Today’s Track – Every Day is Halloween, Ministry

Oh, because why not? This oft’ overlooked dance favorite is as catchy as the Monster Mash, right? Plus, you get a little 80’s club vibe to energize yourself for the evening’s festivities. Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween! Every Day Is Halloween – the original single by Ministry, 1984.

Ministry Every Day Is Halloween

Halloween in Motion

I couldn’t decide which Halloween video to feature this year. So, I figured, “what the heck, each one is only a minute long” and decided to offer up this two-for-one. The first was made by Freezelight in Moscow, Russia and the second designed by Michael Dibblee of Vancouver, BC. Hope they help get you in the holiday spirit! (Hee hee! Get it? Spirit? No? Hmpf.)

Monstrous Supplies

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As you know, I’m terribly keen on amusement. Especially so when there’s a killer (hee-hee!; a little Halloween humor there?) back story. Should you be strolling through the streets of London today, consider stopping by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to pick up a brilliantly designed little surprise for the trick-or-treaters or a clever all hallow’s eve hostess gift (Not in London? Everything’s available on-line too!).

Established in 1818 (or so I’m told), they are a “purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind”. But that’s not all. Head toward the back of the shop, and you’ll find something equally special; the Ministry of Stories, a volunteer organization dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation. Here, they provide a free space, workshops and one-to-one mentoring for young writers. The services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all donating their time and talent. Now, that’s not so scary after all, is it? (As always, click to shop!)

Night Terrors, £8.00. Vanquishes all dreams of future happiness and Rainbow Coloured Flying Ponies. Larger doses will induce visions of French Teachers and Orthodontists. Contains sweets and "Night Terrors" by Eoin Colfer, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 9+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Night Terrors, £8.00. Vanquishes all dreams of future happiness and Rainbow Coloured Flying Ponies. Larger doses will induce visions of French Teachers and Orthodontists. Contains sweets and “Night Terrors” by Eoin Colfer, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 9+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
The Heebie-Jeebies, £8.00. Induces an immediate, tangible and most marvellous sensation of the Heebie-Jeebies, quickly relieving all cases of Well-Being, Joy, Warmth and General Happiness. An agreeable substitute to the Collywobbles; may contain traces of mild peril. Contains boiled sweets and “The Heebie-Jeebies” by David Nicholls, a specially commissioned short story exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
The Heebie-Jeebies, £8.00. Induces an immediate, tangible and most marvellous sensation of the Heebie-Jeebies, quickly relieving all cases of Well-Being, Joy, Warmth and General Happiness. An agreeable substitute to the Collywobbles; may contain traces of mild peril. Contains boiled sweets and “The Heebie-Jeebies” by David Nicholls, a specially commissioned short story exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Creeping Dread, £8.00. A perspicacious yet plausible remedy that prevents all sense of relaxation. Acts gently and promptly upon the Mind and Emotions. Likely to induce visions of Ghouls, Bogeymen, and things that go BUMP! in the night. Contains sweets and "Creeping Dread" by Charlie Higson, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 12+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
Creeping Dread, £8.00. A perspicacious yet plausible remedy that prevents all sense of relaxation. Acts gently and promptly upon the Mind and Emotions. Likely to induce visions of Ghouls, Bogeymen, and things that go BUMP! in the night. Contains sweets and “Creeping Dread” by Charlie Higson, a specially commissioned short story suitable for ages 12+ and exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.
A Vague Sense of Unease, £8.00. Effectively destroys all feelings of ease, creating a rising yet uncertain sense of disquiet. Invaluable for general uses in the home. Guaranteed perfectly pure and genuine. Contains boiled sweets and “A Vague Sense of Unease” by Laura Dockrill, a specially commissioned poem exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies and suitable for readers 7+.
A Vague Sense of Unease, £8.00. Effectively destroys all feelings of ease, creating a rising yet uncertain sense of disquiet. Invaluable for general uses in the home. Guaranteed perfectly pure and genuine. Contains boiled sweets and “A Vague Sense of Unease” by Laura Dockrill, a specially commissioned poem exclusive to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies and suitable for readers 7+.
Cubed Ear Wax, £5.00. Our earwax is harvested from humans fed on a strict diet of Tinned Fear, which is marvellously effective in stimulating the Ceruminous Gland. Made the traditional way, in copper pans above a gas flame, this is some of the finest earwax available anywhere.
Cubed Ear Wax, £5.00. Our earwax is harvested from humans fed on a strict diet of Tinned Fear, which is marvellously effective in stimulating the Ceruminous Gland. Made the traditional way, in copper pans above a gas flame, this is some of the finest earwax available anywhere.
Cubed Ear Wax (detail)
Cubed Ear Wax (detail)
Fang Floss, £3.00. Our marvellously strong Fang Floss is invaluable in cleaning where traditional sticks and brushes can’t reach, removing all common forms of fang-matter, including: brains, gore, bones, viscera, entrails, seaweed, toffee, and much more. Ideal for the 21st Century monster who believes  chomping through flesh and bone shouldn’t have to put a crimp on post-mauling socialising. This spool can be carried easily in a pocket or a pouch, leaving both hands free to floss.
Fang Floss, £3.00. Our marvellously strong Fang Floss is invaluable in cleaning where traditional sticks and brushes can’t reach, removing all common forms of fang-matter, including: brains, gore, bones, viscera, entrails, seaweed, toffee, and much more. Ideal for the 21st Century monster who believes chomping through flesh and bone shouldn’t have to put a crimp on post-mauling socialising. This spool can be carried easily in a pocket or a pouch, leaving both hands free to floss.

Monster Cash

Monster Door

Powdery Pumpkins

Forget the orange, folks. (Tangerine Tango is SO last year!) This fall, the autumnal decorating trend eschews a traditional harvest palette in favor of rustic pumpkin accents in a dreamy white. (I’m so sorry I don’t have the original photo credits for these great pics – they’re assembled from Pinterest; so if you’re curious, follow this link.)

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Today’s Track – Home, Daughter

Finally. It’s here. Today’s the day I fly back to the USA and get to see my hubby! Sleep in my own bed! Have a nice, relaxing catch up with mom! Eat a proper American cheeseburger! Deeply grateful to have had such an adventure over the past couple weeks, and overjoyed to my core to be home. Home by Daughter from the album Wild Youth, 2012

The Wild Youth Daughter Album

Spring Summer 2014 Trends from The UltraBright – Forms

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Here’s a heady look at the incoming hues of the 2014 Spring Summer season by The Ultrabright, a research and inspiration platform that provides color forecast, analysis and history overview. They have a knack for discovering inspiration in unexpected places, like new artists’ work, city streets and everyday objects. In this forecast, they are inspired by form – it’s a pretty interesting read.

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2013 Halloween Cards

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A few of my favs this year…

Raw Art Letterpress - Boo Bat, $4.50
Raw Art Letterpress – Boo Bat, $4.50
Squeeze My Hand - Witch Letterpress Card, $6.50
Squeeze My Hand – Witch Letterpress Card, $6.50
Grey Moggie Press - Candy Corn Letterpress Card, $5
Grey Moggie Press – Candy Corn Letterpress Card, $5
Chasing Type - Mummy Letterpress Card, $4
Chasing Type – Mummy Letterpress Card, $4
Green Bird Press - Trick or Treat Letterpress Card, $4.50
Green Bird Press – Trick or Treat Letterpress Card, $4.50
Crafty Hag - Murder of Crows hand printed set of 6 mini flat cards, $6
Crafty Hag – Murder of Crows hand printed set of 6 mini flat cards, $6
Egg Press - Boo Letterpress Card, $5
Egg Press – Boo Letterpress Card, $5
Inhauspress - Something Wicked Letterpress Card, $5
Inhauspress – Something Wicked Letterpress Card, $5
Mr. Boddington's Studio - Spooky Tree, $5.95
Mr. Boddington’s Studio – Spooky Tree, $5.95
Terri Taylor Design - Just Batty Recipe Card Set of 12, $10
Terri Taylor Design – Just Batty Recipe Card Set of 12, $10
Rifle Paper - Scratchy Halloween Card, $4.50
Rifle Paper – Scratchy Halloween Card, $4.50
Starfly Creations - Fangs Die Cut Card, $10
Starfly Creations – Fangs Die Cut Card, $10

Falling for Pillows

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Looking for a way to update your decor for fall in a way that feels luxuriously modern? Well assuming you’ve got a spare $185 bucks handy (which is nutty, I know – but these are SO beautiful!), consider adding one of these gorgeous hand embroidered, chain stitched, 18′ x 18″ Judy Ross pillows to your environment! (As always, click to shop!)

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Today’s Track – Don’t Have to be So Sad, Yo La Tengo

I’ve been getting my fair share of really, really long international flights lately. Even when they’re overnights, I’ve never manage to sleep on a plane… though not for lack of trying. (Pretty sure my subconscious mind goes something like: “Right-o. You’re not laying down properly, ergo thou shalt not slumber.”) Instead, I get “faux sleep”, in which I lull myself into a dreamy state of relaxation by strapping on my eye mask, wrapping up in a cozy pashmina and turning to my iPod for a perpetual shuffle of my “nighty night” play list. Here’s a tune from that list never fails to provide a tranquilizing escape. Don’t Have To Be So Sad by Yo La Tengo from the album Summer Sun, 2003.

Yo La Tengo Summer Sun

Flock to this Cafe

Speaking of black and white… This identity program for the family-run Flock Cafe in Singapore utilizes the palette to great effect. Designed by Kilo Studio, it blends understated typography with mixed geo patterns to create a modern and memorable vibe.

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Black and White… All Over!

When I got my very first apartment – sans roommates, I was thrilled by the prospect of being able to decorate it anyway that I wanted. And I chose black and white. Yup – EVERY room was pretty much a monocolor parade. I loved it at the time, of course (“How chic! I’m such an ’80’s hipster!”), but over the years the idea of black and white decor lost it’s appeal. It seems so cold, dated and uninspired. Yet, as we all know, what’s old is new again, right? Looks like Black + White (especially with gray accents – or even better: wood accents) has made a comeback of sorts. I compiled these inspiring photos to get across the point that black and white is a thing again. (Since I made little collages, I wasn’t able to link each image to the proper source; but they’re all posted on my pinterest page – in either “color” or “great spaces” if you’re interested in learning more about a specific pic.) 

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