Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Uptight Grammar Gods

Writing a text which contains grammar errors can damage your image and affect the first impression people may have.

Whitesmoke grammar software

OK! All you uptight grammar Gods, YES I’m a Grammar Goon . . . so there! I guess my image is really damaged . . . COOL!!!
Bugs & Hisses

Friday, December 19, 2008

My favorite Christmas song!... zat you santa claus?

zat you santa claus By Louis Armstrong

'Zat you, Santa Claus?

Gifts I'm preparin'
For some Christmas sharin'
But I pause because
Hangin' my stockin'
I can hear a knockin'
'Zat you, Santa Claus

Sure is dark out
Not the slighest spark out
Pardon my clackin' jaws
Uh, who there
Who is it
Uh, stoppin' for a visit
'Zat you, Santa Claus

Are you bringin' a present for me
Something pleasantly pleasant for me
That's what I've been waitin' for
Would you mind slippin' it under the door

Four winds are howlin'
Or maybe that be growlin'
My legs feel like straws
Oh my, my, me, my
Kindly would you reply
'Zat you, Santa Claus

Oh hangin' my stockin'
I can hear a knockin'
'Zat you, Santa Claus

Yeah, say now
Hey there, who is it
Stoppin' for a visit
'Zat you, Santa Claus

Whoa there Santa you gave me a scare
Now stop teasin' 'cause I know you're there
We don't believe in no goblins today
But I can't explain why I'm shakin' this way

Well I see old Santa in the keyhole
I'll give to the cause
One peek and I'll try there
Uh-oh there's an eye there
'Zat you, Santa Claus

Please, please
I pity my knees
Say that's you Santa Claus
That's him alright

Friday, December 12, 2008

Haunted Witch Brooms "Making eyeball stew"

I had sooo much fun creating
"Making Eyeball stew"
It will be posted on eBay tonight for a THREE day auction!!
Bugs & Hisses

Monday, December 8, 2008

Eagle Days at Squaw Creek

I spent a very chilly wonderful Saturday morning with my husband Gan at Squaw Creek refuge Eagle days...enjoy the photos we took!
Please visit there website for more information about this beautiful refuge...http://squawcreek.org/index.html

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"Christmas Island" tree donation

Here is some photos of the little "Christmas Island" Pink tree I created and donated to the Saint Joseph, Missouri downtown auction. All the money raised went to the "Noyes Home" a special home for children.
Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I received some photos this morning from the “Hollywood Halloween” Benifit October 18, 2008.
Children’s arts programming for the Performing Arts Association, the Robidoux Resident Theatre and the Saint Joseph Symphony got a boost recently from a Hollywood Halloween benefit that raised $13,000.
I donated a “Classic Monsters” Halloween tree, Bobbie Cronk purchased the tree in a silent auction. Thank you Bobbie!

I have one more tree donation this year for the Saint Joseph Downtown Association... I'll post photos on Friday.

Off to my studio to sculpt! Bugs & Hisses

I greeted people as they arrived at the "Hollywood Halloween"

Bobbie Cronk as Cruella de Vil and Martha Greer as Joan Crawford.

Monday, November 17, 2008

NEW show in Kansas City!!!!!

My First show in Kansas City!

I will be taking some of my holiday goodies to a new venue for Artist,
“The Original Art Flea” November 22,
Located in the ArtsTech Center 1522 Holmes

All the artist works must be priced at $50 and below. For more info go to their website

See you Saturday!
Bugs & Hisses

Puppies will be puppies!

UGH! I took a short trip to the store yesterday, I was only gone for twenty minutes and LOOK what Elvira (My 55# Black Lab puppy) did!!!!
I guess I will not be putting up a Christmas tree!
Bugs & Hisses

Friday, November 14, 2008

Saint Nicholas with Krampus Marionette

Listing tonight on eBay my version of Saint Nicholas with a Krampus Marionette!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Elvis Meets Betty Boop!

I just had to share the Halloween photos of my brother Mike and his wife Edie.
Elvis is a live and Betty Boop found him!!
Bugs & Hisses

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sad news and a fresh start

It is with great sadness to announcing I’m stepping down as the leader and Member of EHAG Eclectic Halloween Artist Group. I'm leaving due to creative differences, EHAG has become a wonderful group of Halloween folk artists . . . I just don’t fit into a folk art group. I have always loved the macabre, quirky, ghoulish, creepy and sometimes a little morbid dark humor and art.

I wish EHAG members all the best and I know with their new leadership they will grow into a bigger and better Halloween artist group. We will probably see them next year in a major magazine! Visit the EHAG artist link on my blog to view all the EHAG artist Halloween art news.

I will still be working every day in my Halloween studio creating some crazy doll or ornament and I hope to start selling on my Etsy site. Next year will be GREAT! I already have designs in my head and will be marketing my creepy goodies to some great little shops in the Kansas City area. I have been turned down three times by Dept. 56 as a designer . . . Maybe that’s a good thing! So I will keep sculpting my one of a kind Halloween goodies with just a touch of more creepy added to them.

Bugs & Hisses

FYI: For a very limited time I will be creating Holiday Ornaments and listing them as "Buy it now" on eBay. Watch for more unique OOAK Holiday ornaments and gifts designed by me.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Window Displays and EHAG giveaway

Before I became a full time artist, I was a “Visual Merchandiser” for major Mall developers. I quit my merchandising job in 1998 and started sculpting full time.
I have been helping out a friend with decorating some OLD vintage Display windows in Downtown Saint Joseph, Missouri. Here are some photos of the windows. I really enjoyed getting to working in the windows, but they sure don’t have wonderful windows like them anymore!
Because of my new puppy Elvira (The destroyer) I cannot decorate my house for Halloween so decorating the windows filled my void!
Happy Halloween to ALL!
Bugs & Hisses

Go to our EHAG art blog too win some Halloween goodied...the link is on my blog.
Good luck!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Puppy Elvira had OCD

My Poor little puppy Elvira (7 months old and 55#)had surgery on her shoulder yesterday! She is so very sore and cries a lot, BUT we do have her on pain meds. I thought she just had growing pains, but after the vet visit and x-rays she was diagnosed with OCD:

What is osteochondrosis (OCD)?
Osteochondrosis (also known as OCD) is a common, painful disease in dogs. It is characterized by an abnormality in the cartilage-to-bone transformation. As a result, cartilage and bone fragments may break off into the joint space. Osteochondrosis is not a form of arthritis, however, it often leads to arthritis. Larger breeds of dog have a genetic predisposition towards the condition, which results from rapid growth. (The pain from osteochondrosis is similar to the “growing pains” experienced by adolescents.)

Here is a photo of my little Franken-elvira!!

Bugs & Hisses

A wonderful Day with a Wonderful friend!

Feeling like Christmas!

I spent the day with my good friend Diane Houlk, the founder of The Puppetry Arts Institute. We visited a very cool shop named “With a French Accent” in the historic Corbin Mill. The shop was WONDERFUL!! The merchandising is outstanding!! I took a photo of Diane by the Santa display and also a wonderful French puppet theater from Loyon, France that the PAI hopes to add to our collection.
Enjoy the photos!
Bugs & Hisses

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My auction donation to "Hollywood Halloween"

This is my donation to the
"Hollywood Halloween,” a fundraising event for the educational programs of the Saint Joseph Symphony, the Robidoux Resident Theater and the Performing Arts Association.
I designed a Halloween tree “Classic Horrors” It has eight of my Hand sculpted Ornaments. Dracula, The Monster and His Bride, Wolf man, Creature from the black lagoon, The Mummy,
Phantom of the Opera and Nosferatu. The garland is a real 8mm 1955 film of “The Revenge of the Creature” The Tree will be auctioned off Saturday night October 18th
I had fun designing the tree!! To find out more about “Hollywood Halloween” visit the Saint Joseph Symphony site:


I will also be dressing up as a Witch to greet the guests...this should be fun!!
Bugs & Hisses

My Favorite October song "Moondance" by Van Morrison

Well, its a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
neath the cover of october skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And Im trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the nights magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Can I just have one a more moondance with you, my love
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love

Well, I wanna make love to you tonight
I cant wait til the morning has come
And I know that the time is just right
And straight into my arms you will run
And when you come my heart will be waiting
To make sure that youre never alone
There and then all my dreams will come true, dear
There and then I will make you my own
And every time I touch you, you just tremble inside
And I know how much you want me that you cant hide


Repeat 1st verse

One more moondance with you in the moonlight
On a magic night
La, la, la, la in the moonlight
On a magic night
Cant I just have one more dance with you my love

Van Morrison Moondance song

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My New addition to my studio Halloween decorations

OMG!! I'm so excited! I bought a Barbie BUT Not just a regular Barbie!! It's Alfred Hichcok's 1963 "The Birds" Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels!!! it is sooo cool!
So now I have tippi in my studio...I'll have to get a black bird to sit on top of the box!
Bugs & Hisses

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Favorite Halloween Radio station


I just LOVE this fun internet radio station!!! I listen to it while I'm sculpting in my studio. It not only plays fun Halloween music but also fun comedy recodings like "Chicken Heart" by Bill Cosby.

All October we're playing the great Halloween comedy hits like Monster Mash (would you believe SIX versions?), Purple People Eater, Ghostbusters, Will Smith, Elvira, The Blob, Werewolves From London, Weird Al, and all the rest- along with some howlingly funny Halloween comedy bits!

Try it while your decorating you home for Halloween!!!
Bugs & Hisses

Thursday, August 14, 2008

EHAG creative Challenge on eBay

PLEASE check out the EHAG groups (Eclectic Halloween Artist Group) on eBay. We are a group of 71 members who LOVE Halloween year round! This months creative Challenge was "Halloween Carnival" Our member Joee (Cartbeforthehorse) created this GREAT banner for us to use in our auctions. The challenge starts Friday August 15th!!!

I designed a "Carnival of Ghosts" Halloween tree. Using all the bright carnival colors in my hand sculpted ghosts. the tree has tiny orange lights that add to the fun look. I also created some carnival "Bling" by creating ornaments out of vintage crystal beads. I think this wonderful poem describes the tree:

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"
~Dexter Kozen

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New Hairdo!! and Elvira

It was time for a new look. Last fall I went very dark (Red and purple). This year I went with short white hair! Husband Gan need to get use to it...but he likes it. He took this photo of me, Lillian and Elvira. Also one just of me and Elvira (The monster puppy!!)
Have a great creative week!
Bugs & Hisses

Halloween Garden Update

WELL...my new puppy Elvira has destroyed almost all my Halloween theme plants!We put up a 3' fence BUT she still got in! Maybe next year for GREAT Halloween plants!

I did get my wonderful Gargoyle and Frankenstein's Monster head(It's in the birdbath)

Have a Spooktacular Week!!
Bugs & Hisses

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Please Adopt Black dogs!

“To appreciate a diamond, the surface must be pierced to release the dazzling display of color that can come from its heart; but to appreciate the pearl, the eye must simply gaze upon its surface to behold its soft color and peaceful beauty". ~Alain Boucheron~
Black dogs are the black pearl of the dog world!

After reading a story in our local news paper, I could not believe that Black Dogs are not being adopted from shelters!!!! We LOVE our little black lab puppy Elvira! and she is soooo sweet!!!!
Please visit this site for more information on Black dog adoption group!


Here is a new photo of our puppy Elvira in her kennel getting ready for bed and Our three girls Lucy 13 years old, Lillian 2 years old and Elvira 13 weeks old. It's none stop chewy bone war!!! We just LOVE our girls!!!!

Bugs & Hisses