The Secret World of Dragonflies

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Calvin Nicholls

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Magia Mexica

Magia Mexica trades Mexican handcrafts, and their shop is beautifully curated.

Huichol Tuft Mask

Huichol Tuft Mask

Huichol Bull Head

Huichol Bull Head

I found them looking for Huichol bead work, which I adore, but they have all kinds of stuff from all over Mexico.

Cat Alibrije

Chameleon Alibrije

Chameleon Alibrije

Raccoon Alibrije

Raccoon Alibrije

I could fill a room with their stunning collection of Alibrijes, Oaxacan wood carvings.

There are lots of other types of crafts as well. I only wish the shop were divided into categories; but it’s worth going through all 21 pages. There actually are categories at their website, but the selection is smaller.

If they add tiles, I’m toast.

Mezcal Bottle

Mezcal Bottle

Huichol Yarn Painting

Huichol Yarn Painting

Black Mask with Iguanas

Black Mask with Iguanas

 

Muscle Car City

This post was originally intended for Florida Fringe Tourism, but I think life has taken Glendon away from the site, possibly for good. So instead, you get it here.

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Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda is, in a word, overwhelming. But in the best way. 99,000 square feet of shiny classics beg for a camera, so be sure to bring yours.

When Treworgy was 16, he used money saved from pumping gas to buy his first car: a 1957 Chevrolet CV. At the time, it was affordable because it was several years out of date. He kept the car through high school, and when he returned from the Navy in 1968, he began again. He always had two or three cars around. He would drive one, and fix up the others, selling them to either buy more cars, or support various business ventures that allowed him to…buy more cars.

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40 years of collecting found Rick with over 200 cars. In 2009, he bought an empty Walmart and moved four warehouses full of cars to his lifelong dream, a museum.

The front of the house is run by his daughter, April. There you’ll find a diner, gift shop, and speed shop for performance parts. If wander back, you’ll find a small teaser of what is behind the double doors.

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A GM man to the core, the collection is heavy with Chevrolet, Pontiac, and a sprinkling of Oldsmobile, Buick, and others. You can see most of the body styles of the 1957 Chevy, along with impressive collections of Camaros, GTOs, El Caminos, and Corvettes. The dates range mostly from the 1950s to the 1970s, but go back as far as the 1920s. Every car is in pristine running condition, and showroom shiny.

You can get almost as close as you like to the cars. Instead of roping everything off, you will see the occasional sign: “Unless you are nude, don’t touch this car.” Most cars have model information in the window, and some have complete histories. Several have the hood up, so you can see the inner workings.

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Rick averages 400 visitors a day, but those 720 parking spaces don’t go to waste. On the third Saturday of the month, it becomes a chrome wonderland, when MCC hosts a car show, and collectors bring their classic and specialty vehicles from around the country.

If you’d like to visit, Muscle Car City is open every day but Monday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $6.00 for children. Kids under two years old get in for free with an adult. Sorry, toddlers, you can’t sneak off by yourself.

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Dragon Head Watermelon Carving

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Cecropia Moth Caterpillar by Mary Holland

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Links, 7aug2015

Hijab-Lolita Fashion

Hijab-Lolita Fashion. Via Kari.

Rylai the White Baby Fox

Rylai the White Baby Fox

Benjamin Shine Tulle Works. Be sure to watch the video.

Benjamin Shine Tulle Works. Be sure to watch the video.

 


Indoor kitty gets to hunt her food. Via Ivy.
Macro Photos of Carnivorous Plants by Joni Niemela

Macro Photos of Carnivorous Plants by Joni Niemela

The Dark Crystal Gets a Documentary. Yay!

The Dark Crystal Gets a Documentary. Yay!

GetSTUFT

GetSTUFT makes fantastic nerdy goodies, like this Shuma-Gorath plushie, and this Mario Star Tree-Topper, but what I want to show you are the bearded dragon clothes. Because adorbs.

Goldenrod Wings

Goldenrod Wings

Gunmetal Wings

Gunmetal Wings

Of course there are wings. I like that wing/spike set.

Gryffindor Set

Gryffindor Set

Here’s something for the Potter fans.

Shark!

Shark!

Candygram.

Pumpkin Set

Pumpkin Set

And of course, a dapper outfit for Halloween.

Letterlocking

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The original idea for this post was “Victorian letter folding,” but the tradition of single-sheet letter and envelope combinations goes back much further. Putting several pieces of paper into a separate envelope is fairly recent.

The trick is to have a letter that will stay closed through the mail. There were dozens, if not hundreds, of variations on the craft.

Jana Dambrogio

Jana Dambrogio

If you can follow diagrams, GHH.com has several types of folds.  Sadly, I am diagram-illiterate, and had to turn to Youtube. And that’s where I found the wonderful Jana Dambrogio. Dambrogio is a conservator at MIT Libraries, and uses the term “letterlocking” to describe the different ways paper communications are secured.

On her Youtube channel, she has some general tutorials, but I love the videos where she demonstrates a specific historical letter. She folds, seals, and then shows you how it was opened–and even shows you the original. Like this 1584 letter from Queen Elizabeth I to Rafe Sadler:

Here, she demonstrates one of the more common letter folds, tuck and seal:

Jana is probably the best, but there is more out there.

Victorian Puzzle Purse

Victorian Puzzle Purse

Though I find the more complicated methods intimidating (origami and I are not friends), I couldn’t resist trying this Victorian Puzzle Purse, often used for valentines:

If you prefer static instructions, Alice Simpson has a lovely, detailed pdf you can download. I cannot express how thrilled I was when that pinwheel actually formed for me.

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I suppose now I’ll have to write a letter.

 

Batman Pumpkin Carving

 

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