Thursday, April 30, 2009
But Terror on the Fox was everything I hoped it would be. Got to say "hi" to the Bad Boys :)
Both Terror or Rural Street and Dominion of Terror (WI loves "terror" :) Were both great!
I will post more after I get my laptop tomorrow.
Monday, April 27, 2009
We leave tomorrow morning to head to our fourth Hauntcon. We were considering not going, you know, the economy and all, but when we found that we are getting a tour of Terror on the Fox - we had to go.
We have learned a lot for the guys (and I believe one girl now) at Bad Boys Scenic Design. There reason we have the church facade on the front of the shop is because of their teaching and got all those cool mini LED spotlights that light the whole yard....on one 12V adaptor!!!! I have not thrown a breaker during Halloween in years! :)
We are (actually husband is) presenting his seminar on how to make a 3-Axis Talking Bucky Skull. To be fair, I did design the lovely full color hand-out :) I did threaten to teach the "How to Design a Graveyard" seminar again.....but I didn't want to work that hard :)
Look forward to meeting up with our friends and some of our favorite vendors (EFX Tek, Froggy's Fog, Skeleton Store. Leonard and Jeannie to name a few). And the immensely fun Costume Ball!!
I will try to update the blog while I am there and hopefully Twitter a bit.....BTW - T-Mobile does not let you Twitter from your phone :(
Switching to AT&T and getting an iPhone sounds better every day :)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The wine auction that I work on is normally a great event that I love being part of - turned out to be a nightmare (on the back end.) On a positive note, we did raise $156,000
Thursday - we downsized at my work and one of my favorite people is no longer my workmate. On a positve note - she no longer has to work with a certian person :)
Sunday - my brother got married. But we are not speaking, so I did not attend. On a positive note - the whole ordeal has given me a great idea for an art project!
Because I am gone for a week - tomorrow will be CRAZY at work....no positve note there :)
Things are looking up....
I am off to Hauntcon on Tuesday, visiting haunted houses and seeing some friends. I could not think of a better way to change perspective. :)
Dixie at Nicholas Manor
Dracaena at Rapid Reflections
Congratulations fellow bloggers. Email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get our soaps to you.
That was fun; I will have to find something else to give away.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
For 8 years I have worked with one of my favorite workmates to host a wine auction for a local children's hospital. It has grown over the years to raise over $220,000 in 2008. It has been copied by other states and has even won awards. (Cause we all know how much I like those :)
The disaster caused only a momentary delay. But, funny how something so small can cause such havoc. It was terrible. We both managed to keep our cool (mostly) in a very uncomfortable situation, but it really ruined the evening for us. Almost to the point where we were saying we never want to do this again.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
(This is how we help pay for the massive Halloween party we throw each year :)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I am still going to ask husband if I can paint the front lawn grey. He will say "no" of course, but I have to ask every year....it is a bit of a tradition with us :)
So those are the changes, so far...on top of the repairs and new things to make. I feel tired already. :)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The Oak Hill Bed & Breakfast in Ashland is where Husband and I stay when we are in Ashland for theater and wine. Tom and Pat are lovely hosts and besides fantastic breakfasts, Pat makes great soap.
We asked them to make us custom Davis Graveyard soap for our fundraiser this past Halloween. It is a black soap with gray and red swirls :) Lovely, but I recommend you use it in the shower only.....it has that nice brownish blood red color to it that I love...but may not be for everyone :)
The back of the label says "The perfect soap for washing up after burying the bodies or digging up the corpses, whichever was on your to-do list today."
Since I just won something on a blog recently, and I have a few left over.......I decided that I will give away two bars of soap a week from now. One to anyone who is on my followers list and another to anyone that posts in the next week......another one of the Frog Queen follies :)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Check out the website for the winners.
Best Novice Haunt - Patrick Prue - DHG Cemetery: Deaths Hallowed Grounds
Finalist – Steve & Lisa Toby - Nightmare on Mitchelle Street
Best Party Haunt – Doug & Debbie Lowe - Lowe Manor: The Tomb of Ellery
Finalist – Angie - Dead Spider's Party Canada
Best Indoor Haunt – Noah Fentz - Katzper's Haunt
Finalist – The Baird Family - Baird Manor
Best Yard Haunt – Brent Ross - DC Cemetery
Finalist – Toby Wrolson - Haunt 31
Congratulations to all the winners!
We are thinking of expanding the awards for 2009, if you have suggestions, please let me know, either on this blog or contact us through email. We will be working updating the Awards site later this year with details for 2009 and possibly a way for haunters to leave feedback. (As soon as my web programming skills catch up to my many ideas :)
Thanks to everyone who submitted a video, who donated for the awards, and to Propmaster who without his efforts none of this would be possible.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Our friends the Bishop's invited us to come see a "puppet show" with them last night. They sent us a link, and I was immediately intrigued! They are called NightShade. Here is a small sample, these images are nothing short of remarkable.
I was very excited to go, but I have to say that the actual performance was.....amazing. I was literally awestruck when it was done Check out their blog for some more incredible pictures.
It has been a long time since I saw something so inspiring , I wish I had my sketch book so I could grab all the ideas out of my head before I lost them! So as you have guessed, I got a few ideas for props for the yard. :) The angel in the graveyard is now my new mission.
Do yourself a favor, if these very, very talented kids EVER perform in your area. Go see them, don't think twice about it - buy the tickets - you can thank me later :) They sold out all their shows here in Portland in just a few days.
Friday, April 10, 2009
About two months before Easter, we have to make postcards, little TV productions and posters to announce the event. Then there are the toys, lots and lots of fuzzy pastel colored toys and fluffy bunnies and chicks. It is too much pink and pale blue for my Halloween heart. I go home screaming most nights :)
At the home front, things are a bit different. I know it must be Easter time at the Graveyard because I am out on the patio changing out the red and black candles on the skulls with light pink and yellow and blue :)
Forever in my mind is etched a conversation over the phone with a friend
She asked me "what are you up to?"
"Oh, just changing out the dark candles on the skulls with pastel candles."
She laughs " Of course you are, and you are the only person I know that can say that can say that in a normal conversation."
Why pastel colored candles on the skulls you ask?
To combat the stress caused by all the pastels , I throw my annual "adult" Easter bash. it is all about the pastel colored martini's and Peeps! I find most people will eat anything when they have been drinking.....including Peeps!
And for my friends that read this blog.......there will be the "blue drink"! I might limit it to one per person, even if you have a designated driver. :)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This is just a sample of what is in my office at work.
Then there are the ones all over my yard, in the case in upstairs and a few boxes and bags in the basement.
There is even a frog in frog heaven (or where frogs go when they die), because some crazy people decided to get me a live frog as a gift. People, I can't even raise houseplants. If husband did not take care of the cats......yeah, stuffed, plastic, stuffed and ceramic frogs are just fine.
And no, you can't borrow them :)
This hand-made leather book with removable pages, so I can change them out each year and a secret compartment. You know, just something simple that anyone could whip up - right? :)
It currently resides upright on a shelf in my living room, it looks marvelous in candlelight :)
Which are currently Dark Candles Amber Velvet.
Monday, April 6, 2009
We also heard that the Mitchell's are going to be on the next issue, we can hardly wait!! Another amazing yard haunt and very nice people (at least through email :)- I wish my stuff could look that eerie and beautiful. Looking forward to hearing from them.
Friday, April 3, 2009
But by 9:00 p.m. he was not giving it his all, turns out The Coachman was a bit of a diva and did not want to work as hard as the other props. :)Something about one of the controller cards not getting enough power?!
He assures me that this new skull will have no such problems.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
When I come home one day last week husband is dying to tell me that he has been researching promotional items for the Davis Graveyard on Cafe Press and Zazzle. Oh, no, this is sounding way too much like my day job......
My face shows that I am not impressed, and I try real hard not to say what is on my mind. But I fail.
"Why? I order cups and shirts and stuff for our friends. Who, out there would want any Davis Graveyard logo'd happy crap."
"Seriously, honey, if someone wants something, just ask me. I already have it set up with my favorite "happy crap" vendor. I can get just about anything.....for the one person that will actually order."
He looks hurt. Crap - should have been more sensitive. I was not kidding when I said he was the nice one in the relationship.
"Okay, honey, tell what you found out." He proceeds to tell me the pro and cons of each site (in my head I am focusing on the cons) and asks me which one we should use.
I know I am supposed to care and say something that makes it look like I am really interested all the information he just gave me.
Instead I say - "Zazzle does printing on the back of the shirts right? We both like that and the other ones do not. Right?" He say "yeah"
I then got to thinking, and that made it worse.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Look at the April Fool's Day card he sent me. I was all ready to "save YoYo".....and then.....I almost wet myself.....and the Banshee had the nerve to call it cute....they are all out to get me :)
We have almost all the votes in, so when we get the bases for the awards we will announce the winners on the Haunters Video Awards site. We also have a special award for this year, so keep checking the site next week for more details.
Thanks to all the judges and everyone who donated. We appreciate all the support to keep the awards going.
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