Thursday, November 30, 2023

Something Wicked This Way Comes

After watching this little guy sell out
every season for many years,
I finally pulled the trigger
and bought one.
A Krampus nutcracker!
Who's Krampus you ask?
The following is from Wikipedia...
"The Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic 
figure in the Central and Eastern Alpine 
folklore of Europe who, during the Advent 
season, scares children who have misbehaved
Assisting Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus, the pair
visit children on the night of December 6th,
with Saint Nicholas rewarding
the well-behaved children with gifts such as
oranges, dried fruit, walnuts and chocolate,
while the badly behaved ones only receive
punishment from Krampus with birch rods.
Krampus day itself, on the other hand,
is on December 5th"

I think Krampus is a very unusual character,
and I love the idea of him.
A little scary to mix into the Christmas season.
He has chains thought to symbolize the binding
of the Devil by the Christian church.
Of course, still allowing ample freedom
for a vigorous child thrashing.

When I saw this nutcracker at
Dellamorte & Co on ETSY
I was intrigued.
I loved the colors and he was just the
right amount of scary.
With the price of $95
it really was a little scary
and the reason I never
acquired one sooner.

I once toyed with the idea of
ordering a hand carved wooden
Krampus mask from Austria
as a wall hanging...
But the cost of one of those was
So this little nutcracker
would do nicely.
I assume Michael Locasio, the owner of
Dellamortico & Co hand sculpted the
first Krampus prototype.
He then produces them in resin,
hand paints and assembles them, adding
hair and metal chains to a handful each year.
He has an education in classical sculpture,
anatomy and the bronze monument process.
Michael has worked as a fine artist as well as
sculpted action figures,
toys, and collectable statues.
He also has a fascination for the macabre,
the mythic, and the unusual.
My Krampus Nutcracker arrived yesterday!
I wasted no time arranging him
into the vignette I intended for him
Can you see him?
He's right beside Santa on
a small box to give him height.
He's ready with his birch rods
to thwack naughty children.
He sort of reminds me of one of
those grumpy monster Muppets
in amongst the cheery Muppet cast.
I wish he was a bit bigger
but then he'd probably cost more.
Happy Krampusnacht!

Thanks for stopping by
and Merry Hunting!

Monday, October 30, 2023

Look what the Witch dragged in.

World Market has done it again!

They are offering another
stacked book 
cookie jar!
"Mystic Spell Books Ceramic Cokie Jar"
regularly $24.99
On sale now for $12.49
"Shaped like a stack of black books 
with intricate gold-painted details, 
our witchy-inspired cookie jar 
casts an impressive spell. 
A charming kitchen accent for Halloween, 
it's a divine gift for everyone 
who loves witchcraft, magic 
and astrology. 
Topped with an airtight gasket lid 
with a star and moon handle, 
his stylish container will keep 
baked treats fresh all October long."

Not quite as cool as their
original jar
But if you didn't get one of these
it's the next best thing!
Thanks for stopping by
and Happy Haunting!

Friday, October 27, 2023


What is wrong with this picture?
If you guessed "Where are the Twizzlers?!?"
You'd be correct.
I'm asking the same thing.

 I can't find the individually wrapped 
Twizzlers anywhere.
I refuse to pay a lot to an online sight 
that will ship them to me, but most places 
are, "out of stock" anyway.
Last year Target wanted less 
then $10 for a whole tub.
This year they're nowhere to be found.
I need the individually wrapped ones
because my Monster Hand vase 
has a painted finish and it came with 
a note "Not Safe For Food"
also not water safe.
Twizzlers were perfect for the vase.

They were long enough to 
not slip down inside,
plus the red color gave them a 
gruesome appearance 
as if veins were sticking out.

A quick check of  Twizzler's website said 
they discontinued the individually wrapped candies.
I'm assuming for environmental concerns.
I would use them in the display all of October 
then hand out what was left in the tub Halloween night.
Maybe they could bring them back only for October?
While at Sam's Club this month
I ran across these suckers
I thought to myself, 
these would look great
in my owl this year.
Sam said it's your money...
I think they look great!
I love the shapes!
I guess it will be a 
semi-sweet Halloween!! 
Thanks for stopping by
and Happy Haunting!

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Quoth the Raven, "Always More"

Once upon a midday dreary,
While I pondered weak and weary, 
Over a many quaint and curious item
in this Kirkland's department store.

While I nodded, merely browsing
suddenly there came a tapping
as of some one gently rapping,
rapping on the stockroom door-
Tis some clerk, I muttered, tapping
on the stockroom door-
Only this and nothing more.
Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the heat of August;
and each separate clerk brought out 
a ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow, till
I spied a rare and radiant form, a sales lady 
whom the angels named Lenore.
Carrying out a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
This thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors
never felt before: 
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, 
I stood repeating, "I must buy this 
and nothing more"
Presently my soul grew stronger; 
hesitating then no longer,
"Sir" said I "or Madam truly your forgiveness
 I implore;
But the fact is I would like to purchase that raven 
from this store for $39.99 and nothing more"
I said to sales clerk Lenore.
October now is lurking,
Back into my chamber turning, 
all my soul within me burning
open here I flung the garage door, 
when, with many 
a flirt and flutter, in there lay a 
stately raven of the saintly days of yore. 
Not the least obeisance made he, not
a minute stopped or stayed he; 
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched
above my curio cabinet...door.  
Perched upon a bowl
of Witch Alice just above the curio's door.
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling
by the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, Thou," I said
"art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the
Kirkland's store-
Tell what thy lordly name is on the 
Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Always More"
Well, that was fun, but...I'm done.
I had a coupon when I bought my Raven
I fell in love with the detail, it sort of looks
art deco in a way, with the squared off feathers.
Strangely, Kirkland's calls it a Perched Crow.
NOW it's on sale for $19.99
So hurry and grab your crow today, 
before your chance flies away!
Okay, Now I'm Done.
Thanks for stopping by
and Happy Haunting!

Thursday, October 12, 2023

POP! goes the kitty

Look at this cat popping out of 
a pumpkin!
So utterly whimsical, 
and absolutely adorable!
I bought it on sale last year from 
A great little place to find unique things.
I stumbled across their 
"Tabletop Cat In Pumpkin Jar 
Ceramic Halloween Container Tm0227"
by One Hundred 80 Degrees
while browsing Halloween "stuff" and 
instantly fell in love.
The description tells a little story...
"Stash Your Halloween Candy In This
Adorable Cat And Pumpkin Jar.
The Cat, Which Is Gray, Is Swiping
At The Pumpkin For Taking His Candy,
Protect Yours."
I just had to add it to the collection!
I love the cat's little striped cape,
and look at the pumpkin's striped 
shoes and stockings!
 He sort of reminds me of  one of those
vintage Beistle die cut 
jointed goblins from the 1960's.
Only a shorter cousin.
What about the cat's party hat? 
Perfect for the rest of the 
Ozark collection.
Many of my critters must be at 
the same orange hat Halloween party!
I couldn't have asked for anything 
that would have fit in better!
I sat the duo in the family room 
perched on a wall shelf.
It's across the room from 
the teal cabinet display
I think those two add a lot of whimsy to 
the festive atmosphere.
And so adorable!
Just make sure you protect 
your candy!
Thanks for stopping by,
and happy hunting!

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