What props are you building this weekend? I know that I am taking the weekend off - since I helped build 20+ tombstones, ten of those cool book, skull and candle props....and it seems there was something else......
...oh yeah, we build a graveyard in a day :D
So I am sitting this one out. But I would love to hear what everyone else is up to. What Halloween projects are you working on this holiday weekend?
This is a perfect example of how distracted I am, I meant to give these items away - months ago. Really I did.
Better late than never?!?
Here is an exclusive Davis Graveyard calendar* that is only given to the crew and select minions of the graveyard. And a set of Marci Brandt's Davis Graveyard prints.
I will draw a winner on Thursday - June 2. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. I will ship anywhere in the world.
*warning not all holidays on the calendar are accurate....FQ learned not to design a calendar after midnight! I want to clearly state that I am not responsible for your losing your job because you thought a specific day was a "holiday". Basically use at your own risk.
for a long weekend, so you guys will get a reprieve from the LOLcats.
This is the last one for a while.
For those of you thinking....cool, the FQ is out of town, I can come help myself to some tombstones.....besides having to fight Hal the guard cat (trust me,he is pretty attached to those Halloween props)....and the alarm system....we have house sitters. I hope they finish remodeling the basement or pressure wash the fence while I am gone :D
when it comes to "The Ring" movie(s) - I just loved the original (Ringu) soooo much better than the US version (and one of the few times that I liked a movie better than the book).....anyway - still found this to be a brilliant LOLcat.
I fear spiders, admittedly more than most, and I would never mistake a picture on a phone on a table in the middle of the day for a real spider. (and a tarantula at that....not common in most areas....why would there be one on a table in a fancy restaurant?)
And if I would not freak out, and trust me I hate those little buggers, then I think the girl in the commercials reaction warrants special medical treatment or a course of medication.
And the guy wacking the spider? Really, you would take your shoe off in a resturant to kill a spider. You too, sir, are just being stupid. Told husband if he ever did this I would leave him standing the restaurant and take a cab home.
I gusess I should be happy.... their reaction makes me look sane. Okay, so sane is probably not the right word....I just had to type it here because that is the only time that me and "sane" will be used in the same sentence.
Truth of the matter it is just a poorly written/directed piece of ad work.
It is just lame.
BTW - I do for a fact, know that, this in fact, is a commerial and these are not real people. The real person that needs a talking to is the non-acrhonophobe that made this commerial. It was uncreative and simplistic - how did you get into marketing in the first place? And I am guessing that you did not test market the ad (to save money) or you did and your cousin owns the test market firm and loves all your work....especially the business you send his/her way.)
Listen, if you are going to use a spider in a commercial, that make it a small creepy spider that is crawling acrros the screen, at a quick glance I might mistake that for a real spider. Maybe...if I did not have my glasses on and I had had a few glasses of wine....maybe.
Fail to Samsung - I will likely never buy one of your phones.
kill/sleep with/pay off/make cupcakes for to get blogger to stop this nonsense:
Seriously people.....I am way to popular to only have 300 blog friends! :D
http://www.shadowmanor.com/blog/You are already following the maximum number of Blogs (300). Unfollow some other blogs first.
"Unfollow some other blogs first" - Really? That is your answer. And that....even on a good day is a poor answer to a problem.
I am not going to go through the proccess of writing down the first 100 accounts, unfollowing them all and then adding the few non-Blogger blogs - and then following all my Blogger friends again....took me a month to do that last time....and I think I lost a few followers because they thought I stopped following them.
Come on, whom ever is coding this stuff....just add another "0" and make it 3,000. Thank you very much!
and we learned years ago to start with a model when it comes to big projects. Anyone that has been to our open houses or some of our classes might be familiar with our foam core model collection.
They are very crude and simple, but they serve to teach us a valuable lesson on several levels.
First - how many sheets/panels will we need. In this model we have about 40 (and this is just phase one)
Second - costing - we can get a general idea of what the supply costs will be.
Third - How it is going to look in place
Fourth - We get a general idea of how we are going to build it.
Fifth - this Halloween stuff bores the cats to death....or at least to napping. You can see my cat Dor sleeping on my sweater on the table...as you can see she looks very interested :D
BTW - Yes, the Home Haunter Video Awards are in!
(Mike from Ghostride dropped them at our booth at West Coast Haunters Convention) Waiting for the plaques to show and we will get them mailed out.
BTW - again - we are currently out of stock on the Home Haunter DVD collections. We are going to wait to order additional copies until we get more orders....so the wait time on shipping will now be closer to two weeks.
Oh, for anyone that is confused.....we are replacing the existing church facade with a ruined abbey - this is phase one of a multi year plan....and yes....we did learn another lesson from this model. We are indeed crazy.
We can focus on our own display. Every year we make a list of things that need to be done over the summer and send it out to the crew to see who wants to help with which project.
Just to give you a glimpse inside....here is the email we sent to the crew:
Now that we are done with conventions we are talking a weekend off and catching up around the house then going to Ashland for an extended Memorial Day Weekend. When we get back we will be ready to get started on the projects for the year.
Our big project will be to design and build a replacement for the Abby façade. The new one will be bigger, free standing in the driveway and be more detailed. It will hide the patio fence and the shop and look more like ruins. At least that’s the plan. But besides this big project there are a few little things we also want to get done.
Re-film the horse video
Fix the footsteps effect including adding a new audio card
Make 6-10 new tombstones
Replace the wooden blocks on the LED lights with something that will last longer
Build another TOT
Repair the mausoleum
Add details to the existing tombstones
Rebuild the eternal flame monument
Fix the spider eyes
Re-film the mausoleum video
Improve the quality of the Margie video
Create a new video for mud-o-vision
Repair flicker light box
Re-film cathedral video and place in new structure
Build an audio box to replace the PC for sound.
Experiment with foam coatings
Create a easier to use web gun
repair the angel sword
Rebuild donation box guys
blinky eyes need repairing
work on driver...as usual
See, no rest for the wicked! I gotta go...I have a lot to do!!
I should be posting about WCHC - but I still have not posted much about HAuNTcon.
Here is a photo from, after the fact, seemed to be our most popular class.
Stacked books, skull and candle.
We dropped the ball on advertising this and did not provide a sample. If we would have had one on the table, probably would have sold out the class. Many, many people stopped by and went "wow, if I had known....." Live and learn.
Thanks to all the students that made it through the class - we had a few hiccups with the hotel - but we finally made it through. Details to follow.
I thought about just making something up....because if I tell her what is really happening, she might give me a psych referral :D
I went to the doctor today to check my blood pressure - it gets a bit low sometimes - but today it over normal and close to high.
"Is anything stressing you out?"
"Just busy" - I say (hoping it ends there) But I know it won't she asks lots of questions.
"So what is going on in your life?"
"Just events at work and some conventions." (Please don't ask about the conventions!)
No such luck!
"What kind of conventions?"
In my head just lie and say something work related and boring like at "banking" convention - trust me, those are boring on an epic scale. And not at all stressful unless you are like me and worry about falling asleep during a presentation! :D
But I say, "Halloween decorating conventions"
"Wow, really? What are those?"
So I go on to explain what we do and why we do conventions....she pulls up our website on her laptop and does the oohs and aaahs.....and then calls one of the nurses who also loves Halloween....before I know it her office is full of staff....(I hope the patients are alright) - asking me all kinds of questions.
See.....this is how I get stressed :D
Anyway, I think there will be a few extra attendees this weekend and that I had to write the details of the convention on back of my business card for several of the staff that want to come.
....only the Frog Queen can turn a 10 minute doctor visit into a 45 minute visit that has almost nothing to do with my health......I am just so creative that way! :D
Sorry to all the patients that had longer than usual wait times.....and to all the people I passed in the waiting room on my way to the car. Sorry - you needed the extra time to catch up on magazine articles from 6 months ago anyway.
Monday - May 2nd - Crowne Plaza Hotel - Louisville KY
8:00 am we arrive downstairs and are told that we are not supposed to have the room we are scheduled to do our class in - we are going to have to move it.
Easier said than done - we have to cover all floor and tables.
Then we are told - we can stay - but we have to be quiet about it. Long story - but we caused some commotion earlier in the convention in one of our classes :) Basically this means we will be doing a lot of work outside....in the rain. Because we were nice enough to bring the rain with us.
We are thoughtful that way
Then we are told that there is a room upstairs that has access to the balcony! We won't have to haul pieces of foam up and down the hallway! Woohoo! Upstairs we go!
Good - we gotta move now because we need to cover the floors and tables.
We rush up there and get going....we are ready for our students.
All four of them.
Yep, only four students - we had the least attended class of the convention :(
So we get started with tombstones while Jeff gets working on cutting foam for the bigger pieces.
We do the best we can - we lose crew members to unforeseen circumstances throughout the day which puts us a bit father behind....but we keep working.
We start the mud pieces as soon as the bases are made so they can start drying.....we really could have used a dry sunny day for this....would have saved us loads of drying time......
We spend a good part of the day drying monster mud and paint with the heat gun!
Thank goodness for heat guns!!!
Oh...and thank goodness that room services will deliver pizza to a conference room!!
Once we found we only had four students and less crew we scaled down the original display a bit. Which was a good idea because we didn't even finish what we cut the list down to.
All in all the students had a great time, asked lots of questions, helped carve and paint and anything we asked....could not have had a better group to work with!
We did our best in our rush to show them the different techniques we use to create props. So they can go home and create this for themselves.....that was the purpose of the class.
And as we are getting closer to being done, we notice that many of our students are from out of town....so we mention:
"Does anyone want to take this home? Cause we cannot fit this stuff on the plane!"
No one is local.
One of the students that drove was talking with his dad about renting a U-Haul and towing the car! :D
But in the end they just grabbed Nevermore and most of the tombstones that would fit in the car.
So here we are with most of a graveyard and no takers.
Dawn and I both said we would cry if we had to throw this all in the dumpster!
So we call one of the local home haunters and ask her if she wanted it...it and all the supplies :)
She was thrilled - she sent her husband on his way home to pick it up...we packed as much as we could in the van and sent it to its new home.
I got a text from the lucky haunter and I have to say it could not have gone to a nicer person :)
5:30 pm - Here is a picture of most of it....one of the tombstones is missing, the coffin is unfinished, and under the table, the obelisk is off being painted and the skeleton never even made it out of the box....... (and that is not our best paint work...by any means.)
Looking at it now - does not seem like a lot.....but believe me it was a lot of work.
And for all those that came up to us and asked us to this class again next year because they could not attend.....sorry, we are not going to do that again (four students did not even cover the cost of supplies)....at least not for a long time....or a LOT more money.
But it was a fun and tiring day - great memories..and a new experience...I always love sharing how we make things with other haunters :)
BIG thanks to the crew - you guys are the best - could not have done it without you. The Frog Queen has the best friends!!! Like I say, you can steal any prop in the yard.....but keep your paws off my crew....unless they ask you to paw them, then that is okay. They kinda like that :D
Gotta go get ready for the West Coast Haunters Convention this weekend!! See you there if your are heading our way!
in the crawl spaces in the shop this weekend to dig up decorations that I spent hours putting away last month, thinking I would not need them again until September. But it happens that I needed them for the West Coast Haunters Convention party this weekend. So I spent part of yesterday pulling tubs in and out of the spider infested crawl space.
I guess I made too much noise banging tubs around and attracted the attention of the spider horde that has made their home there.
Once the spiders found out I was up there, they all grouped together to scare the living *&^% out of me. I hit my head on the low ceiling a dozen times jumping out of the way or brushing them off of me.
I hate them....all of them, even the fake ones. They got me a few times too! I think a group of real spiders got together......picked up a plastic spider and dropped it in front of me just to see if I would fall for it.
Here is a video of our skull, book and candle Take N Make class. You can see part one of the two part tombstone class pieces in the background.....see that room there.....we basically lived there for three days!
But I really loved this PSA. Being an animal person - especially cats - I have to share this. If these cats could talk.....I imagine this is what they would say :)
I guess you could say that the effect they use to make them look like they are talking is kinda creepy. But that would really be stretching it....so I am not going to use that angle.....this is just a Frog Queen Folly :)