Friday, October 30, 2009

Pretty in Pink Trick or Treat

We will be celebrating two holidays this weekend- Halloween on Saturday, of course, and Dia De Los Muertos or The Day Of The Dead on Sunday, November 1st. And I’m observing the dual holiday and Pink Saturday with a special treat-a Pink Treat give away for the Day of the Dead.  Even though I like the traditional fall hues, pink touches do pop up…This sparkling Black Halloween tree is pretty traditional with lots of orange and black…

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Same with this group of recycled and embellished  spooky bud vases…

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yes, they are single serve wine and beer bottles…but a few Halloween touches, and they have come to life again,,,and even this EEk! wine bottle topper is orange and black …

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lots of black and white in this rag wreath and garland that I received in the Sweet and Sinister Swap 2008

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And more black and white from Sweet and Sinister partner Nancy…a vintage doll case outfitted for Halloween…

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But traces and tones of our favorite pink showed up in these creepy corsages I sold at a recent holiday bazaar…

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They were fun, but my favorites  in pinkness were the Catrina dolls in the Dia De Los Muertos Homecoming Corsages…

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and the domino necklaces…

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The colors are bright and happy because Dia De Los Muertos celebrates the lives of those we have loved. If you are not familiar with the celebration and its lovely traditions, visit one of the web sites devoted to its observation. This Pink Saturday I’ll be hosting a giveaway  in honor of a beloved illustrator  of children’s books, Eloise Wilkin. She wrote and illustrated dozens of children’s books and she even created a line of dolls. She passed away in 1987, but her works are still appreciated and very collectible. Last Saturday I posted a few of her books that I had discovered at a library sale.  to introduce you to Dia De Los Muertos,  I’ve picked Baby Dear to share with one of my visitors this week.

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Leave a comment and I’ll enter you in this celebration of the life and work of Eloise Wilkin. Then off you must hurry to visit Beverly to pick up your invitations for what are sure to be some wonderful posts. http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Happy Pink Saturday to one and all…I’ll draw on Sunday evening.  LaVerne in Texas

16 comments:

Try Whistling This said...

Hi, L- Not entering the contest, just dropping in to say "Hi!". I LOVE Eloise Wilkins- when you get a chance, please add your snaps to my Flickr group devoted to her work. Cheers and Happy Halloween, Paper Cowgirl Dana

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

OMg...I do believe my girls had that book! I totally love Eloise Wilkons and all the ol' vintage golden books!
What a halloween treat with all the goodies you are sharing!
And oh...talking about babes...waiting patiently (yeah right) for our Jalina Rose...due tomarrow! Happy PS!

Gerry said...

Just came from Living Beautifully's blog where she has a link to your's. Your blog is definitely going into my Google Reader.
Interesting Little Golden Book, boy those books give me lots of memories.

Kathy said...

Is there anything better than the vintage golden books -classics and they bring back so many memories-Love your blog -you are creative

My Crafty Little Page said...

Aaiie Yi Yi - Cielto Lindo...love the music! Nice post and where did that darling big faced doll come from??? Your house looks so festive...you should have had a par-tay! Happy dia de los muertos. :) Nancy

someplace in thyme said...

Oh LaVerne, your decorations are so cute. I love Eloise Wilkons! Have a great Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Halloween, Char

Claudia said...

I love the wreath and garland! Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Halloween!

Mary said...

Just dropped by to say hello and wish you a happy Pink Saturday.

CC said...

I love the vintage Golden books.. what memories they bring back. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Halloween..

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Wow, I love your Halloween Decor!!!!

Hugs,
Jacalyn

Mollye said...

Hi and I enjoyed all your pretties and the quirkeys too. I would love a chance at your giveaway and I am also having one, so please stop by and get your name in too. Thanks for sharing, Mollye

Beverly said...

LaVerne, I love this post. And, all of your creations are fantastic.

I love Eloise Wilkins. I remember her illustrations from when I was a child.

Happy Pink Saturday and Dia de los Muertos.

Linda said...

Oh I love Eloise Wilkons, I had books like that for my girls,maybe I sitll have them somewhere! love your Blog.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

It's A Small World AfterAll! That's the song that came to mind when I read your comment on my blog, CollectInTexas Gal. You see, I'm in New Braunfels ALOT! My sister lives there and of course it is one of my favorite places to Thrift Shop. My sister works at The Gruene Antique Mall and Auction House, and we have a booth there called TaDa. I didn't see a place to Follow You, but I'll put you on my List of Bloggin Friends. Enjoyed all of your blog...very creative and fun!...Sue

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your Halloween decoration.
Happy Pink Saturday!!!
Happy Halloween!!!

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Day of the dead, in my country people . . . most of them gather round in cemeteries.

I don't think I've been a fan of skulls but the necklace and the colors you make of it sure makes it really interesting :-)

And seeing the cover of Baby Dear - I'm it's a lovely book for children.

Mizpah,
Li

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Limping Deer and the Twins
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