So, speaking of keeping up with my own, hold your breath and take a leap with me through Bloglandia and beyond!
Our church just commissioned a new handcarved and crafted communion table. It's hard to see with all the flowers on dedication day ... but it's really beautiful. Our church, founded in 1746, and our current building erected between 1812 and 1816, is always a stunning environment. But the new table adds to the elegance and dignity of the chapel.
Terri at Artful Affirmations made this really pretty glittered crepe paper flower. She was also generous enough to share her secrets on a tutorial video. If you would like to learn how to make these - which I think would be terrific gift wrapping embellishments! - just click the image.
Gross. His bag doesn't match his shoes.Does anyone know who that is on his tee shirt? I’m focusing really hard on that question in order to block out everything else going on here and to keep from bursting into tears.
You know that creep with the cigar and the cell phone who cut you off on the highway - the one you really wanted to turn into a frog ... well, learn how to do it! - and for only $3.99!
I hate to shave on Sundays ...
Self-taught Oakland, CA artist Scott Hove has created an astounding series of sculptures - and environments! - titled "Cakeland: Pretty Enought to Eat, Fierce Enough to Bite Back." Aren't they amazing?
His artist statement includes: Cakeland is a series of sculptures and installations resembling perfect delicious cakes - wall mounted, hanging and standing - and walk-through cake environments complete with their own lighting.
The sculptures have all the appeal of the best cake you have ever tasted, but it can never be eaten. The nature of edible cake is fleeting, lasting only as long as the brief celebration it was made for. These cakes last as long as the artist or society have the wherewithal to preserve them.
Click any of his photos here to go to his site and see much much more...including a virtual VR360° tour of Cakeland!
I have no idea what is going on in this photo from the early 20th century Folies Bergére, but I bet they're having a lot of fun doing it.
I know a few weeks ago I wrote "if you got it flaunt it." It's clear I should have made it much more clear what "it" is. Please note: this is not "it." However, I'm so glad this photo was shot from the back. I don't even want to contemplate what ... well ... never mind ....
I've been fortunate enough to have seen my fair share of Broadway shows over my lifetime - probably even I should own up to seeing a few of somebody else's fair share as well! However, even with all the turntables and electric tracks and miracles of modern engineering, it's still rare to see a stage set as enchanting and magical as this one from the early 20th century. It may not be as complicated as "Wicked" - but it's every bit as lavish and extravagant, albeit via a more simple avenue. (Like almost all my photos, click to get a larger and more clear image!)
Costumes, sets, lights, and - as my theatre professors always stressed - stage pictures!
Isn't it interesting. Fashion always comes full circle. Beards are popular again, though today they're shorter - really more like stubble. But it's nice to see where the trend started, isn't it?
And, I mean to ask you ....
I found this fun chandelier at Heidi's Bird of a Feather. I think it's very clever - not really my personal style - but, still, really creative. It even took me a second (okay, a nano-second) to realize it wasn't a "real" chandelier!
I want to have dinner at this table. Or lunch. Or a light snack. Just let me sit and enjoy it! I discovered this gorgeous tablescape at Habitually Chic - where everything is always habitually chic! The blog's mantra is Glamorous Lives and Stylish Places - and they're always shared lavishly.
Remember when Judy was going to play Helen Lawson in "Valley of the Dolls" (my number one favorite guilty pleasure)? Before she was fired and Susan Hayward was hired, this is what Helen Lawson was to look like. Quite a switch to Ms. Hayward!
Okay. When I saw this next photo, these are the things I noticed, in the order that I noticed them:
5. Popped Collar
7. Sunglasses, hand weight, white wine (I kind of noticed all of those at once)
10. Wait a second ...
12. Is that .. in his shorts ...?
13. Let's just keep looking at the dog!
14. Oh, no! Please tell me it's not ...
15. DOG!!! DOG DOG DOG DOG DOG!!!!!
16. [violent sobbing]
Oh, please. Some beauty! These magnificent floral arrangements, complete with ostrich plumes and miles of strung cut glass crystals was excitedly discovered at Mahogany Madisson. Check out her blog and all the links to wonderful products - including soap that looks JUST like macaroons straight from Lauderee!
Polychrome roses and cherubs - for no reason other than that they're exquisite ...
Some child in the seventies grew up in a home with these patchwork velvet chairs in the living room. No wonder our nation has a drug problem of epidemic proportions.
This mid 20th century French iron folding screen would be charming used as room divider, wouldn't it? I love folding screens that have absolutely no function beyond being pretty!
This 1860's French birdcage is almost 6 feet high and 3 feet wide! It's so graceful and grand ... I don't even have birds. But, if I could have this cage, I would immediately get lovebirds!
Harrumph. I thought I heard somebody rummaging through the recycling bin last night. Excuse me, you Adam Lambert wannabe, I ask that you kindly give me back that giant wad of aluminum foil. Stealing from the city's recycling program hurts us all.
Remember, this is your last reminder before I choose the winner of the free custom printed greeting cards from UPrinting! Remember! The more people who you refer and mention your name, the more chances you get to win! Click on image to enter ...
Just because it's a fabulous photo of a fabulous character ...Now, go make something beautiful!
(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥