Friday, September 19, 2008

Extra, extra... read all about them!


We're very proud of our artists who've made it to
print these past couple of years.
Some have submitted work to various publications
and a few have published their own books.
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Creative costuming



Creativity in costuming is definitely something we have a passion for and although most of us (ahem) are past the age of trick or treating, we do have children who like candy.
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Creative Carving

It wouldn't be Halloween without a carved jack o' lantern or two.
As you can see we don't do simple!
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Delicious and delectable

There's nothing ordinary about our food or candy!
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In's and out's of decorating for Halloween

Art, ornaments, cobwebs and spiders are a few of our favorite things.
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A tree full of treasures

Chris has taken Halloween to new heights with his lavishly decorated pencil tree.
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The magick of collecting Halloween art

Patte's got a passion for one of a kind Halloween art.
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Collecting creepy concoctions

Kristen's collection of creepy cans, canisters and concoctions
is sure to whet your Halloween appetite!
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Let's Make Witch Hats

I've had some folks asking me how to make witch hats lately,
so I thought I'd put together a little How-To.
Let me note that I'm sure there are a gazillion ways to make tiny pointy hats (probably some methods that are much better than mine), but this is how I go about it.
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That said, Here goes:
Materials-
-Sewing machine (or a needle and thread)
-Cardstock or a cereal box
-Cotton (Warm 'n' Natural is best) batting
-Muslin
-Fabric glue
-Paper towel
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1) I cut an oval brim out of cardstock (a cereal box works great too) to fit the dolly in need of a hat. I do this by just sorta eye-balling it and trimming a little here and there til it's right.
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2) Trace your cardstock brim onto cotton batting and cut out.

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3) Glue your cardstock brim to a scrap of muslin. When dry, cut it out.

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4) Stitch up a triangle from muslin. Make the bottom edge about the same measurement as the outside of the brim.

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5) Turn your triangle inside out and stuff lightly with a paper towel.

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6) Holding your triangle like an ice cream cone, feed tip of hat through brim (cloth side toward tip of hat) til the cone is a nice fit all around. Then snip down to brim every quarter inch or so.

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7) Using fabric glue, stick your little tabs down
like so-
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8) Snip off edges of tabs.
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9) Glue cotton batting piece on the brim, covering your little tabby things.
Now your hat is ready for painting!

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10) Using acrylic paints, paint your hat however you like. This little witch is partial to teal. After drying, I lightly sand and then stain with burnt umber. When that's dry I sand again, and add a little hat band.

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You can get as creative as you want. No one says witch hats have to be black. Why not polka dots? Or beaded? Maybe her hat band is glittery, or covered in silk flowers. So many possiblities!

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Now you try!

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(posted By Jo from CartBeforeTheHorse)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Great Pumpkin Carve

The dates have been announced for this year's Great Pumpkin Carve in Chadds Ford, PA. It will take place October 23rd - 25th. If you live in the tri-state area and love Halloween, this event is not to be missed! I've been competing in this competition with my mother for the last five years and we've been lucky enough to win several awards. Here is our giant carved pumpkin from last year.

Depending on the growing season, the pumpkins can weigh several hundred pounds. Professional as well as non professionals carve in the competition. There is live music, hayrides and tons of food. My favorite part is on the first night when the carving has stopped and the lights go off. It is a truly magical place to be!
If you are in the area on the first night stop by and find me.
Jennifer - Gypsy Mare Studios

Friday, September 5, 2008

Getting Ready for Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show


It's that time of year when Halloween enthusiasts look for fall folk art shows to add unique pieces to their collections in addition to those found on eBay. And in my part of the world, the Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show, Sept. 13, is where you'll find some of my All Hallows Eve offerings. Above is a sneak peek at what this EHAG member is cooking up in my San Francisco Bay area studio. Alas, I am the only EHAG member in the show, but that doesn't mean you won't find exceptional art from the other six artisans. Vintage whimsies, unique dolls, jewelry, crowns and paper mache collectibles are to be found at this first annual show in Downtown Danville, CA. Head on over to the website to read all about the show and sale, or stop by my blog to see what other spooky goodies I will have available. Fall is in the air!
Happy Haunting....Iva Wilcox