Monday, October 20, 2014

Spoookiness around the House!

The house is haunted again!!  And I had lots of fun conjuring up the spirit of Halloween!  Stored away safely in the basement for most of year...out of sight, out of mind, are all of my fantastic vintage and vintage inspired decorations.  I sort of forget what I have and then when I pull it all out in September it's like opening a gift to myself and I say "oh I remember this!" and "oh yeah!  I forgot about this one!"  Sigh...fun fun. 

I was a bit pressed for time (what else is new) and gave myself only one evening to decorate, so instead of putting away everyday decor, I mixed the Halloween in between, over and under it for a festive medley. 

Enjoy the tour!  :)

Two of those blow molds light up and when they're plugged in at night they create a wonderful glow and ambiance.


Olive LOVES the dried bushel gourd man! 
All vintage except for two that I made...can you guess which ones?

I'm a big fan of these Bethany Lowe repros from John Derian.

I did a tutorial on how to make these cat on a box...I should dig it up and repost it!

I made these the first year Ben and I were in Boston, which was also the first year I had my very own place to decorate!  I'm not sure what they are...but I like them!

A herd of giraffes among the gourds...they're orange and black...sort of...right?


Ben always tries to get me to move my centerpieces when we have people over for dinner, but I said "no!"  :)


My coven of witches is hanging out in the kitchen this year.  I didn't bother dusting before displaying them...my house is 'haunted' afterall.  :)

Happy Halloween!!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Check Out Our New Video!!

http://www.vintagebycrystal.com/pages/video.html?ref=si_shop
      Video by Paul Z. Marcus of Foxo Productions

Surprise!  We've got something exciting to show you!  We enlisted the help of the uber talented Paul Marcus at Foxo Productions to create a little moving picture to help us show all of you a little bit more about who we are!

Click on the above photo to watch our video.  Or click on the same image in the sidebar. 

We hope you enjoy!  Feel free to leave a comment, we'd love to know what you think!  :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Last Chance Halloween!

 Miss Faba - 45
Pail Mary - 35
Piping Penny (Paper Mache Base ) - 55

Wowza!  Halloween has been very fast approaching and I can't believe it's just over two weeks away!  That being said, there's still plenty of time to get your decorating and gift giving completed with this collection of goodies that are still available and looking to haunt your home this All Hallows Eve!  I was hoping to squeeze in one more update during October, but my "to make" list hasn't allowed it this year...thus, instead, we're presenting an easy showing of all the amazing pieces that are currently available and ready to ship immediately.  

The first section showcases one of a kind pieces, while lower down you'll see the limited edition goodies, which have 5 or less individuals of that type.  The vampire boy is open edition, but he's ready to ship and ready to hang out with all his ghoulish friends.  :)

Just email us at crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com and let us know which pieces you'd like.  We'll send you a paypal invoice (or pay via credit card or check if you wish) and your items will be shipped immediately at your door in three days tops!  Shipping is $3.50 for the first item and $1 per additional item up until $6.50.  All pieces are handmade by me with love and care and lots of vintage goodness!

Happy shopping!

 

Grave Digger - SOLD
 Miss Verna - SOLD
Miss Aster - SOLD

Curly - 26
Matt Demon (small orn) - 30
Moe - 26

The Collector (Painted Light Bulb Head) - 30
Joe Cool (Painted Light Bulb Head) - 30

Miss Turnip (Paper Mache Head) - 38
Miss Jack O'Rope - 30

Black Cat Man - 30
Miss Medeia - 30

Devil Nevil - SOLD
Satan Clayton - 30

Witch Apprentice - SOLD
 Picky Nicky - SOLD

Limited Edition Pieces
Black & White Witch - 30
Halloween Girl - 30
Halloween Elf Girl - 30

Red & White Witch - SOLD
Halloween Pumpkin - 30
Halloween Witch - 30

Jackie O' Lantern - 30
Scared Pumpkin Girl - 30

 Vampire boy - 30
Pumpkin Guy - 30

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Fun Filled Weekend At The Maker Faire


Phew!  Ben and I are pooped from two big shows two weeks in a row!  But we had lots of fun at the second show too...the Bust Craftacular at the Maker's Faire in NYC.  We'd never been to the Maker's Faire before and until we got there I didn't even know what it was.  Ben was in heaven...because the Maker's Faire is a geeks paradise!  It's a world expo pretty much on all things technology.  There were tents and tents filled with random computer parts (it was all Greek to me).  People doing robot demonstrations and my personal favorite, the 3D Printing Village.  It was like nothing I've ever seen before. 

 
The Bust Craftacular was located within the Faire and offered a nice respite for all those family members who were accompanying their geeky kids or spouses and for those who wanted something to remember the event by. 

 Mr. Ghost spent the weekend with us and though we tried, we couldn't shake the worrisome expression from his face.  I think the robots disturbed him...he died in 1843 afterall...
 
 Mr. Octopus was right at home though.  :)

 
 Our friend Elena of Folkloric Jewelry shared a booth with us, which was lots of fun!!  I'm proud to say that I own several of her beautiful beaded and wireworked creations.

And Olive had the best time of all of us!  She strollered around the place quite a bit and got lots of attention from many admirers.  My favorite...as the Faire came to a close, I was pushing her in the umbrella stroller back to the booth and a big burly guy was directing people and traffic and he shouted to me, "you and your gorgeous baby move to the left!"  Haha...this is a proud mama!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Halloween Blog Sale!

Hanging Pumpkin Girl (orn) - SOLD

Have you decorated for Halloween yet?  No matter the answer, I am so happy to show off this latest Halloween collection.  Lots of creativity went into these pieces and I hope you'll find one or some that will fit your collection perfectly!  I am loving Halloween so much this year!!  I hope you are too!  :)

As usual, this blog update offers first dibs on our new spun cotton one-of-kind figures. If you see something(s) you love, just email us at crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com and we'll let you know if they're still available. First come first served! we'll update item status in this post as often as we can to make it easier for you to know what's available. Items often get scooped up quickly, so make your selection as swiftly as you can, you can always add available pieces to your order later.  Also feel free to include second choices in case your first choice is unavailable, but make sure you label them "second choice".  Click on photos to enlarge. 
 
Shipping is $3.50 for one item and $1 per additional item up to $6.50, then additional pieces are free.  All paid orders will ship out immediately via first class mail and should arrive within a few days.  If you prefer 1-3 day priority shipping, please let us know (there will be an additional $3 charge).  We send Paypal invoices via email unless you specify that you'd rather pay via check. And of course email us if you have any questions!

Happy Shopping!


Jockey Girl - 36
Miss Halloween Hula - SOLD

Tricky Treat - SOLD
Ghost and Gal - SOLD

Miss Turnip (Paper Mache Head) - 38
Gary Ghost (Paper Mache Head) - SOLD

Miss Jinxie - SOLD
Miss Verna - 30

Witch Apprentice - 48
Cat in a Basket - SOLD

The Growler Monster - SOLD
Pumpkin Jack (Paper Mache Head) - SOLD

Miss Lilura - SOLD
Grave Digger - 30
The Summoner - SOLD

Kitty Child - SOLD
Miss Medeia - 30

Black Cat Man - 30
Halloween Spirit (Paper Mache Cat O' Lantern) - SOLD

Sabrina - SOLD
Bianca - SOLD

Mr Stumpy (Paper Mache Base) - SOLD
Piping Penny (Paper Mache Base ) - 55

Miss Bumble - SOLD
Miss Jack O'Rope - 30
Miss Bliss - SOLD

Miss Aster - 30
Miss Helenium - SOLD

Moe - 26
Larry - SOLD
Curly - 26

Mickey Moon (Crepe Paper Basket) - SOLD
Picky Nicky - 38

Miss September - SOLD
Miss October - SOLD
Miss All Hallow's Eve - SOLD


Miss Faba - 45
Pirate Patrick - SOLD

Pail Mary - 35
Miss Jeannie - SOLD

Devil Nevil - 30
Satan Clayton - 30

The Collector (Painted Light Bulb Head) - 30
Joe Cool (Painted Light Bulb Head) - 30


Matt Demon (small orn) - 30
Miggle Maggie (small orn) - SOLD


 Miss Trudy Witch (orn) - SOLD
Mrs. Thimble Witch (orn) - SOLD