Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bewitched.



Amber from Tastes Like Battle Chicken always writes the nicest things, and this month's request is for our Halloween costumes.

Bewitched was one of my favorites, in late color and in reruns, as a kiddo. Samantha Stevens is probably my first experience with what you kids call today "fangirl-ness." As much as I practiced for hours to wiggle my nose and make things happen, alas, all the magic lie in the 1970s avocado kitchen appliances and suburban sorcery.

So, every year, I think of Mataoka as my personal dress-up Samantha Stevens. Hey, it's never too late to have a happy childhood, right? (Even though mine was pretty awesome.)

Here are some shots of Miss Matty, Mrs. Whitworth, in a variety of situations where sorcery was called for:

On a side note, I realize you think picture books are for small children, and although that is true, I firmly believe in great storytelling and masterful illustrations. Chris Van Allsburg is both --- and if you are not familiar with his work, you should be. One of my favorites is The Widow's Broom.  For those of you with children ages five to around eleven, please consider adding his picture books to your collection for them.

Scholomance is...enchanting.
Spell gone wrong...
Very wrong!



I wouldn't mind a broom like Mina Shaw's:
Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. "It's a wicked, wicked thing." Minna disagrees. She appreciates the broom's help around the house. She enjoys its quiet company. It seems perfectly innocent and hard-working to her. 

11 comments:

  1. Haha, I love the 2nd last pic and I loved Bewitched growing up too (even with the two Darrens)

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    1. I never got Darren archetype either...but hey, love is love, and to each his own!

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  2. That first picture is bewitching indeed, love it. I'm off to add that book to my Amazon Christmas list because it sounds and looks amazing.

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  3. He's an artist/author I think you'll love as much as I do, Erinys, and thank you for the compliment - I may need to use that one as my wallpaper.

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  4. Ahh, this is awesome! I was a huge Bewitched fan, too; I'd watch it on Nick at Night between I Dream of Jeannie and I Love Lucy. lol. I always wanted to be Tabetha--all the magic, none of the responsibility. ;-)

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  5. I loved Bewitched when I was a kid! Used to watch it and I Dream of Jeannie and I Love Lucy on Nick at Nite. Good times. :-D Great job on these screenshots--I love it!

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    1. Thanks - wouldn't it be cool to have magical powers? Ah, the power of Azeroth...in here, we do!

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  6. Mrs. Whitworth! What have you been up to! I loved Bewitched, I so wanted magical powers. Waited a while but finally have them!

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    1. Mrs. Whitworth knows which side her mice are buttered, and decided to put her lot in with the shaman for a bit, at least for her cameo appearance. Vanity, thy name is Mrs. W.

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  7. Wow, just with the Hat, Lamp and Familiar the rest of most any outfit looks bewitching! Now I know what Aldonza must do!

    My kids loved Chris Van Allsburg growing up. Despite being ''too old'' now, I bet they'd enjoy seeing what he's been up to lately.

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  8. Good to hear your kids love Van Allsburg - some writers we never grow out of!

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