3.25''w X 5'' h.

I plan to display it on the shelves
above the toliet
in my wife's bathroom
that we redecorated this year in a post HERE.

I also plan to complement the picture
with these three bottles sitting around.
from Oriental Trading. 
Along with a green mercury glass mini pumpkin,

I found at HomeGoods.

And a Pier 1 ghost soap pump.

The whole thing should look 
frightfully good!

UPDATE! 10-14-12
Here's how it turned out!
Not too shabby, eh?
We found that Halloween hand towel at Kohl's
this year also.

Thanks for popping by,
and Happy Hunting!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Halloween stock at T.J.Maxx

Just checked out T.J.Maxx across town.
They're the parent company of HomeGoods,
and as expected, had a small shelf packed full
of Halloween!

Unfortunately didn't see anything that
had to come home with me.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Early Halloween at HomeGoods

Just got back from HomeGoods!
Check out the Halloween goodness
I found there!

Just one aisle filled one both sides,
and some end caps with fall pumpkins.
Also a few Halloween themed
hand soap pumps in the bath area!
Happy Hunting!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Halloween Wish Listing

I know Halloween is 3 months away,
I still find myself dreaming up
a Halloween wish list for the coming season.
It's no help that some stores are
already starting to fill their shelves and websites
with all manner of Halloween
gewgaws & gimcracks.
Here's a Spooky Halloween Bird House (!?)
from Terry's Village for $8.99.

get one here
and some Halloween jars from
Oriental Trading Company for $10.
get one here
The Glitterville candy cupcake pedestal stand
for $69.99
The candy on the stand
matches my candy candle below
Glitterville cat on pumpkin candle holder

get one here
we have a Hanging Bat Votive Holder
from Pottery Barn for $34.50.
Then I found The creepy "Five Finger Fillet"
Black Kitchen knife holder
designed by Raffaele Iannello for $69.99.
While not officially a Halloween item, I think
it's gruesome enough to fit in quite nicely.

Here's a Williams-Sonoma black cauldron
"serving bowl" and a set of 4 cauldron mugs
for $69.99 and $39.95 respectively.

Z Gallery has a few creepy things already,
these mercury glass pumpkins, $19.95 - $39.95

get one here
this skull clock caught my eye at $34.95.

At Cost Plus World Market,
I found this nifty spellbook treat jar!

totally awesome for $12.99

The dreaming always seems to lead to
me searching old computer files
and favorites lists
for old wish list items that I missed
the first time they were out.
Which then leads to crazy Ebay hunts
for said items...

Pfaltzgraff Halloween salad plates series one

Pfaltzgraff Halloween salad plates series two

Pacific Rim Frog Candy Jar

The Dept 56 Google Eye "Fearnology" Treat Jar

with motion detector laugh. Circa 2006

The Ganz "Oh Rats!"
salt and pepper shakers

Polished aluminum black witch hat serving
platter from Grandin Road in 2010 and 2011

The Bethany Lowe / Bruce Elsass

Halloween Skeleton Candy Container
Bruce Elsass always has really cool creations!

A Meyda Tiffany stained glass Jack O'Lantern
Accent Lamp from 2009.

This thing has gotten incredibly pricey
through the years.


The Glitterville Stacking
Halloween Silhouette Cake Plates,
 retired in 2007 as a Dept 56 item, 
then reissued in 2010 as a
Glitterville product.
The cupcakes and picture
are from Fancyflours.com

Now let me make it clear that I never
really plan to buy any of this stuff,
I just like to dream about it.
It's the thrill of the hunt that I love,
and if I just happen to find one of these
doohickeys at a reasonable price
well then, I just might add it to the
Ozark collection.

Happy Haunting, I mean, Hunting!

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