September 24, 2012

Raindrop Lullaby

The sky has been filled with foreboding rain clouds all day long but this bleak weather has been just the thing I needed after the past week I've had. Rainy days always stir up feelings of warmth and comfort and there is nothing better than reading a good book whilst listening to the drip, drip, dripping against the window panes.

I've had 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' since last July after I read this post on Justine's blog, the book immediately appealed to me in more ways than one, not only did it have a spooky storyline set in an abandoned orphanage but the book itself held fascinating and curious photographs of very odd little children doing things that only a magician could dream of! Unfortunately when the book arrived we were just starting the process of renovating our living room so I packed it away for safe keeping and forgot about it until yesterday when I was reminded of it once again, I searched everywhere until I finally found it hiding in a box on top my wardrobe..


 Each picture in this book is an authentic, vintage found photograph and with the exception of a few that have undergone minimal post-processing, they are unaltered. These photographs can conjure up all sorts of thoughts and imaginings as if each subject has a tale to be told and that is exactly what the author, Ransom Riggs, has done. I adore the overall presentation of the book with its aged effect and so far I'm really enjoying the story, it's definitely a good book for a gloomy rainy day!

I really recommend that you watch Ransom Riggs mini documentary which inspired me to purchase this book HERE. It is packed with hauntingly beautiful footage and images of the most fascinating old abandoned houses. How they've just been left untouched and decaying over the years is astonishing to me, it is as if time itself has stood still. ♥

~ A spooky book deserves a spooky bookmark! ~

Hallowe'en to me isn't just about scary films, fancy dress and parties but it's also the perfect time of year for a bit of home décor shopping! I've been counting down the days until the retailers begin stocking their Hallowe'en goodies and this past weekend has brought a few new things into our creepy abode!



I've been obsessed with scented candles recently so I was ecstatic when I spotted these delights in TK Maxx! When you walk into the bedroom you are hit with a mouth watering aroma from the 7 scented candles on my dresser, the sweet creamy smell of Yankee Candle's Christmas Cupcake and Vanilla Cupcake mingled with the autumnal scents of Warm Spice, Cinnavanilla, Candy Corn and Pumpkin Pie have turned my bedroom into an olfactory wonderland! Sugar Cookie looks good enough to eat!

~ There are some little bats flying amongst all that black glitter! ~

I also uncovered these two spookylicious snow globes in TK Maxx! Their Hallowe'en display isn't very big at the moment but I'm hoping that by next month they'll have plenty more bewitching items to beguile me! ♥

Have you read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? Are you tempted to buy the book?

No One Knows I'm Gone by Scarlett Johansson - www.netosdesalim.blogspot.com on Grooveshark
~♥~

24 comments:

  1. I haven't read it yet but it is on my Goodreads 'to read' list. I love those photographs and your bookmark is downright terrifying!

    (Off topic - I found out my uncle claims to have seen a ghost in my parents' house, where I grew up and they still live! How I never knew about this before I have no idea)

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    1. The photographs set this book apart from other books, they really do help tell the story and I really can't help looking the pictures over again and again! I have a little collection of vintage photographs myself which is another reason why I loved this book!

      Oooh really?! How exciting! You better get to your parents house and investigate asap! How much is a night vision camera, EVP recorder and EMF reader nowadays?! :P ~♥~

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  2. love those snow globes. Victorian children photos are always kind of creepy, I have a book of Lewis Carroll's. The tease of nail polish is nice, too

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    1. Oh you lucky thing! I'm assuming you mean Lewis Carroll Photographer or Dreaming in Pictures? I've got both of them on my 'wants' list! I know there is a lot of speculation and rumour surrounding Lewis Carroll and his photographs of young children but I find his life so interesting and I would love to own either one of those books! ~♥~

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  3. Hey, thanks for the shout out! :) It's so funny, I was reading along thinking "Oh, yeah I remember that book." when you mentioned that old blog post. I'd forgotten writing about it! I love that video of abandoned places. There's sort of a beautiful decay that can happen, especially if there was once bright wallpaper in a place. I need to get my hands on that book too! I remember wanting to earlier, but it skipped my mind. This post is a good reminder. :)

    How about that first photo where the two girls have their backs to us! I don't know what's so unnerving about just seeing someone's back in a picture, but it gets to me. Maybe I feel that way from watching "The Ring". I see that you're rocking some of that new nail polish in these pics! I happen to have that candy corn candle, and it's great. The best scents smell like dessert!

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    1. I'm glad I could jog your memory Justine! I'm sure I wouldn't have come across this book for quite a while if it wasn't for your blog post! I really love that video, I just wish it was longer! I've seen quite a few vintage photographs of girls with their backs to the camera, usually they have very long flowing hair so I think it must have been some kind of fad for women to have pictures of their hair taken back then! Some of them have crazily long hair! Yes! I had to put on Ick-A-Bod-Y as soon as I finished writing that blog, it's such a gorgeous polish and I'm so glad I own it now! I'm wearing Ruby Pumps at the moment though! I love that we both have the same candle :D I'm big of foody scents too! ~♥~

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  4. I love old photos as a basis for storytelling, this book looks fab. I will have to try it when I've caught up with the REST of my reading!

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    1. Haha I know what you mean! Sometimes I just get too excited to read a certain book that I have to start it before I finish the current book I'm reading which leads to a back log of half read books! ~♥~

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  5. Are you sure we aren't long lost relatives or something? Our TJ Maxx had the same snow globes, but i opted for the giant ceramic raven pasta bowl (looks particularly creepy with pasta and red sauce, muahahaha!) Okay its probably a candy dish, but how boring, I have real giant cauldrons to spook the kids out for that (plus side: too heavy for a greedy brat to try and empty nah-nah!) And I have a glitter "EEK!" The book looks interesting... but there is an abandoned orphanage, quite ramshackle and creepy enough near my house so I could just let my imagination go wild! (Actually drove up there once, and will never again. 'Nuff said.) I've started my haunted local halloween posts, you might enjoy! XXX Jet

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    1. The Giant raven pasta bowl sounds awesome! I think things like that are just too good to use once a year so using it as a pasta bowl makes much more sense! I saw someone post a load of pictures of Home Goods and TJ Maxx's Halloween goodies on the HalloweenForums and I spotted these globes in amongst them! I was really excited to be able to get my hands on them and I'm hoping that they'll have more stock in next month!

      I would love to live near a creepy abandoned orphanage! There is always something sinister and foreboding about orphanages, just like insane asylums! I'll drop by and check out your posts, I keep meaning to add your blog to my blog roll so that I don't miss your new posts! ~♥~

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  6. And again it seems that you have the most amazing taste! The book is a great suit in this weather and a great open for Halloween season (ok is not only a day!) Old photos fascinate me, even more when there is a story line behind it!! I have to have it, thank you for the post is really beautiful!!! ( And for the documentary video too) And a little envy for all those beautiful decorations! I wish i had a shop in my country, i will make them rich in one day haha. Have a wonderful day my lady <3

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    1. Awww thank you Magda! :D You're welcome, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I am! It's just perfect for spooky evening reading! :D ~♥~

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  7. Aww here finally the first rain drops are falling too, and I am just on the same mood, tea , books and home.
    I've been wanting to read that book for a while, but i never know how beautifull the ilustrations wore, now i need it even more, and i think i will indulge myself to buy it in hardcover , sometimes we need pretty books *.*
    I love that "black glitter glove" with the skull, it's so pretty, you have an amazing taste.
    Now I'm reading and loving A discovery of witches, very autumn like feeling too.

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    1. Btw I've never heard this version of Tom waits music, but it's just gorgeus, thank you

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    2. Even though Autumn is colder, wetter and windier than Summer it always makes me feel more cosy - it probably has something to do with the layers of clothing and heating and yes, tea! I totally recommend the hard cover for this book, I forgot to take a picture of it without the dust jacket but the front of it has Miss Peregrines name in gold handwriting as if it is her diary! I think I'll have to look into this 'A Discovery of Witches' book, I love stories surrounding witches and other such things! I love Scarlett Johansson as an actress but she's a really good singer too! I think I may have to get her album 'Anywhere I Lay My Head' :) She definitely makes her own mark on his songs ~♥~

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  8. Oh what a beautiful (and interesting) book! I love old photographs. Sometimes I think that it's a shame that we don't shoot in black and white anymore.

    I need to pay a visit to TK Maxx this week! I love those snow globes and I'm in need of more scented candles as the ones I have don't have long left. I love lighting candles and snuggling in bed with a book. One of the best things about this time of the year!

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    1. I agree, I think everything looks much better in black and white! There is a certain old elegance to a black and white picture! TK Maxx is brilliant for candles, they mostly range at around £5.99 but for the size that's a great bargain as you'll be looking at anywhere between £10-£14 in other brands! Most of their candles are by the brand 'For Every Body' which is an American brand, I wouldn't say their throw was as good as Yankee Candles but they are certainly really great quality! ~♥~

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  9. Those snow globes are wonderful! So, so wodnerful!
    Rebecca xx

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  10. Ha! I bought 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' based on Justine's post too! It's on my huge "To Read" pile. I've just finished reading 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', which was another Justine recommendation!

    Love your Halloween goodies. This is just the most fun time of year! :D

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    1. Yay! Justine is the best, I also have another book which I bought after she blogged about it, her book recommendations are great! ~♥~

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  11. That book looks so interesting! Is it a fiction? I do love books that have illustrations or pictures to go with it, that might sound childish, but well, it's true! Most of the books that I pick up are just wall to wall text, and though that certainly doesn't put me off of them, it's always nice to see pretty pictures isn't it? Especially ones like those! Did you have to get it off Amazon (or the like)? Though my favourite thing in this post has to be the bookmark! How awesome?!? I'm now firmly stuck into Ash, it's a really thrilling read! You must try to get it before your trip to Edinburgh, it'll definitely creep you out! ♥

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    1. Yes, it is a fiction! The Author, Ransom Riggs, wrote the story around these vintage photographs which he borrowed from a number of collectors, it's genius really! I also love books with images, it adds more interest for me, especially when the illustrations/photographs are as peculiar as these! Yeah, I got it from Amazon! Amazon are brilliant for books, they're always much cheaper than book shops! I think I may just have to pick up Ash, maybe not any time soon as I have too many books on the go but I am definitely going to add it to my book list!

      Haha I have two of these book marks, I got them from a seller on eBay! They're so cool! Here's a link to them - http://bit.ly/QKFwF3 ~♥~

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  12. Let's get a timeshare of the last chateau in Riggs' video! I would live in it as-is, isn't just absolutely exquisite? This is a wonderful post and I absolutely must buy this book NOW! Thank you so much for writing this amazing post:)). Have I told you how much I love the new-look blog? No? I love it! xoxo

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  13. Oh Gosh those snowglobes are absolutely amazing! I can totally see me having a trip to TK Maxx, I am such a huge fan of Halloween too, you as always have the best taste in home decor xxx

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