Tales from the Halloween Trunk Show...

Whew, after months of preparations, I am finally catching my breath! Saturday's Halloween Trunk Show was here and gone in a flash. Our morning began with our 4-hour frenzied routine to unload, arrange, decorate and prepare for the big day! And on queue as usual, I had about 5 minutes to spare to change my clothes and rush around to snap some quick photos before the door opened! So, I am sharing with you those pics. I know I missed a few of my fellow artist friends, but that is only because the clock was ticking too fast! Many many THANKS goes out to our dear collector friends who made the journey from both near and far to join us! It is always a treat to see your smiling faces. Thank you for your support and admiration for my folk art creations. And, another BIG THANKS goes out to Sam Robinson for putting together another memorable trunk show!

For those who missed this delightful event, please check back later this week as I will be hosting a Halloween Blog Sale here with my remaining signed Halloween reproductions. See you then!

~ Johanna


~ That's me, looking rather wiped out after that frantic push to get all the pieces and parts put together!


~ Here's a fun trio pic of this year's new Halloween buckets from my line of Bethany Lowe Designs...


~ And, a quick glance looking into my booth right before show time….


~ A Halloween tree is adorned with my latest ornament balls that were featured in Country Sampler Magazine this fall...


* A pair of my reproduction ghosts from Bethany Lowe Designs appear to be "booing" at us...


~ These new lanterns were a fun addition to my product line! Screen printed metal and equipped with votive slot and candle, these cuties from my Primitives by Kathy line were crowd-pleasing!


~ Ornament signs, featuring my new graphic designs, were hanging around on an old orange bird cage...


~ A rusty old gate served as a great display for more of these new Halloween-inspired hangers...


~ And off to the side, JP was preparing all the show technology! Thank goodness for his help!


~ "Halloween is Calling"….. just one of several new box signs of mine making a debut at the Trunk Show...


~ Across the way, Mr. Binglegrim was making spooky faces! We were happy to have him out this year  to unveil his spooky cool  collectible Spooklights and such...


~ He is also the designer of our #9 Halloween Trunk Show post cards, posters and website graphics! Thank you Bindlegrim!!!


~ And another Spooklight peek….


~ Next to me was Kara Rosenberry with her delightfully clever cards and whatnots….  Her set-up was a breeze, and she pretty much put us to shame… hehe! But, we still love her…. (just a little envious)


~ A collection of Kara's sweet cards in hues of Halloween, thoughtfully tied with ribbons and string...


~ Hand-painted plaques celebrating October, were resting on old folding chair…


~ And to our side was Mr. Christmas who was standing sideways! What a silly Mister…!


~ He brought along his amazing vintage-themed miniatures, housed in retro radios, glowing with lights and sounds….. OH so much fun! He loves to tinker….


~ More Mr. Christmas goodies were housed in glass vessels, old phones, lanterns and alarm clocks it seems, each creating its own miniature scene...


~ And to his side was a delicious display of handmade fashion accessories by the lovely Mandy Yocom of Fern and Sprout ...


~ She had all sorts of pretties to wear in your hair or clip on your shoes, lapel or wherever you wish!


~ We also enjoyed seeing Monica Moonlight again with her spooky fun clay and fabric delights! Her mini characters will light up a smile!


~ Heidi Murray of All Good Wishes had an adorable display of her needle felted vintage style characters! Looks like I captured one of her little helpers, wearing a crown.


~ A closer peek at Heidi's work reveals imaginative characters in whimsical scenes! Great colors too!


~ Across the way, Heidi's daughter was selling her own necklaces which reminded me of the 'ol days when mom and I would sell our crafts at various art markets!


~ Towards the front, Cindy Habermann had her holiday folk art characters arranged and ready to share… What fun!


~ Expressive jack-o'-lanterns pushing wheel barrows, party owls, bunnies and cats in fun colors were sure to make many a'smile...


~ Ghosts and gourds, witches and cats were popping out of boxes too…


~ Sam Robinson, aka Manorisms and trunk show promoter, had a booth filled with Halloween eye candy near the front door!


~ Pretty glass jars filled with tasty eats and sweets filled cubbies add shelves - a Taste of Halloween!


~ Candy-filled cats, owl buckets and masks were peeking out of an old plant stand...


~ An antique ironing board carried rows of candles and other novel treats… (great props!)


~ Sam's menagerie of Halloween goods is always a feast for the eyes… I bet the kiddos go nuts for it!


~ And Sam's daughter looked to have caught that crafty, creative bug, selling her own handmade wares as well!


~ Last, but not least, we have Erica McNeish with her tempting treats and tasty eats! She might have been giving me the evil eye, but it was all in good fun :)


~ One quick photo of the Halloween market from the front door…..


~ And look at this little cutie who picked out one of my new Trick or Treat bags for herself! What a doll, boots and all :)


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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!!!