Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Spring Morning's Ramblings and Wanderings...

Spring has finally arrived in full splendor at long last! Everything is blooming and the grass has become soft and sweet and that marvelous shade of New England sod green. The air actually smells of lilacs and salt from the breeze off the ocean. Perfect!

Anybody leave their shoes at my place after last week's soirée with Sarah Palin?

Straight from Ulla's Moth Tales collection of faery tale style and inspiration comes this charming little frog marionette. Don't you just want to play with him for a whole afternoon and make him go on lots of frog marionette adventures?!

Hey - what are you looking at?

The question for the day is .... (no answers required, just a hypothetical...)

Is one ashtray in the children's rooms enough? What do you think?

The exquisite restored crown on the gates of Versailles ... just completed this Spring.
I have a feeling this wouldn't be a HUGE seller today ... certainly not in Arizona (oops - did I say that?!)

sigh. Obviously these poor women have no gay men in their lives ...

Any other Marilyn fanatics out there? I have never seen this photograph before - and I can't figure out what film it's from! It is completely unrecognizable to me. Anybody have the inside info? I thought maybe it was for a costume that was cut from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" - but it doesn't seem quite right for that film. Of course, that could be why it was cut - IF that's what it is.
Here we have the Wizard of Oz on his leisurely journey back to the land of E Pluribus Unum.

There is a lot about this room I'm not fond of ... however, that chair with the is-it-peacock-feathers-? upholstery is stunning! Overall, the room looks a bit too much like a second hand shop for me. But there are some fab individual items. I'm sure my opinion matters to Hamish.

One hour. Go ahead. Try it. I dare you.

OMG. I've just died and gone to over-the-top fabulous day bed heaven! I want this so badly I can taste it!

I've never really had that much interest in doll houses. But there have been a lot of blog entries lately about doll houses - from Kaerie at Kaerie Faerie who is keeping us updated on her lovely and loving restoration of her childhood dollhouse, to Maggi at Just Add Glitter and Stir who today showed us a pretty amazing dollhouse-used-as-laundry-storage. So, now when I run across a really awesome dollhouse, I stop and take more of a look ... like this one. I could move right in!

Whatever the occasion - Halloween, play, masquerade, costume party, Tuesday afternoon - I so appreciate all the time and effort and skill that went into making these costumes! If there were prizes involved, I hope they won!

I'm enchanted with these collages - I'm fairly certain they're digital. I don't know the name of the artist. Only that he wrote: "Where they now- those who went before us? Or- in the words of Francois Villon- Where are the snows of yesteryear?

I have always been fascinated by old photographs of long-dead people. They look at us from out of the past- and we can only wonder who they were, and imagine what their stories are."

You can see many more here.

When we see the exquisite (or bizarre, on occasion!) offerings by fashion designers, everything is so perfect and spot-on-target with accessorizing and styling, in order to show the clothing at its best advantage. The marvelous Alexander McQueen even insisted that the pores on this model's face be removed.But, seeing these photographs reminded me that every show - be it fashion, Broadway, or art exhibit, has a backstage story to tell. Which often belies the calm, dignified and elegant proceedings we see in front of the "curtain."

These shots were taken backstage of the 1954 showing of Pierre Balmain's Spring collection. You can just see the frenzy and excitement - and sweat! And then that moment of taking a calming breath before hitting the runway ...

Thanks for spending some time with me ... I see I'm at 599 followers! Welcome to all the new-found friends! Just one more follower, and I'll have to come up with a groovy giveaway to celebrate another blogging landmark!

I hope you found something to delight, amuse, or amaze you today. I'm off to the studio today to put the finishing touches on a few pieces for a weekend exhibit next week. Such a shame to miss being outside in this glorious Spring weather - but obligations must be paid!

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