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Need some quick, effective Halloween decor? Consider silhouettes, which are black shapes cut out and applied to something else. We made a set of 5 classic and creepy characters. Put them inside lampshades or on shadowy walls to give the impression of some dreaded creature lurking nearby.  Or tape them onto treat bags or tablecloths to add some flair. A set of easy printable PDFs is only $3, available now in our Etsy shop. Boo-yah!

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Halloween Picks: “Psycho”

We admit to a penchant for the macabre, perhaps cemented in our psyche when we saw the original “Night of the Living Dead” in our formative years (or at least a good 15 minutes of it until we got so freaked out we changed the channel).

You can image, then, why the Halloween season is our among our favorite times of the year. It draws up those oddly pleasant memories of fright, deception and fictional encounters with the undead. Every  year we look for a Halloween event to attend, and usually we’re disappointed with our choices. Haunted houses? Usually too gory and disturbing. Theme parks? Too crowded. Trick or treating? Too tame.

This year, a local cinema is presenting classic horror movies as if they were new. The movie slated for October 31st is Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

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Out of the Blue, and Into the Black

Halloween images of bats, a raven and a black cat.

Yes, it’s Halloween season already. It wasn’t that long ago we lamented the sure passing of summer, and here we are seemingly well into fall.

Halloween is one of the reasons we embrace the change of seasons (and yes, we do have seasons in California). Let’s count the reasons why: we love the glut of spooky stories about haunted houses, the odd embrace with ghoulish things, and of course the whole free candy angle.

It’s the best holiday to throw a party for, and we’ve made it even more fun with a new printables kit that make the decor the easiest part. We’ve got an elaborate banner with multiple characters (Poe’s raven, a vampire bat, a scary pumpkin), matching cupcake toppers, hanging mobiles to add some flair, stickers for treat bags and more.

See our “Fright Night” page for more info, and…..happy haunting.

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Shop Mozaic on Pinterest

Mozaic Studio's home page on Pinterest

Over the years we’ve posted many a pin to our Pinterest boards. We have boards for Great Design (work we admire from other graphic designers), Web Design (design, tips and tools) and Vintage Images (fantastic old burger stand signs, defunct stores, neon at night…).

Now we’ve added new boards for Downloadable Wall Decor, Beautiful Greeting Cards and Fast & Easy Party Decor to showcase our products and display our Etsy shop at a glance.

You can click on an image you like and get taken immediately to that exact item in our shop. It’s a fast and easy way to shop!

Find us on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/MozaicStudio.

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A Change in the Weather

Every year, no matter what the calendar says, fall always manages to sneak up on us. Out of nowhere, mums start to appear at the grocery store. Twilight comes a little earlier, the mornings are a little darker. We start to feel the perennial angst of the beginning of the end of the year.

On the one hand, we embrace the coming season if only because it brings relief in cooler weather. We’re thrilled by the return of football, the impending start of hockey season (and the hope of a good team that always, always springs eternal), and the approach of Halloween. Maybe it’s the call back to the start of school, but fall always seems like a fresh new chapter.

But we also feel regret at summer’s end and the gradual disappearance of pleasant evenings on the patio, mornings without jackets and sweet fresh cherries and peaches. It’s like a friend who’s leaving after a long stay; we’re happy to get the house back to normal, we’re sad to lose the company.

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Hello, and Welcome!

Welcome to our new blog, and thanks for stopping by!

We envision this as a place to share our projects, works in progress, product releases and anything else that crosses our mind. It will grow as Mozaic itself grows and forges its path.

We hope you’ll check in frequently, and post a comment or two. We’d love to hear from you, and to let you help steer the ship. In the meantime, we’re off to find some champagne.

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