Thursday, June 18, 2009

Zombified...



So I says to Poppy Fields, I says, 'what do I hafta do to get a piece of your art'?
Sos she says 'make me a zombie'.

So I did.

Deep in my piles of treasure and unfinished projects, I had a vintage ceramic bust of a truly glamorous lady I had started years ago.

I began the task of trying to make her into a truly glamorous zombie. A few weeks, and several maggot trials later, here's what I came up with...





After what seemed like forever, anxiously awaiting her arrival, and fearing fly or maggot loss on her long journey.....


YAY!
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Tattooed and Expecting


Whew! That was a close one. Just finished up a new tattooed wedding cake topper for a wedding on June 19th. Now I can breathe...for a second. This was a fun one, Michelle, the bride, sent pics of her and her hubby-to-be's tattoos and piercings, and I added them and all their personal details to the expecting topper. For more info, and to see more photos and the actual couple and their tattoos, you can check 'em out at http://www.hellinahandbag.net/weddingcaketoppers

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More Rich, Satisfying Tobacco Flavor with Vaughn Monroe


Done and done. :) You can find him at http://www.tohellinahandbag.etsy.com/

Smoking Is Fun and Flavorful with Vaughn Monroe


I am deeply in love with vintage advertisements. I have stack after stack of old magazines that I thumb through whenever I have a spare moment and ooh and ahh at the way ads used to look, all the "new" products, inventions, and what's changed in the world since.

For example, a cigarette ad with 9 out of 10 doctors choosing to smoke Camels. It's just unbelievable today.

Flipping through a Coronet mini mag from February, 1953, I found another great Camel ad featuring Vaughn Monroe, popular band leader.
"I've given Camels the test of time", says Vaughn. "I've smoked Camels for years and they've never stopped giving me pleasure. They're mild and rich tasting-pack after pack!"
Ugh, the thought of smoking one cigarette makes me wanna wretch, let alone "PACK AFTER PACK".
Anyhoo, the colors, the old mic, the suit, hair and smile all drew me to this ad, and I started wondering, who is this Vaughn Monroe fellow, and did he eventually bite the big one from Lung Cancer?
Well, as much as I wanted the delicious, smooth, rich tasting irony, the answer is no -but- I guess we know why they gave him such creepy nicknames as "'ol leather tonsils", and "leather lungs".
That's it, I'm framing it.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

More Fruit of my Frankenstein & Barbie Fixation






Newest sketch, soon to be painting...

Buy 2 Patterns, Get 1 Free!


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