Roadshow’s 400 Antiques Mall

Last weekend I celebrated my birthday with my family over brunch at Eggsmart Collingwood Eatery and later, shopping at the Roadshow’s 400 Antiques Mall. My Mom and I spent more than a couple of hours winding in and out of the aisles and booths filled with all assortments of vintage treasures. In the end I came away with three new additions to my owl collection.

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I just adored this one of a kind vintage flower dress!

The first was a miniature owl figurine I spotted in a glass cabinet. I have a Wade owl figurine but this one was smaller and its wings were outstretched. When the woman unlocked the cabinet and let me have a closer look at the little owl, I knew I would be taking it home for my miniature animal collection.

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How could I say no to this tiny cutie?

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The second was a vintage owl creamer with blue flower stamps and detailing. I have one owl creamer already but this particular one caught my eye because the opening was under the owl’s beak and I had never seen that before. It was this unique touch that drew me to the piece.

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My third owl find was a vintage owl Aladdin gift lamp with an Underwriters Laboratories sticker under it (Issue NO. 77,361). I really like the warm glow it gives off at night!

 

I tried searching for more information on this owl lamp but haven’t found anything specific. If anyone knows more about it or any of the other owls I purchased, please let me know in the comment section below.

New Town, New Bedroom, New Beginnings

I know I have been MIA these past few months, but I haven’t abandoned this blog. My family moved to a new town, about an hour north from where we used to live, so I was busy unpacking and settling in. We lived in the same house for nearly twenty years and, as you could imagine, the move was a big change. With change, though, comes new beginnings and adventures!

During the move I wasn’t able to work on any of my polymer clay dragons or tile art. Several weeks passed before I could unpack my supplies, clear a work area and start conditioning clay again. Being creatively deprived for that length of time resulted in me making several commission pieces and finally opening an Etsy shop!

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For ages people had been asking me if I had an Etsy and I had been considering  setting one up myself. With the move, I was faced with a fresh start and what better time to put that goal into motion than the present? Working up to the opening of my shop, I needed to build my “stock”. Between commission work I spent a good deal of time sculpting dragons big and small until I was satisfied enough to declare the grand opening.

Since starting up my shop I have been jotting down ideas for new dragon designs. My hope is to broaden my dragons to other accessories like hair clips and themed series. I have also been working on other clay critters and even learned how to crochet mushroom amigurumis!

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When I wasn’t setting up shop or making dragons I was designing plans for my new bedroom. My old room was all built-in; desk, shelves, etc. Moving to this house meant I had no where to set up my computer, sort my books or display my belongings. Aside from the essentials, most of my room remained in boxes for the first couple of months.

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I ended up finding a vintage desk, simple but just what I needed, at a consignment shop in town. Later, I bought a bookshelf for my literary friends to sit comfortably. The last major installments were my display shelves. I decided to go with “L” shelves because that seemed to be the best fit for the layout of my room.

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My “new” desk and shelves to display my Living Dead Doll collection.
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So many books, so little shelf space.

I am very lucky to have a Dad who is such a great handyman. I shared my plans and measurements with him and he set off to work. The end result was exactly what I envisioned and it felt so good to unpack my assortment of treasures and display them in my new room!

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Display shelves my Dad built for me. I reserved the bottom shelves for my natural history collection and the top for my antique and thrifted treasures.
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Purple bat curtains made by my Mother. Abigail approves.

More recently, my Mom lent me her interior decorator skills and we arranged a gallery corner on the two walls over my headboard. That corner was too bare so we arranged picture frames and other wall decor to spice it up, leaving room to expand whenever I choose to do so. My Mom also made purple bat curtains for my windows!


 

I am now spending much of my time taking commission work and creating new designs and products to list in my shop. This will keep me quite busy but there are plenty of trails to explore and antique shops to browse through in this new town; leaving plenty of opportunities for new adventures and treasures for me to share with all of you! Speaking of which, I have a couple of blog posts planned so stay tuned!

Ginger Snaps (2000) Filming Locations

Ginger Snaps was the 2000 horror film that cast a spotlight on outcast female teens and gave a memorable perspective on the cinematic werewolf. This Canadian cult classic is my all time favourite film partly because its pure originality in the horror genre but also because it doubles as a strong coming of age story. Being the strange girl that I am it’s no wonder that this movie speaks to me. When I was younger I always felt a little bit like an outcast, as I’m sure many young people do at some point in their lives. The characters of Ginger and Brigitte were ones whom I understood all too well and instantly felt a strong connection to.

The movie was filmed just outside of Toronto in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and Brampton. Recently, it dawned on me that, despite living in the GTA, I never went out to visit the filming locations! After doing some research I came across the address for Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy in Etobicoke, which was used as the exterior set for the high school. Try as I might, I could not find the locations of the suburban scenes near Ginger and Brigitte’s house or the park that they walked to. I scanned Google Earth so many times but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Although I only found an exact address for one filming location, I was pleasantly surprised at how many scenes were shot around different areas of the school. Lucky for me, the gas station across the street was another filming location, more specifically Ginger and Brigitte’s hang out spot!

I was on the edge of my seat and ready to hop out of the vehicle as we drove up to the school. The movie scenes kept replaying in my mind like a reel of film on replay. Below are all of the photos I took of the filming locations with a screenshot of the original movie scene attached.

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“Hey Ginger, I think we should get together.” The scene in front of the school when Jason asks Ginger out. The parking lot is barely recognizable now as weeds have grown out of its cracked surface. The yellow based light post still remains, as well as the electrical wires above. Notice the driveway and the dumpster/salt box in the front of the school.
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“Bore. She has that dog. We could kidnap it and make it look like it got eaten by the Beast of Bailey Downs. We still have all that blood and fake guts from the slide show.” The scene where Trina is “begging for negative attention” in the front of the school. The only major difference is that the doors have been repainted red.
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The grassy slope behind the gas station where Ginger and Brigitte hung out after school. The tree is still there and if you look closely you can make out the brick house across the street with the two front windows (the white shutters have since been taken down).
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“See, you let idiots get away with f**king you up. That’s why the big Buddha made me. To stop them.” The fenced in recycle/dumpster area behind the gas station next to Ginger and Brigitte’s hang out spot. The trees have since matured and the graffiti has been painted over in white.
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” Well, officer, looked like a lycanthrope to me, sir.” The side entrance of the school where Ginger smoked in Sam’s truck with Jason and his buddies, leaving Brigitte out on her own. Brigitte soon encounters Sam and inquires about what he hit with his truck. The path where Brigitte stood is still well used and the caged speaker phone behind Sam also remains.
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The bleachers where Jason and his buddies hooted and hollered at the girls’ field hockey games. An additional scene was filmed where Brigitte was reading by herself, getting up to leave after seeing Ginger throwing herself on Jason.
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“Well, thanks. I’ve just spent a week of my life looking for you, if you could just give me a sec.” The scene in front of the school where Sam tracks Brigitte down. Notice the “Bailey Downs” sign covering the school’s real name.
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“Wait. What’s your name?!” Same location, different angle. The scene where Brigitte practically flees from Sam.
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That gut wrenching moment when Brigitte tries to make up with Ginger and is turned down.
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Two scenes were filmed facing the grey box next to the back of the school: 1. Ginger and Jason make out fest. 2. When Sam calls Brigitte over during gym class to discuss tactics to fight the curse.
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The goal posts and field where the field hockey scenes took place.

Stamp Collection Update

Stamps, stamps and more stamps! They’re the first thing I look for when I walk through the doors at Michaels. The problem is that they can be surprisingly pricey so I always use a store coupon or root through the bargain bin for any new additions.

It has taken me a very long time but I have finally filled a shoe box full of stamps. Some were gifts, others were smartly purchased on sale and a handful were lucky finds at the thrift shop. Most of my collection consists of wooden block stamps but I have a few packs of clear cling rummer ones as well. Stamps are key in making my tile art because I use them to design the tiles and imprint the clay. Having a wide range of them helps me to create more diverse pieces so that no two are exactly alike. I can follow different themes or pick and choose stamps that represent the person I’m making the piece for. These are some of the most recent stamps that have been added to my shoe box.

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This horse stamp was on sale and the smaller stamps came together in a bargain pack.
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I lucked out with these large stamps, all of which were on sale. I had been wanting the Madonna stamp for months before and I was happy to see the sale sticker on it.
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These packs were originally priced at $17.99 and I got them for $5.99! I also picked up a pack of coloured eyeball beads (on sale as well, of course).
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I bought this wooden carved heart stamp at the Spadina Museum gift shop when I went to this year’s Gatsby Garden Party.
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Halloween stamps picked from the bargain bin at Michaels.
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Loving the detailing on this dream catcher stamp.
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Out to sea bargain pack stamps from Michaels.
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From left to right: Green cling Halloween stamps from Dollarama, “Time Flies” wooden block on sale at Michaels, Victorian Insect cling stamps, Egyptian Scarab charm ($1.99), wooden block set on sale at Walmart, mini tube beads from the Dollar Tree.

Thrift Shopping Haul: Turner Wall Accessory and Enesco Owl

Over the summer I went thrifting several times so I decided to gather my best finds and share them here!

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Turner Wall Accessory, item: 1465 J205, category: Venice Scenery

I picked up this Turner Wall Accessory frame at Value Village. I did a bit of research on the Turner Company and found out that they were based in Chicago and thrived for about 30 years selling fine art to art savvy individuals. The company claimed the copyrights to reprint popular works of art but they also made contracts with current artists to sell their original pieces. Their prints ranged from elegant portraits of women to city and country landscapes. They company went out of business in the 1970s but many pieces are still sold online today.

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A collection of small frames which I will use for various creative projects.
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More frames except these ones are mini!

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This Red Rose Tea “Wade Whimsies” owl figurine (circa 1980s) practically called my name from the glass case at Value Village. I have a handful of the Wade Whimsies collection from my Great Grandmother and seeing how I adore owls I bought this one too.

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This vintage mushroom salt shaker made the perfect addition to my mushroom collection!
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I found this gem and had to grab it! A Warner Bros. Enesco Harry Potter musical snow globe featuring Harry, Hagrid and Norbert. The song it plays is “Fantasie Impromptu”. I had a Harry Potter snow globe when I was younger but I made the stupid mistake of selling it at a garage sale (even after my Mom told me not to).
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I bought a ton of books at both Value Village and Salvation Army. Two of the books, Watership Down and Never Let Me Go were titles I had been looking for for ages.
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My Mom picked me up two vintage umbrellas from Salvation Army. This is one of the two. I love the pattern and the colour! My cat needed to inspect first, of course.
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I saved the best for last, an owl creamer! I’ve seen owl mugs but never a creamer. This was part of a five piece set made by Enesco in Japan, circa 1979. I just wish the rest of the set was included!

Filming Location for Stephen King’s “IT”: The House on Neibolt Street

“Now the red paint had faded to a wishy-washy pink that was peeling away in ugly patches that looked like sores. The windows were blind eyes, boarded up. Most of the shingles were gone. Weeds grew rankly down both sides of the house…” This is how the infamous house from Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel, IT, was described. Today, if you walk past the corner of Eulalie and James Streets in Oshawa, Ontario you will come face to face with a structure that seems to be torn from the very page of King’s passage.

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Still under construction, the outer exterior of this “haunted house” may very well turn out to be the house on Neibolt Street, where young Eddie encountered the gnarly leper and where Bill and Richie later returned to fight off the werewolf.

IT has got to be one of my top favourite Stephen King novels, along with Pet Sematary of course, so I was ecstatic when I got wind of the remake. Despite the low budget effects of the 1990 version of IT, the TV miniseries was a fun watch and you couldn’t help but want to join The Loser’s Club. Then there was Tim Curry’s portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, which was both spine tingling and rather comic at times. Still, there is no denying that the story needed to be rekindled. This time it will return to fans old and new as a full length feature film, aiming for an R rating by trying to hold true to King’s original work.

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View from the side of the house featuring chipped paint and boarded windows.

Keeping tabs on the remake, I was well aware that the house was in the process of being built. Bummed that I missed the hype in Port Hope, my family knew that I was itching to see this house in the flesh. I asked the burning question and the other day we drove an hour away to check it out.

Peeking out from the trees and rooftops, the Addam’s Family model home was hard to miss. Just like in the book, the house sits in an empty lot at the end of a quiet street and seems to loom over you as you walk by. The wooden boards and shingles were burned, power washed and then washed again to achieve their old, weathered look.

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Beaten up, rusted and retro cars were lined up out front.
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Wrought iron fencing was piled to one side… Maybe they will line the front yard once construction is complete?
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If you look carefully you will notice the aged newsprint lining the windows. A very nice touch.

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Despite the equipment and construction workers, the house is actually quite daunting, I can only imagine what it will look like once it’s complete! No sign of a clown disguised as a leper or a werewolf yet but I’m sure director, Andrés Muschietti, has a lot of thrills and chills in store for the feature film!

Check out my video footage of the house on my YouTube channel!

Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary Bundle Package!

The other day my long awaited order of Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary arrived in the mail. The limited edition bundle package included a blu-ray and DVD combo pack of the documentary, a t-shirt, a poster and a Terror Films sticker.

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In all my excitement I decided to do a quick Gage inspired makeup for the photo!

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I first heard about Unearthed and Untold when I stumbled upon the Facebook page back in 2013. As a fan of both the book and the film, I was psyched about the making of an in-depth documentary. The inclusion of my fan video was only the cherry on top (you can read about my fan contribution here), but it was the the insider look into the cult classic that I was most excited for.

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A snapshot from the Fan Sizzle Reel.

Bringing Pet Sematary back seemed like a far-fetched fantasy. Never did I imagine that the film would be resurrected again, but John Campopiano and Justin White crossed the barrier and went on to where the dead walk. Oh yes, Unearthed and Untold, talks, walks and breaths! This documentary dug deep and uncovered plenty of skeletons and secrets of the 1989 cult classic. Definitely worth the wait!

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An interview of John Campopiano and Justin White featured in “Stephen King Films FAQ” by Scott Von Doviak… With my kitty yawning fiercely in the background.

It seems so long ago that I came across Unearthed and Untold on Facebook but the first time I watched Pet Sematary was even further back, back when SPACE aired Friday Frightmare. Two horror movies every Friday night, boy, do I miss that! Pet Sematary had a major impact on me and I remember having mixed emotions towards the story. At the time this confused me because I had always thought that horror movies were only supposed to scare you. I was definitely scared, but I also felt a connection towards the Creed family; I cared for them and I was genuinely saddened with the film’s dealings of death.

With the obvious exception of deaths covered in childhood movies such as Land Before Time and Bambi, Pet Sematary was the first film that exposed me to cinematic death in an intensely real manner. I had seen horror movies before but Pet Sematary was different; the deaths weren’t glorified or cheesy. Pet Sematary was believable, starting off with something that most everyone has experienced, which is the loss of a beloved pet. Being fairly young when I first watched it, Church’s death was a big deal to me as I couldn’t stand the thought of being without my own cat. The loss of Gage was even more upsetting. My little sister was around Gage’s age at the time and this forced me to ponder the upsetting possibility of life without her. This thought alone was unbearable but it gave me a better look into how the Creed family was grieving.

The theme of grief and how far people will go to get their loved ones back was extremely eerie. What they hope for is far from what they actually receive; it’s false hope, “Well sometimes, dead is better. The person you put up there ain’t the person that comes back. It might look like that person, but it ain’t that person, because whatever lives on the ground beyond the Pet Sematary ain’t human at all” (Pet Sematary 1989) . That’s what scared me the most; that these characters return as something unnatural and demonic, capable of inflicting more pain to their loved ones than the pain which stemmed from the grief of their deaths.

I became both haunted and hooked to the film, so much so that I doodled pictures of it all over my school work, encouraged my Mom to help me make a Pet Sematary in our yard and even decorated my classroom door with Pet Sematary headstones for our Halloween contest. Pet Sematary was also the first adult horror novel I read and I haven’t looked back after that. The impact it had on me will never fade, and it remains to be one of my favourite horror movies to this day. 

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My kitty has the same water dish as Church!
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My Grade 9 art class portfolio. Featuring me, my first cat and my turtle… Back from the grave!
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I drew this on the back of a spelling test… Probably grade 5 or 6.
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Several Church doodles and the young Jud Crandall and Spot. Drawn on the back of a word search from French Class… Grade 6.

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My first edition hardcover of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary”