Halloween Party Aftermath

Gargoyle that is finicky about turning on, $40.00

Skeleton that talks, $19.99

Giant fuzzy spider, $9.99

Black and White horror movie DVD $3.49

10 gravestones $1.00 and up

Sticky blood for windows $1.99 each

10 red light bulbs @ $2.49 each

6 blacklight bulbs @ $1.00 each

bags and bags of spider web, 89 cents each

Stocked bar, $150.00

Countless other decorations that took 2 months to collect and two weeks to put up…..you don’t even want to know$$

Friends in funny costumes, volunteers willing to drink “bloody beer”, people who act like frankenstein, talk like a vampire or eat a “poison apple”; reading edgar allen poetry by the fire, those who stoke a bonfire all night, not having to count costume contest votes myself, Dj’s who play scary records, people who clean up after themselves, halloween dares, and fifty guests who had fun…..priceless.

Husband doing the dishes next day and vacuuming—-even MORE priceless.

See ya next year!

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Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland 2008–It’s Bizarre to not go!

Well, the most fun “craft” show is returning to Cleveland again this year.  First let me be a bit of a lame writer, and post the “official” press release first.  I’ll include my own two cents after the release.

Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland, the Northeast Ohio branch of this beloved national indie craft fair (with branches in Boston, San Francisco, Austin, LA and more) is returning for its 4th annual show — the biggest and best one yet!

With over 75 vendors from NEO and surrounding states, more than double the number of previous years, Bazaar Bizarre is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday gift needs — there’s even onsite gift wrapping this year! Buy local, and support local artists!

* Saturday December 13th from noon to 9:00 p.m.
* Sunday December 14th from noon to 6:00 p.m.

This year the show returns to the building complex (and former home of 1300 Gallery) where it all began: 78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., north parking lot, north entrance — accessible from W. 78th OR W 80th St.

Show organizer Shannon Okey, a nationally-known crafts author and speaker, says “If you want something truly unique for that special someone this year, skip the mall and go DIY with Bazaar Bizarre!” As the show moves into its fifth year in Cleveland, it continues to attract a wide range of amazing artists who offer something for everyone.

Now as far as my own two cents:

You’re bizarre if you don’t go to this show. The fact that Cleveland get this national show in addition to other cities such as San Fran, Boston and L.A. just goes to show how cool Cleveland’s art scene really is.  We’ve got enough fun artists here to give shoppers plenty of opportunities to find unique handmade items.  I went and perused the vendor list and there’s all sorts of goodies this year from organic baby clothes, some rather interesting cleveland based t’s, soaps, jewelry, recycled homegoods, and more.  I’ll actually be there this year (Valerie Tyler Designs ) as well as some of my personal favorite Cleveland artists such as Gina DeSantis with her GORGEOUS ceramics, and the folks of Cleveland Handmade will be as well.

So yeah, come check it out and get your holiday shopping on in one cool place.