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Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers – Dracula’s Bride

Hello again, book lovers and welcome to the final installment of my Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers series. Today’s costume was inspired by the seductive but deadly brides of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel. Featuring a dramatic black and red lace dress and handmade Dracula jewelry from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop, this dramatic vampire costume is perfect for well-read creatures of the night and bibliophiles that REALLY love the night life.

Dracula's Bride

 

Still looking for the perfect finishing touches on your own Halloween costume? Don’t forget about my Halloween sale with a 25% discount on all Halloween jewelry inspired by horror books and Gothic literature. The sale ends in just a few days so don’t miss out. Click here to shop.

I hope you enjoyed my book – themed Halloween costumes. Have a great Halloween everyone and happy reading!

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Halloween Party at Gatsby’s

You’re invited to a Halloween party at Gatsby’s house with this bookish Halloween costume inspired by The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald! This fun and flirty flapper girl outfit captures all the Jazz Age glamor and excess of the 1920s while beautiful Great Gatsby book jewelry from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop adds just a touch of bookish charm for fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.

The Great Gatsby

 

What do you think, book lovers? Are you ready to Charleston the night away with Gatsby and Daisy this Halloween? And what book lovers Halloween costume should I feature next? Let me know in the comments! And if you are looking for more Halloween costume inspiration, you can:

Until next time, take care and happy reading!

 

Bookish Halloween Costumes: The Time Traveler

The Time Traveler

 

I don’t know about you but I’ve had time travel on my mind a lot lately. Whether it’s the ability to fast forward to Nov. 9th or the comforting thought of a time traveler from the future coming back to save us all from this nightmare of an election cycle, I have been wishing hard for a time machine. But until the Doctor shows up with his TARDIS, this H.G. Wells Halloween costume is probably my only chance to be a time traveler. The second in my series of book themed Halloween costumes for book lovers, this Steampunk costume was inspired by the sci-fi classic, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Perfect for Halloween and for cosplay fun, this Time Traveler costume features a cool Steampunk top hat, gorgeous Victorian style boots, and a pair of  fun pocket watch earrings. And because no proper Time Traveler would risk being trapped in the past without a proper cup of tea, I finished off the look with an H. G. Wells Novel Tea Necklace from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop.

What do you think, book lovers? Would you like to go traveling through time with this Steampunk lady? Is there a bookish Halloween costume you would like to see? Leave a comment and let me know!

I’ll be back with more literary Halloween costumes, (next up – The Great Gatsby), but in the meanwhile you can:

(Use the coupon code: CSLJ15 to save 15% on this fun Steampunk necklace. Offer ends Oct. 16th)

See you next time. Happy reading everyone!

Quoth the Raven… A Poetic Edgar Allan Poe Halloween Costume

Quoth The Raven...

 

Celebrate Halloween in poetic style with a Halloween costume inspired by the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem, The Raven. One thing I love about this Raven costume is that it is all about the accessories. You can go as crazy as you like with the outfit itself or you could opt to go with a basic little black dress and it would work just as well. You can also play around with the overall tone of your raven costume. I opted for a Goth style costume with a black lace top, a fringed skirt (to suggest the Raven’s feathers) and these stunning black lace boots. I added a black lace choker, raven feather earrings, one of Novel Creations’ gorgeous Edgar Allan Poe Book purses (a stylish way to carry all your candy from trick or treating), and a Raven Ring from the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for lots of Gothic flair and drama.   But substitute a pair of ripped black jeans, a black t-shirt, (may I suggest this one), add a black leather jacket, and swap out the lace boots for combat boots and you have a pretty awesome Punk Poe costume. A black corset and a black feathered boa makes a sexier, burlesque-style raven, while a Raven top-hat and this awesome Raven walking-stick gives your Raven costume a cool Steampunk vibe.  So many options!!! Add a Raven mask like the one shown above or skip the mask and go wild with hair and makeup. It’s up to you.

For more Edgar Allan Poe – inspired Halloween fun, check out this Pinterest board of ideas for a Raven – themed Halloween Party!

Stay tuned for more book – themed Halloween costumes and ideas and inspiration for literary Halloween celebrations. Until then, happy reading!

 

Scaring Up Some Fun With Frankenstein’s Monster

Halloween is just one week away and I’ve been hard at work on my latest creation – a book lover’s Halloween costume inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This classic horror story gets a modern interpretation with a costume straight out of a mad scientist’s laboratory. Featuring a ragged black denim skirt, a leather jacket and lot of fun Halloween accessories, like this Frankenstein Book Purse by Novel Creations, my Frankenstein costume is perfect for scaring up a night of Halloween fun – whether at a Halloween party, trick or treating, or relaxing at home with some Halloween candy and your favorite horror books!

Frankenstein's Monster

 

 

What do you think of my creation, book lovers? What character should I feature next in my series of bookish Halloween costumes? Let me know in the comments! Like what you see?

I’ll be back later in the week with more literary Halloween costume ideas but until then, take care and happy reading!

P. S. – Don’t miss the encore showing of the amazing production of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. The show will be playing at many local movie theaters tomorrow, October 25th. Rob and I saw it the first time it played and were utterly blown away! You can check out my review of the show here or  get tickets here.

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2015 Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Pumpkin-Contest

 

It’s time for the 2nd Annual C. S. Literary Jewelry Pumpkin Decorating Contest. I am giving away a $25 Gift Card to the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop for the best bookish pumpkin! To enter, decorate a pumpkin using your favorite books, poems, or fictional characters from literature as inspiration and share a photo (or a link to a photo) of your pumpkin here on this blog post. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated in any manner or medium you like but they must have a bookish theme and they must be handmade to be considered. You can decorate up to three pumpkins for additional chances to win.

We will be accepting entries from Friday, Oct. 16th to Friday, Oct. 23rd and voting to determine  a winner will be open from Mon., Oct. 28th to Fri., Oct. 30th.  I will announce the winner on Halloween. Good luck everyone and have fun!

 

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Friday Favorites – Pumpkin Treats
To help get everyone in a pumpkin-ish frame of mind, I gave this week’s Friday Favorites Etsy treasury a pumpkin theme and gathered some of my favorite pumpkin and jack o lantern themed gifts, accessories, art, and decorations. Like what you see? Click on any item to see (or buy) it on Etsy. You can also see the full collection here. Enjoy!


Burlap Pumpkin Wreath – Fall…

$53

Pumpkin Candle Holder Hallow…

$25

Pumpkin Card-Pumpkin Note Ca…

$6.35

Halloween Lantern Bags / Tre…

$7.95

Thanksgiving Banner Fall Ban…

$9

Jack-O’-Lantern Burlap P…

$22.99

Halloween Table Runner or Ac…

$10

10 OFF Hand Painted Hallowee…

$32.4

FALL Pumpkins, Fall Decor, S…

$23.95

Crochet pumpkins, Autumn dec…

$10

Crochet Pumpkin Hat / Newbor…

$24

PUMPKINS still life photogra…

$10

Orange Jack-O-Lantern Card, …

$3.5

Pumpkin Spice Tutu – Perfect…

$30

A Basket of Pumpkins #1

$35

Small Book Page Pumpkin Tabl…

$18

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Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore”

Halloween is coming up and I am getting in the mood with an Edgar Allan Poe – themed collection of handmade  Etsy items. Enjoy!

‘Nevermore’ by CiarraiStudios

A collection of great Edgar Allan Poe inspired items just in time for Halloween!


POE t-shirt

$15.95

The Raven by Poe Book Scarf

$42

Nevermore Raven T-shirt – Ed…

$24

Complete Tales of Edgar Alla…

$58

Black Raven Skull – Cast Bon…

$25

Edgar Allan Poe Portrait wit…

$38

Edgar Allan POE Wafer Papers…

$12

custom Nevermore Edgar Allan…

$99

Handcrafted black patina fly…

$35

Quoth the Raven Nevermore Pl…

$70

SALE Edgard Allan Poe Cereal…

$24

Large Midnight Raven Enamel …

$55

Edgar Allan Poe illustration…

$100

Quoth the Raven Nevermore, E…

$20

B20 Wax Seal Stamp Halloween…

$20

Typography poster The raven …

$8

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Happy Hobbit Day

Today is Hobbit Day and the start of Tolkien week so I thought it would be nice to celebrate the occasion in true Tolkien style. In the Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo and Frodo celebrate their joint birthdays with a big party and invited all their hobbit friends so I am doing the same, with great Hobbit costume suggestions, Middle Earth inspired music and decor, and of course, great Hobbit treats and recipes.

Hobbits also celebrate their birthdays and other special occasions by giving gifts (as oppose to receiving them) so I am observing that grand hobbit tradition by giving a 15% discount on all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit jewelry in my Etsy shop.

What to Wear

The first thing you will want to do is get all dressed up in your very best Middle Earth attire. The good news is, that with Halloween just a few weeks away, your Hobbit Day outfit also doubles as an awesome Halloween costume and if you are as much of a sci-fi / fantasy geek as I am, you can also wear your Hobbit costume to conventions too! Of course, there is a lot of information on the internet about dressing up as specific characters but for a party in the Shire, I love the idea of a basic hobbit look.

For Lady Hobbits:

I found this female Bilbo Baggins cosplay costume that is all sorts of awesome but for a generic lady hobbit look, all you really need is a renaissance fair – style skirt, chemise, and laced up bodice. You can make your own or browse Etsy for some lovely handmade pieces like these from Folk of the Wood Crafts:

Bodice, Chemise, and Skirt by Folk of the Woods Crafts
Bodice, Chemise, and Skirt by Folk of the Wood Crafts:

 

As for accessories, this Hobbit Book Purse from Novel Creations and you’ll make the Sackville-Baggins green with envy!

Hobbit Book Purse by Novel Creations
Hobbit Book Purse by Novel Creations

And what could be better for a hobbit – themed party than my Tea with the Hobbit Charm Necklace, personalized with your choice of teacup and teapot charms.

For Gentlemen Hobbits:

This Etsy shop has some amazing Hobbit costumes for men. My favorite is the Gamgee but I am particularly predisposed to love everything even remotely related to Samwise Gamgee, my favorite character in all of Middle Earth.

 

For Little Hobbits:

What could be cuter than baby hobbits? One of my favorite parts of the Fellowship of the Ring movies was the part during Bilbo’s party when he was recounting his adventures to all the adorable little hobbit kids so I made sure to scour Etsy for the best little kid Hobbit costumes. I found some great options at this Etsy shop, especially for little boy hobbits but I just fell in love with these outfits:

Little Girl Hobbit Dress by Era of Make Believe
Little Girl Hobbit Dress by Era of Make Believe

 

Baby Hobbit Onesie by Ciche Mom
Baby Hobbit Onesie by Ciche Mom

(FYI, Ciche Mom also has great geeky onesies for kids of sci-fi / fantasy fans, including some amazingly cool Doctor Who and Firefly onesies.)

 

Hobbit – y Finishing touches:

For a great Hobbit costume, you are going to need a pair of Hobbit Feet. I found this great tutorial on how to make your own Hobbit Feet here. Complete the look with hobbit ears, a cloak, and/or a pipe. And for all the would-be Bilbos and Frodos out there, there is also this awesome reproduction of their sword, Sting from Funny Farm Toy Barn.

Bilbo Baggins' Sword Sting by Funny Farm Toy Barn

 

Dwarves, Wizards, and Elves:

Of course, you don’t have to be a hobbit to get in the spirit of Hobbit Day. Gandalf is always invited when the Baggins throw a party. Thorin and his company of Dwarves can be very merry company, especially for impromptu gatherings and then there are elves, rangers, shieldmaidens and ents who are all very welcome indeed. Check out this cool Thorin Oakenshield costume by Folk of the Wood Crafts. (They also have some really cool options for a Kili costume too!)

Thorin Oakenshield Costume by Folk of the Woods Crafts
Thorin Oakenshield Costume by Folk of the Wood Crafts

 

Setting the Mood

Now that you are all dressed up, you need to set the mood with music and decorations! In terms of decor, rustic, homey touches are the best for Shire parties but you can also add little shout-outs to the books with some great LoTR inspired signs and decorations that I found on Etsy. Of course, for a hobbit – themed party, you can’t go wrong with a sign that says:

 

Lord of the Rings Sign by Gelert Designs
Lord of the Rings Sign by Gelert Designs

 

Then again, “Speak Friend and Enter” has a nice welcoming feeling to it (as long as you can guarantee a Balrog-free evening for your guests) or you can add a touch of Hobbiton ambiance with this incredibly cool Prancing Pony Inn sign:

Prancing Pony Inn Sign by Curio Obscura on Etsy
Prancing Pony Inn Sign by Curio Obscura on Etsy

 

Then you need some music. Tolkien’s books are full of scenes where his characters burst into song so no true Hobbit Day celebration would be complete without music. Of course, the soundtracks to the films would be great to have in the background at your Hobbit party but I am particularly partial to Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits, an album of fun LoTR – inspired music by Celtic musician, Marc Gunn, perfect for singing along to the next time you are hanging out at the Prancing Pony.

 

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world

What to Serve

Hobbit Door Cookies by Semi Sweet Designs
Hobbit Door Cookies by Semi Sweet Designs

And for a true Hobbit party, you need some great food. I haven’t tried them yet but there are some Lotr -themed teas at this website that sound delicious and you can serve them in teapots with a hobbit hole tea cozy! What could be better to serve at a Hobbit Day celebration that these adorable Hobbit Hole Cookies? I found recipes for Lembas Bread Sugar Cookies, Bilbo’s Seed Cakes that he served the Dwarves when they came to Bag End, and this website full of Lord of the Rings – inspired goodies. I also saw a cute photo of a toy dragon curled up on a pile of chocolate coins that was a very cool shout out to Smaug. And if you are ambitious and handy in the kitchen, there are a lot of amazing Lord of the Rings themed cakes on Pinterest that you can whip up for your own Hobbit Day party. Then, once all your hobbit-y treats are prepared and laid out on the table, there is nothing left to do but maybe make a little speech, dance and have a wonderful time with all your friends and relations. Have a very happy Hobbit Day and I will talk to you all again soon!