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Donning the Obnoxiously Pink

I can't help wanting an enormous pink dress. If I could scan the pic of the one I wore to death in my smaller ears, I'd show you it.




A nice cover for a volume by the illustrious Barroness D'Aulnoy <3 (I love her)




I love Fragonard, Rapunzel, and all things ridiculous

http://fc09.deviantart.com/fs32/i/2008/222/c/6/The_Swing_Rapunzel_by_sofish.jpg




"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a really fun story. I've always had a soft spot for Disney's buxom, carefree version of Kat Van Tassel. Good old fan art :)

http://gerre.deviantart.com/art/katrina-113562974




The standby that is the flower fairy =]

http://angelajordan.deviantart.com/art/Flower-Fairy-3-7159403





This is positively ridiculous and I love it. http://lillyxandra.deviantart.com/art/Pink-Princess-104711597


I have a color fixation. Would anyone care to get me a dress in every color imaginable?

Hallowed Dwelling-Place

Why isn't my graham cracker box apartment an interesting place to live? Couldn't it become a different kind of dwelling place?




Little cottage from fairywoodland.com




The inside of your house should be equally nice. Unicorns, dragons and gargoyles live inside this cathedral in Spain. I took the photo.




wouldn't mind having Sr. Gaudi create my house, either.

Barbie Love

I don't have a firm stance on Barbie. She's just a fucking toy. I think there are much prettier dolls out there to buy, but she's not that bad all the time.



Here's the original Barbie commercial, circa 1959


...and here's some solid proof that all the Maude I've been watching is turning me into a hxe feminist-- "Barbie" by Cosy Sheridan:





I LOVE Cosy Sheridan. She's really hilarious, a fun singer and she makes multiple references to Greek mythology, like in this performance of "Anthym." (Is that punctuation wrong? It's absolutely killing me!) Her storytelling is the best part.


Demons

I've never understood why people fear demons so much. My religion tells me that, if they exist at all, they're doing G-d's work. More than that, however, I grew up with friendly demons. I remember only one book in particular.





It's about some foolish Polish demons who, after hearing how awesome America is, decide to come here. They get locked up in storage for a couple decades and are completely freaked when they come out. Nobody cares about their mischief =[. They decide to go out and scare people...on Halloween night. They end up being scared themselves. Eventually, they figure they can just fuck with computers to annoy people =]]

There's a running joke/collection of folktales among me Jewfolk that are about Chelm, a Polish town in which everybody is a complete moron. Like, literally drowning fish moronic. I don't know what people thought about the real Chelm, but stories are sure fun :) It was wiped clean of Jews by the Holocaust, of course. That's m'people's history.

And now for some demons and demonesques :D




Fungus the Bogeyman by Vinilla Burnham at http://www.vin-burnham.com





Also Vinilla's




Grim Grinning Ghosts from Disney's Haunted Mansion, one of my favorite places. At the end of the ride you go past a big mirror and you see yourself next to a ghost that comes home with you =D

A Midsummer's Thanksgiving <3



Way to make me cry

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A sweet card by one of my old favorites, Tiffany LaGrange


http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=132579

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Transformations

The vintage chic clothing site modcloth.com is having a contest for bloggers. The task is simple--write about your greatest transformation. Here's a link to the contest: http://blog.modcloth.com/2009-07-09-announcing-the-terrific-transformations-contest?=6_9_transformations


Here's my entry:





Solemnly, Andrew picked up his sword, lifting it high over his head. He lunged at the invisible dragon before him. “This is for the warriors!” he cried.
“No screaming!” our grandmother shuffled in. “The neighbors will come and what will I do?” Andrew took out his frustration with the lost momentum on the dragon, which soon lay in invisible, meaty slivers on the floor. “We saved it,” he said, jaw set. “We saved this galaxy.” Andrew was never content with just a planet. We saved universes together—all before my aunt came to pick him up at seven.
I don’t know how a family can be harder to save than the universe.

It was all Dad’s fault our family was imploding, anyway. I didn’t know what was wrong with him. Grandma kept the house running and fed us chocolate milk and soup with noodles but somehow Dad didn’t like her. He hated her, actually. You could tell by his screams.
I don’t know when his screams started, either. Grandma and Grandpa had lived with us quietly since I was four years old—before Andrew was even born. Now, Andrew was big enough to play with me—any adventure we could think up, and Grandma and Grandpa were there to feed us and build us little ships out of wood. Chaos and screams and little kids running around everywhere—that was perfection. I couldn’t ask for more.
“If it weren’t for me,” Dad screamed at Mom, “they’d be living on the street!” I put the flesh of my palms over my ears, heart trembling. My grandparents stood in the hallway. Grandma wracked her brain for a cloak for her fear. She looked down at her arms.
“Look,” she cried. “look at these marks from carrying your shopping bags!” He slapped her. Grandma took solace in my room while Dad went out to his car to cool off. She called the police.
“It happens,” the officer said when he arrived, “with families like this. Too many people in a small space.” I guess everybody decided they agreed. My grandparents moved out soon afterward, and my cousin Andrew stopped coming after school.
We settled into our new, quiet life. I don’t know why Dad never asked if something was wrong. I didn’t know how to deal with the anger he’d given me. There wasn’t even an invisible dragon to slay.
Dad was a monster, I soon decided. The only thing worse than living with somebody I hated was hating myself for being a part of him. I had a name for myself—the Devil’s Daughter. Nobody loved me. I was sure of that much.
School wasn’t much better. The kids were spoiled and my teacher was a strict, old bat who screamed too often and gave too much work. There wasn’t much hope for somebody who didn’t like her; you were stuck with her for all of four years.
“We’re going to be doing the Thanksgiving play,” she announced one day, annoyed. Plays meant a break from learning, meant practicing lines with a bunch of lazy kids for at least a month. She waddled out of her chair and handed out the script..
I immediately knew what part I wanted. It wasn’t the lead—I never thought I could do the lead, but it had a lot of lines, anyway. I’d always been too shy for more than a line. Somehow, though, I thought I could do it. I raised my hand and read the part.
“Carol,” she said, looking at another girl. “You read it now.”
That’s it, I thought, glum. Forget me. She’s cast it in her head.
“You’ve got the part,” she told Carol. I burst into tears. She didn’t treat me with her usual mixture of exasperation and anger. Come here, she said with her finger.
She led me into the lunchroom adjacent to our class while a science teacher watched the other kids.
She looked at me with concerned eyes, letting me cry. She handed me a tissue, then thought for a moment.
“You’ll understudy the whole play,” she said, like it was something important. “if anybody’s absent, you’ll have to know his part.” I stopped sniffling in time for her to put her fleshy, grandmotherly arms around me.
She hugged me! I thought, confused. The day continued, ordinary as it had begun.

Faithfully, I learned the script, reciting the lines at my reflection in the window. I was even the lead one rehearsal—a live Statue of Liberty, which, you must understand, is the most serious part an actress can play.
I had accumulated all of four lines by the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. One of those was mine; two came from parts we didn’t have enough kids to fill, and the last was hastily given to me by a girl who spent that Thanksgiving in Disney world. There was never a prouder “Girls 1-4.”
I guess my teacher saw that—saw how carefully I decorated a notebook to go along with my costume and how hard I tried to say my lines loud enough for somebody to hear me. I dragged my mother by the arm to go meet her while the other kids were stuffing their mouths with chocolate.
“She’s my doll,” she told my mother, kissing my forehead.
She loves me, I thought, nestling into her. I’d found my newest piece of family in a crabby, uptight old grandma.

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Readin's

Aladdin, or "Allah ad Din," was simply horrible. I prefer shorter tales in The Arabian Nights by fa-ahr.



image from mimifroufrou.com

I LOVE Scottish folk tales, especially short, magical ones like this one:

http://www.online-literature.com/anonymous/scottish-folk-lore-legends/20/


Superb.




advocacy.britannica.org


Zola was far better than Garcia-Marquez led me to believe. I like him, though he isn't deep or sweeping or magical. He can craft a good story.

Right now I'm trotting through The Prince and the Pauper, enjoying myself immensely. Twain's so funny and lighthearted. I love reading like a little boy ^^

Lemme go shove my nose back in my book
Who is your favorite lady detective from movies, books, or TV?




Thanks, google images!

Caramelos



I thought this was sweet. Says something about our true nature as humans, don't it? I think it says a nice thing.

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"Caramel" covered by Tianna




Key lime chocolates from Godiva's summer collection

http://www.godiva.com/catalog/product.aspx?id=2142&SE_Section=Shop&SE_Category=24