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I know I totally dropped the ball on this announcement.  Sorry, to those who participated.  Without further ado, our winner is number

which is Amber G!

Congratulations, Amber!  You win the $20 gift certificate to me store.  Please contact me by Thursday (Nov 4) or I will choose another winner.

Thanks for participating, ladies!

Day 49–Knitting on the patio at Park Grounds.  Chico had lots of fun with the other dogs.

Day 50–New hair cut.  I took scissors and make some bangs.  Now I resemble a beetle.  Did I mention I darkened my hair?

Day 51–My Aunt’s Halloween tree

After conquering the corn maze, we settled in at a WaHo

 

Day 44–Me taking pictures of myself with my new hair.  This picture is super fuzzy, sorry!

Day 45–I’ve been in a knitting frenzy lately.  Knitting everywhere, making different and new things, using all kinds of yarn, experimenting.  I am in love with knitting and it’s awesome!

This is out at a restaurant with friends.

Day 46–Chico at the office showing Elmo who’s boss!

Day 47–At Paranormal Activity 2.  I just happened to take a picture at the exact time all of the promo pictures are from.  No variety here.

My good friend Eric accompanied me to Paranormal Activity 2 last night.  He wrote a review for all of you.  Here is his take on the movie.  Also, his review writing is much better than mine.  It rocks!  Enjoy!

So rarely do sequels impress, that it’s almost unheard of for sequels to out-do the original. This holds true especially for horror movies.  Exorcist 2, not so good.  Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, not so much.  The Hills Have Eyes 2, eh.  And the list goes on.  Firstly, sequels have to continue in the same universe that the original created.  The rules stay the same, and in most cases, the story is pushed forward ever so slightly.  In addition to that, the plot is usually rehashed to fit into a different local, or to incorporate different characters facing similar dilemmas as the first movie.  Im not saying that this model is necessarily wrong, it just happens to be responsible for a lot of horrible sequels.  Enter a new paradigm;  “Realistic Horror”, “Found Footage“.  The first Paranormal Activity used this style expertly, creating a believable, yet terrifying portrait of demonic possession.  In Paranormal Activity 2, “Found Footage” may have finally found its mark.  I’ll admit, after seeing the first film, it took me a little while to fall asleep, with the little sounds my house and bed made.  The shock value of the first film kept me on edge for hours afterwards.  The sequel, in complete defiance of all horror movie rules, stepped it up, and delivered.

When I say in complete defiance, I mean it.  First off, a director change.  Oren Peli, a first timer with Paranormal Activity, handled both writing and directing of an ambitious project. This second time around, Tod Williams helms the film.  You may remember Williams from his work directing The Door in the Floor, Yeah, me neither.  However, Williams took Peli’s story and hit it out of the park.  He took a slightly different approach to the sequel, making both a prequel story, and a continuation story, all wrapped up into one horrific and terrifying package, and delivered it, screaming and jumping, into the minds of us eager horror junkies.
I won’t spoil all the surprises in store for you with this film.  I will say it left me scratching my head as to how they accomplished some of the effects, and left me with a sense of awe, considering that 11 years ago, a little film with an estimated budget of $60,000 called The Blair Witch Project shocked audiences with its seemingly realistic depictions of ghosts and hauntings, and led to these Paranormal Activity films, which not only shock audiences, but will straight up terrify some of them.
It’s nice to be scared sometimes.  This was one of those times.

I just got home from the movies.  Paranormal Activity 2 came out at 12:01

a.m.  I had to see it opening night.  Guess what?  I wasn’t disappointed.

I’ve had my doubts about this movie.  Mostly due to the fact that the first one was amazing and incredibly horrifying.  Initially, I had assumed this movie was either a new family in the same house or a completely different family and house experiencing the same kind of phenomena experienced in the last movie.  I was wrong on both accounts.

The story starts us off with the family bringing their new baby, Hunter, home for the first time.  First time mother is stressed and isn’t sleeping.  The baby is being woken up every night by weird noises.  Soon, strange things begin to happen, and we’re off on the twisted, horrific adventure we enjoyed in the first Paranormal Activity, but this time it’s even more disturbing.

The scenes that made me (literally) jump out of my seat in Paranormal Activity were increased in the sequel.  Tod Williams took it to the next level and made a sequel that will be able to stand on its own.  Not only was the movie still frightening, he used new techniques to scare his audience.  I appreciate that he didn’t just rely on what worked the first time, he gave us more!

The story does intertwine with the lives of Katie and Micah from the original, but does so in a believable and realistic way.  We learn more about these characters.  Williams uses this movie to artfully answer questions I didn’t even know I had.

If you are a horror junkie like me, this movie is a must see.  There is no gore.  But, prepare yourself for the unexpected.  It’s the best sequel I may have ever seen.  And there’s nothing creepier than a little kid.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already.

It’s been a great year getting to know all of you!  This year I have learned and grown so much personally and have had the privilege of making great new friends.

In honor of this anniversary, I am having a giveaway.  $20 toward anything in my shop!  (It can’t be used with the BOGO sale)  To enter, you need to be a follower and must leave a comment telling me your favorite item in the shop.

For extra entries,

  1. Tweet about it and include link.  Then, come back here and leave a comment with a link to the tweet
  2. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the link
  3. Favorite my shop on etsy and leave a comment telling me you did it.

I will announce the winner on the blog next Thursday (10/28) The winner will have 5 days to get in touch with me before I choose another winner.

Thanks for reading!  I hope this next year will be ever more awesome!

Day 38

There’s a lot of crafting going on in here!  My aunt is making a candy corn display :)

 

Day 39

The sky was so beautiful when I was driving back from Macon.

 

Day 40

Chico unearthed forgotten cat toys.  I didn’t even think I had these anymore.  He must have found it under the bed.

 

Day 41

There’s a Bustafer in the yard!  My childhood cat’s, Slaightybelle, long time boyfriend.  Seriously, they are a couple. It’s the funniest thing.

Day 42

Atlanta’s Little 5 Points (neighborhood) parade.  It was epic!

Day 43

New hair color.  I went dark.  But, I tried to keep the blue and totally messed it up.  So, now I’m walking around with horrible hair for a couple of days to let me hair recover.

{not sure why the picture is so small, sorry}

I am feeling super inspired by the Halloween magazine and photo shoots lately.  Here are some things that inspire me.

I don’t remember where I found these, if you know, please send me the link

I took a metal smithing class a while ago and know I could make these.  They make me was to get my torch and hammer out!

This lovely picture of a chunky knitted scarf.  Her blog and shop are constantly inspiring me.

 

Martha Stewart Living‘s Halloween issue.  I love Halloween.  Like many of you, it’s my favorite holiday.  When I see cool Halloween stuff, it inspires me to make other cool stuff.  I even have a Halloween tattoo!

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Jeffrey Campbell shoes are amazing!  They are so beautiful and unique (not to mention expensive).  I absolutely love shoes.  My closet is literally overflowing with shoes (I need to get in there and clean it out, I have over 30 pairs).  I just love them.  A cool pair of shoes can inspire me to make an outfit I normally wouldn’t put together.

What is inspiring you lately?

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