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  • Welcome back to Freaky Friday, where we're dishing out some fun Halloween tips through the month.

    Last week, we showed you how to whip up a cauldron of Witches Brew from Witch Craft. Continuing the food and Halloween theme, today we've got cute little pumpkin cupcake toppers from Craft-A-Day by Sarah Goldschadt. Perfect for decorating delicious treats you might be serving up at your Halloween party, these toppers are simple and easy to make. 

    Check out the directions and download the pattern below! 

  • Listen. We're a company that loves dressing up just-because for our office parties (ie: piggies back in March), so you better believe we absolutely adore Halloween here at Quirk. It's a special time of year when the things we love the most, from scary monsters to heaps of candy, are celebrated in a very public way. 

    So to help pave the way towards Halloween, we'll have some fun excerpts to get you properly prepared every Friday. 

    First up? Some Witches' Brew from Witch Craft by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar. Blood orange punch? Yes please. 

  • Next month Craft-a-Day will hit stores and despite getting advanced copies, it still doesn't quite seem real. Did I really write, craft, and photograph a book that is over 430 pages? Apparently!

    What started as an idea from my editor, Margaret McGuire, ballooned into months of me designing templates, writing, crafting, and photographing like crazy.

  • Throughout the summer, I have done some Etsy loitering and have noticed an emerging trend in upcycle art: vintage book prints. From beautiful images impressed on torn Bible pages to absurd quotes imprinted on ripped-out chapters of Pride and Prejudice, this art form is on the rise.

    The images atop the prints are almost always translucent, offering the idea that rekindling books as art can act as a unique publishing palimpsest. Many times, I’m interested in perusing book prints just because the descriptions are so romantic. The books are referred to as “rescued” and the yellow pages due to lignin concentration in paper pulp is a “golden finish of old age.”

    While book artists emboss everything from hipster skulls to sweet squids (above), I have fallen in love with the practice of screening typographical quotes onto vintage pages, especially when the quotes make the least amount of sense. Sometimes, the quotes take on a confessional quality too, which is always good. Where better to announce that you’re a bibliophile than on an actual book?

  • After spending so much money on an e-reader, you wouldn’t want to accidentally spill something on it, drop it, or ruin it in any way - but few (if any) of the cases you'll find in stores are anything special.

    If you’re tired of your bland Kindle cover or your overused Nook case, look no further: Nimoo on Etsy has the answer.

    These covers are made to order and can be made to fit any type of e-reader. Aside from having adorable patterns, they’re multi-functional. The pocket on the front can hold small notebooks, pens, pencils, phones, spare change… the possibilities are endless.

    The padding inside will protect an e-reader from most damage, and it even has a button to keep it safe and secure. There are many fabric options, and each one is handmade. No more awkward moments when someone has the same Kobo cover as you do.

    Scope out Nimoo's store on Etsy, here!

  • Photo by In Sappho We Trust

    Sometimes a book will be read so many times that its cover starts to tatter and the pages fall out.

    Instead of throwing it away, you can transform it into something else! Here you’ll learn some crafty ways to take apart an unwanted book and make it into something useful.

    1. Make a Wreath: By rolling, cutting, folding or crumbling the pages of books, you can arrange them into a wreath that’s good for any occasion. Then you can add any personal touches you want, such as ribbon, berries, or a photograph. Check out this awesome tutotial on The Shabby Creek Cottage

    2. Paint or Print: Mediums like watercolor or printmaking can be a unique alternative to blank paper. Here's a great how to on Instructables

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