Things that go BUMP

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Hello, campers! Today we have some amazing printables for you. After speaking to my nephew who, although only three years old, informed me I was seriously lacking a skeleton and zombie, I feel dutifully chastised. So, apologies to the skeleton and walking dead lovers out there.

All files are set to print at A3 or A4. Just cut the lines, fold the tabs, and away you go!

Vampire – 01 | Vampire – 02

Frankenstein – 01 | Frankenstein – 02

Werewolf – 01 | Werewolf – 02

Mummy – 01 | Mummy – 02

Cats and Bats

I first met Jenna Lee Alldread whilst working as Art Editor for Pretty Nostalgic magazine. I fell instantly in love with her style. I think I would buy her entire stock up if someone let me. Her illustrations particularly fit with this time of year, with beautiful cats and cheeky bats making an appearance. Honestly, I’ve bought from Jenna before and the quality of her stuff is fantastic. Well worth an investment, if you fall for anything she creates.

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Fortune Favours

Since finding Tatty Design’s wonderful world of fortune teller ranges over the past decade, I’ve had a small obsession with tarot-inspired necklaces. Cue Misfit Makes, Norwich-based studio run by Bex. Her influences are taken from all things magical, and you can see her passion for the aesthetic of divination. If you’re less of a Halloween costume sort of person, grab a LBD and pair it with any of these pieces to have the perfect spooky ensemble.

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Halloween Past

Finding old photographs of occasions is a huge hobby of mine. I really enjoy seeing how generations before us celebrated the seasons, mostly because they did it as well if not better than us, even despite the lack of supplies! Here are a selection of some of the best I’ve found.

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Strange Women Society

I love October! It’s hard to chose which month is best, October or November, but both give me the excited feeling of dark nights, silently falling leaves, and breathing white puffs into the crisp air. Plus, I can crochet to my hearts content and not get boiling hot. Lovely.

For October I’m going to try and share as many of my favourite indie brands as possible. Plus, later in the month I’ve got quite a few freebies to share, from masks to bottle labels. It’s going to be a goooooood Halloween, kids.

The first maker I want to share with you is the delightfully mysterious “Strange Women Society.” The owner, Whitney, a graphic designer, started SWS to mix her love of design with fashion, and to support charity ($1 from every purchase goes to a woman-centric organisations). I can totally get behind that!

Anyway, the collection is growing by the week, but you can see the latest items in the shop, or instagram. I’ve shared some of my favourite items below.

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Feline Masks

September has finally rolled around, bringing with it my favourite season. There’s something about Halloween, Bonfire’s Night, and Autumn in general that gets into my bones, a feeling of happiness and warmth. I absolutely love it. So, how else better to celebrate than by starting to upload some of my autumn paper treats? I’m starting September off with four cat masks, ready for fancy dress parties and dress-up days.

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Infinity in Miniature

Today I welcome you to the little world of Charles Matton. Matton was a French painter, sculptor, illustrator, writer, photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker. He sadly died in 2008, but his legacy lives on thanks to the work of his wife, Sylvie. Matton was part of the Hyperrealism movement, a genre of painting and sculpture dedicated to replicating life as though viewing a high-resolution photograph. His miniatures were perfect depictions of much larger scale rooms, completed with the ethereal qualities of decay and ruin. You can see more of Matton’s collections at his site.

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Secret Wood

I love rings. As far as jewellery goes, I think rings are the best thing you can buy. I’ve had a lot of my collection pieces for years and years, and they’re easily the most pretty things in my jewellery box. (As an aside, this weekend saw my wife buy me a new engagement ring due to a bug bite swelling my finger too much for the old one to go back on! It’s a beaut!) When I saw the creations of Secret Wood I started ransacking the ol’ purse straight away. These wooden rings, crafted from beeswax and fine wood, are exclusively made by Secret Wood, in their Canada-based studio. Their underwater scenes are especially captivating! The light almost looks like it’s real.

See more below or check out their site for more!

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Night at the Museum

For the last few years I’ve been playing with the idea of setting up “The Un-natural History Museum.” It’s finally in the works (more on that soon), but in looking for web names I came across this INCREDIBLE project by Lori Nix. Nix creates miniatures of History Museums, with not-quite-as-expected animals roaming each display. I especially love the dodos! Anyway, below are some examples of the project, but you can also visit the main site for an array of different miniature worlds.

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