Dennison’s Guide to Craft a Lively Hallowe’en Party

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I’ve been doing a bit of seasonal reading,  and if you love vintage, chances are pretty high that you also might get a little giddy over vintage Dennison and Beistle paper products. :)

To market their party paper products for Halloween,  Dennison published Bogie Books – “A Book of Suggestions for Decorating and Entertaining at Hallowe’en, Harvest Time and Thanksgiving.”

This particular issue was printed in 1920, and is FULL of beautiful illustrations, and many ideas and  instructions for hosting events in the Autumn months.


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The pages are also filled with how-to’s for crafting with Dennison crepe paper and die cuts.  I love the many jack-o-lanterns framing the doorway!  Simple and festive. As is  the black cat with the tubular body and pipe cleaner legs above – cute packaging for a party favor.

Couldn’t resist trying that idea out with a jack-o-lantern die cut and sparkly black pipe cleaners. With a small black clothes pin attached to the back of the pumpkin, I can clip it to the top of a treat bag. :)


This little booklet is over 30 pages long and is full of ideas, from beginning to end,  that could still be used for Halloween parties today. As this particular booklet was printed in 1920, it is part of the public domain (Yay!)  and a complete copy can be found HERE.


Happy Reading and Creating!



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Something’s Witchy Around Here

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Hee, hee, hee, hee – hello!

We’re getting closer to Halloween and the witches are starting to make an appearance around our home.

To display these famous Halloween icons, I created Witch Medallions. These medallions are constructed from an antiqued tin base which I touched up with a bit of gold, glass -glitter sparkle. This will age and tarnish nicely. :)



I added the vintage crepe paper witch to the center of the tin and trimmed the outside of the tin with black crepe fringe. A vintage greeting and orange velvet ribbon finish it off. And the best part? There is a clip attached to the back of the tin base so that this Witch Medallion can be attached to a spooky tree, as pictured here, a garland, or to a wreath.



If you have a spot for a Witch Medallion in your Halloween decor, I put a couple in the Etsy store. You can find them HERE.

Happy Decorating!


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Holiday Book Treat Baskets

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I hope you enjoyed the weekend. They sure do go by quickly, don’t they? Its been feeling a bit Fallish here, nice crisp air, so we’ve enjoyed having the windows open – though we know snow is truly just around the corner. Yikes!

However, its perfect weather to set the stage for holiday crafting, and there’s a bunch of creative ideas in the new Vintage Holiday magazine, which just hit newsstands last week.  I’m happy to share that the how-to of my Holiday Book Treat Baskets are featured in this wonderful issue!

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This little project is so fun to do, and is a great way to re-purpose tattered, vintage children’s books into either a gift box or candy dish for your home.


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So, now that Fall is just around the corner, throw open the windows, enjoy the crisp cool air and gather up your supplies – I believe that holiday crafting is now upon us. Thank goodness! :)

Happy Creating,



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Vintage Holiday Magazine – Sweet Treat

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Hello, and happy Friday!

I hope you’ve been having a great week. :)

I’m so excited to share that one of my vintage Christmas projects is featured in the new issue of  Vintage Holiday magazine! From the publishers of Romantic Homes magazine, Vintage Holiday is FULL of great holiday ideas that will put you right in the Christmas mood, and I’m thrilled I was able to be part of this publication. :)

Vintage Holiday 2016 Cover-2

Vintage Holiday is available now, in stores or online at, and will definitely inspire you for the upcoming holidays! And, I hope you especially enjoy page 116. :)

Enjoy the long weekend, and Happy Creating!


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Glittered Vintage Ornaments

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Glittered Ornaments - final

I am hopping around all over between the upcoming holidays, but truly, once Halloween comes, Christmas is not far behind!

So, while the holiday calendar is still a fairly clean slate, I wanted to share a fun party idea – host an ornament party.  These ornaments are easy to put together and can even be completed in assembly- line fashion.  Which is ideal for a party! The supplies are simple as well, which can be handy if you want each guest to bring an “ingredient.”  Or, have them each bring a dozen ball ornaments, and you, as host, can supply the rest!

Here’s a pic of the supplies:

Glittered Ornaments - supplies


For the official How – To, here is an instruction sheet.


Glittered Vintage Ornaments - instructions

Have a sample ready- made and create “stations” around a table.  Maybe also print out a couple of the instruction sheets for your guests’ reference. The printable pdf is the link below:

Glittered Vintage Ornaments- Instructions

Don’t forget to serve cookies! You could even have a double party, and do a cookie swap. :)

And, if you decide to do this,  I’d love to hear how your party goes!

So, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the movie, The King and I.  I absolutely LOVE this movie, and my friends indulged me and went to see it with me over the weekend. The local theater showed it on the Big Screen. :)

I remember watching this one with my dad. My favorite scene is the ballroom scene. Love Deborah Kerr’s gorgeous dress and watching them swirl around.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. My friends were new to this one too, and loved it!


king and I movie poster

I hope you are having a great week, full of vintage and creative possibilities!



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