Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Doll House Front View

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Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

This house is going to be part of our winter evening plans next year. We bought the long discontinued kit years ago and only have the floor and walls completed. Going to move it back in from the garage and set up a work station in the living room. It will hopefully be a spooky haunted mansion some day.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

1963 Wholesale catalog

Not wanting to leave Thanksgiving out in the cold you get bonus Turkey decorations. Vintage Christmas to follow tomorrow.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dennison Parties Magazine 1930

Both being Blondes, the twins chose Hallowe'en costumes of nile green crepe paper fringe. One twin wears a modernistic bodice of canary yellow, jade green, and orange crepe paper with spooky cut-out ingeniously placed among the streaks and angles. The other twin wears a cat bodice made of black festoons pasted upon a foundation of black crepe paper. The cat's features are cardboard; the eyes, cellophane; the whiskers, Wire No. 10. A vivid orange bow worn by the cat gives a stunning dash of color to the costume.

The Martha Stewart Catalog for Living 2003

The bat garland on the fireplace in the photo at the top of this blog is the same garland around the table.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Country Living Magazine October 2000

Very inviting image with the warm glow of the Jack-O-Lanterns on the bottom and the paper Jack lanterns above.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fall 2001 Martha By Mail Catalog

The post Halloween blahs have hit so I went looking through old catalogs and magazines in my collection. This setting is styled well and makes me smile.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Road side stand with an apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and really good fresh apple cider.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Tree

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. No rest for the wicked as I clean up and start working on Halloween 2009.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Black Bird Tiara

Wire and Buckram frame with crepe and paper festooning. German bird decorations.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bats Pie Party Hat

On ebay
Friday morning.

EHAG's "Tricky Treats & Creepy Confections" Creative Art Challenge

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My October Martha arrived today. Some very cool things including a glow in the dark section that starts with a vintage vaseline glass display.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fireplace Screen

Many of you have been asking about the fireplace screen shown in the image at the top of the page. It was made by an amazing artist. His work is the best you will find for recreations of vintage Halloween art. I own many of his pieces. So, if you want to support artists who make hand crafted Halloween in the USA his site is the place to shop!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Book

Halloween Tricks and Treats by Matthew Mead
I was trying to find out why I couldn't find a cover image for this wonderful magazine apparently published as both a hard bound and a paper back version. Its at Target and Wal-Mart for $11.99 but you save 10% at Wal-Mart on it.

Monday, September 1, 2008

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Party Favor

Halloween Party Favor

Needed items;
(1) Small cardboard tube like those in tissue rolls
(1) Orange paper napkin*
Orange and Black crepe paper streamer*
Black curling ribbon
(1) Decorative sticker*
Candy or toys*

Items marked by * may be found at

Wrap an orange napkin around a cardboard tube, allowing two or more inches to extend past the tube at both ends. Gather and tie the napkin at one end with 16 inches of black curling ribbon. While the other end is still open, fill the tube with candy, toys, or other small prizes. Then gather and tie the remaining end of the napkin with another 16 inches of ribbon, closing the tube. Curl both pieces of ribbon.

Cut a piece of black and orange crepe paper streamer about 6 inches long. Wrap around the outside of the tube. Tack the crepe paper in place with tape or other adhesive. For the finishing touch, place a decorative Halloween sticker in the center.

These favors are wonderful additions to many holiday events; festive dinner place settings for children or adults, party door prizes, treats for special trick-or-treaters, gift exchanges, etc. They are also fun when attached to greeting cards or even to gifts!

Plans and Radio Show

Taking photos of the faux pumpkins that haven't been carved. Picking them up at post Halloween sales, Goodwill, and garage sales. Ge...