Friday, October 30, 2009

Vintage Costumes

Vintage Friday

It's the 11th hour - do you have a costume yet?
If not, hopefully you can find some inspiration in these vintage costume photos. If you have, then just sit back and enjoy....

Skeleton Dance
Cartoon from 1929

Daily Aesthetic Fix

Skeleton Painting, 1896
by James Ensor

The Laboratory of Satan
Half of a stereoscopic french devil tissue view (diablerie) from the 1870s.

These tissue views are made of three layers. First is the ‘normal’ albumen photographic paper. Second is a painted tissue behind the photograph. Third is a white protection tissue. If you hold the picture against a light, the colors come through. The glowing eyes of the skulls are pinpricked and labeled with a red translucent material.

Everything Vintage: You decide...

Vintage Friday

A little something I found a lot interesting...
(turn up the volume)

Pop or Not

What do you think of this piece?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Daily Aesthetic Fix

Photography by Tim Walker
Images via

Zombies attack TO!


On October 24th over 1000 of the living dead rose from their graves to wander the streets of Toronto in search of brains at the 7th Annual Toronto Zombie Walk.

There were no reported survivors... No one got out alive... The dead still walk...

Who you gonna call? NOT THE GHOSTBUSTERS!

If you are still not a believer in the walking dead then visit the Toronto Zombie Walk 2009 Flickr site here to witness more gore, guts, and mayhem with your own eyes.
View at your own risk!
Images via Flickr

Caramel Apple time!

Tasty Thursday

Oh how I love delicious sweet and crunchy caramel apples! Every time I'm at a carnival or in a candy shop I MUST get a caramel apple!

If you live in a close-knit neighbourhood (where your neighbours trust you're not trying to poison their kids), then perhaps the caramel apple could be an option to hand out to the 'Trick or Treaters' this Halloween ;) If you don't live in that kind of neighbourhood, then make them anyway and save them all for yourself!

Basic Caramel Apple

To make enough caramel for 8 apples:

* Unwrap two 14-ounce packages of vanilla caramels.
* Melt in a small saucepan over low heat with 2 tablespoons of water; stirring frequently.
* Dip apple in hot caramel, spooning caramel over the apple.
* Cool 30 minutes on buttered foil.

Candied Toffee Apple
Dip in: Toffee chocolate
bar (crushed)

Apple Spice
Dip in: Apple pie spice or chili powder

Double Chocolate
Dip in: Milk and dark chocolates (melted)

Enjoy :)


via Better Homes and Gardens

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Featured Artist: Itkupilli Mixed Media

Happy Halloween.... Muahahahahaha!

The artist, Itkupilli has really amazing mixed media pieces - be sure to check her out here and here! You can purchase her Digital Design Kits and Collage Sheets for your own artwork here. (such as the one shown below - they come in many different themes, not just Halloween) She also provides FREE blog backgrounds and accessories as well as really great tutorials on how she creates her designs here.

To visit Itkuilli's Etsy Shop click here.

Daily Aesthetic Fix: Halloween Countdown!

Jack O' Lanterns, Painted Pumpks, and Pompons in Disguise... Oh my!

All-Things-Creative Wednesday

Oh what fun Halloween is!!!

There are oh so many ways to decorate for the occasion - the pumpkin being the most celebrated ornament to do so with!

Origin of the Jack O' Lantern

Originating from Irish folkfore, the Jack-o-lantern was used as a light for the lost soul of Stingy Jack, a notorious trickster, stuck between worlds. Jack is said to have tricked the devil by carving an image of a cross in a trunk of a tree and trapping the devil there. His pranks denied him access to Heaven, and having angered the devil also to Hell, so Jack was a lost soul, trapped between worlds. As a consolation, the devil gave him a sole ember to light his way through the darkness between worlds. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since.
The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern." People began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.
Later, when immigrants came to the new world, pumpkins were more readily available, and so the carved pumpkins carrying a lit candle served the same function.

Yesterday we talked about the many faces of Johnny Depp for costume ideas here... and you can even carve your pumpkin in his image!

The infamous Jack O' Lantern

Some non traditional (aka less spooky) and pretty ways to display pumpkins at Halloween

Painted Pumpkins

Pumpkins looking ready to do a little Trick or Treating themselves!

And last but not least, pumpkin lobbiers!


Images via Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Good Housekeeping

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