Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Howl~o~Ween!...


It's finally here...  All Hallows Eve...   the sun is shining...  the air is crisp but not cold...  and the wind is howling just enough to blow the scurry of leaves down the trail...  which I walked the ENTIRE trail  today with Tessy for the first time in what seems like AGES because of tendinitis in my knee and hip...  finally on the mend!... and what a perfect day it has been!...  Tessy is excited too!...  can you tell???...


Chili is simmering in the pot... treats are ready to hand out to little goblins (which Tessy will greet each and every one of them at the door!)...  we even have doggie treats ready, as many of them bring their little dogs dressed up too...  so much fun!... pumpkins are carved and will be lit at dusk... I can hardly wait for the Halloween moon to appear in the nighttime sky... there are still pumpkin spice donuts to eat (hmmm... not as many as there were this morning!)...  and cups are ready for hot chocolate with whipped cream for later... wishing you all a bewitching night!... 

Happy Howl~o~Ween!...   xoxo...  Julie Marie and Princess Tess 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloweens past... vintage Halloween tresors...



I have collected vintage Halloween treasures my entire life... all starting when I was just a little girl...  Halloween was (and is) my sister Jill's and my favorite holiday...  now, it is my nieces favorite as well...  when we were little girls, Jill and I would decorate our bedroom we shared, filling it with all of the magic of Halloween...  anticipating the arrival of All Hallows Eve...  dressing up in home made costumes...  and carrying our pillowcases we hoped to fill with goodies,  as we set out in the breezy October night to trick~or~treat... I am thankful that I saved my old treasures... for they are a much loved part of Halloween here at Idyllhours every year still...  here are just a few from my stash...


Fanciful diecuts filled every window... so much fun to hang them up each year... these are all my old, oldest ones in the first six photos...  kept from my childhood...  yes...  waaayyy back then...  these were called "scratch cats" and were one of my favs!...  apparently the two of them had a catfight sometime over the years packed away until time to come out for Halloween, as one of them is missing a part of his tail...


These were made by the Beistle company in the 1950's... Beistle still makes Halloween diecuts, and I do have a few of the newer ones as well...  they were made to look like the old ones, but the colors are not quite as lovely, and the cardboard is not as heavy...  also, the newer ones have the design on both front and back, unlike my old ones...  the owl on the left below is mine from the 50's... and the one on the right is a newer one...  


See the difference on the back?... a bazillion years of scotch tape on my old one!...  while the newer ones are two sided...


Sadly, there are unscrupulous dealers who sell the newer ones on Ebay claiming they are from the 50's and demanding (and getting) outrageous prices...  be careful if buying, and if they are two sided, you know they are NOT from the 50's!...  here's my fav witch house... old one on the left...


And the backs...


These in the next two photos are older ones from around the 60's...


Made by several different companies...  so cute!...


Vintage Halloween cookie cutters from the 40's...  the graphics on the  boxes were so much cuter back then!...



A few of my vintage  Gurley candles, candy container witch...  my little pumpkin lantern (which still lights up by the way!) that I carried with me trick~or~treating as a child...  it used to have a little cord on it which wore out over the years...  love it so much still!...


Okay...  gotta run now...  I've got a big "cauldron" of my homemade chili brewing... yum!...  
  


HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!... xoxo  Julie Marie