Friday, November 20, 2020

Merchandising an American Icon

Oh, American merchandising! 

In the classic 1950 Disney movie, Cinderella's faery godmother gives her a silver ball gown and bibbity boppity boos her strawberry blond hair into an updo.
The ball gown is silvery and shimmery and white and sparkly - and perfect to set off those all-important glass slippers (which we never are to learn exactly how she is able to walk in). He hair is still that lovely shade of strawberry blonde, which keeps her from looking too much like a California surfer chick...but like a - well - prototype for decades of Disney princesses!
However - to mix faery tale metaphors - there is a poison apple in the mix here.
When the designers for the merchandising for the film went to the drawing boards, they thought that the dress looked too bridal, so they changed it to blue - and also lightened her hair, because the solid buttery shade of yellow was an easier color to manufacture!
Not to mention, with so many Cinderella dolls to sell, they had to make sure that the ball gown was easily distinguished from her wedding gown - because selling two gowns for a doll was much better for the cash drawer than selling only one!

Was this merchandising tweak successful?

Well, now, today, everybody thinks that Cinderella wore blue to the ball - even people who have never seen the classic film! Does it matter that it's not true? Not a bit. After all - impossible things keep happ'ning every day!
Even when Disney remade Cinderella as a live-action film, they changed the color of the ball-gown from silver to blue to strengthen the merchandising image, not the original film!

This fascinating piece of useless trivia brought to you by ... Enchanted Revelries and me!

Now, go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´) Tristan

 and I leave you with the enchanting stage magic of the 2013 Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Cinderella, starring Laura Osnes and Victoria Clark singing the transformation song Impossible


Saturday, November 7, 2020

America Has Been Put Through Enough, Mr. President - I'm Weary and Worn Out

It has been a long while since I posted here. I have been rather distraught and disjointed and semi-dysfunctional over the events of 2020 in America. From the pandemic and the dreadful response to it by the government; the tragic race-baiting and rioting; the racist profiling and murdering of people of color by some police officers; our President's litany of lies, distortions, misinformation and deceit spread throughout the country by social media almost daily; and, finally, the election. I'm just bone-tired of it all. It has been - by far - the most dreadful year of my life. And nothing bad happened to me personally! Even though I take the attempt to destroy democracy in my nation somewhat personally.

As always, John Pavlovitz (who I now refer to as my best friend - with my tongue firmly in my cheek, as I've never met the man), has written a short essay which expresses exactly how I feel, but in words that are succinct, comprehensible - and not worthy of censoring!

President Trump, Haven’t You Put America Through Enough?



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Americans and Their Abusive Relationship

I know, I know, I know ... it's very bad form to post political opinions on an arts and travel and unique special interests blog like this one. And I haven't in over a decade, so I am pretty good. But, we are in a most unusual time in our nation - in the world! - and I read this very short essay by the marvelous John Pavlovitz today. It articulates exactly how I feel about this issue right down to the last comma and period. So, I'm going to post it in its entirety here. I hope you read it, and take from it what you will

Americans Need To Get Out of This Abusive Relationship




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John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017 he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His new book, Hope and Other Superpowers, arrived on November 6th.


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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