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Halloween Playlist

Oct 23 2013


List o’ Halloween Swappers! #HalloweenSwap

Sep 19 2013

Here are the Halloween Swappers and the links they listed, where they will show off the presents their partners sent them.

If someone isn’t linked, it means they either didn’t provide a URL, or the URL they gave didn’t work. If you changed your URL or if you recently got one, let me know in the comments and I’ll link it here.


















Megan B.




Alicia K.








George and Steph











Halloween Gift Swap – Get paired up and exchange gifts!

Sep 06 2013

Halloween Gift Swap - Get paired up and exchange gifts!

I thought I’d better get this going now, since we’re already past the first week of September!

In 2009, I participated in a Halloween swap at Koala Fuzz and had a lot of fun opening my package for the 13 days leading up to Halloween. Tara Colna was my partner and she sent me the cutest handmade stuff. I couldn’t find any Halloween swaps going on this year, so I thought I’d start one myself (with the coercing of someone else who really wants to do it!). Here goes…

This is how it works:

- If you want to participate, fill out the form at the bottom of this post. I’m not having you just enter in the comments, since I need mailing addresses and those need to stay private, just between you and the person you’re paired up with. Be sure to answer these questions:

What’s your favorite scary movie?

Do you have children?

Are you willing to ship internationally? (Keep in mind you could potentially be spending a lot more in postage.)

Your favorite fall scent?

Your favorite color?

Your favorite candy and favorite baked item (Answer both – whichever one you get will be a surprise.)

Are you allergic to anything (so we know not to send it to you)?

Do you have a blog, facebook, instagram, tumblr OR youtube? (Where you can show off the goodies your swap partner gave you each day.)

Your answers will help your swap buddy gather gifts that you’ll love.

- You can enter to participate from today until September 20th. I can’t draw it out any longer than that, since we will need plenty of time to gather the gifts and ship them. Please only enter if you know you can commit to it. We don’t want anyone missing out on their package.

- On FRIDAY (not Monday lol), September 20th or 21st, you’ll find out who you partner is, receive the answers to their questions, and their shipping address and email address. Keep this information safe!

- October 8th is when we should be done gathering the gifts together and sending them out, so everyone will have their package with plenty of time to spare, and in case there are any mailing issues. Each item should be small (but mailed out in the same box), and wrapped separately, so you can unwrap each one on the days leading up to Halloween. Be sure to label each one Day 1 – Day 7 appropriately. I just ask that you get a tracking number so we can keep track of things.

- October 25th is the day you will open your first gift (Day 1), and Halloween is the day you will open your last gift (Day 7). Please post your gift on your social media account and use the hashtag #halloweenswap if you post on instagram, tumblr or twitter. I’ll also be keeping track of the URLs you submitted in a page on this blog, so we can see your stuff!

The Gift Categories

Day 1 – Something old OR something glittery.

Day 2 – Something Halloween-themed that involves the person’s favorite color.

Day 3 – Something involving your partner’s favorite fall scent (cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, dead leaves).

Day 4 – Something $1 or less.

Day 5 – Something “bloody” or “gross”.

Day 6 – Something handmade (by you).

Day 7 – Partner’s favorite candy OR baked items.

Keep in Mind:

- Let’s do a $20 limit total for spending on the gifts, not counting the shipping costs.

- Please get a tracking number when you ship, so we don’t have any lost packages.

- Day 6 should be something handmade, but other things can be handmade too if you want.

- When sending something edible, please make sure it’s wrapped really well (if not already in a sealed package) and is sanitary. Also, nothing that can make a mess in transit. Pay close attention in case they specified anything that they are allergic to!

- Spread the word so we can get as many people on board as possible. You can share this post any way you like, or put this button in your sidebar and link it back to this post!


- Feel free to email your swap partner if you have any questions for them, or email me (angie @ thismuseistaken.com) if you have any questions about the swap itself.

Click this link to go to the form (Google Docs) —> The form is closed!

Unique Fall and Halloween Nail Polishes from Etsy!

Sep 05 2013

There are some really gorgeous and unique nail polishes on Etsy, and good luck to anyone who would try to find something like them elsewhere. The prices are no higher than what you’d find at Sephora or even department stores, too.

This is a round-up of some of the best Etsy polishes in fall colors and themes — jewel tones, dead leaves, Halloween and autumn sky colors, in confetti glitters, duo-chrome and hologram!

Darker Nights

 fall nail polish trends, glitter, autumn, etsy, indie, handmade

Midnight Carnival and Raven King by The Lady Varnishes.

d fall nail polish trends, glitter, autumn, etsy, indie, handmade

Black Hole by Starrily and Showgirl by KBS Shimmer.

{Click here for the rest of them!}

Art Heart – The Otherworldly Jewelry of Fanciful Devices!

Sep 03 2013

Fanciful Devices - Life is but a Dream, sailboat, earrings, tribal, jewelry, art

uraguay, street market

See the girl crouched in the upper left of that picture? That’s Marina Rios, creator of the Etsy shop “Fanciful Devices”, searching for treasure in a street market in her native Uraguay. Marina gives us an insight into how she works and what inspires her. {Click on each picture to travel to the Etsy shop listing!}

“I discovered circles of women who didn’t compete or exclude, they were inclusive and nurturing. Quite a contrast from the art world that seems in so many ways made to intimidate and keep people out.”

How would you describe your art style to someone who has never seen your work?

When people ask what I do I say I make art jewelry. And I tend to blush because I can’t help but think of jewelry as completely frivolous. (Turns out this attitude is very freeing for an artist and absolutely works in my favor.) If they ask for more I say I make wacky things in my studio, incorporating old stuff and found stuff. As you can see, it’s luckily I don’t often have to describe my style to people. Generally, I have my images to defend me. It’s great to work on the internet! But if you are patient enough to read my item titles, my stuff can also be described as rustic cosmic victorian tribal bohemian. And if you haven’t seen my work and read that you’re all -wtf?

Who/What are your main influences?

Well, early on my influences were other etsy artisans who incorporated old and found objects into their work. I’d see their pieces made from antique hardware and charms, doll parts and souvenir trinkets and be crazy with jealousy. Not to have or wear the objects but to *have made* them, which is a strangely specific jealously you have to admit. But that was long ago, I have sated many jealous lusts by playing with all kinds of old things. Now, my supplies are my influence!

Let me say too that I also had tons of not just influences but inspirations. Even before I started making jewelry, I was inspired creatively by people who crafted and kept blogs. Nothing high-art fancy, just fun and cute. Seeing these blogs made me want to play too. Seeing how they shared their techniques instead of guarding them jealously became my model to this day. I discovered circles of women who didn’t compete or exclude, they were inclusive and nurturing. Quite a contrast from the art world that seems in so many ways made to intimidate and keep people out.

“Anything small enough to hang from a human head is game.”

Fanciful Devices, rustic, victorian, rose, horse, etsy, earrings, tribal, jewelry, art

You seem pretty busy. Can you share how you make time between obligations, social life and creating?

Ha ha, I don’t. I have no kids or day job, I don’t clean or cook or go out. My husband is extremely accepting and takes care of everything, sometimes handing over a check for me to sign. My parents live two steps away in our little condo and Mom’s always asking us over for wonderful meals. Dog hair tumbleweeds drift freely though our place. I’m extremely lucky, I get to indulge in my obsessions all day. But to unwind I love to read escapist sci-fi fantasy, walk my dog here in downtown Chicago and I also have a niece and nephew in nearby Wisconsin that are quite a handful. They tell me the reason I have such a backward sleep schedule is “You an awtist.”

“I should add that I don’t think you need to *try* to stay inspired. If you’re not inspired, do something else. This isn’t like eating your vegetables or doing exercise, you don’t have to force it- it should be fun.


What do you do to stay inspired?

Luckily this is also not a problem for me. Seeing my supplies is inspiring because they’re always telling me to incorporate them in this or that way. Sometimes seeing fine art jewelry on pinterest will give me an idea for a cheaty way to duplicate a connection or effect. Also my circle of jewelry-maker etsybuds, which you can find in my blog sidebar and also in my etsy favorites. Also I just tend to scroll through pages and pages of supplies on etsy- beads, antiques, broken bits. I should add that I don’t think you need to *try* to stay inspired. If you’re not inspired, do something else. This isn’t like eating your vegetables or doing exercise, you don’t have to force it- it should be fun.

Fanciful Devices, rustic, victorian, rose, horse, etsy, earrings, tribal, jewelry, art

If you were a heavenly body, what would you be and why?

Well, I have a big poster of the Mystic Mountain Nebula taken by the Hubble Telescope right over my bed. I love to behold and be boggled by phenomena across vast distances, but I can’t imagine wanting to *be* any of them. And if I were one, I wouldn’t care which or why, so….

And the all-important question: What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Unfair question! No, no- you’d have me choose between all my babies? Wait- Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Except I’m also crazy for all things coconut. Damn you for asking this I’m all distressed now!

Fanciful Devices, rustic, etsy, earrings, tribal, jewelry, art

Not Perfect #sundaywordsofwisdom

Sep 01 2013

Mary J. Blige on imperfection.

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” — Gerard Way

Of Easier Scholarship Searches, Not Working for FREE + Becoming a Burlesque Dancer – August ’13

Aug 31 2013

Lindsey Lohan by Hajin Bae

How to Manage Information Overload as Blogger <--- Much needed.

This is a really cool blog link-up — Be Yourself & Share the Love

Life magazine finally published these photos of the Hell’s Angels… from 1965.

This guy dreamed up an app that makes finding scholarships a helluva lot easier! — Scholly

It’s pretty clear how cats let us know they love us, but what about guinea pigs?

Author and Rookie contributor Stephanie wrote about her thoughts on The 27 Club (famous people who all died at the age of 27 — Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and more), depression, creativity and being a survivor.

Ever wondered what it’s like to become a burlesque dancer?

Blogging + WordPress smarty pants Blondish guides is on What Should You Look for When Deciding Which WordPress Plugins to Download

You might be a night owl or a lark, but the questionnaire along with this article breaks it down a little better. I got “moderately evening person”.

See also: Finding Affordable Health Insurance when You’re a Self-Employed Multipotentialite

“Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.”

- Carl Jung

The Island of the Dolls is a place of nightmares. (I want to go.)

The Rebel Society – 10 Wicked Morsels for Living a Sexy Life

The different types of intelligence — I’m a mix of Linguistic, Spatial, Naturalist and Intrapersonal intelligence.

Marthe wrote about feeling isolated in school, getting over it, and living in the now.

If I could manage to do this for Halloween, I won’t need to do anything else.

“Despite what you’ve read, your sadness is not beautiful. No one will see you in the bookstore, curled up with your Bukowski, and want to save you.
Stop waiting
for a salvation that will not come from the grey-eyed boy looking for an annotated copy of Shakespeare,
for an end to your sadness in Keats.
He coughed up his lungs at 25, and flowery words cannot conceal a life barely lived.
Your life is fragile, just beginning, teetering on the violent edge of the world.
Your sadness will bury you alive, and you are the only one who can shovel your way out with hardened hands and ragged fingernails, bleeding your despair into the unforgiving earth.
Darling, you see, no heroes are coming for you. Grab your sword, and don your own armor.” – via

Katy Perry has grown on me over the years and I love her new song!~

Emma Stone is a Pretty Alien (art collage)

Aug 30 2013

Emma Stone, art, collage, space, saturn, earth, planets, crystals, alien

Messing up magazines pages is fun. One day, I decided to give Emma Stone purple eyes and ocean lips, and she became an alien.

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