I love Autumn. All the best things happen during this season: beautiful colours from the changing leaves, digging out your warm and cosy knitwear as it gradually gets colder, standing outside watching the fireworks while roasting marshmallows on a fire. But out of all of them, Halloween is by far my favourite.
I’m always slightly jealous of Americans at this time of year – us Brits don’t tend to go as big for Halloween, saving up our energy for the festive season and New Year instead. For me, there’s nothing better than spending hours carving pumpkins, decorating rooms to make them resemble an abandoned old house or a classic scene from a horror movie, and getting together with friends to celebrate all things strange and unusual!
Getting in the ghostly spirit of things, I’ve put together a collection of items from some very talented Folksy sellers that you could either use for a spooktacular party or, if you prefer the more subtle approach, smaller items to wear or display in your own bewitching way!
This terrarium by The Wardian Glass Co. would make a perfect halloween display. Instead of filling with cute succulents, you could fill it with fairylights or candles. If you were feeling especially crafty, you could cut out ghostly shapes and temporarily adhere them to the outside of the glass to cast eerie shapes around the room.
This sparkly black bowl by Sara Thursfield is just beautiful. With such an unusual shape and texture and the subtle colour sheen on the inside, this could look stunning on a table with some flowers. Or you could use it for wrapped sweets or snacks – great to offer trick or treaters too!
Keep it a classy with these lovely black heart paper garlands by Bookity. Add another element to them by interweaving some plain white fairy lights around the string before hanging up – they’re too lovely not to make a feature of!
I adore these ceramic mugs by Kina Ceramics and would happily use them all year round. They have a great texture and are just so different to anything from high street retailers. I’m thinking they would make great punch vessels during a party, or even a mega creamy hot chocolate.
If you’re struggling for costumes or you fancy something unique, make sure you take a look on Folksy, as there are makers upcycling or recycling materials and making some great creations. I love this witch’s outfit by Fantasy Textiles – it’s simple but has some lovely detailing. And this is the best bit: it doesn’t have to be a witch’s outfit! Add the pair of cat ears listed below and you’ve got a totally different look!
These cat ears by Talulahblue are great. They’re made with a lovely delicate lace, so they’re perfect if you’re looking for something more elegant.
This gorgeous glittery cat brooch by Jules and Clem is a great piece to add to your coat or top to add a touch of sparkle to your day
I know skulls aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this sparrow skull necklace by Tracy Hills Jewellery is utterly beautiful. The detail the artist has managed to capture is amazing and, yes, it would make a great addition to a Halloween outfit, but I would also happily wear this everyday.
I started By Nikomi in early 2016 and I work from an old mill conversion just north of Manchester in the hills of Rossendale. I completed a degree in Fine Art Printmaking from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 and afterwards went to work in retail. After spending just over eight years working for a retailer who specialises in stationery and cards, I decided to take the plunge to start designing and making my own pieces, incorporating more papercut elements, watercolour, die cutting and embossing. My aim to is produce a variety of cards, from everyday cards to special occasions and also offer a personalised service for one-off papercuts for those times you need a special gift.
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