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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's day and Spooky Hollow coffee table book!

Spooky Hollow coffee table book!

I forgot all about my self published coffee table book! This is NOT the story book that is being published by a publishing company next year. This book is filled with color photos of my art. You can buy it as a hard cover or soft cover with other options available or you can buy it from me signed. The book is beautiful!  Just click on the little book/banner below to buy it from Blurb and peek at some pages. Other than that happy Father's day! I hope you have a fun special day with your family! My next blog post will be about a new contest so be sure to watch out for it!
Also before I go if you would like to keep up with our crazy haunted house evidence videos please subscribe to my YouTube channel. If you do you see new videos right away. One video has almost 2,000 hits. My channel has about 18,000 hits! It's my way of showing friends and family what is going on in my home and it helps me deal with it in away. It is also very interesting and total proof of the paranormal.  Here is the link.

My haunted house youtube channel. Please subscribe!

Just click the link above.

You can also read about my haunted home in my other blog called Extreme Haunting. Here is that link.

Have a boo-ti-ful day!
Carmen and Grimmy Reaper!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Spooky Hollow children's book & 5th annual Golden Grimmy award!

Wow.....I can't believe I haven't posted in a year! I knew that I was a bad blogger but oh my gosh lol! A lot has happened since the last time I posted. After disappointments and a very long wait my Spooky Hollow Children's book is finally being published! My book will be released in the fall of 2014. That sounds like such a long time from now but I could have chosen the spring. I wanted the book to be released before Halloween so it will be worth the wait and fall was the right choice! I'm really glad that they even gave me a choice. When it is released you can either purchase one from me signed or buy one at Barnes and Nobles or So this is the OFFICIAL announcement that my book will be published next year. I will make a post THE DAY you can purchase one lol. It is an illustrated children's chapter book for ages 7-11 or older! There will be tons of illustrations along with the story. This is taking up most of my time so I am not getting out as many monster dolls as I would like to but next year I plan on building an army and hitting every show I have ever been invited to do! I have never accepted to do shows in other states before but with the book coming I am hitting all of them lol. My dream is to to comicon and there is a tiny tiny chance that might be possible. When I have all the shows lined up I will send out a letter and post showing you where I will be and when. I am so excited about next year I could burst. I hope it gets here quickly but this gives me plenty of time to prepare!

 For a long time I didn't know where I fit in the folk art or Halloween art world. I am horrible at groups and dropped out of any that I belonged to. I never accepted any show invites because I was just to nervous and scared to do them out of state and I really don't know why. I felt my characters were to cartoony to really fit in with the Halloween art scene. I wanted to get in magazines to feel like I fit in which was so stupid. I didn't need to prove myself.  My Grimmy dolls do that one their own. I have always been a loner and because of me dropping out of groups or not accepting invitations I ticked off a woman. I had a person who belonged to one of the groups I left call me one day. She asked me who my publisher was and I told her. The next thing I knew she said she had to go and she was calling me back. She never did making it pretty obvious that all she wanted to know was who my publisher was. This same person had called me in the past and with each phone call I got the low down on just about every Halloween artist there is and she had nothing nice to say about any of them. She was a horrible gossip pure and simple. Not all people are like that and that was the only person in that group who behaved like that. The rest were very nice people but her behavior made me run in the other direction.
She was a friend on facebook and I finally reached the point that even looking at her profile picture made my blood pressure rise and she is the only person I have ever blocked on facebook. It felt so good after I did! It was like a weight was lifted. I highly recommend blocking people who make your blood pressure go up. It's worth it! It's your life and you can choose who is in it or who is not in it.

 I'm just different I guess and at first that bothered me. Now I embrace it. I don't feel the need to fit in. I'm content with my little world I have created. I like being my own person and not a follower. I am just terrible when it comes to online groups. I never show up and post and then I feel guilty so I just don't join them anymore.  The only thing I will do differently will be to hit all the shows I was invited to next year. One is huge so I can't wait to do is called Scarefest. They get like over 70,000 visitors and how cool will it be to have my own booth with people in creepy costumes surrounding me! lol. How fun is that going to be? My son is going with me! That is one thing I like about being different. My cartoon guys totally fit in there. Comicon would be so great and like I said I have a tiny chance of going. So what I am saying is I am so content being my own person, a geek and following my heart. I am thrilled to be on the cartoon side of Halloween and super thrilled that my art fell into a category for children! That was a fluke. I had no idea that children's magazines and people buying art for their children would ever happen. So getting the book published for children just warms my heart. My high school and college cartoons have paid off lol! I might be weird but I'm happy weird and I finally know where I fit in. I fit in with children, comics, and good old fashioned Halloween costume and prop shows! I have been invited to some Halloween art shows led by the greatest people and I am accepting these invitations next year. I'm just a happy monster maker and how cool is it that I can now put author, illustrator to my job description to show my son. I think the thing that makes me the happiest about that is when I am gone my kids can say that their mom did a crazy weird Halloween book that got published lol. It may not be that big of a deal but my son is so proud. That is what matters. What you feel in your heart and your family.

 Other than all that lol. I've been making monsters and I started to make one reborn baby per month. I will post a picture of 2 if you don't know what a reborn is. It's just a doll made to look as real as possible and I am very proud of my work. Here are 2 of my dolls that sold.

 If you follow me on facebook I am sure you know that our house is officially haunted. I'm talking crazy haunted and coming from a woman who has her art, books and designs named Spooky Hollow there are times I am sure I am not taken seriously. lol. I do have a blog about our home but I keep it separate from my work. If you would like the link you can email me though. I just won't post it here.

One thing to watch out for this week and next are the 5th annual Golden Grimmy awards. The problem about the awards are you have to follow me on facebook to get a possible entry. What I do is send a photo of a Golden Grimmy to random people on facebook. 10-15 per day for a few days. I do NOT go by who I know or like. I only send one to random people that have posted on my wall  on a regular basis or new fans. No favorites ever. I've upset some friends in the past because they didn't get one lol. Everyone who does get a photo of the golden Grimmy award will be entered into a contest where they can win a real Golden Grimmy and a Spooky Hollow art gift basket but you have to follow me on facebook or fan my Spooky Hollow page to enter or to get the random Golden Grimmy photos. You can fan me on facebook here.

Spooky Hollow Folk Art

That way you have a chance to get a golden Grimmy photo award on your wall.

This is a photo you could possibly get on your wall!

So fan my page or post on one of my walls to enter to try get one of these..if you do get one then you are entered to win the real thing and the gift basket!

 Here are just a few pictures of some new Grimmy art dolls. They are sold but I always do commission Grimmy dudes so just email me if you want one!

If you like one of the guys above I would love to make one for you! Again just email me at
Or you can email me for a custom reborn doll.

Ok. I promise to blog again soon lol! I plan on blogging here the same days I blog at my haunted house blog!

Please follow this blog by clicking the follow button to the right of this page!

Have a boo-ti-ful day!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Halloween 2012!

Hello minions, creepy lovers and fans of things that go bump in the night!
Read my Halloween jabber after looking at print photos
Halloween art photos and my new thing once a month reborn doll photos!

and reborn doll photos!

First off I have been the ultimate horrible blogger but soon I will be making some video blogs weekly. Right now I want to talk about Halloween of course! It's creeping up pretty fast and I wanted to let you guys know that there will be new art listed weekly in my Etsy shop! If you like you can go to my website and browse all the photos. If you see something you like I can make you one similar. Now would be a good time to choose allowing me time to get it finished before Halloween! I also wanted to tell you that my prints are back and better then ever! Even brighter and more vivid then before! You can see all of them in my Etsy shop. Here is the link.
I'm posting some photos of a few of my prints, Halloween art and my once a month Reborn doll. Reborn you say? Yep lol but only one per month! Each one will have a Halloween outfit all year round along with other little outfits I pack up for the new mom. If you would like a custom reborn you can contact me at
I also needed to tell you that I reached my friend limit on Facebook but please like my fan page! My fan page link is the 4th picture down on the right side of this blog! Look for the Grimmy holding a pumpkin illustration.
Contest update!
Yep I have a new one! Here is how you can enter.
1. go to my website and sign my guestbook! The link is on the upper left side of the page!
2. Become a fan on facebook!
If you do both you get 2 entries.
What are the prizes you say?
A mini Grimmy and a print of your choice!
I will announce the winner October 1st!

I also wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful thoughts and prayer for my son and family. As many of you know my son's girlfriend died while in Greece. Some how she fell from a 5th story balcony and it has been a very long and difficult time. After over a month they did take her off of life support and her funeral is tomorrow. I was overwhelmed by all the emails, posts and good thoughts. Thank you so very much from all of us.
Watch for my video blogs very very soon and again I am sorry about my blog neglect!
Have a great weekend
Grimmy and Carmen Ellis

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Win a Spooky Hollow art filled Easter basket!

All you have to do is go to my fan page and click like! If you are already a fan just tell a friend! I reached my friend limit on the account I use the most and need to switch over to my fan page and I don't want to lose my friends so that is the reason for the contest!
Click here to like my page and Enter! I will announce the winner April 5th!! Tell your friends about the Spooky Hollow fan page!! Thanks!
Carmen Ellis

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thank you, Sale & Spooky News!

Hey all you spooks out there! I am having a sale in my Etsy shop to help my daughter with some medical bills. I listed a Halloween charm necklace, Halloween beaded eye glass holder and a set of 3 Spooky Hollow character clay feather tree ornaments. The prices are very low. You can also buy a print and get one free! Just email me your freebie choice after purchase!  As many of you know my daughter Nicole has been going through some tough medical tests. We finally found out that she has a small tumor on her pituitary gland. I am having a sale to help her out with the cost of her new medicine. I also wanted thank all of you for your good thoughts and prayers. They worked! She does not need surgery as long as it doesn't get any bigger. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts! There will be links to my shops after I am done jabbering! 

I also wanted to let my members know that I have taken a licensing job. I was approached by 2 companies and signed with one of them.  Soon there will be some Spooky Hollow reproductions that I will include in my shops! I'm very excited about it and they have been keeping me VERY busy lol! I can't wait to see the reproductions. EEEK! Lots of Grimmy's! 
That might not be a good thing!

ALSO... There is still time for a custom piece of art before Halloween so if you would like one please email me soon. I can only do so many. Watch for a new email next week! Hugs and haunts, Carmen and Grimmy Ellis!

Oh on a fun note don't forget to watch AMC Fright fest! All scary movies from now until Halloween!

Here are the store links

ETSY SHOP Buy one print get one free and new goodies at LOW prices! Click the link below

3 piece set only 25 dollars!!!

Charm necklace only 18 dollars!

Eye glass holder only 15 dollars!
Find all these and more at my Etsy link above!

Pumpkin is my son's kitten! This is the best cat photo I have ever taken lol!
He's smiling!
Grimmy and Carmen Ellis

Friday, September 9, 2011

Spooky Hollow goes animated & Contest!

The wait is over! The Spooky animated website makeover is complete! If you want to have some fun and even play with my spooks go to SPOOKYHOLLOW.NET and check out the gang! Make sure your speakers are on! When you are done playing click the enter button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the home page where you will see the word register at the top right of the page. Click it and fill in your info to subscribe. Everyone who registers will be entered to win the grand prize, their own Vincent ornament and a canvas paper Spooky Hollow print of their choice!

 The ornament with the print is 1st prize.

 Second prize is a free Skelly ornament

 and 3rd prize is a free Spooky Hollow print of your choice

First prize is Vincent and a print

second prize is a skelly ornament!

Third prize is a print of your choice from my Etsy shop!

Repost this on your blog for an extra entry.
Share it on facebook for an extra entry
Post it on twitter for an extra entry!

The winner will be announced October 1st!
The prizes will go out the same week.
Next week I am revealing new Halloween art!
Watch my blog for details!

From now until Halloween everything in my Etsy shop is on sale!
Use the coupon code HALLO30 at check out.
Make sure the letters are all caps.

I have a lot of Halloween surprises coming up so register for my newsletters to see them first!
Grimmy is like all excited so I had to cut out all sugar and caffeine.
Now go play!

Grimmy and Carmen Ellis

Sunday, August 28, 2011

3 Spooky Ebay auctions including Skelly with coffin!

It's time! Time to start shopping for your favorite Halloween art and Spooky Hollow folk art by Carmen Ellis has all kinds of spooks to tickle your Halloween fancy!
You can find my Spooky cute characters in clay, paintings, prints and illustrations! This year I have ornaments with Spooky Hollow gift boxes in all shapes and sizes! You can browse my Etsy shop for many of them and then go visit my weekly Ebay auctions!
My Etsy link will be at the bottom of this blog post.
I am adding new art weekly!

In just a few weeks I will show you the new Spooky Hollow home page! I have a lot of Spooky fun changes coming up and I can't wait for you to see them when they are finished!

I also have a great Halloween contest that I am posting this week so keep watching my blog and emails.
To sign up for my emails just go to and click register at the top right of the page!

This week I have 3 ebay auctions! The large auction is the skelly doll with his matching coffin! The doll is hand sculpted from clay and the coffin is paper mache hand painted with my Halloween Spooky Hollow charcter. Each measure about 7 inches high.

My other ebay auction is one of my black cat ornaments with a hand painted box. Each are made by hand.

Skelly feather tree ornament. These always sell out!

My Etsy shop with oh so many Halloween goodies!

I have Halloween fever and I know many of you do also!
So come play at my pages and shops!
I have more Halloween tricks up my sleeve!

Have a boo-ti-ful day!

Carmen Ellis