Welcome to the Halloween edition of our Meet the Designer series! This week, we’re showcasing the frighteningly adorable designs of Johanna Parker. Tucked between Denver and the Rocky Mountains, Johanna lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her husband and black cat, Jack, in what looks to us as the perfect fairytale-like home prime for inspiration. Not only is Johanna a fabric designer and illustrator, but she also makes papier-mâché sculptures reminiscent of vintage Halloween decoration. Grab a handful of Halloween candy and nestle in because we’re so thrilled to share this spirited interview with you!
My day starts with:
“The happy sound of purring from our black cat, Jack. He’s always excited when we wake! Then, that rolling list of creative to-do’s switches on. A hot cup of black coffee or tea and perhaps a piece of dark chocolate helps to kick-start the day.”
It’s no secret that Halloween is a favorite holiday of the DIY community: from handmade costumes to perfectly carved pumpkins, there’s no shortage of me-made projects during the season of tricks and treats. For Spoonflower team member Meredith, gearing up for her favorite holiday means her four-legged friend also gets a DIY treat: Halloween Dog Bandanas. Keep reading to find out how she used the cheater quilt Fill-a-Project™ template and Spoonflower’s free bandana pattern to create nine different dog bandanas for under $3 each!
Black cats and jack-o-lanterns abound, this week’s Vintage Halloween design challenge is full of nostalgic fright! We couldn’t love this spirited challenge more and are just howling at the moon with delight for (two-time) grand prize winner, natalia_gonzalez who will be receiving a $200 Spoonflower credit for her design, Vintage Love Shack Monster Halloween Party. We also want to treat our second place (ohn_mar) and third place (mirabelleprint) winners who will be receiving $100 and $50 in Spoonflower credit, respectively. As if you weren’t completely spooked already, you can check out the entire top ten for even more friendly tricks.
1. 588 votes for Vintage love shack monster halloween party by natalia_gonzalez
2. 484 votes for Vintage Potions by ohn_mar
3. 451 votes for spooky vintage cats and pumpkins by mirabelleprint
4. 412 votes for Vintage_Halloween_Trick_or_Treat_Boo by johannaparkerdesign
5. 383 votes for Halloween X-Ray – Tan & Black by heatherdutton
6. 368 votes for MCM Crows and Jack-O’-Lanterns by Friztin by friztin
7. 367 votes for vintage halloween purple ivory by scrummy
8. 342 votes for WitchesHerbGarden by holmeshandmade
9. 324 votes for Halloween-animals by gaiamarfurt
10. 313 votes for Halloween kitty witch by gnoppoletta [Read more…] about Announcing the Vintage Halloween Design Challenge Winners
Whether you’re busy crafting up a last minute Halloween costume this weekend or adding the final touches to your haunted house, find some last minute spooky inspiration from Marbles Kids Museum, neighbors of the Spoonflower HQ! With the help of Performance Pique and Woven Wallpaper, the museum transformed their space into a Kooky Spooky Halloween extravaganza for their annual frightfully fun celebration.
Día de Muertos (Mexico’s Day of the Dead) kicks off on October 31st and rages on until November 2nd. Traditionally, southern and central Mexicans would celebrate & honor the deceased with sugar skulls (or calaveras) made of brightly colored sweets and flowers. We asked designers to interpret the iconic and sweetly macabre calavera last week. Browse their designs below, and get a jump on October’s renewed Weekly Design Challenges!
Something about dropping temperatures, the smell of mulled spices and the orangey, golden hues painting the trees this time of year gets us in the mood to make aaaaaaaall the crafty things. Whether it’s sprucing up the home with an autumnal refresh, or a new cut-and-sew Halloween mask to spook the trick-or-treaters, we’ve found every Halloween craft under the Harvest moon for you to make this fall!
1. Cut and Sew Vintage Halloween Treat Bags
DIY Vintage-inspired treat bags? Yes, please. See the tutorial here.
Zombies, mummies, werewolves, vampires… perhaps not inherently evil, just misunderstood? We were delighted with all the creepy creatures our designer community came up with for last week’s prompt! Check out a few of our favorite “Monster Mash” tagged designs below and see them all here on our website.
Want to turn your table into a spooky setting for a Halloween feast? Heidi Kenney (our resident Queen of Halloween) is stopping by the blog today to share the how-to, using her cut-and-sew placemat template available in the Spoonflower Marketplace. Designed to be printed on 54″ wide fabrics (linen would also work), a fat quarter fits two placemats, and a yard gives you eight. Pick a FQ or yard up in Eco Canvas fabric, then follow her easy steps below to sew up these adorable placemats for a table-scape that’s fit for a family of goblins and ghouls!