Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

More Creepmas Cookies

Here's is one last plate of Creepmas Cookies - I forgot that I purchased all these cute little skulls until I found them this morning. Naturally, I had to make a few more cookies.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Zombie Elves

I finished the Zombie Elves just in time for dinner.  His Lordship and I have devoured them.  Mmmm - Zombies!

Creepmas Crows

Merry Creepmas - here are some sugar cookies in the shape of crows.  Guaranteed to turn your tongue black.  I know because I had to eat them as I broke them.

On the 13th day of Creepmas

Well late to the party so I have a whole 13 days to squeeze into today.  I got big plans - BIG PLANS I tell ya.

Firstly, I checked the Creepmas stocking and had  wonderful surprises - a travel mug and Krampus soap.
 Another fine present this morning is a kitchen aid mixer in black (of course).

His Lordship and I have been watching the Great British Baking Show and it has inspired me to bake.

I have the table laid for Creepmas dinner.

The menu includes bloody beet salad, maggots in a cheese sauce, dismembered jungle fowl drowning in a plasma reduction, cremated roots veggies and Creepmas cookies for dessert. Isn't his Lordship in for a treat?

The Creepmas cookies will be zombie elves and crows.  I got these two cookie cutters 80% off at Michaels.
So onto the preparation of the Creepmas feast.  Hope you are enjoying Creepmas this year.  I just might permanently replace that other holiday altogether!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Pretty Parcels Wrapped Up With Bows

I have finished the wrapping my Creepmas packages and trimming the tree since tomorrow is the 13th day and his Lordship and I will celebrate. 
 Oh Creepmas Tree, oh Creepmas Tree how black are your branches.

 Presents for Baby M, Her Consort and the Grandog.
Snakes and Spiders get wrapped up so nice with spider legs and pretty bows
 These glitter skulls were left over from our Heritage Center fundraiser garage sale last year so I took them.
 Color Scheme is black, white and silver.  I left out the red and gold this year.
 I found solid silver wrap at the Dollar Tree this year.
Glittery bat gift tags and spider web bows were an after Halloween purchase at Michaels.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Stockings were hung

In honor of his Lordships return tomorrow, I have made him a stocking which I have lovingly hung by the fire place in hope that Krampus would fill it with goodies.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Creepmas Ginger Bread

I have to say that the Creepmas Spirit has been somewhat lacking in me this year.  Perhaps I put to much into Halloween.  Don't know.

I did manage to make this little Creepmas Ginger Bread House.  But in usual fashion, it's kind of a hot mess.  I was going for lots of snow on the roof.  But to me it just looks like gizz.  Sigh.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Peacock Spider Christmas


BUZZCOCKS - Ever Fallen In Love (1978 Top Of The Pops UK TV Appearance)...

Dang - just read on Facebook that Pete Shelley has died.  

When His Lordship is Away

Sigh - His Lordship is away and I have been taking full advantage of his absence to do things he frowns upon.  I took an impromptu trip to Arizona with a girlfriend to bird watch, I am not doing my dishes as I make them, I am staying up late and most of all, watching scary movies.  I started the "Haunting at Hill House" yesterday and binged watched to episode 7 last night.  Can't wait to watch the last 3 today.

I have also made a huge mess with Creepmas crafts all over the house.  I will get those posted soon.  Finally, I am eating weird stuff whenever I want - cereal for dinner, salad for breakfast.  I miss him - without his steady guidance, I revert to a right old slob.

Our anniversary is coming up so I thought I would post a picture.  Yep - I got married in black lace.
Hurry back your Lordship - I miss you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Little Late to the Party

Hello All -
Sorry for my absence.  I have been away in Arizona getting a few lifers - life birds that is, not folks serving life sentences.   But I am back just in time for Krampusnacht.  So in honor of this lovely evening, here is an amazing Krampus doll you can get from Pumpkin Pulp.
Too cute ain't he? Other great offerings from Pumpkin Pulp are for sale here.  I look forward to catching up on my blog reading.  Have a joyous Krampusnacht!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Melania does it again

Wow - the FLOTUS has a knack for the creepy.  She's a creeper celebrating the 13 days of Creepmas.  I shall be away for a the first few days so will join in the festivities when I return!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Thift Store Find

This little gem was tucked away at the back of the ARC in the curtain section.  It originally retailed for $37.00.  It is a fine black woven curtain in lovely condition and a steal at $6.00. I love the spider web detail in the corner.

I adore thrifting - it is a treasure hunt.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Election Results

The Manitou Springs Skeleton Craze winners are:

First Place:
The Green Horse Gallery for Frida Khalo and her cat

Runner up
Anna's Apothecary for their beautiful golden witch with the well placed rose buds.

People's Favorite (for the second year)
The Custard Shop's Captain Custard and Family.
The funniest is good Karma Cafe's Wizard of Oz
Finally, scariest was The Avenue Hotel B and B yard display.  Partly pictured here with my sister and I on race day.
So overall, I am pleased with the results and felt the winners were deserving of their accolades.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


A weird little video done by one of the Heritage Center Volunteers, Ashley.  I am not enamored of the sound track but really enjoy the imagery.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Done and Dusted

Well with the last of the lights bulbs stored above the garage, Halloween is officially done and dusted for another season.  I want to thank all the swell readers who stopped by the parlor this year and left comments.  I have enjoyed a long and fruitful blog relationship with many of you and hope you know how much I appreciate your visits.  Halloween Countdown was fun - I picked up some blogs to follow and a couple of followers - welcome Holli and Rain San Martin to the parlor.

Here are pictures of Halloween storage.

It was the number one query of the party - where do you store it?  This year I "tried' to be organized when putting away.  The real test will be if I can find my skeleton hand wine holder at Creepmas.

So anyhow feeling a little relief and a lot of sadness.  Hope you enjoyed your holiday as much as I did.  Judging from your posts, it seems like everyone had a great time.  Now back to business as usual as views drop to single digits and the most exciting thing in my life is what I am going to eat for dinner.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Wow - I knew it

Here's an article about how Christmas music actually brings us down after a while.  I knew it.  It happens to me every year.

The Last of the Skeles

I failed to post of all of Manitou's Skeleton as I became distracted by guests and Halloween. Here are a few additional very fun and very creative skeletons.
 In the Green Horse Gallery, Frida Kahlo looks amazing with her unibrow.  The folks there said their skeleton from last year fell apart and they put the pieces in this floor grate.  Pretty awesome.
In the window of the 6412 Shirt Company, we have this guy wearing a "villains of slasher films riding in the mystery machine" t-shirt.
 Here is some detail from the shirt.
 The Cotton Club features a day of the dead bride and groom.
 Bella Terra houses this pair of jolly scientists?
 Or maybe it is Groucho Marx without a hand? 
So many of these skeletons are falling apart.  I don't know what these people do to them.  I can keep one intact for years.

Here is another fun Day of the Dead skeleton holding witches brew bath bombs in Salus
 Whickerbill added yet another (I think they have 6 in total), this one running the Pikes Peak Marathon with a rather realistic tongue and one shoe.

Finally, the Goldminers candy showcases this convict who is threatening to steal Halloween Candy.  The judging should happen soon. Looking forward to hearing the results.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Merchant Trick or Treat

Yesterday, I kidnapped a child so I could attend merchant trick or treat.  Luckily, she was already dressed like a cupcake.  We perused up and down Manitou Ave. scoring candy from the store owners and checking out the other costumes and merchandise. It was a blast.
In front of Avenue Hotel B and B
Yum - candy at Red Dog Coffee House
The Lovely Ladies of the Apothecary

You can see I am keeping a tight hold so she cannot escape
As luck would have it, the child was incredibly  enthusiastic about the kidnapping.  She was not the least bit frightened at the haunted parlor but enjoyed playing with eyeballs, bats and spiders. I held her for ransom until her parents paid up at dinner.  Then to my amazement her unstoppable energy kept her knocking on doors until about 8:30.  Pretty incredible for a 4 year old.  
Miss Donut I believe this is the dress being sold at the Legrande Boutique