The Football Dance (I Love Melvin, 1953)

Posted in film, humor, music video, vintage with tags , , , on February 7, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Many thanks to the lovely Rachel for the perfect Superbowl Sunday link (not for actual football fans, of course).

This incredible clip of prancing footballers and a leotard-clad Debbie Reynolds playing a football is from the 1953 musical I Love Melvin. The New York Times claimed this “musical comedy contrivance is almost too liberal for words.” You be the judge.

Tracy Lewis

Posted in art with tags on February 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Tracy Lewis uses layered watercolor paint to give her gentle subjects a luminous quality. Each painting contains life (in the form of plants, flowers and roots) springing forth in a harmonious, fruitful fashion.

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From her artist statement:
For almost twenty years I’ve lived in the Sierra Foothills. My home has a tree house view of the world that has made nature an integral part of my life and my art. The metamorphosis of seasons and the cycles of life and death are reoccurring elements.

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A collection of curiosities, along with my love of fairy tales, Art Nouveau and Old Hollywood Glamour have also found their way into my art.

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Joyous Creations

Posted in craft with tags on February 5, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

In my last Desktop Goodies post, I featured this mind-blowing piece of bead work, but had no idea who the artist was.

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I could stare at that thing all day, as if it would actually come to life before my eyes.

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A kind reader informed me that these are Joyous Creations, the work of Joyce Horn.

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She fits so much ENERGY into these beads. They look like the primordial soup of alien worlds.
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Incredible, no?
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Joyous Creations

Karl Mountford

Posted in art, illustration with tags , on February 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

The following skeleton serenade was my introduction to Karl Mountford.
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His style reminds me of the vibrant retro illustrations I used to love as a kid (eg. Mary Blair, but Mountford really brings his own energy to his work).
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Planetary Glass Set

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I really love this gorgeous Planetary Glass Set. My only reservation is that most of them only hold 8 oz. of liquid (I never noticed how small one cup actually is until I realized that a serving of ice cream is listed as half a cup, and curiously measured it out one day. They think I’m going to eat that little? Hilarious.).

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The planets are (kinda, sorta, a-little-bit-but-not-really) in proportion. However it’s a very nice looking set for the astronomy enthusiast who is not preoccupied with scale model inaccuracy, isn’t it?
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Planetary Glass Set

Desktop Goodies 2/2

Posted in absurd, advertising, Books, comics, craft, food, humor, music, photography, sci-fi, thrift horror, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

You realize what happened here: this bird was killed, only to be zoomorphized into a bastardized version of itself in a stupid hat. Talk about adding insult to injury.
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Debatable:
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Terrifying:
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I’m completely entranced by this piece, yet can’t find an artist credit anywhere. Ideas? If no one knows…it’s obviously an alien cell phone.
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Parenthetical note:
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Excellent…I like strong coffee; strong enough to make my head blast clear off my body.
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I almost cropped out the caption because it’s so clear that this thing originated from a very unholy place that it just seems redundant.
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Isn’t this all our monsters ever really want? (No really, think about it.)
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I searched, in gleeful hope, for a vintage TV commercial featuring Drippy the Runny Nose Kid. But alas, no record of one exists. Sorry I couldn’t deliver this thing in action (or maybe I should be saying “you’re welcome”).
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1) Reading books about death becomes considerably more difficult.
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I find this photo incredibly haunting. It actually stirs up a visceral unease.
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Yes, some might consider the following a deal breaker. She seems open minded. The horse (or…man-horse?), not so much.
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Your fist becomes a real face.
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The truth of how brains really work, unveiled. SCIENCE!
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Image Odyssey: Bat Embryos

Posted in creatures, nature, science with tags , , on February 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Yesterday I received an email bursting with bat embryos (which sounds like cyberbullying, but is actually what people do when they love me). The message prompted me to seek out some of the most beautiful specimens on the Web.

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While ostensibly a rather morbid search entry, these images (particularly the diaphonized variety) allow us to see the awe inspiring artistry of nature. Even the tiny creatures so often reviled by humans are majestic in their own way.
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And adorable. They’re also adorable.
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See no evil…hear no evil…
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Thanks for the inspiration, CP!

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