Wednesday, September 28, 2011

31 Days of Halloween Blog Party - Oct. 1-31

31 Days of Halloween Blog Party!

Join me here at the Blog for 31 festive days of Halloween starting on Oct. 1st and running through Oct. 31st. Help us spread the word about the party by grabbing a button at top right and displaying it on your Blogs or websites.

We'll be featuring decorating tips and highlights, vintage Halloween collectibles, recipes, and more party fun. A highlight will be a neat interview with artist Johanna Parker and we'll be giving away weekly prizes!

So join us and see what's brewing here at the Blog all's sure to be spooktacular!


Maybe Too Much of a Skeleton Frolic?

So, there I was in Walgreens snapping up one of these spiffy life size skeletons for my annual Halloween party--couldn't pass up the $30 bargain!

At first I was carrying Mr. Bones throughout the store to amused looks from shoppers. Awkward! Then he ended up in the shopping cart sporting a goofy grin on what's left of his face--still a bit awkward.

I checked out and was headed out to the car when a woman going in squealed about how awesome Mr. Bones was. As I'm standing there holding Mr. Bones and chatting with her in the middle of the parking lot, his arm falls off, clattering across the parking lot. ;-)

Oh the things I do for Halloween! Ha.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spendy Halloween Results at eBay #3

Vintage Halloween Collectibles at eBay

I saved these two auction images from some recent Halloween noisemaker auctions at eBay that ended high. The above tambourine with the witch on a goose sold for $500.00.

This tambourine sold for $305.00.

These are definitely on the higher end of the noisemaker collectibles.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Charming Halloween Charm Bracelets

New Halloween Charm Bracelets Added!

We've added some new styles of Halloween charm bracelets to the shop and are having a big sale on those already in the shop. We've also added some Thanksgiving/Fall and Holiday/Christmas charm bracelets to the page on clearance too.

Check them out and add spooky flair to your fall fashion!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Halloween at Target

Halloween at Target

I stopped by Target and most of their Halloween items were out. If you're going for those Romantic Homes or BH&G Halloween skeleton frolic type displays, they do have some full size ones see above and below--the one below is glow in the dark too. $40.00 on these. The $30 ones at Walgreen's seem to have everyone beat.

Here are a few other odds and ends:

Spooky Portrait

Bowling Game

Bean Bag Toss Game

Spooky Candles and Decor


Friday, September 23, 2011

Halloween Chenille Figures

Halloween Chenille Figures

Crafting a big batch of our signature Halloween Chenille Figure Ornaments with Charms! Vintage flair with vintage old-time Halloween images for faces.

Headless above but below finished:

An easy craft to make and fun for party decor and for favors!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Halloween & Vine in Petaluma, CA

Halloween & Vine 2011

If you're in the Petaluma, CA area this coming weekend, stop by the annual Halloween & Vine Show at Hermann Sons Hall at 860 Western Ave. It's on Saturday the 24th from 9am to 2pm.

We've sent out flyers and postcards plus Halloween picks for attendees to pick up. One of these years we're going to get up to the show--I hear it's always a lot of fun, there's a lot of neat artisan offerings, and lots of spooktacular merriment!



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Halloween at World Market

Halloween at World Market

They finally had everything out at World Market and I took some photos of some of the goodies. Above are some vintage postcard art ornaments.

Gurley-Style Halloween Candles

Name Your Poison Barware

Vintage Postcard Art Buckets

Spooky Jol Figure Lanterns

Old-Time Looking Jol Ornaments


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spendy Halloween Results at eBay #2

Vintage Halloween Collectibles at eBay

Another search of completed auctions at eBay resulted in this gem of a lantern!

Sold for $1358.33!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Halloween at Jo-Ann's #2


I checked out the Halloween decorations the other day at Jo-ann's and found a few interesting items some with a vintage flair and some using old vintage postcard images like these hanging decorations below:

I thought these gourds were clever.

I have a thing for owls!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Rogues Gallery of Martha Stewart October/Fall Covers


I received my October 2011 issue of the MSL magazine today and was underwhelmed at the cover for the October issue. It looks more like a November issue to me. Of course, October is fall and potpies are certainly fall comfort food! But it made me think of past issues with more of a Halloween flair to them. Below you'll find past Fall/October issues - a rogues gallery of sorts ;-)

Oct/Nov 1992

Oct 1995

Oct 1996
Oct 1997

Oct 1998

Oct 1999

Oct 2000

Oct 2001

Oct 2002

Oct 2003

Oct 2004

Oct 2005

Oct 2006

Oct 2007

Oct 2008

Oct 2009

Oct 2010 - Cover Style 1

Oct 2010 - Cover Style 2


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spendy Halloween Results at eBay

Vintage Halloween Collectibles at eBay

I recently did a completed search on the vintage Halloween category at eBay to see how some of the top collectibles are selling. This screen came up in the top highest ending items--it's gorgeous.

Sold for: $1638.99

It's not too easy to find one like this and in as good of shape considering age and wear and tear.