Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The residents of Sleepy Hollow grow bigger with each doll...but I must say, it does the Horseman some good to finally have a ride.
Here's the Headless Horseman...
...and meet Hobble D. Hoy (the fastest thing on no legs, I promise).
Scary, what's riding out of the woods these days, no?
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Flea markets, antique stores, estate sales, and forgotten drawers in old writing desks are full of these miniature letters accompanied with colored pictures. My first postcard was wooden, from a primitive arts and crafts center. Hummingbirds were delicately cut and blackened in the wood grain, along with curving trumpet flowers.
Included above, Stork Island and the Shores of Galveston
Several of those we feature on the blog are from a vintage lot purchased at a flea market. The lot dates from the '40's and '50's era, with technicolor-ish scenes of U.S. landmarks (like "oranges and snow in the California mountains"). Three seperate stories unfold on the back of these vintage cards, with notes scribbled on the back and old-fashioned pink and green stamps (and equally old-fashioned postmarks across them).
(Above, Penguins and the Manhattan Skyline, circa 1987)
Whether kept in boxes or tucked in books as markers, a good postcard is always worth keeping ...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Three heads with mouths stitched shut...two worn skeleton keys...and a few rusty wire spiders dangling from each end....
Nothing says Home, sweet home, like shrunken heads strung across the mantle...
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Hester may have earned her "A" (hand-stitched to the front of her somber Puritanical garb), but it's serious little Pearl's pale figure that I find creepy...more like a ghost than a child.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The unfinished manuscript has been "completed" by several authors, both great and clever, but the speculation regarding Dickens' real ending continues on. Was Edwin Drood murdered? If so, who killed him? And where did they conceal his body?
By far, the concept of the gloomy church crypts overseen by grim Durdles, the masoleums locked away with their mouldering bodies and carved inscriptions, remains the most popular place of concealment for Drood's body.
Poor Edwin Drood
Buried in the grave.
Look upon the stone
But none can find his name
Sunday, September 7, 2008
It's time for Old Farmhouse Gathering to shine! Their latest celebration is Halloween -- Spooks, that is. The talented prim and folk artists of Etsy and Ebay have assembled the best of their All Hallows' Eve artwork for the OFG Spookfest on Etsy.
Dolls, paintings, tinware, ornies, home decor, and much more, ranging from the spooky and scary to the whimsical, including our own Trick or Treat Twosome below.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
...and the model evolved into the little guys you see below (on auction this week, actually). Seed bead eyes, raggedy muslin bandages, more cuteness that chillingly fearful.
Last, but not least, is the stage of "Mummy Dearest", like the one below (the one on Ebay right now is the new "mother-son" design). The mother and child dolls may be a pun, and one of the oldest corny jokes in history, but the design was an official departure from "Pocket Prim" mummies for ornie trees.
There's more evolution to come with future designs ... maybe mummies will emerge from the animal kingdom next....