SG Army of Cuteness: October

October has been a super fun month! It’s crazy it’s already over and Halloween is tomorrow! November is going to be exciting because it will be the 1 year anniversary of me opening my shop on Storenvy and I’m planning a fun giveaway! Is there something you would like to see? Let me know in the comments.

Now it’s time to get to know my lovely sponsors for this month! They are all adorable!

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Violet’s Buds is the place for handmade accessories for you and your little flower. I create hair accessories for all ages, plus special occasion pieces for weddings, prom, new moms, and maternity sashes upon request.  Recently, I’ve added a line of handmade hoop art. I love turning fabric flowers into home decor!

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Violet’s Buds items are unique in that the majority of the fabrics used are either remnants, or are upcycled from clothing & linens. Beads, pendants, & buttons in Violet’s Buds accessories and art come from old & sometimes broken costume jewelry, old clothing, or scouted out at flea markets.

Melanie also takes all of my amazing product photos and gives amazing photography tips on Daft Crafts!

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?
I remember one year sitting at the table while my dad did my sister’s costume makeup and I read aloud from his Edgar Allan Poe compilation book. I’ve loved Poe ever since, and it was a nice bonding time with my dad.

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?
Yes! We are doing a family costume this year- characters from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. My daughter chose Flint Lockwood, I am going to be Sam Sparks, and my husband (GipsonWands) is going to be Tim Lockwood, Flint’s dad.

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?
Such a hard decision! I’m a chocoholic, and love most of it. I think my favorite is Almond Joy, since I usually only have them around Halloween.

Melanie is offering 20% off any purchase with the code SHOPHANDMADE until 11/15/14.

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As a child, whenever I had a nightmare, monsters would come in and save the day. Scary things that most children feared were dwelling in their closets and under their beds were the heroes of my dreams. Then, after said dreams, my mother would stitch these monsters into plush toys for me (Falcor from Never Ending Story and Stinky the cyclops were my two favorites). Eventually she taught me how to sew, my first plush toy was a ballerina named Sophie. The rest is history.
Nothing brings me as much joy as conceiving a fun monster in my mind, and stitching it to life with nothing but some fabric, needle, thread, and a whole lot of imagination! More so, I love when these monsters are adopted and go to loving, forever homes. Some lovely customers are even kind enough to send me updates and pictures of how the monsters are adapting. Those customers are the best!

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?

My family didn’t celebrate Halloween for most of my childhood, and I lived out in the boonies so we never got trick-or-treaters. I think I was nine the very first time I went trick or treating, and it was awesome! I dressed up as a black kitty cat and my little mind was blown by how much candy people just gave away! Pillow case filled to the brim? Ahhh yeahhh!

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?

Two of my very good friends are marrying each other on Halloween, so I will be dressing up as a bridesmaid (one I haven’t done before, hah!) but I will be attending a Halloween party the night before. As a part-time special effects makeup artist (oh, yeah, fun fact about myself that I don’t talk about much) I should be coming up with interesting with a “wow” factor. But, per usual, I will be leaving all decisions about that until the last minuet. Typical Tranifer.

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?

Being vegan has slimmed the pickings down a wee bit. But, I have always been a huge fan of Bottle Caps, Fun Dip, and Airheads. Mmmmmmm… Airheads.

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?

My favorite Halloween memory would probably be in 11th grade, when my friends and I went trick-or-treating and then camped out together Halloween night at my friend’s place outside in a tent, it was incredibly fun.

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?

I have to work on Halloween, but I’m allowed to partly dress up. I got my idea from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I was going to wear a formal dress, up my hair up, and then wear this gilded sign around my neck that said, “I’m Sorry” – my costume would’be been a Formal Apology.

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?

I really like the chewable Tootsie Roll candies, especially the orange-flavored ones. And mini Kit-Kats and mini Jersey Milks are always great too :)

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A handmade shop for accessories of a creepy cute, fairy kei, and lolita nature! I love alternative fashions, decoden, and all things spooky. In my shop you’ll find hair accessories, phone cases, jewelry, and a few other odds and ends.

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?
My favourite memory…  That’s a hard one since I love Halloween!  One thing I recall in particular was going to a haunted house when I was little.  I was probably six or seven, and I was dressed up as a black kitty cat.  I remember my mom being concerned that it might be too scary in the haunted house, but I loved it!  The experience was probably made overly amazing in my imagination, but I recall loving the idea of ghosties and witches, and that was exactly what this haunted house had.  They don’t make haunted houses like that anymore!  I feel like nowadays so many of them are full of zombies and people chasing you with chainsaws, but I’ll always treasure my memory of a truly spooky, enchanting haunted house!

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?
I dress up every year!  This time I’m going to use some of my lolita fashion wardrobe to pull together a sort of Sailor-Moon-becomes-a-witch look.  Halloween is a good excuse to combine lolita with cosplay, an otherwise rare occurrence for me!

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?
I love anything chocolate.  It’s a problem.  Especially if those chocolates are shaped like cute things, like bats or pumpkins!  Candy is a visual experience too.

Use the code “scrawnygirl” by Dec 31, 2014 to save 15% off in Jack-O-Cat’s shop!!!

I want to thank all my lovely sponsors for their support! Please show your support by visiting their awesome shops and blogs! xo

#happyhandmade: Princess Edition

Each week I participate in a fun link up for handmade makers on Daft Crafts. It’s a great way to get your products seen and discover new handmade shops. One of your 3 products can be displayed prominently at the top of the next weeks link up post by being a staff pick or most viewed. All you have to do to participate is share 3 other linked up products via social media and hash tag it #happyhandmade.

I wanted to share my picks here this week and urge you to link up if you have a handmade shop!

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I actually bought this lovely piece! I can’t decide if I want to gift it or keep it for Amelia’s room!

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All the masks in this shop are amazing! I’m thinking of lots of fun gift ideas for my nieces will come from this shop!

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I know a few princesses who could use this tote to lug their ballet and gymnastics gear in!

What is on your handmade wishlist? Did you link your shop up? Let me know in the comments so I can check it out! xo

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Halloween Shows

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I love Halloween, but I hate scary movies! So here are the shows I tend to watch every year that are of the non scary variety.

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It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

This is a yearly tradition and we carve pumpkins and put it on repeat (since my husband was sweet and bought it for me on DVD).

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

I think this is both a Halloween and Christmas movie. We watched it this year while putting up our Halloween decorations. I thought about going as Sally for Halloween, maybe next year.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Halloween episodes

Buffy has been one of my favorite shows for a long time and the Halloween episodes are awesome!

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Hocus Pocus

I remember watching this over and over as a kid. I got it on DVD this year and I made my husband watch it because he has never seen it! I don’t even understand how that’s possible!!

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Casper

We wore this movie out when my sister and I were kids. I saw it on tv the other day, but didn’t get a chance to watch it. I’m hoping I catch it again.

Honorable mention: Coraline. I just got this on DVD and it was in the Halloween section. It’s creepy enough to be considered a Halloween movie in my opinion.

What are your favorite Halloween movie or shows?

October Sticker of the Month Giveaway

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This month has flown by! Halloween is so fun! To thank everyone for all your support with my sticker club project, not only am I giving away this month’s sticker pack, but a pair of my kawaii candy corn earrings!

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I talked a bit about the future of my sticker club this week. You can still sign up for 6 month subscriptions until the end of the month. The 3 month subscriptions will be available until February. I’m excited to make the next round even better!
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Are you going trick or treating this year? What is your favorite part? Dressing up? Candy?

PS I’m having a sale on a few Halloween items in the shops! Learn more here! xo

Halloween SALE

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Truthfully I was hoping to have a giveaway today, but I’m hoping to get it set up to go live tomorrow! In the meantime, enjoy 25% off my Halloween mini sticker packs and candy corn earrings! There is NO code needed! (You can purchase from Etsy or Storenvy.)

I’ve tried to make it where international buyers can get stickers without paying a million dollars in shipping by using global stamps. If you order over a certain weight though it will be normal shipping to your country.

What are you going to be for Halloween? Do you make your costumes or buy them?

Sticker Club Update

IMG_6486.PNGI wanted to thank everyone who has joined my sticker club over the past 6 months! I have enjoyed the challenge of creating themed sticker packs each month and seeing all of your wonderful creations.

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I will be taking a hiatus from sticker club in May 2015. I want to revamp how I make the stickers and also get the work done further in advance. I am also considering doing vinyl stickers instead of my usual paper stickers, but I would love your feedback on that!

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Starting on November 1st, there will be no more 6 month subscriptions. You will still be able to sign up for 3 month subscriptions until February 2015.

I would love your feedback on the sticker club if you’ve been a member, or even if you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet. What did you like, not like, want to see more of? Did you guys like the monthly giveaway?

The sticker club makes a great gift, and I’m working on a cute card to send out recipients. :) xo

 

SG Girl Gang

I love seeing all of your happy mail photos, how you use your SG products, and just happy customers in general. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but use #scrawnygirlshop on social media so I can see your pictures! Xo

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Thank you all for your continued support! I appreciate every single one of you and your cute happy faces! Xo

5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing Items I Need Immediately

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This weeks 5 Fandom link up from The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick is all about geeky clothes! Here are five geeky things that need to get in my closet asap!

1. These Totoro Thigh Highs from Amanda Coronado Illustration

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2. The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Dress from Hot Topic

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3. Kiki’s Delivery Service Tank from Her Universe/Hot Topic

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4. Sailor Moon costume dress from Hot Topic

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What is on your geeky wishlist?!

Fall Wishlist

I love a good wishlist as much as the next girl. I thought it would be fun to share a few things I’m wishing for this month.

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1. The Burlap Bag Pumpkin Addict candle. It was a hard choice between the pumpkin and the crazy cat lady candle. I can’t wait to check them out next time I’m in Austin, but for now I’ll just have to order online.

2. I want everything from Mulberry Press Co! Everything is very positive and inspirational, and as a mom of a toddler Hustlin Mama is sooo true!

3. Even though these are on my wishlist, I just bought them! I love Melanie from Femme De Bloom‘s work! Also, I love Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas.

4. How cute is this draw your own post card kit! I need to get my hands on one or make my own to send out to my lovely pen pals!

5. I’ve been eye-ing these glasses from BonLook, but I can’t decide if I want dark frames or clear?!

6. These jogger pants from AE.com look so comfy and I just want to live in them!

What’s on your fall wishlist?

5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

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The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick are hosting a weekly community link up. This week it’s all about the fandoms that made you into the rad geek you are today!

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Sailor Moon was the very first anime I ever watched and I was obsessed! Let’s be honest, I’m still obsessed. I used to print off any pictures I could find and keep them in a folder so I could try and draw them. I read tons of fanfiction. I wanted to be Sailor Moon when I grew up…

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Toonami was what I would rush home for after school so I could watch Gundam Wing! I own it all on DVD and made my husband watch it all when we first started dating. I don’t think I could date (or marry) a guy who didn’t like Gundam Wing. Heero Yui is my favorite…ok maybe Duo Maxwell ( I did name one of my dogs after him).

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Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, and has been since it was first released. I had my whole bedroom done with Belle’s face on it. I liked to read when I was younger, so I could relate to her. Also, she lived in an enchanted castle….I lived in a haunted house…

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I remember throwing the hugest fits in high school when my step dad would change the channel when I was watching Buffy. It was kind of a big deal. I love it and all my friends do too. We went to Austin several years ago when they had the Buffy Musical sing along all nighter at the Alamo Draft House. It was so much fun! The musical soundtrack gets me through long drives, and Spike will always be my favorite.

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Most of you probably have no idea what this picture is about, but I thought it was funny. I’m a huge Stargate fan…I love the movie, the TV series, the spin offs…all of them! I heard they are doing an awesome trilogy in the future and I really hope that happens. This is one I got my husband hooked on. It’s probably time to rewatch it. I’m such a dork for archeologists, funny guys, and smart chicks….oh and aliens.

What are your favorite fandoms?