Monthly Archives: October 2012

Vintage Halloween in the shop

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As promised…here are the pics from the other side of the large center island display. I think they turned out great considering I had to stand on a chair…lol. Have I ever mentioned that I am super short? Anyway…this side is all fun vintage inspired pieces I’ve been collecting.

These black cats are too cute to be scary…especially with their little hats on. I borrowed a little backdrop from the black wreath and pumpkin from the other side of the display.

These are my favorite with their big cheesy grins. Notice they are all carrying trick or treat buckets? lol

This is the new kid in the collection. I picked him up at Screams Ice Cream shop in Hell right around the corner from where we live. No kidding…there really is a Hell Michigan. And we only live like less than 10 minutes away lol. Insert jokes now….I don’t live in Hell…but I can see it from here hahahaha. Okay…not too funny…give me a break it’s 5 in the morning!

When I get back to the shop I’ll be loading up all this decor for the year. And trying to figure out how to run power to the center island for my large Christmas carousel. How’s that for a teaser??? LOL

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

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Halloween in the Shop

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When we moved our shop to Dexter we gained a ton of space to display seasonal decor. I can not begin to tell you how happy this makes me!! My first holiday to decorate for is coming to an end….so before I take it all down and start decking the halls…I got a few shots of the spooktacular Halloween display. I also had myself a little fun with the photo effects : )

How do you decorate a shabby chic pink store for Halloween? White pumpkins of course! I layered this vignette with a large mirror in a silvery and antiqued frame. To get some height for my pumpkins I stacked them on some antique books with their covers removed. I added some black candle sticks and funky black wreaths. A few sunflower picks for pops of color. They came with those sweet little gourds on them : ) Win for me!!! I had a few pale ceramic pieces of skeletons so those went in the front. My dear friend Jane has been sneaking in the fun little tiny white pumpkins she grew in her garden : ) Thanks Jane!!!!

I draped the top of the mirror with a lace curtain to give it a vintage look. I’m calling this side my shabby chic pumpkin alter. The best part of the “foundation pieces I added…is that I can just leave them up there when I’m ready to switch out the decor to a different season. Who’s a smart decorator???? ME!!!

Edgar the raven has been perched in the bird cage on a stack of books…I left the door open in case he wants to fly away lol.

I played around with the effects on this pic until I had almost all the color out. Then added some text…I love how it turned out…pretty and spooky.

Okay….so that’s one side of my center island display…all shabby and pale….anchored with black accents. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the other side of the display that I decked out all in vintage. Of course I’m pretty excited to start layering in the Christmas displays….so this will all be coming down next week. I’ve been working hard creating some really lovely decorations for my small white Christmas tree and I can’t wait to share them with you.

If you missed yesterdays post…you should click here to check it out. We’re having a fun giveaway of a vintage Halloween Mini Album just in time to save the pics and mementos of your holiday celebrations.

Vintage Halloween Book Giveaway

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Are you getting your little ghost and ghouls ready for  trick or treating? What a great time of year when our little ones get to live their imagination and be what ever they want to be. My little ones are not so little anymore. We haven’t trick or treated for years now. But we haven’t given up on the holiday…we just changed our tradition. We plan our yearly family trip to Cedar Point. For all of you not from this area…Cedar Point is a totally fabulous theme park filled with awesome roller coasters and rides…and for Halloween they go all out and decorate every square inch with skeletons and hearses and anything spooky. The also have quite a few haunted houses and a straw maze. It’s not for the weak though…as it usually starts out nice…but gets chillier as the day goes on. This however keeps the line short at the rides…and everyone in my little family are coaster junkies.

I decided it would be a great time to have a fun giveaway. I enjoyed making this vintage Halloween book….and some lucky winner will enjoy filling it with pics of their little spookable and mementos of their holiday celebration.

Ready to get your name entered for a chance to win this awesome little Halloween Mini? Just follow these simple easy peasy steps. 1. comment on this post and share with me your favorite family tradition for Halloween. 2. Please enter only once per IP address…this makes for a more fun and fair giveaway so no entries for imaginary friends, pets, or long passed relatives. 3. You must be a pollyspaper.wordpress.com follower to be eligible to win. Already a facebook follower??? That’s awesome…thanks!!! You still need to be a blog follower to be entered. Just click the button that says “sign me up” it’s right above the blog hits section on the right side of the screen. Sorry those who are only comment followers will not be entered. 4. you can start entering as soon as this post goes live and you’ll have until midnight on Halloween to get your name entered. 5. I’ll draw the name of the lucky winner and announce it in a special post November 1st. Good luck to all who enter. I can’t wait to read your comments!

I used My Mind’s Eye Papers and trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon to create this awesome Halloween mini.

Requests for Card Kits

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 Thanks to all the Peeps for  the lovely comments on my card classes. I’ve gotten some requests for kits to make these vintagey cards from some of you who can’t make it to the classes here in the shop. 

I can make up 4 of these kits and offer them in the etsy shop. I’ll include some easy peasy instructions and send emails with pics of the remaining cards to those who purchase the kits. All the pieces are precut…so they go together very nicely. Please email me at vnemchak@hotmail if you would like me to make you a reserved listing for the kit.

Update….Wow…what a response. Thanks to everyone who contacted me to order a card kit. I’ve set up your reserved listings in the Etsy shop…and sent you a link to your listing in your email. Unfortunately I can’t take anymore orders for this kit : ( Be on the lookout for more kits soon from our upcoming classes : )

Vintage Christmas Card Class Take 2 October 30th

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Okay folks we are starting our second seating of our Christmas Card class. We had lot’s of fun last night…and the girls got done a bit early so we had time to play paper and make tags too : )

Everything you need is provided for the class including tools and adhesives…so all you need to do is come in ready to work. We will also be having a nice beverage and snack during break.  The class is from 6-9 pm Tuesday October 30th and is just $25. There are only 4 seats  available for this seating so come in soon to leave your deposit and save your seat. Or you can call me at the shop during regular business hours to make your reservation. Please do not leave any deposit information in a message. What a great idea to get a jump start on your Christmas paper crafting now when there’s time to enjoy it. Hope to see you there!

Christmas Card Class Oct 23

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We will be creating beautiful vintage inspired Christmas Cards in our class this Tuesday. You know how I love a class…and cards….and vintage…and Christmas lol. We will be making 5 cards using a nice variety of patterned papers, vintage holiday images, buttons, bells and of course beautiful trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

A full picture of the first card…the rest are teasers lol. You’ll have to come in to the shop to see the rest.

Everything you need is provided for the class including tools and adhesives…so all you need to do is come in ready to work. We will also be having a nice beverage and snack during break.  The class is from 6-9 pm Tuesday Oct 23 and is just $25. There are only 2 seats left available for this seating so come in soon to leave your deposit and save your seat. Or you can call me at the shop during regular business hours to make your reservation. Please do not leave any deposit information in a message. What a great idea to get a jump start on your Christmas paper crafting now when there’s time to enjoy it. Hope to see you there!

Update….this class is now full. Keep posted for a second seating the following Tuesday. You can call in now for your reservation.

VERY VERY HAPPY NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT

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I’m popping in this morning with some pretty exciting news to share. I was chosen to join the design team by Bonnie from REALLY REASONABLE RIBBON. YAYYY! I think you can all tell how much I love her trims from my posts…I use it on like EVERYTHING! I’ve even been incorporating into my classes here in the shop.  Thanks to everyone who wished me good luck….I have the best Peeps!

You should hop on over to Really Reasonable Ribbon’s Ramblings to see the Design Team post and check out all the other talented designers. She also has  super fun challenges every month   so you can get in on the action too….and maybe win yourself a great prize. The current challenge is Halloween and Ribbon. The designers have lot’s of Halloweenie projects to get you inspired so get crafting and  link up your project too and good luck.

As part of our projects each month we get to work with a ribbon club assortment. I can not tell you how beautiful the selection is for November. I can’t wait to start my fall projects with these warm colors and sheer textures.  They have a new selection every month….all ribbons and trims that coordinate beautifully and work with the seasonal projects. I’ve also ordered a great selection to use in my up coming classes….so it’s great that she ships the trims so quickly. I have never seen better prices on my favorite seam binding and wrinkle ribbon too…for all of you requesting how I get such nice big poof bows….it’s all in the trim lol. And bakers twine and pom pom trim will be in just about every project now hehe.