Monday, October 20, 2014

Vintage Tootsie Roll

Gotta love Tootsie Roll Pops, right?  Especially at Halloween.  No other Pop makes quite the right ghost.  Tootsie Roll Pops have just the right shape.  Did you make them with Kleenex when you were a kid?  I can remember making them in school at least a few times.  My vintage tootsie roll treat bag is all about the Tootsie Roll Pop.

Do you remember the whole "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?"  Do you remember the owl in the commercials?  You can watch it HERE.  (The cute little ghost with his own Pop is part of a digital set from Jessica Weible Illustrations.)

My vintage bag includes a tally sheet featuring Mr. Owl and a matching pencil.

Aren't these bags cool?  I found them at a local antique store.  I'm not sure what the bags were used for.  Maybe at one time you could buy Tootsie Rolls and the proprietor would put them in this little glassine bag.  I really don't know.  If any of you know, I would love for you to tell me.   

This was a sold out Choux Box kit.  But now I have a few more.  The guy I got the Tootsie Roll bags from called me and told me he had found 5 more bags.  So, if you would like a Vintage Tootsie Roll Treat Kit, email me (email button in sidebar) and I'll send you all the details.  If you are interested in future Choux Box Kits, you can sign up at the page tab above.

Have a lovely week!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Moon Fairy + Free Image

Here is another Agnes Richardson cutie (that did not start life as a Halloween image) that I've turned into a Halloween card.  This sweet little moon fairy worked out great!

Would you like a copy of the Moon Fairy?  You can download her HERE.

I need to announce the winners!   The two winners of a Halloween Treat are:


Holly and Ira, email me (email in right panel) with your address and I'll get your Halloween Treat right off to you!  

Have a lovely rest of your week and thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Trick or Treat? Treat, for sure!

I remember when I was little and getting ready to go trick or treating, my daddy telling me a story about when he was a kid.  He and his brothers went up the steps of a house close by to trick or treat and the man came out and threw a pan of water on them!  That seems like a horrible trick!  I'm kind of fuzzy on other details, but I remember thinking about it every time I rang a doorbell that year.  Luckily, when I said "Trick or Treat," I got all treats!

I think these darling black cat images from the 1940s are treats, too!

Aren't they sweet?  I  love the big shadows and the tiny kitty and witch.  I picked them up at Posh Totty Designz and you can, too!

I added sentiments from the Superstition stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  I especially love this one:  Something about you seems familiar.  Isn't it perfect for this picture?

And now for a little something, NOT a trick, but a treat!

How about a few Halloween stamps, washi tape and black and white twine?  I've got two sets to give away!  Just let me know in your comment that you would like to win a Halloween Treat.  I promise I won't send a trick!  Two winners will be selected randomly and I'll announce the winners on Thursday.  Be sure to stop back by to see if you're a winner.

I think these stamps will make darling cards (or whatever Halloween project you would like to make).  

So glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Cuteness + Free Image

  I can't believe it's 93 degrees today!  Where is fall???  I think it's hiding and I wish I could find it.  I love fall and am anticipating that crisp cool air and the leaves turning colors.  Ninety three degrees is just not doing it for me!  To try to get the weather in gear, I'm posting a Halloween card today.

This cute little guy isn't really a Halloween image.  But I thought I could turn him into one.  I mean he has a black cat already, right?

If you would like your own copy of this Agnes Richardson postcard, you can download it HERE.  If you have any trouble with the link, just email me.

Is it fall where you are?  If it is, can I come visit?  Just for a little while?  Until it cools off here?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Black Cat Treat Bag + Free Image

Hey, there!  Oh, my goodness have I been so busy.  This Sunday is one of my "Show and Sale" parties.  I display Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and a sundry of other goodies for my friends to order.  I still need to clean house and bake the edible treats!

Here is one of the Halloween treat bags:

It features one of my favorite Halloween decorations:  a black cat!  I made this very similar to the circus bags I posted earlier.  (You can look at that post for instructions.)  It seems I'm putting fringe on lots of things!  I made this fringe exactly the same way as I showed on the circus bags post, but this time I cut it with pinking shears.  It's six pieces of crepe paper - alternating orange and black.

After I glued on the black cat and the fringe, I folded a piece of the yellow pom trim in half and tied it on with black ribbon.  Here's all the pieces:

The paper clip is for clipping the black cat to the mini bag.  I just slip the paper clip into the straw and then onto the top of the bag.

Here is the black cat face for you:

Click HERE to download.  If you have any trouble downloading, email me and I'll send it you that way.  This is also a Choux Box kit.  You can email me if you want one.

Okay, I better go get something done for the party...Have a lovely rest of your week!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Oh, I wish it was frosty here!  Are you a warm weather or a cool/cold weather person?  I love cool and cold!  I love sweaters and old worn blankets.  I love hot tea and chocolate while curled up with a good book.  I love snowmen!

Isn't he a cutie?  This is Frosty.   I couldn't wait to ink him up and choose his scarf colors.

Frosty is a new stamp from Woodware in England.

I just put him and some other new Woodware stamps in my etsy store.    There is the cutest ramshackle house, an adorable Christmas owl all bundled up, a beautiful wreath, a set of gorgeous leaves, a very cute dragonfly,a huge NOEL that would be so fun to color, and a beautiful bird with flowers.  They are all in very limited numbers.  Check them out if you get a chance.  

Hope your week has been fabulous so far!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quilt Block Tips

This post falls under the category of "Ask and You Shall Receive"!  Isn't it cool when that happens?  I was trying to remember the last time that happened to me - it may have been more likely that is was "Beware What You Ask For"!  Yep, that was probably it!

There's not a lot to beware of here, at least.  Several of you emailed and left comments asking questions about THIS quilt block card (with a free image offered by Free Pretty Things for You and me) that I posted on Monday.   So I'll show you how I did it.

You'll notice this cad has very few changes from the earlier one.  I already had quilt blocks die cut in the same paper, so I just changed the image - isn't she adorable - and the sentiment (and a couple of pink pearls).

The first thing I did for this post was Google Search "Quilt Block Die".  The reason for that is because this die is part of a Make It Market kit from Papertrey Ink.  I don't see that they are selling it by itself.  Maybe they will later.  I found one very similar at WPlus9, but they seem to be sold out.  I was surprised not to find more, maybe you know of another quilt block die out there that didn't show up in my search.  So, I'll make an offer to you:  if you would like you can send me paper and I'll be happy to die cut it for you or you can give me an idea what you're looking for and I might have something that will work for you.  You can email me and we can work it out.

One tip is that I think this card works best with coordinating pattern paper.  This paper is from Shabby Miss Jenn's from the Forever Fall set.

Running tape on the back of the quilt block makes all the difference in the world - talk about easy to put together - the tape grabs the pieces and keeps them in place so that you can easily place the pieced quilt block on a card.

Next, I taped the two quilt blocks together on the back, one beneath the other - measured them and cut a card base to match.  Before gluing the quilt blocks in place on the card, I glued the scallop border to the left side.

And that darling little girl can be found at Studio Shine Vintage.  Such cute things there!

Hope you've had a lovely week and are looking forward to a fabulous weekend!

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