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Welcome, my name is Sylvia Smiser. I am a self taught artist. I enjoy creating one of a kind art dolls and sculpted figures. Vintage Halloween styled artwork and Dia de los Muertos art dolls is what comes naturally to me and what I am most passionate about creating. I am a proud member of the wonderful art groups EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) and PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Talk & Tea). I am a participating artist at Ghoultide Gathering. I am honored to have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, Dolls magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery and Celebrate 365 Magazine. I am also a Physical Therapist and Mama to 15 year old Boy/Girl Twins. My husband is a wonderful man who is very supportive of my art and together with our two doggy fur kids we make one happy, busy family.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

After Christmas SALE!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas!  I did, having some time with my family is always priceless.  Now I'm looking forward to some after Christmas deals.  In the spirit of the season I am offering 25% off all items in my ETSY Shop.  I do hope you can stop by.  

For the discount, just use coupon code: AFTERCHRISTMAS25 at checkout. 
This coupon will expire Jan. 8, 2012. 
Thank you all for visiting.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


On this magical Christmas Eve, I want to take a moment to say Merry Christmas to you and yours! May you have all the love, warmth, happiness, joy, laughter and strength you need on this wonderful night.  Take the time to give everyone positivity, love, and hugs today as memories are made on special days like today. 
Plus it keeps you off of Santa's naughty list ; )  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NEW for November on the PFATT Marketplace...

Well, I decided to try something a little different this month.  I don't often have a chance to make a large Christmas piece, but I have recently become full of the Christmas Spirit and felt 
the need to sculpt this piece.  
It is 12 1/2 inches tall and about 7 1/2 inches wide. 
Each little elf was sculpted separately and each little wool felt coat was tailored to fit each one individually.  It was so much fun to make! 
My son named this piece for me.  He said it looked like Cirque Du Snow'leil.
I thought it was clever and kept it.
This piece will be available on the PFATT Marketplace tomorrow, Nov. 10th.  The update happens at 10 AM Pacific time, Noon Central, 1 PM Eastern. 
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

And The Winner is...

Thank you everyone who participated in this fun, fun, Halloween Blog party!!! Thank you Ms. Vanessa for hosting such a magical event!
There were so many entries, how very exciting!  And several people took advantage of obtaining all 4 entries.  Thank you! You guys are awesome!  I wish I had a prize for every one of you.
The winner is one of those who took advantage of all 4 entries.
According to the random # generator:
The winner is....Drumroll please.........Martha!
Congratulations Martha!!!
Please e-mail me at sylvia@anaboocreations.com with your address so I can get your new baby out to you.
Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Halloween Blog Party and GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello Dear Friends, 
I had planned to share a big Halloween Party with you that was going to take place here in my home. But Alas, my chill has spread to my little pumpkin children and we need to stay warm and cozy so that we are bright eyed and healthy for All Hallow's Eve. 
However, I certainly will not miss this Halloween blog event. So I thought, what better Halloween Party is there to share than Ghoultide Gathering!  I have not had a chance to post photos yet, so today, I will share the biggest Artful Halloween Party there is! 
I have been fortunate enough to attend this gathering the last three years and each year it gets better and better! 
So come with me and I will be your tour guide to this magical event. 
But first, I want to offer you a special treat. After all, a Halloween Party is not a Party without a treat. 
This year's treat is a special one of a kind ornament that YOU can WIN!

I created this little baby punkin especially for this event.  She is one of a kind and she could be yours.
Details at the end of the post.

For those ready to begin the journey climb into this giant pumpkin blossom.  Come on!  Follow me.

Slide all the way down until you land in the most magical place you will ever experience, Ghoultide Gathering!
Please Be careful on landing.  We don't want to wake the tombstones.  They can be quite grumpy if woken prematurely. But don't mind them, there are so many more friendly faces than grumpy faces here. 
Wait, here is a couple of really nice guys!
 Excuse me dear Sir, could you remind me where we should go to join the party?

Oh Yes, Here we go. Let's all line up to get our tickets to the FUN!
OK. Does everyone have their ticket? Yes, well wonderful lets get in line to see all the goodies. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm sooo excited!!! 
Oh boy which line do we get in first!

Can you hear the lovely Folky music, the young gentleman on the far right hidden by the corn stalks was playing an old tin bucket!
Evil One - by the Appleseed Collective
So now that you know what it sounds like at Ghoultide Gathering let me tell you how it smells...It is a wonderful mix of Hot apple cider, Hot chocolate, Kettle corn, pumpkin fudge and little mini chocolate cupcakes with little jack-o-lanterns made out of yummy frosting. Yumm!
This is a Party for all of your senses!
Next your sense of sight will be tantalized with all the magic and mystery that the Ghoulies use to create their magical pieces.
First up some gorgeous works by Scott Smith.
Paul Gordon
Sheila Bently
Wonderful Hags & Witches

Debra Schoch
Hop Hop Jingle Boo
Katherine Webber
Laurie Hardin
Monkey-Cat Studio
Allen Cunningham

Kristen Beason
Nicol Sayre

 Jerry and Darla Arnold
Pam Gracia
Soft in the Head
 William Bezek

 Vergie Lightfoot
 Aaron Lowe
Joyce Stahl
In the Orange Enchanted Tent
Johanna Parker
Thank you all so very much for the passion you put into your art work!
The Ghoultide Witches and Wizards that cast their magic spells that make Ghoultide Gathering the best Halloween Party in the world!

Only some of the artists are represented in this blog post. There are so many others that participate and show wonderful magical pieces but the time goes so fast that it's difficult to get to and see everyone.
 I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Northville, MI with me. 
Thank you to Benita Giacherio for sharing your photos of the artists' tables.

Now back to the Giveaway...

1. To enter to win this sweet little baby Punkin, a one of a kind Halloween Folk Art ornament, you can leave a comment below.
2. If you'd like another chance to win her simply sign up to follow this blog.
3. A third chance comes to you for liking Anaboo Creations on Facebook.
4. Fourth Chance to win her comes by going to my ETSY and adding my shop to your favorites.
Psssst use the coupon code: HalloweenParty40 for 40% off my ETSY shop!
Lastly, 5. and 6. if you spread the word about this giveaway and post the photo of little Miss Punkin Pie on your blog or facebook with a link back to this post you will earn another 2 entries into the witches caulderon. 
One winner will be chosen, so the more entries you have the better your chances. 
The winner will be chosen 1 week from today.
Please make sure you leave a way for me to get a hold of you should you be chosen as the winner.
Good Luck and Happy Hauntings!

I am off to visit all the other Halloween Blog Parties!
Click on the link to her blog, A FANCIFUL TWIST, above to visit the other Halloween Party participants.
(((BIG Halloween HUGS)))

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Master Alucard Vampire Halloween Ornament now on EBAY

Meet Master Alucard (Dracula backward).
He is the ornament that was published in the current Celebrate 365 Magazine.
He is looking for his forever home and is waiting patiently on EBAY for his auction to end on Sunday night, so he can meet his new kin.
Please come by and check out his auction by clicking HERE

I have been a bit under the weather so I haven't had a chance to post much since Ghoultide Gathering but I will post photos when I get a chance.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2011

New ART WORK, Ghoultide Gathering, PUBLISHED in Celebrate 365 & A Halloween Party!

Wow, There are so many great things going on right now I almost don't know where to begin!
First of all I am packing and planning this week so that I don't forget anything before my yearly trip to Ghoultide Gathering.  I am so in love with this event!  It is pure Magic!  It makes you feel that giddy excitement you felt as a child right before going Trick or Treating!!! If you ever get an opportunity to go to this art show please take it! It is an experience that you will treasure always. There are so many talented artists from all over in one historical location. Some of my PFATT sisters are also Ghoulies at this event and I can't wait to hang out with them! So much Fun ahead!!!  

More Great News is that I have the honor of being PUBLISHED again! This time in Celebrate 365
Not only is my art work in this magazine but I share a page with Scott Smith of Rucus Studios  among other magnificently talented artists!  Scott is my favorite Halloween Artist so I am thrilled that my work is included with his!!!
Mine is the Vampire second from the bottom right hand corner. Master Alucard. 

Next up, I will be joining in the fun & fantastic Blog Halloween Party hosted by Ms. Vanessa Valencia of a Fanciful Twist.  If you have a blog please come join the fun! If you can't come visit me during the party to find out how to sign up for an Anaboo Creations GIVEAWAY!!! 

Last But not least, I want to share some of my recent work. The ghostie is spoken for but I have 2 witch ornaments that will be available on the Oct. 1st  Halloween Queens Bootique Update. 

"The Spirit of Ghoultide Gathering" 
in honor of the upcoming show.

Lucinda Witch

Wilameana Witch

Thank you for letting me share my goings ons with you! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Catrina & Catrin ornies- Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos


Meets Girl.

A little flirting.

The Happy Couple.  
She loves his gentle, sincere brown eyes and he loves her "beautiful" smile.
These two are available on the Halloween Queens Bootique "Sugar Skulls" theme page .
or you can e-mail me or leave me a comment if you are interested in bringing these guys home. 
They are $30.00 for an individual or $50.00 for the pair.
Shipping is Free!

I have shown these two ornaments on FB and have gotten an overwhelmingly positive response. All the wonderful comments make my heart sing! Thank you, most sincerely.
Have a good evening my dear friends, 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Winston O'Lantern a Gentleman Pumpkin

Hello Everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  I am in the greatest of moods because it is beginning to feel, smell, and taste like Fall here in Central Illinois.  
I have been busy creating new art work with Halloween and Day of the Dead in mind.  I also recently found out that Miss Vanessa's Halloween Blog Party will be Oct. 22nd.  All of the details are not ironed out yet but I will keep you posted as I will definitely be participating.  I have already begun working on my GIVEAWAY Piece for this Magical Event!

I have also begun preparations for my yearly pilgrimage to Northville, MI for The Amazing Ghoultide Gathering. It looks like I may be going solo this year but that is OK as I have many Ghoulie friends that will be there.  If you are going please send me a message as I love to meet all my blog land friends. 

Lastly, I also want to introduce you to Mr. Winston O'Lantern.  He is currently available on the PFATT Marketplace for $55.00.
He is a charming chap that would be happy to light up your home for the Fall Holidays.

Have a wonderful Evening my dear friends!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Hello everyone!
I apologize for being absent for so long.  I've been trying to keep busy, busy, busy trying to get as many Halloween and Day of the Dead pieces finished as my two hands can handle.  I also have a challenging commission piece that I am currently working on.

The main reason for this post is to let you all know that there is a PFATT Blog giveaway!  There are so many wonderful items you can win. Don't forget to go sign up for it. Just CLICK HERE and it will take you there so you can leave a comment.
Good Luck to you my friends may you win what you desire!
Have a wonderful week!