Monday, August 8, 2011

Dark & Dusty Things...

Hello Lovelies~

I hope you are all doing well! Things here are so busy and good I'm about to burst. To start, I went to my local library's annual used book sale and I scored some great books. With all the big box book stores going out of business and people either not reading anymore, or reading on a Kindle or other device, it's refreshing to go into a hushed, musty old library and dig through real books. The book I'm most excited about is the copy of This Perfect Day by Ira Levin I found. I have never seen this title by him, but I loved Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby, so I'm sure this will also be wonderful. I also found some old James Bond VHS tapes that I bought as well. (I have an old player, and I hate to see them get trashed.) Plus, You Only Live Twice was in there, one of my favorites!

And have you ever seen one of these, Lovelies? I thought it was a perfume bottle. It's much more interesting than that. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Blood Milk, and she had one too. Apparently, during the Victorian Era, people in mourning carried Lacrymatory bottles, a glass vessel that was used for collecting tears shed during the grieving period. This typically lasted one year and some bottles were fitted with a special stopper that would allow for the tears to evaporate over time. Others, preserved the tears to later be spilled over the grave of the dearly departed once the mourning period had ended. So amazing and macabre and I have one! Take a look:

And going from one interest of mine to another, I found a great photographer on Etsy who specializes in creating miniature tableaus using mixed perspective. (You know I'm a sucker for miniature people.) His shop, Un Petit Monde, is very sweet. Take a look!

I'm going to wrap up with another great shot that I thought you would appreciate as much as I did. I think from the costume, this is Batgirl? Does such a thing exist? And if so, was she part of the original TV show? Regardless, the bright colors and the campy style of the photo are right down my alley, and look very similar to my work, in fact. Who is your favorite TV superhero?

And where did she find shoes to match that ensemble???

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...


VaLon said...

Love your books, I agree there is something wonderful about old books. People just don't understand the value of a book anymore.

The Stapelia Company said...

Thank you! Yes, agreed. Nothing compares to the real thing. And in my opinion, there isn't a better way to relax than pulling out a book and reading. :)