Sunday, October 31, 2010

Parties Magazine 1929
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

My spouse has been sick so we are staying in tonight. Lots of spooky TV and movie watching. Our new house sits far back from the road so we might have candy all to ourselves. A cup of hot cider and watching The Legend of Sleepy Hollow makes me happy. My great nephew is going to come trick or treat at our house he is only 4 and really scared of Halloween this year.

Plastic Pumpkins

Plastic Pumpkins
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010


Carved Pumpkin 1
Originally uploaded by facefirst_ltd

I have some lovely pumpkins and gourds this year. Torn between carving or leaving intact so they last longer.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Weather For Halloween Night...

doesn't look good. Bad for the trick or treaters and bad for my paper lanterns. Holding off on putting all the big hooks up for the lanterns until Saturday.

Beautiful Costumes

1920s Costume Group
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

The devil costume and the Rudolph Valentino look with friends make this photo a gem. Sadly I don't have information on this one it came as a set of 2 images. It might be Halloween or a masquerade party.


Child Life magazine October 1929
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

In case the new readers didn't see this one.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

They used grandpa's glasses....

Harry Pumpkin
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

not sure I want to know where the eyes came from!

Living Room

Halloween Tree
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

My camera went toes up so I tried the sunset setting on my camera phone for this shot. Not bad. Looking through the Halloween tree to the mantel. The camera is now feeling better with a new memory card.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jack-O-Lantern Flower Pots

Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

The cheap plastic candy buckets filled with rocks for weight and then inexpensive garden center mums. On Halloween night I pull the flowers and put in battery operated candles. Big storm with high winds coming in tonight. We took the giant Kitteh inside tonight and I miss him protecting the lawn.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hearse Rides

Friends have a haunted house in Medford, Oregon.

The gangs all here

2 Pirates, a Rooster, a Cat....
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

The homemade cat costume with oversize head is scary. Love the frowning pirate on the end. Arrrrrrr

Paper Lanterns

Floor Lanterns
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

They didn't end up on the ceiling after all. Piled on the floor in front of the gas fireplace. Orange LED light string runs through the stack.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Spooky Hideaway

Almost forgot to plug one of my favorite children's catalogs. This little gem just went on sale at

Mice Beware!

Giant Kitteh!
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

Grabbed a quick photo before the rain moves in. Kitteh has been a big hit in the neighborhood with kids.

Sea Creatures

Love this lamp idea found here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween At Work

Something a little different today. The Strout Farm Agency October 1923. Halloween party at the office. The office was located in New York and its rare to find good images in the work place. The cubby holes make for a great background.

Color Photo

Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

As much as I love black and white this color photo is pretty. The vivid colors and the kids against the background of the car.

The murals on the pre-school are wonderful.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Black Cat Andirons

They have glass eyes like the old andirons so firelight shines through! Wish we still had a fireplace. Found here.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Setniker Farms Pumpkin Patch

Setniker Farms Pumpkin Patch
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

Beautiful day at the Pumpkin patch.Family farm that does a lovely job of making families feel welcome. Gal who cashed me out helped shove 2 bundles of corn stalks in the Honda CRV. They were on the dashboard! Bought all gourds for my porch and decorated my SIL's front porch too. We still need to visit the other big family farm and the cider stand next week!

More images here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Off the Highway

Martha's Pumpkin Patch
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

One side Christmas trees on the other Martha's pumpkin patch. Totally missed the trees and wondered why they offered flocking! Family run gig with some of the scariest looking old carnival rides. Hope to hit a real pumpkin patch this weekend.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Early 1900s Photo

The Club from Moose heart
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

Great cotton dress with jack-O-Lanterns, a creepy doll, and gal with braids holding a carved Jack-O-Lantern.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

1940s Beistle Decorating Party

1940s Beistle Decorating Party
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

Loaned this image for an episode of Antique Roadshow FYI back in 2005. Nice crisp clear details can be seen on the Beistle Decorations.
Marked -Gordon San Jose

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Country Living 2007-Bruce Elsass Collection

After spending a pretty penny this year on Fall/Halloween magazines I am not crazy about any of them. There were a few great artists pieces but not any large layouts of vintage Halloween. Looking back through some old issues I think this article featuring a party and decorations from the collection of Bruce Elsass is one of my all time favorites.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Bazaar -Update

1970s My that is a big pumpkin!
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

OK gang I will NOT be vending at the Halloween Bazaar on Sunday. Filled a van with my store stock and gave it a new home. Many one of a kind goodies. The new owners area fabulous people so please help support them and the bazaar.

Now what i didn't realize until tonight is the amusement park is closed on Sunday. know that what that means don't you? Spooky abandoned amusement park! Wandering through a closed park with other Halloween fans...priceless!

1948 The Beistle Company Catalog

1948 The Beistle Company Catalog
Originally uploaded by dragonflydesignstudio

If we could only buy the decorations now at that price! Catalog on ebay.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Holding Pattern for The Halloween Bazaar

It might turn out my stuff will be at the Halloween Bazaar this Sunday but not me or the business. Someone is coming to look at the entire lot to buy me out. I'd miss doing the show but have multiple projects that need attention as well. What is left of the major retail portion of the business is an amazing collection so do come see it.

Lovely Mantel Decor

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The photo at the top of this blog is our old house and the mantel was deep enough for 5 foot 4 me to stretch out on! New house has a very small mantle so I was looking for new ideas. Oh...and its a gas fireplace so it sits a foot above the floor. Love the simple elegance of the tree branch painted black wrapped in lights. My crow collection would love it too. Must decide on a design soon.

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...