Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween
-By Debbie Sauvage

Happy Halloween, albeit a few days late! But then again isn’t it Halloween everyday here!

Some of you might not know me, even though I have been here since the beginning. My name is Debbie and I am the madness behind Sauvage Raven Creations. I was so very pleased when Angelique Duncan invited me to become a member. That was six ago and I felt now was the time to get more involved as I have been so very lax over the years.
Angelique Duncan has created such a wonderful place to showcase all of our works and I don’t know about you but I would love to see it grow even bigger.
All of this aside I have been thinking about what was it that brought us here, besides Angelique! Could part of it be our love for Halloween? Obviously some of it must be our love of creating wonderful art.

So why you may be asking is she droning on. Well, my point for being here is to further promote us and quite frankly maybe another way for us to get to know each other a little better. Kind of like meeting the artist behind the art! I know there are many ways we could get to know more about each other, some of which could be short tales of what you did for Halloween, your costume, if you traveled or a tutorial you have created from one of your pieces. Quite frankly anything you might want to share would be awesome.

With that said I thought I would hopefully start the pumpkin rolling by sharing some pictures from this Halloween. I recently got back from a three-day whirlwind trip to Sleepy Hollow, New York. Basically I was only there one full day so I had to fit a lot in as travel time took up the rest. Because my usual cohort (daughter) for Halloween shenanigans went to Disneyworld, I just couldn’t go on without her here. (Believe me I would have gone and spent the whole time in the Haunted Mansion, if I didn’t have to work).

Suffice to say I did all the usual stuff you would do in Sleepy Hollow, visited cemeteries, went to Sunnyside (Washington Irving’s home), looked for the Headless Horseman, located Lyndhurst-a beautiful mansion, which might look familiar to you if you were a fan of Dark Shadows, the original series/movies!! Barnabus!!

All was wonderful but the best way to celebrate Halloween if you’re there is to attend, The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze! Here are a few pictures but this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface! There are over 7,000 pumpkins there that have been hand carved and this is done every Halloween season!

If you care to see more please check out my other photo’s on my Facebook page or go to their website “Visit Sleepy Hollow”.
Hope you enjoy and I hope to read YOU soon!!

Debbie Sauvage is proprietor of Sauvage Raven Creation. Check out her artist page to find links to her shops and vintage inspired traditional holiday art. Visit again next month for more Halloween Goodness.

Featured Artist Interview February 2017: Mr.Bony’s Nurse

To find where Mr.Bony’s Nurse sells her wares visit her (and Mr. Bony) on her artist page on HAB. 

Interview with Linda of Mr.Bony’s Nurse:

Which pieces of your artwork are you most proud of, currently for sale or sold? Share an image of it if you have one.

Mr. Bony would say that he is very proud of all his little creepies. They live within his head at all times & they all get along so well.
I on the other hand, would have to say that it was a piece he did a few years ago & is currently sitting on my shelf behind my desk. It’s a skull with a worm in it, he calls it “worms crawl in, worms crawl out”. It’s a battery operated “mover & shaker” & it has great animation. The worm rocks from side to side as his tail (do worms have tails?) spins around out of the skulls nose (do skulls have noses?) It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Name an artist(s) whose work you admire and what influence have they had on your art?

I don’t know what artist(s) influence Mr. Bony but I do know that he really admires several Halloween folk artists that work in his medium (paper mache). First & foremost would have to be Scott Smith of Rucus Studios as well as Jack Roads. Their sculpting abilities are incredible & the imagery is fantastic. I have seen Mr. Bony also looking at work from Matthew Kirscht. He has a wide variety of work that is so much fun to look at.

What would you consider the highest honor or greatest goal you would like to achieve with your art?

I think Mr. Bonys highest honor has already been accomplished. He is so lucky to have so many fans & collectors of his work.

What is your favorite Halloween icon? Why do you identify with its imagery?

Mr. Bony said that it has to be Jack O Lanterns. They all have such different personalities. Just like him.

If money and wherewithal were not an issue, what would be your dream way to spend Halloween?

Because Mr. Bony can’t leave Ocean View I guess it would be for him to get out of here & trick or treat like a kid again. Running up & down sidewalks & knocking on doors screaming “trick or treat” filling his bag with gooey goodies. Yea..I think that would be his dream come true.

Featured Artist Interview July 2016: Chaos In Color

To find where Annie of Chaos In Color sells her wares visit her on her artist page on HAB. 

Interview with Annie Dunn of Chaos In Color:

At what age did you discover your love of Halloween?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Halloween. We lived across
the street from a cemetery when I was a kid so from my perspective the
world was a little bit spooky all the time.

What is your fondest Halloween memory?

My parents used to give out fresh cinnamon sugar doughnuts at
Halloween. Each one came in its own little yellow bag with a twist-tie. I wish we could do that now but with so much fear about the
safety of Halloween candy, I think that people these days would be
suspicious of food that isn’t store packaged.

How do you celebrate Halloween?

I decorate inside the house starting in September. Then on Halloween
we decorate the front yard and give out cookies. Last year we brought
out the Chaos Reaper in full costume to greet the trick-or-treaters.
That was a lot of fun. There was so much screaming. We’ll probably do
that again this year.

When did you start creating in your medium and what training have you had?

I started digital painting in 2003 but I first started working with
computer graphics in 1985. In terms of artwork I haven’t had any
formal training beyond a few drawing classes. Whatever skill I have is
mostly about time and practice.

What was the inspiration to create what you create when did you know
you wanted to create Halloween?

I think that macabre humor has always been my thing. I’ve had quite a
few people ask me if I could use my style to paint them something
“normal”. These folks want more traditional landscapes and portraits.
There are so many artists who already do that, and it has never really
held my attention. I’m much more interested in things that haven’t
been done before, or in things that are at the very least unusual. The
process of discovering something new while painting is what keeps me




Hi everyone I hope you are ready for a tasty treat! This is a fun recipe I found online for a spring Easter treat that I have changed to be a bit ghoulish for Halloween or any time you have hungry monsters you need to feed. I made the Easter version for a party and it was a huge hit so I think this version will be too. It’s easy and you only need 4 ingredients! Here we go!

1/2 cup un-popped popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn (Brains)
12 oz red candy melts such as Wilton, they taste like vanilla! (Blood)
1 1/3 cups pretzel sticks broken in to small pieces (Bones)
12 oz chocolate chips, you can also use mini chocolate chips or M&Ms (Bugs)

1- Pop popcorn in a popper or microwave according to manufactures directions; remove any un-poped kernels let cool. Toss in broken pretzel pieces and chocolate chips. I used a cookie sheet you can also use a mixing bowl.

2- Melt candy melts in a microwave safe bowl on high for 30 second intervals stirring after each time until melted and smooth. Drizzle half of the melted chips over the popcorn mixture then stir or toss gently a few times. Drizzle remaining candy over popcorn mixture until evenly coated.

3- Allow mixture to cool and harden then break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

4 – Enjoy!

*Original recipe from bake at 350.

Katrina Sosnowski is proprietor of Gothbunny Gifts that scare and sparkle. Check out her artist page to find links to her shops and her fine sculpted jewelry and gifts. Visit again next month for more from HAB members contributing to the Spooks Gazette.

Mother’s Day 2015

Mothers Day gift offerings from HAB, if you need an alternative gift for your mom we have it. Not all moms are mainstream, some are punk, Goth or rockabilly. Some are magical and whimsical. Some are Halloween collectors. We have offerings to say Happy Mothers Day!

Find where Halloween Artist Bazaar Artists are selling there wares on the Artist Page.

Gifts for the goth mom treasury of goth and punk Mothers Day gifts
Gifts for the whimsical mom treasury of Whimsical Magical Mothers Day gifts.
Gifts for the Halloween collecting mom HAB Halloween Catalog


Repost-Imbolc, The Groundhog and the Witch

Imbolc, The Groundhog and the Witch-By Angelique Duncan

Everyone knows February brings Valentines Day and the month of romance and love. Most are familiar with stories of Cupid and his arrows, St Valentine and his notes to his beloved, and big heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates. February also brings that other holiday, Ground Hog Day.

For the most part the modern celebration of Ground Hog Day is acknowledged by quippy comments made by a meteorologist on some network morning show. Nearly lost to obscurity however is an interesting and varied history to the Ground Hog and his day.

Ground Hog Day is February 2nd. This date is also, according to the lunar calendar Midwinter, the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. The days begin to grow a bit longer and warmer, the sun becomes ever more prevalent. For ancient civilizations this was a time of hope. Hope that they would endure the second half of winter and reap the benefits of the coming spring. For agricultural folks the sun was crucial to livelihood and for their survival. Imbolc or Brighde day was a time to celebrate the breaking of the light of the sun from the darkness of winter. The seasons were ruled by the moon and the sun represented and relegated by their assigned deities.

One Celtic folklore tells the tale of Cailleach, the witch hag of winter, who reigned over the land from Samhain on October 31st until Bealtane on May 1st, but she became greedy and wanted her reign to last longer. She captured her antithesis Brighde, the sun maiden deity, who ruled the summer months. According to the folklore, the winter hag kidnapped the sun goddess and took her to her wintery cave threatening that she would not let her go as to make winter last longer than it’s normal course. If on February 2nd, the date of Imbolc. Cailleach decided to keep the sun maiden locked up she would make the skies clear and bright so that she could venture into the woods to gather supplies for the longer winter. If she had relinquished the idea of a delayed spring she would sleep in and the weather would remain the overcast of winter, thus allowing the Sun Goddess to return to bring the warmth of the sun at it’s due time.

Huntsmen and Farmers knowing of the winter witch and her greed for a longer reign of seasons would observe the reactions of burrowing animals at Midwinter. They knew the forest animals would be keen to the movements of Caileach. If the badger known as the “sacred bear” and wolverines emerged from their borrows, saw their own shadows cast from the sun created by the witch and exhibited fear then the witch was gathering supplies and had planned to prolong the cold season. However if the animals were behaving in their normal winter routines, they knew that the witch had abandoned her lofty plans and was sleeping in her cave. The sun goddess was safe, ensuring spring and the coming summer would arrive on schedule.

The Scottish carried the mythology of the winter witch as they migrated to Germany and other European regions. To keep the folklore alive they honored the brock or badger as the monitor of the witches weather related plans and the tradition became imbedded in German and Dutch cultures. However as times changed and Christianity spread over Europe the celebrations of the ancient Celtics and other nature religions were phased out for Christian interpretations of Imbolc and Brighde Day. The similar Christian rituals of Candlemass and St. Bridgid’s Day replaced these rites giving less emphasis on the lunar calendar cycles and weather with an emphasis on purification and the light of Christ. With the growth of Christianity came new calendar systems and the persecution of non-believers and pagans, the story began to change. The winter witch was no longer acceptable in practice and began to fade.

As migrations led Germans to North America the tradition was carried forth. With a lack of the familiar forest creatures of Europe, the Ground Hog replaced the “sacred bear” or brock as the chosen mammal to predict the onset or delay of the seasons. The winter witch has been all but completely lost from the American and Canadian traditions of what is now known as Ground Hog Day. The most commonly relayed story of why the Ground Hog predicts the weather is that allegedly dispute arose when the calendar changed from the lunar solar to the Julian calendar as to when spring would begin, either on February 2nd, Imbolc or March 21st known as Ostara. When ultimately the change was made to the Christian-Western Gregorian calendar the disputes over the arrival of spring were still unsettled. Some thought it best to let the badger decide, with no mention of Cailleach, just a badger and his shadow.

In modern history Ground Hog Day is more of a quaint tale about borrowing animals prognosticating the weather or the punch line of cynical and sometimes cruel humor. The most notable modern Ground Hog event is in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania started in the 1930’s. The event was initiated as a way of preserving German dialect and heritage. The Ground Hog became the symbol for the annual event. Although hundreds of tourist flock to see and take pictures of the famous Ground Hog named Phil to await his weather forecast, the celebration has less to do with the animal himself and more to do with speeches, beer drinking and entertainment.

So given the folklore of Imbolc, the Ground Hog and the Witch, when the famous Punxsutawney Phil is pulled from his nest at the famed Gobblers Knob in Pennsylvania and becomes startled, perhaps it isn’t from the cameras and lights, or even that he saw his shadow, maybe it is that he sensed the Winter Witch wandering the woods fetching supplies for her extended cold winter reign.

Angelique Duncan is proprietor of Twilight Faerie Nostalgic and Capricious Objects. Check out her artist page to find links to her shops and vintage inspired traditional holiday art. Visit again next month for more traditions and folklore.

Can I Get Your Digits?

Can I Get Your Digits?
-By Debbi Decker

That tired old pick up line. A lot of us have heard it, although, luckily I have never had it used on me. Not sure how I would have reacted had someone done so. I do not suffer fools gladly.

But, the digits referenced here are not your telephone number. Rather, the numbers I want are the ones associated with your name. Numbers have power, and the subject here is Numerology.

Numerology has been practiced since the beginning of civilization and is still practiced today. It centers on the belief that numbers correspond to events or hold special meanings that correspond with the numbers. There are as many different practices as there are interpretations, but the one I want to discuss today is how to arrive at your birth name number. Names are powerful in and of themselves, as are the numbers associated with them. There are cultures who give a child a birth name which is kept secret from all except the closest family members. The child is given a second name that is for public use. Some cultures go further and allow names to be given for each stage of life, i.e., birth, teen, adult, and old age.

Numbers have power too. The adage of “what goes out comes back threefold” takes into account the number three. How about breaking a mirror and subsequently receiving 7 years of bad luck? Every culture looks at numbers differently, and each holds their own interpretation of what any number means. I won’t inundate you with details here as you can surf the web to find all kinds of information on this subject.

A popular Victorian pastime was finding your birth name number. This was done by taking the full name given at birth and assigning a number to each letter. The numbers were all added together until a single number emerged. That number was the birth number and, similar to your Sun Sign (Astrology), was supposed to have a high influence on your life and how you would live. So, let’s get started!

Here is a chart for assigning the numbers:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


Now, let’s take a name: Aloysious Emmanuel Hoplock (no reference to anyone, I just made this up). Assigning the numbers associated with each letter in the name, we first arrive at

1 3 6 7 1 9 6 3 1 5 4 4 1 5 3 5 3 8 6 7 3 6 3 2.

Add the string together 1+3+6+, etc. etc. and you arrive at 102. 1+0+2 = 3. Thus, the number 3 is Aloysious’ birth number.

A brief list of commonly used interpretations for the numbers are:

1. A person who prefers being alone, but could show some aggressiveness when threatened and is also good at leadership. Has the least similarity to the numbers 2 through 9.
2. A person who is balanced, does well in partnerships, and is receptive to others. Will exhibit at least one characteristic of all of the numbers 1 through 9.
3. A person who communicates well and enjoys interaction such as sports, debates, and teaching.
4. A person who exhibits great artistic talent, is malleable, and able to see beyond a static image or event.
5. A person who needs action, is restless and is always moving. Seeks stimulation from life experiences rather than mental experiences.
6. A person who is tied to home and family, is willing to take on responsibility, and is also artistic but in this case uses that ability to achieve home and family stability.
7. A person who is in tune with interior thought and consciousness, seeks knowledge of the universe, and seeks the spirit in everything.
8. A person who holds high physical and mental power, and is willing to sacrifice for the greater good.
9. A person who is the most adaptable and will go through the most of life’ changes as opposed to people with numbers 1 through 8. Typically shows some characteristics of all of the numbers 1 through 8.

You could use the same formula for a nickname. This result would be similar to the Astrological concept that your sun sign is the inner you and the Ascending sign is the face you show to the world. In Numerology, your birth number reveals the inner you and your nickname is the person others see.

Take a moment to convert your name to your birth number (and your nickname) and then see how the number(s) compare to your life so far. You might be surprised at how accurate Numerology can be.

Debbi Decker is proprietor of twistedpixelstudio Art & Assemblage Emporium. Check out her artist page to find links to her shop and blog to read more of her writings. Visit again next month for the telling of hauntings and ghostly tales by Debbi Decker.

Halloween In June

Can’t wait for Halloween? We can’t either! Halloween Artist Bazaar has joined up with Spooky Cute Etsy Team to bring you Halloween In June. A sneak peek celebration of all things Halloween for 2014. It’s never too early to start planning your Halloween.

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