Did you know there was one? Check out this info about Anoka, the Halloween capital!
“Anoka, Minnesota is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. When Anokans awoke to find their cows roaming Main Street, their windows soaped and their outhouses tipped over, they decided something had to be done.”
“Anoka has always worked to keep a family spirit alive in its Halloween festivities. Activities have included pillow fights, a kangaroo court, fireworks displays, royalty coronations, concerts, dances, window painting contests, house decorating contests, celebrity appearances, costume contests, style shows, story-telling, races and, in the 1960s, a snake dance that took long lines of participants in and out of area businesses and homes.”
Sounds like fun! Check out the site for more history and some cute old photos.

bathrooms -Jan 09, 2010, 2:02AM
Thanks for posting this, lifted my day.
kate -Oct 31, 2008, 10:10AM
Oh my goodness, I really need to go there to rekindle my Halloween spirit, it sounds amazing. I also believe there should be a place like this for Christmas-related celebrations, where all you do is go sledding, drink cider, trim trees and sing carols. Please let me know if you find one, I'll be on the next plane.

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cute pumpkin cards!

I am loving this cute little pumpkin stationary from Winifred Studios! I love the different patterns on the pumpkins!

erin -Nov 01, 2008, 6:48PM
This stationary is just adorable! Do you know where I can purchase some?

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The other day I spotted a little cardigan I hadn’t seen yet on our website, and I think I’m in love! Check out the Colonel Sparkle Cardigan and all the colors it comes in below!

Above, the cardigan is shown in Olive Heather.

Here is the cardigan in Charcoal.
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Finally, the cardigan in Blue Heather.
I just love this sweater! I think it is so cute! Which color do you like it in best?

Porter!

Meet Porter! He is the doggy of our Web Production Manager, Kate, and a very popular guy around the office!

Name: Porter
Nicknames: Porter Pie, Porter Pup, Puppy Love, Porty, Little Dog, Little Man, Al Jowlson, The Most Tragic Dog in the World, Mister Dog
Breed: Lab with a smidge of either pointer, border collie, or something spotted
Likes: Every dog he sees, chasing his feline roommate Franny, stretching after a nap, making his mom feel guilty with that sad puppy face, grandma & granpa’s house, sleeping in bed with his humans, carrying and eating sticks
Dislikes: Walking past the dog park without actually going in, going somewhere he doesn’t want to, watching his mom walk away, having to be inside the office and not out with his buddies in the play yard
Favorite friends: Agnes the dog, Guaya the dog, his ladies at work, Casey the person, his grandpa Ken
How did you meet? We’ve wanted a dog forever and after buying a house we finally had the space we needed. We met Porter on the first official day of our search and went back to the shelter three times that week to make sure he was really “the one.” The minute we got him home I felt 100% certain he was.
Anything else you want to share? Although I haven’t quite figured out how to live my normal life with a dog around, he really is such a good little boy. Everyone tells me they can’t believe how calm he is, and he’s so sweet with everyone – kids, elderly people, tiny dogs, everyone! Sometimes it’s really hard to resist the temptation to just cuddle him all day, I just love him so much!
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-Dec 17, 2009, 9:17PM
He looks just like my dog, Molly, too!
Catherine -Nov 01, 2008, 10:23PM
Ohh! He looks just like my lab, Molly!

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Soto Softies provided step by step instructions for this adorable bat finger puppet! I love him! He’d be such a cute Halloween gift.
They even provided a PDF pattern. Check out the blog for more pictures.
Found via Indie Fixx. Check it for more Spooktacular Craftiness.

Maritza -Nov 03, 2008, 3:43PM
Hi! Thanks for including my bat tutorial on your blog. You're right! He does look like a little deer before the wings, which gives me an idea.... I'll be posting more tutorials on my blog for the upcoming holidays, so please drop by. Thanks again!
fpgirl -Oct 30, 2008, 12:04PM
yeah! before he has wings, he looks like a little deer!

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Check out this fun horsey that showed up outside of Building 543 today! He is so festive and perfect for the season! The horse was bought at a charity pumpkin auction!

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Those googly eyes crack me up!

gingerbread skeletons!

Heidi over on My Paper Crane made these amazing gingerbread skeleton cookies. They look so cute and delicious. The recipe is vegan and can be found on ChooseVeg.com.

alika -Oct 30, 2008, 12:44AM
awesome.
fpgirl -Oct 29, 2008, 3:12PM
Hi Lizzie, Thanks for your comment! We did an entry a while ago about our relationships with our factories. You can get some first hand information from one of our designers that worked from Hong Kong. View it here.

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Meet Alissa, one of our Assistant Wovens Designers! I wandered over to her desk today, and was thoroughly entertained by all the cool stuff she has there!

The little matchbox with the “3″ on it says “Fosforus” across the top. I don’t know why, but I think that is neat! :)
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One the left of the nail polishes is a little tiny cake! It’s so cute! It was a birthday gift to Alissa from another of our Wovens girls, Pattra! Alissa also really loves the envelope in the back because it was made for her by her boyfriend.
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Do you see the cute little birdies sitting along the top edge of her desk?! So cute!!
The woodcarving was made by Alissa and her boyfriend.
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These are crazy computer speakers! I love them! They were a gift from her mother.
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You might recognize the picture in the middle from our Halloween video- it’s Alissa and her little brother dressed up for Halloween!
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Hooray! Thanks for sharing Alissa!

Colleen -Oct 28, 2008, 2:15PM
Looks like the "forforus" is a play on the word phosphorus - see below from wikipedia. Robert Boyle was the first to use phosphorus to ignite sulphur-tipped wooden splints, forerunners of our modern matches, in 1680

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cutest umbrellas!

It’s a very rainy day here today, and it’s got me wanting these umbrellas extra-much! They are so fun and cute!

Lauren -Oct 29, 2008, 1:39PM
aw, those are adorable!
Fashiontherapist -Oct 29, 2008, 10:03AM
SOOO cute! Might have to make a purchase!

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nice font

I love this hand-drawn knot font! You can have it for yourself at HandMadeFont.
found via swiss miss

On this past Friday, one of our accessories designers showed off her Halloween costume for our viewing pleasure, and turned briefly into a robot!

The robot waited for a turn at the color copier, like so many of us do…
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It also needed to approve some fabric swatches.
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Home-made costumes are the best!

FrurgySer -Dec 12, 2008, 7:35AM
Hi! My name is Jessika!
pruittfpgirl -Oct 28, 2008, 5:19PM
Hey Christine! I talked to our robot girl, Sarah, and asked her how she made the costume! She said she just got two cardboard boxes - one big enough to fit herself into, and another smaller one to put on her head. Then she took some aluminum foil and covered them both, and made holes in the appropriate places. For the rest, like buttons and such, she searched on Google image search for "robot costume" and got lots of ideas from other people's costumes! You can go hog wild and put whatever extras on that you like! Good luck! :) And Happy Halloween! xoxo p

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I love the looks of this book shop in a greenhouse in the garden at The Wapping Project, a hydraulic power station that’s been converted to a contemporary art space and restaurant.
The architect writes:
“As an only child I lived in my books and still have every one of them. I also ran a shop in a dis-used hen house at the bottom of our ramshackle back yard where I sold jars of soapy water to myself and imagined who I would be” smiles Wright. “Now I’ve made a tiny glass bookshop with a coal fire, selling the most beautiful books, where everyone can browse and imagine who they might become, while others watch them through the glass and imagine who they are.”
Check out a complete article on the space on Dazed Digital.

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