Thursday, June 18, 2009

Annabel Lee

No, I didn’t forget that I had a blog, although it seems that way!  I spent a week in Las Vegas, started a new job that takes the word “stress” to a whole new level, and booked a Disney vacation for September with all the stupid dinner reservations that must accompany such an event.  Whew, that was one hella run-on sentence, and pretty much explains my last 6 weeks or so.

Right before I left for Vegas, we attended a Make/Take in Lewisville, Tx where we all decided to make a Shiatsu Grave Popper dude.  Originally a thread from Halloween Forums Prop Builders Group, Dave (DaveInTheGrave) gave step by step instructions for everyone to follow along. 

Jayson, being the mechanically inclined person that he is (thank the stars for that, because I am not) made the grave popper guy, which I’m sure after he sees this post, will update with details.

I on the other hand, could have cared less for tearing up a perfectly good $6 Goodwill massager, and concentrated on a new stone for our lil massager guy. 


Handy graph paper, planning the stone.

Favorite Poem, Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe.  Had to memorize it in Seventh Grade English, and have loved it ever since. 

Birth and Death date – that of Virginia Eliza Clemm-Poe, his first wife, who I romantically believe the poem is written about.

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Carving is done, wood filler texture applied, ready for paint.  Why it looks crooked, I don’t know.

Size: 34”x29”x4”

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Seven layers of Teeny Tiny 1/2” Texas Foamboard (UGH!)

This is Annabel Lee.

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Side view, before the lettering was “aged”.

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I’m sure Jayson will be along in the next few days to talk about his skull guy, and whatever else he plans to do with it.  But at least I have my latest work up here now!

How many more days til October 1st?!?!  AAAARGH!


Diane said...

gawd it's gorgeous!!

i'm glad you didn't forget about your blog! but it sounds like exciting and new things are afoot!

i really really love this - fantastic job!

Chris 'Frog Queen' Davis said...


That is absolutely beautiful...and that is coming from a Froq Queen with 62 tombstones in her display.

Breathtaking. You have me so inspired.

Thanks for sharing.


suzanne said...


And a new job and trip to Vegas are perfectly acceptable reasons for blog neglect :)

Mr. Macabre said...

Seeing the multiple layers of foamboard, our Home Depot carries the stuff in the 2" thickness. You might see if they have it or can get it for you, it makes tombstone making a whole lot easier.
I'm so jealous, your tombstone looks fabulous!

Unknown said...

2" foam in Alabama? You are one lucky person. Stuff cannot be found here in Texas. You can have Home Depot or Lowes order the thick stuff for you, but only if you buy in bulk. We've talked with local haunters about a group buy, but just can't seem to make it happen.

Ghoul Friday said...

What part of the blog post does my brain get stuck on? : You have to make dinner reservations this far in advance at Disney?

Tombstone looks great :)

The Captain said...

For you.

Very nice work on your tombstones


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