Saturday, October 31, 2009
Congratulations Delightful Perception! You are the weekly winner and will be receiving the item of your choice from Vegancraftastic!
Thank you so much Kala at Vegancraftastic for allowing me to feature your shop! Best of luck with your Etsy shop!
We had a record breaking amount of entries this week, so thank you to all of you! If this wasn't your lucky week, don't worry we have a contest starting every Tuesday!
Friday, October 30, 2009
I knew you all would be very interested in learning more about what exactly a ghost hunter does, so I asked Sophie to answer a few questions:
How long have you been doing ghost hunts? My husband and I have been involved in ghost hunts since we met, over 5 years now.
What brought you to do this? I've always had an interest in the supernatural. The official ghost hunting started when I first met my husband. He was involved with a local town's historical society. The historical society owned and held it's meetings in a huge old mansion which dated back to the 1600's. The mansion had a history of "strange things" happening. One days the president of the historical society knew that we had an interest in the paranormal and asked if we wanted to come back late to do a ghost hunt. And that's how we got started. Many of our hunts have been in this old mansion.
How does a person find you to help them? Our group is not really an official group, just my husband myself and some friends of ours that get together whenever our various work schedules allow. We do hope to one day be able to expand our group and offer our services to people.
What is the craziest thing you have ever seen? We have seen a lot of crazy and spooky things, I could go on for hours and hours about the things we've experienced. We have a member of our group who was "pushed" down a flight of stairs. Fortunately he wasn't seriously hurt. Another member of our group during a hunt was saying that she felt like she was being choked. When we were done and getting coffee we noticed that she had bruises on her neck. Another very creepy thing was during one hunt when a wind up record player started playing on it's own.
Do you get scared during the hunts? Absolutely. It's funny but I'm very afraid of the dark, so I always make sure that I have lots and lots of batteries for my flashlight. I'm also usually holding onto my husband the whole time.
What is the scariest building you have ever done a ghost hunt in? We have done hunts in several places. The historic mansion, a closed snuff factory, several cemeteries, and a few private homes of some friends. (always with COMPLETE permission) I think the scariest place was the factory. It was so big and had such a creepy feeling about it.
What type of equipment do you use? Our group is my husband, myself and our friends. We don't have a lot of the fancier equipment that some of the larger groups have. But you honestly don't need much. We use a few digital voice recorders for EVP's, a few video camera, and several digital and film cameras. We are also trying to get our hands on an EMF reader. We set up the video cameras in a few rooms, and leave them alone to go explore other areas of the house. Throughout the night we'll move the cameras to different rooms every so often. We also take lots and lots and lots of photos. In a hunt it's not unusual for us to have taken several thousand photos between all the cameras that we use. Our group is also one that tries to disprove things. If we get an anomaly or hear or see something we try to recreate it to see what caused it. There have been a few times when a strange light ended up being a reflection from a passing car, a strange noise was some noisy neighbors. If we get something strange in a photo we try to go back another time to recreate the photo and see if we can duplicate the photo.
More creepiness... Most of our ghost hunts have taken place in the historic mansion. This has been where most of the creepy things happen. I have been standing in the middle of a room with nobody next to me and have felt my hair pulled, hard enough that it jerked my head. I've felt hands on my shoulders and thinking that it was my husband turned to find him on the other side of the room. There have been times when every member of our group are sitting in one of the downstairs rooms taking a break and we hear heavy footsteps above us, or we hear several doors above us slam shut. The house itself has some creepy things go on outside of our hunts. There is a window in one of the bedrooms that for a very long time refused to stay closed. The caretaker would close the window and latch it, and find it wide open the next morning. A large piece of furniture was put in front of the window which blocked it from opening (it swung out). The following morning the furniture was away from the wall far enough so the window could open. Finally the caretaker drove a nail into the window to keep it shut. Several days later he found the window wide open and the nail on the mantle of the fire place on the other side of the room. One day when it was raining he found the window had stayed closed, but there were leaves on the floor near the window indicating that it had been open before. We take lots of audio recording and have found some interesting EVPs, including children laughing, the murmuring of what sounded like a crowd of people and the clinking of silverware, what sounded like someone crying, a conversation between two people, dog barking, and many other things throughout our many hunts.
Thank you Sophie for giving us all some insight into the world of ghost hunting! You are very brave I must say and we appreciate you sharing your experiences.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Don't these cuties go perfect with the Joy de Vivre Halloween theme this week! The babies come in a set of three and are made of acrylic yarn. They are 3 1/4" X 4 1/2" at their widest points.
Get them now for half off during the Halloween sale!
This 8" bracelet is made from brilliant blue and red glass beads and a metal toggle closure.
Kala has a lovely story to this bracelet. She made the Duluth Bracelet from green, yellow and black glass beads that she bought in a Duluth , Minnesota shop while on her honeymoon. Perhaps you can purchase the Duluth Bracelet and create some beautiful memories as well while wearing it!
Cupcake Queen Zippered Pouch
My love for cupcakes has been documented many, many times here and I think this pouch is perfect for my fellow cupcake junkies! There is nothing more perfectly sweet than a cupcake! The pouch measures 7 1/4" X 5 1/2".
Love what you see here and want to learn more about Kala's shop Vegancraftastic? Of course you do and you can at: http://vegancraftastic.blogspot.com/
Her shop has also been featured in the online magazine Creepy Queen Magazine at
This week for our giveaway Kala wants our winner to do the shopping! Why should we have all the fun of picking out items for you all every week? This week our winner, who will be chosen Friday, will be able to pick one item to receive from Vegancraftastic.
Enter by adding a comment about one of the items in Vegancraftastic.
Second entry to anyone who is a follower of Joy de Vivre.
Good luck to everyone!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Hollywood is the land where dreams are made and stars are born. That is what they always say, right? Unfortunately, it is also the land of those who didn't reach the stars. The land of drug overdoses, murders and unsolved mysteries. Some of the people who did make it, though, seem to love it so much that they choose to stick around. Here are some of their stories.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Snack o' Lantern will make your children want to eat their daily serving of fruit. It may take a few moments to carve out the oranges, but I think the final result is worth it.
Pizza Mummies are made from English muffins, pizza sauce, olives and cheese.
Hairy Daddy Longlegs Cupcakes puts a spin on the traditional cupcakes with just a few added ingredients, licorice and sprinkles.
The Haunted Graveyard is definitely going to be on my menu for Halloween. Instead of hummus for the grass, though, I think I am going to get the hubby to make his awesome guacamole.
What will all of you be doing for Halloween? Do tell!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Did you dress up like Sleeping Beauty for Halloween when you were a child and your princess fantasies have stayed with you all these years? Perhaps you watched Cinderella constantly as a little girl and wished that you could find your own Prince Charming and have a beautiful wedding. Well, your wishes my dears have now come true, at a price of course!
The marketing geniuses that are Disney now have a line of princess rings. Clothing designer Kirstie Kelly has created a line of engagement and wedding rings inspired by the six Disney princesses. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Jasmine inspired engagement ring
Friday, October 23, 2009
Congratulations Happy Banyan! You are our weekly winner and will be receiving the Green Rhinestone Copper Cocktail Ring from My Way to Say.
Thank you to Happy Banyan and to all of the other readers who registered for the drawing.
A special thank you also goes out to My Way to Say on Etsy for allowing us to explore your wonderful shop!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Don't leave me to check out the other sites just yet! We still have a lot of ground to cover here!
This ring is actually a button, fused glass and solid copper wire that comes in a size 5 1/2.
This gorgeous Ruby color Swarovski crystal and silver earrings are 1 1/2" long.
Have I ever told you all that one of the hardest things about doing these features is that I want to rush and buy things from every shop! Well if ever I haven't told you, it is really hard to resist being a shopaholic at times! For one of you lucky readers, though, you will not have to spend a dime to get a wonderful piece of My Way to Say jewelry.
To enter to win the Green Rhinestone Copper Cocktail Ring is easy as 1, 2
1. Post a comment here about My Way to Say about an item from the shop that you love for one entry.
2. By being a follower of Joy de Vivre Design you get a second entry. So if you aren't already just click that little follow button and you are all set!
Don't forget to come back this Friday and see if your name is in the center of a confetti party!
Monday, October 19, 2009
The Flanged Decorative Pillow in Black and White Floral and Butterflies by Pillow Throw Decor brings in a lovely motif in colors that are easily worked in to any decor.
Adding any of these finds to your room decor is sure to give it a beautiful transformation, second only to that of the butterfly!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
In honor of this grand occasion I give you a feast for the eyes: