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Yep. We’re Crafty Bastards, come see us in DC!

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That’s right! The time is almost here DC area folks, and we can’t wait to see you all again. Hooray!

Crafty Bastards will be held outdoors on Saturday September 27th + Sunday September 28th from 10am to 5pm (both days) at Union Market and features over 140 artists and crafters from around the country.

Now in its 11th amazing year, the incredible Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is a highly juried show of some of the very best in Handmade Makers from independent artists, presented by the Washington City Paper, and we are so honored to be a part of this fabulous show once again. Admission is $5 each day, and yes! Tickets are available in advance online here.

We will be vending both days of the Fair, with lots of new work and old favorites in tow from our hand printed hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, hand screen printed Rock Posters, hand pulled Alphabet Prints, Lunch Bags, Test Prints and more. So do come and say hello, we can’t wait to see you DC!

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The Details:

Who: Over 140 hand-picked Makers, Artists and Crafters from around the USA.

What: Crafty Bastards is an exhibition + sale of handmade goods from the best  independent artists around.

When: Saturday 9/27 & Sunday 9/28 from 10am to 5pm, both days.

Where: Outside at the Union Market located at 1309 5th Street NE in Washington, D.C. Accessible via the NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Ave. station on Metro’s Red line.

Why: Because Handmade in America is the best!

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Come see us at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago this weekend!

Hello Windy City, we can’t wait to see you again!

Join us and over 300 other best of the best, amazing Makers from around the country (and beyond) at the always superb Renegade Craft Fair – Chicago Edition this Saturday September 6th & Sunday September 7th in Wicker Park. Renegade Craft Fair is a bona fide not-to-be-missed show, hooray! It’s free to attend, with lots of family (and dog!) friendly fun too.

We will be vending from Booth #30 on Division between Damen & Wolcott, with loads of our hand printed hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, hand screen printed Rock Posters, hand pulled Alphabet Prints, Lunch Bags, Test Prints and more. So do come and say hello!

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The Details:

What: Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, one of the largest curated gatherings of indie craft makers in the US.

When: Saturday 9/6 and Sunday 9/7 from 11am – 6pm (both days).

Where: In the Wicker Park neighborhood Chicago, IL between Damen & Paulina Avenue.

Who: The best and the brightest of Handmade Makers in the US.

For more info about the hands-on workshops, food & beverage vendors (including wine & beer), and entertainment click here.

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Below is a handy map of the Fair (click to enlarge) for you, and click here for a Vendor Listing as well. We’ll be hanging out at Booth 30, see you there!

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Come see us at 3 Rivers Arts Fest this week!

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We are super excited to be returning to one of our hometown’s best events, Three Rivers Arts Fest in the Artists Market. Come see the nation’s best artists, live FREE music, tons of cultural events and lots and lots of free, fun family-friendly activities. Heck, we even see lots of dogs there every year too, hooray!

Our session starts on Wednesday June 11 and runs through Sunday June 15, 2014. So come see us at Booth #79 on Gateway Plaza every day from 12 noon – 8pm.

And, we’re thrilled to announce that we did the Festival Identity this year too, so if you like what you see, let us know! Plus we designed a special, limited edition hand screen printed poster available exclusively from the Three Rivers Arts Fest Merch Booth too this year.

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We will have all of our hand silkscreen printed Art Prints, Rock Posters, Alphabet Prints and more, including one-of-a-kind Test Prints and recycled cotton Lunch Bags too. Below is a map of the Gateway Center Section with a handy map to our booth. Click below to see the full Artists Markets Map. Yep!

Hope to see yinz there!

What: Three Rivers Arts Fest, silly!

Where: Downtown Pittsburgh at Gateway Center + Point State Park

When: June 6-15, 2014 12pm – 8pm daily!

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Event Update – Porter Flea in Nashville, TN

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Hello Nashville! We are so looking forward to meeting you in June!

Just a quick update to announce our participation as part of a curated 76 vendor lineup for the 2014 Summer Porter Flea Modern Handmade Market in Nashville, TN June 6 & 7.

We will post again closer to the show with more specifics, but for now here are the main details for you, and you can always keep up with our Upcoming Events, Shows, and new work at our Events Page here!

The Details:

  • When: (VIP Preview Market Friday June 6th from 6pm – 9pm) / Main Market Saturday June 7th from 10am – 5pm.
  • Where: Track One Building (4th and Chestnut), 1211 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210
  • Cost: Saturday MAIN MARKET = FREE!! / Friday VIP Preview Market cost is $15.
  • Why: Because handmade & handcrafted is best!

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Kay Nielsen: Illustrations of Gorgeous Form & Light in “East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon”

Kay Nielsen illustration from “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”1914, via Brain Pickings.

‘And then she lay on a little green patch in the midst of the gloomy thick wood.’

As a lifelong lover of fairy tales & folk tales (quite literally, I have never grown out of my adoration for their magic and storylines ever). Like many others, I have been fascinated by the illustrations that have come to accompany theses tales in the past couple of centuries. How lucky we are in this way to have not only the tales, but books beautifully illustrated by visionary artists illuminating twists, turns, and the drama of these ancient stories.

One of my many favorites is the Danish genius of form & light, Kay Nielsen (1886 – 1957) who worked both in his native Denmark as well as the UK and the US in his career. He illustrated many books and set decorations, as well as his noted work for Disney, but today I am highlighting his unbelievably epic and lovely work in one book, “East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon”, (this version published in 1914)as it is staggering in its detail, drama and use of light and texture.

Following are some of my favorite examples from 3 pretty great sources: Brain Pickings, 50 Watts, and the Flickr feed of the National Library NZ on The Commons all of which are amazing resources and well worth your time and support.

Kay Nielsen illustration from “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”1914, via 50 Watts.

‘He too saw the image in the water; but he looked up at once, and became aware of the lovely Lassie who sat there up in the tree’.

 

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Illustration by Kay Nielsen in “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914, via National Library NZ on The Commons

‘On that island stands a church; in that church is a well; in that well swims a duck.’

 

Illustration by Kay Nielsen for “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914 via Brain Pickings

‘The King went into the Castle, and at first his Queen didn’t know him, he was so wan and thin, through wandering so far and being so woeful.’

 

Kay Nielsen illustration from “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”1914, via 50 Watts.

‘So the man gave him a pair of snow-shoes.’

Illustration by Kay Nielsen in “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914, via National Library NZ on The Commons

Illustration by Kay Nielsen in “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, 1914, via National Library NZ on The Commons

‘He took a long, long farewell of the Princess, and when he got out of the Giant’s door, there stood the Wolf waiting for him.’

Published in 1914, this version of “East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon” marks a high point in the American era known as the Golden Age Of Illustration (roughly from the 1880′s through the early 1920′s). We will we publishing more posts from some of our favorites from that time in the near future. Thanks for reading & I hope that you enjoy!

Richmond Craft Mafia Spring Bada-Bing Time!

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Hello Richmond! And the Richmond, VA area! We are heading your way for the first time ever and couldn’t be more excited to meet you.

We will be vending at the Richmond Craft Mafia Spring Bada-Bing show this Saturday (and this Saturday ONLY) April 5th at the lovely Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in lovely Richmond, VA. The show is a one-day-boomer and runs from 11am – 5pm, rain or shine. But we hear it’s mostly going to be shine. Hooray!

So come on out and see the handiwork of over 80 amazing vendors and makers of handmade craft. And if that’s not enough? Hello! Craft Beer. Seriously, it’s going to be a blast.

Who: The Richmond Craft Mafia

What: “Spring Bada-Bing: locally brewed crafty goodnesss” is an independent artist craft show in Richmond, Virginia

Where: The show will be held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery,

When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 11am to 5 pm

Why: Because, after 8 years, we still want to bring unique, innovative shopping to RVA – this time with beer!

Entrance Fee? - Heck no! Free, baby, free.

Say, what about parking? – There is plenty of free on-street parking all around Hardywood.

For more info head over to the Richmond Craft Mafia site here, and we’ll see you there!

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Super Friends Indie Artists Last Minute Christmas Market TOMORROW on 12/14

Well, it’s that time of year. Full of Holiday parties and Holiday Cheer.

Come join us for our very last show of the year THIS Saturday (ONLY!) for hours (ONLY) at the First Annual Super Friends Independent Artists Last Minute Christmas Market (and beer) Show! Hosted by CommonWealth Press at theCommonWealth Press Warehouse (not the retail shop!)

The basic premise is this:

  • We have some wicked talented best friends who do shows all year long all over the country.
  • You probably have a few gifts left to procure.
  • So why not have fun and find something special in a super chill, low-key fun environment in Pittsburgh and pick up some handmade, crafted right here in not only the USA, but in Pittsburgh by local and crazy talented artists.
  • Have some fun, drink a craft brew beer, and bring your friends and family.

“The last minute Christmas market is sponsored by a few local artists. Come shop for some crafts, hang w friends. drink some beer. family friendly.

Wares by strawberryluna, garbella, Nick Caruso, Alternate Histories, Sapling Press, CommonWealth Press, Mike Budai everyday balloons, Suz Pisano, redraven studios,

Maybe more, maybe less. who knows….we will keep you posted.”

Who: See above silly!

Where: At the CommonWealth Press Warehouse (not retail shop!) located at 2315 Wharton St‎. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 on the South Side.

When: Saturday December 14th, from 2pm – 6pm (ish) and ONLY!

Why: Because Friends are neato and Handmade is best.

 

Hooray! It’s Handmade Arcade Time on December 7th!

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On Saturday (and Saturday ONLY) December 7th, Pittsburgh’s biggest and most spectacular array of handmade makers, talent, artists and crafters arrive from all over the country for the amazing Handmade Arcade.

It’s one of our favorite shows of the entire year, and we’re so thrilled for Handmade Arcade’s special ten-year anniversary and can’t be more honored to be vending at this truly one-of-a-kind show. And trust us, we do shows all over the country! HA pulls in shoppers from the tri-state area to find lovely and well crafted handmade pieces for everyone their holiday shopping lists. Handmade Arcade is not to be missed.

We will have lots of new pieces and hand printed, and hand drawn art prints, rock posters, and more on hand, as well as a special collection of framed prints, ready to be gifted right away!

Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and is very family-friendly. For a full list of 2013 Vendors click here.

(Above photo by Joey Kennedy.)

Details:

  • What: Handmade Arcade, the region’s largest independent and handmade craft fair. now in it’s 10th year. A highly anticipated annual event, HA attracts more than 8,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craft artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network, and share their artistic practice.
  • Where:  The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. For directions and parking information click here.
  • When: Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11am to 7pm. ONE DAY ONLY!
  • Why: Because Handmade, right here in the USA is best!

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Handmade Arcade features tons of super cool maker demos and fun hands-on projects to create all sorts of make-and-take items in the Hands-On-Handmade section including screenprinting demos by Artists Image Resource (AIR), (where we learned to hand pull our screenprints!) DIY collar making by ModCloth, LED accessory making by Assemble, and so much more. Click here for the full list!

(Above photo by Joey Kennedy.)
Early Birdie Passes are available for $15 each, which provide shoppers with the exclusive opportunity to shop one hour before the event opens to the public. Early Birdie shoppers will have first pick to purchase all the unique and one-of-a-kind items that crafters will be selling and be given a bag full of goodies and coupons. (Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult.) Passes can be purchased online or at Wildcard at 4209 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

(Above photo by Joey Kennedy.)

This year’s Handmade Arcade will also feature welcoming live musical entertainment by Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band and pop-up performances by Continuum Dance Theater.

Throughout the day, Handmade Arcade will feature DJ sets by Pandemic, Bad Seed, Max Terasauro of Pittsburgh Record Fest and The Garment District. Lunch items, snacks and refreshments will be available for sale on site.

For more Shopper Info including directions and parking information click here! Hope to see you there!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! We always think that the incomparable Charles Schulz said and portrayed it best.

We hope that you have a lovely time with family and friends eating just a wee bit too much and enjoying the warmth. And click the image above (or right here) to watch the Charles Schulz’s classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” ❤

Best & brightest!

 

I Made It! For The Holidays Show this weekend!

Hello Pittsburgh! Join us this weekend for the first of TWO awesome Holiday shows right here at home in the super fun I Made It! For The Holidays Market.

We will be at the nomadic and always changing I Made It! For The Holidays on the evening of 11/22 and during the day on 11/23 vending with over 80 other cool Makers of all things Handmade and awesome. This is a great opportunity to find special, handmade and hand crafted gifts for Hanukkah, Kwanza and Christmas, and everyone on your list. Both naughty AND nice.

Our booth is in the old Abercrombie & Fitch store space (can you get more Pittsburgh than that for direction?) directly across the from the Starbucks. Just look for the brightly colored prints and come say hello! As always we will have lots of our hand pulled silkscreen Art Prints, Rock Posters, Alphabet Prints, Lunch Bags and brand new, fresh off the presses 2014 Turtledoves Wall Calendar (both in Spearmint and Kraft colorways) and more!

The first 50 shoppers each day will receive a GOODIE BAG filled with awesome goodies from the vendors at show. YAY!!!

  • Who: Over 80 of the region’s best Handmade Makers, Artists, & Crafters. Prints, jewelry, ceramics, apparel, home goods, bath & beauty, and so much more!
  • What: I Made It! For The Holidays
  • When: 2 days ONLY – Friday, November 22 (from 5pm – 10pm) and Saturday, November 23 (from 11am – 6pm)
  • Where: at The Waterfront INSIDE two vacant retail spaces (next to The Gap and across from Starbucks ~ previously Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch). Our storefronts are located directly across from each other via a walkway that passes in front of Starbucks which is located at 270 West Bridge Street, Homestead, PA 15120. Here is a google map.

Visit The Waterfront’s Website here.

See you at the I Made It! For The Holidays show Pittsburgh & Homestead!

 

 

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Hello Columbus! We’re heading to Craftin’ Outlaws this Saturday!

Bring it on Columbus, OH! We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s Craftin’ Outlaws Holiday show and we hope to see lots of friendly faces getting their Handmade Holiday shopping on too! It’s our first doing vending at this show, and we can’t wait.

WHAT:

Craftin’ Outlaws is now in it’s 9th year and will be held at Veterans Memorial in Downtown Columbus, so come on out and see that amazing Handmade greatness of over 90 vendors. And best, the first 100 shoppers of the day pick up a free screen printed tote!

WHEN:

Saturday November 16th from 10am – 5pm – ONE DAY ONLY!

WHERE:

Veterans Memorial, 300 Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

DIRECTIONS

We will have lots of goodies and hand pulled, hand printed and yep, handmade Art Prints, Rock Posters, Alphabet Prints and our brand new, fresh off the press 2014 Wall Calendars in either Kraft or Spearmint (Kraft shown below):

2014 "Turtledoves" Wall Calendar, hand silkscreen printed by strawberryluna. These two lovelies are ready to keep you company all year long! Now available in our web store & Etsy shop.

Fun “Make & Take” stations as well as great food and drinks as well as a Plinko board (!) featuring great chances to win cool prizes will also be a part of this one-day-only event. So come out and have fun with us!

For more info visit Craftin’ Outlaws website here. See you there!

 

strawberryluna Holiday Crafty Shows Schedule!

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Handmade Holidays ‘Ho!

The Holidays are just around the corner! Here is just a quick outline of our upcoming Holiday & Craft Show Schedule all featuring Handmade artists and makers, for the rest of 2013. (We will post more in-depth about each show approximately a week or so prior to each one.)

  • November 16th:  Craftin’ Outlaws in downtown Columbus, OH from 10am – 5pm at the Veterans Memorial. It’s out first time doing this show, so show Handmade some love Columbus and come on out! We’ll be there selling our wares with lots of our best Pittsburgh maker-friends too as well as over 95 other awesome Handmade vendors. For more info click here or the image below!

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  •  November 22nd & 23rd: I Made It! For The Holidays in Homestead / Pittsburgh PA, at the Waterfront. New location! New wares! New fun for the Holidays! We’re excited to be a part of this nomadic show, with tons of amazing local artisans and crafty vendors. It’s become a Holiday tradition! So come join us on Friday evening, 11/22 from 5pm – 10pm and Saturday 11/23 from 11am – 6pm at The Waterfront, next to the Starbucks kiosk and start ringing in the Holidays Pittsburgh! For more info click here or the image below!

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  • December 7th: Handmade Arcade, in downtown Pittsburgh, PA at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Now in its 10th year, the amazing Handmade Arcade is sure to be just as spectacular as ever with over 8,000 visitors & shoppers coming out to find the best of the best by both local and nationally recognized artists and craft handmade makers. For more info click here or the image below!

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And as always, you can find our current list of events and schedules as well here on our Events Page. Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

We’re in the papers! Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles strawberryluna & Etsy Shop Owners.

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We had the real honor of being interviewed by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Teresa Lindeman for her profile of 3 Pittsburgh Etsy shop owners (like our own Etsy shop here) about our holiday shopping season preparations just a couple of weeks ago. She was super lovely and fun to talk to on a bright Monday morning, and brought photographer Larry Roberts to our studio along as well.

Imagine our surprise when the article received the coveted slot on the front page of the Sunday edition Business section with Allison printing away! The profile is a cool, in-depth look into how sites like Etsy are shaping business, craft, and handmade into a growing sector of the American economy by fostering the handmade, maker movement.

Also profiled are Sara Baldauff of CraftySara and Kathy Hartman of Sparkle City Jewelry. You can read the entire article here at the Pittsburgh post-Gazette’s website.

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Happy Halloween Vintage Postcard Round-up!

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Happy Halloween! We hope that you get lots of treats today and no tricks. Well, maybe a few…

Halloween is my favorite holiday, not just for the candy, but for the long and twisted road of tradition wending it’s way into the distant past, through history, pagan cultural artifacts and religious rites, harvest festivals and communal celebration as what we know now as Halloween is based on festivals such as Samhain traditionally marked the beginning of the increasing darkness that becomes a long winter.

So let’s get started with some vintage postcard finds! Anyone can imagine an iconic witch, as above, riding on her broomstick with her Familiars. And not that it’s not a beauty, but I tend to really love the more offbeat vintage postcards. Especially the ones where the narrative and the symbolism seems pretty obscure and stranger than normal. (All postcards in this roundup are clickable and will take you right to the sites where I found them too.)

For example, this fine bat adorning a pumpkin with a candle running horizontally and lit at both ends. The poem on the postcard shares a little folk magic.

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If you light a candle at the ends / Twirl it that the air it rend / Should the right end stay lit / All will be gay./ If the left stay lit, the witches stay / If both stay lit, you will be it. / If both go out, you have routed them out.

Good to know! If such home magic was once more readily known, I’d bet this below scene with a pretty young witch would also be of use, with many a candle a-lit.

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And while on the topic of witches, I loved these two below that sort of speak to a White Magic type of crafting more than Black Magic:

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These two symmetrical, twin witches are wearing unusually light colors, and even their twin black cat familiars sport white collars. Look, all they are trying to do here is hook you up with the love of your life. So what if a little incantation is needed?

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The same goes for the above lovely matchmaker. Her face radiates like the woman on Contadina tins, just happily cooking away with her white owls and black bat motifs. Perhaps the young miss below is one of their clients, hoping to find true love among the many pumpkin bachelors in her class.

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But let’s move on to less beautiful witches, as they are much more fun. The below has something of a goblin mixed with a Cardinal going on, which is just fantastic.

Now clearly we have meandered over to Pumpkinheadville. In the below postcard, I am sure that Asian robed lady once was beautiful, but in this scene? She scares the hell out of me. And that is what All Hallows Eve is all about!

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A little flight into the surreal, with a false reflection of a giant owl? Or is the creepily white sheeted man a terrifying reflection of the owl? We may never know.

‘O! Charming little punks:

Now I present, two examples of a sub genre I love, where the Devil is being totally awesome at parties. Here he helps himself to carefully laid bounty of goodies with his (fruit? Veggie?) buddies:

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And best, here he is planning the menu! With living anthropomorphized fruits, wine and a lamp looking on, and completely stoked.

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Supernatural Mischief Chefs!

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I’m also a big fan of the more spooky / supernatural themed postcards as well. Lots of Victorian “mirror gazing” and other small spells play out in scenes where the participants are hoping to peer into the future and see their One True Love to come. This one is especially beautiful with the young, fairly innocent looking girl’s shadow casting against the wall as a dark witch and her one-day partner in crime appearing only in the mirror. Truly classic horror movie stuff.

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Nope, not scary or spooky at all.

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This one is just gorgeous. How many times have I stayed up too late reading a scary book only to be regret it at the slightest sights sounds? Many, many.

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Honestly? I just have no clue what is happening here. And that is awesome.

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And while this isn’t a postcard? It’s the damn creepiest vintage kid in a Halloween costume photograph that I’ve seen. Eeeeee! Happy Halloween everyone!

 

 

 

USPS 2013 Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates Guidelines

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Hello hello!

Yes, I know that it’s the day before Halloween, I really do. (And I couldn’t be more excited for one of my favorite Holidays!)

But for those in both the online selling and shipping game, as well as the millions and millions of us that love to shop online, there is one day of the year that is quietly special. And that is the day that the USPS publishes their Holiday Shipping Cutoff Dates and Guidelines for getting our brown paper packages tied up with strings out of our festively decked doors and into the mailstream for our customers.

So without further ado, here are the USPS 2013 Holiday Shipping Dates for every territory and level of shipping available whether it be a leisurely First Class or super speedy Global Express.

To ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages, please refer to the below chart to make sure that your items arrive by December 25th. (Click for a larger version.) And don’t forget, this year Hanukkah begins in the evening of Wednesday, November 27, 2013 and ends in the evening of Thursday, December 5, 2013.

Cheers to all!

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