Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween in Black & White!!!

While walking with a friend in Lambertville, NJ we came upon this jaw dropping yard display that is unlike anything I've ever seen!

I wished that this was installed for the weekend of the STJ Soiree, because Pat Dean and I walked on this street and we would have seen this!!!

I noticed that there are black lights all throughout the display, so I guess I'm going back after dark some night! PLUS, I'd love to meet the artist who created these awesome sculptures!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Decorating

Just a few quick photos of some of the inside Halloween decorations.

The dining room was all set for the dinner party which we hosted following the SpookyTimeJingle Soiree.

and now let me put "a little light on" so you can see some of these decorations....

Those are my little honeycomb bell ghosties that I showed how to make on my blog at the "Hive" Aren't they so cute ;-}

and in the living old "Mobo horse with rider" gets into the Halloween fun

a white feather tree with my growing collection of spun cotton ornaments

I'll have my annual Halloween night video ready sometime next week, but until then, here's a spooky peek!

Friday, October 22, 2010

High Bids for Vintage Halloween

This black cat, a candy container, brought $1,725 at Morphy Auctions.

Found this article and wanted to share. To those of us who are creating todays Halloween items, perhaps our work will someday command prices like these!

Antiques: Vintage Halloween collectibles can be scary valuable

By Karla Klein Albertson
Inquirer Antiques Columnist

Past or present, decorating with grinning jack-o'-lanterns, spooky black cats, and flying witches is the best part of Halloween.
In the final months of 2010, antique toy collectors will be bidding on a dazzling selection of holiday offerings. The list includes something for everyone: vintage Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations, as well as cast-iron banks, old cars of every description, and, of course, regiments of toy soldiers.
Philadelphia is at the center of the toy-collecting world. Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa., near Lancaster, stirred up the spirits of the season when it had excellent results with Halloween material in an 887-lot Holiday Sale on Sept. 11.
Old Halloween decorations have increased in value because so few survive in good condition. Candy containers and colorful cutouts made of fragile materials often were discarded after each holiday.
Spooky lanterns designed to hold a candle were often made of flammable papier-mache or pressed cardboard. No surprise, a near-mint-condition devil's-head lantern from Germany brought $4,600 at the Morphy sale. Another unusual lantern in the shape of a human foot with a happy face on the sole sold for a hefty $10,350.
The top-selling item in the auction was a one-of-a-kind Halloween harvest novelty, also made in Germany. Probably a store display, the 17½-inch "veggie man" had a clockwork mechanism that shifted his eyes from side to side. The final price: $19,550.
Another standout lot was a very rare set of nodding figures with cat, devil, witch, and pumpkin heads, which sold for $10,350. "It's difficult to find a complete set of six," Dan Morphy said.
"They're made of celluloid, so they're fragile. This particular set was old store stock and had never been used. Remarkably, it was still in its original box with original paper label."
As this was an official "holiday" sale, the offerings included desirable Christmas Santa figures, candy containers, and ornaments. A 28-inch-tall Santa with clockwork nodding head and rabbit-fur beard was purchased for $10,350.

A Santa with sleigh and four reindeer was offered for purchase as a store display in the Schoenhut catalog for 1914. The rare group, featured in Schoenhut Dolls: A Collector's Encyclopedia by Carol Corson, sold for $5,750.
"The turnout for this sale definitely proved that Halloween and Christmas antiques are popular year-round collectibles," Morphy said. "We had more than 250 unique buyers, with approximately 100 of them bidding in the room and another 150 on the phones at various times during the session."
He said the sale also drew about 400 Internet bidders.

This link will provide more information and photos on other upcoming auctions! There's one coming to New Hope that I'm thinking about attending!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Our First STJ Soiree and Rave Reviews!

Saturdary was our 1st annual SpookyTimeJingles Soiree and it was a great success!!

We had collectors travel in from near and far just for the show and they gave us all a big "thumbs up" for producing such a quality show.

 All who attended are so looking forward to next years event!

  The #1 comment that everyone in attendance had to say was… "seeing the art first hand was a joy and gave them an even deeper appreciation for the talent of what they saw from all the artists."

Check out Facebook as pictures are starting to be posted and I'll be posting some pictures from the show in a few days after I take a little time off for some much needed R&R....a little trip to Newport, RI is just what I need ;-}

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween....but wait there's more... Christmas too????

This weekend at the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree the artists will be offering BOTH Halloween AND Christmas artwork!!!!

Here's a peek of one of my Christmas items.....A large sculpted snow woman I titled "Ms. Frost" dressed in a pale shade of aqua and sparkly as new fallen snow.

Come see how creative we can be to bring Halloween and Christmas together all in one show!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's all Spun Cotton this month!

My fingers have been busy "spinning that cotton" this month!

Tonight at the stroke of midnight, the SpookyTimeJingles website will update and here's your peek at what you'll find on my pages for new Halloween and Christmas!!!

My largest spun cotton piece is a witch art doll, named "Lucinda" and I created the fabric from which I sewed her dress! Come read all about her custom "witchy couture"!

On my Christmas page, you'll find the cutest little "Honeycomb Bells" for your tree. These are made using vintage bells from the Biestle Co.!

Altered Witch Shoe

Found: an awesome pair of shoes at a consignment shop

Bonus: these white fabric shoes looked they were never worn! And they were in my size....however the pointy toes made me say "ouch".

So the next obvious thing was to "alter" them as I immediately thought they looked like perfect witch shoes.

I finished one shoe for now which will be shown at the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree on Saturday, October 16th! The picture shows it used for business cards, but also could hold some Halloween treats in a table arrangement or some small spooky ornaments!

So whether you come by plane, train or automobile.... hope to see you at the the SpookyTimeJingle Soiree !!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

I want my MUMMY!!!

Come to the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree to meet my sweet little altered art doll! Sweetly wrapped in distressed eyelet lace, this little mummy is waiting for a new home!

Come here to find all the information about the Soiree!!! SpookyTimeJingles Soiree

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Old Man in the Tree

Took my walk today in Tyler State Park and on one of the trails, the sunlight was highlighting this row of trees in such a beautiful way that I noticed these old man faces in the bark.

Just more of my inspiration I've found in nature!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shake It Baby!

Come shake your booty at the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree on October 16th!

I will have these Halloween Rattlers available for sale at the Soiree and they would be a perfect accessory for your Halloween partying. These are painted double sided and trimmed with festive crepe paper and multiple layered trims. I found these maracas in an antique shop and altered them to a new life.

So come by and shake it with me baby at the Soiree ;-}