Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Etsy Treasury: Nice to perfection!

Wow! My items were featured in 2 Etsy treasuries in one week! I'm on a roll. :)

Today's treasury is entitled "Nice to perfection" and includes my Lime Green and Stripes Star Ornaments. Thanks so much, Alman.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just for magical creatures, like your pet!

Wizard wear has always been my biggest seller. But it's always been limited to bipedal creatures. Not anymore! I just finished the first Wizard coat for pets which is modeled by Larry the dog aka Larry Potter.

Perfect for Halloween but a unique way to keep your doggie warm this winter, especially for Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings fans. It is available in both my Etsy and Artfire shops. This new design will be continued in several sizes with a variety of fabric linings. Woof!

Treasury: Purple People Eater!

Woo hoo! My Vintage Madness store made it to an Etsy Treasury. The theme, go figure, is "Who is this purple people eater?". My purple ornate upcycled frame was included along with a ton of amazing items inthat awesome color. Thanks, ceeyjay60! :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Igor's Curiosities: The Webcaster Gun

Igor is in an interior design mode this week. File this freaky Halloween product under, "Imusthavethisnow"!! What could possibly be cooler than gratutiously creating creepy cobwebs ALL over your own castle and yard?

Playtime with Ghoulies and Ghosties!

Some of my fondest childhood memories were playing board games with my parents and 2 sisters. We took turns choosing which game to loose our competive spirits and my fave was always Clue.

Imagine the thrill , when I found Halloween themed games!! The classic property trading game, Monopoly, offers Boo-opoly . Jenga and Yahtzee have spooky versions of these popular games, perfect for a Halloween party. For Tim Burton fans (like me!), check out the Nightmare Before Christmas games: Monopoly, Scrabble, and Uno.

And for those with a dark sense of humor, don't forget Goth and Horror themed games. With Goth Trivia, the object of the game is to fill your graveyard plot with 13 tombstones by answering the questions read to you by the "inquisitor." Gloom: The Game of Inauspicious Incidents and Grave Consequences, in which players "assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes, the reward in the afterlife is based on the misery endured in life." Sinister fun!

And what I would not give for a vintage Halloween Chinese Checkers set. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Igor's Curiousities: Snakebitten Halloween

What a week it's been! The highlight? Having to yank the dog back from the bushes by his hind legs as he tries to attack a snake in the yard before we both get bitten. As you can see from the photo below of Larry the dog menacing a tombstone, he is always spoiling for a fight. Yes, he was growling at it. *eyeroll*

In honor of his escapades with serpents, Igor has helped me find some Halloween snake themed projects: Martha Stewarts's Creepy Snakes, Canned Halloween Monstrosities, and Upcycled Necktie Snakes.

Sssssseee you later!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Igor's Curiosities: Killer Pumpkins

Bored with the sickly sweetness of smiling Jack-O-Lanterns? Or gourds with something innocuous carved into them? I sure am.

Igor has also found Killer Pumpkins by artist John Pelico, whose work has been described as the "Disney of Halloween." but don't be fooled, his spooky, creepy, and colorful Halloween scenes are far from warm and fuzzy.

Freaky, yes. But I want them all! :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Boo! More spooky aprons!

In time for Halloween, I have concocted more Halloween themed aprons for my Domestic Witch line! One features a slew of Jack-O-Lanterns on spiderwebs and the other a Haunted House with denizens of the graveyard. Spoooooky! Peruse them in both my Artfire and Etsy shops. :)

Hurry, hurry....31 Days of Halloween is half over!

If you haven't checked out Mrs. B's annual "31 Days of Halloween" yet, you are reaaaaaaaaaaally missing out on some spooky fun! Giveaways, guest bloggers, and an awesome Haunted Halloween Blog Tour.

And if you a culinary witch, Mrs. B. always has some tasty recipes to try out. They always look so yummy that even someone who burns water like me is tempted to give them a go. :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A chance to indulge my inner mad scientist!

My lastest addiction in my years of gaming are the offerings on Facebook. It started with Farmville and quickly spread to Yoville, Vampire Wars, Age of Castles, and School of Wizardry. The latter meshes nicely with my Harry Potter obsession but I digress.

How does it work? One simply installs the game app and invites friends to join your Neighbors, Friends, Clan, Guild, or Order, respectively. They all have an MMORPG feel to them, though not as huge as Evercrack or World of Warcraft. Mindless fun nonetheless. A host of games such as Mafia Wars were huge on Myspace and other social media venues so this is not a new way to waste hours at a time.

Farmville is just what it sounds like, a game to design a kickass farm and harvest for coins to upgrade. Mine is pretty huge now and complete with spooky trees for Halloween. Yoville is from the same company as FV and Mafia Wars, Zynga, but is a city where the player is issued an apt and goes to a "job" for coins. What interested me is not the party aspect of it, instead it tapped into my love of decor. But it lacks alot of the same money making potential and other features as FV so I lost interest.

What changed you ask?

Well, for Halloween, Yoville introduced some wicked Halloween items: costumes and decor. And, get this, players could upgrade to a Haunted House. *screams with evil glee* I wasted no time moving into my new spooky crib and getting set up with creepy furniture. Yesterday, I got a witches cauldron for my kitchen. Today I learned that new items have been added including a *be still my beating heart* MAD SCIENTIST collection of goodies!

I MUST have these, ASAP.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Star in Southpark!!

OK, not really. But you can make a custom avatar of you as a character, like I did.

Me, all ready for Halloween, the BEST night of the year! :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Caught in a Web: MSC's featured item on Mrs. B's 31 Days of Halloween!

Glad you stopped by...a spooky welcometo you!! :)

As most of you know, I am participating in Mrs. B's annual 31 Days of Halloween. Well, today is day that my donation is featured, a Spiderweb & Stripes Batwing Apron for domestic witches. :)

While you're there, check out the previous day's for exceptionally creative Halloween bloggers and artists. And remember, there are 10 more days til the BIG night!

Friday, October 9, 2009

What in the heck are Igor 's Curiosities?

What do you think of when you hear "Mad Scientist"? No, not menacing castles, although those are excellent locations for an alchemist's lair. And no, not getting struck by lightning or playing with cadavers. Why, experiments, of course!

Wikipedia makes the distinction between archetypes: "...A quick way to tell the difference is that a mad scientist thinks "can I do this" whilst an evil genius thinks "what can I use this for?" Those with Mad Craft Skills embody a bit of both in their 'experiments'. And the mediums have a wide range - from Photoshop to fabric to paint.

OK, getting to the point...

As promised when I started this blog, this post begins a random series to highlight clever creations which are aptly named "Igor's Curiosities". Curiosities are defined as "..a strange, rare, or peculiar object. An oddity." Rather than see the hunchback assistant as a bumbling liability, I view Igor as more of a creepy yet endearing muse.

So.....the MSC Lab is henceforth also a forum to give props to those who push the envelope. Or should I say "flip the switch" to try something unique and ingenious.

Shall we begin....*drumroll please*

The first installment is for those graphic art mad scientists out there who also love Halloween. Design Live shares 30 wickedly delicious tutorials to create creepy retouched photos or scary graphics to celebrate the season. Muhahahaha!

The debut of Friday's F Word!

Just for sake of twisted entertainment value, every Friday (cos we ALL love the weekend!), the MSC Lab will be passing along an online tidbit that fits the category of either "Freaky" or "Funny". It just so happens that the inaugural selection is BOTH. :)

The Domestic Witch herself, Mrs. B., recently introduced me to the most wonderful book site ever: Quirk Books. As a lifelong avid bookworm, moi was like a kid in a candy store perusing the twisted goodies in this store. From "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" to "Crochet a Cthulhu" to "How to Tell if Your Boyfriend is Possessed by Demons." Great fun for those who embrace the strange and morbid things in life.

Now go forth and celebrate Quirktober!

Oh what a tanged web we weave.....

Want an MSC Halloween item for FREE? My wicked Spiderweb earrings are the Trick or Treat giveaway of the day. Check out the Artfire Ghoul's Guild blog for more info. :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

MSC featured on the Ghoul's Guild blog!

Artfire's guild for creatures of the night, Ghoul's Guild, has featured my shop on its blog today! YAY!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Trick or Treat on Artfire!!

TRICK or TREAT 2009 has now begun!!

On Oct. 1, 13 days of deals, prizes, and spooky fun from the Ghoul's Guild, Artfire's creative creatures of the night, starts! For more info, visit the blog.

Mad Science Creations is also participating so I have been busy as a bat stocking my store with tons of goodies. Working on some brand new Halloween themed designs that will be listed in the coming weeks as well.

Promotion info below:

Coupon Code: GHOULS09MSC
Details: Free Shipping on US and Canadian orders (coupon code is valid for the entire month of October)

Stop on by!