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Desktop Goodies 9/17

Posted in 80's, absurd, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, comics, creatures, death, ephemera, food, humor, illustration, macabre, meat, postcards, religion, retro, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Be warned:

Sometimes I write fictional surrealist resumes in my head just for fun. I’m definitely adding “Can appear as a disembodied head and hypnotize crocodiles” to my skill set.

The daintiest amphibious juggler.

There is something very wrong with this cat’s hind quarters (or maybe very right as far as he’s concerned).

An unlikely friendship, indeed.

There are not nearly enough meat puns in the sentimental postcard industry.

So delightfully subtle…until you step in the wrong spot, that is.

Thank you, Rachel, for these next two. I’ll quote her here: “No means NO, Jesus!”

…but this is a sweater that many can afford. (I’m sure this man’s parrot has become clinically depressed from living with him).

Genuinely creepy. Not sure where this comes from. Hell, presumably.

I was going to write an individual comment for each of these, but they kind of work as a dyad.


I spent a while trying to figure out this “twelfth finger” thing. Does anyone get it?

Now, a giant chicken absconding with a child, anyone can understand.


Happy New Year!

Posted in art, ephemera, monsters, TV, vintage with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly







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.

Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies Treat Bag #3

Posted in absurd, art, craft, ephemera, film, food, halloween, horror, humor, illustration, kitsch, macabre, monsters, music, oddities, postcards, retro, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Damn, right in the eye…


Sarcastic ghost is like “Boo…or whatever.”


Watched Poltergeist II the other day (great movie, but the first was awesome), and happened to pause for a break on this comical frame:


Oh, hell yes, haunted kitsch sweater!



Amazing pancakes (check out the one on the lower left…wow!):
pumpkin pancakes[5]


The inclusion of something that has eyes does NOT an eyeball make:

Oh, you think your pumpkin is scary? THIS is how they did it in early 20th Century Ireland.
raditional (and utterly terrifying) Halloween turnip jack-o-lantern carved in Ireland in the early 20th century. Note the horrifying teeth.


Ah, the 80’s…when movies had their own cheese-tastic rap theme songs. Take Monster Squad for example. What’s your favorite 80’s horror movie?



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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.

Start ’em young.

Gorgeous vintage Vogue cover by Salvador Dali.

THINK your way to visible virility!

Very little info on this, but wow…

What puffer cake has seen cannot be unseen.

I love this because the skeleton can either be reaching for OR releasing the heart, depending on the eye of the beholder.

The Barbie Dream Snake:

If a higher power exists, I’m sure it speaks through cats exclusively, actually.

“Who you callin’ chicken?”

I wish this were an actual vintage piece.

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.

Now, let’s everybody hope that the doctors have an ALL CHOCOLATE treatment planned for me next week.

Bizarre and Creepy Vintage Christmas Cards

Posted in absurd, candy coated nightmares, christmas, macabre, postcards, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Medical hiatus no-typing mix…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond at the moment.



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creepy ass santa




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Desktop Goodies 7/28

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, art, Books, comics, film, food, humor, japan, kitsch, medicine, oddities, postcards, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

It looks like I was featured on Freshly Pressed, which has brought some new readers to this blog. If you’re new here…welcome! Please relax and stay a while…like this guy (by Michael Pratt):

Let me entertain you…

The cat does not appear to find this hairstyle flattering.

If swimsuits covered 99% of the body with the finest layered long sleeves and trousers…I’d be more like to wear one in public.

By comparison, this classic striped number looks positively scandalous.

Sea Lions…with human brains.

Violent beatings are always a great way to sell a product.

Few things go together like guns and Christianity…

…or kids and cigarettes.

…or booze and mornings.

Head of marketing campaign: “Don’t you see? We’re not selling a product, we’re selling a lifestyle!

Let’s look at happy things now, shall we? Like this laxative-dosed child.

I SAID…be happy!

Something tells me the gelatinous fish pie is not going to be the kiddie crowd pleaser this ad implies.

Yes. This is exactly what they do. This…and drool on things.

It’s what all the hipsters are using:

The “Health Belt” does absolute wonders…if you’re a man who happens to be sketched on paper.

What happens when there’s a fight on family portrait day in 1858.

Crazy Cat Lady dreams…

My thoughts originate from a 2″ X 2″ square of brain perpendicular to my eyeballs, in the very center of my forehead.

And if you want to know the depths of a woman’s thoughts, look no further than this handy diagram.

…Well then the whole trip is ruined:

This is a deeply profound message. See it. Feel it. Know it.


Double amazing.

May you all have a knockout day.

Desktop Goodies 3/4

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, candy coated nightmares, craft, destinations, fashion, jewelry, lighting, monsters, postcards, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Alnwick Garden is now on my destination list.

The one kind of “medicine” I’d really like to overdose on:

Amazing outfits ahead! This was taken in 1915 (probably what I would have worn if I were around in that time period):

And now an incredible “sport dress” from 1885:

So, is this pretty much the greatest sweater of all time…or THE greatest sweater of all time?

And now for the requisite skeletons that somehow make it into all of these posts. I may have actually featured this before, but I just love it so much.

Be careful when someone asks to “pick your brain.” It may be literal.

With tooth-care proofs of purchase, one could acquire this fabulous dental clock from Zonweiss (well, a rather long time ago anyway):

Mmm…I love the hazy glow of this photo…

When writing a letter to me, please address it as such:

This is how I lift my elephants, too.

I do enjoy de-contextualized slices of vintage printed work…

Absolutely a cause for celebration!

Bats: is there anything they CAN’T do?

Oddly, a few images of bats dealing with headless things grace my desktop at the moment.

This one puts me in a good mood, instantly.

I confess to a bit of library corner lust for this globe lamp:

And these rings are wonderful (yet another example, like most of these images, of lack of sourcing in micro-blogs…does anyone know who makes these?):

I’ll close this post with a monstrously sweet image by McLean Kendree.

Vintage Coney Island

Posted in art, photography, postcards, vintage with tags , , , on September 19, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Unfortunately I’m still time-restricted and unable to write the long descriptions I’d like to on here. So I want to direct you to an awesome post about Phantasmagorical Coney Island.

Coney Islands is such an enchanted place, with a rich, interesting history…

See more pictures and descriptions here.

Mainzer Cats

Posted in anthropomorphic, art, kitsch, postcards, vintage with tags , , , , on August 6, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I think many of us have at some point seen an image sampled from a vintage Alfred Mainzer Cat postcard (Mainzer was the publisher; the images were painted by Swiss artist Eugen Hurtung).

Recognize the style? Oddly anthropomorphic felines placed in distinctly human situations…

Often, chaos arises.

Ah…they’re incorrigible (I am currently watching a cat in her sixth consecutive hour of napping and increasingly doubting feline willingness to pick up a drill and engage in construction work).

I may send this as my next “get well” greeting:

Some are appropriate for party invitations:

Just wanted to pay tribute to this seminal slice of kitsch history. I captured my images from Card Cow but there is a more official collector site here. Does anyone have originals?

Easter Roundup

Posted in art, candy coated nightmares, comics, easter, ephemera, food, humor, photography, plush, postcards, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Easter is high atop the list of holidays I don’t celebrate, but I do love the yearly reemergence of Cadbury Creme Eggs. This image comes from an online game Cadbury launched this season (it needs to me aimed at my mouth).


From Bob Doucette:

Lovely little bunnies from Ron English:

I spotted this rabbit on speed in a grocery store (note the oddly placed block of cheese next to him. Did he steal it in an amphetamine rampage?):

A bunch of bunnies by Frijol Boy:

This one’s a meat eater:

And this one is…like me:

Two by Nicoletta Ceccoli:

Double sweetness:

This is what you will dream after too much Easter candy:

No comments necessary.

Just a happy day in the garden…

Not sure I understand what they were going for with this military theme.

Love the Easter Witch!

And here’s a bit of nostalgia…

I feel awkward looking at this:

HAREdo! Get it? Get it?

Happy Easter…we’re halfway to Halloween!