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Crafting: Mini Creative Kit – Gnome

Time Required: 30 min – 1 hour Difficulty: Medium Review of kit: 2 out of 5 stars One of my friends gave me this cute kit as a Christmas gift. The gnome on the picture looked adorable, and according to my other friend, who had already made one of these, the gnomes were quite easy to make, so I was […]

Crafting – Miniature: Sweet Lullaby

Time Required: About 5 hours Difficulty: Medium Review of kit: 4 out of 5 stars I thought this miniature in a box was just too cute when I saw it in the shop, so I couldn’t stop myself and had to purchase it. Opening the kit, there was actually quite a lot inside, including an instruction manual, the wooden pieces […]

Crafting: Miniature – Margaret’s Shop

Time Required: 10+ hours Difficulty: Hard Review of kit: 4,5 out of 5 stars I’m a huge fan of miniature dollhouses. Years ago, I already made a dollhouse. It was just the house itself, though, no furniture. Back then, they didn’t have fully furnished kits (at least not that I could find) but the last few years, I’ve seen these […]

Monday Musings #52

Monday Musings is a post in which I talk about my writing goals for the upcoming week. I was a bad student and barely made any Monday Musings posts last year, but I promise to do better this year. I hope. I also didn’t make a New Year’s Resolutions post this year, simply because well… I always fail at resolutions. […]

Real Haunted Houses: Schweppe Estate

Tucked away just outside of Chicago in Lake Forest, Illinois, is a mansion in English Tudor style of magnificent size and splendor, that harbors a haunting story of loss. The Schweppe Mansion was built in 1917 as a gift to Laura Shedd from her late father – I wish I would get wedding gifts like this one – when she […]

Urban Legends Investigated: The Dancing Mania

History is filled with strange, bizarre happenings, but perhaps none is as bizarre as the Dancing Mania. The Dancing Mania appeared at random every few centuries, only to disappear as swiftly as it had appeared, with no cause or reason and most importantly – no apparent cure. Between the 14th and 17th centuries, entire villages were swept up in the […]

Real Haunted Houses: Kenworthy Hall

Kenworthy Hall, also known as the Carlisle-Martin House, Carlisle Hall and Edward Kenworthy Carlisle House, is a plantation house built between 1858 and 1860. It has a massive four-story tower, brownstone trim, windows of varibale size and shape. It was constructed for – as the name suggests – Edward Kenworthy Carlisle, as his primary family residence. Carlisle died in 1873 […]