2011 Halloween & Autumn Garlands

August 2, 2011

Yesterday I launched my small line of Halloween Plush, and today I’m launching my Halloween garland line!

This year’s new retro Halloween apron designs will follow soon, as well as some other very cute spooky-n-festive goodies. But for now, here are the garlands!

Vintage-Inspired Autumn Harvest Garland

Fall Autumn Decor

Autumn Harvest Garland

Vintage-Inspired Farm Harvest Autumn Garland

This garland captures the magic and essence of autumn with warm inviting hues of peach, orange, brown, and gold. It conjures up the feeling of crisp breezes frolicking on your neck, the smell of fresh apples and pumpkins from the farm, and the sound of crunching fallen leaves under foot.

Available here in the Flapper Girl Boutique.

The Little Witch Halloween Garland

The Little Witch Vintage-Inspired Garland

Retro Halloween Home Decor

Vintage-Inspired Halloween Decorations

A cute little witch from a bygone era is joined by jolly jack-o-lanterns and festive black cats to wish you a Happy Halloween in this holiday garland.

Available here in the Flapper Girl Boutique.

Bewitching Alchemy Halloween Garland

Bewitching Alchemy Halloween Garland

Witch Black Cat Magic Halloween Home Decor

Magical Vintage-Inspired Halloween Witch Banner

Double, double, toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble
Something wicked this way comes!

This Halloween garland captures the magic of a witch’s alchemy with a pair of black cats, a den of witches, a peek at ancient eerie spell books, and the light of the full moon.

Available here in the Flapper Girl Boutique.


Halloween on the Brain

February 24, 2011

Well, it’s official—I’ve begun planning my 2011 Hallowe’en line. It all started when I found a batch of this fabric and couldn’t pass it up.

Then I found some lovely black cotton ruffle trim to pair it with, and some vintagey gold foil autumn leaf dresden die cuts to use in a garland with this gal I picked up last year. I’m excited—this is just the beginning, folks! I still have months of planning, hunting, and gathering to do before I get to work on my Halloween goodies over summer—but I’m off to a good start!

I’m also working on a Halloween-themed branding project at school that I’m extremely excited about, and I’ve been having so much fun pulling together tons of spooky, vintage inspiration for. I’ll be sure to post more about that project as I’m finishing it up in the coming weeks.

Another flame fueling the Halloween fire right now is my recent acquisition of this book—Haunted Air by Ossain Brown*. It is filled with Brown’s unforgettable collection of vintage Halloween photographs. The book is brilliant, beautiful and brimming with so much inspiration and that lovely, spooky punctum distinct to old Halloween photos that I adore so much.

And with all this gushing about Halloween, it’s time for another round of fantastic vintage photos I lusted after over on eBay over the past few months. Past collections can be found here, here, and here. Enjoy!

I like that little devil—perfect pose! The lime green shoelaces are a great little detail.
My favorite Halloween photos are those taken around the turn of the century. They’re always the perfect combination of beautiful and creepy. The black-cloaked figure in the back gives me shivers.
Wool coats & unsettling masks.
She doesn’t seem very scared.
I love the details on the little witch’s cape.
* of industrial experimental music group Coil fame.

Frankenstein’s Cat

November 1, 2010

I hope everyone had a very merry Hallowe’en yesterday. The weather was extremely beautiful for most of the day, and even though it turned overcast late in the afternoon, there wasn’t a drop of rain or even a gust of wind the entire night, which is so rare for these parts. We’ve actually had really good luck with super mild weather on Halloween night for the past few years. I can’t tell you how many times I had to go trick-or-treating as a kid with a heavy coat on, carrying an umbrella around.

Nattie’s FrankenCat costume was a huge success. She looked super cute! See for yourself:


Etsy Love: Halloween

September 16, 2010

Oh Halloween, how you captivate me so! Lately I’ve been spending perhaps a little too much time looking at vintage and handmade Halloween goodies on Etsy. I can’t help it, though! This is the holiday that intrigues and inspires me the most. Here are a few Halloween goodies that have caught my fancy.

Vintage Halloween Party Streamers{Vintage Halloween Crepe Paper Streamers}

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Vintage Film Cansiters{Vintage Film Canisters}

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1960s Halloween Dress{Vintage 1960s Halloween Party Dress}

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Vintage Halloween Scraps{Metal Box of Vintage Halloween Treasures}

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Halloween Fortune Teller{Vintage Whirl-O Halloween Fortune and Stunt Game}

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Halloween Chapstick{Spooky Halloween Flavors Lip Balm Pots}

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Bride of Frankenstein Doll{The Bride of Frankenstein!}


Introducing Flapper Girl’s 2010 Halloween Aprons & Other Wearables

August 24, 2010

It’s time! I can’t believe it! I’ve worked so hard on this year’s Halloween wearables collection, and I’m so excited to unveil it. I love how everything turned out, and I hope you like it too!

In addition to the new designs, I’ve also brought back a few of the most popular apron designs from last year. You can see all of our latest spooky offerings over at the Flapper Girl Boutique.

Click on any image below for a detailed view.

Aprons

Flocked Halloween Apron Vintage Inspired

Skull Pirate Apron

 Trick or Treat Retro Tulle Halloween Hostess Apron

Vintage Inspired Halloween Apron

 Spooky Owl Night Vintage-Inspired Halloween Tulle Hostess ApronThis last design was originally an OOAK apron I made for myself last year, but since so many people wanted to purchase one last year but couldn’t, I decided to make this design available for purchase this year!

Brooches

Golden Owl Brooch

Retro Prize Ribbon

Retro Halloween Cat Brooch

Retro Halloween Ribbon


Halloween Sneak Peek #1

July 27, 2010

I’m going to be posting a few teasers this week for my Halloween line. So far, everything is coming along great! I even have plans to make some really awesome brooches made of fabric and paper. I had think about the logistics of making jewelry out of paper first, though, but I think I’ve figured it out. I’m going to do a test run tomorrow and see how it goes. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, a few sneak peeks (with more to come later in the week).

Retro Halloween Fabric

Vintage Dresden Halloween Cats

Retro Halloween Flocked Kitty Fabric

Retro Halloween Paper Scraps

Are you getting as excited as I am? ♥
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Oh! I also wanted to mention that I stocked the Flapper Girl Boutique with some super cute Vampire Bat coffee cozies.

They are a limited edition, only available through October 31, and are $12 each. However, my Xmas in July Sale is going on right now, so if you want to score one of these cozies for only $10 + FREE SHIPPING, then be sure to do so before the sale ends this Saturday, July 31.

Sorry if you were hoping to get one of these cozies in the golden harvest colorway. I sold the last one on Sunday.

Halloween Coffee Cozies


Halloween Update

April 13, 2010

I’ve been steadily acquiring materials for the 2010 Hallowe’en line.

I scored a few spools of awesome Halloween ribbon last week. I’m particularly excited by the possibilities I have with that black and white striped one.

I am also very smitten with the fabric I’ve found for this year’s Hallowe’en apron designs. I will definitely show a sneak peek at some point, but for now I will say that I think these aprons are going to be the best yet.

I still haven’t found any vintage halloween photos awesome enough to purchase, but I continue to hold out hope. Time is still technically on my side, though my main focus over the summer is working on the Hallowe’en line. And really, summer is only three months away.

How’d that happen?


Favorite Halloween Costume + A Giveaway

October 11, 2009

My first Halloween-related memory is from when I was about three or four years old. I remember my mom taking me to Fabricland, where we looked at rows of Halloween costume panels. My favorite ended up being a panel to make a blue owl costume, and I could hardly contain my excitement. I don’t know why we didn’t bring it home with us that day, but my mom said we’d come back later to get it. By the time we made it back to Fabricland a few weeks later, the blue owl panels were gone, and I had to be a pumpkin instead.

For many years after that incident, I ended up dressing up as one of three basic spooky icons for Halloween: Witch, Pumpkin, or Scarecrow. Then in 6th grade I convinced my mom to make me a Sacajewea costume*, and the year after that my best friend Tasia and I dressed up as an elderly couple** to celebrate our retirement from the trick-or-treating scene. It was our last big candy collecting hurrah, and we wanted to go out with humor and pizzazz.

I guess what I’m saying here is that I feel like I didn’t get into my Halloween costume groove until I got older. For most of my trick-or-treating adventures, I went with the basics***. By the time I was getting too old to trick-or-treat, that’s when the creative juices really started flowing on the costume front. Once I reached my 20s, my costume making abilities got even better. Some of my favorite Halloween ensembles from the past few years have been a pirate wench, a mad scientist, a flapper, and my all-time favorite, a viking.

Viking

I want to hear all about your favorite Halloween costume! To make it fun, I’ll make this into a festive giveaway. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win a Flapper Girl Vampire Bat Coffee Cozy. Your favorite costume could be from your childhood or in recent years. Homemade or store bought. Everything is game, as long as it was a costume you wore. Have a photo of you in your favorite costume you’d like to share? Even better! Email it to me for an extra chance to win.

Blue Bat Cozy BLOG

Here are two other ways to earn extra chances to win:
• Tweet this contest on Twitter
• Blog about this contest

On Monday, October 19 I will select three winners, who will each receive one Flapper Girl Vampire Bat Coffee Cozy!

*It was made out of brown velour. Ha!
** I even made us matching “I ♥ Bingo” badges.
*** Perhaps I knew nothing would compare to the awesomeness of a blue owl.

New! Vampire Bat Coffee Cozies

October 10, 2009

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Just in time for Halloween, we’ve launched a limited edition line of Vampire Bat Coffee Cozies! Keep your coffee warm and your hands cozy with sassy autumn style. These spooky, eco-friendly cozies come in a variety of tasteful color combos, and are now available in the Flapper Girl Boutique.

These are available only until the end of the month, so pick one up before it’s too late!


Portland Halloween Bazaar This Saturday

October 1, 2009

Calling all ghouls, goblins, devilish spirits, boogeymen, sprites, imps, and all those who love the ooky-spooky and everything creepy-crawly! This Saturday, October 3 is the second annual Portland Halloween Bazaar. This is Portland’s only one-stop indie shop for local, handmade Hallowe’en goodies.

Flapper Girl will be there with our full stock of sassy Hallowe’en aprons, limited edition bat coffee cup cozies, and retro Halloween pinup cupcake picks.

So swing on by, peruse the wares, and check out the other activities* happening all day long.

Portland Halloween Bazaar, Saturday October 3, 11am – 7pm, The Lloyd Center Double Tree Exhibit Hall, 1000 NE Multnomah Ave.

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*This year’s Bazaar boasts a slew of NW Artisans and Retailers, Night Shade Shadow Puppet Theater, Live Acoustic Music, Uncle Eerie’s Shiver Show ‘Make Your Own Monster’ Contest, Oddball Entertainers, Skull Bowling, DJ Great Pumpkin Kids Dance Party, Family Photos with Krampus, and a fantastical Day of the Dead Altar centerpiece. The Coffin Cruisers Hearse Club and the Death Proof Nova will be INSIDE the venue, and an all-new DIY Area for kids of all ages have been added to the line up of fun things happening during the 2009 festival!