Sunday, September 23, 2012

Halloween 24/7 Team Interview 6: Janis

Hello, hello all you Halloween ghouls out there.  I hope you are getting as excited for Halloween/Samhain as I am.  Nothing compares to the harvest time of year when the veil thins, ghosts come out to play, and adults let their inner trickster peek out and celebrate. 

Today we are interviewing our fearless leader Janis of jansbeads.  I'm sure you've seen Janis around in various BNRs and BNSs and making wonderful treasuries.  Read and enjoy her interview and check out her adorably spooky shop :)

1. Why Halloween/Samhain?
On a basic level what kid does not love to dress up, get candy, and stay up real late? To add the facts of picking and carving your pumpkin, sharing ghost stories, and welcoming in all of the mystical of your life. Halloween is just the perfect holiday
Black Skull Rosary    Gravestone Magnet

2. Your inspiration:
The original DARK SHADOWS pushed me over the top. How fantastic Vampires and witches and historical mysteries every day after school. Milk and cookies and Barnabas Collins.
Vampire Necklace

3. What color makes you want to create and why?
Red. For me it is the color of passion, life, loss, but mostly real inspiration. Red dares you to move, and move fast, to catch up, to create, and to share.
Skull Rose Earrings

4. Spooky, Creepy, or Cutesy?
Well, a combination of spooky and cute. I love the scary stuff but really like to see it reinterpreted into sweet and cute. Just to soften the blow.
Devil Girl Earrings    Black Cat Earrings   

5. Lestat or Edward Cullen?
Vampires, for sure. Being alive and beautiful forever, great stuff. However, that does not make a lot of sense with my like of spooky cute.
Katrina Coffin Purse 

6. Do you have a favorite Halloween/Samhain tradition?
I love the art and images of Halloween and the fall season. However, growing up in Los Angeles those images have combined for me with the bright colors of Calaveras and
Day of the Dead Altars.
Sugar Skull Cuff Bracelet    Skull Charm Bracelet

 7. Trick or Treat? Why?
Treat, OK, no fooling around, just put the chocolate in the bag
Gothic Cameo Earrings
8. Interesting tidbit about yourself.

 Suddenly I was a retired law Librarian really needing something to do. I started making holiday jewelry, when I reached Halloween and the Day of the Dead holidays I realized I had found my passion. I started collecting little bone skulls and now I have thousands of them all around the house! Today I maintain a passionate, life, and year long love affair with all things All Saints Day.
Vintage Skeleton Earrings    Sacred Heart Cuff Bracelet

I just love Janis's Day of the Dead jewelry and her rosaries are simply divine.  Janis has a store truely dedicated to the Halloween spirit which she celebrates all year long. 

Till next time darlings.  May you all remain screamingly happy......


  1. Ha, I never thought about it, but I bet Dark Shadows had something to do with my love of Halloween and spooky stuff too! Great interview!!

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