Friday, March 5, 2010

Trying Not To Fall Down The Rabbit Hole

When I was a little girl, kids enjoyed simpler things. I loved fairy tales. I still love them. I have a lovely, very, very old edition of Grimms.

I think the two fairy tales I liked the most were Cinderella and Alice In Wonderland. I liked and identified with Cinderella because she was very poor and lived in rather harsh circumstances. But she managed to overcome that.

I liked Alice best though. She wasn't a princess, she was an ordinary girl who just sort of went along falling into things topsy turvy, doing things sometimes against her better judgement (or lack of it) and made the most of her unusual circumstances. I still identify with that!

When it was announced that the new Alice movie was coming out, I was terribly excited. I just can't wait to go see it this week. Some of the critics have been rather hard on the movie, but I don't care. I want to go, I would go now, right this minute if I could. But I want to wait and see it in 3-D at the IMAX.

Last month I made a post telling you that I decided it was time for me to set the proverbial stage for where my bears would live in order to better define what I want them to be. So keeping in mind what I had decided on as an influence, I set out to make a new layout for my website. (You can see a sneak peek in the new blog header.) It was all going along fairly well, then I got stuck. I have been stuck for a week now.

While I want a bit of a fairy tale feel to it, I don't want it to be inspired by Wonderland. It's proving much harder to stay out of the rabbit hole than you might think. Wonderland has all those elements that I love. There is the life size chessboard, giant mushrooms, tea parties and characters living in fantastical places.

I just don't want anyone drawing the conclusion that I made the change to coincide with the movie coming out. Maybe if the movie wasn't coming out at the same time I wouldn't focus on it so much. I know I want the bears to live in a forest that has a perfectly integrated steampunk-esque town. While in my head it doesn't resemble Wonderland that much, it keeps translating to that on the screen.

Until I dig myself out of the rabbit hole, I guess the new layout won't be put in place. I just hope when I do see the movie, it doesn't influence me even more.


Heather said...

You're even making rabbits now... oh dear, oh dear...

ginger@bearbits said...

I am impressed by your new header. I can see your style all over it! It's very creative and inspiring. I look forward to seeing what will follow. Enjoy the movie. I think a lot of people will be at the movies to see the new Alice in the coming days. By the way, I like your bunny too. Good for you - keeping it!


Kelly said...

Actually Heather, years ago I made a white rabbit in the card outfit. It took me FOREVER because I hand painted the hearts on white ultra suede free hand. I was terrified I was going to mess it up. I think it sold in under five minutes of putting it out at a show.

Thank you Ginger! It's always nice to see you. =}

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly!
I'm back's a long story but I have a new blog name...I used to be "For the love of a teddy bear"...I'm the one that bought the pink bird from you...I have a lot of catching up to do! have a nice evening! hugs, Jennifer

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