Friday, September 17, 2010

Halloween & Autumn in the Country

Are you one of those people who thinks you can do things twice as fast as it actually takes you to "Get'r Done"?  Well, I am and it's a chronic condition with me.  Earlier this summer I made a commitment to send Halloween art to FolkWorks Gallery in Evanston, IL.  This will be my sixth year; my how time flies! 

I also made a commitment to participate in a new event called Autumn in the Country

My booth will feature antiques and collectibles, and I'll sprinkle in some folkart and crafts (mostly made by my mom since it took me so long to finish my pieces for the gallery.)  This past few weeks I've been busier than a bee in a clover patch.

Artwork has finally been shipped to the gallery for the opening of the Halloween show and so now it's time to get organized for the Autumn in the Country show on Sunday.  Thank goodness it's new and therefore relatively small.  I'll be sure to take lots of pics to share with you.  But in the meantime, here are a few pieces that will be at FolkWorks this year.

I used several types of papier mache and paper to create these
Halloween characters.  And incorporated old springs & hardware,
vintage tins and my current favorite -- antique boxes.  

 This guy is one one of my favorites.
Would you go to see his ghost show on all hallows eve

His hat is embellished with an antique bone button.

One of the performers is giving you a preview through
the ring of an old skeleton key.
The banner is made from reproducing and resizing an old poster.
I backed it with paper fabric and cut some fringe
from a piece of vintage crepe paper.

Such a jolly little guy on Halloween!
He is "tricked" out in vintage crepe paper and pipe cleaners.

I was trying to decide what colors to outfit this little guy in,
when I realized I actually had antique crepe paper and pipe cleaners
in the exact same shade of old gold.  How lucky is that?  So black and gold it is!
The letters to spell out "EEK" are from an old anagram game.  It's my last "K", oh no!

Finally, a trio of "rocking" crows.  I almost couldn't part with the little
one on the onion seed tin.

I hope you've enjoyed meeting my Halloween crew.  I'll be back on Monday with
photos of the Autumn in the Country show.


  1. Girl, you are sooooooo creative, you SCARE me!!!!
    I love them ALL!!!!
    Halloween is my favorite time of the year. It's hard not to be, especially when I see all of these great creations!!!
    I hope you are having a WONDERFUL weekend :)

  2. A lovely blog, Susan and what great, fun creations!!
    Thank you for stopping by and signing on as a follower! I'm happy to have you there!
    I love fall the best too! Summer is pretty and I LOVE all the greenery, but the heat: no thank you! I'd rather have to put on a sweater.
    Hugs, Diane

  3. Oh, Susan!
    These are aMAZing!!! I love them! I can't decide which is my favorite....

  4. Your creations are awesome, Susan! I especially love your rocking crows on those beautiful old tins but your favorite skeleton guy is fabulous as well!
    Have a lovely week :-)!
    Hugs to you,