Sunday, August 30, 2009

1926 Dennison Bogie Book

1926 Dennison Bogie Book
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

On my quest for more cat decoration ideas I had to share the Kitty-Kart. There is a rip through this entire book so please excuse the damage at the top of the page.

Halloween Bat Whoopie Pies

Williams-Sonoma brings some decadent Halloween Treats to the Halloween table. Yum! 

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Halloween Celebrations

This is the Woman's Day Halloween special edition magazine. It has the cheery pumpkins bottom page right on the cover. My favorite idea is the milk carton latterns with coat hanger handles. A neighborhood Halloween block party and how to stage a carnival are the 2 big party articles. The carnival article is adorable with cute costumes and game ideas.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Martha Stewart Halloween Spirited Celebrations

Decided to focus on the costume section since everyone else will probably be posting images of glitter skulls. Fear not if you love the glitter skulls they are back along with a lot of older Martha craft ideas. This Madame Butterfly concept is lovely. I would probably do the same concept only with paper bats! Several nice costume ideas including costumes for your dog. Big section with the line for sale at Grandinroad. Important if you like to date decorations. I keep several of the old Martha Catalogs for this reason. Nice old fashion clip art for making treat boxes and invitations. Old fashion black cat and owl mask to print to wear or wrap around a pumpkin. Can't hide the fact I am a big old Martha Halloween fan so there was no doubt about purchasing this magazine.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Tricks & Treats 2009

Highlights include Include Know Vintage Like a Pro by Mark Ledenbach and 2 darker decor features. Gothic Gala and Black & Bling. There are cutesy articles as well only I was pleasantly surprised to find a macabre twist to more grown up party ideas.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Many of the old styles of paper lanterns we have carried for years are being discontinued so the hunt is on for new lanterns. This little bat lantern is one of my favorites. See the new lanterns here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Vintage Halloween Style FirePlace Screen

I was asked about the source of the fireplace screen in the image at the top of this blog. It was made by Bruce over at click here to go to the fireplace screen page. His work is worth every penny. He cuts everything by hand! I own 2 screens and 4 lanterns that hold a place of honor in my displays each year. He also has a full scan of the entire page of the Ladies Home Journal images I have been sharing with you in sections. Its under Treats.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A Black Cat Party

A Black Cat Party
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio
Working with a cat theme this year. The cat basket from a Bogie Book caught my eye. The black felt cat coasters would make a great basket face. Dust the tops of their heads with black glitter and make a crepe paper bow.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shop Closed through August 9

Closing for our anniversary get away. Orders placed during this time will ship on August 10 and 11. We are celebrating 20 spooky years of wedded bliss today.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Umbrella as Fireplace Screen

Umbrella as Fireplace Screen
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

Clever idea from the same magazine as yesterdays entry. Black umbrella with paper ears, nose, mouth, and whiskers. Flickering LED lights behind the eyes would look very dramatic! Thinking about using orange and black felt attached with velcro for a longer lasting Halloween prop and easy storage.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Ladies Home Journal October, 1919

The Ladies Home Journal October, 1919
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

This dining room decor photo is used on our web site. Every year customers write to ask how to get this amazing crepe paper tablecloth. Sadly, only with a time machine! Pieces of this Jack-O-Lantern pattern do show up on ebay.

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...