Halloween handmade ornaments!

It’s September, the weather is starting to cool, and the leaves will be falling soon. And that means the approach of one of the most fun holidays: Halloween! I’ve been designing and sewing spooky ornaments, perfect for Halloween decorating or parties! 🙂

First up are these skulls. Spooky, but still cute!

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Then two sets of black cats, one with orange and one with zombie green.

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And these aren’t specifically Halloween related, but I also have a set of colorful autumn leaves.

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What are your Halloween decorating plans?

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Netflix Treasure Hunter

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I’m starting a new feature here on the blog, called “Netflix Treasure Hunter”. I watch a ton of Netflix while I do my crafting, so I see a lot of good shows, bad shows, and just “meh” stuff. I thought I would highlight some of the good shows or movies that I’ve seen, in case anyone needs a quick recommendation. I sort through the junk and pick out the treasures, so you don’t have to! 🙂

Time Lapse

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Supernatural and horror movies are a guilty pleasure of mine, so I watch most of the ones that show up on Netflix. Most of them are so-so, but occasionally I find an unexpectedly good one. “Time Lapse” is one of those surprise winners. The story is about three roommates who find a mysterious camera in an old man’s apartment, that takes a photo through their window every day at 8 pm. The catch? The photo shows not what is happening now, but what will happen 24 hours in the future. The friends think it’s cool at first, but trouble brews as more mysterious and dangerous images begin to show up as time goes on.

This film is basically a horror/mystery with a fun and cool concept. It was well written and acted, and had a couple of good plot twists too. It was fun to anticipate what would show up on the camera next, and how the characters would deal with the unexpected images.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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I’ve been an off-and-on fan of anime for a long time, and I finally got around to watching FMA:B last week. WHY did I wait so long?? I don’t know, because this series is amazing!

The story is about Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers living in a world where a minor form of magic, called alchemy, exists. They break a taboo and attempt to resurrect their dead mother, and as a result, Ed loses two limbs and Al loses his entire body…surviving only because Ed binds his soul with an antique suit of armor. They set off to find a way to get their bodies back, and end up on a much more important quest that involves the future of their entire country.

I can’t say enough good things about this show! Wonderful characters, an engaging story, pretty music, and lovely animation make this a must watch. I absolutely LOVED this, and will no doubt marathon it all over again soon. Don’t miss it!

Titanic’s Final Mystery

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Lots of documentaries have explored the tragedy of the Titanic, but this one has a cool twist on the formula: it focuses on the science of what could have caused the ship to run into an iceberg on that fateful night. They explore weather patterns, temperature fluctuations, and ocean conditions, and present an argument that the unique qualities of the weather that night caused mirages that may have prevented the lookouts from seeing the danger until too late.

The show has lots of CG animated ships and recreated testimonials that help you visualize the conditions and effects that they talk about. I’m not sure how scientifically sound the arguments are, but I was interested the whole time, and the possible conclusions are fascinating. A fun documentary to watch if you like trying to solve historical mysteries!

So that’s it for the first edition of Netflix Treasure Hunter! Happy watching! 🙂

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Cozy Cabin Crates

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I’ve got a fun new project to announce! I’m participating in a handmade goodie subscription box with a group of other talented Etsians. They’re called “Cozy Cabin Crates”, and they’re filled with a variety of fun and useful handmade things. 🙂

The box for October has a halloween cat ornament from my shop PeachPod, a cool skull candle, a package of wax melts, and a bar of handmade soap from Cozy Custom Candles, a container of handmade salve from The Sacred Starseed, and a crocheted kitchen scrubbie from The Beanie Hut.

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We’re planning to do a different goodie box each month, themed for each upcoming holiday. Should be fun! Check them out here.

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My shops; Handmade: PeachPod | Vintage: PeachNifty

Flock of Butterflies

What’s better than one pretty butterfly? A whole flock of them!

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I always grab vintage butterfly wall hangings when I see them at thrift stores or yard sales. Usually it’s just one or maybe two, so I save them up until I have a nice set of matching pieces. Today I decided to organize my collection and see if I have any matches to put up for sale. And in fact, I do!

I love these three gold ones. They’re from Syroco, and have great wing patterns and lots of golden shine!

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A set of brown wicker bugs. These are plastic, but are molded to look like wood and wicker. Lots of great swirls and curls in the design.

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And then there are these cool green ones from Homco. There were only two of these, and I doubt I’ll find a third, so I went ahead and listed them as a pair. The design is the same as the wicker ones above, but these have a nice deep emerald green color.

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I still have a few designs that are waiting for a match, so I’ll hang on to them and keep looking!

Oh yeah, here’s Ripley napping on the bed while I list the completed sets:

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