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Strange wonders in the mail
key to the kingdom
So after that last entry, I leaned back in my chair, put my feet up (not on my desk, but braced against the back panel underneath), turned on my all-time favorite song (I'm weird, I don't know) and just kind of lay there for a while, not really thinking about anything at all. And then I went and took a shower and dipped into my precious sample bottle of Lush's Snow Fairy.

And then when I got out, a package had come for me. I feel like I have to disclose this in the interest of fair play--apparently the team at coraline.com decided I should be one of fifty websites or bloggers or something to receive something "handcrafted and special" (said the email I got a couple of days ago), and my first thought was, God bless them, they're going to send me a spare Coraline head. Yeah. This package was a lot bigger than a puppet head, and it... rattled.

So I open the cardboard shipping box--I had no idea at the time if it was something from y'all or what--and pull off a few handfuls of packing paper, and I see this beautiful, battered wooden box (HANDMADE IN OREGON, 33/50), about a foot wide and maybe four inches deep, and when I open it, there inside the lid is a little movie still printed on paper and tacked up like it's an old photograph: C. LOOKS UNDER BED. In the box itself there are five deep blue HAIR SWATCHES CUSTOM-DYED FOR C. (kind of thick and bristly), a bottle of NAIL POLISH CUSTOM-MADE FOR C. in the same color, and a MINI HAT (a dark, flat cap, kind of like a train conductor's or a soldier's) CUSTOM-MADE FOR... well. You know.

There's a little compartment in the front, and inside is a big, shiny, old-fashioned silver key on a ball chain (C.'s NECKLACE). I have to tell you, I have a big thing about old-fashioned keys. I don't know why, but I have this huge fixation with just the imagery of them; I have some key earrings and a couple of key pendants, a handful of tarnished old skeleton keys I keep in a box somewhere, all kinds of things. So the moment I saw the necklace, I was completely a-squee. If I can convince myself that I will not be devaluing a movie collectible, I am totally going to wear it.

The lid itself was about an inch thick, maybe more, and it also rattled, so after some fiddling I managed to get the top panel open (a lid that thick, there obviously had to be something in there), and inside was a picture of Coraline's hand holding up a little black key with the head shaped like a button--and there, inside the lid, was a little black key with a head shaped like a button. There was an envelope glued to the top of the lid, sealed with black wax and a black button, and inside was a typed letter explaining basically the same thing the email had. And there was a password to get on to the website, but I don't know if I'm supposed to share what it is. So I'll look into that a bit later and see how that goes. I'll have to find someone's digital camera and take some pictures of the box--really, really nicely done, I have to say.

ETA: Someone else's box, with different contents. My password was "buttoneyes," by the way; I think others are listed on that page as well.

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Couldn't happen to a better or more deserving member of the blogerati. Congrats, enjoy, and revel.

Oh man. I'm embarrassed now. I thought that was a Cyndi Lauper original.

(Also, seeing her perform it live was better than the rather silly video.)

Well, it's complicated--Orbison passed away before his version was released; I think his is actually a demo vocal they added instrumentation to. So Lauper's version was the one that was actually released first; Orbison's didn't come out until 1990, as a memorial kind of thing.

That is *really freakin' cool!

that's so cool!

i just looked at the website and i can't get in. SO ANNOYING. who knows the secret password and wants to let me in to the cool kid's club?

I've just emailed to ask if I can give out the password. They're probably going to be like, DUH, THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF SENDING IT TO YOU.

That sounds like the most amazing thing!

I love old-fashioned keys too. They are just full of mystery for me. I should start some type of collection.

Way to go, though!

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Congrats on the swag! I'd totally wear the key, btdubbs. It's just too awesome to leave alone.

I've tried a couple keys--they all fill the space on the website.

Stopmotion, buttoneyes, moustachio, armpithair, puppetlove, and sweaterxxs are all proven to work.

lol @ armpithair. Nicely done. :D

Dude! Awesome! That is some cool (and clearly effective) promoing right there.

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I'm just going to go ahead and admit that I harbor a strange love for Celine Dion's version of that song.

Yeah... I listen to it sometimes. It's just that awesome a song, really.

Wow! That sounds really nifty! They really put some thought into that. :)

And then I went and took a shower and dipped into my precious sample bottle of Lush's Snow Fairy.

Are we talking about this Lush? Because I'm going through an crazy Lush phase right now - I couldn't live without my Celestial face cream, my Smitten hand cream, and the occasional treat of a Sex Bomb and my Heavenly Bodies buttercream. We only just got Lush a few months ago and I went head over heels.

Seriously. That's practically all I want for Christmas this year.

Edited at 2008-11-21 12:53 am (UTC)

Yes! I've tried a couple other things from them, but so far, Snow Fairy is the only thing I just crave like a craving thing. I do want to try one of their scary-expensive new moisturizers at some point, though. I forget which one I decided would probably be best for my skin.

Well that's awesome. Also, "Strange wonders in the mail" sounds like a missing line from Wuthering Heights (the song, not the novel).

NOw thats the way to turn around your blah day!

I was completely baffled for several reasons when I read this. First of all, I had no idea that was a Roy Orbison song (is that Jennifer Connelly in the video?); I'd only heard Celine Dion's version.

And then I had no idea who or what Coraline is. Thank you, Wikipedia. I'm really starting to think I need to do something about my ignorance of all things related to Neil Gaiman.

Yes, that is Connellycious in the video. :)
I have never heard this song at all.
This is weirding me out.

That's some really nifty swag!

I have never heard this song! Ever! Not by anyone!

Neil posted this link in his blog the other day which has pictures of the box sent to that site, as well as a code.

Mine had secret compartments and theirs didn't! AND NAIL POLISH I feel special now.

So jealous. A couple of people in the Alternate Reality Gaming community have gotten boxes - I wonder if they're going to do an ARG for Coraline? If so, that would be awesome.

The passwords are out and about on the internet - here, in particular - it won't matter if you share it, but it's nice for you to have emailed them and asked. :)

Edited at 2008-11-21 01:19 am (UTC)


I wanna see! I wanna see!

That's so cool! And what a great day for it to come!

Ooooh, that is wicked. (And old keys are fascinating--I don't know, maybe I read too many picture books of fairy tales as a kid, but that's how I sort of feel keys are supposed to look.)

Also, you're not weird, "I Drove All Night" is one of the greatest songs ever (well, imho). I grew up with the Cyndi version, but Roy Orbison's is great as well (I think just clicking on that link made my evening better).

Same here--I always loved Cyndi Lauper's, but when MTV started playing the Orbison tribute video--the one I linked to--in about 1990 or so, I fell in love with that one, too. And I even liked Carly Smithson's version on American Idol. It's just really a fantastic song. And great to wail along with.


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