Sunday, December 30, 2007
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Karen Owens is taking advance orders now. http://www.wizardofozland.com/dept56.php
Sunday, December 16, 2007
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Quilters often use their craft to tell a story. The universal theme of searching for where one truly belongs makes Oz a favored motif among quilters. Who wouldn't feel at home wrapped in a cozy Oz quilt?
Here are some of the Oz fabrics that have turned up over the years. Click on the photos to enlarge.
In addition to the patterns shown below, this pattern comes in yellow checks. A company identified as CBS had bedding and towels with Denslow illustrations. It's possible the fabric is theirs as well.
The green picture below shows a pattern on curtains by Ronni Ray. I'm unsure if the curtains were made from this fabric or vice versa. The same characters are also pictured on a white background which may or may not be fabric or from yet another bedding line.
This cheery fabric seems to have taken great pains to avoid copyright infringement, yet note the Wicked Witch hanging out of the castle holding a red shoe! I found this photo in 2003, but the actual date of manufacture remains unknown.
This is what I call the Dark Side of the Moon fabric. I found this picture in 2005 and I've only seen it once. It could possibly be foreign or unlicensed altogether. To the best of my knowledge this was the only fabric to use the MGM characters until this year.
The Friends of Oz flannel fabric was sold exclusively at JoAnn Fabrics.
An Oz-stounding line of fabrics commemorating the 70th anniversary of the MGM film comes to us from Quilting Treasures. The line starts with the lush sepia toned Under the Rainbow Collection. Dorothy's Kansas never looked so good!! .
The Over the Rainbow Collection transports us to the dramatic technicolor of Munchkinland where Dorothy not only encounters the native inhabitants but both her guide and her nemesis.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This print or any of Rick Ewigleben's prints would be lovely ChristmOz presents.
I've re-posted the order from and Mr. Ewigleben can also be reached via email at email@example.com. Credit cards are now accepted. The Munchkin print is $30 including shipping and handling. Click on the photos below to enlarge. When you place your order please let him know you saw his work on the Curiozity Corner.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Gilroy, Calif. -- Oct. 21, 2007 -- In time for this Halloween, Whitfield & Dodd Publications announces the availability of BOOK ONE in its Alpimar Series of Oz books -- Halloween in Oz: Dorothy Returns, and the free download of Chapter 1.
Entitled “Oz and Aftermath,” Chapter 1 introduces the new series, telling of Dorothy’s problems in the wake of her mysterious trip to the Land of Oz. The download is at http://www.halloweeninoz.com/files/HIO_Chap1r.pdf
Harry’s gone -- but Dorothy returns! With 553 pages, Halloween in Oz is written in the fuller style of twentieth-first century fantasy. However it keeps the spirit of, and remains in the era of, L. Frank Baum’s classic: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written in 1899.
Those who miss Harry Potter and grieve for Hermione will welcome Dorothy Gale back. And Dorothy is as feisty as Hermione ever was. Some of the boys at school in rural Kansas call her a spitfire when they tease her about her tale of Oz. But Dorothy is right. Oz was not simply a dream, as portrayed in the famous movie, but a real place -- as it was for Baum. And in Halloween in Oz, it is revealed that the Land of Oz is part of a larger alternate Earth, a world called Alpimar -- where magic reigns, not science and technology.
It’s a few months after the tornado, and Dorothy wants to visit Oz for many reasons: to prove to herself that Oz does exist, to escape the Kansas of 1900, where only boys are expected to do so many things, and to find an old tintype that was lost in Oz -- the only picture she had of her parents. (She had been orphaned only a year before, when her home near Bowling Green, KY, burned.)
Then, suddenly, the ghostly voices of her parents in a Halloween-night dream summon her back to Oz. Dorothy discovers that the opportunity for evil witchcraft is at its peak during Ozian Halloween -- which lasts for a "witch-week" of thirteen days! She finds old friends, like Scarecrow, Tin-man, Lion, the Munchkins, and new friends, like a mysterious boy with purple hair, a flight of bats, and her Kansas pumpkin-head magically brought to life.
The book can be obtained at Amazon.com -- or expeditiously via the web site: http://www.halloweeninoz.com/ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org ISBN 9780979856204