Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spooky Halloween reads


With only 3 days until Halloween I can't think of a better time to pick up a spooky novel and give yourself a little scare! I love horror movies but unfortunately my partner doesn't (:: sad face ::) so books are the perfect alternative; only one of us is scared senseless and it's by my own choice haha.

Despite my bubbly exterior I've always been a little.. "morbidly inclined" - a lover of vampires, demons and macabre. I remember often  flicking through a lovely illustrated book that my father owned, The Encyclopedia of Horror and later, Picture book of Devils, Demon and Witchcraft when I was around 10 and thinking "gee this is the bees knees." - haha I should have been reading the Saddle Club


My favourite spoooooky books/series through the ages

♥ In early childhood my first "horror" book was The Werewolf of Fever Swamp from R.L Stine's Goosebumps series. I don't know any 90's child who didn't love Goosebumps. I remember taking Fever Swamp to school when I was around 6 years old and comparing which titles each of my friends owned. R.L Stine's books were fantastic in the way that they got children reading, collecting and then talking about their favourite stories. I wasn't a massive book-worm but I owned 20+ Goosebumps books and used to read them quite a lot at school. Goosebumps were the first books I remember being "cool to own" (in the same way as Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games - but of a much younger age-group of course!) Other favourites from the Goosebumps series include: the Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, Vampire Breath, Monster Blood, Night of the Living Dummy.

Pet Sematary was the first Stephen King book I ever read and oh what a cracker to start with. I read Pet Sematary while on a family holiday in Mildura when I was in year 9 (ish). I stayed up extra late and ended up reading it REALLY quickly. If you haven't read King's Pet Sematary I would definitely, definitely recommend it.. I don't want to give away too much but it's very creepy but not scary enough to give you nightmares and the ending is amaaazing. I have since read the following Stephen King books: Salem's Lot, Carrie, The Tommyknockers and The Green Mile. With such an extensive bibliography I would like to read more Stephen King books in the future starting with The Shining. What other books would you recommend?

Edgar Allan Poe, ah you have to love this cheery fellow! An author/poet fascinated by all things dark and supernatural often wrote about death, mourning, heart break and mental downfalls. My favourite tale by far is The Masque of the Red Death. With Death and disease on his doorstep what is Prince Prospero to do? Host a party with one thousand of his closest and light-hearted friends of course! But when an uninvited guest appears, Prospero's masquerade ball turns into a chilling blood bath. This short story (that can be read in full here) quickly takes you into Prospero's world of luxury and excess, but will leave you numb by the time the story concludes. The Masque's closing paragraph is one of my favourites, I'll simply say "He had come like a thief in the night..."

Image found via tumblr, if anyone knows the correct source I'd be super appreciative!

I'd love to start a new-to-me horror/supernatural book over the Halloween holiday - Do you have any spine chilling, blood curling recommendations? 

This is Halloween by luvfromamy on Grooveshark
Some spooky tunes to get you in the Halloween mood! 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Colour Love: the yummy edition

I'm loving pastels, and I'm in luck as this colour scheme is everywhere at the moment :-) What lovely delicate colours! Pastels are feminine, calming and kind on the eyes - I love pastel nail polish and home decor... Oh! and don't let me forget sweets of the fairyfloss colour spectrum!

Today's Colour Love post goes out my fellow candy lovers.. WARNING your taste buds will get a little excited



Bubblegum birthday party

How delicious!! Hopefully you're suffering from a delightful little sugar high after all that yumminess, hehe but don't feel bad for indulging; take note of Emma Stone's sweet advice... ;-)



Saturday, October 20, 2012

My wish list - 20/10


 HIM: XX Two Decades of Love Metal CD & Singlet bundle - $19.99 (already ordered this hehe!)
 These gorgeous cuddly critter themed scent-portables via My Owl Barn - $4
 French knitting bee, you can buy these at your local craft/fabric store - $14.99 (I've always wanted one!)
 American Apparel disco pants in black - $122 (I must admit I wish I could buy the figure too!! :P)


Monday, October 15, 2012

luvfromamy sneak peek


There's something brewing behind the scenes at the luvfromamy HQ (aka my lounge room ha!) and here's a little sneak peek!

I've been a little quiet on the blog front for the last month or so, but it's for a really good reason trust me :P
I've started to develop my first line of handmade crafts (yay!) and sourcing stationery and other cute DIY goodies that can be found in my soon-to-be online store and at various local markets.

My personal branding has taken a new leap into business cards, product cards and market visual merchandising. It's an exciting time for me and I can't wait to show you the full deal within the next month.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Naturally inspired

Image found via pinterest

Do you have a selection of talented ladies (bloggers, artists, writers) that inspire and ignite your creativity? Me too...but I'll let you in on another lady who is a huge inspiration and a constant muse of mine... Mother Nature. While my work doesn't always reflect the organic nature...of well, nature, I do find myself searching for picturesque scenery (snowy landscapes, forests and mountain tops seem to be my favourite at the moment!) when I'm feel a little creatively drained. Beautiful scenery is so exhilarating.

 When looking at amazing places like this it's hard not to feel revived!

Source, Visit Finland youtube channel

Northern lights (aurora borealis) in Lapland, Finland. Original image source, Visit Finland flickr stream.

Why Nature is a fantastic source of inspiration...
 It's beautiful ♥ A never ending source of seasons and colours  Always changing  Often surprising

Next time you are feeling a little depleted why not use Mother Nature as your muse.. Take colours from your favourite photograph, create a pattern inspired by falling autumn leaves or use motions and strokes that represent different landscapes... Mother Nature can open doors to areas of creativity you may not usually access.

Have you used the natural world around you as inspiration? Feel free to post a comment, I'd love to see what places inspire you! :-)


Monday, October 1, 2012

Lovely love...

 Source here, personally pinned here

 Personally pinned here

Source here, personally pinned here

Love is well and truly in the air can't just feel it? I'm a bit of a romantic and love collecting (and pinning) cutesy "luuurve" quotes, the collection brings a smile to my face as it makes me think of my sweet boyfriend when he's not around... Speaking of my Mr..This month we celebrated our 3rd year anniversary! ♥ time flies when you are in love How terribly lucky I am to have someone so kind, lovely, sweet, quirky, entertaining (and may I say, foxy! ) to share my life with. 

Ok, ok I'll stop with all the sappy stuff now! hehe