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Perfect For Halloween From Out Of Print

October 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There’s perhaps no way better to get into the Fall and Halloween state of mind than to read a good book, a good Horror book that is. But, if you don’t have the time to sit down and read maybe you can wear your favorite horror novel, poem, or short story, especially with the amazing collections of t-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and so much more at Out Of Print. Out Of Print has lots of great merchandise with different themes, today we are going to look at what’s available in the “Spooky” category as we charge on towards Halloween. Whether you’re a fan of Dracula, Edgar Alan Poe or Mary Shelly’s monster there’s something here for you and any of these would be great gifts for October birthday people with a sense of wonder and macabre. Join me today for a little frightful shopping spree and check out all the awesome merchandise from Out Of Print here at their website. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! 

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The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix

October 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last Friday the 12th I was very excited to watch the premiere of The Haunting of Hill House that was premiering on Netflix and it did not disappoint at all. The mini-series is based on author Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel of the same name. The book has been turned into two previous movies with the 1963 version being my personal favorite. In the original book and film, Hill House is a 90-year-old mansion built by a man named Hugh Crain who lived and died there. Hugh originally built the mansion for his young wife and daughter but his wife was killed in a carriage accident on the way to the house and never saw their home. His young daughter Abigail lives in Hill House with her father until he dies and she continues living there until her own death as an old woman. Many years later Dr. John Montague gathers a group of people who have experienced psychic phenomenon in their lives along with Luke the young man who is supposed to inherit Hill House, two “psychics” also show up, young ladies named Eleanor and Theodora. Together the group experiences sightings, loud noises and all kinds of evidence of ghosts and are scared to death. In the new version, the characters from the original novel are now a family with the Father being Hugh Crain, his wife Olivia and their five children taking on the names of some of the characters from the original book and film. The Netflix series is VERY well done with lots of thought given to paying homage to the book and original film. The special effects are wonderfully creepy with several scenes played out in complete silence for extended periods of time to build suspense, there’s also one “jump scare” that made me jump, clap my hands and laugh at myself. My favorite episode was episode 6, “Two Storms”, that was filmed with a single camera and done with only one break in the filming. The entire episode is like watching a play and was mesmerizing. If you enjoy spooky or horror then be sure and check out Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and enjoy a wonderful 20th Century novel brought to life for 21st Century streaming and binging. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Alphabet Legend Books

October 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently began seeing ads on Facebook for the Alphabet Legends books and was very intrigued. I went to the website for the books and am so happy I did, the story of the creation is simple and timeless and I love the art and message the books convey. Alphabet Legends was started by Australian author and illustrator Beck Feiner when she was trying to teach her oldest child, Levi, the alphabet and there wasn’t anything fun or unusual for a parent to use at home. In her words, “it’s hard to bond over B is for Banana.” This led to Beck creating an A to Z that she could use to teach her son and she centered it on things about Australia. Immediately Beck’s Instagram followers wanted a copy of the list and that led to books and posters and now today there are several books available on a wide range of people with amazing artwork that lets you teach your child, not only the alphabet but also about certain people associated with places and occupations known as the Alphabet Legends, there’s even a book for the Manchester United Soccer Team in the UK. Today we are going to look at five of the Alphabet Legend books, ranging from Alphabet Legend Americans to Legends in Fashion and Little Legends. These books will make awesome gifts for kids and grandkids, shower presents, baptism gifts, Christmas, you name it and these will be perfect. I love something that’s not only fun and artistic but is also educational…but not in a way that you feel like you’ve just attended a college lecture on a topic. Join me for a peek at Alphabet Legend Books and to see more of the selection visit the ALB website here. Enjoy!!! 

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Introducing: ShanTabulous STuidos

October 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

This past weekend you may have seen if we’re friends on Facebook that I shared some news and photos from ShanTabulous STudios and if you did YAY!!! ShanTabulous is a new venture I’ve taken on with a friend of mine, Shana Myers, who is an Artist and Calligrapher here in Oklahoma City and has Ink Stained Fingers. Shana has a thriving business doing Calligraphy for parties and weddings and we’ve known each other for close to 20 years. I approached Shana a while back about combining our talents, hers in art and calligraphy and mine in florals and holiday work, and create something we could sell and would enjoy doing. We’re starting with the signs I’m sharing with you today but hope to have some wreaths for both indoor and outdoor as well as more signs for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We are going for an elegant look on some of our stuff as well as a Vintage or Retro look. We will be offering personalization on our boards and wreaths so if you want something specific with a greeting and your last name let us know. Everything is hand-painted front and back and the images are also hand-painted onto the boards. Shana does all our Calligraphy by hand, NO STENCILS OR PEEL AND STICK letters here. We now have an Etsy store up that you can view here and we’ll be adding a few more Halloween images later this week and get the other holiday merchandise up ASAP. Join me now for a look at these first five signs and let us know what you think, we hope you’re as excited about our products as we are. Enjoy!!!

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Decorative Hardware From Martin Pierce

October 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I always say you have to pay attention to the small special things in a room as much as you do the big things like wall color, finishes, and flooring. Things that can make a room extra special are what I think of as jewelry for a room, lighting and hardware and today we are going to look at a new company I recently found out about, Martin Pierce Custom Decorative Hardware.

Martin Pierce is an artist and sculptor who began creating beautiful hardware after he was unable to find anything unique, Martin also designs lighting and some furniture, taking his inspiration from nature. Martin is originally from England and moved to Los Angeles in 1980, he started with designing cabinet pulls and eventually began designing door handles, bathroom accessories and recently lighting. Martin uses the lost wax method of casting his pieces and all of them are original and copyrighted. Martin takes a lot of inspiration from insects but also has collections that focus on plants and trees like his Hedgerow and Willow collections as well as collections like the Lizard collection and Netuske collection which takes its inspiration from 17th-century  Japanese buttons and are miniatures of bumble bees, rabbits, lizards, and frogs. Today we are going to look at a sampling of Pierce’s work and we’ll come back and focus more in-depth on certain collections. For now, join me for a look at the work of Martin Pierce and Enjoy!!!

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30 Tabulous Fall Films: 16~30

September 27, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are featuring 15 more films in our look at some of the wonderful movies coming out during the last quarter of the year. Today we are going to look at the newest rendition of Robin Hood, Mary Poppins, the latest installment from the Harry Potter world. Join me now as we step into the world of films. Enjoy!!!

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30 Tabulous Fall Films: 1~15

September 26, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There are so many movies coming out between now and the end of the year, some of them I’m really excited about and I’m going to share 30 of them with you today and tomorrow.  Enjoy!!!

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Halloween At Sharon Bloom Designs

September 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Pumpkin Cookie Jar

Sorry, for not posting in several days but you know how it is, had a lot going on here and unfortunately, I didn’t plan well very far ahead. But, I’m back and have lots of fun and wonderful things planned to share with you from the world of design. 

Today we are starting with a look at a wonderful artist I’ve made friends with, Sharon Bloom. Sharon has Sharon Bloom Designs in Winters, California and she simply adores Halloween. Sharon says she has loved the spooky holiday as long as she can remember and she not only creates wonderful Halloween creations but she also collects Halloween folk art which she displays in her home year round. Sharon’s artistic background is in painting and today she expresses that through her amazing ceramics and Halloween paintings. Sharon creates one of a kind holiday figures that are collected by people around the world and she shows her wares every year at the prestigious annual “All Hallows Art Festival” in Petaluma, California coming up on September 29th. If you can’t make it to Petaluma you can visit Sharon’s shop on Etsy here and as a special Halloween treat Sharon Bloom Designs is having a special offering of her Halloween ornaments starting tonight on her Instagram page at #shopsharonbloomdesigns

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Keds + Rifle Paper Co. For Fall

September 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Earlier this year I shared with you the collaboration between the iconic American shoe company, Keds and the Rifle Paper Co. Well, apparently, that collection and collaboration went so well they decided to do it again and even turned up the volume on some of their designs. The shoes come in all sizes for women and kids, they’re bright, colorful, fun and make you smile to look at them. The shoes all feature gorgeous designs previously done on paper at Rifle Paper Co. with some of them being printed on and some of them being done in beautiful embroidery. They will all look great with jeans, blue and white, or khakis or skirts as we go into the cooler months of the year. Check out the collection here at Keds.com or at Rifle Paper Co.com and I have a look at some of the collection here today. Enjoy!!!

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Harry Potter Collection From Pottery Barn

September 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s hard to believe but the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, came out twenty-one years ago and this fall we have a new Harry Potter movie with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Part 2. In celebration of all that we are taking a look today at the fun and beautiful new Harry Potter Collection from Pottery Barn available at Pottery Barn Teen. While this may be on the website aimed at teenagers I know a lot of adults who will be gaga over some of this stuff, especially things like the pieces of furniture and the lamps and lighting, all very high end and chic. Whatever your age there’s something here for you if you are a fan of the Boy Wizard and the world he lives in. If you have an HP fan on your Christmas list there’s bound to be something here that will make extra happy this year. I’ll share some of my favorite things here today but you be sure and visit the PB Teen website here to check out the entire collection. Enjoy!!!

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