02 September 2008

the sister grimm

My dad used to read to me old Russian and Czech folklore out of old, old books we found in abandoned houses and the books he kept from childhood. My favorite one was of the cannibalistic, unpredictable witch Baba Yaga. She ate children she stewed in bathtubs and roasted in her oven, in her living house which sat on chicken legs and had a fence of bones. She's an Earth witch, and therefore unpredictable and cruel to those who don't uphold their end of the bargain. Very ugly and greasy and venemous. My kind of girl.

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I have a lot of random ass objects in my house. My giant teacup makes me happy. All I need is a talking bunny and a top hat and I am good. to. go.

P.S I don't believe plaid is a trend.

45 comments:

Samantha said...

My mum read that story to me when I was little and for the next week I was afraid of old people




nice teacup though

F. said...

oh my god, I think I know that story! Does a little girl find her house, and get chased through the woods while the witch is in the walking bathtub??

wow, that was seriously my favorite story ever, besides the girl with the green ribbon on her neck!

Arabelle said...

YES, that's the one. there are so many versions of it but the bathtub one is my favorite. her in a giant stew pot isn't my dig.

Cassidy and Emily said...

plaid is not a trend, it is a life style.

that giant tea cup is amazing.

my house has no random objects and it gets a little lonely.

-emily.

instantvintage said...

Love your house. It's as random and full of curiosities as mine. =)

Amelia said...

I love the pictures. They have a really nice feeling to them. Is that your house?!? I definitely agree about plaid.

goldfish said...

wow. you're pretty amazing.
i'm digging the teacup like crazy. where can i pick up one of those snazzy items?

Zoë said...

attic?

Chloe,,* said...

awesome house
love ya outfit
spesh the tights :)

beccajanie said...

Oh Baba Yaga, I know that story, it's creepy! But intriguing.

What is AMAZING though is that teacup. Where ever did you find it??

Merily said...

Your house looks fantastic. And I love the shots, that teacup is brilliant :D

roxanne said...

that teacup is great. love these pictures.

bewkworm said...

i know baba yaga, i loved fairy tails when i was a kid. of course, i read them all on my own...by the time i read it though, i was used to kid-eating whiches, so it didn't really faze me. i did like the chicken foot house though.

The Clothes Horse said...

I remember reading about Baba Yaga! Really fascinated me, now I think I need to pick up a book on Russian fairytales.
Love your outfit, the tights and belt are awesome. As is that giant tea cup. Are you living in a fairy tale...?
Plaid can not be a trend...

missrays said...

great photos. that teacup looks heavy? hahaha

Arabelle said...

yes, it's my house: my living room, to be exact. probably the most cluttered and awesome room in my house. i dunno where we got the tea cup, sorry ladies. i think we found it at a garage sale...?

Erin said...

Looking at these pictures, I have concluded that your house is like, 17 million times cooler than my house. I love all the dark muted colours.

Ing~ said...

:o My friend read that story to me when I was little..I didn't talk to her for a week after that, it was so creepy D:

Your house / giant tea cup = damnawesome.

Anonymous said...

i am czech!

The Stylish Wanderer said...

Jeesus, your house is so amazing.

I love your pictures, do you edit them?

City Chic Please said...

hahaha, my mum used to tell me that story! well, that's because my baba's from russia, and my mum's russian orthodox. but didn't she also crush bones in this huge bowl or something?

the giant teacup reminds me of alice in wonderland. i wish i had it :)

bewkworm said...

i think she had a big morter and pestle, at elast in the version i remember...

Miss V said...

i love giant tea-cup. its so magical :) wanna link?x

mary said...

Can I live your life instead of mine?
It looks soooo much more interesting.

Clara said...

I wish my house had random objects! We only have a cactus growing in our house, paintings in the bathroom, and a giant Swatch watch that is a wall clock.

Laurel said...

OH MY GOD, my best friend tells me about all of the super-maniacal stories her Russian grandma would tell her and they are so damn rad. Screw Cinderella - I want cannibalism!

Plaid is not a trend, it's perma. Perma like sequins and bedazzlers.

kimvee said...

that teacup is ginormous! I LOVE IT! Where did you get that? :P

Wendy said...

Your house is seriously like a museum! And love the skirt.

Dee. said...

your house is sooo cool!!
love the teacup.
never seen one so big before.

LEESH said...

that tea cup is to die for!
x

Nasreen said...

Alice in wonderland!!!!!! AH.

I have to read that book.

The cheshire cat is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Where are the clothes you are wearing from please?

fash said...

me neither. about plaid, that is.
although i have to give it up or at least moderate my use as i'm off to live with the scots.
i love new-found fairytales, thank you!

1220106722s13522 said...

i'm loving that giant cup! too amazing. you should do a whole alice in wonderland photoshoot.

Amy May x

susie_bubble said...

I remember that story too... vaguely... the tea cup is genius...

Arabelle said...

anonymous: i made the skirt, the shirt is from a local vintage store, and the tights are from national wholesale liquidators. :)

amy may: yes, i intend to! i must find the perfect alice dress, though..

April said...

GIANT TEACUP! Holy crap that thing is amaaaaazing. And I love your outfits :]

1234 said...

I LOVE THE GIANT TEA CUP!!!!

Christina said...

Your house looks amazing, it looks like something out of a magazine, a painstakingly well decorated with just the right touch of whimsy room.

Also, LOVE the giant teacup.
PS. Is that a replica of an original Wedgwood? I swear I saw something that was precisely the same at the Toronto Museum.

Arabelle said...

it's not a replica. my family has the luck of several hundred packrats. thanks for the comments everyone.

eileen. said...

oh gosh.
I'm so jealous.
alice in wonderland is only my favorite animated movie ever and that teacup is screaming it.

Little Miss Dress Up said...

thats an amazing tea cup! wow i would love to go to your hair it looks like its full of such great random things hahaha

besos y fotos: the virtual sketchbook said...

that giant teacup is amaaaaazing.

and plaid comes in for fall every year like clockwork..so true.
xolouise

Hunter said...

i remember the baba yaga story! it was in one of the "in a dark, dark room " books (i adored “the green ribbon”)

love the skirt, by the way

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