Monthly Archives: September 2010

Haunting Halloween Preparations

Tomorrow is October 1st. Then, it will finally be time to put up decorations and get serious about putting together costume ideas.

I’ve been pondering, planning and collecting bits and pieces for costumes and decoration ideas for a while now. I know for sure that my Hubby and I will be hosting a party and (miracles of miracles) I even know what we will each be dressing up as! But all visible preparations will be held off  until October 1st.

However, since I am bursting with anticipation, I created a treasury to help inspire others (and feature new or mostly undiscovered shops) in their Halloween preparations.

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Late Summer

It’s nearly October, so it’s starting to feel quite solidly like Autumn around here, but now and then there are unexpected reminders that the transition isn’t quite complete yet.

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Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long Leggety Beasties

I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath, and now they’re finally here. Behold! a taste of my Halloween collection, thus far:

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To Thine Own Self be True

Shakespeare’s works are so ingrained in our culture and speech sometimes I forget how influential his surviving plays are!

I found this awesome site that lists many of his well known quotes, alphabetically and by theme, and even gives the context and meaning. It was very interesting! So, I decided to see what his influence had lead the artists on Etsy to create. There are some really beautiful things! Here are just a few:

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Stylin’ Ducky

Now for something completely silly:

This design was a little more complicated. You can tell this because it’s not only multi-colored, but the colors are overlapping.

If the colors don’t touch, and I’m careful, I can paint multiple colors at once (like with the Apollo Slash-down Tee). However, when the colors overlap, it takes two stencils and two separate applications to complete the design, but what a great end result!

The colors of this one remind me of the 80’s; a stylin’ ducky with a flair of old-school vintage. It cracks me up.

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Rose In Full Bloom

As I was looking through my shop the other day, I decided that there needed to do some more fun, girly designs.

I’ve long been considering doing a flower design, but I wasn’t sure what style to use, or even which flower. So, I started perusing various sites to get an idea of how other designers utilized flowers.

In my seeking, I came across several purses that used roses in a really dramatic and striking way. On Etsy, SnazzyGirlDesigns showcased a wool bag with a huge flower.

Also, farragobags had some really great ones too, one of my favorites was the Plum Fun Flower Bag.

Even Nordstom’s was getting in on the action, with their satin clutch with a “two tone rosette”.

Flowers are a complicated design, with lots of little shapes. I knew a flower would be pretty, but I had been putting off completing the design to work on simpler ones. Now, with a concrete idea in mind, it was time to go ahead, get brave and do the complicated design.

Success! Very cute and girly, in all the best ways!

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Wild and Wonderful

To showcase my latest design, the green Zebra tee, I’ve cultivated this treasury of wonderful and wild creations.

Check it out!

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