Month: October 2013

A Charmed Life

Two weeks ago, I started tinkering around with beads and some embroidery floss. I wasn’t thrilled with the result, so I put the project away for a bit. We have been very busy lately and taking a break seemed to be the natural and wise thing to do.

I revisited the unfinished necklace this weekend with renewed creative spirit, and much to my surprise, it didn’t need much work at all. In fact, all I did was swap out a small charm for a giant tassel. Et voila!

Tree close Necklace on Rail Clasp Close Up

Tassel & Charm DetailThe necklace consists of three tassels of various sizes and textures, purple and grey seed beads, a light gold spike charm, and an embellished gold charm. All of the pieces are pulled together by the blue-grey thread for an eclectic but muted look. I can’t wait to layer this with other long gold chains!

Oh! It turns out, this necklace is incredibly soft. Who would have thought?

Liebster Award

I am delighted to accept a Liebster Award from alittletypical! Thank you kindly for this wonderful surprise!


The Liebster Award recognizes and promotes sites with less than 200 followers. Once you have received the award, it becomes your turn to show appreciation for those that inspire you. The rules are simple:

  • Acknowledge the thoughtful blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 10 questions s/he has asked
  • Nominate 10 other fabulous blogs for the award
  • Whip up 10 questions of your own – get creative!
  • Notify your honorees of their nomination

Again, thank you alittletypical for recognizing FOLKLORE. Now, it’s my turn to fulfill my duties as a new Liebster Award winner.

Questions asked of me:

  1. Are you a dog- or cat-lover? Dogs. Nothing against cats, I’m just allergic to them.
  2. Are you a diehard Apple, Android mobile phone user or neither of them? Apple all the way.
  3. Are you a morning person? Sure. After a delicious cup of Earl Grey, I am ready for anything!
  4. What is your favourite colour? I do love a light grey, but navy is my go-to color.
  5. What is/are your pet name(s) called by your family members? I go by many names, but my brother calls me “Lomens” and I find it most amusing.
  6. What is your best childhood memory? Why? When a dirty, little stray beagle showed up at our house on a snowy February day. She was the color of a bright copper penny. We named her Lucky and she decided to stay for 12 years.
  7. Name one thing you could never (or have a difficult time) forgive someone for. Ugg boots.
  8. Who is the most important person of your life? DJ – my partner in life and in mischief.
  9. Write about something that you learned recently. There are two main varieties of paprika.
  10. Use five adjectives to describe yourself. Creative. Spunky. Enthusiastic. Loving. Intellectual.

My nominees:

Yes, that’s only 8. But those are 8 blogs I truly enjoy.

My questions:

  1. What is your favorite pattern (plaid, houndstooth, stripes, etc.)?
  2. Breakfast, lunch or dinner?
  3. If you had to pick only one album to listen to for an entire year, what would it be?
  4. What is your favorite planet in the solar system?
  5. How would you describe your ideal weather?
  6. Where would you like to travel next?
  7. What’s your favorite animal?
  8. If you were a DJ (emcee), what would your stage name be?
  9. Who is your favorite author?
  10. What inspired you to create a blog?

Congratulations to the nominees! If you do not choose to participate, that’s quite alright. I just wanted to recognize some of my favorite sites. Keep on posting!

Halloween: Phase 1

I don’t usually go wild decorating our home for holidays, but the rules don’t apply at Halloween. If it were up to me, I’d morph our apartment into Jack Skellington’s Halloween Town in a heart beat. I have a hard enough time not breaking out the decor mid-September as it is. But it’s October now… so game on!

Here are today’s accomplishments:

garland zoomgarland flat 2

circle paper garland 3The circle garland is last year’s creation and I love it more than ever. The patterns are quirky, and they’re perfectly complemented by the paper’s saturated hues. I think bold pops of lime and teal make even Halloween decor look chic.

I draped the garland from our loft’s balcony and it’s super schnazzy! Unfortunately, the pictures are just too crummy to share. Disappointing, but I’ll keep trying!

Every year, my mom sends me a package filled with Halloween goodies and it’s the best. This year’s stash included adhesive bats and a gauzy black garland. With new supplies in hand, I transformed our entryway bookshelf into bat central. The owl is an old friend, but I thought the bats could use some company.spooky bat bookshelf halloween owl

My decor to-dos include a wreath and funky pumpkins. Have you started decorating yet? What are your plans?