Archive for the kitsch Category

The WitchDoctor

Posted in animation, film, kitsch, puppets, stop motion, tiki with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you Shivers of Delight for pointing me to this stop motion animation Kickstarter by Screen Novelties.


I love the concept:
Welcome to a magical realm of dense jungles, fiery volcanoes, and iridescent lagoons. Meet the WITCHDOCTOR, the overzealous protector of this mysterious archipelago. He’s ready for action with his shiny cauldron, potent elixirs, and shrunken heads. There’s only one problem… The Witchdoctor STINKS at magic. When he mixes a potion or casts a spell, watch out!


The film will use hand built props, sets, puppets, special effects and black-light to bring their classic Tiki influences (they also site George Pal, Karel Zeman, Rankin/Bass, Jim Henson, Lotte Reiniger, and Ray Harryhausen as influences…YES PLEASE!) to life in a creative, modern fashion. I can’t wait to see this!

The WitchDoctor

Vintage Caterpillar Thimble Holder

Posted in craft, kitsch, vintage with tags , , on August 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I just transformed a room in my house into a craft studio, but it’s conspicuously missing a 1940’s Celluloid Caterpillar Thimble Holder.


This specimen was actually won on Ebay by an avid self proclaimed Thimble Psycho in 2007. I love that his/her whole blog is dedicated to thimbles. Ah, the tiny treasures one can collect.

Desktop Goodies 7/10

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, Books, cats, horror, humor, japan, kitsch, monsters, oddities, photography, satire, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Apologies for skipping a couple days this week, but between huge health setbacks and mold remediation in the SWS house, things are a bit hectic.


What happened on this beach to necessitate a sign like this (well, I guess that’s self-explanatory).


What question did someone ask him to warrant this answer? Ideas?

I’m assuming this is a gag product (the source where I found it said it’s unironic, which was perhaps more entertaining than the ad itself).

Facing the shadow…

I had to look up where this fellow came from. Now I must see Ultraman Tarou. Has anyone seen it?

Well, that’s supportive.

Careful, parents, it could happen to you.

Answer: don’t.

Now THIS cat is a work of art.

“Hey, you’ll never believe where I’m calling from.”

Lisa Zador

Posted in art, kitsch with tags , on April 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Lisa Zador describes her work as “Unusual Artwork for the Discerning Eccentric. Anthropomorphic animals, vintage collectibles, custom dog portraits, childhood toys; portraits of unusual things!”


They will remind you of nursery rhymes and childhood treats…slightly askew.


Some pieces are available as jewelry (Moon Man brooch is my favorite).

And all of her dapper skeletons seem to be smiling.

Lisa Zador

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


I think a series of all of the Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghosts would make an excellent ornament collection.

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?

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.

A man who knows what he wants (even the big Kewpie is looking at him like “Seriously, dude?”):

Holy hell…

How to traumatize birds:

And by “Merry” I mean “there are bodies in the basement:”

This drenched, freezing Yeti standing in a flood may be the most depressing card ever.

The pudding has broken out in fluid filled pustules.

And now for the piece de resitance (don’t gloss over this one. Take in every detail):

Desktop Goodies 4/17

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, food, humor, kitsch, oddities, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to this edition of desktop goodies!

Would you buy Kellog’s corn flakes after seeing a child in the ad who looks like he’s be propped and posed postmortem?

Antique “eye massager,” for when your eyes need a little therapeutic squishin’!
Eye Massager.

AXOLOTL in a portrait! (See some axolotl info here, and an artistic interpretation here)

Don’t mind him…he’s really into that “sitting in a wall” thing.

The most complete system ever? Really?

I’m going to give you a great life tip here, folks. So listen up: be sure to set the iron to medium heat so as not to burn your crocodile.

The world’s most wistful butter substitute:

You can conveniently sell your sister by placing a check mark in the appropriate box.

Don’t say it, Dana…don’t say this piece of kitsch is…”corny.” D’OH!

Bayer Aspirin Prayer Card

Posted in ephemera, kitsch, oddities with tags , , on March 31, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The recent guest post over at Morbid Anatomy showcases a truly amazing item: The Bayer Aspirin Prayer Card.


Made in the style of traditional holy cards in the 1940’s, this glow in the dark mass produced devotional object implies that faith is awesome…but for bodily ailments there’s aspirin (Jesus can’t fix it? Take a pill!). If you look at the image for thirty seconds, then view a white surface, it shows “God.”

I’ve actually never seen a black holy card, only the kitschy technicolor variety. What a great collector’s item. Can’t beat an endorsement from The Lord, now can we?


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