Halloween Trunk Show Ten!...

Wow, really it's been 10 Years already?! My how time flies when you are having fun, creating Halloween art! Well, another Halloween Trunk Show has come and gone. We were blessed with a warm, sunny day and lots of happy collectors! I so appreciate all my peeps for coming out to say hi, visit and share in the Halloween delights. Thanks for being an integral part of this past decade. We all touch each other's lives in one way or another. I am honored that my art has brought us together, and I hope it always makes you smile :)

I snapped as many photos as I could before the garage door rolled up and the Halloween fans poured in. Enjoy a glimpse of yesterday's memories and until next time, Happy Halloween my friends!


* You can see how excited I was to have everything all set up and in place just moments before the garage door opened :)


* And look at the fun rusty wagon rig JP assembled for this year's limited edition crows! Some of you probably spotted him on Facebook, putting it together in our backyard :)


* We added an old shelf prop to this year's display from our outdoor tent-show days. It allowed me to create more space for my originals!


* Eye candy candles, owls, ornaments, ghosts and witches - oh my!


* My new line of Halloween candles from Aunt Sadie's  added a fun new element and scent to my Halloween collection! We had one burning, and lots were loving the fall aroma, wafting through the air..


* Pillows, totes and notepads with my vintage style Halloween designs were delighting shoppers. Can you spot Mr. Tinkles trying to eat one of my ornaments? What a crazy guy!


* Black feather trees trimmed with owls and other spooks set a festive scene!


* And once again, the lovely Kara Rosenberry was one of my trunk show neighbors!


* Kara has a charming sense about her illustrative work, and she blends it with rustic vintage treasures for that nostalgic feel... Look at those sweet clever cards & whatnots...


* And to my other side was Mr. Christmas (aka Mr. Tinkles - which I infamously coined!) along with his lovely lady, Mandy Yocom. Look how adorable they are!


* Here, Mr. Tinkles tinkers with his mesmerizing miniatures...


* A visit in person is recommended to see Mr. Tinkles' lively creations that light up, animate, twinkle and glow! They will bring the inner child right back out of ya!


* I loved the art-on-a-line look of Mandy Yocom's display! From Fern & Sprout, her colorful, whimsical paintings pair well with her felt & fabric fashion accessories.


* Mandy makes rosettes for the hair, shoes and lapel that really add character and vintage style to your wardrobe... And you gotta love a few creepy baby dolls to add a little spooky to the scene!


* Monica Moonlight sneaks a peek while arranging her table of spooky fun clay creations and fabric delights... Look at all the fun pattern and color!


* This year, Holly Kusterer of Paint Happy Designs and biz partner Barabara Stark joined us for some Halloween fun. Holly is a familiar face, appearing often on KUSA's Colorado & Co.'s show for design & crafting ideas!


* And the Trunk Show was all the better with Bindlegrim himself, joining us once again from New Mexico. He's the talent behind the Trunk Show's Website design and this year's post card & poster graphic!


* Bindlegrim brought along a new family of limited edition Beasties too! Love these!


* Around the corner I caught Heide Murray of All Good Wishes striking a pose... or perhaps I persuaded her to! She makes the most delightful felted character with vintage charm!


* Felted ghosts, bunnies, jacks, turnips and all sorts of imaginative guys were ready to greet collectors!


* We had a slew of young entrepreneurs exhibiting their wares at this year's Trunk Show, and two of which were Heide's daughters grinning big with their "All Little Wishes" line of designs! Adorable :)


* Next to the Murray girls was Zack sharing his woodworks! What a cutie he was with his long brown locks and stylin' fedora!


* And the Robinson & McNeish daughters shared an imaginative collection of handmade robot style characters made from old kitchenware! FUN! I do love how the Halloween Trunk Show nurtures the budding imaginations of children. That's how I got bit by the crafting bug many years ago.... (thanks mom!)


* Across from the crafty kiddos was an enchanting collection of papier mache characters from Cindy Habermann. She somehow escaped my camera this year, but I snagged some pics of her art! Even though she now lives in Minnesota, we had the pleasure of seeing her at this year's show in Denver.


* Gourd guys, owls, cats and other spooks are just some of the fun characters that I spotted in Cindy's booth...


* Jacks and bats on old blocks and vintage tins give an age-old flare to her characters.


* And upon entering the garage, Sam Robinson of Manorisms had her Halloween inspired goods arranged like a general store! It's always fun to see what clever finds she has in store...


* Decorated skulls with polka-dotted bows and bags of spooky bugs likely had the kiddos excited!



* Jars topped with animals and filled with wooden game pieces just make you smile...


* More handmade orange & black goodies greeted guests!


* Smiling bright was Erica McNeish with all of her tasty treats and sweets! Shoppers gobbled up her goodies well before the end of the day...


* And enter the collectors anxious for some handmade Halloween folk art collectibles!



* As you can see, we were blessed with a warm, sunny day! Despite the fall theme, people were wearing shorts!


* Again, many THANKS to all of you that came from both near and far to join us for Year 10!

~ Johanna & JP

Meet the Artist - Win an Original - Gallery Event!

Hi Friends!

I will be at Show of Hands Gallery in Cherry Creek North this Thursday from 5pm - 7pm and again on Saturday, from Noon - 3pm! It is a delightful artisan shop filled with hand-crafted delights. I am finishing up a collection of one of a kind Halloween pieces that will be available! ALL attendees will also be eligible to WIN my original Jack-o'-Lantern that I created, exclusively for this special event! The raffle takes place at Show of Hands, from October 10th - October 13th, but I hope you can swing by when I am there to mingle and say hi! This is a chance for me to unwind and enjoy your company! Unlike last weekend's Halloween show, I promise not to be in a frenzy... So, I look forward to this opportunity to socialize! Hospitality will include delicious seasonal cookies & brownies from local bakery, Sugar District & Company. So, stop in for a cup of hot cider, a sweet treat and lots of eye candy! Bring your friends and family too!


* Meet Johanna *

Thursday, October 10th: 5pm - 7pm

Saturday, October 12th: Noon - 3pm

Show of Hands is located at 210 Clayton Street, Denver 80206. Look for their green awning, lovely street-front sculpture garden and a small parking lot directly in front of their windows


Keep an eye here on my BLOG as I will post photos from last weekend's Halloween Trunk Show at Leo's. And, I plan to host a spontaneous Blog Sale of my signed Halloween reproductions next week! Later this month, we have another spooktacular Collector Spotlight to showcase as well! So, stay tuned for more delightful Halloween eye candy!

THANK YOU to all of my dear and dedicated collectors who have made my show season so uplifting and magical! It has been such a treat to see your smiling faces, and I appreciate the journey you made from both near and far to visit with me and collect my Halloween folk art! You continue to inspire me and allow me to do what I love to do! Halloween HUGSSSSSSSS to you!

~ Johanna ~

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Farewell to the Gifts for Yule....

The 13th Annual Gifts for Yule was certainly bittersweet for all of its vendors and attendees this past weekend. We set up booth on Saturday morning knowing that this was the last show in a sweet tradition for Denver that lasted over a decade. Sam Robinson's vision for a vintage-inspired holiday fair grew into a wonderful event that so many of us looked forward to each November. I especially loved the unique blend of artisans and antique dealers that she included in this show as it was quite evident that we all shared a passion for nostalgia and the like. But with all things, nothing is permanent in life, and when the beautiful Phipps Tennis Pavilion sold to a private owner, the decision was made to bring this event to an end. We will always remember the merriment in the air, the sparkling eyes of excited shoppers, our vending friends that we anticipated reconnecting with and on and on. Thank you Sam for yet another memorable show and a history of enchanting events that none of us will ever forget. I was proud to be a part of this unique group of exhibitors that all had a passion for vintage holiday delights!

Included below is a collage of images we took right before the doors opened. With the glass ceiling and sunlight streaming in overhead, it is always a challenge to capture photos in the pavilion, especially when we have only minutes to spare. Regardless, I hope you enjoy!

~ Johanna

* A whimsical tree displays a series of my new holiday charms as ornaments...

* This festive grouping of winter characters greeted shoppers as they entered my booth...

* That's me in action right before the doors opened! JP has a bad habit of taking too many candid shots!!.... (delete, delete, delete!!.....)

* The wire frame from an old lampshade made for the perfect display to hang my "charming" necklaces on... I have to say, the price was right and these flew out my booth!

* Atop, my new reproduction snowman candy bowl proudly perched!

* A peek at my display reveals a fun variety of snowmen characters including the cloth snowguy at bottom left, designed by my mom!...

* After the first wave of shoppers rushed in, I had a moment to rearrange. Again, JP was snapping those candid shots! Look how lovely and dramatic the arched ceiling of this old tennis pavilion appeared!

* More snowmen and a few Santas added their festive cheer to my display...

* One of my illustrated charms is the focus here with other happy snowmen characters of mine awaiting adoption in the background....

* My snowmen lollipop ornaments dangle from a red feather tree....

* Again, more snowmen...

* And there's me stopping for a quick photo next to my cupboard of one of kinds....

Thanks to all who saved the date and joined us for the last of many wonderful Gifts for Yule events! We truly appreciate your support over the years and hope that this string of special shows will remain near and dear to you! Happy Holidays!

A Peek at the Halloween Trunk Show...

Thanks to all who saved the date and came out to join us at Denver's 5th Annual Halloween Trunk Show! We were blessed with a beautiful day and many smiling Halloween fans. This year we had a handful of collectors fly in from out of state to adopt my one of a kind creations, so that was a treat to connect in person at the show! And of course, it was a pleasure to see so many of my local collectors who have been so very supportive of me over the years. :) For those unable to attend, here is a peek at this fun event, and I welcome you to join us next year! It took me extra long it seemed to set up my booth with all the new products I had this year. So, I only had a few minutes to spare right before the doors opened to snap a few pictures. And, I just realized that I never went out front to snap a shot of our garden vendor, and I wish I had! Obviously, I was a bit frazzled ~ typical!! Nevertheless, enjoy the images I was able to capture. And a big thank you to Leo of Leo's Automotive for offering his squeaky clean garage to us!

~ Johanna

* A peek at my front table with Halloween candy jars, party hats, candy bowls and festive plates...

* There's me looking a bit tired after all the set-up!

* An overall shot of my Halloween display...

* An owl bucket, candy corn ornaments and Shreik the Cat pose for a picture...

* My "charming" 2-sided necklaces hang from the wire frame of an old 60's lamp shade. These were a big hit!

* The before picture of my corner cupboard filled with my Halloween originals.
(only a trio left at the end of the day, so I better get BUSY for Ghoultide!)

* More of my Halloween reproductions on display including decorate wall plates, candy pails and candle box lights...

* There's JP waiting to help our first customers of the day....

* My owl candy bowl offered by Bethany Lowe Designs is one of my favorite reproductions!...

* There's Sam Robinson, event coordinator extraordinaire, along with her eye-candy Halloween goods....

* Sam's jams and a fun mix of vintage finds and handmade treasures...

* More Halloween novelties entice shoppers in Sam's booth...

* The girls from Pome in Denver, always looking festive for the season...

* All sorts of treats draw you in to Pome's display...

* Loving these vintage style Halloween masks from Pome...

* Some cozy, wearable goods from the creative and clever Kirsten Coplans of Pearl Clothing...

* Collectible papier mache delights, handmade by the talented Cindy Haberman...

* A collage of Halloween goodies greets customers at Jeanne Mistek's table of crafty delights...

* And as dessert is always saved as the best for last, Erica McNeish, our culinary queen, never disappoints! Check out all of her delectable yummies....

* Adorable mini cupcakes by Erica - yummmmmm....

* Individually wrapped iced cookies and yummy pumpkin cream cakes were hard to resist.... She always adds an extra sweetness to our holiday events!

I hope you enjoyed the photos! Again, many thanks to ALL that came out, and I invite you and yours to join us next year ~ it will be here before you know it!!!