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Creative Book Centerpieces

Posted in Books, craft, inspiration, nature, wedding with tags , , , , on November 18, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Technically, these were featured as wedding centerpieces…but I happen to think they’d make a great decorative item in the home.


One could even “match” the plants to the theme of the book! I love the idea of literature blooming with life. It’s going on my craft to-do list.



Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Desktop Goodies 12/13

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, comics, food, humor, inspiration, meat, medicine, oddities, photography, TV, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Soon I will post some holiday goodies, but let’s see what non-celebratory things we have lurking on the desktop today…

To whet your appetite, we’ll begin with this stunning scene (about which I will refrain from commenting):

And for dessert: VITAMIN DONUTS. I believe this was once an actual product.

You can wash those donuts down with a glass of Pilk. It’s deloinkful. (This comes from the parody program “Look Around You”…which is wonderful)

And while we’re on the topic of programs (I wonder if I’ll have to deal with this in my practice someday)…

Does anyone know where this comes from? I can’t place it.

Ooh…getting ideas for future projects from this 17th century secret poison case…

Perhaps I should procure some Pink Pills for Pale People.

Kind of wish I were made of cogs, gears and wires…

Someone’s documented my party habits (except I probably wouldn’t even be drunk):

This post brought to you by Mr. Mandrake Root (wish I could remember where I got this from):

Halloween Countdown: Desktop Treat Bag 10/25

Posted in advertising, Books, candy coated nightmares, craft, decoration, ephemera, food, halloween, humor, inspiration, kitsch, lighting, monsters, retro, sculpture, sea, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

This little baby buggy tends to circulate every year on various sites. Awww…precious.

Swoon-worthy decoration…

I’d like to see real photos of these:

These as well…

A lovely sculpture by Kate MacDowell:

Ugh…there were always the dreaded houses that dispensed awful Brach’s candy when I was a kid. No one even wanted to trade this stuff.

And arguably even worse…

(I’m not anti-raisin, but this is HALLOWEEN…who wants to gather typical lunchbox fare?)

Definitely an inspirational image for awesome kitschy decoration:

Best passive-aggressive note card ever:

Well, hello there.

One lump, or two?

This is either pretty great, or a sad sign made by a dyslexic man named Brian:

Hang on while I hyperventilate because this collection is so fantastic (wish I had the source!):

Groovy retro style pattern:

Not intended for Halloween…but amazing:

Also unrelated, but this octopus looks monstrously friendly. He’s smiling. At you.

Sleeping on the Moon

Posted in astronomy, home, inspiration, products with tags , , , on August 24, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Here is another one of those items I’d love to have if I had ANY space to put it. There’s something almost lonely, yet peaceful and beautiful about a moon body pillow.

This reminds me of a small dialog I had with a friend many years ago.

Me: Sometimes I feel like I’m on my own planet.
Friend: Yes, but you are the ruler of that planet.

I’d like to combine this with one of those celestial projectors that casts constellations on the walls (if anyone has a good suggestion for a fairly inexpensive one, please share!).

The company also makes a smaller size, which for some reason I find less appealing…though rather inspirational as an item I could make myself (I did make astronomy pillows when I was in college).



Posted in art, craft, inspiration with tags , , on August 4, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Though he sites MC Escher and Buckminster Fuller as influences, Dick Termes has developed an intriguing art form of his own: the Termesphere.

“Imagine that you are standing inside a transparent ball suspended fifty feet above the Grand Canyon floor. You are higher than some canyon walls and lower than others. You have paints and a brush, and you begin to paint what you see on the inside surface of the ball. You paint the north face, then the east, south, and west. Finally, you paint everything visible above and below you. You move your globe to safe ground and step out to observe your paintings.Walking around the sphere, you see that you have captured the entire three dimensional landscape. In fact, you’ve discovered the structure of your visual experience.”

Termes transforms architecture, landscapes and fantastical worlds in his imagination to spherical representations. They hang in space and roate on a central axis, powered by motors.

I am duly impressed with his combination of creativity, mathematics, theory and execution.

If you really want your mind blown, read his illustrated description of the 6 Point Perspective.

Apparently pop culture bloggers have invented and embraced the word “AMAZEBALLS” for use in juicy celebrity gossip. I feel that word is more fitting in reference to Termespheres.

See more here.

House of Shelves

Posted in architecture, inspiration with tags , on July 13, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Jim sent me the link to this House of Shelves, knowing that it is indeed the “perfect house for me.”

See? I don’t have too many books, collections, craft supplies, etc. I simply don’t live in a house that optimizes space properly.

My personal clutter is nothing that a few thousands shelves couldn’t cure (and my meticulous nature would ensure expert organization and presentation).


Sandrine Pelletier

Posted in craft, inspiration, sculpture with tags , , on July 5, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

These lace sculptures by Sandrine Pelletier make me want to try this technique (I believe she uses resin to solidify them).

Beautiful, delicately, dark and lovely…

These are from her five piece Lacex series.