Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Hearse is setup

We setup the hearse yesterday after we put the plexi-glass in the windows. We just have to get the driver setup.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Last work weekend

We made a list of what "had" to get done. We worked real hard all weekend and with a little help from some friends. We pretty much completed our list.

The guards for the alcoves turned out pretty good.

We (ok, Karen, Chris, and Jen) painted a LOT of stuff black.

The new mud men turned out nice.

We finished a few things for the Bishops (thanks Preston for our Hearse Frame, brackets, and tombstone templates).

But the best part was that we FINISHED the Hearse! We have to put the plexiglass in and set it on its frame but the detailing is done.

Monday, September 17, 2007

More projects

We worked hard this weekend on several different projects. Mostly getting all the painting done. We also made some progress on the Frieze pieces. Had a bunch of help on Sunday with Jeannie, Tim, Ruby, Matt and Lisa stopping by.

We worked on finishing the mud men and the monuments.

We created some painted boards and a beloved monument for the Bishops.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Halloween 2007 is coming!

Whether we want it to or not. Put the sign up after the big 3 day weekend.

Guess that means we have to setup now.

We are going to be on FearNet

We had a film crew come by on Tuesday afternoon to interview us and our crew. Our display has been chosen by the horror movie on-demand website for Comcast. They are doing a series on home haunters for the Halloween season in October. I think the segments will be available on their website next month?

We will let you know more when we do.

We have been published!

We wrote an article for Haunted Attraction Magazine that came out this month. We submitted an article about how we made our Cathedral Facade. Looks pretty good.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Busy work weekend

We rolled up or sleaves and dug into the remaining halloween projects this weekend. We had a bunch of helpers come by and give us a hand. Thanks to Joe, Macy, Preston, and Max. We had our normal crew here for once and even Jason came over on Sunday.

Got 3 mud man frames made and got 2 of them mudded.

We mudded the mausoleum columns using sheets. We are hoping this makes them more sturdy and last through the weather.

Finished the 2nd cathedral frieze for the alcoves. This one is a guard standing with a spear.

Finished the new stand for the bust and a tall and monument and a large grave marker. The monument is going to have an urn on top that we had to make a lid for.

Did a bunch of detail work on the hearse. Got the trim made for around the roof. Finished covering the driver section. Made and painted the brass rails. We also found a great materil for the banding around the wheels. We used some of that flexible garden edging. Ripped it down to 2" and cut it to fit round and glued it. Looks great and is lightweight.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Back from Ashland

After talking with Mort and the Baron of Darkwing Manor in Phoenix, OR at FrightFest Northwest this July we decided to come to Ashland and stay with them and work on a few halloween effects and see a few plays and drink some wine over the Labor day weekend.

We had a great time in Ashland this past weekend. We drove down on Thursday afternoon and got to the Darkwing Manor B&B (ok not a real B&B but home to our halloween friends the Baron and Baroness Tim and Tina Reuwsaat) at dinner time. They treated us to Tamales from a local store. We rushed off to see Gem of the Ocean at OSF and afterwards snuck back to their place to crash from a long day of driving.

We got up Friday and had no plans. Turned out Tina (Mort) went to work but Tim only worked until 10ish. Tina had left us some apple coffee cake for breakfast. Since Tim was home we filmed him doing his speech. Latter Missy came over with her Ghost costume and we filmed her too. I created a couple of videos on my laptop and after some technical difficulties we created 2 DVD's. We went to the Black Sheep Pub and met Jason and Becky for drinks that evening. We snuck back to their place late again.

Saturday morning Tim made cornmeal pancakes. We went to Pascal Winery with Jason and Becky and met Linda and David there. We did some tasting, bought some wine, and hung out on the patio with a bottle. Everyone went to a play but we stopped at the store to pick up cheese, bread etc and went back to Darkwing to work on video editing. Turns out Mort didn't like Tim's speech so we re-taped it and created a newer DVD. We had Jason, Becky, Linda, and David over and we all hung out on the patio and had wine and food until late. Mort baked a duch apple pie (my favorite and one of the best I have ever eaten). Becky was determined to stay up till 3am but at midnight all the wine she had thought otherwise and it was off to the motel with her.

Sunday Tim made scrambled eggs with cheese and I even ate some leftover apple pie. We went to Wiesingers Winery and did a bit more tasting (hair of the dog as they say). We bought a bottle and had some snacks on the deck. We all went into town and we saw Distracted (a play about dealing with a child with AHDD and how to treat him). After the play we hung around town and then went to dinner at the local brewery where Tim and Tina joined us. We all went to Taming of the Shrew in the outdoor theater and had a great time. We went out for drinks later and Jason and Becky stayed until they closed with us. We snuck back to Darkwing pretty late.

Monday we slept in a bit. We had an Egg dish that Mort made with some fresh berries. Jason and Becky came over to get a tour of the Morguetorium and then we went to Jacksonville for lunch and to shop around. We headed back to Darkwing to pack our things and drive home. We ended up getting back around 9pm. Chris took tuesday off so we could catch up on stuff at home.

What a trip. 3 plays, 5 days, 2 Halloween video effects, 10 people, 12 bottles of wine (ok maybe more?). It was a blast. And to think we weren't even going to return to Ashland in September this year.

It's hard not to laugh (..or hiss..or run away)

Our Mason kitten (well, if you can call 11 lbs at 7 months old a kitten) had to have surgery on his eyes today. He came home sporting a spiffy cone around his head!

All of his everyday tasks, including eating, drinking, walking and sleeping, have all become a source of amusement. (thunk, thunk...)

It makes eating and drinking ...difficult, or funny, depending on your point of view. I do believe he has pushed a dish of food from one end of the kitchen to another....he might have gotten 3 bites!

Dorie, his sister believes he is an alien....she hisses and growls at him and Hal won't go near him.(Can cats have self esteem issues.....if so, he is going to need therapy after this!)

It does not end there....watching him try to sleep on Jeff''s lap is sad and funny - I am sure he will get some sleep when he finally passes out from exhaustion.

He hasn't tried the stairs yet, that should be fun!