Archive for 2008

Halloween Awakening

Posted in animation, halloween with tags , on October 29, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I definitely recommend taking the two minutes to watch this incredible stop motion animation of a pumpkin carving itself (stay for the ending, too).

I had this bookmarked from last year, so some of you may have seen it…I just couldn’t resist.

The Human Faced Pumpkin

Posted in candy coated nightmares, halloween with tags , on October 29, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Here’s another one to give you nightmares, kiddies:

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Pumpkin Megapost Part 2: Geek Pumpkins

Posted in halloween with tags on October 29, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

This is already my favorite time of year, and injecting a little geekiness just sweetens the deal.

I couldn’t find many robots, which leads me to believe I should tackle the subject matter in my pumpkin carvings next year.

I’m fascinated by the game Portal, but refuse to play because it makes me dizzy and highlights my lack of spacial thinking skills. The plot is wonderful (especially the promised prize of “cake and grief counseling”). I have a special love for the Weighted Companion Cube.

Even non-gamers must admit that this is some fine work:

Yes! The Homestar Runner cast!

Who made these…and why don’t I know them?

(I used to have a really great pumpkin picture of the MST3K bots…but I can’t find it)

I like to call this one Techno Pumpkin:

And although this is not a “geek” design, it’s just too amazing to leave out (I’m haunted by its semi-realistic eyeballs):

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Damar

Posted in creatures with tags on October 28, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Meet Damar. He’s awesome. He speaks like a record played backwards (I love the way he says his name).

I don’t think the record collection of Satan himself sounds creepier than this little feathered fellow.

Mama Tried

Posted in home with tags on October 28, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

At Mama Tried studios, renowned tattoo artist Scott Cambpell uses his talents on more than human skin.

The pieces are very well done, though I can imagine each one requires a lengthy effort.

View the collections

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Zombie Plush

Posted in candy coated nightmares, craft, plush, undead with tags , , , on October 28, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

The wide world of zombies offers so much material that I have to carefully narrow my topic or I could easily spin this into a separate blog altogether. Therefore, I bring you my personal favorite finds in the arena of zombie plush, mostly because I would be churning out zombie plushies of my own right now if I were home in NY with my craft supplies.

Penguin Zombie gets bonus points for unlikely animal choice:

Zombie Bear is very well done, particularly his removable intestines [*wink*].

Cuddly Rigor Mortis Zombie is actually available on amazon:

Life, craftiness and everything else posted this army of zombie mice last year (definitely best displayed in large numbers!):

And my all time favorite plush zombies EVER: Pinkerton FX zombie hamsters, which come in a lovely variety of colors

They are also available in a less squishy form:

Pinkerton FX will be getting a separate post soon.

(This tiny collection submitted for the approval of writer/artist/fellow zombie lover Johnny Zito)

Laura Plansker

Posted in art, candy coated nightmares, meat, photography, sculpture with tags , , , , on October 27, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Laura Plansker designs incredible dioramas; absurd, humorous, sad, subversive…interpretations of fairy tales and imaginary worlds.


The image above is also part of a small series of Feral Foes, the finely decorated, gun and poison toting harbingers of death.

Her Tiny Tenants series of photo dioramas is a children’s book concept (which I truly hope gets published). Incredibly well done little scenes are accompanied by anecdotes. For example, “The Meat Eaters”:


View in context of book

Have a look through her wonderful work.

World’s Worst Retro Costumes

Posted in absurd, halloween, vintage with tags , , on October 27, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

You have to see this collection to believe it. Really.

I actually like this one. He’s very happy, dare I say triumphant:

Go see the rest of them and be sure to read the commentary!

Aroha Silhouettes

Posted in craft, wish list with tags , on October 27, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Aroha Silhouettes created this incredible necklace. Hardcover books, crafted out of recycled vinyl records! A fusion of my very favorite things.

I can’t help but completely swoon over it. The other designs are eye catching (and sometimes tricking).

Chicken Car: Death of a Legacy

Posted in oddities with tags on October 27, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

For the past decade, it was like an old friend parked on Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica: the Chicken Car. I vowed to finally photograph it before returning home to NY so I could share its majesty (all the more charming as it tarnished with age).

Unfortunately, it seems the Chicken Car is no more. BUT…it has been photographed.

I’ll dearly miss this sight:

The Chicken Car’s purpose, as well as the details of its disappearance, remain shrouded in mystery.

Note: Matt accurately pointed out that along with the legend comes a legendary misnomer. It is indeed a ROOSTER car. Perhaps when baffled by such a sight, people refer back to their most basic classification skills