Sunday, August 31, 2014

Autumn at Horchow

Sadly Horchow has bene stocking less and less Halloween each year. This year the selection is Autumn Celebrations. The black checkerboard pumpkins and the dark velvet pumpkins are a nice touch for those who like black and white Halloween decor. I miss looking at the decadent and expensive Halloween offerings.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Halloween Goodness from Joann Fabric

The wall of Martha stuff was so new there were no prices. The price scanner at my store is in the back. Loaded up a basket and scanned to see some prices. A lot of repeat Martha merchandise with a few cool new goodies.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

More Joann Fabrics Halloween 2014

Local store now has all the Halloween on the shelves. Some new Halloween fabrics were added last week. Full line of Martha Stewart Halloween goodies. More photos on the way.

Elegant Halloween Crafts

Clever Halloween make overs from thrift store finds. Source material here.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Help out a wonderful Halloween Family

Davis Grave Yard is an incredible haunted attraction that takes place in the yard of a family who truly loves Halloween. They are 2 very generous souls raising money every year for local charities with the yard haunt. You might remember the Extreme Home Make Over episode at the Oregon School for the Deaf's haunted attraction. The Davis household was a big part of making that haunted attraction come back to life. They volunteered countless hours to be part of the team.

In a cruel twist of fate the Davis household is now in need of assistance. Both Chris and Jeff have lost their jobs. You can read more at Chris's blog here. A Gofundme campaign has been set up to help them get back on their feet until work comes their way. We have all been there at one time. You find out how truly generous friends and the community can be when things look the worst. I thank you in advance if you can help this talented and caring Halloween family.

Halloween in the craft section at Target

In the scrapbook and craft section at Target I found Halloween stickers, tape, and decoration kits. The haunted house is a black chalkboard to decorate. The skull next to it is part of a 44 piece decorating kit.

Friday, August 22, 2014

BHG Tricks and Treats Mantle Ideas

Simple Black and white decor. The poster above the mantel and the skeletal hand on the vase can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crate & Barrel Halloween 2014

The Day of the Dead is a strong party and decor theme this year. Halloween section is here.

Better Homes and Gardens Tricks & Treats 2014

Magazine was released yesterday. Found my copy at Walgreens. Traditional decor mixed with some gorgeous black and white party ideas. So heads up its out there! More images to follow. The release of this magazine every year reminds me to start working on all my Halloween interior decor craft projects. This issue is packed with easy to make projects.

T.J. Maxx Halloween 2014

T.J. Maxx set up a floor/table display until they sell more back to school dorm merchandise. Nothing outstanding so far. The skinny round lanterns have a color changing LED inside. Good mix of Yankee Candle jars with scents like Candy Corn. Nothing I had to have as of yet. Picked up some hand towels. Photos of linens next entry.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ichabod Flame Pumpkin is Back

The much sought after flaming pumpkin has returned to Lowe's and can be ordered on the web site here. Found out after someone on posted my video and the flickr activity went through the roof. Its one of my favorite light up Halloween goodies. We run ours year round. Pumpkin is silent the crackling noise in the back ground on the video is my cat walking on the packing materials.

Ordered mine on line. Two attempts to pick it up. Finally have my Ichabod Flame pumpkin home. The same as last year only this one has a lighter reflective coating so the flame color is not as warm as last years version. Will try to post video of both side by side soon.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Reproduction Bat Ornaments-Not Vintage

This entry By Mark Ledenbach warns readers about this paper bat set that recently sold on ebay for $77. I wanted to post an image of the bats.

Tried to find the original catalog image but couldn't find it in my collection so I scanned the bats.

The bats are from the 2005-2006 season sold wholesale by Cody Foster and Co. made in China. The bats should come with a gold sticker on the hanger thread stating they are made in China. The bats were shipped in stacks so many had the scuffed look of an older piece. The large bat has a 6 inch wing span and the smaller bat has a wing span of 3 1/4 inches. The bats are embossed and have nice detail.

New collectors are often fooled by reproductions and this was a very sad case of over paying for items that originally sold for around $12 a set on the high end in 2006. I sold my Halloween business back in 2010 and no longer have stock of these bats.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hanging Around

The skull clothing hangers at Urban Outfitters have been on my want list. The hangers would look lovely draped with semi sheer fabric hanging along a porch as simple spirits.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Halloween at JoAnn Fabric

Not much to see at JoAnn yet except a few scarecrows and pumpkins. There was the promise of things to come on the display sheets.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Halloween Boutique at Rodgers Gardens 2013

Love the walk through videos each year at Rodgers Gardens Halloween display. The little tabletop dress forms with painted rib cages are adorable. I have a child size dress form that might need this treatment.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Toying with making some large cut outs this year in corrugated plastic. Back light the characters. A trio in the lot next door would show up well from the road. Image found here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Steampunk Halloween

Love the mix of Halloween and Steampunk in this tea light holder. Instructions and materials for making 4 different tea light holders are here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Squash Softies

Craft project for making fun fur and fleece pumpkins. I'm afraid they would turn in to Halloween tribbles in my hands. All left over fun fur from costume projects gets turned in to tribbles at my house.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Halloween Tubular Crinoline at Michaels

Michaels this year has bags of mesh tubing or tubular crinoline. 2 different color bags. 35 yards of 6mm tubing. My bag has black, white, orange, purple, and lime. Running little lights through the tubes creates a diffused light. Its handy for hiding cords on light strings running in to lanterns.

Ethafoam rope threaded in to the crin makes great snakes for a Medusa headdress. Ethafoam is soft so it works well for dancers. Be warned if working on craft projects that cats love this stuff!

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...