Archive for September, 2008

Potion Week Preview

Posted in ephemera, oddities, potions, vintage with tags , , , on September 24, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

The arrival of my Azure Green catalog inspired me to do a *POTION WEEK* here at SheWalksSoftly. Each day next week I’ll feature bizarre and curious formulations with a note on their origins and use.

We’ll start with these:

Use in rituals to destroy curses, hatred, resentments, envy & any evil intention towards you or your home.

My favorite thing about Black Destroyer is the description on the bottle: “Alleged Powerful Oil.” Never underestimate the energy we bring to the products we use.

A formula developed during the time of the Black Plague, Four Thieves Vinegar is used to make your enemies go away (or any other person you wish out of your life).

It can also be used as a body wash…which is most likely responsible for its repellent effects. Tempting for those anti-social moods.


Typolade: Chocolate Text

Posted in food, products with tags , on September 24, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Forget beer and automotive technology, Germany needs to start exporting massive amounts of TYPOLADE, the chocolate text.

Some wonderful inventor decided to combine two of my favorite things: words and chocolate. I can only sit back, awestruck and salivating.

There’s a little gallery of various TYPOLADE uses on the main page.

Etched Bottles Left by “Mystery Artist”

Posted in art, craft, glass with tags , , on September 24, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Reading the news is never a pleasant experience these days, and I tend to dislike the “human interest” stories designed to be uplifting. But this story made my day.

A mystery artist has been taking empty milk bottles from the doorsteps of suburbia and returning them with elaborate glass etchings. The bottles clearly take time and effort, and idea that someone is willing to leave them anonymously gives me some hope for the beautiful gestures of which mankind is capable.

Of course, the response of one recipient shot that hope down instantly:

“Who knows, it might be worth something one day.”


Still, I’ve left anonymous little gifts for people to find, Amelie style, and I just may do it again.


Falstaff the Robot

Posted in craft, robots with tags , on September 23, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Roman Sock just posted quite an accomplishment: Falstaff the robot.

This tiny crocheted creature has the most impressive range of emotion I’ve ever seen in a robot creation. Look!

Falstaff is joyful…all is right with the world.

But a simple turn of the head makes him pensive, perhaps nostalgic.

Turn him a little more and he’s positively dejected.

I just want to take him home and make sure he’s never sad again.

I definitely need to keep up with Roman Sock’s posts.

Barry X Ball

Posted in sculpture with tags on September 23, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Barry X Ball has a way with melting and menacing faces.

I could comment further, but instead I direct you to the Salon 94 site. It’s rare that I insult anyone’s writing, but these descriptions have a severe verbosity problem. It’s like a thesaurus exploded all over the page. Seriously, see for yourself. For a moment I thought the commentary was a satirical part of the exhibit.

When the words get tiring (almost instantaneously), I do recommend clicking through the pictures.


Posted in art, sculpture with tags , on September 23, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

What a great project concept. Invent a creature, give it a name, gather a group of talented folks to bring it to life.

“The International Fauna Dossier describes a schaffas (Marcum-Schaffidius) as a gentle and un-aspiring creature of great mystery…SCREAMDANCE have hand-picked art-friends from all over the world to customize their own breed of schaffas. They were each sent a similar blank shape and given free reign to add, subtract, paint or destroy these objects.”

Here is the template:

And a couple of examples of what people have done with it:

You can see the whole collection here, and it’s quite entertaining.

I love the emerging trend of DIY toys. Mildly anthropomorphic shapes have become a new canvas, and it’s lovely to see the variety of what people project upon them.

Igor Siwanowicz

Posted in creatures, photography with tags , on September 22, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Igor Siwanowicz has a collection of beautiful wild life photographs. Some of his subjects take on an almost human expression, like this sly fellow:

I particularly like “Mantis .v. Mealworm,” which begs the question “Is ignorance really bliss?”