Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Getting close to Halloween 2016, where ya been Ghostess??

So, I finally have my own office/workspace with a DOOR to spend time creating my Halloween stuff and things for my Etsy store.  I moved Emily to Brandon's room and I took her room to be my space.  I've been spending some time in here, trying to get a starting point for working on props and stuff for this year's display.  I decided against having the party again this year as it just isn't financially feasible at this time.  I also took vacation, 12 days of no work to leave the house for, so I can devote most of my time to Halloween goodness.

I no longer work two jobs, so that's a plus.  I also recently got a promotion at work and moved to the daytime shift of normal people.  I'm still adjusting to being able to sleep in full blocks of time instead of a couple of hours here and there between work and home life.  I haven't spent as much time actually working on props or anything, but I have been doing a lot of jotting down notes, sketches and what-not for ideas for the future, especially next year's party.  I think I'm still suffering from burnout, mainly because I feel like I just can't top the last party's success, or give everyone something different and better every year.  It's a lot of stress of my own doing, because I think in my head that I HAVE to do better, bigger, MORE every year.  But now I have a whole year to work on it, and more time to devote to it, so I am confident that 2017  will be amazing.

Right now I'm concentrating on fixing and facelifting most of my old props that have suffered damage or aged ungracefully.  It's not October 26th, and I don't even have the first decoration out in my yard!  The good thing about my display though, is that it is simple to set up, and my family know what goes where and how to make it happen, so we can set up the bulk of it in one afternoon, and the next day I can tweak it with some details and lighting.  I might even be able to convince a friend or two to help us this weekend.

Speaking of friends...... A dear old friend of mine asked me to do an interview for his blog last weekend, discussing Halloween and all the fun stuff I do for it:

http://markcombsauthor.com/weekly-podcasts/public-display-of-imagination-podcast/ghostess-deanna-the-dead-end/

Give his blog a peek, he's a pretty darn good writer, and covers some interesting subject matter.

And on that note, I am ready to mix up some more paper pulp clay, and get dirty!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Halloween is fast approaching....

.... and my mojo is FINALLY back!  I had a headache earlier, and went to lay down to take a nap, but for some reason I could not stay asleep.  My mind started to wander, and the next thing I knew, I was thinking of Halloween and the ideas were flooding my brain!  I grabbed my sketchbook and pencils, and headed to the dining table and just babbled on and on to Emily and my friend Beth while I sketched a rough layout of what I sort of want to do with the first room you come into when you walk into the front door.  From there, it avalanched into my pulling out the Dead End idea scrap book, old invitations, browsing through past years' photos... I am ready to start on some new stuff for this year!

The only issue I am having with the new-found "spirit", is the lack of both time and, more importantly, money.  I have to use things I already have around the house and in my "stock" of Halloween thrift and junk treasures, recycled stuff, and scraps.  I have also started a new job, which requires some overtime, but I also have a more normal schedule and I LOVE what I do now.  :)

I can't do everything I planned to do at the close of last year's season, like the new pumpkin patch display; nor do I think we will be able to get married at the party like Tom and I wanted to do, but I HAVE to get something new going for this year's display and for the inside of the house.  I have so many ideas right now, for one room in particular in the house, and a few ideas for outside that will just be minor cosmetic changes to the existing cemetery layout and maybe a new prop or two.

All I can say now is that I am really happy that the ol' feeling is back; I missed it so!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lower turnout than last year :(

But I had fun anyway.  We only had about 30 or so actual trick-or-treaters this year, and about that many adults accompanying them.  I was running behind, as usual, but I did manage to get into costume by the 2nd set of kids, so I was able to get out there and get a few scares in.  Several people commented on "Peter", and I told everyone that the display will be different next year, so they must come back.  Of course, we may not even be here at all next year, but that's a whole 'nuther story.  ;-)  I had a little fun with the post-Halloween photos when everyone was gone and it was nice and quiet.  Photos located on the main site (http://www.theghostess.com)  Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Peter, Peter, Trick-or-Treat Eater

The past few posts have been my teasers for this one.  It's been a very long time since I finished a prop - well over two years.  I decided to finish that pumpkin head prop I started and gave it a body as well.  I present to  you, "Peter, Peter, Trick-or-Treater Eater".

Monday, October 24, 2011