October 30, 2015

Friday Favorites Halloween edition

Spiderweb necklace by LucieTales  

 A cool carved pumpkin ring by AnnTitovaDesign

A fantastic Catzilla print by ChetArt

A cool time lapse bat drawig by Eva from The Blue Rabit House

And how to sculpt a mini pumpkin out of polymer clay by Stéphanie from PetitPlat

October 29, 2015

Alice in Wonderland - Halloween

Surprisingly, for anyone who has read the book or seen any film/series version of the story, there is very little Halloween merchandise. Even more odd, Alice seems to be an endless source of inspiration for Easter merchandise...which makes me think, the people in charge of creating new items at Disney have never actually seen the film. OK, there's a bunny and flowers...
So here's my tiny collection
Halloween Cheshire Cat lamp from Japan

Cover of a US magazine from 1950

Not really made for Halloween, but creepy enough, Alice and the Cheshire Cat figurines  from the American McGee video game

Not really an Halloween item either, but close enough, a double face Cheshire Cat keyring from Disneyland Paris
There are some Halloween themed pins from Disney but I am only showing you pieces I actually own.

October 26, 2015

The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies, miniature book by LDelaney, Etsy
 During this Halloween week, I thought it’d be fitting to introduce you to my favorite creepy/scary book: the Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel. 

Mothman patch by MaidenVoyageClothin
 John Keel was an American author and journalist who investigated strange events around the world. He was a real mix of Tintin and Indiana Jones, going as far at Tibet to look for the Abominable Snowman, India and Egypt where he almost died at the hands of fake mummy makers.
In November 1966, when he heard of the strange sightings occurring in a small town in West Virginia, he couldn’t not go. 
 Point Pleasant is located on the River Ohio and on the border of the state by the same name. There were nothing special in that place, other than a huge bridge crossing the river and a deserted zone called the “TNT area” where explosives were stored in dome shaped bunkers during WWII. The place had become popular with teenagers.
Mid November, strange reports started pouring in from that small quiet place. People had strange frightening encounters with a dark tall creature that had huge moth like wings and glowing red eyes. Encounters that usually left the witnesses scared out of their wits and with strange sunburn marks.
During the course of the following months other strange occurrences were reported, lights in the sky, poltergeists, pet disappearances, mysterious phone calls and numerous visits by the Men in Black.
Now Men in Black are part of our folklore, thanks to Will Smith, but back in the 50’s and 60’s, Men in Black were strange beings , often showing  non-human characteristics, who enjoyed harassing UFO (and other supernatural phenomena ) witnesses.  It is little known that John Keel was almost single handedly at the origin of all that MIB folklore, being the only journalist willing to investigate.

 The whole situation climaxed on December 15th of the following year, when the huge bridge collapsed into the Ohio River leaving 46 people dead. 2 bodies were never found.

 No explanation was ever found either. So was it a case of mass paranoia or was the Mothman an omen of things to come?  In any case the legend lives on…and makes a quite entertaining read if you enjoy staying awake at night ;)

T-shirt, MaidenVoyageClothing

Patch MaidenVoyageClothing
The book: The Mothman Prophecies by John A.Keel. A French translation is now available under the title: La Prophétie des Ombres. I mention it as the translation is quite good and the edition has a bibliography which is usually missing from the English versions.

The film starring Richard Gere (not exactly a masterpiece, loosely based on the book)
The museum.
Point Pleasant now has an annual festival celebrating the Mothman.
There’s no shortage of videos on the topic on Youtube. I recommend this one.

October 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

 Huh, yes, another pair of Crocs...I love this galactic  print! Crocband II.5 Galactic

 I have discovered this really cute jewelry shop on Etsy. Manolojewellery  is based in Spain and has the prettiest wooden items.

 How cool is this coat? I 'd usually go for more colorful items but I really love this one, simple and yet original. Checked coat with wool by Marks and Spencer.

 I am into tassels and big earrings these days, so this is a perfect combo for me. Boho tassel earrings by MotorandTea on Etsy.
 A frilly unicorn umbrella *_* . Available at Newlook.

And cute stickers that look like embroidery! Esthersandler on Etsy.

October 22, 2015

My Alice in Wonderland collection

Alice, Hagen-Renaker
 This is probably the cutest and oldest piece in my collection. It was sold at Disneyland during the 60's.

Alice, mini bust, Disney Classics Expression

 A much more recent piece.

Mini Alice figurine

 I find this one irresistible. It is a tiny build-it-yourself Gashapon figurine from Japan. It is designed after the art from the Little Golden Book book.

Miniature diorama in a matchbox

 Another Gashapon from Japan.

Alice and Mad Hatten thimble Christmas ornaments

 Christmas ornaments by Hallmark. Alice is from 1995, the Mad Hatter from 1996.

Disneykins Alice

 Another older collectible figurine. Disneykins were sold  in the 60's and 70's. I call it the grumpy Alice.

Mad Hatter and Alice on a saucer with half teacup keyring

 Another Gashapon from Japan.

Alice reading

 And another gashapon figurine ...

 And another one.
Alice with sweets in a bottle

And another one (from the same series as the half teacup above).

Gashapons are vending machines and also refer to the toys you get from them ...in case you don't know ;)
I have so many Alice things...I don't really know how to organize them...so I apologize if this looks random...but it completely is.

October 19, 2015

Christmas is here! Well, almost

 As an online shop owner, Christmas season starts early. Shipping during the Holidays can be a bit slow, so it's best shop early to insure you get what you want in time!

SHOP EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS!!!! Don't wait till the last moment!

Please order BEFORE the following dates to avoid disappointment
Belgium: Dec 20th
Europe: Dec 11th
USA and rest of the world: Dec 1st

These dates are RECOMMENDATIONS only based on our experience with shipping during the Christmas period. Packages sent to countries outside Europe are occasionally delayed by customs, this is out of our control and we request that you factor this eventuality into the delivery time. It does not happen often, but it can happen.

All my items come in giftbox!