Scooby Haul 2020: One Year’s Worth of Collecting

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Are you getting tired of hearing about and seeing my Scooby Doo collection yet?

Well, too bad, because here I am, and we’re going to talk about it again!

But if you stick around, I promise it will be worth your while to see me cosplay as Daphne. Yes, that’s right. Guess who saw a Daphne Halloween wig at the store last month and had to have it? Yep. This girl. Note to self: Never, ever, ever dye your hair red. Definitely not my colour!

It’s been more than a year since I published my “Updated Collection Tour In Celebration of Scooby-Doo’s 50th Anniversary” post, and as you can imagine, a gal can accumulate quite a bit of new Scooby memorabilia in 13 months. I also cleared another shelf to help better display my collection, which is currently expanding like Shaggy’s stomach at a Texas BBQ on the Fourth of July.

If you caught my 40 minutes of YouTube fame back in May when I was featured on episode 2 of Mike Pingle’s “Collector’s Haven” series, then you’ve already seen a few new things.

But that too was a whole 5 months ago, and my friend Megan recently sent me a Scoob-tastic package in the mail, filled with frightfully delightful Scooby items: A few that I purchased and had sent to her, and a couple of marvelous Scooby gifts that she picked up for me because she’s an awesome friend and I absolutely do NOT deserve her.

I also could not resist the Daphne Halloween wig I spotted at Walmart a few weeks ago, and I needed an excuse to make a fool of myself on the internet by wearing it for something… and here we are!

So welcome back to the scary, spooky, sometimes ooky (what the hell is “ooky”, I don’t know!) world of a middle-aged woman and her Scooby Doo hoarding collecting…

Jeepers! There may be bonus pictures at the end…

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Act Justly and Love Mercy

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Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

~ Psalm 27:14

The LORD confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only He will release my feet from the snare.

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#Artober 2020: My Complete Halloween Illustration Series

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Happy Halloween, fiends! This month has flown by, and as usual, I didn’t have near the amount of time to devote to my spooky-themed creative endeavours as I wanted. There are always many blog posts that don’t get written (I currently have 108 drafts saved in WordPress), and a plethora of pictures and paintings that get filed away in a sketchbook or a filing cabinet in the back of my mind.

This has been an extremely difficult and trying two months (the whole year, but especially the time since August), and while my life feels overwhelming and pretty much joyless these days, I was determined to follow through with one project in particular. Artober.

I did my own version of this drawing exercise that’s meant to spark creative thought in artists, and prompt them to spend a little more time working and less time just thinking about working. I didn’t need any prompting for that last part, but the idea of doing a bunch of pictures that were literally just for fun, and would all be October/Halloween themed? Well, I started planning for it this summer, and had originally wanted to do a full 31 days. Life (and let’s be honest — SATAN) got in the way of that, and come October 1st, I realized I needed to readjust my expectations. So my #13DaysOfHalloween #Artober series was born! Continue reading

Boo-rific Books: “Where Are They? Find Frankie”

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Ever since before I could read, I’ve loved books. And I could still show you countless books from my childhood which absolutely helped inspire me to become an artist myself. I loved fables, story books, mysteries; and anything with illustrations of animals or medieval themes. But there’s one type of book in particular that still gets me excited more than any other: The Look-and-Find book.

Back when I was a kid, Where’s Waldo? was the most well known Look-and-Find character. But I never liked him. He was boring and plain and seriously, there were just SO many better ones to choose from! Continue reading

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula

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I know what you’re thinking.

Wendy, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Meet Dracula is your ultimate fantasy movie title!

And who could blame you for thinking this — a mystery featuring not only Nancy Drew but also the Hardy Boys AND Dracula!? Yeah, we could certainly hashtag this title #ThatsSoWendy.

So while I thank all of my loyal readers for knowing me so well, the truth is that my imagination can’t take credit for this fang-tastically enticing title. Because it’s not made-up: It’s real.

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Mysteries, Monsters and Mummies, Oh, My!

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Velcome, dahlings, to the spookiest month of what might well be the scariest year in some of our lives. It’s October, and while my Halloween content is unfortunately going to be impacted by a number of personal nightmarish real-world situations, I’m still determined to create some creepy content this month.

If you’ve been here for any length of time, then you know that Christmas is really where my heart is. But the Spooky Season continues to haunt me, with its enticing scents, warm fall colours, cooler weather, and more terror-ific Halloween films, TV shows and merchandise than I can ever seem to prepare for. Continue reading

Walking With The Lord

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With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

~ Psalm 119:10

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Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

~ Ephesians 5:1-2

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I’m Dreaming of a Christmas In July: Warner Bros. Studio Store Catalogue, Holiday 1999

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Do I need an excuse to think about Christmas? Never. But when the thermometer in the car hit 40ºC recently during my monthly pandemic grocery shopping trip, I started longing a bit harder for colourful lights, glittery tinsel, and much cooler temperatures.

If I live to be 90 years old, you’ll still find me with a paper book in my hands, not a digital one. And there is a particular type of paper book that will forever hold a special place in my heart: The lowly catalogue.

A few years ago, I had so much fun poring over the 1992 and ’93 Sears Christmas Wish Books, seeing what I had gotten for Christmas as a kid, and making a wish list of things I wanted but didn’t receive. Today we’re going to thumb through the pages of another Christmas catalogue: The rare Warner Bros. Studio Store catalogue, Holiday 1999 edition.

The Warner Bros. Studio Store is a place that I wish I had been able to visit at least once in my life. Sadly, there were no brick and mortar stores in Canada, and in 2001, they all went out of business anyway. But fortunately, my mom and dad did manage to buy me a few things from their store via online and telephone in the late ’90s. And just what did the Warner Bros. Studio Store sell that I was interested in? Two words:

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