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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Who Is The Halloween Hobbyist?

Greetings fans and artists of STJ! My name is Kristen and I am proud to be a new reporter for the STJ blog. I am a Halloween art collector, a Halloween decorator, and I love to get crafty for the holidays. I will be sharing with you tips and news around topics of interest to STJ fans.

I have always liked Halloween. As a kid my favorite memories are of trick-or-treating in my Aunt Karen’s neighborhood in Bay City, MI with my sisters, cousins, and best friend Erin. No plastic bags or pumpkins for us – we used a cotton pillow case for maximum hauling capacity. I still remember one of her neighbors who dressed up as Frankenstein and laid in a coffin with a bowl of candy. I was so scared to get to that bowl, but I did it.

My interest in Halloween collecting started back around 2001. I fell in love with the Department 56 display at Hallmark. Not long after that I was doing searches on eBay and somehow I stumbled upon some original Halloween art. I was hooked. A decade later we have so many wonderful resources for art collecting – STJ, blogs, Facebook, etc.

I was lucky enough to meet the ladies of STJ at the National Halloween Convention in May. It was at that show that a seed was planted in my head to get more involved. In my next post, I will explore the Hungry Ghost Festival in China.


Marsha said...

I'm looking forward to your future posts, Kristen. You brought up some nice memories for me, too.

by Wendy Leaumont said...

Thanks for sharing your memories and ideas with us Kristen! Looking forward to more of your posts! :)

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