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Much Loved

Posted in Books, photography, toys with tags , , on November 12, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Much Loved is a book containing portraits of stuffed animals; beloved pets of children who adored them into gorgeous ruin.

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This series serves as a great reminder of meaning and symbolism. The objects I’ve imbued with most significance in my life were never the ones that cost a lot…they were simple treasures. In a culture so drenched in materialism, adults tend to lose sight of the magnificent magic of loving something with no value, save for where it comes from or how it makes us feel.

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These remind me of a passage from The Velveteen Rabbit:

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
― Margery Williams

(Jim, that one’s for you, your lovely wife and baby girl!)

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Much Loved

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Halloween Countdown: Tales From the Crypt Pinball Machine

Posted in halloween, retro, toys, undead with tags , , , on October 21, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I watched (and read) Tales from the Crypt all the time as a kid. But I never saw the pinball machine.

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How cool is this?

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More pictures and details here.

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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies Treat Bag #1

Posted in art, halloween, humor, monsters, toys, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

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When I’m hungry…
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Genius.
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These costumes aren’t scary…
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Old and Batty Board Games

Posted in toys, vintage with tags , on September 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I came across a fabulous collection on Pinterest that introduced me to tons of bizarre goodies from our game board past: Old and/or Batty Board Games.

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Old and/or Batty Board Games

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Pre-Treatment Desktop Goodies!

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, Books, creatures, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, photography, postcards, sea, surreal, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

And now a little installment of DG before I go down the medical rabbit hole for an indeterminate period of time.

Man, Edmund’s been talking for a LONG time.
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Start ‘em young.
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Gorgeous vintage Vogue cover by Salvador Dali.
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THINK your way to visible virility!
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Very little info on this, but wow…
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What puffer cake has seen cannot be unseen.
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I love this because the skeleton can either be reaching for OR releasing the heart, depending on the eye of the beholder.
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The Barbie Dream Snake:
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If a higher power exists, I’m sure it speaks through cats exclusively, actually.
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“Who you callin’ chicken?”
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I wish this were an actual vintage piece.
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Tip from the SheWalksSoftly school of psychology: If someone hurts your feelings, sending a greeting card with one of the worst puns on earth is not likely to remedy the relationship.
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Now, let’s everybody hope that the doctors have an ALL CHOCOLATE treatment planned for me next week.
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The Invisible Man 1/8 Moebius Models

Posted in craft, monsters, toys with tags , , on August 6, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

This Moebius Invisible Man Model Kit is completely awesome.

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Unpainted, ready to be customized:

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Just look a this lab. Fantastic.

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You can get it on Amazon.

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Bandoleras of the Seven Seas

Posted in toys with tags on July 28, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Oh, now these are just adorable. This custom toy set by Beast Brothers was made for the Tapei Toy Festival.

The characters are supposed to be Amanda Visell, Michelle Valigura and Nichole East. They are a group of Bandidas that ride their sugar skull sea horses across the 7 seas in search of hidden treasures and the magic red pearl which some folks say came from Zeus crown when he battled against a creature that came from the place we all know as the Bermuda triangle…

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Desktop Goodies 7/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, Books, kitsch, quotes, sea, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Alpha, much? (Reminds me of Max Power: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w3zdkmw2E4)
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This book is just a blank page with a single word: DON’T.
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Love this little man’s style…
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Child “guidance,” toward the ever important world of trans fats.
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Holy exploding cloaca! Who would brand their product this way?
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“With victim.”
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Yes, yes and yes.
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Totally agreed.
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Is it me, or do you feel a draft?
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This story has all of my favorite things!
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Answer to the age-old problem.
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Put a bird in it.
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Excellent grammar lesson.
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Hope you are all feeling beautiful today.
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Seance: The Board Game

Posted in retro, toys, undead, vintage with tags , , , on July 1, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Today I give you a rare Milton Bradley treat, manufactured in 1972:
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Players bid on dead Uncle Everett’s possessions and the high bidder listens to instructions from their dead Uncle via a record (played on the record player hidden in the deck.) When all the items have been bid on and acquired, the record in the desk in turned over and Uncle Everett tells the players what each of the items is worth or how is due in taxes for the item. The player with the most cash at the end of the game is the winner.

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While this game is undeniably awesome, I have trouble conceiving a way for the same person or group of people to play it more than once. After finding out what the items are worth…well…it becomes a dead giveaway (pun intended). Perhaps there is some chance to how the items are acquired or how one gets to bid?

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More images here.

Halfway to Halloween Countdown: Oriental Trading Co. Random Roundup

Posted in anatomy, craft, halloween, jewelry, plush, products, undead with tags , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Oriental Trading Co. has thousands of Halloween items. Here’s a goody bag of random treats I happen to like that I haven’t posted in previous roundups here or here (wow, there was some cool stuff in those old posts now that I look back!).

For the jewelry makers…
Hanging Bat Charms

Body Part Charms

Bat and Mummy Lampwork Beads

Latex Skull Balloons

Stripes!

Stickers (childhood, I miss you!)

Plus Bean Bag Bats (I have NO practical use for these…but they are just so darn cute).

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