Woolly Mammoth Antiques & Oddities

In the market for a squirrel skull or taxidermy giraffe head?  Or maybe you need a gift for the insane asylum aficionado in your life.  Then Woolly Mammoth is your one stop shop.  The tiny store is brimming with curiosities from the past.  I left with some X-rays, but I wouldn't have minded taking home a full-size skeleton.

Woolly Mammoth
1513 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640


Oz Park

Oz Park is located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.  It features statues of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.

Oz Park
2021 North Burling Street
Chicago, IL 60614


DIY Mini Product Book

Using some Mod Podge and washi tape, I made a mini product book (using a previous tutorial).  This will be great to keep in my handbag when meeting with customers and consignment shops.


Comic Book Guitar Pick Earrings

Here's an experiment involving some guitar picks and images of Twilight Zone comic books.  Just a fun piece, but it could be personalized with other photos.


Little Free Library

"Take a book, return a book."

The Little Free Library is a colorful box full of books.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  This one is next to a playground inside Fowler Park.  Anyone can grab a book to read and leave one in its place.  I didn't take any books, but I left a collection of Elizabeth Barrett Browning poems.  

The first free library was made in 2009 by Todd Bol who built one in his mother's honor.  Friends loved the idea so much that Bol built more and gave them away.  This eventually grew into the Little Free Library.  Now, 15,000+ little libraries stretch across the world.


Free Range Dinos

Two dinosaurs are roaming freely in Noblesville, Indiana.  They're located just next to the Golf and Batting Center.


Weird Tales #2

Weird Tales started out as a horror fiction pulp magazine that ran from 1923 to 1954.  It has since been revived as a website and in anthologies.  I found this edition at Half Price Books.  

To be honest, I was not impressed with H.P. Lovecraft's The Night Ocean.  You can only say so many things about darkness and the ocean.  These are the stories that I really enjoyed:

Boy Blue by Steve Rasnic Tem - Sometimes waking life and nightmares intermingle. 
Valse Triste by Ray Faraday Nelson - You just never know when you might need cyanide.
Something in the Moonlight by Lin Carter - A man has a fear of lizards... who live on the moon.