Holiday Desktop Goodies 12/18

Posted in absurd, advertising, candy coated nightmares, christmas, dolls, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, monsters, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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I think a series of all of the Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghosts would make an excellent ornament collection.
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This image is just perfect: happy tan lady with happy man, angry pale lady, pale lady’s partner not-so-inconspicuously eying her sunkissed rival. Don’tyou want a sun lamp now?
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Amazing relationship advice from the folks at Dormeyer: use tears to manipulate your husband into purchasing household items. Maybe if I fake a sense of victimhood I can score a toaster this Christmas.
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A man who knows what he wants (even the big Kewpie is looking at him like “Seriously, dude?”):
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Holy hell…
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How to traumatize birds:
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And by “Merry” I mean “there are bodies in the basement:”
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This drenched, freezing Yeti standing in a flood may be the most depressing card ever.
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The pudding has broken out in fluid filled pustules.
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And now for the piece de resitance (don’t gloss over this one. Take in every detail):
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BoeTech

Posted in anatomy, geek, products, wish list with tags , , , on December 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

BoeTech has a selection of dynamite anatomical (and other geektacular) cookie cutters that I would love to use for next year’s holiday cookie batches. I don’t care if they’re not gingerbread men and snowflakes! Who wouldn’t want these cookies?

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Of course, these are perfect for any time of year. Personally, I think the hearts make a great wedding cookie…if the wedding indeed has cookies (and I’m aware not all weddings do, but in my ideal world there are cookies everywhere).
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These would be my reward for a loved one who comes up with a brilliant idea.
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The 2014 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

Posted in christmas, humor, products, satire with tags , , , on December 16, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Liz shared an amazing shred of satire with me the other day; an article that highlights (with excellent commentary) some of the more useless and/or ludicrous items in the Williams Sonoma catalog this holiday season.

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Head over to The 2014 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog and take a look!

Octopus Ornament Roundup

Posted in christmas, decoration, sea with tags , , on December 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I decided to do an image odyssey to discover octopus ornaments, and quickly learned that they exist in all styles, colors and mediums! I apologize for not linking to the source on each of these (please drop the pic in a google image search if you want to trace it!). Have a look at some sweet, festive cephalopods:

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Sometimes I’m tempted to do “theme” trees for the holidays (perhaps it’s worth doing with a table top tree each year). I think a Sea Tree would be fabulous.
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Wyrdwerks Krampus Ornaments

Posted in christmas, craft, decoration with tags , , on December 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

If you’re looking to decorate your tree with Alpine beasts of folklore, Wyrdwerks has some excellent handmade Krampus ornaments.

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They come in a few different styles and a variety of colors.
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And they are crafted well enough to be genuinely creepy.
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Notes on a Case of Melancholia

Posted in Books, death, illustration, psychology, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , on December 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Nicholas Gurewich, the creator of the surreal and wonderful Perry Bible Fellowship comic has kickstarted a project I’m incredibly jazzed about: Notes on a Case of Melancholia, inspired by Edward Gorey and Jungian analysis (two of my very favorite things! *covers mouth with hand so as not to squeal with joy*).

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This a book about Death’s despair regarding his kid- an affectionate “Little Death” who simply doesn’t have what it takes to carry on the family business. Dr. Edgar O. Wye is a psychoanalyst who takes Death on as a patient. The book’s rhyming narration will be taken from his case notes.

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The book will run about 42-50 pages long, and will be completely illustrated. Graphic novel “frames” will be used on occasion, but this will really be more of a picture book – deliberately similar to the short books of Edward Gorey, but with a character-driven plot. Though it has a pretty high body count, it is in essence a family story.

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Watch the video and support the project at the Notes on a Case of Melancholia Kickstarter.

Shaq’s Favorite Easy Bake Oven Recipes

Posted in christmas, food, humor, video with tags , , , on December 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I never thought I’d hear anyone utter the phrase “when you invite your bros over for tea,” and it kind of made my day. This video shows Shaquille O’Neal being a great sport (pun intended?), for a great cause. Just wait for it, and let yourself be confused and entertained in the meantime.

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