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Desktop Goodies 11/27

Posted in absurd, art, clothing, comics, craft, humor, retro, sci-fi, sea, toys, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Did anyone have these toys?

Inbread people…

This is an excellent shop concept because it enables you to shoot the people who disturb your reading without making extra store stops.

“BURST WITH THE TERROR OF A BREAKUP!” You better believe I’ll be turning this into a sympathy greeting card if my friends ever need it…but I hope they don’t.

Ah, I knew it. See you in hell.

This makes me cry like the ASPCA commercials. I want to rescue every one.

Pretty much the greatest photo of all time:

Love this rare art nouveau piece, complete with giant fish.

A bookstore sign in the Netherlands. Amazing…

Time to bundle up for winter! I’m always freezing. I don’t know how I’ve lived without a knit Facehugger in the winter.

I’m never going to be part of Tinder culture…but this would be useful in real life if it were possible.

Gorgeous painting by Megan Buccere.

Great advice!

The Odd Portrait

Posted in alchemy, craft, fashion, jewelry with tags , , , on November 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I just received a very special custom piece from The Odd Portrait: a wrist cuff engraved with a phrase that holds deep meaning for me.


Solve et Coagula is Latin for “dissolve and rebuild.” It is an ancient term that represents complete alchemical transformation, mind body and spirit. After spending 20 years increasingly occupying beds and hospitals with misdiagnosed health issues, a couple of months ago I was finally diagnosed with a genetic immune disorder for which the treatment involves injecting a substance to break down my own tissue and following it with a substance to rebuild my immune system. It is literally a process of Solve et Coagula! But the emotional, mental and spiritual alchemy of this illness has been far more striking. I now have a beautiful reminder (which I’ll wear to treatment!) when I have trouble motivating myself to keep shooting for recovery.


As for the other designs you’ll find on the site, influences include “80’s punk and glam to 90’s grunge and rock n roll. Outdoor music festivals, urban graffiti art, and post apocalyptic dystopian movies.” I love the spirit and independence of this shop!

rock n roll spiked leather fashion

rock n roll spiked leather fashion

The Odd Portrait was founded when the creators got tired of selling factory made jewelry with huge seller fees and limited creativity. They went their own way, and now every piece is handmade and unique! No two are ever exactly the same. My kind of rebels.


Check out The Odd Portrait!

Courtney Brown: Tentacle Typewriter

Posted in craft, sculpture, sea, steampunk with tags , , , on November 15, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

This sculpture has been showing up everywhere (in my circle of sources, anyway)…for good reason. Who wouldn’t love a 1938 Underwood typewriter bursting with sculpted bronze tentacles?



She does a beautiful job of matching the suckers on the tentacles to the typewriter keys. It’s a very cohesive creature.


Courtney Brown

Museum Oddities

Posted in sculpture, antiques, oddities, craft, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I first posted about “exploded” articulated human skulls years ago during Ryan Matthew theme week, but here is another fine example from Brian Kubasco (aka Museum Oddities).



Kubasco is a sculptor specializing in masks, props, reproductions, prosthetics, character design, creatures, monsters and figurines. His website is a combination of personal creations and intriguing artifacts.

For example, here is a 1930’s dental phantom with five gold fillings and removable teeth.


And here is a creative variation inspired by these models:

There is some really great stuff on the site. Have a look at Museum Oddities.

Atelier Iwakiri: Creature Bags

Posted in accessories, craft, creatures, fashion, sea with tags , , , , on November 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I don’t understand a word of the text, but I just browsed the entire collection of handmade creature bags by Atelier Iwakiri.

Such excellent attention to detail on scales, shells and skins!


These could be wonderful conversation pieces for the shy and/or introverted to carry around (yes, my mind went there because I am terrible at initiating conversation with strangers. But once I begin talking, I’m fine).

Atelier Iwakiri

Hallowvember: Haunted Swamp Designs

Posted in craft, halloween with tags , on November 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ll try to cool it on the extended Halloween posts and get back to standard SWS spooky material, but first…check out Haunted Swamp Designs’ painted gourds.


This shop carries Holiday folk art, with a twist; characters with rather intense expressions.




Haunted Swamp Designs’

Hallowvember: How Pumpkins Feel About Being Carved

Posted in craft, halloween, humor with tags , , on November 7, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

As a child with, for better or worse, an exaggerated sense of empathy, I remember asking my mother if pumpkins felt pain when we carved them. She reassured me they did not (though fascinating plant studies have emerged to indicate otherwise, at least with plants still growing in soil).

Here we have 3 whimsical jack o’lanterns that are appropriately irked by having their insides scooped out.






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