Tuesday, October 15, 2013

All Hallows' Grim 2013 - So Good, So Dark: The Witch Next Door

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As I'm sure you've already deduced, I'm taking a somewhat lighthearted approach to the All Hallows' Grim - So Good, So Dark blog fest. For my second offering, I've chosen this illustration from the delightful 1965 picture book, The Witch Next Door, written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell.

I can't help grinning when I see this picture. I'd love to frame it and hang it on the wall. I tend to wear a LOT of black, and it's not because I'm making any specific sartorial statement, or because I'm gloomy, or insecure...  I just love it. It's my default setting, if you will. So this post is just a little salute to those of us who are no strangers to the phrase, "Does it come in black?".

To see the list of all the other participating blogs in All Hallows' Grim 2013, just click here.


26 comments:

  1. I knew that we recognized this picture from my early childhood...
    Afraid Stacey's situation is indeed hopeless....
    Really appreciated your concerns....
    Our best to you and yours dear Lady Emma

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    1. Sending Stacey my best wishes! Don't give up hope!

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  2. I think you should frame it and hang it on the wall! Humm...what colour frame? Let me think...

    And where would we be without black to wear? Scruffy, that's where we'd be.

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    1. Hehe. Yes, it definitely deserves a gorgeous black frame, Rhissanna. ;)

      And you're quite right! Black is the epitome of elegance! :D

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  3. I'm another who shouts up for black, it's such a go to colour that works with everything else. Open my wardrobe and you think you've entered a Victorian mournng cupboard. hehe. I love that cartoon and yes you should definitely frame it.

    J x

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    1. "Open my wardrobe and you think you've entered a Victorian mournng cupboard."

      Haha. Love it, Witchy J!

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  4. I love that picture - I can relate to all black on the clothes line too : )

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    1. Yes, I think we possessors of clothes lines brimming with black might actually be legion, Winter Moon! ;D

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  5. I've never seen that before. I'm off to find more!

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    1. Yes, definitely check out the image source link, Alison! There are other adorable illustrations from the book, including the witch painting her little house black! :D

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  6. LOL, it's quite dark inside my cupboards, too. But I will go so far as to buy something if it doesn't come in black - as long as it does come in grey or purple. :o)

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    1. For me, it's grey and red to go along with my black, Insomniac's Attic! :D

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  7. For whatever reason, I always enjoy the older, more vintage graphics. This picture from "The Witch Next Door" is a perfect example.

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    1. I adore Mid Century illustration like this, Nightwind! The picture book this came from has been reprinted and is available from Amazon, but sadly, even though they've used the same illustrations, they've tweaked, coloured, and sort of refined them to the point where they've lost all their charm and edge.

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  8. So relate to this.... I asked my hubby if he'd seen my 'black' top the other day (he's in charge of laundry) he thought it was hilarious, wanting to know if I had any other in my wardrobe but 'black' :)

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    1. Hahaha. I do believe I have experienced that very same scenario in my own household, Sunshineshelle! ;)

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  9. Every time I hear someone say, X-color is the new black, I want to say, "What was wrong with the old black?" I love black and read and dark shades of gray. They are pretty and speak to me.

    Now I want to be as happy as The Witch Next Door when I do my laundry lol

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    1. Yes, I really like grey and red too, Magaly! I never give wearing black much of a second thought, but I'm always amazed at the number of people who seem to think it's strange or somehow indicates that the wearer has "issues".

      Haha. I know, right?! What a great attitude that little lady has about doing her chores.

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  10. The picture makes me smile too. It is nice to see the witch hanging her laundry out to dry instead of using magic.

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    1. Haha. Yes, she's obviously not a lazy witch, Julie! ;)

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  11. Hi Emma,
    You are one of the winners of my giveaway!
    Please email me your address as soon as possible.

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    1. Oh, such a lovely surprise, Ms Misantropia! Thank you! I've sent you an email! :)

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