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Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Around Chez Ary | 2 comments

Halloween Mantle: Inspiration by Obscura

With this post, I’m revealing myself as an oddball. But, it’s halloween, and creepy is good this time of year.

I recently fell in love with the show Oddities (Discovery) about a very cool antiques store called Obscura in New York. It’s like Ripley’s Believe It or Not meets all of the “in” shows like American Pickers and Pawn Stars.

As I was decorating for Halloween this year, I decided to let Obscura be my inspiration. Check it out:

Starting on the left, we have a family photo. Yes, that’s a cadaver, and it’s smoking a cigarette. Let me explain. My great grandfather was a dentist. This is a photo of him and his classmates in A&P at Vanderbilt. He’s the second guy on the right looking pensively away. His name is the first one on the list. And you read that right, the year was 1918.

In the middle is Mickey. He’s a mouse skeleton I reconstructed from an owl bolus in Biology II in high school. The clay skull was crafted by Mr. J in Art class in high school. We’re all about the mementos. The rest is knick-knackery like feathers, mini pumpkins, and random black decor.

Do you think I’m weird or do you like my decor?


  1. Love it!!! Slightly macabre, not at all over the top. The school pic of your great grandfather is absolutely choice!

    • I like that word…macabre. Did Sarah do the bolus project? I loved that class : )

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