Vintage: Strange-Legged Elephant.

This is a drawing I did in high school, probably on my own at home. My parents couldn’t keep me supplied with enough paper and I tended to spill over into pieces of posterboard that were supposed to be for our science projects.
I have no idea what inspired me to create elephants with strange little spindly legs and cloven hooves, but I drew them a lot. This one I just happened to take a lot of care with, trying to get the anatomy right and struggling with shading.

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Friends, this is also testimony to creating art on supplies that are acid free. This board used to be white, and over the years it has become a dull beige.

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More Kooky Valentines!

I found most of these at Target. These are brilliant beyond my wildest dreams of things to look for after the end-of-the-year holiday season is nevermore.

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These are shark-themed. Although I wish they had real photos of sharks, they still don’t disappoint: each card presents you with a teeny gel cling shark that is one of four different designs. Half of them have sharky puns.

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Funny Valentines: Slime Yours!

Once Halloween and Christmas is over, I’ve often gone into a slump because my collecting bug gets zapped. Valentine’s Day, even having a wonderful husband, has always been a little nauseating with all the very saccharine sentiments in the store displays and everything hosed down with Pepto Bismol Pink. I love vintage Valentines, as many of them were downright weird and I simply loved the old artwork so much more. Few of today’s Valentine designs could beat them, in my book.

Until Now.

Possibly, some of the companies that produce the classroom Valentine Packs receivedĀ complaints about not having products that boys could have fun giving without seeming “girly”, which is of course the kiss of death in some kid circles. Or perhaps boys and girls wanted something a bit less run-of-the-mill, with options that didn’t have the latest cartoon character screaming at themĀ from the front of the card. Maybe they just wanted something a little different.
If that’s what happened, the designers responded.

The first of the many screwy new Valentines I have uncovered this year comes from, of all places, Target’s dollar section. They are amazing, adorable, and just a little…odd. Which of course made me squeal with delight over them. WIthout further delay, I now present: SLIME VALENTINES. šŸ˜€

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Each Valentine comes on a card of four that you separate with scissors(they aren’t perforated). They all read “Slime Yours,Ā Valentine”, and each comes with a mini tub of slime “putty”.

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