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Halloween Re-cap

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Hello, and Happy Friday!

This week felt a bit “off” with Halloween landing on a Monday this year.  Even with that, our kiddos had a great time and started celebrating last weekend.  We hosted two teen parties – fun time but I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend. 🙂


Thought I’d share a few pics of what Halloween looked like at our house this year. I do LOVE Halloween!

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The main living areas were more decorative, but when the kids headed down to the basement party room, the decor got a little more sinister. Of course, my version of “sinister” is still pretty G-rated. HA!

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I have to give my hubby credit for the creative BBQ display. He BBQ’d brats and burgers for our son’s party.


Our daughter had the more creative “Pinteresty” type snacks at her party.  The kids each brought a fun, Halloween type of food to share.


Of course, you can’t have  a Halloween party without cheesy party games.  Which, even cool 14 year olds still enjoyed playing. 🙂



I hope you have an enjoyable Halloween as well, and enjoy the Fall weekend!

Happy Creating!

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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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Elegant Halloween Card

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halloween-card-1Boy, this month went by fast! Its been so fun creating vintagey Halloween projects!

Do you have fun plans for the big day? I get to open the door to the trick-or-treaters this year. Usually I’m out and about with the kids, and my husband passes out the candy. The kids are going in different directions this year, and I’m looking forward to first, staying warm, and second, seeing all the cute costumes that come to our door!


For this last Halloween project, I decided to make a card incorporating a chalkboard frame that I showed a couple months ago at this post HERE. Using a chipboard frame, simply frame a piece of black cardstock. I used a white colored pencil instead of chalk to write my message-a bit more control that way. A glittered die cut bat and a black satin bow add a touch of elegance to the card.


These fun sparkly bats, hot glued to a small black clothes pin, make for a simple treat sack closure. And, a die cut border of skulls adds a touch of fanciful macabre to the card. A quick ensemble with a touch of elegance.

I hope you have a safe, fun Halloween! And, don’t forget to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown-truly a vintage classic! 🙂

Happy Treating,


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Halloween Party Hat Garland

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Well, we’re officially closing in on the home stretch to Halloween. This weekend I started to unbox all of my fun “vintagey” Halloween decor in preparation for our annual pumpkin carving party. That’s always a fun time! I love tucking in little bits of decor into unexpected places. This Halloweeney party hat garland fits the bill for this framed chalkboard!


This is the perfect way to use up scraps of patterned paper! Simply fold into a cone shape, adhere and trim with glitter and a sprig of vintage metallic garland. I strung these together with cotton string. They measure approx. 3 inches tall.

I found this colorful owl image as I was unpacking. Just love it, and thought it would look so cute as an ornament on my miniature tree. To create these, I scanned the image, sized it and printed it onto white cardstock. To make it even a bit sturdier, I backed it onto a piece of chipboard and cut out each image. Of course, I had to add a bit of glitter! A bent black pipecleaner creates the “hook” for the ribbon.


I think they decorate the tree nicely!


I hope you are having fun preparing for Halloween! Maybe you’ll even have time to craft a party hat or two. 🙂

Happy Creating,

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