Friday, November 2, 2007
Here are a few more images of some decorations and the two silhouettes all lit up. Our theme was witches. A porch planter was turned into a mock cauldron. Hanging bats were made with little white pumpkins and card stock. Black garlands from Michaels Craft stores was used on the porch and around the door and two brooms finished it off with a mix of crows and an owl. A corner table was set up with lots of witchy items. The Martha Stewart witch stamp was used to stamp white goody bags filled with candy and toys.
Starting this Saturday, we'll be having a sale on some of our Halloween decor at the website!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Take advantage of your windows and do a silhouette or two this year! I have done witches before, Nancy Drew, and last year, pirates. This year it's back to witches. The upstairs window features the Martha Stewart crafts witch silhouette window cling on the right. On the left I balanced it with a few bats. The downstairs window features a free hand rendition of the witch with lantern from an old MSL magazine issue. More decorations to follow in the next few days...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Halloween is coming! Just a couple of weeks until this spooky day is upon us. This year we were featured in a neat little vintage collectibles section in Country Home magazine, October 2007 issue. Pictured is one of my noisemakers featured in the article.
Other notable items in this issue related to Halloween are the neat paper mache pumpkins featured on the cover, festive and creative ways to decorate with real pumpkins. There is also a neat article on decorating with apples.
We have back issues of last year's October issue of Country Home in our store:
Sunday, September 30, 2007
The countdown to Halloween begins! Fall is here:)
Here's a recipe from the cookbook:
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
1 large pumpkin
1 or 2 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
Salt (about ¼ to ½ cup)
Carve pumpkin, use the discarded seeds to roast–was them to remove majority of pulp. They do not have to be completely clean as a few little bits of pumpkin are tasty when roasted.
Soak pumpkin seeds overnight in bowl with warm water, salt, worcestershire and soy sauce.
Next day, pat them dry, and spread seeds onto parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a 250 oven for about an hour. Cool.
Spicy Pumpkin Seeds:
Follow the above recipe and after roasting the pumpkin seeds in the oven and cooling them, you can add spices to taste.
Combine in a bowl, ¼ tsp. salt, 2 Tbsp. sugar, a pinch or two of cayenne pepper or enough to suit you, and any other spices you enjoy. Cajun seasoning works well.
Heat about 2 Tbsp. of extra light olive oil or peanut oil in a skillet on high heat and add seeds and about 1 or 2 Tbsp. of sugar, cooking until caramelized. Then pour into bowl with spice mixture and stir. Cool and enjoy!Jenn:)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
We have added a paper bag album section to our Scrapbooking/Stationary/Crafts section:
Featured are starter kits to make neat Halloween albums along with a sample album that will be auctioned off at eBay in several weeks. The cover of that album is pictured here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
An old-time Halloween party is the perfect theme for any modern Halloween party. Mixing old and new can create an interesting and historical bridge to the past and yet keep traditions alive in the present and future.
If you're going for a vintage flair to your parties this year, I recommend some old-time party games to help set the mood.
Here are two old-time party games from the 1926 Dennison Bogie Book:
Blindfold Witch Fortunes
A blindfold witch stands in the center of the circle. All join hands and dance around and around until the witch says, "Stop!" Someone who has previously been selected to interrogate the witch asks a question that might apply to anyone present, such as, "Who will be a famous opera star?" The witch takes a step forward and points. The person to whom she points is the answer. All join hands again and dance. Repeat eight or ten times.
One person has a broom for a partner (if desired it may be dressed as a witch, ghost or other appropriate "creature"). All other dancers are evenly matched. The music stops suddenly and the person dancing with the broom drops it and all change partners. The person who does not secure a partner is compelled to dance with the broom. Repeat quite often in order to keep the fun lively.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
The Dennison Bogie books were a great source for party planning that advertised many of the Dennison Halloween decorations available that particular year each book was printed. They are a great resource today for what was available and provide some interesting old-time party tips and suggestions.
If you want to provide vintage flair to your parties, I recommend picking one of these up. They might cost you a pretty penny depending on where you purchase them as they routinely sell for upwards of 50.00 to 200.00+ at auction at eBay. There used to be a seller who sold reproductions at eBay.
Here are some party tips from the 1926 Bogie Book to inspire you:
1. The invitation offers the first chance for real originality.
2. Fortunately, Halloween decorations need not be a related scheme, the more weird and spooky the better.
3. No matter how simple or elaborate the decorations are in the dining room, the table itself must be a bright spot of color.
4. There is nothing that gives such satisfactory results for overhead decorations as crepe paper festoons and streamers.
5. Dance favors are popular for Halloween parties and noise makers are always among the most interesting.
6. With the help of cut-outs and crepe paper the very simplest articles may be transformed into attractive and unusual favors.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I enjoyed seeing the line of craft products that Martha Stewart designed--available at her website and at Michael's Arts & Crafts stores. The window silhouettes and the kits are fun--some of you will remember the items in the kits from past Martha Stewart Halloween segments or magazine spreads like the invitation with the reminder finger kits. The poison labels are fun.
In her regular craft line, she sells a charm bracelet kit and I have pictured here, the bracelet I created with some vintage Halloween images--both sides. Now all it needs are lots of sparkly beads and other fun embellishments. The kit is inexpensive and would make a fun project for yourself and for the kids at Halloween parties.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007
Often at parties, stunt and fortune games were played and you can find most of these fairly reasonably at eBay like the punch board game above. Finding them complete and unused is a challenge sometimes!