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 hairand 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!
Good morning, book lovers! I want to do a series of blog posts dedicated to Halloween costumes inspired by books and I would love your help deciding which books / authors / characters to feature. Can you take a moment and fill out the survey below? Thanks!!
I am not the biggest fan of horror and gore and things that go bump in the night. So when it comes time to find a good book to read for Halloween, I look for something spooky enough that I get into the “spirit” of the season but not so scary that I have to sleep with the lights on. I am currently reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes (which I am loving) and I have The October Country lined up as my next read but for my fellow wimps who are looking for some Halloween reading recommendations, here are some of my favorites.
Valentine’s Day is just days away and if you are still scrambling to find that perfect gift for your bookish valentine, we’ve got you covered with some great handmade literary jewelry inspired by romantic books and poetry.
If your valentine loves Jane Austen, then you can’t go wrong with this romantic Pride and Prejudice necklace inspired by Mr. Darcy’s declaration of love to Elizabeth Bennet. Add this matching adjustable statement ring (and maybe this gorgeous Pride and Prejudice Book Purse by Novel Creations) to create a beautiful Jane Austen gift set that celebrates her favorite book and lets her know just how ardently you love and admire her.
Inspired by the iconic balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, these pearl drop earrings are the perfect gift for a valentine who can’t get enough of the Bard and add a touch of Shakespearean drama to romantic Valentine’s Day dinners or elegant nights out at the theatre.
Nothing says classic romance like a love letter and this charming love letter bangle bracelet – alone or paired with a note from you – is sure to sweep her off her feet. You can also add a personal touch by choosing a Swarovski heart charm in her favorite color or birthstone.
I am a little embarrassed to admit it but the holiday rush is a little bit more rushed than I had anticipated and I keep falling behind on my blogging. My days have been filled with filling orders, working on a top-secret project (more on that in a later post), introducing new pieces to the shop, finishing my read of A Christmas Carol for the book club, and trying to fit in my own Christmas gifts before the holiday arrives in less than three weeks. (ACK!) I’ve been making a lot of progress everyday but I think daily posts are not going to work out for the foreseeable future, so from here on in, I am going to do the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas in slightly bigger post with more than one reason at a time. With that said, here are this week’s reasons why you should have a handmade Christmas this year:
Day 7 – Convenience
Shopping for handmade gifts in online marketplaces like Etsy is quick, easy, and convenient. Instead of braving cold weather and crowded malls, you can browse in the comfort of your own home, on your lunch break at work, or while waiting for your son to get out of his piano lesson.
Day 8 – Customer Service
Small creative businesses give great customer service with lots of personal attention and often offer samples, free gift wrap and other little tokens of their appreciation to thank you for your business. (That reminds me. Have I mentioned that I am offering free holiday gift wrap in my Etsy shop this month?)
Day 9 – Community
Many handmade artists maintain active blogs, websites, and social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest where you can get to know the artist, their process, their inspirations, and other behind the scenes information that makes the gifts you buy from them even more interesting and special. By following your favorite artists, craftsmen, and Etsy sellers on social media, you will not only be in the know about new and upcoming products, sales, and special events, but it can be a lot of fun to make friends with others who love some of the same things you do! For example, the C. S. Literary Jewelry Facebook pagehas a great community of book lovers who are always up for talking about books, new and old. On Wednesday night, my Twitter feed is filled with great handmade items from a wide range of artists and craftsmen for #HandmadeHourUSA.
(If you haven’t already, I would love it if you would join in all the fun by following me on Facebook and on Twitter)
Day 10 – Collaboration
Another great reason to be part of a handmade community is the chance to collaborate with the artist. Creative business owners like me often post sneak previews of in-progress products or ask for opinions and by giving them feedback, you become a part of the process and help that crafts-person offer the best products possible.
A little while ago, I posted about some new fairytale jewelry that I was designing on Facebook and not only got some great feedback on how to make these great bangle bracelets better but even got suggestions of what stories people wanted me to add to the series next.
And with that, I have to get back to my workspace and get a few more orders made up and sent out. There is still time for you to add your Christmas gifts to my list but you may not want to wait much longer. My shipping cutoffs are: Dec. 8th (International) and Dec. 15th (U.S.) with regular shipping and Dec. 15th (International) and Dec. 20th (U.S.) with upgraded shipping. Visit my shop today at www.etsy.com/shop/csliteraryjewelry
With the holiday and the rush of getting ready for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, I have fallen behind in my posting for the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas but I am back now, ready to catch and give you 3 more reasons why you should buy handmade gifts this year.
Day 4: Buying Handmade Supports Artists Originally, Day 4 of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas was set to be posted on Thanksgiving, a day when we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives, including the blessings of a roof over our heads, food on the table, and the health and well-being of our families. For many craftspeople and artists, your support is what helps us play the rent, buy the groceries, and take care of the people we love. And for that, I am truly grateful.
Day 5: Buying Handmade Supports Small Business
Yesterday was Small Business Saturday, a day where we support the entrepreneurs who serve our community and contribute to our economy. While many folks associate this with local “Mom and Pop shops,” many of the benefits to supporting small businesses on Main Street also apply to artists and craftspeople who sell their work in craft fairs, festivals, and in online marketplaces like Etsy. Believe me, there is nothing smaller than a business, like mine, where the manufacturing, marketing, sales, shipping, and more are all done by 1 or 2 people. And the money we make from our sales goes directly back into our community in a cycle that benefits everyone.
Day 6 – Buying Handmade Is An Investment In The Future
Supporting creative businesses and the makers of handmade items lets artists continue doing what they love and that means that the next time you go looking for something special, either for yourself or as a gift, that there will still be wonderful, creative items from you to choose from.
Tomorrow, families across the country will be gathering together and observing wonderful family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Whether it’s making mom’s pumpkin pie recipe, setting the table with your great-grandmother’s china, or playing a game of touch football with the kids while the turkey finishes cooking, the holidays are a great time for honoring special memories and traditions.
This is why an appreciation for tradition is today’s reason to buy handmade gifts. (Click here to see more reasons to to have a “Handmade Christmas”). Not only is making an item by hand a time-honored practice, but many indie artists and craftsmen keep traditional skills and crafts alive when they would otherwise have died out. And even among those who use more modern techniques, you can find wonderful artists who incorporate traditional materials, styles, and motifs into their work or who are inspired by the great artist and craftsmen from past generations.
You can also find meaningful, handmade gifts that tap into your own personal history and family traditions. For example, a few weeks ago I wrote about my family’s tradition of passing Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women from generation to generation and how the memory of a tea party spent chatting about our favorite Little Women characters with my grandmother inspired my Little Women Novel Tea Necklace. In a few weeks, it will be Christmas and I will be honoring my family’s tradition but giving my goddaughter her own tea set, a copy of Little Women, and one of my new child-sized Little Women necklaces. I know that we will have a lot of fun, drinking tea and reading together and I am sure I will tell her all about my grandmother, (her great-grandmother), and how she loved this book too. Someday, Katrina may do the same with her daughter so that this wonderful book and the history of the generations of women in my family who have loved it will live on.
I hope you will consider starting a tradition of putting handmade gift beneath your Christmas tree. Speaking of handmade gifts, I wanted to mention that we will be having a Black Friday Sale this weekend with free gift wrap and a store-wide 25% discount on my handmade literary jewelry and gifts for book lovers Visit our Etsy shop, C.S. Literary Jewelry at www.etsy.com/shop/csliteraryjewelry and use the coupon code: SANTA14 to receive your discount!
I will be back tomorrow with Day 4 of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas but since many of you will be spending the day with family and not on the internet, I wanted to take this moment to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s Day 2 of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas and my second reason for buying handmade gifts this Christmas is: Quality. While it seems that many holiday gifts these days are meant to be disposable or last only until the next upgrade, handmade gifts are made with love and care and meant to last.
I will be back tomorrow for Day 3, but in the meanwhile, I would like to invite you to visit my Etsy shop, C. S. Literary Jewelry, for great handmade gifts for book lovers, tea drinkers, theatre fans, and more. I will be having a store-wide sale for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday with free holiday gift wrap and a 25% discount with the coupon code: SANTA14. Click here for more information about my holiday sales, shipping, and everything you need to know for quick and easy holiday shopping!
You can also see the rest of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas series here or check out two of my latest treasury showcases of high quality, handmade items that would make wonderful Christmas gifts for your friends and family.