Thursday, June 10, 2010

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things..."

"Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax, of cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings."
(As mentioned before, I am on a real Alice kick. And I do love that poem. In the 6th grade, I had a teacher who could recite it, and I thought that was amazing.)

Last weekend, my mom found me a DVD of the 1933 version of "Alice in Wonderland." It was just released in March of this year, because of publicity from the new movie. I was really excited about seeing it, and I watched it the other night.

I liked it. It was weird and bizarre, but isn't that what the story is all about? The sets, costumes, and special effects weren't very good (especially when compared to films that came out just years later, like "The Wizard of Oz"). Still, this version includes a lot of obscure bits of the book that other movie versions leave out...even though it doesn't follow the book in order and sort of mixes those parts in. But I was skimming through the book last night (I need to read it again), and some of the lines were word for word.

It has Cary Grant and Gary Cooper. That, in itself, is reason enough to watch. They are covered in makeup/costumes and unrecognizable, but that is beside the point. You see the turtle in the picture below, that has the head of an angry, deranged cow? That is tall, suave, hunky Cary Grant. Gary Cooper is disguised as the sweet, endearing, elderly White Knight. The two are pretty much only recognizable through their voices. Edward Everett Horton (a man who I have seen in countless old movies) plays the Mad Hatter perfectly.

Tomorrow, my mom and I are going shopping. I am incredibly excited about this, because with my work study here lately, the only shopping I've done is a 10 minute run into Hobby Lobby on my lunch break. Also, I'm getting paid for three weeks' worth of work on Monday, and I'm dying to spend some of that money (I'm only partially joking there). Because of some new blogs I've been reading, I have the strong urge to go thrift store shopping. Now, I already shop at thrift stores, but never really for clothing or accessory items. I shop for fun stuff at thrift stores, not fun, practical stuff. I buy records. I looked for a vintage train case to use as a sewing box during the Great Train Case Search (I found one and never posted a picture! I must do that). I have never really thought to look for quirky, vintage clothes or accessories. So tomorrow should be very interesting. =) If I come home best friends with the clearance racks and thrift stores, I will post my finds. If not, there will still probably be a post...maybe involving Andy Griffith and Cary Grant (again)?

You should know that I have a new quest to dress the way I really am. My clothes tend to be a little plain and boring...not quirky and vintage-ish like I am on the inside. I find it hard to step out of my comfort zone and wear something that I think others might find a little strange or unusual, but I'm trying to change that.

Step 1: Order some interesting handmade jewelry from Etsy. Check. I'll post pictures when the packages arrive! =) Burn some more of that paycheck that hasn't arrived yet. Check.

Step 2: Scour the thrift stores and Target clearance racks!

Until next time,

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