Missmonster is the shop of Melita Curphy, who makes all sorts of beautiful, imaginative costume pieces, dolls, clothes, etc.

Corvus Helm, $465


Glow in the Dark Shark Tooth Pendant, $24

Crystal Raven Glow in the Dark Wall Bust, $85

Curphy also sells items on other sites, like Shirt.Woot, Design by Humans, and Five and Diamond.

Werewolf skull shirt, $25

Snake Leggings, $70. They have plus sizes, but they’re kind of a joke. Dear retailer: XXXXL is *not* a size 18-20.

Lisa Toms is a Spanish doll maker. She makes plenty of realistic stuff, but I’m more about the fantasy.

Fire Salamander (note: this is a fantasy critter–fire salamanders don’t look like this)

Baby Mandranimals

I cannot possibly love this fantasy possum more.

Possum Forest Spirit

She also does pet commissions.

Pancake the Rat

She designed enamel pins to fill her Etsy shop between doll sales.

Baby Mandranimal Pins

You can find Lisa’s work on deviantArt, Facebook, and Instagram.

Mini Dragon Spirit

Pygmy Griffin Chick

Dragon Spirit


JennyMonkey is an old friend from Portland, Oregon. She used to sell mostly craft supplies, especially stuff for letterboxers. I recently checked out her shop again, and she has gone in an entirely different direction.

Jesse Fowler Bakelite Bangle, $196

While her shop is mostly not spooky, it has lovely stuff. Jenny has carefully curated a collection of hand-made jewelry from small shops.

Skeleton Hand Earrings, $14

Owl Hair Clip, $17

She still has stuff up on her Ebay shop, including a couple vintage postcards. It’s possible I couldn’t resist bidding on this one (even though I totally shouldn’t):

Vintage Halloween Postcard

Jenny is a great person with superb taste, and I’ll be keeping an eye out here.

Cobra Skeleton Ring, $18

Sandra Arteaga makes adorable “little nightmares”, and lovely paper dolls.

Malolito Badtiny

Katsuo & Baku



Sandra also sells portraits of past dolls.

Sir Murphyelago


I couldn’t find out much more than she lives in Barcelona, but she does have an updated Instagram.  Oh, and she makes postcard sets, and I think I have to get some:

Postcards. Want.


This Sunday, I have my monthly meeting with the local haunters group. It’s supposed to be the last meeting before the haunt season begins, but I think we’re already there. My social media is starting to flood with prop-building posts. The Halloween boards are already full of “when do you start decorating?”

My Halloween will be small-scale this year. We will likely be in the middle of moving house, so I’m hardly going to build for a yard I’ve never seen. I do plan on making things for a Month of Spookdays. I’ve been doing a lot of portraits lately for a sekrit project. Perhaps for October I will paint something monstrous.

I kinda want to try this. Via Art of Darkness.

Scorpion Pie from Eat the Dead. Possibly also via Art of Darkness? Don’t remember, and didn’t put it in the right folder.

Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for 2018

Magma Mandrake Specimen Box from Burned Raven Tales. They also have curio boxes, which is a wonderful concept. I may have to make one.

Miss Havisham’s Curiosities carries all sorts of unusual teacups. I encourage a browse.