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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, krampus 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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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.

Blown Glass Solar System Ornaments

Posted in christmas, craft, decoration, space with tags , , , on December 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My favorite decoration I’ve come across this year is this series of Solar System Ornaments.

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From the product description:
Blown glass Christmas ornaments. A Saturn that actually LOOKS like Saturn, with Cassini data used to etch the rings! A Sun with sunspots! Earth and Mars with clouds and polar caps, Jupiter with a red spot, and I include Pluto, just because! Very cool!! And with a loop on the top to hang on your tree. I like to hang these in the window during non-Christmas months. The sunlight coming through them is amazing! I hand blow these ornaments myself. Ornament size is about 2″ for the small ones, up to 4 inches, and Saturn has the rings about 4.5″. With the rings, the ornament is heavier than my others and may be too heavy for little trees. All of the ornaments are thicker than cheap breakable ones, and have been crash tested by my cats to be able to withstand normal handling and last a lifetime as heirloom pieces.

I’d like to try my hand at making a series like this via painting (or even plush). In fact, I’d like to do a whole space themed tree. Unfortunately, the price of these ornaments is too steep for me, but they are awesome pieces.

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Cuddly Rigor Mortis: A Christmas Story

Posted in art, christmas, film with tags , , on December 26, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted about Cuddly Rigor Mortis before…and she’s back with an interpretation of my favorite holiday movie ever.

The bunny…the shot out eye…the official Red Ryder BB Gun…awesome.

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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

The Mini Tree of Horrors

Posted in christmas, Dana projects, decoration, monsters, tribute with tags , , , , on December 25, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Last Christmas I was home alone in a neck brace with a bizarre 6 month case of severe laryngitis so I couldn’t speak. But I ate a whole box of my favorite cookies ever (see below) and a LOT of bacon…so that was a nice little party for one!

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At the start of the year I went to LA to stay with my father, presumably for a couple of weeks to get my seriously deteriorating health in order. As the universe would have it, I was slated for unimaginable medical horrors in 2013 (many of which I’ve referred to in this blog)…and I’m still here in LA, very slowly but surely rebounding from what the doctors deemed “incurable.”

While my heart aches for the bygone days of constant holiday crafting, baking, decorating and spoiling the hell out of my love ones (and I will do all of the above again one day)… I can find immense joy and hope in the fact that I am still alive with a wonderful little family and group of supportive friends. I’ve had a few tiny miracles, indeed.

We always spend Christmas in New York, so we have no decorations in this apartment. I’m not quite recovered enough to get out or have visitors yet, so it will just be my father and me this Christmas. But I was determined to do something special, so we got a cozy little table top tree. The mad influx of medical bills inspired me to decorate it for under $5.

I chose to make a tribute to the countless days my dad and I spent watching old sci-fi and horror together throughout my life. We still do it, and it is something I treasure immeasurably.

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How many familiar faces can you spot?

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Thank you all for reading this blog, and for your support this year. I miss my family and friends terribly. Although I can’t participate in festivities yet, it is a special year because I still…exist (how MAGICAL!)! I wish you all an amazing holiday season.

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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

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