Sunday, January 24, 2010


You might have noticed that I (being Dawn) have been a little scarce lately.  Well, just humor me and ACT like you noticed that.  ;)

I started a new girlie blog of my very own, because believe it or not, I really like decorating my home in bright vibrant colors, and I rarely (ok never) get to talk about that on this blog.  Jayson would kill me and use me as a prop in the haunt if I did that.

So, I have been putting some time into getting my new blog up and running, the web design of it all has taken longer than the posts themselves!

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Not that any of you would be remotely interested, but the page is called Wacky Whimsy and can be found here.  (Well, except for Frog Queen, who, bless her heart, was my first non-family member follower, LOL  Thank you for that!)

Jayson told me this morning (in a voice that screamed “traitor!”) that since I have all but quit posting on NickolsManor lately, that I should just combine the two and call it Wacky Manor.  I died laughing.

We would be the only blog in the (short) history of blogging to lose every one of their followers in one day.  So don’t worry, he was just joking.  Just know that I’m still here, just a bit scarce for a bit.

Happy Sunday, hope it is fairly warm where you are!

Oh, and….. GO SAINTS!  (sorry, had to say it!)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fun from

The next time you are shopping for your favorite haunter or zombie lover, consider some of these awesome items from

No office desk would be complete without its own Glow In The Dark Zombie Play Set.  The best part would be secretly naming each zombie after your most hated beloved co-workers, then considering the ways to kill them and bury them in your October haunt…


Then there’s the Zombie Pet Shop.  I think it would be hilarious to put these in with the family hamster and watch your spouse/child/hamster freak out.


And last but not least a classic for family game night…. what I like to call Skull Jenga…. Stack the Bones.  Call the parents and have them come over to play a family friendly game of bone balancing with the grandkids.


Wouldn’t any of these items be great for secret haunters gifts?!  Love them!

A Bad Theme Idea.

Sitting around, surfing the internet mindlessly, I somehow start thinking… ok, so here goes – another mental mind train you have to follow:

1.  How much the hubby likes The Davis' Calvin & Hobbes Christmas display

2.  How even though we try to do Christmas yard displays here, they NEVER come to fruition

3.  Wouldn’t it be fun to do something like that for Halloween one year then?

4.  Can’t do cute.  Can’t do grave bloody injustices to Calvin or Hobbes either.  Just aint fittin’.

5.  What other comical characters could I slaughter without warping the mind of a 4 year old?

6.  4 year olds aren’t allowed to watch The Simpsons because Bart is a Bad Influence.

7.  The Haunting of Springfield… Yes, Thats IT!  We can do foam or plywood cut outs of all the Springfield folks – they are easily recognizable, we can still use our graves since some will be Simpson zombies…. (notice, this is all coming out in the same number 7, because my mind was working so fast now) and… and…  Bart can be stabbing Lisa, and Maggie can be killing Krusty the Clown – bludgeoning him with a baby bottle, and… and… I could do all the painting and it will be big eye balls and a lot of yellow skin with blood all over it, and wow, that would be funny AND scary.


I guess someone on the internet already thought of it.  Oh well.

Repeat 1-7 to Hubby without taking a breath, and just WATCH him stare at you like you forgot to take your meds this morning.  (“Not in MY yard, you don’t” I could just HEAR him say, although he didnt say a word, LOL)

Back to the drawing board.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Anyone Else in the Planning Stages??


When it’s too cold outside to even BE in the garage,

And paint wouldn’t dry even if you begged it to…

Then it’s time best spent Planning…. Scheming…. Devising.

So I found the COOLEST website called Incompetech that allows you to print graph paper.

What’s so fabulous about that?

This particular site lets you customize your graph paper, and allows you to save as .pdf form to print now or later, as your heart desires.

Square graph papers, Triangles and Hexagons, Circular and Polar, Asymmetrical and Specialty Graph Papers, and as you are about to read, my favorite: Writing pages.

Choose how many squares to an inch, the color of the lines, etc.  But that’s not all.  (I sound like the ShamWow guy, eh?)

As shown in the links above, they have many different shapes for graph paper, which I’m not smart enough to know why you would need those, but it was this little baby that got me all excited:


Yes, that’s a tiny picture, but I still can’t figure out how to embed a picture of a .pdf file, and I refuse to look like an idiot taking a picture of my laptop screen. 

It’s found in the Writing category, under Cornell Graph.

The page lets you customize the layout of your page – how much graph paper, how much blank space for notes, where the blocks are located on the page, etc. 

I think this is just awesome for sketching out your prop on one side, and putting notes about how to build it, or what colors, epitaphs or motors, or whatEVER!   

I can already see printing out a stack of these and putting them in a 3 ring binder for my prop planner. 

I hope this is of use to SOMEONE… and if so, then have fun making your very own prop planner!

Friday, January 1, 2010


That title looks like binary, doesn’t it?  This 2010 stuff is just freaking me out.  Where’s our rocket ship cars, and our robot maid’s? 

On this first day of the year, I wanted to make a short post, no tutorials, or pictures…. no Prop do’s and don’ts….

I wanted to thank every single person that has become a follower of our little space on the web… I know how precious time is, and I am truly honored that you take even a moment from your day to read what Jayson and I have written.

I have said it many times, and I really believe this – the haunt community has some of the most kind and creative, talented and MacGuyver-Like people I have ever had the opportunity to be around.  Thank you for everything you have taught me in 2009, and know that I am looking so forward to spending 2010 with you.

Happy New Year!


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