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About all things handmade …

Handmade Halloween 2017: Dead Spider Hands aka Ally Burke

Last year I did a Handmade Halloween post and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d do it again this year. This time I’m featuring an artist whose work I’ve been collecting for a few years now and who has a wonderfully creepy vibe: Ally Burke aka Dead Spider Hands.

This spooktacular print of Haunted House ($20) features a sort of Frankenstein’s monster-inspired woman with a ghost filled house in her hair, complete with planchette hair clip. I really enjoy the minimal use of color in this piece, which was from Burke’s Inktober 2016 series. I’m also almost positive that this was inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, which I just finished reading.

If you’re in the market for original art, Burke has a number of pieces available. Above is Spookyberry Twins ($100) and it’s done in her newer style. Since I’ve collected her work for a few years it’s been really interesting to see how it’s changed, with more detail, color, and shading being added over time. I really like how the black lips are shaded on the left of the two faces.

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Walter and the Coov at Stitch Rock 2015

Walter and the Coov at Stitch Rock 2015

Walter and the Coov at Stitch Rock 2015

We’re back from Stitch Rock 2015! It was such a wonderful experience and I loved meeting our fellow crafters and makers. I wanted to share some photos of our table, above is the Halloween section which was, by far, the most popular. We sold out of eyeball earrings and almost sold out of eyeball necklaces. I wish people wanted Halloween 24/7 because I could easily do an all-Halloween goth shop.

Walter and the Coov at Stitch Rock 2015

Walter and the Coov at Stitch Rock 2015

Next up, the kokeshi box! I feel like these were not displayed well at all, but those of you who know craft shows know that when you do a show your table gets bumped a lot, and my thin kokeshi kept taking a tumble. A lot of people were interested, but they didn’t want to pay so much. In fact, we sold only $10 or less items, but we sold a bundle of them.

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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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Shop: Pastel Rainbow Chainmail Necklaces

Pastel Chainmail Necklace

Pastel Chainmail Necklace – Hidden Helix Pattern

Happy Monday everyone! I took the day off of work for a maybe-thesis-advising appointment at school which means for the first time in ages I 1) slept past 5 AM on a Monday and 2) had time to post a listing in the Walter and the Coov shop! About a month ago I convinced Walter to buy some beautiful pastel chainmail links and now that I’ve stolen the prototypes, new versions of each necklace have appeared in out shop! Above is the Hiddden Helix necklace, which you can wear in either a twisty or non-twisty state.

Pastel Chainmail Necklace - Shag Pattern

Pastel Chainmail Necklace – Shag Pattern

Next is my favorite, the Pastel Shag Necklace, which is so fun and lovely and unique. I really love pastel goth stuff and these, to me, are too beautiful. I really hope you like them too! Enjoy your Monday everyone, mine will be chaotic, but I’m hoping to get a lot done.

Update: These are no longer available.