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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Friday, October 5, 2012

Le Mysterieux Carnival

Night has come, and the lanterns in the trees are lit, but you’ll need this silver ticket to enter.
Once inside you might notice there are some rather interesting characters already here.  Your first stop is the ticket booth to purchase tickets for the games and rides.  You’ll notice the time on the clock is midnight.  Here at the carnival, time stops at midnight...until you leave…that is, if you can leave…..
Mr. Bones has been working in the ticket booth for as long as anyone can remember.
There are lots of fun games to entice you.
You could try Skull Toss, Pin a Cross on a Vampire, Stump the Owl, Ride a Witches Broom, Stare Down a Gargoyle or Count the Ghosts in a Bottle.  There is something for everyone and prizes to be won.
It’s the kind of place where a tin pie and cake pan magically transforms into a Haunted Carousel (and yes it moves!).
But as with any ride, there are restrictions.
Seems Mr. Fox is not amused.
Stump an Owl
Your head needs to be serious bulging to attempt this game.  Froggy looks puffed up enough to attempted it.
Bag the Rats
Yes yes, everyone asks; you can keep and or eat the rats you bag.
Skull Toss
The important point with this game is to read the rules.  You must be:
  • Upside Down
  • Have Your Eyes Closed
  • Have One Hand or Claw Behind Your Back
  • Singing
Failure to observe these rules will disqualify you (Mr. Bones takes personal offense).  No exceptions!
If you get tired there is a nice bench on which to rest.
You can always sit and enjoy the spider parade.
video
 For Those Curious About the Products I Used
Some of the stuff I used came from my stash that I have collected over time so who knows where it came from I certainly don’t remember.  But here is what I can tell you – see hyperlinks and notes below.
Ticket Booth
The umbrellas are for drinks and I think I found them at Pier One
Carousel
Metal Frames Set – Oval Frame
The ghosts at the top are Mrs Grossman stickers
Skull Toss
Poles holding the sign are wooden skewers
Stump an Owl
Frog – Bennett Aespo’s Fables #1 Collage Sheet
Bag the Rats
Rats, fence and trashcan – this was from a Jolees set.  I used all the cool stuff and was left with the rats, which is what gave me the idea. 
Prizes
I colored the cauldron with Copper Gilders Paste
The heads are cupcakes decorations that I bought at Michaels craft store
Spider Parade
Oh I wish that you could still buy the spiders but the manufacturer is not making them anymore.
Miscellaneous
The border at the top of the background – Midnight Dreary: Dead on Arrival Scrapbook Paper

I hope you’ve enjoyed the carnival.  If you wish to continue on with the fun, click here to see the other participating blogs.

77 comments:

ImagiMeri said...

Awesome as always Laura. You always get so much detail in...just stunning.

Stop by to see my blog, too!

Hugs,
Meri

Bast said...

The is just Amazing! All of the little details are incredible! Gorgeous...Thanx so much for sharing this...I love it

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

Isabelle Thornton said...

OMGosh OMGosh, can you be more talented!!! Love the carousselle so much but Gosh even the spider parade is genius!
You are an inspiration for sure.
I am a follower now and would love a follow back.
Xo
Isabelle

http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/2012/10/mysterieux-vintage-carnival-party-ideas.html

retta519 said...

A trip to your blog never fails to please!

Karenliz said...

WOW my mouth just hit the floor now I have a rug burn! Outstanting! This is amazing. It must have taking you hours or days. How long did it take you?

Rhea said...

Wow! Fun and clever as always. Do tell about the lights in the tree. How did you mange those?

Victoria said...

What a fantastic post! So much attention to detail, such wonderful creativity and imagination...I'm awed by your talents.

Blessings,

Victoria from Brushstrokes

Debi said...

Laura, your attention to detail is as ever mind blowing :-) just love loved my ride on the spooky carnival carousel, Debi x

if you get chance please pop along and check out my carnival masquerade post.
http://mybirdflyingfree.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival.html

Flutter Before You said...

I am so amazed byyour carnival creations! Wonderful pieces! I'd love if you stopped by my blog too!
http://flutterbeforeyou.blogspot.com/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival-freakshow.html

Dorthe said...

Dear Laurs, so magical- you aRE so fantastic!!! happy weekend-
xo,Dorthe

johala6@yahoo. said...

Wahou Laura, how can you have such genius ideas! It's a wonderful creation, so full of such funny details and charming look! You make me dream!
Kisses

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh WOW your Carnival is amazing, I love everything about it, Stunning creations as always. Thanks for sharing, Hazelx
http://didosdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival.html

Anthea said...

Fantastic so much detail, the best I've seen so far.
Thank you

heres mine
http://yewtreeminiatures.blogspot.co.uk/

Andi's English Attic said...

Amazing, fabulous and so much fun. And the carosel...so clever. I love it. xx

pippinsnest said...

I am totally inspired LOVE Everything !!so much thought has go into this x
Thank you for sharing with us all!

please feel free to stop by my carnival too!
Julie x

Céline said...

Only have one word for it: WOW!!! Love it, there's so much to see, all the details, incredible!

VicR said...

Oh Laura, I am blown away!
I had the most enchanting visit to your lovely carnival. So many delightful things to see.
I've been following along your blog ever since you made the creative fortune telling machine, then I went absolutely wild over your fantastic apothecary, now this.. You have just The Most AMAZING talent I have ever seen :)

Joanne said...

You are complete genius.
Hugs Joanne xx

Suz said...

You pieces just are fantastic
I love what you do
I really enjoy your work

Magaly Guerrero said...

Your silver ticket deserves a post of its own. Wow!

Lisa Purcell said...

Hands down the most stupendous, the most incredible, the most fabulous carnival ever!! I am so impressed. Wow!

DogsMom said...

I am so glad you shared that silver ticket. I am laughing out loud at the games! Keep or eat the rats!

Count the ghosts!

Be this scary to ride!

I had an amazing time and am inviting friends to come back with me!

BLiSsAngELs said...

inspirational Laura your carnival is stunning ... i picked up my bag of rats but boys their are a handful the owl couldn't be beat they did know why a writing desk is like a raven..... and the haunting Carousel given me chills


pop over I love to see you
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(¸¸¸.•*¨`*•.•´*.¸.•´* .•´*¸¸.•*¨`*• ♥♥ hugs wendy
http://blissangels.blogspot.com/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival.html

Amy Mayfield said...

COMPLETELY amazing! Wow.

Moonlyf said...

Oh my!!! I'm amazed at how you made the carousel with pie tins. I absolutely love all the details you put into this. This post is so inspirational to me. I'll definitely be coming back to check out your resources. You're awesome!!! :-)

http://www.moonlyf.com/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival.html

bluemuf said...

WOW...this is totally amazing. You did an exceptional job.

Thank you for a fun trip to the carnaval

Karen

Lynn Stevens said...

Best carnival Ever! AMAZING miss Laura!!!
hugs Lynn

GYPSY SISTA said...

Awesome ....... I absolutley adore the carousel! Artistic genius !!!!!! Thank you for the beautiful eyecandy. Hope to see you at my carnival;)
Xoxox
Gina
Gypsy Sista

hyacinthnoir said...

This is simply amazing, I had such a fun time going through everything, I'm in awe at the art, especially the carousel (and I loved Mr Fox too).

JoAnne said...

I don't think you ever sleep Laura!!!! What an amazing carnival...love the games!

Lululiz said...

You have completely blown me away with this, I am just speechless.

Beverly Sager said...

Laura, you always amaze me with your work, but this is in a class all its own! Everything tiny detail is perfect and clever. Enjoyed the humor throughout, too. My favorite game is the "Pin a Cross On A Vampire" - that made me laugh out loud!

Martina2801 said...

My goodness, Laura! What are you doing with me? Now I have just recovered from the uniqueness and beauty of your Poison Apothecary. And now you have already created such a magnificent work of art again. I am absolutely thrilled! Every detail is made ​​with so much love. Very big compliment! You're awesome!

Wendy S. said...

I'm not participating but I couldn't wait to visit other blogs and LOVE what you've done. Everything is just so clever and magickal! Thank you for the wonderful time. I especially like the owls.

craftyM said...

There are no words to describe my amazement! This is incredible and the detai.... Oh my! I would love to spend just one minute in your brain! Just incredibly wonderful Laura.... so fun for the eye! WOW!
Thank you!!
Marita Kovalik

Kate Creates - a lot of mess, just ask my family..... said...

Totally spooktacular in every way. I love it.

Annette said...

Girl you totally amaze me with each post love it all and your blog banner always changes, you are indeed talented. xo

Diana said...

Laura, you blow me away every time I see your art!!! WOW Thank you for sharing your magic.

Mina said...

Wonderful carnival, Laura! SO creative with the games and that carousal idea is fabulous. Hugs, Mina

twistedpixelstudio said...

I am lost in all of this! Love looking at all the little details. Who needs one of those prefab villages when you can create something like this!

Laura, I received your "Bon Voyage" piece on Friday. Needless to say I had to show it off. Thanks again. Lovely piece!

Fallingladies said...

So many great things to see! Wonders!

Paulette said...

Laura,

What can I say but "Magical, wish I was there!
I so admire your creativity.

Angela said...

Love love love this!! Your carnival is SO much fun. All of the detail and fun spooky characters are wonderful. Awesome!

Angela

http://www.whimsyways.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/its-timefor-le-mysterieux-carnival.html

Ann said...

bag the rats...and skull toss!!!..those 2 games would be what I would do!!
your pieces are breathtaking!!

magikalseasons said...

Magical Carnival! Amazing art here! Becca

artbywendy said...

that is just amazing! You have the most creative imagination! How do you come up with the ideas? Wonderful!

Holly M said...

I am blown away. Totally and completely. In the words of Liz Lemon, "I want to go to there."

Createology said...

I love your Le Mysterieux Carnival and all of the magical mayhem. Your carousel is over-the-moon fabulous. Every detail is amazing. Thank you so much for inviting me. Carnival Bliss...

Joane said...

wow! so whimsical and lovely. I'm having giveaway at my blog please stop by at Ivory Pumpkin.
Love,
Joane

silvergran said...

Absolutely spooktacular!! Love all the wonderful ideas and creativity
!!

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Birgit said...

Hands down, Laura -- this is the BEST party post for sure. I can't imagine the work you put into this -- and love and dedication. Wow.

Maybe you want to come over to my carnival.

Vee said...

Such an amazing work of art and I just love the story. Well done to you , you clever girl.
Veexx

Susan said...

HOLY SKULL DUGGERY BATMAN!!!

Laura this was EXCEPTIONALLY OUTSTANDING!! What an awesome world you created, it must have taken you since day one to make all this. JUST FANTASTIC!!

I am sooo impressed I wish I lived next door to you! I want to see it all in person... how very talented you are!

THE BEST blog post I have visited yet! (and they have all been great, some more than others but all great)
LOVE IT! :) Thank you so much for a wonderful visit.

Please come visit my booth!
http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/2012/10/le-mysterieux-carnival-psychic-palate.html

Susan

Candace Jedrowicz said...

Oh my heck! Oh my heck! Oh my Heck! You are magical! It's not just eye candy, you make it come to life with your story!
When I grow up, I want to be just like you!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

WOW!!!! I love your carnival, starting with the ticket....your skull toss made me giggle!

But my very favorite is your carousel. How enchanting! Yours is one of my very favorite posts. You did an amazing job!

xo,
Ricki Jill

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

Wow, this is wonderful. I so enjoyed the trip through your carnival. Just amazing.
Hugs Jackie

Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

Hi Laura,

I am totally blown away! I am literally without words to describe how fantastic your Carnival is.....Any words I try to use do not do justice so I will leave this comment with

TOTALLY SPEECHLESS.....

Many thanks for all that you do!!!

Take care,
Diane

Poeticthnkr said...

Wow! Your carnival is amazing!!! I can't imagine how much time that took. Although, it was well worth however long it took you to make it! It's so beautiful and entertaining to visit. Thanks for sharing!

You can visit my carnival digital art here:
http://ponderingsofamind.blogspot.com/2012/10/welcome-to-le-mysterieux-carnival.html

Ms Misantropia said...

Oh wow, your tableau is absolutely amazing! So much work, so many details... A true joy to visit, thanks for sharing!

Primitive Seasons said...

Absolutely genius.....blown away by this wonderful piece. So detailed and colorful. Love your work and this is a winner!

Mary

Frosted Petunias said...

First I want someone to magically shrink me so I can walk around your AMAZING carnival!!! I think my mouth was wide open the entire time I read through your post. I was really excited to have you sign up and I knew you would do something wonderful. This is spectacular! I love every little detail and story you created. Thank you for including the details and for adding your magic to the haunted woods. Now I have to go back and see everything all over again :)

Anna

Bohemian said...

So Creative and Fun... I Love all of your Le Mysterieux Carnival Games and Creations!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Tarnished Rose said...

You are amazing! This is just totally fantastic. Never would I have though a cake plate and a pie tin could be transformed into a carousel. Love Love Love Everything!

Smiles~
Marilyn

bobbie said...

I want to bag a rat!!!

(I never thought I would say such a thing!!)

Absolutely over-the-top-fabulous!!

iris said...

hello,
super chouette
je retiens votre blog
il est trop top
à très bientôt
edith

April said...

Just wonderful Laura!

Carol said...

WOW your creations are freakin' fantastic. Very creative and I love your imagination. Thank you for sharing your fabulous projects. LOVE IT!

Beansieleigh said...

Oh my word.. This is AMAZING!!! Love the ticket booth, the game booths, the merry-go-round, etc., etc.!!! LOVE it all!! ~tina

Lynda said...

Wow, I'm completely blown away by your creativity!! That was a really fun carnival! If only they had carnivals like that in real life :)

Addie said...

Just fabulous, Laura, I'm speechless!

Shadow said...

Awesome post! You really bring in Halloween! Loved all the pictures. It has my itching to decorate. :) Thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween! :)
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

Incipient Wings said...

Oh my goodness!
I'm in awe! This was deliciously wicked and beautiful!
Thank you for sharing such creepy loveliness!!!!!

Marfi

Kelly_Deal said...

Oh my! This is truly amazing!

Susan said...

This diorama is so over the top incredible!! You have a great eye for scale and your creative ability astounds me. You rock the block!

My name is Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, I wouldn't know where to start! You have an amazing imagination and I had a lot of fun reading about all your attractions! Fantastic projects as always, Cindy

Wendy said...

Wonderfully Amazing. You are incredibly talented. I adored your creepy carnival. It was so much fun and I am just in awe of all the hard work you did. I still just am speechless of all your creations. They are delicious. Thank you for inspiring me.
I am running a little late for my party but I would love for you to visit.

http://candydelane.typepad.com/curiosities/2012/10/carnivale-de-curiosite.html

Wishes and Whimsy
Wendy from Wonderland