Saturday, October 26, 2013

Frogs, Fantasy, and Fun in a Rustic Garden (Updated April 2017)

Whimsy on a busy street corner.

There might have been a time in my life when I would have thought "too much" when coming upon this garden full of frogs, fantasy, flowers, and birdhouses, but now it just seems... right.  A bit magical.  And, even though this garden works its magic all year long, it seems especially appropriate during the Halloween season when the boundaries between the fantasy spirit world and the real world seem to evaporate for a few days.  

I tried to capture the flavor of the garden in these pictures, but much of the detail is not that clear.  There might be ten or more frogs in various poses hanging out in those bushes, and there are a few other animals as well.  Stained glass garden lights stand behind the frogs in the top picture.  This was also the home that inspired the tree people post HERE:

In the next two pictures, dozens of rustic birdhouses of all shapes and sizes and colors make this house a must see on any neighborhood tour.

Below, a detail of two more loving frogs and another frog just watching.. in the bushes to the right, some other creature stands guard...not sure what that one is.

Create a magical fantasy garden of your own!

Now, if you are now inspired to start a magical fantasy garden of your own, you might start with some cute froggies featured below:

These frogs see, hear, and speak no evil:

From Joseph Studios at City Lights Collectibles.  Details HERE
Find garden frogs HERE at eBay

Below, a very regal frog prince complete with his own toadstool from Joseph's studio:

A very regal frog prince

This little froggie needs a quiet corner for his musings:

A whole family of frogs to hide out in the grass:

The above group of frogs, found at etsy, seem to be unavailable, but try these:

These frogs also found at etsy: "Frogs with Attitude" by TS Originals HERE

Here's another link to froggie garden stuff... I will check it out a little later (written April 22, 2017) and report back!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Creepystuff for Halloween and the Day of the Dead

So cool; so creepy! 

One of my favorite etsy shops is Creepystuff, which specializes in, well, creepy stuff-- Handmade creepy stuff, that is.  Creepystuff has great stuff for Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations.

I wrote about Creepystuff a couple of years ago HERE, but shop owner Nan keeps adding new things. It might be a little late to order things for Halloween or Day of the Dead.. but not too late to add a few special items to your collection... for next year (on sale) or even sugar skull ornaments or voodoo wreaths for a unique Christmas.

One of a kind monster Halloween frame:

Halloween monsters picture frame. Details HERE 

All of those monster faces are handmade.  Keep photo memories of your creepiest Halloween celebrations all year round.. or just during the Halloween season.

Day of the Dead Box:

Features 9 detailed, handpainted sugar skulls & loads of flowers.   Details HERE.
"One of a kind, original, handpainted Day of the Dead sugar skulls & flowers wooden box.  Varnished. Measures 7" x 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" deep. Nice size for jewelry, trinkets, etc."  Or to hold small oddities and curiosities?

Great sign for announcing the haunting time of the year:

Werewolf leg, coffins, ghost, a witch & more! Details HERE.
Sugar skulls

And let's not forget that it's also time to celebrate the Day of the Dead:

Sugar skulls are traditional, and Creepystuff has polymer sugar skulls --- in an assortment of colors ----ready for hanging now.. or on your Christmas tree!  Here's a red one, but they are available in purple, blue, violet stripes as well.

Original handmade sugar skull polymer clay ornament.  Details HERE

All of your voodoo or zombie decorating needs

Creepystuff has great stuff for all of your voodoo, zombie, Halloween, or Day of the Dead needs. Finally, don't miss the cute zombie couple in their coffins:

Nothing says eternal love like a zombie couple in their coffins!  Details HERE.
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