Hello, my fellow spooky connoisseurs! 🎃
My name is Mari Mortem and I am The Kitschy Ghoul; I live and breathe all things vintage Hallowe'en!
I was born in Canada and lived there till I immigrated to the U.S. in my early 20's. I first lived in Arizona, but since then I have lived in New Mexico, Texas, Washington State, until today where I now reside in beautiful Colorado. I am constantly moving where opportunity beckons my small family; a family that consists of my spouse and two cats (Khan & Poe).
I come from a family of refugees and from that a legacy of making do; both my parents and older sibling are from El Salvador and had to flee during times of political unrest; I have two siblings one older and one younger. All of them still reside in Canada today, and I visit them as often as I can.
Though I have always desired it, I have never received any formal training or tutelage; I am almost entirely self taught, and have been sewing since I was very young. I have been selling my makes for many years but it was only when, in 2016, I started an Etsy shop under the now former name "Strange Coven" with the same hopes and trepidation as many artisans before me, that I was able to really begin fulfilling the dream of owning a handmade business.
For all the times I have stumbled my way through this endeavor, I am eternally grateful for the love and support in the wonderful spooky community I have found!
With kindest salutations,
Favorite candy: Chocolate covered gummies (Meiji Choco Gummy)
Favorite movie/show: Anything Studio Ghibli / Over The Garden Wall / What We Do In The Shadows (both)