Sunday, September 4, 2016


Old wardrobes give me chills, they are old and dusty and smell of past lives. They are usually large and looming and certainly make their presence known in any room. They almost appear to be staring at you, and even so, there is something so mysterious and intriguing about them. It’s almost difficult to walk past one without that feeling of just wanting to open up the doors to see what’s inside.
  If you have a wardrobe, you don't need me to tell you this, when it’s very quiet you can hear whispers and voices coming from the inside. There are also little creature stirring about inside, 

I have seen them out of the corner of my eye. It's true. Sometimes, you even hear knocking and rustling around,... until you open it, then it is chillingly quiet again.

 I am sure there is a small door inside every old wardrobe that can only be seen by those curious enough to look for it and mad enough to go inside. Those who go in, rarely return . . . . the same. 
  Wardrobes, are they haunted, possessed? Do they just come alive on Hallows Eve?  Truth be told, it’s probably all just my over- sized imagination playing tricks on me….... Or is it? 

 I originally purchased this La Guardarropa Shrine Kit ( The Wardrobe) for a totally different purpose, but once I got it and starting thinking about Halloween, I knew I would have to place an order for another one.

I came across this antique door plate at the Vintage Market Days this Summer and I have been waiting for the perfect project to utilize it. I used the Finnabair Mechanical knobs over the holes at the top and bottom which just fit perfectly. When I started going through my stash, I found this dollar store ring that I wore with a past Halloween costume. That’s all it took to get the imagination ball rolling. The rest just all fell into place over at Retro Café Art Gallery, where the Halloween goodies are just “Spooky delightful.”

I started with the doors, adding a stencil and modeling paste. On one side, I added a pair of hands and a brass piece from my personal stash. Next I painted the door with a green acrylic paint. After both doors were dry, I used an antiquing medium to get inside the cracks and give it more of an aged appearance. That is easy to use, you just brush it on and wipe it off, maybe adding more or less until you get the look you are going after.

Some poor Soul's bone made a great wardrobe door pull.

 Once that was dry I added my coveted vintage door plate, but not before I glued in my eye ring and a little paper eye behind the key hole.

 Next, I assembled the entire wardrobe, adding spots of clear glue to all the slots as I was assembling them, everywhere except the doors. You want them to swing back and forth freely.

 Once the wardrobe was assembled and dry. I painted the outside and inside with black gesso. Then I added my selected papers to the outside and the inside doors and walls.


For the backside, I added words and a decorative scroll cut out that I painted orange with acrylic paint and then daubed it with Tim Holtz distress stain.


I  fell in love with the candelabras! I just painted them black, added some outlines with a Silver pen and painted the flames with acrylic paints. The top of the wardrobe was just perfect for the candelabras, a few more skulls and a roaming black cat!

The last steps were the most fun, adding all the spooky bits and bobs to the inside and on top of the wardrobe.To the Rose frame, I just added some guilders paste to bring out the rose design.  I had this little doll house door that I purchased to use on a journal cover and it was perfect for this project. I added one of the little skully creatures behind it and glued it to the inside lower wall. I mean people disappear, so there has to be a hidden door, right?
 Old Skelly was too tall to fit and his poor legs were brittle so I just cut them off. He'll probably use them as crutches to get around now! :)

 I just couldn’t pick a favorite of all these Halloween goodies, the bones, the cats, the bats, the furry spiders, the variety of skulls and skeletons, grumpy pumpkins, the candelabras and more. If you hurry on over, you can trick or treat and fill your bags at Retro Café Art Gallery and you even get Jelly Beans!


Acrylic paint
Modeling paste
Guilders Paste
Folk Art Antiquing Medium
Artist Papers – Teresa Collins World Traveler Pack
Doll house door
Vintage Door Plate
Finnabair Mechanicals – Mini Knobs
Dollar store ring

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Baaaahaha! It’s that time of year again when Tombstones are beginning to pop up everywhere. You will begin to see more and more of them over at the Retro Café Art Gallery Inspiration Community page on Facebook. There is also a contest going on. Since I am member of the Design Team, I am not participating in the contest but I do love the Tombstones and look forward to making them each year.

Everyone is welcome to make and share, we would love to see your Tombstones!

These are the new tombstones I created for this

I love the little Sugar Skulls and word cut outs are just perfect additions for the tombstones. They are easy to paint and apply.

 I added the black and orange metallic glitter for some ghoulish sparkle!


 This is one of my favorites I made, I guess I just love his "devilish" grin!

I love the Raven holding his skull treasure and the mini bat on his hat! 

I found two of these little iron gates at The Vintage Market Days this Summer and they fit perfectly on the stands by carving out two small holes and adding glue.

Acrylic Paint
Iron gate-my personal stash
 Last year I participated in a Tombstone Swap and these are the ones I created for 2015.

Below are the ones that I got back from my fabulously talented art sisters! Aren’t they just Boooo-tiful? Make no “bones” about it, they are very addictive!

                  "Rare Oddities" by Deb Moon

                   "Wicked" by Amy Nieman

                    "Treats for Halloween"
                  by Mary Jane Chadbourne
                         "Poe" by Cat Kerr

I hope you will Fly on over to Retro Café ArtGallery and get your SPOOK on! We would love for you to join us in the Graaave yard!

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Every once in a blue moon I give my studio a good going over and I manage to find things that I have been looking for at one time or another. I also find some things that surprise me like a small roll of craft chicken wire. I think I must have purchased this to use on a cage doll at one time. So that immediately put my mind in motion.On many occasions I've made art creations depicting the famous Marie Antoinette, but I never considered a Marie Santos Cage Doll until I started looking at the supplies over at Retro Café Art Gallery, my favorite go to place. That is where I spotted the antlers. It always pays to check out the sale items as well. That is where I spotted 4 mixed bags of paper flowers by Prima and that along with the antlers was all the inspiration that I needed to inspire  me to order another large Santos Cage Doll and the Marie Antoinette face to go with  it.

In one instant the flowers, the antlers, the chicken wire, and Marie Antoinette all came together in my mind. I loved the idea of making a Santos Cage Doll with her, and Marie being such an interesting figure in history, she gave me a lot to work with. It also inspired me to read more about her. 

  I just fell in love with these antlers from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and I adore how they look on her.

I never remembered reading the story about Marie Antoinette and the diamond necklace, so of course adding the diamond necklace to her added a little history flavor and creativity to her design. 

  I knew instantly when I saw the paper flowers that I was going to use that chicken wire as a skirt over the bottom of her cage. 

The chicken craft wire proved to be a small challenge, only because  what I had wasn’t quite as big as I wanted to make her skirt, but it did wrap around the cage nicely and being craft wire, it was easy work with adding just the fancy she needed to do her justice.

 I love these little tassels I found at our local craft store to add to the wire cage. I added several birds around the cage and some stamped fabric tags along with the variety of fabric and paper flowers. 
                 HOW SHE CAME TOGETHER
  I prepped all the doll pieces with Gesso. I painted all the pieces with my main color which was pink. Next I stenciled the bottom and side pieces of the cage. 

Before putting together the cage doll, I used a stencil on the base and outlined with a gold gel pen,then I added my writing. I like to lay out my embellishments or other pieces like the antlers that I plan to add to the doll to see what pieces need to go on first and how they will be attached. Before adding other pieces of interest to the head and back, I attach the arms so the holes don’t get covered up. After all the pieces are painted, I complete the body of the doll first, attaching arms, face, and any other embellishments to the back and front. (Hint: this is harder to do once the doll is attached to the cage and you can’t lay her down.) Once the body of the doll is completed, I attach all the sides, making the cage, again doing all my work on the cage before assembling everything. When the cage part of the doll is completely dry and the body is completely dry, I attach them together.  After the complete body of the doll is firmly dry and attached, I began working with the chicken wire. When cutting the wire, leave long pieces of wire on one side so that you can attach the skirt together by wrapping the wire to the other side once it is on the doll. 

After the skirt was attached, I added the paper flowers and stamped material tags to the wire using a glue gun. I finished off the skirt by adding pearl and diamond embellishments to the inside of the flowers.

 On the back side, I used letter stamps and added some jewelry findings as well as a large flower, bird and bird nest. I used Stickles glitter glue to give a glittery shine to the flowers edges and on the head piece.

 Thanks for stopping by ;)
Happy Creating!


Acrylic paints


Wire Cutters

Craft Chicken Wire

Paper Flowers byPrima / Retro Café Art Gallery
(I used a variety package on sale) but there is always a great selection of flowers available

Jewelry embellishments

Fabric Tags
Wooden Decor Scroll -Used behind head

Alphabet stamps

Ink Pad