Handmade Halloween 2016: Mizna Wada

Mizna Wada Halloween Witch Pin

Mizna Wada Halloween Witch Pin

I thought it would be fun to do a Handmade Halloween Gift Guide this year and so here we are with episode one! Usually people do handmade gift guides around the winter holidays, but I’m really more of a spooky girl, so I’m covering Halloween instead. Mizna Wada is a go-to shop all by herself so she is the subject of my first gift guide.

Above is her adorable Halloween Witch Pin ($8) made out of shrinky dink, made special for Halloween 2015. I ordered one myself because I collect handmade pins, and you can also buy this cutie as a ring.

Mizna Wada Bottled Girl in Red

Mizna Wada Bottled Girl in Red

Next up is this spooktacular Bottled Girl in Red ($10) which I am also the proud owner of (and the blue). With three designs in four colors the bottled girls are cute and unique. They’re made with a piece of clear plastic inside so it looks like the girl is floating; it’s quite clever actually. I got some early versions and I think they’re even better quality now.

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Crania Anatomica Filigree Skull

I stumbled upon this beautiful filigree skull sculpture a few weeks ago and decided to save it until it was a little closer to Halloween. Well here we are! “Crania Anatomica” is the creation of Joshua Harker and it’s quite unusual. I love how intricate it is, but it really isn’t handmade, it’s been created on a 3D printer. That’s amazing to me and I’m sure it brings the price down significantly. I love that the skull looks almost like it’s made out of sugar, like it was piped in pieces and then assembled. It’s because of the softness to the inside edges of the design, something that happens when you work with something that is soft and hardens as you work like sugar. The effect of the skull is quite fun and it’s a really unique piece. Maybe I’ll have on in my house before the next Halloween rolls around. A gal can dream!

~ Brigitte

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Mall’s Second Edition of ATCs are Almost Here

The first time Mall put up her ATCs for sale I wasn’t lucky enough to get one. Her beautifully detailed watercolor art is some of my most coveted and solidly out of my price range. I’m excited for this second change and I love that these ATC editions give us commoners a chance to own a piece of her amazing original artwork. This second edition is made up of 101 artist trading cards which will be available on October 22nd at 4 AM EST for $25 each.

Read her original blog post here or browse all the pieces that will be available in her shop here. I know it means getting up at 4 AM on a Monday but I think I’m going to have to at least try, I’ve already picked out my #1 piece and a backup. It’s high time I owned a Mall original!

On the whole though I just have to say that I love when artists do little things like this to make originals available to just about anyone. I applaud it and I would love if more artists followed suit. I’ll update you tomorrow if I manage to nab one! Are any of you planning on joining the hunt with me?

~ Brigitte

Craft It Forward Project 4 & 5

Well it’s nearly the end of the year, but I did finish the 2011 Craft It Forward project within the deadline! For my last two projects I made a pair of Japanese washi paper necklaces, the colors are really pretty in person: indigo, fuchsia, lavender, and gold. I feel a little guilty that Heather and Ellie will be getting the same thing, but they are slightly different, and finishing before the end of the year became my priority.

I really enjoyed doing Craft It Forward this year and will definitely be doing something similar next year, but with some slight modifications. I plan on posting about it soon, I just need to figure out how exactly I want to do it first.

~ Brigitte