How could I not be a fan of John Clowder’s collage work? From the artist statement:
Our resource constituency comprises obsolete adverts, morbid medical texts, bone atlases, and zoographic curios.
See more here.
Let’s start with a series of (miniaturized) Universal Monster Valentines:
And assorted other goodies…
Don’t miss: MASOCHISTIC, MURDEROUS AND MEATY Valentines.
Unfortunately, I don’t have my whole collection of these with me at the moment. I’m *always* on a quest for more of them though. If you come across any vintage spooky Valentines, let’s share/trade!
Nowadays, zombies and whatever sparkly things pass for vampires are all the rage. But in the mid 20th century, some GENIUS decided to mix Valentine’s Day with the best of all holidays…Halloween.
Personally, I like spooky elements in ALL of my special occasions. I put bats on my Christmas tree and skeletons on birthday greetings (you get the idea).
I wish there were more like these.
Sweet little specters…
Every holiday is better with bats, Valentine’s Day included. Here’s a little roundup of some bat-related Valentine finds.
I found this little lady here:
There are customizable bat pendants available on Zazzle:
Anyone have others to share?
How about a few vintage treats to start?
How about a little “art?”
King Henry Groundhog (hm?):
How about a painted groundhog tart pan? My goodness, this is depressing.
At least this soap is a bit more cheerful.
This poor guy looks like he’s undergoing an uncomfortable medical procedure.
And now for your daily dose of euphemism: the Jolly Groundhog:
Innnnnnnteresting…(I love how this next one is available on “Fine Art America”).
Now this, I really like:
And a little taxidermy…
GAH! (The store this comes from is actually pretty great)
Don’t miss the absurd finds on last year’s Groundhog Day post!
Happy 2012, folks!
I enjoyed this vintage glimpse of New Years past as the clock wound down last night.
Followed by the smooooooth sounds of Trololo:
Here’s a nice little 2012 collage by Marko Purac:
Here’s another that’s been circulating, by Trevor Brown:
WordPress sent me a note chronicling my top 5 most popular posts of 2011. I was kind of hoping I could find my top 5 LEAST popular ones and list them here for the fun of it…but there’s no easy way to access that. So, in case you missed them, the “top 5″ (not necessarily written in the past year) are:
Hope everyone has a lovely day today…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Behold, the Castle Grayskull igloo!
Aww…look at this little gentleman from Handmade Stuffs:
Now for some beautiful sweets, a gingerbread typewriter:
On the other hand, please do NOT send me this album. Oh Scott Weiland…why? I gave STP quite a few spins in my adolescence, but Weiland’s crooning on this album makes me sad, uncomfortable, and a bit embarrassed for him. Go ahead and listen to some samples if you want to see why this is what the bad children should get for Christmas.
This X-ray tree by Nick Veasey (whom I could have sworn I posted about before, but is not turning up in my searches) would make a wonderful holiday card.
We’ll finish with this amazing Harold Lloyd Christmas tree, recently posted by my friends at Unusual Life.
My desktop is especially cluttered with treats right now, but I’ll choose a few to share…
“Have a Living Christmas Tree Ornament in the House.” Yes folks, remember that pets are nothing more than objects to adorn for your own amusement (I’ve had a few retrospectively comedic instances of people not picking up on my sarcasm, but anyone who has followed this blog knows I adore and respect pets more than most humans).
A lovely sculpture by Kate MacDowell: