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February 21, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #8

$1.00 worth of thrift store toys!

It's (actually) Thursday, so let's do things up with another installment of Thrift Store Thursday! In the eighth edition, we'll be looking at two bags of thrift store toys totaling $1.00 in cost. Click through for a look inside today's plastic sandwich bags, and let's hope that the grossness is kept to a minimum! (more...)

-posted by Wes | 2:48 pm | Comments (0)
February 13, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #7

$2.20 for three bags of thrift store toys.

Yep -- it's been a while, but it's finally time for another installment of Thrift Store Thursday! Today we'll be delving into three plastic baggies totaling $2.20: two 60-cent bags and one for a whole buckaroo. Take a good, long stare at the bags in the above pic to see if you can figure out what's in 'em... and then click through (or scroll down) to find out if you're right.

Ready? Let's go! (more...)

-posted by Wes | 3:09 pm | Comments (2)
January 25, 2013
It’s Scary-Crayon’s birthday!!!

Aaaaaand, sadly, I don't have an update ready for today. ;___;

But don't fret! Things have been kinda slow, but the site's not going anywhere -- I've just been kinda busy fooling around with new peripherals and stuff that will hopefully facilitate the generation of new content in the very near future! In fact, I should have some new articles to post in the next few days, including a review of the (official) inaugural ball that followed the 57th Presidential inauguration. (Getting prepped for that also kept me kinda busy in the days immediately preceding Monday; otherwise I'd totally have had content ready for today.)

Tickets to the inaugural ball!

Anyway, yeah -- more content soon, and also CONTESTS! So stay tuned for that stuff, mmmkay? :)

-posted by Wes | 8:00 pm | Comments (2)
January 12, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #6

Wow, it's been a while -- I almost feel like I've forgotten how to do these things. :D

So I mentioned in the last brief update that I've been a bit distracted by customizing. That's true, but I've also been messing with this smartphone I got over the holidays -- trying to figure out what it can do and whether I'll be using it to handle certain tasks around the site. If you've been following Scary-Crayon on tumblr and Facebook (and Twitter, to a lesser extent), you've seen some of my experimentation with that -- posting snaps from the toy aisles and random musings while I'm on the go. And while I'm thinking that I'll probably keep using the old digital camera for studio snaps and convention appearances (it's just got better photography capabilities, even though it technically boasts fewer megapixels), I'm thinking I'll transition over to the cellphone camera for shots that don't need to be super awesome.

$1.30 of thrift store toys (following discounts but before tax). What lies within these dusty plastic bags?

Along those lines, here's the cellphone camera-captured Thrift Store Thursday #6! Today we'll be looking at two bags of toys: one that cost 40 cents (the tag says 60, but I got it on one of the 1/3 off days) and another that cost 90 cents. Aaand yeah, let's just delve right in.

A one-armed Green Goblin and... Dumbo?

The first bag -- the 60 40-cent one -- didn't have much in it: just a Spider-Man Classics Green Goblin (missing his left arm from the bicep on down) and an unarticulated Dumbo rattle thing. Obviously, I grabbed this for the Goblin! I can probably eventually find some use for the rest of the figure, but I'm mostly interested in the head: if you saw the last post, you know that I'm working on a HIM custom... and I think that the Goblin's head might work well for that. I'd planned to use a Joker, but hey -- we use what we have, and Goblin's already got the pointy ears. (And if it doesn't work out, I can always track that Joker down later.)

Holy crap, that's a lot of dolls.

Next up, the 90-cent bag, which was filled with... wow. Okay. I knew there were more than a couple of dolls in that bag, but I was NOT expecting to pull doll after doll after doll after doll out of it. There's 15 freakin' dolls in there -- and that's not even counting the baby, the three headless bodies, and the two pairs of legs! (And a sticker set for girls who really love their mothers.) I wanted a few Polly Pocket-sized dolls with rooted hair for a goofy project of mine, but holy shiz. Ah well; I'm sure I'll figure something out! I do like the look of the larger dollhouse chick... maybe with some modification she could be a decent Mary Jane or something.

Totally looks like Skyler Samuels. Don't you agree?

Also, this doll totally looks like Skyler Samuels.

(That's all I've got -- see ya next time!)

-posted by Wes | 3:53 pm | Comments (0)
December 30, 2012
Still alive! And makin’ stuff.

Soooo... just a real quick note to say that, yes, we're still alive! I haven't fallen into any gaping pits o' fire or anything -- things are all well and good (or at least not too terrible) behind the scenes at Scary-Crayon.

As is often the case when I disappear for a bit, I've been bitten by the customizing bug something fierce lately -- probably as a result of my participation in TheFwoosh's annual Secret Santa customizing event. Hopefully I'll post a writeup in the near future (which will cover two years, since I never got around to doing my writeup of last year's event)! In the meantime, though, here are a couple of work-in-progress shots from two of the too many projects I've got going on right now. Any guesses regarding the identities of the characters I'm making?

Anyway, here's hoping I'll finish some of my customs before too long! And here's hoping I can pull myself away from it long enough to get some new content up here on SC. I know how much y'all miss it! :P

-posted by Wes | 10:47 am | Comments (2)
November 13, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #5

Hidey-ho, readers! It's been a little while, but we're finally back with another installment of Thrift Store Thursday. Yay?

Some thrift store toys don't even get bags.

In today's episode, we'll be looking at three bags -- well, two bags and one loose item -- ranging from 60 cents to 1 dollar in price. Unlike much of what I find at the thrift store, I actually recognized all of the items this time around, and I have a feeling these findings will be pretty familiar to you readers as well. Perhaps they'll evoke some fond childhood memories? (If they do, feel free to share via a comment.) (more...)

-posted by Wes | 5:07 pm | Comments (2)
October 19, 2012
A Quick Halloween Custom!

In your heeeeeeee-eead, in your heee-eeeaa-aad

So as I put the finishing touches on my package for the AEIOU and Sometimes Why Great Pumpkin Gift Exchange, I wanted to briefly highlight my favorite included item: a custom painted screaming zombie toy. The screaming zombies (as well as screaming ghosts, devils, and other creatures) are available at Party City and cost $5 -- and while they're pretty neat without modification (their screams are pretty horrific and their eyes are red LEDs), I wanted to make this thing extra special for my patcher. I think it turned out pretty well! (more...)

-posted by Wes | 11:04 pm | Comments (0)
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