Jack O’ Lantern in the box (Shelf-Size)

IMG_0143Hello there everyone. As I said in one of my previous posts, I’ve been hard at work on some new projects. Hopefully the paint dries on enough of the others that I can show you this week. In the meantime, I have a bit of news.

One of the first projects I did for the site was a Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Jack o’ Lantern in-the-box. Since then I’ve had more than a few requests by folks who wanted the box but would rather just buy it outright rather than follow the tutorial. Unfortunately, the Jack in that project is about two feet tall and his box is made of 3/4″ plywood. He weighs more than ten pounds. I just couldn’t come up with a way to get that guy from my front door to yours for less than $200.

But the idea stuck with me a a few days ago I just thought what the hell. I acquired the materials and built a smaller, lighter, more shipping-friendly Jack. And here he is.

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Wednesday Weirdness

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Hello my long-neglected Minions. ’tis I, your friendly neighborhood Scarydad. Hard at work up in here too. It’s been a long time coming, but I have projects on the bench. That’s right, Sequel and the crew have been letting me out of the box every now and then. And what do I do with my nw-found freedom? Do I watch TV or play video games? HELL NO!

Whenever I can I’m out at the bench doing what I can to bring you some brilliance. And I have some things on the way soon. Just a little more patience, my friends. In the meantime, enjoy the following Weirdness. From me to you.  Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Scarydad.com

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Hello there yon Minions. A happy Monday to you all. Tonight we celebrate the birthday of Scarydad.com: The Website.

A lot has happened this past 365 days. We had a baby, I had surgery on my knee (on Halloween no less!), I’ve been writing a book- a few pages every night, in fact. I’ve also been regularly writing for Dumb White Husband. On the personal side, we’ve had events and adventures seemingly every weekend and when I have had a chance to get out into the lab, I have a list of things needing to be done that makes off-season Halloween prep a hard sell to the ever-patient Bride of Scarydad.

But that’s all about to change. The other day as we talked over a nice bloody steak, she mentioned that the year was already half-gone and what were my plans for Halloween because I hadn’t been talking about it much.

Well, I’ve been slowly buying parts and pieces to have plenty of raw materials for projects. I’ve bookmarked several really cool ideas on Pinterest and other places around the web and have some pretty nice projects in the works. Halloween is on a Friday this year so I plan to have an epic party as well. Spawn of Scarydad has been asking for Halloween since November 1, so that should be fun. I will have hopefully finished my book by then and will have freed up time for writing in my little piece of the internet more often than I am able to do now.

So, things are looking great. I’m busier than ever and have great plans for the second half of the year. Thanks for sticking around!

 

Maleficent

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When I was a kid my little sister watched Sleeping Beauty on infinite repeat. She had a way of getting hooked on a movie and just running it over and over until you were sure the tape would wear out. Because of this, I am very familiar with the story and to be honest, Maleficent has always been one of my favorite Disney villains. I had heard that they made her the good guy somehow in the new live-action movie and I have to say I was a bit grumpy going in to it. I don’t like it when they do the “untold story” on established characters or change them to fit some new role. That’s just not cool.

However, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. In this film, she starts out good but is horribly and violently betrayed and disfigured by her supposed ‘true love.’ When she goes dark afterward, you really feel for her. They did make a few changes to the Sleeping Beauty story that’s going to leave a lot of kids confused when the animated film’s Blu-Ray gets released later this year. And thought I dislike changes like this, they weren’t too bad except for the fact that Aurora is only asleep for about half an hour. Nobody even knew she was asleep at all and her nap was certainly not long enough to become the ‘legendary’ Sleeping Beauty. That’s a head-scratcher.

I’ve always liked Angelina Jolie, though I can’t say I’ve liked very many of her movies. She’s a really good actress who chooses bad movies to be in. Maleficent, however, seems like the role she was born to play. I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Quick disclaimer though for those of you with young ones. Despite being rated PG, Maleficent is pretty dark and scary at times. I would definitely be careful unless you want lots of nightmares. This one has them.