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!
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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 ♥

23 comments:

mo.stoneskin said...

Where have you bean?

Oh yeah, you've been busy. Clearly an unbelievable talent.

For a moment when I saw those photos I thought "holy moose, is it pink Saturday already?"

mo.stoneskin said...

Bean? What am on? Where have you been I thought. There were no beans in my thoughts.

peggy gatto said...

Your mini theater is just a treasure!!!!!
Have a beautiful weekend
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Kaerie Faerie said...

Your in Chicago my home town, I love the Shubert, I'm so jealous, I'm sitting here making French Faeries looking at cows!
Kaerie Faerie

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

No - different Shubert - I'm in New Haven...the home of THE Shubert. LOL

Nelly said...

Wow! You have a ton of fun info. here. Your theatre looks fantastic!! The details are great! I'm going over your post again and follow all the links now. Its great that you feel better.
Nelly

ginny said...

Love the old photos, the theatre and well, just your whole blog.

Deborah said...

Your theater is fabulous! Happy to hear you survived your ordeal. I walk past a house that has the leg lamp in the heels everyday on my walk. It's upstairs centered in a huge window in their billiard room. I have always wanted to stop by and ask for a tour! Stay well. **blows kisses** Deborah

Ingrid Mida said...

Glad to have you back at blogging. It's just no fun when you don't post. Your work is divine! Really over the top delicious.
I am a fan of Gabriela's work too. I am participating in her mood board party. Do you use one?

TRES BELLE said...

Absolutely stunning...your theater. I also think it's so much fun to receive the neat little pieces of ribbons, lace, buttons, ephemera from people. It's like being a "kid in a candy store". I'm making up a Marie Box to sell and using one of my own boxes filled to the brim with wonderful pinkness, greens, blues, etc.. I hope to have it ready to show on my blog in the next week.

Kris

Enchanted Productions by Joyce Stahl said...

Your theatre is just delightful...as always!

Glad to see your back....I know so many of us have missed you!

Enchanted Blessings,
Joycee

Sue said...

Fabulous theatre Tristan! Just gorgeous, wish I could see it, up close and personal (so to speak). You mentioned putting feet on it, I think that little ball feet (or other) would put it over the top perfect!

Just watched the Bitches clip - hilarious.

Please stop by my blog to pick up a very special award that I am giving you.

Shell said...

I love the theatre. Worthy of a Queen! You got a treasure trove from Miss Berlin. Have a beautiful weekend, Tristan.

Melly said...

oh my! I love the theatre!! You are so wonderfully creative!

Frippery said...

Love the theater and the pretty bits and bobs from Ms. Berlin and the links and all the great eye candy too. I always leave here with a smile on my face. I was thinking of doing the collage camp as well but couldn't make up my mind. (or dig up my pennies after signing up for SB)I can't wait to see what you make.

a painter said...

What a great post--worth the wait! Your new theater is divine! I went by the pink house w/blue trim in New Haven the other day and thought of your post. That color doesn't really work well in the neighborhood at all with the other architecture. Thanks for another witty, entertaining, informative and fun post!

Robin said...

Seams ever since Kerri Judd(sp) came out with her Crowns and Tiaras book, everyone is making them. I used to make them all the time for my girls and then they out grew them. But last year I managed to find myself in a tiara swap, and now my girls (in their mid 20s) have asked me to create them again. I even created a seashell tiara for my surfer girl out in Hawaii.

I love your little theater.
And...glad to hear you are over your flue or whatever.
Hope you had a beautiful day....

Vintage Soul said...

That theater is gorgeous. I love what you did. very sumptuous. I have the same problem you do with the picture taking especially up-close photos. I am putting a good camera on my birthday and Christmas wish list. Glad to have you back.

Gossamer Creations said...

Your theatre is just beautiful. Fit for a queen ! I am still working on mine..............and yes we all missed your posts. Have an exciting weekend.
~Sue~

Baroness Bijoutery said...

I just love you little Theatre..it is straight out of a time long past....I really enjoy your blog and all the lovely old pictures you post...

carylsrealm said...

Oh my gosh! Your theatre is absolutely stunning!

RobinfromCA said...

What an informative entry! I have to come back when I can click on all the links and see everything else but I'm in the "Vegas mode" where all day blog reading isn't going to happen! The theatre is beautiful, BTW. And I have to tell you that "The Boob Fairy Never Visited Me" is a favorite song amongst my four sisters-in-law and myself. Although she did visit one of us enough for the rest of us for which we blame her endlessly.

Happy Pink Saturday!
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Berlin Deluxxe said...

All your work is amazing, I honestly can't pick out a favorite :)
Even if you decided on putting the "Tristan touch" on one of those tacky lamps I'm sure we'd all find it amazing too! Love it all.
I'm glad you enjoyed the little bits. I can't wait to see what you'll be creating at camp!