September 19 2022 -It is about this time of year every year so far that I have been spending alot of time in Virginia. I spent one weekend in Norfolk checking out the expanded Tidewater Horror convention and then just this pat weekend I was back at Hampton Roads for the 2022 Haunted Screams Expo. True to form I brought costumes and did a little shopping amongst my merchant friends. I was unable to be part of the Monster On Makeup Wars challenge this year as my makeup artist was away on assignment, but I did manage to bring home second place in the Adult Costume Contest. < Many thanks to Charles A Townsend for the amazing images he captured while at Haunted Screams.>This gives me just a few weeks to get together all the pieces I am making for Culling Innovations Halloween Mini Photo Shoot in Salisbury MD on October15th. But First...I have the distinct honor of having been asked to help with makeups for Farragut Forward a local ongoing Star Trek tribute You Tube Film short being done locally. So Time to clean up my kit and polish up on my beauty skills.
"Oh Look Another Glorious Morning. It Makes Me sick."- Winifred Sanderson Hocus Pocus
August 2022- So fall is finally here. That means I am kicked into high gear once again. Maryland Renaissance festival last weekend. This week I am on the road again to Norfolk VA for TideWater Horrorcon with a quick side trip to check out this years Howl-O-Scream at BuschGardens Williamsburg. Still working on costumes for next weeks Haunted Screams in Hampton VA as well. So busy but things keep squeezing into my jam packed schedule with a new special event I just got asked to help out on in Fredrick MD in October...Shh...mums the word for now..must not Jinx it. I have been getting some amazing conversations with a few local independent film makers and discussing their projects. All this leading up to my first trip to FaerieCon in Baltimore in October and as quick trip to World Oddities..all before Halloween. Then there is the HUGE project I have been working on for my return to Ocean City Comicon once again in December. Never fear dear friends things are very active here @ Nightmares & Dayscreams. Can't forget to mention my true new collaborations with David Insley of Culling Innovations coming up in just a few weeks. Time to get Spooky!! Many thanks to the one and only Father Evil for this stunning photo from our reunion at Scares That Cares Charity Weekend 2022. **I was So Thrilled to see that FatherEvil recieved a special recognition Award at the New Jersey Horror Film Festival on September 17th and I truly wish I could have been there to celebrate his special moment with him. Well done my friend. You deserve it.** -xoxo
Once in a great while even the best made plans fall apart. So it was that I am not where I had hoped to be this weekend before St Patrick's Day 2022. It seems that the combined one two punch of both an ill timed sinus infection and an unexpected jump in gas prices due to the Russian Oil embargos has forced me to cancel my plans to be at the Cherry Hill New Jersey Monster Mania 49 this weekend. I did however make it back from a very interesting and enlightening weekend at my first Farpoint Convention. Lets just say that going in blind I was very happy I decided to go in relaxed and not enter any competitions. As always science fiction fans are amongst the most advanced in the ways of the newest science gizmos and gadgets. I learned there is an entire realm of Cosplay that is scrutinized on a level I know now to be better prepared for next time. I talked to a few of the vendors at length, attended some educational and informative panels and just joined my fellow fantasy fans. These people are a very unique flavor of fandom totally different from the Horror variety, but I think they might also appreciate some of my more fantastical creations...next year.
For now I am home resting and helping my child complete her first handcrafts cosplay of SunDrop from FNAF Security Breach. It is not perfect ,but it is a familyfun project and I tell her not to worry about exactness- after all she is not getting in front of judges who look for perfection.
Even with Covid-19 still rampant me fall got crowded with conventions and makeups. SO I am a bit late here but I thought 2022 would be a good time for me to update things. December was my first ever panel appearance at the Ocean City MD Comicon. After that came the long organization and packing away of everything for the Holidays. Now January is here and February brings new trips to North Carolina for my first Mad Monster Convention followed a week later by a trip to my first FarPoint Convention. So I get to do both horror and Science fiction/Fantasy looks next month. My partner in crime and model Tony Jones will be along with me and we are already discussing what characters to bring to the shows. I think we have a plan and it will be great to get an early start on both Conventions and more Monsters and Makeup. Here is hoping your Winter was Merry and Bright and that your new year is full of promise. Stay safe and well until we meet again.