Home Tour : Halloween Hearth

It’s been ages since I last shared a home tour. But now that I’ve finished up decorating around here for Halloween, I wanted to give a quick peek at our spooky living room.

Most of this stuff is up year-round, so I always find it difficult to do something different for Halloween. I spent the last couple weekends picking through estate sales, gathering up brass candle sticks and old books, brought out my bell jars, and incorporated various dried florals to give the hearth a witchy Victorian flair.






Styling Tips

✳︎ Search estate sales, thrift stores, and flea markets for brass candle sticks and old books (the more tattered, the better).
✳︎ If you can’t find beautiful antique books, upcycle any old books, tea/coffee stain, and display the pages facing out.
✳︎ Unique dried fruits and veggies (like these artichokes) make for a spooky arrangement.
✳︎ Skip the tacky Dollar Tree halloween decor and browse other aisles for creative accents (like these blood-red berries).
✳︎ Opt for ghostly green-grey pumpkins vs the standard orange ones for a more vintage look.

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Hope this gives you a bit of inspo for your own decorating. Happy haunting!

Halloween Mix – Upside Down

Sorry this mix is dropping a bit late. But I hope this one helps get you through your Monday and carries you into your weekend Halloween plans. If you couldn’t guess by the cover art, it’s Stranger Things influenced. (I won’t even tell you to watch it, because at this point, if you haven’t already seen it, you’re way too late in the game – what are you even doing with your life?) Enjoy this strange synthy mix inspired by late night bike rides, fog in the forest, faceless monsters, and parallel universes.

Check out past year’s mixes: 2015 | 2014 | 2013

01. “The Arsonist” — Andre Obin
02. “Brainwasher” — Autolux
03. “Speaking Gently” — BadBadNotGood
04. “Eyes Without a Face” — Marsheaux
05. “Killing Spree” — Chromatics
06. “Black Magic” — Magic Wands
07. “Crystal Lake” — Teeel
08. “Dagger Only Run” — Sound of Ceres
09. “Hourglass” — S U R V I V E
10. “Fantasy” — Dye
11. “Cyanide” — Sins
12. “Night (Zola Jesus remix)” — John Carpenter

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Stocking Stuffers for Strange Girls

I’m aware it’s early and wholly unlike me, but I’ve officially become stricken with the holiday spirit. But as you know, my inner strange girl won’t ever let me fully abandon Halloween. So I’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers (most under $20) you can put on your Christmas wish list that’ll still satisfy your spooky affinities.

1 // This Burned at the Stake candle couldn’t be better suited for Christmas with the sweet smell of bonfire, pine, and subtle notes of clove and spice (they’ve aptly left out the scent of burning hair and flesh).

2 // Swooning hard over this vintage anatomy journal. There’s lots of other beautiful designs suited for the lover of antique science and biology on the Cognitive Surplus site.

3 // Beauty products make great stocking stuffers, and if you’re looking for something more out of the ordinary, try any one of the handcremes from TokyoMilk’s Dark collection. I’m especially loving Arsenic right now, an intoxicating warm blend of vanilla salt, spices, and woods sharpened with cut greens and absinthe.

4 // All girls with a fondness for the Victorian love a good hand curio. This brass hand paper clip is both decorative and functional (dare I say “handy”?). The design was reproduced from a Victorian letter holder.

5 // This little embroidered bat patch is just way too cute not to have inside your Christmas stocking.

6 // Have all eyes on you with these quirky nail decals.

7 // You’ll be cute as a bug in these bettle socks from Anthropologie.

8 // These killer dagger cat eye “singlasses” are perfect for the badass babe on your Christmas list.

9 // I’m loving that lapel pins are back in style, so get ur flair on with these delightfully dark brass & copper pins featuring a coffin, planchette, and crystal.

10 // Can never have enough bewitching fragrances. The Parlor Apothecary has concocted an assortment of unique potions with intriguing names ranging from “Victorian Spirit” to “Antique Tonic” and “Alchemy Elixir”. Their set of 4 perfumes makes an ideal gift for the enchanting lady in your life.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Hope you aren’t too sad about Halloween being over, and got some fun ideas from this list for geting a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Halloween Mix – Blood On My Neck

It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here, so I’ve compiled another spooky mix to get you in the Halloween spirit. Lots of synthy tracks and haunting vocals dripping with sex, inspired by 80s vampire movies and more modern tales like Only Lovers Left Alive. Check out past year’s mixes: 2014 | 2013

01. “Circulars” — Still Corners
02. “Fresh Blood” — Eels
03. “Dark Allies” — Light Asylum
04. “It’s Out There and It’s Gonna Get You” — The Paper Chase
05. “2020” — Suuns
06. “Worship” — A Place to Bury Strangers
07. “Shadowshow” — iamamiwhoami
08. “Spellwork” — Austra
09. “What’s A Girl To Do?” — Bat For Lashes
10. “The Big Dream” — David Lynch
11. “Dark Energy” — Faded Paper Figures
12. “Smoulder” — EMA

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Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Happy Friday everyone! Christmas is just around the corner. I haven’t even finished my Christmas shopping yet, let alone started wrapping. But if you’re ahead of the game, I’ve created some freebie holiday gift tags to spruce up your packages. All you need to do is download the file, print it onto cardstock, cut ’em out, hole punch, and tie with string or twine. I have a few different options — big, small, colored, and lineart only. Feel free to use for all your personal gift wrapping needs!

If you use these these on your gifts, I’d love to see! Upload a photo and tag me on Instagram @stuckwithpins!