October 28, 2013

Witch Maybel and her Apothecary Cabinet

Every witch needs an apothecary cabinet. So, when my witch Maybel asked me to make one for her, I couldn’t refuse. Who knows what kind of spell she would have put on me, if I hadn’t fulfilled her wish.

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Apothecary Bottles

Apothecary Bottles

Apothecary Jars

Apothecary Bottles

If you ever wanted to try one of those yummy spiders or bats on a stick, now is the time. They’re on sale in Maybel’s apothecary. If you’d rather go for the “Try & Die”, aren’t you just excited that instant satisfaction is guaranteed? Maybel wants her customers to be happy customers for sure, lol.

Apothecary Cabinet

Apothecary Bottle and Tin

The “Arsenic Poison” and the “Catarrh surely cured” labels were provided by  The Graphics Fairy. The same applies to the images of the bat and rat in my own label creations above and to the frame and skull in my “Try & Die” label.

Apothecary Cabinet

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Halloween Apothecary Cabinet

Now you probably would like to meet the witch.

Witch Hat

The quilter in me came through and I sewed a patchwork hat for Maybel. It’s embellished with a tulle bow, a black feather and a vintage rhinestone button.

Witch Hat Detail

Witches' Broom

Her broom certainly had to match her outfit. Now she can go for a ride in style.

Black Witch Outfit

Maybel and I wish you lots of fun on Thursday.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Hugs,

Julia

I’ll be joining these great parties:

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants

Be Inspired at Common Ground

October 24, 2013

My Black and White Halloween

I’ve shown you several Halloween projects in my last several posts and today I like to show you how I decorated my studio.

Black and White Halloween Vignette
I embellished an old milk can and filled it with rose hips which I had painted white. I added some black ostrich feathers, some tulle bows, a bat pick and a mouse.

Black and White Halloween Vignette
Black and White Halloween
I made this witch some years ago and still like her.

Black and White Halloween Witch

Bear Dusty was born and raised in Chester, Vermont until I bought him and took him to Germany 16 years ago. He’s one of the few bears I kept after I stopped collecting teddy bears. Dusty wanted to get dressed for Halloween and chose the cute witch hat I got from dear Carola. The mask is a bit too large for him but he wanted to wear it anyway. I guess you can tell that his favorite Halloween treat is spider on a stick.

Halloween Bear

Dusty moved after I had taken those pictures and now has a place near the vintage exterminator ad that I adhered onto an old book cover. The wonderful image was provided by Angie at Knick of Time. Thank you, Angie!

Halloween Bear Vignette
Halloween Vignette
Halloween Jars
 Black and White Halloween Decoration Shelf

Black and White Halloween Decoration
Black and White Halloween Decoration Studio

If you have read my post about the fabulous Halloween package that Carola had sent me, you might recognize the altered bottle and egg carton as well as the Edgar Allan Poe notebook, the glittered bat and pumpkin, the felted pumpkin and the creepy egg.

Black and White Halloween Decoration on Shelf
Halloween Typewriter Vignette

Actually I’m not so much into cute children and women images anymore. When I found the cabinet card I had altered some years ago, I was not sure, I would use it in my decoration this year. Eventually the little witch got a place on the typewriter.

Altered Cabinet Card Little Witch

How do you like my black and white Halloween decoration?  There will be one more Halloween post with the apothecary cabinet I’m still working on. When that is finished, I will start thinking about Christmas.
Have a happy weekend! I’ll see you soon.

Hugs,
Julia

I’ll be joining these great parties:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants



October 21, 2013

A Ghoulish Steampunk Halloween Assemblage

I think I should warn you. If  black humor is not your thing, then please skip this post. The creation, I show you today, is quite macabre.
Some weeks ago I got an old clockwork with several metal arms. One stuck out to the side and the idea of a Halloween gibbet creation popped up in my mind immediately. I started with the skeleton and then piece by piece the  assemblage evolved.

Steampunk Halloween Assemblage

I admit, I giggled when I created this sign. Yeah, I know, pretty morbid but hey, it’s Halloween!

Halloween Steampunk Assemblage
Gibbet Detail Clock
The undertaker advertisement is soldered between two pieces of glass.

Gibbet Detail Undertaker Ad
I found the great images of the skeleton, the crow, the clock face and the undertaker ad over at The Graphics Fairy. Thank you, Karen! You had just what I needed for this assemblage.

There are still some more Halloween creations and decorations I’d like to show you. Hopefully you’re not too shocked about my macabre gibbet and will come back.
Have a great week!

Hugs,
Julia

I’ll be joining
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Be Inspired at Common Ground

October 17, 2013

Crows and Ravens

Some crows and/or ravens have found their way into my Halloween decoration. I have a few bingo cards in my stash with both, the 10 and the 31. I took one of them and created this collage. The birds are images from The Graphics Fairy and were printed out on book pages. In the right upper corner of the bingo card, I sewed on a piece of plastic netting that I melted with my heat gun afterwards.

Halloween Collage

The stamped twig was too small for the rather large bird. Therefore I added some branches with a black fine line pen. The rings I used to accent the date, are copper washers.

Halloween Collage

Here is an ATC with a stamped raven or crow. I never can tell the difference, can you? A rusty hinge is used as a picture holder.

Raven ATC

I played around a bit with the wonderful antique top hat that dear Carola had sent me. I think it looks quite cute on my painted and stenciled pumpkin. Again I had printed and cut out a crow image from The Graphics Fairy, this time to create a stencil. Stenciling on the round and uneven pumpkin was a bit tricky and needed a little patience.

Black and White Halloween Pumpkin

I’m still having so much fun creating for Halloween and there will be some more Halloween posts coming up. See you again soon …

Have a great fall weekend!

Hugs,

Julia

I’ll be joining these parties:

Be Inspired at Common Ground

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

October 10, 2013

Halloween Creations

Hello dear friends, this is a very quick post today to show you some of my black and white Halloween creations. I’ve played with some wonderful vintage images from The Graphics Fairy. Thank you very much, Karen!

For this tag, I raised one arm of the skeleton, let the spider hang down and added the 31 to the top hat. The image was printed onto a book page and adhered to black cardstock.

Halloween Skeleton Tag

The original image of the three bats is colored. I changed it to black and white and added corner flourishes from another image.

Halloween Tag

Here is another bat tag and a box I created a label for.

Halloween Tag and Box

Doesn’t sound “Dried & Grated Toad Slime” just too yummy? I’m sure you’d love to try that, lol.

Halloween Box

Black and White Halloween

For this black lace pillow I printed a great vintage undertaker ad on fabric.

Black and White Halloween Pillow

Hopefully you have the same fun like me, creating and decorating for Halloween. I’ll be back soon with more.

Have a wonderful weekend, everybody!

Hugs,

Julia

I’ll be joining these parties:

Be Inspired at Common Ground

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

Inspiration Exchange at Ella Claire

Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours

October 06, 2013

A Halloween Package

A few days ago I received the most amazing Halloween package from my dear friend Carola over at Boxwood Cottage. I don’t know when exactly Carola got the idea to send me gifts for my Halloween decoration, but we’ve re-pinned each others mostly black and white Halloween pins for the last couple of months. I’ve never decorated very much for that holiday but this year, the bug has bitten me and I was super excited when I got Carola’s fabulous package.

One of the first things I unwrapped, was this beautiful Edgar Allan Poe notebook which I will use to write down Halloween ideas that come to my mind. Guess what!!! Yep, the top hat was another gift from Carola. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the package. I am so thrilled about it and so touched that Carola parted with this piece from her top hat collection.  She’s such a sweetie!

Black and White Halloween

Here is the notebook again with some other wonderful gifts. The skeleton hand in the peat pot and the painted cardboard egg are cute and creepy at the same time, aren’t they? The glass glittered gourd and the leave are beautiful. I’m also in love with that great vintage enameled “Don’t Disturb” sign that Carola had found at a flea market.

Black and White Halloween

There were even more wonderful gifts. An altered Halloween bottle, an egg carton filled with lots of little treasures, a black metal picture frame with a cabinet card and two small altered glass jars. One is filled with black glass glitter, the other one contains a doll leg, “preserved” in water. That’s a great idea and screams for a Halloween apothecary cabinet. I plan to make one and hope I will be able to finish it in time. I tried to take a close-up view of the leg in the jar but with my point-and-shoot camera the picture didn’t turn out well.

Black and White Halloween  Bottle

Black and White Halloween

Black and White Halloween

The cute little broom and a lot of  great of number tags were also included.

Black and White Halloween

I found the tiny vintage coin purse inside the creepy cardboard egg and it was filled with the key and the keyhole cover. The vintage wooden spool is a wonderful addition to my little collection.

Number Tags

Last but not least I unwrapped a great Halloween collage, Carola had created for me. There are a lot of Halloween symbols to discover. Look at all the wonderful details.

Halloween Collage

All the gifts are fabulous and they were wrapped so beautifully and embellished with lots of great tags. Have a look!

Wrapped Gifts

More Wrapped Gifts

Black and White Tags

Thank you so much, dear Carola! You spoiled me big time. It was a lot of fun to unwrap the packages and to discover all those wonderful gifts. Most of them are already decorated on my studio shelves :-).

If you don’t know Carola yet, please visit her beautiful home, studio and garden HERE.

Have a lovely fall week! I’ll be back soon with some Halloween creations. Mostly black and white, that goes without saying, lol.

Hugs,

Julia