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"A Gentleman is Calling, Madame..."

The deferential butler, the suitor, the undertaker...all presenting calling cards to announce a most-important arrival. I adore calling cards as much as I adore tight bodices and fainting women.
When I was little, I happened to open the door when someone knocked, and a man offered me his calling card to annouce his presence to my parents. I remember thinking, "Huh?" and then asking him to wait outside until I gave his card to my mother. She immediately said, "You should have invited him inside!" to which I said "What about no talking to strangers?" "Anyone with a calling card is not a stranger," she replied. So right she was, I have since discovered, and I myself have calling cards (OK, I've never used them, but still...). Maybe you are familiar with Edward Gorey's habit of putting a blank white calling card in one frame of every story, a haunting image. The lone card on the vast floor, dropped by a heart-broken guest who was NOT announced. The snub is unbearable if you have a calling card. So I learned.

Lucy in the Sky and Hummingbird by EnfinLaVoila; Call Soon by PalomaNest; Pink Design by Elaine Biss; Sea Creatures by artisjok; Lion by Pressa Russa; Snowflake by EnfinLaVoila; Rabbit and Hippo by happygirlgreetings; Parakeet and Buddha by artisjok; Birds by paperandink; Floral by mylittlebuffalo; Light Blue by vermilionstarpress; Deer by OhSmile; I'm Sorry by Gramskinpaperstudio; Typos by InvitedInk; Mums by SarahTams; Dots by modernemotive; Red cards by notepourri; Dogs by FuzzyMug; Design by Oh Smile; Farmer's Market by drenculture; Modern Squares by pixelimpress; Nautical by SiskaStudio; Typewriter by Naomi Lynn; Poppies by Michelle Brusegaard; Mod Trees and Berries by SiskaStudio; Mommie calling cards by Pretty Smitten; Marie Antoinette by Enfin La Voila.


Off With Her Head!

When I was a kid my parents had this African head statue that used to scare the bejesus out of me. It chased me all around the house, appeared at the foot of my bed, whispered in my ear and in general terrorized me. Needless to say, it was valuable so my parents wouldn't put it away or get rid of it. When we moved out of the country, it miraculously didn't arrive with everything else. To this day I fear it will knock on my door and find me. I know it's looking.

Doll Head by Mark Elson Pictures; Vintage Head by Vintagesnapsandscraps; Doll in Shadows by DigDownGallery; Retro Doll Head by SimplyPictures; Ostrich Head on Opera Text by Crow Biz;
Broccoli Baby by Boopsiedaisy; Dolls by Candlelight by Barker Photo; Creepy Doll Parts from Midwest Design Imports; Blue and White head by Ah Xian; Baby Head , Girl Head and Pretty Maids by Sandra Evertson; Bird Heads and Lady in Owl Hat by Dear Dodo; Doll parts from Wings of Angels; Photo unknown; Ghost Babies by Floraartstudio; Baby Head Bank by ModernFx; Girl Head by Clayflower22; Little Joseph Heads from Generate; Cat Head Tumbler by Kiki Smith; Vintage Lady head and Vase by Artistic Design Studio; Baby Head Sculpture and Bookends by Cobaltmoonchild; Baby Head S&P shakers by ModernFx; Chihuahua head by KGrandey; "Unseen Beauty" print by ArtbyResolution; "Eyes on the Street" by GoldenSilhouette; Greyhound Whippet head cookie jar by Happy Hound; Victor & His Friends by TheRunnyBunny; Screaming Baby Head by Clayflower22.