Sunday, August 2, 2009

89 More Days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween....

This post was meant for yesterday, to mark the 90 days until Halloween, but I just didn't have time to put this all together.

Well, what else is new. First of all, I am preparing myself to participate in a 31 Days of Halloween Countdown. This has been going on for a few years now, and a lot of great blogs have been getting onboard. What does this mean for Doo Wacka Doodle? Well for the entire month of October, I will be posting something Halloween related everyday. Not all of it will tie in with my original art, but I am going to try to make at least 70-80% of my posts, something I've created myself. As an example, I might do a couple of post about cartoons I like to watch at Halloween. I will add a youtube link to the cartoon (if one exists) and then I will do an art piece in my style of said cartoon. I hope that makes sense. I've been compiling a list of things I want to do, so that when the time comes, I won't have to scramble to think of something to post. One other idea I had is 'Halloween Merchandise Items of the Week', where I show what Halloween stuff I've bought. And since I don't have a job anymore, this will be me doing some very careful consideration in my purchase items. But speaking of Halloween Merchandise, it is starting to leak out now. Based on a tip from Wens at 'Hallowe'en Tree', I went out to the local TJ Maxx/Home Goods store to see what they had to offer. I ended up with 3 items. Well, my husband actually bought one of the things. So I'll share what I got:

You can never have too many skulls.
This is what my husband bought. Super cool stylized skull.

Pumpkin Man Lil' Plate
I don't know what I'm going to do with this. I won't eat off of it. But I had to have it and it cost $1.99!

Country Living Halloween Book
Okay, I admit it. I am an absolute sucker for homemaking books & magazines related to Halloween. Martha Stewart is the Queen at the top of the pile, but Country Living has some appealing stuff as well. I will say this book doesn't really offer anything that I haven seen before. It does have a nice layout & lovely photographs. Much of the stuff looks very Martha Stewart-y. Here is one thing in the book that I thought was pretty neat, and I've never seen before. The gourd skull head:
I'll spend some more time with this book in a few minutes when I'm at the laundry mat drying clothes. One other thing, the book came with a card in the back for 1 year free subscription to Country Living.


  1. regarding your previous post; i really think you should try and stick with the subject matter you so obviously have a love for. don't compromise or dilute. there's a BIG enuff market for you to work in and stay spookily obsessive.
    ..and i will be in the next LSOHORRORS, had 3 pics pencilled for months, just gotta find the time to ink em.

  2. ps;the cat and pumpkin pic is brill!

  3. Thanks Shane! For the comments & the encouragement! I do really appreciate it. I can't wait to see your pieces for LSoH's!!

  4. Okay...first off, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the image which I've already told you. Secondly...I am amazed how every store gets in different merchandise. We went to 3 different Home Goods here and I found neither that plate, nor the CL mag....did see the skulls though. I would SO have snapped up that plate. And in fact, I did get some plates, so I will snap some photos and post so we can compare all the goodies there are to be had out there.

    I REALLY want that pumpkin man plate...I will have to keep checking back until maybe I find him with any luck. There were different items just between the 3 different stores in the same area...let alone between states. Home Goods is a place you have to check in on every couple of days because stuff goes fast. At all the stores, the cashiers commented on how people were really buying the Halloween stuff. Apparently there are lots of us fans out here now. :o)

  5. As far as I could tell there were only 2 of those Pumpkin Man plates, and I wonder if there isn't a set of dishes that match. It just seems a bit odd that they would just have saucer plates. Actually I'm not even really sure if it's suppose to be an eating dish or if it's suppose to strictly be a decorative item.
    I only found the plates & the book on a second pass of the aisle. They were at the back of the shelf, and there was a bunch of stuff set up in front of that stuff. In fact, I'm surprised I saw the book at all. It was only when I tried to get to the plate that I saw the book.
    I'm going to take a trip back out there, maybe this weekend. And I'm guessing that Target will be putting out their shirts out soon, so I've got to be on top of that.