Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shingle Creek Manor on Facebook and Other Strange Anomolies


Thought maybe we would get with the times and put together a Facebook page for Shingle Creek. Manor. Our blog of course will continue with our haunt crafting successes and failures, and of course appreciation of our Halloween discoveries and friends. If your on Facebook, we'd appreciate the "like" of our new page, likewise if you have one, send us an invite please!

We're hoping to generate a little pre-Halloween interest among our neighbors, and people passing by the house, with an October 1st "Facebook Tombstone" inviting them to the page. Looks like the tombstone is going to be our first prop for 2014, although the voices in my head keep changing the design.

If you follow our blog you'll know beginning last year I've been trying to do a video of the haunt each year and submit it to the various competitions. I've never done video editing and it's been a blast even though I have the limitations of an Ipad to edit the video. My PC is for all intensive purposes an antique and of little use except maybe as a paperweight. It is surprising what you can accomplish on an Ipad though. But, I digress, as much as I was disappointed with the photos this year, I put together a video and submitted it anyways to several of the annual competitions...  aaaaand...  we won an award!!!

The "Dead with Dave" Haunt Home Haunter Awards gave us "Best Static Prop" for our "Hooded Sorrow" monster mud statue! We were very excited watching the award show and hearing 'Shingle Creek Manor" as a nominee in the award category and about fell over when we won! Very Fun night! Thanks again to Dave Dankanyin, the host and promoter of the awards, and all the judges.

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Acquisitions

Acquired some new items today!

These were nothing we were actually looking for when they were found, but of course there's always room for reapers and gargoyles at Shingle Creek Manor. Not sure what we'll do with a dragon but he's pretty cool.

Belinda met up with one of her old friends that "knew" a lady and Belinda got the "friend deal" that she just couldn't pass up... and I'm not asking any more questions...

Thinking he may be part of a new sign on the entry column. Never been happy with the one we made.

This a very cool dragon. Not sure how he will fit in but she couldn't pass it up.
Nobody needs an ashtray in this house but could be molded for a cool headstone adornment?
I want a smaller version of this guy for some fence post finials!
Know a guy looking for some lamps for his column- wonder if this would fit the bill...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Kept hearing about this place, "Skycraft" at a number of workshops we attended since last year. This past week I took a short drive to downtown Orlando to checkout what all the hoopla was about.

 Except for the Flying saucer hovering over the the exterior door of the building, the outside is rather unspectacular, though a bit odd and certainly a curiosity builder. Inside however may rank up there with one of the most unusual specialty stores I've ever been in. This place is a fabricators dream!

If you've ever needed an electrical part of any kind for a prop, if this place doesn't have it, I'm not sure it exists. Besides new or used electrical motors, wiring, switches and parts of every possible type, there is an incredible supply of surplus parts. I saw everything from metal and plastic gears ( steampunk anyone?), to various LED lights, to surplus gauges, and even some military ordinance hanging from the ceilings. I spent it about thirty minutes exploring the aisles and barely scratched the surface of things they had inside.

Think Skycraft may be on my "frequent visit" list. SkyCraft Parts and Surplus, 2245 West Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789