Friday, October 31, 2014

EHAG Emporium Sneak Peek.


Once again the EHAG Emporium opens its doors tonight at 6 PM Pacific time. 


Here is a sneak peek at what I have to offer. See you there.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"TRICK OR TREAT!" Hallowe'en treat bags Part 2.

Here is part 2 of the treat bags as promised. I had so many images I thought that it would be better to divide them into two posts.


This treat bag is made with glassine paper, a glossy transparent paper.


This is a later version using ordinary paper; it is smaller than the original bag. Remember in my last post I said that the round top bags are old and the straight top bags are newer; this newer reproduction has a rounded top; I was wrong on that point wasn't I?


I love the surprised look on the house and the pumpkin.





This Hallmark treat bag came from the package of treat bags below; 25 bags for 35 cents.



Here is another Hallmark treat bag that belongs to the 35 cent package of treat bags pictured below.



This treat bag I remember getting in my stash of goodies, I love it! It is made with the glossy transparent glassine paper.


This is a paper version of the same treat bag done years later.


I bought this treat bag two years ago at Hallowe'en and Vine, I was one of the participating artists. I would like to know how it was used. I don't think that it was a Hallowe'en treat bag, I could be wrong. I don't really care if it isn't, I love it. This side is advertising "Tums, for the tummy".


The other side is advertising "NR", a remedy for constipation if I am correct, NR = Nature's Remedy.


Click here to go to my Etsy shop to purchase my, "What did you get Jack?", party favour.

"TRICK OR TREAT!" Hallowe'en treat bags Part 1.

Trick or Treat bags were bought by the parents that loved the design a particular bag that would hold the candy for each trick or treater. The bags were only fleetingly appreciated ,if at all, but torn open and discarded in order to get to the precious candy contents, myself included.


This and the following two sets of bags are the only plastic bags that I have bought new; I love the clean design.




This and the two following bags are Martha Stewart treat bags. A collector friend shared some of her bags that she had bought.




This is a small grocery bag with a great pumpkin and candy graphic on it. The size of the bag is far to big for handing out to all of those trick or treaters at the door but was probably meant to be used as a party loot bag.


The paper used for this bag has a hammered texture to it.





The graphics on this bag are not that great compared to the earlier designs. This bag also has some printing on the back.




This small bag has some interesting graphics on the front as well as the back. The older bags have a curved top, except for Martha as their designs are retro, and the new bags are cut straight across the top.

I will post, "TRICK OR TREAT!" Hallowe'en treat bags Part 2, later today.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hallowe'en Hilarity Party Book

Hallowe'en Hilarity was published in 1924 by the Paine Publishing Company of Dayton Ohio. It has very few illustrations in it; the cover of the book is the most interesting. 



The pumpkin on a pole with an owl perched on top and the invitation/place card below are two of the best illustrations.



What I did find inside though was this newspaper clipping with party ideas on one side and decoration ideas on the other side. The layout of the newspaper looks very much like an old Victoria newspaper, the Times/The Daily Times?... I was young then so it wasn't important to know or remember the name of a newspaper! It is now called the Times-Colonist. I don't know when the name changed so the clipping may be the Times/The Daily Times or the Times-Colonist.

Hallowe'en ephemera.

This year I haven't put any of my paper items out on display so I thought that I would post a few items that I could scan. I will do a post and show you pictures of this year's display. Enough with the talking/writing, enjoy yourself.

I didn't mention but the images are larger than the actual pieces so I'll put the dimensions under each image.


A ghost in the pumpkin patch by the light of the silvery moon is only 2 3/4" by 2 3/4".


The scarecrow decoration is 3" by 3 1/4".


Tjhis Hallmark party invitation is 3 1/2" by 5 1/4".


Coutts was a Canadian card company that eventually became Coutts Hallmark and then just Hallmark. The place-card has the inscription on it copyright Coutts Canada and underneath a Hallmark card. This may be just before they became known as Coutts Hallmark, I am not certain though. The place-card measures 5 1/4" by 4".


I love the addition of the Autumn leaves to this pumpkin image, it measures 4" by 4".


This little witch measures 4" by 3 1/4". The marks that you see unfortunately are pin holes.


This little die-cut witch measures only 1 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high, the detail for the size is quite amazing.

Despite the fact that all of these items are small the graphics look great enlarged.




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn in the Country

A few weeks ago we did our annual trip to the country which really means drive a little ways to where the farms are. We are so fortunate to live on Vancouver Island, we have mountains, farmland, lakes, and ocean all within a very short driving distance.


We have a route that we do; High Oaks Farm Est. 1893 and then out to Dan's Farm Market to buy squash and pumpkins.


I am not certain if this is an apple or crab apple tree; the flesh was red for the most part. Yes, we picked an apple each, the tree was on the side of the road and I don't think anyone picked them.


I was using my camera and Trish was using the cell phone.

We met and were talking with the wife of the owner; she was saying that they may have to sell the farm because none of their children want to run it and it is too much for them to run. They rented to the farmland to Gayley Farms this year for growing pumpkins. 


She let us go down the driveway for additional pictures. I loved this fake crow on the fence post with the sign and thermometer.


This lantern with a sign and another thermometer was on the other fence post... I just noticed the horse shoe! There is something interesting about the artless clutter of undesigned groupings of things.


We then went off to Dan's Farm Market only to be greatly disappointed; it may be under new management but there was about half the amount of squash. There were a few large bins of squash, pumpkins, and gourds. We didn't buy anything. We left; were disappointed but things change.

We went to the Root Cellar, a large produce market where the prices are "dirt cheap" as the sign says and bought squash.

I went back to High Oaks Farm last week and bought 6 pumpkins for carving.

Check out some of my previous posts about our autumn excursions here, here, and here.


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