Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Hallowe'en

vintage card courtesy of Dover Books

Today we will do some last minute costume ideas,
and of course some Hallowe'en poems, quotes and sayings.
Let's not forget those Halloween paperdolls!!!


First is an
EEEK!!!! I'm supposed to have a costume ready!!!!

This costume couldn't be easier:

Dress in all one color -

Then put on a favorite "Halloween" pin back button.
You are dressed!
So, for the dracula moustache pin, you would dress in all black,
or all purple, or perhaps even all red.

If you are going as 'Frankenstein',
wear all green, with a button that says
"Frankie says hi!"

I found on etsy some wonderful paper badges to inspire you :

To be a wizard, or an oriental wise man
drag out those sweats again! Dress in all navy blue, or all black.
Make a cone shaped hat from fun foam, or even construction paper in a pinch.
Paint or glue on large stars and perhaps a moon or two to the hat.
You can use yellow fun foam, or gold glitter glue, or felt, or....
Fit to head before completely finishing the hat. Adjust as needed.
Staple cone.
Get out those bobby pins and hair clips, and attach hat to head!
You are done.
Make it fancier? Sure, a dark solid color cape would be great,
but unless you have a couple of hours to get fabric, sew, etc.
you don't really need one.


stick on a long grey beard!
Kids can make this with construction paper and cotton balls, and a little gray paint.
Any party store will have these in stock right now also.
If needed, add tie strings to go over the ears to hold beard in place.
Be sure to reinforce the holes, so they don't rip out 1/2 way through
(Use small pieces of masking tape or duct tape, then punch holes through that.)

An optional costume would be to dress up in one of Mom's dark dresses, and then add the cone hat and/or the beard.
Be sure the dress is not so long that your trick or treater will trip.
Wrapping a belt or a scarf around the middle can be used to hike it up.
This applies to any costume!
Getting a scraped up face or hands because of tripping
on Halloween trick-or-treating is not a fun time.

vintage postcard

Now really look at Circus Bear's costumes.
Ringmaster would need:
    1 top hat
    1 bow tie, sparkly is better
    1 strip of fabric or scarf for cumberbund
    1 pair of pants - Black or blue or....just coordinate!
    1 riding whip - check out cat toys, they have things similar with a feather
           on the tip of the string. Be creative!
    1 drawn on black curly moustache (if you use eyeline pencil, be sure to wash
           it off with eye makup remover)
    optional: add a short cape, sparkly the better!
optional: make a microphone with 2 cardboard tubes, some black paint and some silver paint; or use shiny side foil to fashion the 'speaker' part. Attach an extra phone or computer cord to the bottom, and pin the other side into a pocket.
A couple more ideas for 'cone' hats:

"Too cute to spook!"

"Mind your mummy!"

Some great 'Fairy Godmothers' by stellabella, on e-bay:

Costume requirements:
    1 old timey dress - check out 2nd hand stores, they usually have some great
        buys! or perhaps even your own closet...
    1 Cone Hat - see directions above. 
    1 Tag or pinback button, or....that says: 'Fairy Godmother'.
  really ugly shoes
  striped socks
  strand of really big fake pearls
  old glasses, cat eyes style preferred
Now, get 2 friends or more,
and dress almost exactly alike.
See picture for ideas!

I would pin or hot glue a couple of stuffed barnyard animals to my overalls for
Old MacDonald! Add a straw hat and/or some straw sticking out of a shirt cuff!

Adding a simple apron to a costume can really make it look 'authentic'.
c.1853 (year it was published)

Quick candy bowl idea:

You need:
    1 sequin half mask, can be found just about anywhere this time of year
    2 marbles that are flat on one side, can be found in wedding crafts, floral 
         departments, etc.
    glue gun (low melt) or other glue
    1 round glass bowl, can be found with candles or floral

Simply glue on the mask and flat marbles and you are done!!

I wish for you a safe and happy October 31st.
by lisa volrath

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A frightful Paper Cutting Experience!


It's Halloween Paper Doll time!

by Joan Walsh Anglund

Thank you to OrigamiBears, for either sharing these paperdolls with us,
or for giving a link to a site where I found them!

I don't know who drew these, but very clever and fun!

Go rent the movie!!!
See Drew Barrymore before make-up!

I'll see you tomorrow for


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween paper dolls


owl speak for 'hello, I think'
Today will be a short blog with some Halloween paper dolls.

This next color-it-yourself paperdoll just cracks me up!

Have a fun weekend!

Friday, October 28, 2011

October flower Cosmos ,Language of Flowers and a Halloween paperdoll


This is one of my new Autumn bracelets!
I call it 'Autumn Lush'.
I don't have it up on etsy yet, but will soon!
The  price will be $20.00

Cosmos teacup and saucer,

I am thinking I better get the last October Flower of the Month,
into a blog, before it is no longer October!

Cosmos are such pretty, cheerful flowers.
They come in a large variety of colors.

I'm not sure why this flower has been chosen for October,
as I think of fall flowers as more in the oranges, yellows, reds.
Well, I'm not the expert here, so let's just enjoy this lovely flower!

double white cosmos

In the Victorian Language of Flowers,
the cosmos consistently stands for


pillow cover with cosmos,

I found cosmos in yellow, pink, hot pink, white, purple, orange...
seems like the list pretty much covered the rainbow!

 Not really what I would consider 'peaceful' flowers!!!

Perhaps you have been wondering -
'What is all this about the Language of Flowers? Huh?'
Great question!

Royal Albert china tea cup, October month flower - cosmos
part of a series.

There are some great resources available on the topic on the internet.
I would 'google' Victorian Language of Flowers.
Here are some highlights from a few different sources that I found:

The Society of American Florists has compiled a list of flowers with their meanings.
I have found this to be pretty much the same as other sites, although not exact.
There are a few differences, which is why it is always a good idea to look at several different sources.

Teleflora, a flower delivery company, has some information, a bit more in depth.
One problem is they really only want to promote flowers that can be sent in a bouquet or plant! Of course, that is their business. No problem.
Just keep it in mind.

leedom gallery

A fun web site that carries all things Cecily Mary Barker is:

If that doesn't work, just 'google' Cecily Mary Barker, and you will find many many things about her and her beautiful flower fairies.
Not only did she accurately portray different flowers,
she made up little verses and poems to go with each one!

One thing to remember -

We may have current names that are different than the common names some flowers had during Cecily Mary Barker's life. If you can't find your flower,
look up 'other names for --------' filling in the blank
with the specific flower you are looking for. Ain't the worldwide web super?!

a little history -
During the Victorian era, there were very strict rules and regulations, protocol and manners laid out for all to adhere to.
Emphasis the word strict.
Emotions were a strong taboo.
In fact, during this time, it was considered 'unseemly' for a wife to express happiness or satisfaction with anything to do with (
Today in American movies it seems the exact opposite!
Modern period movies that show Victorian era young ladies
kissing their beaus
is so NOT right! It was an unusual thing if the two had even held hands
before the engagement!

So how was a fella' to let his beloved (of the moment) know
what his true emotions were?
The Language of Flowers!

a set of ATC tags, by
(ATC : Artist Trading Card, about the size of a business card)

In the Victorian era, flowers were everywhere!
You would find flowers in clothing, jewelry, china, wallpaper, hair accessories, bonnets, furniture, carriages, home decor items, writing papers
and more!!
That's a lot of flowers.

a field of Cosmos'

and so we have flower symbolism...
Each flower had a meaning, an intent, a message.
Even scents of flowers could be interpreted with secret meanings.
Now think -
*whole lotta' flowers
*can't express emotions or feelings
*giving flowers was acceptable during this strict era.

What started out to be a simple way to express forbidden and unspoken feelings
became a floral nightmare!
Perhaps in one city, sending a red carnation meant
Now in a city a hundred miles away, a red carnation meant
"my heart aches for you'.
Okay, let's try sending some roses.
City #1 - pink rose means "friendship".
City #2 - pink rose means "perfect happiness".
oops. That could cause some misunderstood problems!
Some clever people decided to publish handbooks all about flowers, and what they meant, including the different scents and meanings of these flowers.

The first book written on flower symbolism in modern times, was
Le Language des Fleurs by Madame Charlotte de la Tour,
published in 1819.

Only we have several different authors that might have slightly different meanings, or completely new meanings.
What to do?
Well, there were certain books that became more popular.
Then there were just a few that were popular,
ending with Kate Greenaway's handbook
The Language of Flowers as the most popular one;
 the one most frequently referred to.

A page from Kate Greenaway's book,
with some of her illustrations that were found throughout the book.
You can still find copies of her books on etsy and e-bay.

published in 1820

a page from one of Kate Greenaway's illustrated books

I hope this has helped you understand a bit better
the language of flowers.
Wouldn't it be fun to send a bouquet to someone,
using the language of flowers to send a message!
You would have to send an interpretation however.
Here is an example of a vintage postcard -

I tried to make it a bit bigger to read, so sorry it is a little blurry!

orange cosmos

yellow cosmos bangle,

These flowers look like cosmos to me,
although they could probably represent several different kinds of flowers.
Enjoy coloring them any color you can imagine!

For today's Halloween paper doll, I will just have a one-pager.
I'm kinda' wordy today, aren't I? 
a pug and her closet of costumes

time to close, for today.

I would LOVE to see pix of your costumes!!!

Word of the day:


Take a peek at my treasuries, gathered from stores on etsy!

Here is a great youtube of Phil Keaggy and his guitar music: