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Friday, April 30, 2010

WIN a Block Head Grimmy!

Here is your chance to win a Creepy Cute OOAK Block Head Grimmy! Soon I will have these in my shops but until then...why not try to win one for free! How do you enter you ask?? EASSSSSY PEASSSSSY!
All you have to do is Follow GRIMMY Reaper on Facebook and post him a hello there! ! Yes the little booger has his own page now. Oh and he is a huge flirt since he is looking for a new ghoul friend!
Now about the Grimmy Block head. A small sculpted Grimmy head made of clay will sit on top of a real ANTIQUE block! I try to find blocks with the letter G on them but if I can't I use S or H For Spooky Hollow or Halloween.
I use just a wee bit of German Glass glitter and seal each one with a strong matte finish.
I am going to let this contest run for 7 days. So git on over to the Grimmy Reaper page and click like then say hi to the little runt! Btw Grimmy is about 2 feet 3 inches high and his cousins range from 1 foot to 1 inch high. So if you know any really short ghosties, monsters or the undead that are single let Grimmy know so he will quit hitting on his new followers. ( He calls his followers Minions btw ) <--rolls eyes... A special little ps.. One day hopefully not too far off there will be a little story book about Spooky Hollow. keep your eyes peeled! Now go win a GRIM! Grimmy Reaper

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Block Head Grimmy & Morton the Pumpkin Elf!

I wish I could wait until I get this doll listed tomorrow ( Sunday ) But I get so excited to show my new pieces I just can't wait!

Before you meet Morton let me tell you about my week so far. First off I was outside near the woods and was looking at this huge hole. I was thinking to myself..self...if someone fell in there they could really get hurt! While walking away from the huge hole and still glaring at it I stuck my foot into a smaller hole. A mole hole I think and...broke my foot. Why couldn't I be doing something glamerous when I broke it like sky diving, bungee jumping or even playing tennis. I do none of these btw hehe.

I have a terrible fear of highs and balls hitting me at high speeds. So now I am hobbling around trying to get a garden planted.

I still have moments where I get a sneak attack crying fit because I miss my cat Salem but other then that things are just peachy!

We finally caught the kitchen mouse but is another story.

I was up early probably about 5 :30 am. With my eyes hardly open I was groping around for coffee. I opened one of the bottom cubbard doors and something pops out at me and hits me in the leg. Yes It was Said "Mouse." It was flopping around in the live trap. I nearly had a heart attack.

So I broke my foot, was attacked by a mouse and was pooped on by one of the stray kittens.

I feel like Ziggy.

That all said here are some photos of items I am listing tomorrow in my Ebay store.

I listed new goodies in Etsy but most of my buyers are Ebay folks and Etsy is soooo slow for me.

Why did I tell you that? No clue lol!

Here are the new art goodies!

Meet Morton The Pumpkin Elf. What is a pumpkin Elf? I don't know lol! ERM I mean...

A pumpkin Elf grows, cares for and guards all of the Spooky Hollow Pumpkins. Every now and then Grimmy gets hungry for Pumpkin pie and steals a few but in the world of SPooky Hollow the pumpkins are alive, talk and are not fond of being turned into pie. They needed an elf to watch over them. If the elf sees Grimmy or one of the other Spooky Hollow regulars try to steal or take a bite out of one he has the ability to turn Grimmy into a block head. As you can see Grimmy and one of his friends are now block heads proving the ability of Morton the Pumpkin Elf. Grimmy and his friend must have been bad!

Morton is about 14 inches high and OOAK. No molds are used in the making of any Spooky Hollow pieces!
This is Grimmy the block head. He is a pumpkin biter!

OH now we are onto the new Chenille ornaments. Every orny you see pictured will be part of an big orny lot auction in my Ebay store!
I did all the illustrations for all of my chenille ornaments
Little Red Riding hood and the BIg bad wolf!
2 sets of the 2 little pigs
Even Grimmy Hatter is in this big old lot!
Make sure you go to my ebay store tomorrow ( Sunday ) April 25th to bid on anything in todays blog post! The link to my store is to the right of this blog!

OK I'm off and hopefully this will be a much calmer and better week!
God Bless!
Carmen Ellis

Sunday, April 18, 2010

In Memory of Salem kitty

I know I have been a terrible blogger lately but I have been very busy creating new work for my shops and doing some commission work. This week I am dedicating to getting all these creations listed in my Ebay and Etsy shops finally. Below I will post some photos of some new goodies but I also wanted to dedicated todays blog to my black cat Salem. She passed away yesterday and I know this sounds foolish but my heart really hurts. I miss her and it was so sudden we don't understand what happened. She was acting like she wasn't feeling well Friday night and yesterday morning I went to go check on her and she has passed away in her favorite spot. So Along with pics of new work and things I wanted to show some of my favorite photos of Salem.
She was a very unusual cat because she had buck teeth. She took the best photos because of that and she was the inspiration for my cartoon character Salem the cat that you find in many of my Spooky Hollow paintings.
Here are the photos and I promise my next blog will be more cheery. I am also going to make a special Halloween ornament dedicated to Salem and will post it as soon as I am finished.
Carmen Ellis

Salem made the cutest hang tags ever

I made this sign because of her name and sold about 3 of them last year.

This was a vintage record box I did a long time ago. My characters have changed a lot since then.

Salem was in sooooo many of my paintings and pieces. Every black cat I drew, painted or formed out of clay was a little image of Salem.

The large Paper clay black cat was also inspired by Salem along with Vintage Halloween cats.

Salem always did something to make us laugh!

She was more then happy to pose for the Camera

I did this paper mache Salem about 2 years ago. The pictures below are just a very few new pieces I will be listing for sale in my shops this week.

Both black and white illustrations below are being painted in today. I am working on a series of Fairy Tale illustrations and ornament made from my drawings. The cartoon below with Grimmy and the rabbit from Alice in wonderland will be painted on a small canvas frame.


There are so many new pieces I still want to show you but I am going to get them listed first.

Thanks for looking at all my pics especially the Salem ones.

Salem...WE LOVE YOU!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Gobs of OOAK Halloween Goodies!

( the 2 pieces above are not my work! Just want to make that clear. One is a vintage Pumpkin I bought and the other is art From Johanna Parker! These are my new faves to my Halloween art collection! )

Over the past few weeks I have been working in over drive so I will have plenty of OOAK art goodies to fill my shops with this Halloween season. I have new grimmy sculpts, Halloween Lolli pops made of paper mache, paper clay art dolls, Oh so spooky Pumpkin men on a stick hehe....Vintage halloween type ornies, Original Halloween postcard Illustrations and lots more! I will start filling my shops with these goodies this week! So here are some pics of just a few of the new goodies you will find and also some sweet pics of my sons 8th birthday and his one of his presents, a black cat sitter from Johanna Parker! My son likes to do whatever I do and now my love for holiday art has spilled onto him. So proud lol! I am also going to have another contest and the prize will be a 3 piece set of paper mache Halloween lolli pops as pictured below! I will announce how to win these cuties right here this week! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! God bless!
Carmen Ellis

The original illustration will be for sale this Halloween season. I am selling a limited amount of prints in my Ebay store.

My old barn wood box turned shelf full of treasures from some of m y fave artists and some of my new pieces!
I just love this eyeball picture lol! I am having lots of fun using these in clay pieces!

See the rusty springs I pick in the woods do come in handy lol! the black cat is a nodder on a rusty spring and he is a large piece that wobbles.

This is a cornish Litany OOAK illustrated Postcard I did for a buyer. It will be in her book!

this is a sneak peek of Pumpkin man!

My son Jake and his Johanna Parker Cat sitter and bootsie the cat

I won this old Jack O lantern and just adore it!!!!

Until tomorrow with Contest details!