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I do!

So here I am asking for your help to make a Kickstarter happen.

Yes, that’s how I roll; I disappear for months and months, give you a few tiny bits of fun and now I’m asking you for a favor.

Please look at this anyway:

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A Book of Monster Paper Dolls by Chris Seaman of Cameo Creeps. So much more than paper dolls. Literally; there is an illustrated novel and playing cards too.

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It has great monsters. Sidebar: all things shown in pencil are wip (works-in-progress), these lovelies will be full color in the final version.

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Those marvelous monsters have equally marvelous costumes.

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And ghoulish accessories.

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And an add-on Throne Room set.

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There is a creep-tastic novel with pen and ink illustrations.

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Finally, there is a monstrous set of playing cards.

There is a Serious amount of Creepy going on here. I’ve already pledged. Well, actually I’ve already pledged and then raised my pledge. Greedy little me, had to have more than just the paper dolls. Also doing my bit to try to get it to survival level of moneys (not just greedy).

Here are a few of the pledge levels:

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So go have a look and then pledge or don’t. Please spread the word on social media either way. This puppy only has a week to go and it is currently at 70% funded. There are those of us who need our gruesome fix, we need it bad! Please help.

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Sorry, I was gone FOREVER, wasn’t I?

I’ve been very busy with Lots of things. Which I will show you in coming posts.

But first . . . an Announcement:

The Spoonflower shop is OPEN.

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And just in time for their 50% off fat quarters sale. Which ends August 11th.

I’m concentrating on doll scale fabrics. All the designs are labeled as S (small 8″ to 10″ dolls) M (medium 12″ to 14″ dolls like Blythe) or L (large 16″ to 18″ like Sasha or American Girls). There are a very few labeled T (for tinies like RealPuki or Kiddles). So if you want some small scale fabrics and like what you see above — go shop!

I will be adding new designs and color schemes periodically. Enjoy!

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That means it’s time to start thinking about Halloween. As in candy, decorations and the biggie — what is your costume going to be??

Today is all about halloween inspiration.

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Like these totally creepy kids.

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Or this couple. I think they’re kinda sweet, creepy but sweet.

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If I thought I could pull it off I would wear this. Hey, I could be Darth Fairy! Check out the green Death Star on her wand.

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Also there is so much Halloween goodness when it comes to decorations. I made a special pinterest board just for Holiday Decor. Lots and lots of ideas, vintage and otherwise. Mostly it’s Halloween and Christmas with a few bunnies thrown in.

So get into think mode and Go Halloween!

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Having no imagination (like having no sense of humor) is a dire situation and can lead to terrible consequences. As is the case in today’s book Upright Hilda.

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Poor tightly wound Hilda just couldn’t abide any fun. Enjoying ones self was beneath her dignity.

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No playing, no singing, no silliness. “Only fools stand on their head. Only fools enjoy such a tumble.”

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That attitude persisted in Hilda as she grew. No birds, no swings, no dogs near Hilda’s tree. Look at those poor Hilda-afficted children across the street.

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Even her wedding was a no nonsense affair.

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Of course her own children led very stiff upright fun-free lives.

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Then Hilda became ill and, well . . . she died. No one was very sad “for if in life one cannot gladden. Then in death one cannot sadden.” The book also tells us: “Her husband thinking of the fee, bought a plot just three-by-three.”

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Not shown is a picture showing that the casket is partly built from the signs from “Hilda’s tree”; No Dogs, No Birds, No Swings.

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With Hilda gone, the family learns to enjoy life, playing in the sunshine. Love the Dad with his yo-yo.

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The final irony; Hilda will spend eternity on her head. How mortifying. giggle

So mind this lesson well: A life without imagination is nearly as bad as no life at all.

I picked this up at a library sale (what a shock) while on vacation a few years ago. Yes, even on vacation I will hit library sales. Oh yeah, we really looooove books. Picked this one up because I really liked both the story and the illustration style. Especially the small symbolic splashes of hot pink. These drawings remind me of Edward Gorey, whose work I am extremely fond of (I hit my love limit for this post).

So remember to practice your imagination, you don’t want it to get all rusty or undeveloped. Go enjoy something!

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Yes, I am going to go on as if this fun little imagination series of posts was not Rudely Interrupted by reality. So I’m sorry I’ve been gone but really; in the words of Han Solo “It’s not my fault.”

Imagination is a very powerful tool. So very powerful that it is important to remember to use it mindfully. Not carefully, imagination should be allowed to soar and swoop and go to places never before visited . . . but mindfully.

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine is the story of a fisherman’s daughter Sam (Samantha) who has a expansive imagination. She tells people her mother is a mermaid, that she owns a kangaroo and she talks to her cat (Bangs) who understands and talks back.

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Sam spends her days riding in her dragon-drawn chariot and telling her friend Thomas to go to different places to search for the kangaroo (who’s always just stepped out).

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Her father tells Sam all the time to “talk real” and “stop all the moonshine”. Sam doesn’t listen much, she’s too busy playing imagining games.

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One day without thinking about it, she tells Thomas that the kangaroo went out to Blue Rock, which is far out in the harbor. A bad storm blows in and puts Thomas in terrible danger.

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Sam feels terrible and scared and tells her Father who rushes out into the storm and saves Thomas. Sam has learned a Valuable lesson about real and not-real. From now on she knows to use imagination in a mindful manner.

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The next day Sam’s father brings her a little animal he found on a banana boat while it was unloading. She says it’s a kangaroo, he says “No, it’s a gerbil.” She takes it over to Thomas who is very sick in bed and gives it to him.

This wonderful book shows us how vital it is to not lose sight of what’s around us while we are indulging in imaginative play. Don’t put yourself or others in danger, don’t forget that something is cooking on the stove, don’t forget to cage up the baby in the playpen so it can’t hurt itself, don’t ignore the baby if it needs a change or snack, and don’t sit on the dog/cat. But also do not forget to play around in your imagination, no matter how busy your everyday life gets. Make some time to play.

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I really like the illustrations in this book. The choice of doing them in pen and ink with ink washes and having only one other color (an olive green) really emphasizes that it’s the mind of the reader/imaginer that is populating this world.

Gosh, this has been a really herky-jerky post. I hope you have enjoyed Sam, Bangs & Moonshine any way. If you liked it enough to want a copy you can find a copy pretty easily on ebay or the net. I got mine years ago at a library sale — don’t you just love the library sales? So many books, so little space to put them in my little house.

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Imagination is so very powerful and it is a skill that requires practice and should be encouraged. Playing imagination games with simple things that would ordinarily be thrown away is one of the greatest pleasures of childhood. That is what today’s story is all about.

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Christina Katerina & the Box is all about the fact that little children just love cardboard boxes. It begins with a new refrigerator being delivered down the street from Christina’s house. Her mother is all in awe of the new appliance but all Christina can see is the box, which she promptly gloms onto.

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First (with some help from her Dad) she turns it into a castle . . .

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Where she plays happily until her friend in the neighborhood comes home from vacation. Then the box becomes a clubhouse.

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That lasts for while, then in a disagreement over club procedures her friend sits on the roof and squashes the box.

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So she makes it into a race car. That lasts until the box finally collapses; but Christina still won’t let her Mother throw away the box.

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She colors it to make a mansion floor.

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Where everybody has a grand party. After the party her friend cleans up and the mansion floor gets wet and disintegrates. Raking up the box remains Christina’s Mother is glad that the box adventures are over.

But wait, Christina’s friends Mother just got a new washer and dryer . . .

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So off they go on an ocean voyage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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is a cute book in the vein of the Brambley Hedge books. The main difference between the two series is that the Foxwood books include different types of animals living in the community instead of the all mice residents of Brambley Hedge.

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The Foxwood titles were released as small individual titles and then later as two big collections of stories. This is one of the smaller books. I picked it up because I love little anthromorphic animals, what a shocker. The illustrations are really cute and I love the style. Also all the different little animals.

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Like these hedgehogs at the beginning of Treasure. That stone stove is incredible. Take a look at momma hedgehogs prickles sticking through her hat — how precious is that?

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This series definitely came after the Brambley books; proof of that is clearly shown in the jars of jam that are so ubiquitous in the “mouse books”. That aside, the Foxwood books have their own charm and the stories are fun and interesting. The settings are adorable.

Foxwood Treasure starts with Willy the hedgehog being bored and going to visit his grandpa. He and his friends Rue Rabbit and Harvey Mouse are with Grandpa when they find out that the villagers are trying to raise funds to build a village hall. They decide they should do something to help raise money.

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So they go to the library to learn how villagers have made money in the past. I love this library picture! Look at all those little drawers at the base of the shelves. Look at that post and beam construction. A big table to read books at; Wow! If I had a space like this to keep my books in I’d be in heaven.

Anyway back to our story. The kids learn that one of the most successful villagers of the past had an inn where he sold a special lemonade made from his secret recipe.

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So off they go to find and search the (now defunct) old inn. After some adventures, they discover the location of Fox Hall (it was hidden and secret), find the recipe and give it to the village as a whole.

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So they have a party at the newly re-opened Old Fox Inn.

So if you like little animals wearing clothes who live in their own village and are all friends and love to eat, drink and be merry; you should check out this lovely little series of stories/books about the denizens of Foxwood.

 

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