curious oddities

Lovely New Nautical Locket necklaces
July 30, 2012, 7:33 pm
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Undersea Beasties

I just wanted to share a collection of fantastic creatures of the deep- all pictures from my trip to the Natural History Museum in Washington DC. Truly amazing!

The Mechanical Ark
December 30, 2009, 8:46 pm
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I fell in love with this delightful fountain in Koblenz, Germany. I wish I knew the story behind it, as it seemed completely out of place just outside of a modernish mall exit.

Curious Oddities at the Bazaar of the Bizarre

Hello to all! It is time once again for the delightfully macabre Halloween marketplace, The Bazaar of the Bizarre.


Hope to see you there!

A good haul!
August 9, 2009, 8:30 pm
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So delighted that I braved the nasty storm to visit my local antique market for some good ole treasure hunting! A good haul, I can wait to craft some beauty!

Curious Oddities Good haul

Decorus globosa now for sale

Pluck your own Decorus globosa necklace from the collection at the Curious Oddities shoppe
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Copper Decorus globosa steampunk necklace Curious Oddities

Lueurs poĆ©tiques by ZoĆ©tises

While wandering the winding streets through Brussels I stumbled upon the most delightful of shops:

ZoƩtises: Lueurs poƩtiques located at 10 Rue de la Tulipe, Bruxelleszoetises shop2 brusselszoetises shop 3

In her small and very charming studio, ZoƩ creates magic with salvaged treasures and light. Antique glass cloche Zoetises lueures poetiques 2domes, steel boxes, baking tins, sieves, cages and industrial scrap all become components of her beautiful work. The light from the wide variety of incandescent bulbs highlights the aged, chipped paint and worn textures, casting strange shadows through the mesh, wire and holes of her lamps.zoetises lueurs poetiques

ZoƩ also shares my love of old fashioned light bulbs, with their coils, filaments and warm glow. She fears that as Belgium, like many countries, switch to compact fluorescents, the beauties at the heart of her wonderful lamps will be harder to find than the salvaged pieces that frame them. Be sure to visit the ZoƩtises website to see more of her fantastic pieces.

I can’t thank her enough for introducing me to the daily antique/flea and junk market in Marollen quarter of Brussels…it blew my mind…

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

The first photos for Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland slated for release in March 5, 2010. I am really looking forward this production, and of course it has a great cast including:

Anne Hathaway as the White Queen


Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen


Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter


Really, is there anything that Johnny can’t do?

As well as Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, Stephen Frye and the lovely Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

The landscapes look fantastic too, here are some great shots courtesy of USA Today.

Very, very excited!

Cognac & Sausages

A really fun night of performances as a fundraiser to help send the Cognac and Sausages aerial theatre production to Montreal, followed by Promise Factory, temporarily moved from Cherry Beach.

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Cognac and Sausage’s absolutely delightful, beautiful and comical aerial performance staring Rebecca and Athena (Aka Anastasia and Miranda Spitalotski.)

Femme de Feu 1Femme de Feu 2Very cool fire performance by Femme de Feu: the flames were coming from the ends of their fingers.

Lots of great performances and dancing, great night…must get some sleep…

For the feline foodie!
May 24, 2009, 2:27 pm
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Spell Well de cat pitated head toysLong gone is the synthetic green pompom, the plastic ball-and-bell, the fluorescent orange tickler. Out is the dreaded hot pink, rabbit fur mouse. Welcome the new generation of fabulous cat toys!

Gush 4  Plush fish skeletonIf your cat dreams of a life by the sea, a skeletal fish (pictured on the left) by Gush 4 Plush (visit the blog) or perhaps a tin of crocheted sardines by Handmade Cottage might feed its seafaring spirit.

For the traditionalist, Spellwell offers a de’cat’pitated mouse, pigeon and fish trio pictured at the top (she also offers a robot head option for vegans. The cat with a more adventurous palate might appreciate a felt Paramecium, a Green Egg or a stick of TNT by Caelista.

And we must not forget the overindulgent sweet tooth for whom a low fat, catnip filled, felt donut by Catzilla Crafts or yarn- iced sockcake by Gooder Goods might just hit the spot!

Catzilla Crafts donut cat toys 4kitty cat sockcake by gooder goods