Archive for ‘Whimsy on the Web’

May 10, 2011

Remembering a Master of Whimsy


September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999

The book Where the Sidewalk Ends delighted me to no end.  It was, in fact, the first time  I understood the power and joy of words and illustration.  My favorite…

Sick
Sick
by Shel Silverstein

"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
From Shel Silverstein: Poems and Drawings; originally appeared in Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Copyright © 2003 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.


Shell Silverstein had a varied and illustrious career. From poet, to play-write (worked with Mamet , not too shabby.) and songwriter ; who can forget A Boy Named Sue?   But for me, it was Where the Sidewalk Ends that will always be in my heart.  The beginning of my love affairs with words and whimsy.  Thank you Shel, you are missed.

p.s. a little piece of Shel Silverstein goes on … www.shelsilverstein.com


June 23, 2010

Guh!

Any one who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for sheep (and pink flamingos – but that is a different post.). So when I saw these I just had to post about their super-duper adorableness (I say this is a word and I’m stickin’ to it!).

Baa baa - too cute


I came to the site Jo so and sew from Whip-up, [always a fun romp through crafty land]. I think I might need to make one of these. I mean seriously could they be cuter?

Speaking of cute… Jo so and sew, is a super cute blog but it is not surprising that I like it… she is also participating in Pip’s envelope project, which I just learned reading her blog AND she also loves flamingos. [Jo, I love these birds, but I think they may be swans not flamingos. – no worries though they are so fun it doesn’t really matter!] So that’s sheep, flamingos (or swans either are lovely!) and the envelope project. Any wonder I like this blog?

June 22, 2010

What could be more whimsical than Fairies?

Ever wonder what your name would be if you were to suddenly find yourself transformed into a fairy by an evil troll who wanted to eat you for lunch?  No, well me neither actually but just in case that ever does happen to you, you can get your very own fairy name here.

What’s my name… well its, umm, well its

Your fairy is called Hex Goblinweb
She is a bringer of riches and wealth.
She lives in places hexed and tainted by black magic.
She is only seen in the mist of an early morning.
She wears black feathers and rose petals. She has gentle green wings like a butterfly.

Oh and if I did suddenly become a fairy and needed a place to live – it would most certainly be here…

June 19, 2010

Out, on a whim…

One of the great things about the internet is taking a little unmapped meander through bloggy-land.   Following one link after the other,  you simply never know what treasure you might happen upon.  Today I started out at ::Meet me at Mikes,

Meet me at Mike's

one of my regular haunts where I read about this fabulous Dutch illustrator, Noelle Smit.

Noelle Smit

Noelle Smit Illustration

Pip had heard about her through this amazing little patch of bloggy-land, Zeza&Flor,

which of course meant that I had to go there as well. This is a companion blog for Zeza & Flor shop in Belgium, but it is really much more of a personal blog. Let me just say that this lady understands whimsy! After spending a little time resting on this site, I followed her link to this absolutely glorious illustrator Cristian Turdera. His work is simply to die for. It is sheer joy and jubilation.
I am in love.

June 10, 2010

The Envelope Project

Pip at Meet me at Mike’s has started this great whimsical project. I already sent off an envelope with some goodies and of course, being me, forgot to take a picture of it to post. So I am going to say that I did it on purpose so that my envelope would be a surprise. That is my story and I am sticking with it!

The project ends in six weeks, and Pip is in Australia so if you are in the States don’t dawdle for too long. As much as I love both the Royal Postal Service and the United States Postal Service, we all know things happen with International mail. Anyway if you want to join in the fun follow this link. I’m thinking I might send another one, just for the heck of it.

the envelope project