Monthly Archives: October 2012

Vintage Halloween in the shop


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

Halloween in the Shop


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


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 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


 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


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


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.



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.

Closing out the Halloween Mini Class



Last night was the final seating for the vintage Halloween Mini Class…I had lot’s of fun and the girls got their books done in record speed!!! Yay. I thought I’d share the inside pages with you all today.

You’ve seen the cover of course….but just to keep all the pics together. I am in love with those sweet little skeletons : ) All the papers I chose for this book are from My Mind’s Eye. Very vintagy. We added lot’s of trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. There’s buttons and inked doily’s too…oh and craft tags…my other love in life. There are 11 layers just on the front cover here….the girls are good sports about all the layering.

Each set of pages has a similar….but different layout….using common elements so it wouldn’t be too busy. there’s room for nice sized pics too!

Can you ever have too many patterns???? NOPE : )

If this were my book….I would be journaling on the stripes and craft tags and doily’s.

Thanks to all the ladies who joined me for the last two weeks….I can’t wait to see your books filled with pics of the kiddos and the Halloween mementos. Wouldn’t this be a fabulous gift filled with all the holiday memories? Or better yet…used as part of your seasonal you can enjoy it year after year!

I’ve made this book available in the Etsy shop. Why not click on the link to hop over to the shop and check out the details. There are loads of other seasonal Halloween cards and projects available.

Today in the shop I’ll be completing the cards for our next class. We’ll be making 5 vintage inspired Christmas Cards. I’ll get the post up tonight so you can see the details…or stop in the shop for a sneak preview…and get your name on the list.

Butterfly Art Journal Smash Book


Another request came in this week to create an art journal smash book with a vintage butterfly card I had made recently on the cover. Could I turn no an offer to make an art journal???? Nope : ) She intends to use it to store favorite greeting cards so I gave her some extra large metal rings for the cover so she’ll have plenty of room as her collection grows. I also added some tabbed divider to keep the cards organized. Loads of little pockets and room for pictures and journaling.

These pages have pockets for mementos and pictures that have writing on the back. I stitched them up to be extra sturdy. I think it also gives it a nice texture.

I added a few of my favorite trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I went ahead and stitched these on too…since I had the machine out.

This page has a corner pocket dressed with chipboard and vintage buttons.

This picture is a little blurry : ( The page is made from an envelope…so there’s another pocket to put goodies in. I added typography here as requested. I love how the smaller pages look when you can see the larger pages behind.

I added 6 of these  tabbed topped dividers…they will be a great place to add pic’s and journaling….as well as keep the cards organized.

Vintage Halloween Mini Ablbum Class Take 2 Tuesday Oct 16th


We had such a great time at our class last night : ) We created an awesome Vintage Halloween mini Album!!! We have one more seating for this class so there’s time to get in on the fun….and just in time to create a great mini to hold your Halloween pic’s and memories : )

                                                                                 This 6 x 6 album is super chunky with layers and layers of My Mind’s Eye papers, loads of chipboard stickers and of course some great Halloween trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’ve added a fun bingo card, inked doily’s and black buttons. Each set of pages has another layout similar to the cover….so there’s lot’s of detail. Plenty of room for pictures and journaling too. This book is very similar to one I’ve posted recently for a Design Team Project. This mini has 8 pages inside…and front and back cover.

Class is October 16th and runs from 6 to 9 pm. All materials and adhesives are included…as well as a tasty snack and beverage during break. We’ll be using Polly’s tools also…so no need to bring a thing…unless you have a favorite pair of scissors you can’t live without : ) I’ve got the shop all decked out in my best spookable decorations and we’ll be enjoying some fabulous Halloweeny music too so come join us for a night of fun and create this great holiday keepsake as a gift for someone special…or to use as part of your holiday decor to enjoy year after year. 

Cost for the class is $30.  Stop on in to the store to check out the rest of this book ad leave your deposit so we can hold your seat. Deposit is 1/2 the cost of the class. Want to call in your reservation? No problem…just reach me at 734-268-1109 during regular business hours. (please do not leave any deposit info in a message.) First come first serve. There is only 2 seats left available for this class.