Saturday, August 8, 2020

Birds of a Glorious (Pink) Feather ...

As I was surfing and browing around the internet, I stumbled upon this image of a bird family that intrigued me. The vibrant shocking pink color of the feathers was the first thing that caught my attention, but then I noticed the unusual shaped beak, and that the male and female of this species looked remarkably similar (unusual for 'show-y' birds!), not forgetting that the beaks on the babies were obviously going to grow into that strange platypus-shape - but start out more like little duck beaks. I did a little searching and discovered that this is the Roseate Spoonbill from South America.
Well, of course I realized how fun it would be for a Pink Saturday post to search out other pink and fabulous birds, both exotic and domestic. And, to my surprise, there were no small supply of them! From parrots and pigeons (yes! pigeons!), to canaries, a rare cardinal species, not to mention the gorgeous Flaring Pink Gorget!
I've assembled a Pink Saturday dozen for you to enjoy! I hope you find them as enchanting and almost magical as I do!


... and of course, I couldn't complete the dozen without a photo of stunning pink flamingo!

As always, thanks to Beverly for hosting Pink Saturday blog hop - be sure to check out the other offerings at the link here.

... now go and make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´) Tristan

 ... and just one little addition - with the dozens of books read during the shelter-in-place order for the pandemic, I have just read my absolute favorite book of the year.

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt...A Memoir by Anonymous 
My Goodreads review of Becoming Duchess Goldblatt:
I opened this book with no expectations. As I am a fairly fast reader, I was halfway through it when I realized: whoa! This is something special. Something not to be glossed over. This is something to be savored. So I started over, and read slowly, relishing every delicious word combination and whimsical improbable possibility.

I only wish I had discovered Duchess long before the book was written and I was made aware of her. She is a magical, enchanting, and devilishly clever wordsmith who has the ability to envelope her reader in genuine love and compassion and the care that would come if the reader were one instead of one of thousands.

I can't even begin to say what this book is. It's not a novel. It's not a biography. It's not a roman à clef. It's not a book of humor. It's not a self-help book. It's not a celebrity expose. It's not the story of survival and emotional courage. However, it's all of those things.

If treasures like "Sometimes I tie your words in linen with a little lavender and mint and use them as a poultice for my weary old heart" and "If you find yourself feeling embittered, roll around in a barrel of kosher salt until encrusted, and then set yourself in a collander to drain" or "A lot of people go very Martha Graham when dancing on their enemies' graves. Me, I like flamenco. I want the souls of the dead to feel it" excite and thrill you and make you smile, rush out and get this book!

It's less than 200 can easily read it twice in once sitting. And, when you read it, you will want to read it again!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

A Happy New Year to You and Yours

Best wishes for a dazzling and intriguing new year!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´) Tristan

Friday, December 20, 2019

From My Home to Yours ... Joyeux Noël!

I wanted to share some of my holiday decorations with you. I know I don't usually post photos of my own things LOL - but I don't expect any guests this year for the holidays, so you'll be the only ones to join me in my holiday festivities!

Here is my studio ... and my Putz houses and German nutcrackers and sisal bottle brush tree collection.
Heh heh, you can tell from the top photo that I got a little carried away with the cropping of this photo - quite a few things were cropped off both ends. I was too crop-happy! LOL
The bottom two shelves house my Disney music box collection and collection of vintage Disney figurines.

Here are a few of my favorite Disney ornaments - I never seem to get enough of them!

This is our Nutcracker Suite tree. It is filled with ornaments depicting the story and my favorite characters from the ballet. Underneath the tree is our collection of Nutcracker Suite music boxes.
These are a few of my favorite ornaments and music boxes.

We probably have more Wizard of Oz ornaments than any other 'theme' - I started collecting them when I was quite young - still in school. And I've never stopped adding. I've become especially fond of the new ones that play music and light up and recite little sections of the film!
Just a few of my favorite ornaments from the merry old land of Oz!
 I've also always loved these rare ornaments with scenes from the film under glass domes. Sadly, they're just too darned heavy to hang on a tree, so I have to just plunk them down under the trees LOL
These are just a few of our Wizard of Oz music boxes ... we have to choose which ones to look at each year - we're just out of space LOL
I'm the only person I know who has a whole tree devoted to Marilyn Monroe. But there is some method to my bizarre madness. I have always been a huge fan - and there are so many really beautiful Marilyn ornaments. But, I always thought they looked strange next to more traditional ornaments on the Christmas tree. So I decided to devote one tree just to Marilyn ... and now I love it!
Here are a few of my Marilyn collection - check out those blow glass ornaments, arent' they knock outs?! My favorite is the funky television - when you push the top button, it plays a recording of Marilyn singing "Santa Baby!" 

Still under Holiday Construction!
Saturday, 7:30 pm. Whew. I'm still decorating our 'big' tree. I've just about had it for the day. This is as far as I've gotten.
I hope you'll stop by Sunday afternoon and see the finished tree and a few other special holiday decorations! I just can't go on any long today LOL.

 These are a few of my favorite traditional ornaments. Almost all are blown glass with hand painting embellishment - quite a few are very old. But there are also some fun new ones - I'm crazy about the 'new' retro '50s space ship and space men ornaments, as well as the reproduction miniature Victorian tin toys (that actually operate!). The gorgeous art doll is from artist Joanna, and the charming Victorian paper cornucopia is by by dear friend and artist Peggy Daily Gatto. Be sure to check out the amazing tiny carved and painted scene inside the walnut! 
Thanks to Beverly for hosting the marvelous Beverly's Pink Saturday blog hop! Be sure to check out all the other offerings this Christmas week!

Now, go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´) Tristan

Friday, December 13, 2019

What Do the Simple Folk Do? Part II

After searching the internet last to find photos of the way the upper half of the society decorates their Christmas trees and interiors for the holidays, I thought I should do the same thing with the exteriors! So many beautiful ways to welcome friends and loved ones to the home during the merriest of seasons!

 Be sure to check out all the other offerings at this week's

Now, get busy and make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´) Tristan

Friday, December 6, 2019

What Do the Simple Folk Do?

One of my favorite moments in a Broadway musical is in the splendid show Camelot, when King Arthur and Queen Guenevere - feeling rather down in the dumps - sing a song titled "What Do the Simple Folks Do?," in which they ponder they way people not as royal as they manage to life themselves out of the doldrums.

I decided to turn the tables on the song and chase around the internet to see the way the other half decorate the insides of their oh-so-humble abodes for the holidays.

Be sure to check out all the other offerings on this week's 

Now - shouldn't you go make something beautiful?
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´) Tristan