Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Amazing World of Walter Potter

In the 1800's, an Englishman named Walter Potter used taxidermy to create his own magical world. His anthropomorphic animals set in enchanting, everyday scenes captivated visitors to his museum for over a century until, unfortunately, the museum was closed and the various displays were sold at auction in 2003. Today, all that remains of this magical world is photographs, which are featured in books and on the Internet.

In our politically correct society, many people today are not fans of taxidermy, However, it is hard not to be enchanted by the magical scenes and anthropomorphic animals created by Potter featuring kittens, bunnies, and an assortment of other animals, all acting as small humans. In "Rabbits' Village School" a multitude of young bunnies are hard at work on their lessons. "The Kitten's Tea and Croquet Party" depicts a warm, summer afternoon of tea and games for a group of kittens, while "The Kittens Wedding" features elaborately dressed kittens attending a formal wedding. "The Death & Burial of Cock Robin", considered on of the most beautiful of Potter's displays, feature nearly one hundred birds attending a funeral, some with small, glass tears in their eyes. "The Upper Ten" takes us to a group of squirrels engaged in a friendly game of cards while in "The Lower Five" the police are raiding an illegal game of cards in a rats den.

While it is no longer possible to see these amazing displays in person, it is still possible to view these beautiful creations through photographs. Every time I look at photographs of this enchanting world, I find some small detail which enchants and delights me, and I'm sure you will to.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Gnomes, Gnomes, Gnomes!!


These rather interesting images come from a book written in 1895 called "The Book of Gnomes by Fred Weatherly and illustrated by E. Stuart Hardy.  Maybe someday, I'll find a copy of this book, but in the meantime, I'll have to make due with looking at these incredible images!

I love the small details in images like these, such as the insect band and the dancing frogs.  I would love to get into the head of someone who thinks up things like this.  How interesting that would be!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Let's Rock!

Some people always are in step with the latest music.  I, on the other hand, have never seemed to be in touch with whatever music is currently popular or in fashion!

I don't know about you, but I'd love to hear this band play!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What Does Your Dream Home Look Like?

Ever since I was a little girl, I've dreamed of living in a old, slightly run-down, Victorian home.  The character and detail in these houses is so much more beautiful than anything being built today.  Now that I am an adult, these types of homes have become "trendy", so my ideal home will probably always be out of my price range.  Nevertheless, I can still dream!

I love looking at houses like this.  I can't help but think about the people who lived there in the past and what ghosts and goblins now roam the abandoned halls!  A home like this would be the perfect place to display quirky collections and provide an elegant framework to inspire ones day-to-day activities!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Insects Christmas

I love bugs.  But that's not surprising, after all, who doesn't?  They are amazing, tiny creatures who are fascinating to watch.

I also love Christmas, so it's not surprising that at Christmastime I always watch The Insects Christmas.  This early stop-motion animated film was made in 1913 in Russia.  It features a tiny Santa, multiple insects, and a frog all celebrating Christmas.

Learn more about this short film and view it here.  You won't regret it.

The Insects Christmas

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What's Your Universe Like?

In what universe is this normal?  If most people saw a random clown and skeleton, they might take a second look.  However, what if in some parallel universe, this was considered normal and we were the ones who were a little strange?  Wouldn’t you just love spending a day in a place like that?  I would!