Sunday, September 25, 2011

Halloween Countdown Begins in less than a week!!

Can you believe it? It's almost October! It is now officially fall, and the Halloween Countdown begins next week. Am I ready for it? Heck no! For the past three months I've been sketching and preparing a list of what I'd like to do, but I'm afraid it's going to be a mad, last minute scramble. I some stuff I just have to prepare the posts. Anyhooo, I thought I'd share some more of my random Halloween purchases this year.

From World Market:

This great repro-vintage candle.

Another vintage style item, a paper lantern. I hope they still have these after Halloween so I can get some on clearance. I think they're very cool!

These multi-colored skull tea-light holders. We couldn't decide on one color, so we bought these three, because we liked them together.

And my first Pumpkin Ale of the season.

And next, stuff from the Dollar Store (where everything's a Dollar!):

I love these Skeleton Straws, even though they are very cheaply made, they are super cute. I bought 2 packs! (Hey, it's the Dollar Store.)

They had this really nifty window cling set! I thought it might glow in the dark, but I haven't tried it yet.

Ok, I know it's not Halloween, but I love Thanksgiving/Harvesty images. So I had to get it.

And this great owl! Isn't he cute?!

They also had these great photo cut-outs, you can hang on the wall. Nice images too.
Here's the front:

Here's the top label with all the cut outs pictured.

And here's the backside of the package. Ooooh, creepy crawly!

Next up, Michael's Craft Store:

This wasn't in Halloween, but it caught my eye and I had to get it.

Make It & Bake It Suncatchers for $1. I used to make these when I was a kid. I remember I had a Garfield one hanging in my window. I have a sister who is still in elementary school, and I decided that I wanted to make her a Halloween gift package. They will include the next few items listed.

Super cute paint books for $1 each! I love the illustrations, they are so cute:

Here's some of the interior illustrations from these three books. Really cute!

Velvet Posters, $1 each.

And I don't want to elaborate on these too much, because they will be part of the countdown. But these are little 3 inch high vinyl figures that you can paint & customize yourself. They're really cute and they are $2!

This will probably be my final post for September. I'll see you all in October!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Target, Part II. The Return.

The Husband and I took a trip out to the other local Target on Thursday. Much like the first Target, they still have a half Halloween, half Back-to-School section. However, I did get to see some new stuff. My husband ended up buying the super creepy mask you see above and was kind enough to model it for me & my camera.

First up a few shots of what they have as far as their more 'sophisticated' adult party stuff. They had a set of 'splattered' shot glasses (which would have been pretty cool if they were actual glass), and here's one:

A shot of some of the various items that go with this line:

A close up of the invitations & coasters:

Here's some more. Some year (maybe this one), I'm going to buy one of those skull cookie jars.

An nothing says 'Welcome' quite like a glitter covered doormat. 'I'd love for you to track glitter into my house! Come on in!"

Here's some more items with the Jack-o-Lantern design:

Super cute party stuff. The bat napkins are adorable.

So still no Monster Cereals. This Target didn't even have the Oreos yet (which was a good thing). I ended up buying a hand towel set, and a plastic cloth. These were with the adult party stuff. I love the pattern. I wish I could get fabric with this printed on it. I'd have to have a skirt made.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Halloween shopping at Target

Look at that nosey cat!

There's a feeling of fall creeping in now, and I LOVE it! Yesterday, I suggested to my husband that we take a trip out to one of the local Target stores to see if they were putting out Halloween stuff yet. So away we went! This particular Target has a Starbucks, so I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season.

Now, I've always been a big fan of Target's Halloween t-shirts for girls/women, but this year's selection blows, as far as I'm concerned (more on that closer to the Halloween Countown, I have a rant planned). This shirt however, was pretty cool. It's from the little boy's section.

So as I suspected, the Halloween stuff was only creeping in at Target. I did get this great photo of the pegboard backdrop.

They had one aisle set up with stuff, the Jack o' Lantern theme, that looks just like what they did last year. But I do like these.

They have some spooky silhouettes on the aisles. Here's one. An owl marking the 'Candy Alternatives' section.

What does 'Candy Alternatives' mean? HALLOWEEN OREOS!!! And yes, I bought some. I really should have waited, but once I get through the current bag, I WILL NOT buy another one until next month, I swear.

Candy display encourages you to 'Be the GOOD House'.

Whee! Look at me!

Still waiting to see more, maybe next weekend we can go to the other Target. My total haul was light. The two plastic Halloween pumpkins you see my cat trying to crawl into, and a bag of Halloween Oreos. I really wanted some monster cereals, but they don't have those out yet either. I did buy these, not Halloween related, but totally bitchin' none the less.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Short update...

Hello everyone! Just a brief update: If you hadn't noticed already, I've got some prints for sale and I've added my remaining Vincentennial prints to the order list. This was a limited signed & numbered run of 25 prints. You can read more about it here. I've got a couple left.


I'm still waiting on some contributors to send some stuff, so I decided that I'd wait till after Halloween. So if you still want to send something you can. Contact me at

I'm preparing now for the Countdown to Halloween, starting October 1. If you want to know more, and see who else is participating, please check it out here. If you are participating, Shawn Robare has posted some super fun badges for you to sport on your blog. It was hard to choose, but I went with the 'surprised Vincent'.