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Desktop Goodies 4/23

Posted in art, fashion, food, humor, japan, monsters, photography, potions, street art, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I was taken aback upon looking at this because it feels like someone did a high-contrast caricature of me without my knowledge (if you doubt it, see photo on upper right). Got the hair and my spindly little limbs down…

Hanging: you’re doing it wrong.

Files, not piles.

Has anyone been to the Heinz Haunted House? If so, I want to hear everything about it. Ketchup blood everywhere?

Chocolate Covered Strychnine! I wonder if fierce convulsions and eventual asphyxiation due to paralysis of neural pathways would be enough to deter me from something covered in chocolate.

Ten Realms Within the Body (1885). So THIS is what goes on in there. I knew it.

Ma’am, you have a…oh…nevermind.

If he were mine, I’d name him “Fluffy.”

Ah, this piece of street art reminds me of my many evenings spent in the subversive act of reading…my Wild(e) Nights.


How rare to see a cute piece of street art (this one is by MORA):

A monster I’d like to meet…providing it agrees to stand still long enough for me to read its heads.

You too, sir? What a coincidence.

Yikes. It’s about to get violent.

I seriously hope this is a “brain fog” typo.

“Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you’re afraid.”

Some pretty sweet skills (no artist credited):


I believe this actually comes from a company that makes theatrical hats. Brilliant.

Now, I don’t mean to undermine someone’s “art,” but if this scrap of paper sold for $500, I picked the wrong field when I decided to study medicine.

Antique Medicine Chests

Posted in antiques, medicine, potions with tags , , on October 18, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Take a look at this giant post for a whole host of medical themed oil paintings and antique medicine chests (ranging from the 15th-20th century).

Some of these still contain the original specimens and potions.

See more here.

Potion Week: War Water

Posted in oddities, potions with tags , on October 5, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Ooh…some bad karmic possibilities with War Water.

To gain protection or to launch magickal attacks/psychic warfare. Rub some on your body to overcome the bad wishes of others & to defeat any adversary. Place some in the front of the house where an enemy lives so that it must be walked over when leaving or entering the property.

Imagine the concentrated hatred of launching psychic warfare! That can’t be healthy. The protection aspect would be nice though.

Potion Week: Lucky Hand Root

Posted in oddities, potions with tags , on October 4, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you, Lucky Hand Root.

This legendary root is truly a remarkable botanical curiosity. It is now very scarce & hard-to-get. It has a reputation for bringing good luck & protecting its owner from all harm.

There wasn’t much about this plant online, but I did find this old ad:

Potion Week: Goofer’s Dust

Posted in oddities, potions with tags , on October 3, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I love the name of this product: Goofer’s Dust. The dust appears to be a lovely shade of blue, too.

Use this uncommon dust to defeat your enemies. Simply throw some on their yard or property to send them into a whirl of confusion and bad luck.

Potion Week: Vintage Poison

Posted in potions, vintage with tags , on October 2, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I already did a post on antique poison bottles, and I figured a poison label post would be a nice addition to Potion Week.

There’s a nice little gallery here. These are going to be great in art/collage projects!

Potion Week: Garrapata Extracto

Posted in oddities, potions with tags , on October 1, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I was going to save this for a special love potion Valentine’s Day post, but I decided to go ahead and put it up.

Garrapata Extract is, as far as I can tell, “tick juice.”

According to the source: This powerful extract attracts your love and makes them cling to you as a tick does.

One must wonder if that effect is actually desirable. Tempting, perhaps, but we’ve all seen those “be careful what you wish for” Twilight Zone episodes about wishes and potions.

Tick juice: $5.95. Tick Juice Antidote: $1,000,000.

Potion Week: Blood Inks

Posted in oddities, potions with tags , on September 30, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Various blood inks are used in spell writing and for inscriptions on talismans.

Bat’s Blood: For spellwork directed toward discord, tension & havoc.

Dove’s Blood: Used in love spells.

Dragon’s Blood: Used for power and spell strength.

Hm…and I thought my Pilot Retractable Gel Ink Rolling Ball pen was fancy.

Potion Week: Swallow’s Heart

Posted in oddities, potions with tags , on September 30, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

The Swallow’s Heart:

Used as a powerful love attractor when carried in a purse, your pocket, or red flannel bag. Also makes others desire you.

I’m slightly comforted by the inconspicuous “alleged” on the top of the package. I hate to think these innocent creatures had their hearts ripped out just because a human being felt like attracting a little love. A Swallow’s heart probably has more important functions in the actual bird.

Potion Week: Cobra Black Snake Pellets

Posted in oddities, potions with tags , on September 29, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

As promised, it’s *POTION WEEK* here on SheWalksSoftly and I’m featuring a different bizarre concoction each day. By the end of the week you’ll be able to impress your friends with all of your useless (yet fascinating) potion knowledge.

We’ll start with Cobra Black Snake Pellets

These are used in Voodoo and Santeria ritual practices to cleanse, heal, protect and remove jinxes. One end of the pellet is lit to activate it.

I’m not sure exactly what’s involved in the “pelletization” process of a Black Cobra.