A Steampunk Halloween

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours this Halloween.
                                               ~Author Unknown

I made this little Halloween book using papers from Graphic 45’s Steampunk Spells, and Olde Curiosity Shoppe collections, as well as embellishments from 7 Gypsies, Graphic 45, Tim Holtz, and various other ephemera.

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Holly Hobbie Quilt

I recently discovered a range of newly released Holly Hobbie quilt fabrics at an online craft store, and I was immediately transported back to my childhood. Does anyone remember Holly Hobbie, the young girl with the patchwork dress, the blue bonnet and the brown boots?  In the seventies, the Holly Hobbie character was made into a popular rag doll, as well as numerous other products. In 2006, Holly Hobbie was redesigned with a spin-off product line called Holly Hobbie and Friends. There were three new dolls released, and a movie with the back story that the new Holly was the great-granddaughter of the original Holly.

I made this small quilt using some of the new Holly Hobbie fabrics, just the right size for a doll’s quilt or a wall hanging. You could add extra panels or borders to make a lovely quilt for a little girl’s bed.

Holly Hobbie quilt


Olde Curiosity Shoppe

This project was inspired by one that I saw on Starrgazer Creates blog. You can view her blog here. I fell in love with the Olde Curiosity Shoppe line of papers by Graphic 45, and a printer tray seemed like a great way to display the images, along with charms, trinkets, dried flowers and gemstones, to create an olde worlde feel of a time gone by.

Olde Curiosity Shoppe

The tiny apothecary bottles are filled with berries, seeds, herbs and spices.

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I made the birds eggs from polymer clay.

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I think it evokes the atmosphere of a dusty old shop from the Victorian era, tucked away down an alley, filled with herbal medicines, strange specimens and unusual curiosities.