12.21.2014

Speckled Grey // Steve Madden Odyssey Boots


Excuse my shirt wrinkles. These photos were taken during a pit stop on the way to the cabin. 

I ordered these boots from Steve Madden and am fairly happy with them! Fair warning though. I tried these boots on in-store and then ordered them online after seeing a huge price difference. The reason for the price difference was apparent when they arrived, as the fabric was very different from the pair I tried on in-store. Regardless, I really like the style.












Odyssey boots from Steve Madden, bag from Matt and Nat, top from Forever 21.

   


12.20.2014

Here, have a fact about Christmas // Snap Dragon


Here's a Christmas game I think we can all get on board with.



Photo from The Study

Snap Dragon is an English game played at Christmas since at least the 17th century. That's a really long time and I've only heard of this now!? 

The game begins by soaking a bowl of raisins with brandy and setting them alight. Participants then reach for the fruit with their bare fingers while onlookers chant...

Here he comes with flaming bowl,
Don't he mean to take his toll,
Snip! Snap! Dragon!

Take car you don't take too much,
Be not greedy in your clutch,
Snip! Snap! Dragon!

With his blue and lapping tongue,
Many of you will be stung,
Snip! Snap! Dragon!

For he snaps at all that comes,
Snatching at his feast of plums,
Snip! Snap! Dragon!

A different variation of this game is for people who are looking for a new drinking game. Flap Dragon begins with placing a lit candle in the center of a mug of ale or cider. The challenger lay in getting a drink without extinguishing the candle. Maybe a bit dangerous, too...








Information from The World Encyclopedia of Christmas written by Gerry Bowler. 


More information on Punkinhead can be found on page 184.

Merry Christmas!



12.19.2014

Here, have a fact about Christmas // Punkinhead


Warning: This one also might give you nightmares. There's something creepy about Punkinhead.

Punkinhead was inspired by the success of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Eaton's decided they ought to have their own Christmas creature, and thus created this little critter: Punkinhead, The Sad Little Bear. Punkinhead became one of Santa's helpers.



His first appearance was in the 1948 Eaton's Christmas Parade, shown with his iconic orange hair. Punkinhead soon popped up on a variety of promotional items including books, pyjamas, children's furniture, toys and in the form of a teddy bear.

So, who's behind Punkinhead? He was created by animated legend Charlie Thorson (1890-1966). Charlie Thorson's work experience included developing Snow White for Disney, Bugs Bunny for Warner Brothers, and Elmer the Safety Elephant for the Toronto Police Department.

I'm not sure if I'm happy or disappointed that Punkinhead's popularity did not last into the years of my children.









Information from The World Encyclopedia of Christmas written by Gerry Bowler. 


More information on Punkinhead can be found on page 184.

Merry Christmas!