Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hues of Oz 2014.

This will all make sense in just a moment...


 This is my first year to 



Choose an Oz colour?

Well, that's not hard.

Red!

These?


Of course not.
Dorothy's slippers were silver.



See?

I was thinking of these.

Poppies




I remember being horrified by
the meadow full of poppies.



You can keep your melting witches
and winged monkeys.


What winged monkeys? Where?


The insidious, stealthy suffocating 
sleep of the poppies,
that's what's truly frightening.




And poor Cowardly Lion,
who almost makes it to the 
edge of the meadow
before succumbing.

Poor Cowardly Bessie Lion

So, on the theme of horrific drugged sleep
and  poppies, I made this!


Printed on unbleached calico,
stuffed and embellished with
a poppy and a button.

And it's a giveaway!
With other stuff.


I don't know what you'd do with it,
but I recommend holding it in your hand
and shouting 'OZ!"



I'll slip it in a packet
with some other things.
Nice things!

Usual rules for a giveaway.

Follow my blog
and comment below
and you're all done.

(Blogger's Follower gadget
 is having a moment,
 so I've extended the deadline
for the giveaway.

If you're a new follower with a blog, 
let me know and I will follow you)

I'll be drawing the winner
on 8th April
 Good luck!

Dorothy Doll added to Giveaway!






For the other
Hues of Oz
you need to fly












80 comments:

  1. As a child and watching the movie the Poppies always scared me too.

    Love the little pillow it's just so cute!


    Now I shall go reread Oz

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    1. Thank you! And yes, it bears re-reading as an adult. There's things in there that kids might miss!

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  2. Beautiful beautiful Bessie. You are the lovliest lion of them all.
    Not scary like the nasty poppies.

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    1. Thank you very much! I will tell her you said so! And no, no scary poppies!

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  3. Yes!!! Someone else who found the poppies disturbing. Loved your post.

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    1. I'm glad it's not just me! I love poppies but I was really disturbed about how they appear in the book. It only made sense when I learned what laudanum was. As a kid, it just read like random violent flowers.

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  4. I want a lion just like yours :)) What a colorful and fun post!!!

    This is my first time, too...what fun!!!

    Jan

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    1. She is a sweetheart about posing with things on her head. It's bunny ears, soon. And hooray, another OZ newbie! Let's stick together on this Yellow Brick Road.

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  5. Wonderful visual celebrations! And your lion is pretty cute, too!

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    1. Thank you, Mario. She's not a pug, but she does her best to be cute!

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  6. For one of the first colour films, isn't the Wizard of Oz the most beautifully coloured and sparkly films of all time!? Such beautiful examples, those ruby red slippers, how I'd love a pair!

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    1. I know, right? I never fail to be excited by the transformation to colour.

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  7. I would wear this proudly! A shot of Absinthe and I'm Off!
    Nice to meet you! Your dog wins the Oscar for best supporting thespian!
    Fun Event !! xoxoxoDebi

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    1. I'll present her Oscar at a formal ceremony! And yes, laudum and absinthe sound like a pleasant way to while away an afternoon....

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  8. You know everyone is always amazed when I tell them that Dorothy's shoes were really silver. It is shocking how few people have read the book. I think (and this is just me guessing) that they had to change the color of the shoes on the big screen to get them to show up. Personally I think silver shoes go with more outfits ;) What a fun post.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. I can see why they changed it. It's like old fashioned Westerns where the good guy wears a white hat and rides a white horse so that he shows up better on the screen. If you're going to make a film in glorious technicolor, it needs to be in glorious colour!

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  9. For some odd reason I have never read any of L. Frank Baum books. After seeing the "Wizard of Oz" movie five thousand times as a kid....I'm exaggerating but sometimes it felt like it...I never had any desire to read the original story. I must rectify that as I recently discovered all the different characters he had in his books. They sound like fun.

    Bessie is the best lion ever:)

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    1. I have to admit, I read the first book, but missed out on reading the others. I need to fix that, specially as they must be out of copyright and free on-line. And I'll let Bessie know. :)

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    2. HEY! Same with me, because of the movie I STILL, have never read the first book..but I have 42 MORE and they are Incredible! JK Rowling, whom I adore, has nothin' on L FRANK BAUM!

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  10. Oh my stars....you've made a huge hit the very first time you played along with Celebrate Oz. This is over the rainbow and back again wonderful. I so appreciate your posting, your great beastie sidekick (adorable), you super computerizing and your heart. This is perfection.
    And I have no problem signing up for your giveaway....I love the "sleep draught" thingie.....it's the L. Frank Baum...couldn't resist.
    So dear lady, hues to you, Oma Linda

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    1. Aww! Oma Linda! Thank you! I had fun finding the gifs to add and a wonderful time photographing my very tolerant Bessie! Thank you for organising such a wonderful party!

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  11. I WANT poison for Oz! Um... er, it's not what you think. I just really love the color red, and poppies, and the word poison... okay, so probably it's exactly what you were thinking.

    That, by the way, it the cutest cowardly lion on the planet. What a lovely face. Did he charge you much for playing the part? I mean, I know his agent is always fighting the contracts... with that face and all.

    Happy Hues of Oz!
    Red Gold over the Rainbow

    P.S. The shoes were silver, but Dorothy is beaten bloody for stealing other people's shoes, her blood will sure color the shoes. *cough, guess I'm extra creepy today, cough*

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    1. Dorothy insists she didn't steal them. She looted them off a corpse. Entirely different thing.

      As for Bessie, she's used to the quiet humiliation of having things on her head and posing for the camera. She got a slice of roast beef as her fe. Hell, I'd pose for a photograph, in a blonde fright wig, if I knew I going to get roast beef.

      Yes. Poppies are sexy.

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  12. I am such a harlot when it comes to Poppies....I would love to win your gift. :D XXX

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    1. No shame in that. I'm delighted by poppies, too. Blood red, passionate, poisonous, grown in corn and battlefields. What's not to love?

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  13. What a great sport Bessie is! The reason they chose to go with Ruby Red instead of the silver is because they felt the Red would really stand out in technicolor more than the silver :0) I think they were right! I love the ruby slippers of the movie but imagine I would have worn the silver ones more! I am with you about those poppies though occasionally I would love to have something make me sleep - at leat for the night, not for ever!! Great post and lovely give-away!! I love it.

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    1. Thank you! Bessie is a wonderful dog and puts up with all kinds of humiliation!

      And yes, I'd heard the same about the ruby slippers. Of course, that leaves me with problem. If I make a Dorothy doll, does she have silver slippers, or ruby?

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  14. I never realized how creepy the poppy field was until I read this :) this is such a great post and I would love the give away too!

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    1. Thank you very much! And I'd much rather face the winged monkeys than drugged flowers...

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  15. You are the first one I've ever encountered who felt fear at the Poppies. I was always terrified by the Fighting Trees. I love the Poppy creation of yours and would love it.

    James C. Wallace II
    Royal Liaison of Oz

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    1. Ugh! The Fighting Trees! However, I think the state tree of Kansas is a telegraph pole. That's not much better. Ugh! Fighting telegraph poles! And thank you.

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  16. Huzzah, Bessie! I adore poppies - they *are* a little scary, and quite beautiful-creepy, too. I love your poppy creation and would love to have it.

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    1. Bessie thanks you. And I love poppies, too, which was why I was so disturbed by killer blooms that would knock you out like an anaesthetist!

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  17. This is such a cute post! I'm glad you joined in the fun this year ;o) I love Bessie ;o) Give Bessie a big hug for me ;o) Please enter me into the giveaway!! Way to cool! I think it would be a great pillow for my rabbit ;o) Big Hugs ;o) By the way, I never thought of the poppies being frightening? Very interesting!

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    1. I'll give Bessie a crow-hug, and thank you! Oh, yes, a bunny on a poppy pillow would look sweet! Poppies are pretty but they have some very exotic symbolism attached.

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  18. Ha! Bessie the Cowardly Lion is ADORABLE! Poppy red was a great choice! My mind instantly went to the ruby slippers when I was thinking about the hues of Oz. I completely forgot about the poppies.

    Really love your Laudanum/Poppy creation!

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    1. Thank you! It was one of those 2 am things, which seemed like a good idea at the time. The hardest part was finding the old laudanum label! I might make some of these, sans the poppy, for Halloween.

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    2. I saw Dorothy on FB and just had to pop back to gush a little! You're amazing!!!!

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  19. awww... I love cowardly Bessie.....the Lion......grrrrrrrr......

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    1. I'll let her know! She's happy to take part, but has no idea why she's asked to do this things.

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  20. Bessie is adorable as the Cowardly Lion! I guess everyone else thinks so too!
    Oh, and I adore your animated pictures of Oz.
    Isn't this blog party great fun!
    Yes! Put my name in for your sweet giveaway, please do!
    hugs,
    Teresa
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! I'll tell her you said so! This is my first time In Oz and I've had a wonderful time!

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  21. I'd LOVE to be so lucky as to win your Hues of Oz giveaway! It looks like you love dolls as much as I do too, so I'm your newest follower!.. Wish I could have participated this year, but hopefully next year! ~tina

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    1. Oh gee.... Looks like Google can't handle my follow request at the moment. I will try again later. ~tina

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    2. Google is being a bother! I've tried to join other places with the Oz trip, but couldn't get the follower to work either. When you get to follow, thank you for following!

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  22. I'd love to win that lovely little laudanum pillow! I'll keep it on my bed to give me sweet nightmares. ;)

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    1. Only the best kind of heady poppy-red nightmares stuffed inside!

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  24. Hi Rhissanna! I also remember that poppy field sleep in the book, which I read as a child in Russian translation. It's been looong I last read it... Can you imagine just yesterday I stumbled upon a cartoon "Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz" on of the TV channels. :) Such a coincidence! Please, I'd like to try my luck in giveaway :)

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    1. Oh! Coincidences are a good thing! Yes please, join in the giveaway!

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  25. Yay! for Dorothy and a possible Toto. I wish, I wish, I wish!!! Just imagine the amount of trouble AlmaMia and Dorothy would get if she was to come our way.

    Throw my name in the cauldron! ;-D

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    1. All the way between here and Kansas!

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  26. YOU SILLY! That first photo makes perfect Sense!!! Our dogs did the same one Halloween. Henry was the Tin Man, Betty was the Witch, and Mack was the Lobster (Well, okay, one store bought costume..he is a Terrier and I couldn't resist.) Star, a Pit bull and Henry's girlfriend, was the Lion. LOVE YOUR BESSIE!!! OH my Witch Sisters COVET your magic Poppy seeds!!! they want their OWN poppy field! And that DOLL!!!! YOU are AMAZING!!! WE WANT!!!! Also, where in Arkansas are you???? We live in Little Rock!!!!!!

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  27. Hi there in Little Rock! I'll pass on your love to Bessie, least I can do as she's so tolerant of being dressed up. I'm glad you like the poppys and little Dorothy. Me? I live near Bald Knob. (don't laugh...) Still waiting for Spring to get here.

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  28. Lol. Have a happy OZ celebration.

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  29. Rhissanna, you have won the Silver slipper sample card at http://lindaomasoldebaggsnstuftshirts.blogger.com/ Send me your addy on my email turtle 8603 at comcast dot net and I will get it to you. Oma Linda

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    1. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Thank you!!!!1

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  30. I loved your party, though I'm a little late :)

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    1. Never too late! The giveaway doesn't close until 6th April!

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  31. That's the cutest lion I've ever seen. Love your version of Oz (smile).

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  32. I must be the weird one. The poppies only made me want to grow some. Lol. Hope it's not too late to enter, as I'd love to win your pretty prize. :)

    -the Artful White Fox

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    1. You're not too late :) And thank you!

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    1. Aww, thank you! :) I'm glad you like her.

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  34. Whimsy, imagination and creativity inhabit this blog. A very cool universe Rhissanna.

    Regards,
    Vilia Merton.

    ps. I put my name in the 'full name' field. My message comes up as anonymous. ???? . I don't like being called anonymous...

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    1. Sorry about that, Vilia. People have been having issues with Blogger, it'll be a screw-up on their part. You're not anonymous to me!

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It's nice to have you here!

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  35. Isn't it delicious irony that something as beautiful and fragile as a flower can be so insidiously lethal?

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    1. yes, indeed. To quote Keats "Even bees, the little almsmen of spring bowers, know there is richest juice in poison-flowers." Pretty and deadly!

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  36. Oh my Goodness! Am I too late to be added to the drawing??? Would love the chance :)

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    1. :) Of course you're not too late! I'm doing my last midnight patrol now.

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  37. What a precious giveaway! Your dolls are all beautiful. My niece Kate was a total Oz kiddo even went to see Dorothy house in Kansas which is a museum. Hugs, Anne

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    1. I didn't know there was a Dorothy house! And, of course it's in Kansas. Wouldn't be right anywhere else. I'm glad you my little Dorothy!

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    1. Lol! Button, button, who's got the button?

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  39. Oops! I just sent a wrong text now I am sending a wrong button message!

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    1. Isn't technology great? No worries!

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  40. SUch a fun post and Bessie looks so super adorable !
    I had to find a yellow brick road back here actually as my old feeder had popped off my blogs ~ clicked my shoes and found them all again :)

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    1. Ah, Blogger! How it toys with us. I'm glad you found your way here!

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Thank you all for the wonderful and supportive things you say! I'm thrilled to read them and I reply to each one.