Wednesday, November 25, 2009

December EHAG Challenge

You've heard of the Christmas Spirit...
....How about the Spirits of the Holidays?

Join us in the month of December as our talented EHAG artists tackle
The Spirits of Holidays
EHAG challenge.

Use the word EHAG in your ebay searches to see which Spirits have visited and inspired our artists!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Interview with the Artists from the Cart Before the Horse

Jo James and Dylan Curry are the artists behind the Oregon based
The Cart before the Horse.

Their unique style of Folk Art can be found on eBay under the eBay ID: cartbeforethehorse

How would you describe your work?
That's a tough one! how about playful, contemporary folk art sculpture with whimsical leanings?

How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?
We've been doing Day of the Dead stuff for 6 years now, and started to incorporate more traditional Halloween imagery shortly thereafter.

What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?
The biggest challenge is keeping up with all of our ideas!

What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?
Ehag is a quirky mix of some of the top Halloween artists around, so the talent is inspiring. But more than that, they are really a nice, caring , and supportive bunch.

What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?
One year Jo and her brother were hobos under ghost sheets. This accomplished two things
1. It was free 2. we could go to the six apartments that were on the trick-or-treat route - twice!Dylan liked to dress up as a soldier (gave him an excuse to take his BB gun out in public)

Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?
We make peanut butter spider cookies, and always buy too much candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters (we buy candy just in case one should ever show up on our doorstep - even though it hasn't happened yet!)

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! lately it has taken the form of antique postcards and circus posters.

What are your artistic plans for the future?
We're working on a series of instructional dvd's that we hope to have ready soon. We'd also love to have a line of kid-friendly products. Publishing books would be lovely too - while we're dreaming.

"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you two.
Jo is totally scared of haunted houses, and clowns. Dylan trick-or-treated till he was much to old to be doing so.

How did your working partnership come about?
We're married, so it seemed a good fit partnership-wise.

How do you balance your personal/professional life?
That's always tricky, isn't it? Even more so when you work at home. We try to keep semi-regular hours, and a separate living and working space. We're not always good at that though. We HAVE managed to make the dinner table off limits to art stuff (for the most part), and we sit down to share a meal together every day.

See more of Jo and Dylans' work at their website

and visit their blog

Their Halloween themed work can be found on eBay by using the word EHAG in your eBay searches.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

EHAG artists featured in Celebrate 365

Congratulations to all of the talented EHAG artists who have been featured in the 2009 Halloween edition of Celebrate 365

Candace Navarrete of Howling Moon designs, Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Designs, Nancy Malay of Victorian Whimsies, Kristen Beason of Kristen Beason Designs, Carrie Murtha of the SnipPets, David Everret of Chicken Lips, Arbutus Hunter of Arbutus Hunter Novelties and illuminations, Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B Folk Art, Jorge De Rojas of HoHo Halloween, Lori Rudolph of Retro Rudolph's and our Collector member and ultimate Halloween Fanatic - Robert Brawley!

Celebrate 365 is the premier Journal for the Ornament Enthusiast, the 2009 Halloween edition is choc full of artist interviews, Fabulous Halloween ornaments, and art!

Click the logo to visit the Celebrate 365 website, and to see the new edition.

A special nod to Lori Rudolph of Retro Rudolph's for the truly "retro" cover design.

Lori designed both the front and back cover of the journal as an homage to the Dennison Bogie Books of yesteryear.

Art from all of our wonderful EHAG artists can be found on eBay and in Etsy - just use the word EHAG in your eBay searches or visit our Etsy Group!
Happy Shopping!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

She Has Been Found!

A BIG Thank You to all of the bloggers who participated in our
EHAG Search for the Wandering Witch.
The lucky winners are listed below, we hope that all of you will visit us again soon - you never know what the artists of Ehag have planned!

Become a follower of the EHAG Art Blog, and keep up on the latest artistic challenges, give-aways and artist information.

And the Winners are....

blogger Tara N Colna prize from Leah Humberston (Leah's Art Magic)
blogger Queen of Nostalgia prize from Len Betham (Happy Holidays)
blogger Beka'n Kyle prize from Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor (Gypsy Mare Studios)
blogger Francie Horten prize from Lori Rudolph (Retro Rudolph's)
blogger Tristan prize from Linda Kennon (The Gourd Queen)
blogger Saving in Style Prize from Sweet B (Sweet B Folk Art)
blogger Lynne Mitchell prize from Iva Wilcox (Iva's Creations)
blogger Tamara C prize from Lori Davis (Vintage Palette Art)
blogger Connie prize from Jo James and Dylan Curry (The Cart before the Horse)
blogger Tracy M prize from Cathy Nash (The Eclectic Company)
blogger Della Rae prize from Chris Klingler (Designs by CK)
blogger Sandy and Cosmo prize from Eleanor Burian-Mohr (the Cornerstore Goddess)
blogger Cathy prize from Melissa Valeriote (Valeriote Designs)
blogger Kelli Bear Haven prize from Catherine Mallard (Darkling Woods)
blogger Laura prize from Nancy Malay (Victorian Whimsies)
blogger Jenn prize from Candace Navarrete (Howling Moon Designs)
blogger Cheeky Raddish prize from Brenda (Little Dollings)

WE have an extra winner (cheeky Raddish) since Brenda of Little Dollings joined us at the Midnight hour! Here is her wonderful give-away prize.

Please don't forget if you are in and around Petaluma, California you may want to stop by Halloween and Vine.

The show is at Hermann Sons Hall and runs from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. ~ Admission: is $5.00 at the door.

EHAG members attending the show are:
Scott Smith of Rucus Studio,
Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Design,
William Bezek of William Bezek The Artist,
Arbutus Hunter of Novelties & Illuminations,
Laurie Hardin of Monkey-Cats Studio,
Jorge de Rojas of HohoHalloween

Monday, September 21, 2009

EHAG Wandering Witch Give-Away

Ladies and Gentlemen... Start your brooms....
... the EHAG search for the
has begun!

Join in the fun and become eligible to win a piece of EHAG Halloween Art!
All you have to do is visit the EHAG artists listed at the bottom of this post.

One Artist is hiding the Wandering Witch on their blog.... Find that blog, leave a comment, and you will be entered to win one of these fabulous prizes!

Tennessee Spinner Gourd pendant hand-painted by Jennifer MacNeill Traylor of Gypsy Mare Studios

Halloween Party Hat by Cathy Nash of the Eclectic Company

Candy Corn Earrings by Eleanor Burian-Mohr the Cornerstore Goddess

Witch Ornament By Linda Kennon the Gourd Queen

Hand sewn Halloween tag by Lori Davis of Vintage Palette Art

Glitter Witch Banner by Lori Rudolph of Retro Rudolph's

Witch Silhouette Ornament by Melissa Valeriote the Holiday Queen

Glass candy Jar by Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B Folk Art

Witch sculpture by Leah Humberston of Leah's Art Magic

Halloween Skull Rattle by Jo Curry of Cart before the Horse

Nostalgic Halloween Rattle by Len Bentham of Happy Holidays


Witch Ornament by Candace Navarrete of Howling Moon Designs

Set of Witch Halloween Tags by Nancy Malay of Victorian Whimsies

Close 2 Midnight postcard print by Chris Klingler of Designs by CK

Bride of Frankenstein print by Catherine Mallard of Darkling Woods

Limited Edition Print the right pumpkin by Iva Wilcox of Iva's Creations


The Search will end on September 25th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced the next day!


Leah Humberston of Leah's Art Magic
Len Bentham of Happy Holidays
Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor of Gypsy Mare Studios
Lori Rudolph of Retro Rudolph's
Linda Kennon the Gourd Queen
Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B folk Art
Iva Wilcox of Iva's Creations
Lori Davis of Vintage Palette Art
Jo James and Dylan Curry of The Cart Before the Horse
Cathy Nash of the Eclectic Company
Chris Klingler of Designs by CK
Elanor Burian-Mohr of Cornerstore Goddess
Melissa Valeriote of Valeriote Design (the Holiday Queen)
Catherine Mallard of Darkling Woods
Nancy Malay of Victorian Whimsies
Candace Navarrete of Howling Moon Design

Happy Searching!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Search for EHAG's Wandering Witch!

The EHAG wandering Witch is an elusive gal ...

Round and round she flies,

casting shadows in the skies.

Rumors of her grow and grow.

Search for her high,

Search for her low.

Uncover our Witch in her spooky disguise,

and you may win an EHAG prize!

Join us here on the EHAG Art Blog on September 21st as The Search Begins!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Johanna Parker is a "Dreamer and a DOER!"

Please join us in congratulating Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Design for being nominated as one of the ten finalists in Martha Stewart's "Dreamers into Doers" contest.
You can vote for Johanna by clicking on the link above.

We're sure Johanna would love to hear from you, so please cheer her on by visiting her at her blog.

Go Johanna, go!!! ~ You are an inspiration to us all!

Friday, August 21, 2009

An interview with Chris Klingler

Chris Klingler of
Designs by CK
Chris currently Hails from the East Coast,
his work can be found on EBay under the seller id: Designsbyck

How long have you been creating Halloween art?

I have been creating and selling my Halloween art on eBay and Etsy since 2006. I have been a fine artist my whole life and love Halloween. I was inspired to start creating Halloween art by fellow EHAG artist Pennie Griff (eBay Seller ID: vintagepennie). I feel my art has come full-circle in the fact that Pennie loves and collects my art as well.How would you describe the artwork you create?

I would describe my artwork as whimsical with touches of humor added into the mix. I'm inspired by vintage Halloween designs initially and then I like to add my own CK modern twist. I'm personally fond of black and white pen & ink illustrations that are very bold in design. I find in my art that less is more and the design is the most important element.

What is your greatest challenge creatively?

My greatest challenge creatively is painting. My strong suit is pen & ink illustration. I would like to better hone my painting skills in the future.

What are your artistic plans for the future?

After doing 200+ Halloween postcards the past 3 years, I'm ready for a change of pace creatively. I will be taking a break from the postcard art until after Halloween of this year. Starting in August through Halloween, I will be focusing on hand painting found decorative and functional items. Like I've stated before I'm itching to paint, paint, and paint! I would also like to get into Paper Clay sculpture in the future. I'm the type that likes to master one medium at a time before moving on to the next one.

What do you like best about being a member of EHAG?

The best part of being a member of EHAG is the support from fellow members. We are like a big happy Halloween family and are always there for each other. I do appreciate the added exposure & recognition that also comes with being in our talented group of artisans.

What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume and why?

(Hard to pick I've had SO many favorite costumes over the years!) ~ My favorite childhood Halloween costume was Paul Stanley from the rock group Kiss. It was one of those 5 & Dime boxed mask and plastic suit combos. You know the ones where you put on the plastic pants, and took one step and it ripped! ~ Hehe '-)

Do you have any Halloween Traditions?

My favorite Halloween tradition started when I was 13 years old. I started my first haunted house display for the trick-or-treaters at that age. I would work all summer mowing grass to save the money to make my homemade Halloween dummies and props. My parents, family, and neighborhood kids loved it. Loved it so much I was featured in our local paper on the front page for my Halloween display. That was my 15 minutes of fame I guess. I still do my display each year and it becomes more elaborate in design and execution each year. I have hanging ghosts, hundreds of yard lights, animated witch, fog machine, piped scary music, and I usually carve 5-6 jack-o-lanterns for display outside. I start putting stuff out towards the end of September. It takes me a full month to get everything in place and organized. I also do a yearly Halloween tree with a different theme as well.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Most of my inspirations come from things I like in life, music, art, movies, literature, and antiques. I think the idea of a piece is what makes it special. I keep a sketch book around at all times to jot down ideas as they flash before me. I have designs from 2006 that are still waiting for their debut. I try to stay away from watching much television as I believe it saps creativity.

"Open the Vault" tell us a secret that not many people know about you:

"Open the Vault" ~ Hmmm...I used to be painfully shy to the point where others saw me as a loner in school. I've since worked out of being shy but I'm still a very private and reserved person.

Give us a peak of your work space: Come on down to the lab...and see what's on the slab.

Christopher Klingler ~

Designs By CKWebsite:

Visit the CK Blog:

Email Chris at :

Shop Etsy for more art by Chris :

Visit Chris and all of our talented EHAG artists by using EHAG in your EBay searches

Even more EHAG artists in Print

Our talented EHAG Artists are at it again...
...EHAG artist Melissa Valeriote, has a lovely spread in the fall issue of

Somerset Studio magazine!

Congratulations Melissa!
And another cheer goes out to Kristen Beason, her art is featured in the latest edition of

cloth paper scissors magazine.

Iva Wilcox has designed this years HallowVine wine label for the
Madonna Estate winery.

Prost to you Iva!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Extra, extra, read all about them

Coming to a store near you. ~ Please make sure you check out the EHAG artists featured in these superb publications!

EHAG artist Scott Smith of Rucus Studio and Joyce Stahl of Enchanted Productions are featured artists in the current Fall issue of Art Doll Quarterly!

Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Design and Pam Gracia of Soft in the Head are featured in the current issue of Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts edition!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

An Interview with Jennifer Macneill-Traylor

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor


Gypsy Mare Studios

Ever since she was a small child, Ehag artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor has had

two passions...horses and art.

As an Ehag artist, Jennifer has created a unique body of Halloween art which successfully incorporates horses into traditional Halloween scenes. Jennifer hails from Lancaster County, PA.
Her work can be found on Ebay under the Ebay seller id: Gypsymarestudios or by using EHAG in your Ebay searches.
An Interview with Jennifer

How long have you been creating Halloween Themed Art?

I started selling my horse art on Ebay in 2000. My Halloween artwork came soon after in 2001.

How would you describe your work?

I like to think of my work as fun and a little unexpected. I like to combine my love for horses and Halloween. You wouldn't think they would go together but they do. Who doesn't love the Headless Horseman?I also enjoy painting black cats. We have two cats that we just love to death.

What do you consider your greatest challenge creatively?

If I take a week or more off from painting it's very hard to get back on the horse (pun intended). I also have a three year old daughter who demands a lot of my time.

What are your artistic plans for the future (new projects, new mediums,etc)?

I would love to work with paperclay more. I have created a few pieces and really enjoyed sculpting. I also have several large unpainted wooden pieces just dying to come to life!

What do you like best about being a member of EHAG?

EHAG is a group of some of the most talented Halloween artists out there. Everyone is extremely supportive and truly loves what they do. I feel like I've made some great friends.

What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume and why?

My mom is very creative and a wonderful seamstress. When I was a child she made most of my costumes. One year she made a cow costume but I was too embarrassed to wear the udder and everyone thought I was a bunny! Looking back at old photos I liked being a witch the most. I still dress up as a witch every Halloween.

Do you have any Favorite Halloween traditions?

Since 2004, my mom and I compete in the Great Pumpkin Carve in Chaddsford, PA. Most years we've won a prize. In 2004 and 2008 our pumpkin won best overall. Now we each have a great handmade wooden rocking chair they give as the top prize!

Since I have a young child, I get to relive that Halloween excitement through her. My father in- law spends all month elaborately decorating his home and yard. We go trick or treating in his neighborhood early and end the night sitting in his front yard with all the ghosts, ghouls and skeletons!

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere from old Halloween books, EHAG artists, EHAG creative challenges, trips to museums and spooky movies like Sleepy Hollow and Nightmare Before Christmas.

"Open the vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you:

I was a scaredy cat as a child perhaps because I watched too many horror movies. Many nights I had trouble falling asleep because I was terrified of being abducted my aliens, demons under my bed and evil children hiding in the corn outside my window.