Such was the 2012 Ghoultide Gathering...
Months of preparation, of wild imagination and flights of fancy, all for a few brief hours of magic. This is hands down my absolute favorite weekend of the year, but this year truly topped all others. The new venue (in Chelsea, Michigan - more about this wonderful little town later) allowed all the artists to be under one roof again (the first time in five years!) and I must tell you the Halloween energy was just *electric* Seriously, you could feel it. Pure, creative, Halloween intensity!
Here's a little video, courtesy of Lori Davis, of the moments just before the doors opened (and the near stampede to Scott Smith's table when they did, haha)...
The band you hear (and can see on the hay wagon to the right, in the far back, in places) is the Appleseed Collective. They were perfect, and most of the artists came away with CDs. :) My own display is not shown here, being on the other side of the aisle, and near the door - but here are two photos taken by my dear friend Jennifer Mac Neill Traylor, who was also my "second" in the King of Mice Studios booth (and a HUGE help - thank you Jen!!)
The entire display...
And a close up of a few of the goodies...
Of course, the tables didn't look like this for long, hehe...
Most of these pieces are now residing in their new homes - but a few are left - and looking for a good home for Halloween. ;)
The first three will be available on today's PFATT Marketplace (10AM Pacific/1 PM eastern), and I've marked them down just a wee bit in the interest of not only finding them homes, but also reclaiming my dining room table!. ;)
OK, where was I? Oh yes, back to the show, and to Chelsea, Michigan...
What an utterly charming little midwestern town!
It's easy to see why actor Jeff Daniels still calls Chelsea home. A charming Main Street with Mom and Pop businesses, a clock tower, and right in the center of town, the Jiffy Mix plant. Doesn't get more Americana than that. ;) But lest you equate small with provincial, I should add that Chelsea is also home to one of the best and most sophisticated gift shops I've ever visited; The Potting Shed...
Is this gorgeous and overwhelming, or what? Shabby Cottage meets Paris Apartment meets Vintage meets Halloween meets Christmas!
We also visited a delightful little place called The Bumble Shop, but alas, didn't take any photos. The proprietors of each shop went out of their way to make us feel welcome, even to the extent of little gifts, and putting up posters all over town that said "Welcome Ghoultide!" How cool is that?!
And as for our Chelsea restaurant experience, I have just three words:
'Nuff said. ;)
All this makes me want to visit again as soon as possible, but I suppose next year will have to do.
In the meantime, there are those few Halloween pieces left, Look for them on Etsy this Friday, and if anyone is interested in any of the following pieces and would rather not wait, just shoot me an email. Remaining pieces include:
- House of the Black Cat innkeeper's sign
- Seek Magic sign
- Something Wicked sign
- Annabel Lee coffin box
- Harvest Moon oval box
- Witch Haven table
- Halloween Time Pendulum clock
- Tuxedo and Tabby Tea Box
- Wicked Jack sign
- Wicked Candy Corn pennant
Finally, thank you Scott and Stephanie for all your hard work - just when I think you can't possibly produce a better show, you completely outdo yourselves! And farewell until next year to all my Ghoultide Gathering friends...I miss you already!!
Next up: finishing a few commissions, then switching gears to Christmas and Yule!
(No rest for the wicked, eh?)
Be well, and enjoy the season!!