Friday, April 17, 2009

Well, it's been a while ...

since we sat and had a good chat about life and love and the eternal questions. So pull up a hairdryer and let's get on with it!

I have been making a few goodies ... last week I was kind of out of it. So I'm trying to make up for it this week. This piece is almost finished I think.

Here's a peek at the very top of it...

...and another peek at some of the interior details

This is the mini-theatre without it's character ...

who, naturally, is...

This piece is about 10" high, 4.5" wide and 3" deep. It's hard to tell (because I'm the world's worst photographer), but there is a lot of detail in this. Many rhinestones and chrystals and ribbons and crepe paper ruffles. I especially like the "frame" - I gold leafed it - which took forever ... and then I ended up gluing things like beads and Dresden scrap all over it any way! I think it's properly royal enough to house la 'toinette! I would call this finished, but I'm starting to think that it needs legs of some sort - so I'm going to look at it for another day before deciding.

Well, time to move on from Versailles to more real things.

Oh! Not yet! Speaking of royal! Gabriela Delworth is offering a free template to make one of her exquisite paper crown/tiaras! She is also going to offer a tutorial on how to create them. If you aren't familiar with her work, you should check it out - and if you are, then you know how beautiful her crowns are! Click on the link below to go to her site and get the link to download the template! I'm going to make a Mother's Day crown for my mother, I think. I get a kick out of the idea of her wearing it.

Remember that wonderful kitschy lamp that the father won in A Christmas Story? Frankly, I always thought it was just in the imagination of the screenwriter and director, knowing that there was never anything that tacky in people's homes.

Well, I've been wrong before...and I guess I'll be wrong again...
Last night we caught the musical/comedy act "Four Bitchin' Babes" at the Shubert Theatre. They were just terrific! They had lovely voices and had really tight musical arrangements and harmonies, etc...but - ohmigosh - they were soooooo funny! With song titles like "The Boob Fairy Never Visited Me," "Viagra in the Water," "Hotflash," and "Don't Mess With Me - I'm Somebody's Mother" you get the idea! Click on the logo below and go to their site to watch a short video clip of part of their act. If they are touring near you, it's definitely worth getting tickets!
Oh, and this is an ATC I made for the monthly lottery on Marie Antoinette Mail Art.
I have fun making ATC's. I don't expect to win the lottery. As already this month, I've won prizes from Joy at Cupid's Charm and Gabriela Delworth, both from their Marie Antoinette celebrations, I have won more than my fair share of goodies! Earlier this year I won a lovely piece of jewelry from Ivy Creations on the PFATT Artists giveaway. Those are the first things I've ever won ... and to have it happen all in a row!, well, I should probably be playing the lottery! Be sure to check out their blogs - whenever I go there, I feel like a little boy with his nose pressed against the window keeping the goodies out of reach!

I had a little trade with Miss Berlin from Shabby Thoughts. If you don't follow her blog, click on her banner below and check it out. It's a fun place. We traded some stuff for some stuff. Well, today I received an "after" gift box. I was so surprised, because I thought our trade was finished! But I'm certainly not one to refuse a lovely gift!
Inside were all these charming little pieces of this and that and lovely little wrapped gifts.
What a fab array of sparkles and beads and laces and trims, oh my! Those sparkly bits are all going to find homes in my theatres and tussie mussies - I can't wait to use them. And the lace and tatting bits are going to come in very handy when I start Collage Camp at K.C.Willis' in a few weeks.

We've been given a supply list for collage camp - and I've been having fun picking up some of the items we'll need. I found some terrific ticking that will get coffee-stained and ripped and added into the collages. I really like that blue and white piece - it looks just like an old mattress! We're also supposed to have some lace and trims, things of which I really don't have much. For some reason I just never buy lace and tatwork - probably because I don't use it in my work. NOt that I have anything against it - I just never got started. So, Miss Berlin's gifts are going to come in very handy!

Okay. I should get back to work. This did get kind of rambly ... but it has been so long since I've written, I felt I should put some time into it. And for all of you who have stuck with me during this past week of minimal posting, remember...I love you thiiiiiiiiiiis much!
Now, get out there and make something fabulous!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

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