The Ghost in the Grandmother Clock

Ghost in the Grandmother Clock

Tin box shaped like a house

The inspiration for this comes from family, and in particular, my grandmother.

Rosamond Laurie Doran died before I was born, in Panama.  She was a nurse.

The names on the tombstones belong to the dead raccoons that were killed by cars. They are buried in my yard.

graveyard with tombstones

There is a ghost in the clock – shrouded, because I’ve never met this particular ghost.

inside the haunted house

Ghost in the grandmother clock

Symbols of the Doran Family

Above the bolo knife is a painting my grandmother made.  It’s the only thing I have of hers.  It hangs in my dining room, and she signed it. She was quite beautiful.

Rosamond Doran

I often sense that she looks after me.

Grandma Doran's painting

Tiny paper-cut flowers

 

 

The Ghost of Triton

The Ghost of Triton

My dad and I used to eat smokey kippered herring on saltines, when I was a kid. The tins came with a key that would open the can. If you didn’t do it correctly, a little metal tab would snap off and it was difficult to get the can open.

This scene shows the ghost of Triton, haunting his old haunt. He’s accompanied by old friends. All the eyes glow in the dark. All the eyes except his.

Triton, detail - top of diorama

Triton, detail - middle of diorama

Triton, detail - bottom of diorama

Keep it like a Secret

The knowledge hungry grackles are at it again. This one is writing with one of Hedwig’s feathers in a tiny, hand-stitched book.
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As an aside, I cut the side of my thumb off while working on this. I made the book with 8 fingers and one thumb. The gauze kept interfering with the fine paper. Trying to sew with that on was challenging and for this reason, I’m especially proud of this one.

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Sixteen Skeletons

It’s a big day in the Land of the Dead. There’s a record release party at a favorite coffee shop, and it’s also Friday the 13th. It’s also my favorite 16 year old’s birthday. So, there are 16 skeletons.

one

open-scale

coco-playing

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(the skeletons outside)

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Happy Sixteenth Birthday, my dear Chloe. I am so proud of you – I love you so very much.

RIP Trident

This is Trident, a Betta. He made many bubbles during our brief time together, and was inquisitive.

In other news, I think I’ve found the perfect item for the company holiday gift exchange.

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Here he is, before the resin is added:

WIP

And he here is a few days after the resin has set:

TA-DAA

Rest well, Trident.