Creepy Kid Vent Dummies!
Who knew that two Photoshopped shadows would cause my skin to crawl:
As if ventriloquist dummies weren't creepy enough as it is, these are regular children photoshopped to appear to be dolls with articulated mouths
. Sure, she looks like a nice, non-homicidal doll now, but just wait until she's been played with by an average child for a couple years:
NOW if lightning or magic gives this doll a life of its own, you better run for the freakin' hills
, because it will have no mercy on beings of flesh and bone.
Labels: art, children, creepy, dolls
Cross-Stitch Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo spent four years painting the Sistine Chapel
, but the work of art below took its creator eight:
Yes, that's the Sistine Chapel, rendered lovingly in cross-stitch
by obsessed crafter Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts (slideshow here
). It measures 40" x 80", or around three feet by seven feet and depicts pretty much every nook and cranny of the Sistine ceiling, not just the famous parts. That is an awful
lot of tiny Xes to make with needle and thread; she worked on it for about an hour a day for eight years - I'm sure if the pope told Michelangelo, "Hey, Mike, what do you think of needle and thread instead of paint?" he'd have passed on the job. Cross-stitch isn't for the faint-hearted, and anything larger than a pillow is for mad dogs and englishmen.
Labels: Craft-Scan Fridays, cross-stitch, sistine chapel
I already have a mustache (a van dyke
, to be accurate) that I've had for around 10 years now, but you never know when a mustache needs to appear completely without warning. First...Popstache
Clip it on to your soda or water bottle, and with each sip you look a little more sophisticated than before. Make sure you keep it right side up, or else you might end up looking a bit strange; nobody has a handlebar goatee.You
might not be the one in need of mustaching, the solution of which is the mustache ring
Give a mustache to anybody else, even if they already have a mustache
. It's like the Green Lantern's power ring, but designed by Apple for simplicity and interactivity.ring via, popstache via.
Labels: design, jewelry, mustache
Funerals And Dead Squirrels
Craft-Scan Friday: "It's A Thrilling Fad Of The Month Selection!"
I just love truth in advertising! Admitting "the lovely Ballerina Boudoir Doll" was a fad was one giant step forward for humanity. But we went two steps back when we learned that so many
would be seduced by the concept
Ad from the February 1952 issue of The Workbasket
; a magazine which was very fond of presenting advertorials as content
Labels: 1950s, Craft-Scan Fridays, crafting, dolls, vintage ads, vintage advertising
Make Shadow Puppets With Deaf-Mute People
The back cover of this vintage "manual" from the National Deaf-Mute Sales Co. reminds you to "Be the life of the party. Show it to your friends, etc." by learning how to make these shadow pictures.
While this may be fun, the inside section contains "facts about deaf-mutes" -- which warns you not to "let noise shorten your life." (I guess the National Deaf-Mute Sales Co. wouldn't exactly be sorry to learn of your hearing loss... but death would impact their sales.)
Here are startling new facts. The din in your life. Here is a list of the seven worst noise makers:
But if you were hoping for a list of vintage New Years noisemakers, the list is far less kitsch-nostalgic:
2. Trains, planes.
3. Radios, television sets.
(Thank heavens we can now avoid such dangerous modern entertainment and make shadow pictures!)
4. Whistles, bells.So don't let barking dogs shorten your life!
6. Loud voices.
7. Barking dogs.
Below, the front cover of this vintage booklet:
Labels: entertainment, ephemera, puppets, stunts, vintage
Oh, To Sit at Gene Rayburn's Table
Gene Rayburn, beloved host of Match Game
, at dinner with Fran Allison, Gene's wife Helen, and Burr Tillstrom. Since Fran & Burr are from Kukla, Fran & Ollie
, dare we hope for dinner and a puppet show? Photo
circa early 1950s.
Labels: 1950s, celebs, old photographs
I Want To See Evelyn Green Dolls
In that amazing
and much loved
vintage issue of Profitable Hobbies
magazine, a brief article on dolls by Evelyn Green, who, in 1951, had already made nearly 200 dolls.
Her collection, one of the most valuable in the nation, includes fur-clad cave-dwellers, Gay Nineties models, and modern bobby-sox types, depicting the fashions of mankind from 18,000 B.C. to the present. Mrs. Green requires a week or two to make a small doll and two or three months to complete a large, elaborate model. She has spent fourteen years on her hobby.
There's scant information about Evelyn Green dolls online; even though the doll maker was featured in Doll Collector Magazine in what appears to be 2005
(presumably prompted by the Evelyn Green portrait dolls which were de-accessioned, via Theriaults
, from the collections of the Strong Museum
in 2004). I found no clearly labled photos of the dolls themselves. Pooh.
Evelyn Green dolls now appaer to sell for between $200 and $400 each.
Labels: 1950s, collecting, dolls, ephemera, vintage magazines
Craft-Scan Friday: Before There Was The BeDazzler...
17 "Don'ts" For Men (1890's Style)
From Old Stuff
, May/June, 1975, a publication which proudly boasted "All paper in this copy of OLD STUFF is 100% recycled." Something which was almost equally true of the content printed on the paper, for all the stuff is indeed old articles etc. from antique publications -- save for the obligatory letters to the editor (called "Correspondence") and classified ad section (called "Collectors Market").
Today's selection from Old Stuff
was previously published in an untitled 1899 newspaper. It's advice from an unnamed male "men's fashion consultant" who was concerned with customers "preserving the finer points of sartorial elegance."
Labels: 1970s, antique, ephemera, fashion, vintage magazines