“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — Joan Didion
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has aerial landscapes, driftwood horses, sacred rodents, food faces and curiously pink cheeks.
At the Karni Mata temple in India, rats live a charmed life. (And aren’t they adorable?) Fed and sheltered, these rodents are considered sacred by locals and are protected for the whole of their lives. (If you kill one, you must replace it with a rat made out of solid gold.) According to local legend, Karni Mata, the 14th century mystic and an incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, implored Yama, the god of death, to restore the life of the son of one of her storytellers. Yama refused, and Karni Mata incarnated the dead son and all of the storytellers as rats, under her protection. [Via Love the Sepics]
Over time, I’ve become accustomed to oodles of in-flight photos in my Flickr stream. Perilously perched atop a cloud thousands of feet in the sky, jaded passengers can sip on a cool glass of ginger ale while taking in the topography of the world below through an iPhone’s lens. Artist Claire Johnson still finds the awe-inspiring in this rare point of view, leading to these elegant, painted aerials. [Via Hard Feelings]
In the early days of film, silent movies — in this case, Westerns — were advertised in a variety of ways, including lobby cards. Hand-colored to showcase concernedly pink cheeks and romantic rendezvous, these “eponymous artifacts were intended to lure pedestrians into the theater by advertising dramatic, key scenes from the movie.” [Via How to Be a Retronaut]
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Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys historical nonfiction and cat videos.