Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Festive Pink Opening of the Holiday Season

Since this is the weekend that officially opens the holiday season, I thought I would combine it with Beverly's Pink Saturday. Enjoy some festive pinkness!

Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today. Be sure to check out Beverly's Pink Saturday and see all the other bloggers who are participating!

And after getting inspired, go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Friday, November 27, 2009

Don't Be Stampeded on Black Friday!

Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/27-11/30)

50% Off Everything in My Etsy Shop!

Yes! That includes art quilts!

The ideal time to find the perfect gift for a loved one at tremendous mark-down...don't forget to love yourself!

This will be my last sale before the holidays!

Click Here to Visit My Etsy Shop

Thank you - and Happy Shopping!

Please Note: Etsy shopping cart cannot handle sale prices. Please send me a private conversation from Etsy or email me and I will send you a paypal invoice with the discounted price. If you forget and use the Etsy shopping cart, I will immediately refund your discount!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Be thankful for all which you've been blessed
...and save room for second helpings on turkey and pumpkin pie!

Enjoy your family, your friends, your day.

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Sunday, November 22, 2009

...the end of a lovely weekend

I hope your weekend has been as lovely as ours here in Connecticut - it was a perfect New England autumn time. The air was crisp and breezy and the skies were sunny and bright and there was just enough nip in the air to need a sweater. My favorite kind of weather! I don't know why autumn is my favorite season, but it is. I also like spring - but autumn is my favorite.

Hopefully you got a chance to visit Gabriela's Marie Antoinette event for the past five days at her blog. If not, you have missed some wonderful stuff - great information, fun film clips, gorgeous photos, and visits from various artists who create Marie Antoinette inspired art (and, ahem, yours truly was one of the guests!). If you haven't attended yet, click the button below and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! There's also a giveaway happening with a delightful Christmas ornament - a clear orb that contains a complete Marie Antoinette scene! Go read the rules and enter!
I must admit that I find this doll quite amusing. It's a real "ejector head" Marie Antoinette doll! And it comes complete with a removable queen costume that reveals the guillotine frock that she wore on the block. Somehow this just tickles my funny bone. As does ...

Marie Antoinette Head Pops. Somebody has a very dark sense of humor ... and I love it! If you have never visited Shakespeare's Den to shop for the bizarre and unusual, you owe yourself a shop stop!Shopping this weekend was quite an excursion! I ran across this marvelous French Louis XVI Commode a Vanataux which has been ebonized and has white marble top. The bronze frieze on the front is plated in gold and the drawers are all satin upholstered. I surely thought this would be lovely in the study.
And to sit beside it, this 1810 English Regency and Parcel Gilt Bergere. I know some people don't like to mix their French and English treasures. But I like the eclectic look. I can see this chair beside the commode and looking quite at home.

Of course, for light in the late afternoon before it's time to turn on the electric lamps, I would like these late early 19th century neoclassical candleabras of bronze and marble. With so much black and gold, I think I will have to put ruby red candles in the holders - that will spark things up!

And then when it's time to turn on an electric lamp, I would have this charming 1880 French spelter light with bronze finish. Where once behind the isinglass window a candle glowed, now sits an electric light bulb. I really think this is an enchanting piece ... and it would not only fit in my gilt and gold study, but it would fit in almost any other room as well!
I don't really have any need whatsoever for a dressing table. But. Really. How could I leave without this beauty? It's an extra large (almost 7 feet high) Late Victorian dressing table that has been painted - and heavily inlaid with mother of pearl. It's a real knock-your-socks-off treasure!

Seeing this piece made me catch my breath. Circa 1900, this extraordinary, palace-size French Empire Revival armoire dates from circa 1900, and measures 98" (8 ft 2 in) tall, 60" (5 ft) wide and 22" deep. It features extensive and massive bronze mounts throughout by the French bronzier Leon Kahn, who according to Sotheby's was a leading bronzier working in France in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The pediment has neoclassical guilloche, reed and tie, and foliate motifs. The frieze and side panels feature patera, rosettes, and egg and dart motifs. And the center door has putti and swags, lion mask, and lower panel with classical mask, arrow and drapery and foliate motifs. The sides feature floral and geometric parquetry inlay and marquetry inlay depicting flaming torches, surrounded by bronze mounts with foliate and tied ribbon motifs. The cabinet rests upon four enormous animal claw and ball feet. If life was fair, I would own this ... heck, if life was fair I would LIVE in this!

And our final find of the day was this perfectly exquisite 18th century Venetian painted armoire. The second photo shows the mirror borders around the paintings on the door panels, which are on canvas. Wouldn't this be the uber-ultra-magnificent storage for all my Marie Antoinette inspired art supplies?! I think so. I wonder who I could talk to ...

I actually got some work done this weekend. I got three quilts completed and listed in my etsy shop. Two are art quilts, which are my original designs and one of a kind. The last is a utilitarian piece that showcases fabrics from the Wizard of Oz line that was produced a couple years ago. I bought a lot of it, but didn't have much use for it, really. I don't really make quilts that call for Wizard of Oz fabric. But I finally broke down and had a lot of fun playing with traditional blocks and arranging them in a way that was pleasing and showed off the nostalgic fabrics.

Before I take off for the evening, I want to leave you with this poem, which I found particularly provocative.

I Show Up Twelve Years Late For Curfew

I appear cold, muddy, unstable in the foyer.

My parents are polite, but stiff, like a French host family.

They have new children, who have new toys

which make intergalactic noises in the night.

Their eyes are brown with gold flecks, not like mine.

They either can't remember things or don't care

that I hate tomatoes. Over dinner, my mother asks

my middle name. When I tell her, she says "oh, yes?"

Trying to feel relevant now is a bit like

touching my own mouth shot full of anesthetic,

or forming the word "bouche" while drunk.

I survey the unnatural ocean of their new blue carpet

and try not to chew like a starving person.

This is my family, these people so inept at things like

memory and monopoly, I feel like a trickster god

hiding my funny-money under the board.

Copyright (c) 2009 Karyna McGlynn All rights reserved

from I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl

Sarabande Books

Whew - that was a close shave! It's almost time for Dexter! Enjoy your evening everybody - and thank you for spending part of it with me! I hope you had time this weekend to make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

Saturday, November 21, 2009

...Just a touch of Pink Saturday

There are certainly as many different ways to enjoy the color pink as there are people.

Some have a need to deck themselves out in it from head to toe...

whereas some have an overwhelming urge to cover their home in pink and accent it with every other color in the rainbow...
luckily, there are some who are satisfied with just a touch of pink - for instance, covering their entire roof...
But, it's no different with interior design. Some love to pour pink from their design bucket on everything from walls to furniture to accessories. For these people, there can never be too much pink.
Others believe that finding the perfect shade of pink to punch an otherwise staid color combination the ideal solution to the deep seated need for pink.
Of course, if you have found the most fabulous pink settee, it can be the focal point in an otherwise earthy and neutral setting. Pink will always command attention!
If one is afraid of pink, one can go with the palest shimmery pink and use it very sparingly - a couple of lampshades and a lavish bouquet of roses will do the trick.
When you're afraid people will tease you for loving pink, use it as a pop of color in a painting - or on one piece of furniture that makes it stand out as an incongruous statement on using pink in your design - and dare your friends to make fun of it!
Are you somebody who loves pink but doesn't really want to live with it on the walls or the upholstery? No problem! Here is a room filled with designer furnishings, rare antiques and fine art. What does your eye see first? Of course! It's the pink flower! Pink electricity - and no commitment!
Do you want to hide your love of pink where most will never even see it - but where you can admire it every time you walk down the stairs? Dried rosebuds tied high on the lighting fixture. Nobody but you will probably notice it's even there! And, yet, there it is, shedding its pink splendor without making a sound.
Thank you for spending a few minutes with me today - be sure to visit Beverly's Pink Saturday to see all the other people who have chosen to make Saturday the day of pink!

Then - go make something beautiful! ... perhaps something PINK!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

...and what did the postman bring to me today?

The doorbell chimed a while ago, and the postman handed me a large packing box. I had no idea what it could be; I have a few things ordered, but nothing that would require a shipping box this large. Hmmm.

And then I saw the return address ... Secret Marie! Woo hoo! Now I'm excited! Why?, you ask? Because now I know exactly what it is. The Marie Antoinette Mail Art group (see button on side bar) is having a Les Vacances secrétes de Marie Remplacent (Secret Marie Holiday Swap). This was my secret partner's gift! Not that I'm all that much into gifts or anything, of course. I know, of course, that it's far better to give than receive, and - oh, who am I kidding? I love gifts!
I tore open the box, and inside I see ... hmmm ... most exciting and intriguing!

I see a large country French rose fabric wrapped around a box and tied with a grand gold ribbon - and a rolled something-or-other, tied with black glittered paper, pink ribbon and a black feather.
Oh! See what is in the roll! A selection of delightful vintage wallpapers! I'm already thinking of wonderful ways to use these in my work! I especially like the seafoam green piece that I've shown on top here!

Next I untie the golden ribbon and remove the fabric from the box and I find ... OH MY!
this exquisite hatbox. Really really really exquisite. It is meticulously upholstered in fine fabrics and embellished with lavish trims and bow and ribbons and feathers and ... I just can't begin to tell you how beautiful the craftsmanship is ... 'toinette would have been proud to own this box!
After enjoying the outside for a few minutes, and examining every minute area of it, I opened it and find three lovely Marie Antoinette tags - again, beautifully crafted - and on one of the tags, I discover my Secret Marie is Debi! Her blog is Life in My Studio - be sure to visit and see the wonderful things she creates. The tags are heavily embellished and are going to look ever so fine hanging on my Christmas tree!
And, yet, another package, chic in black and white ...
woo hoo! A real collection of romantic trims and ribbons that I will be using on my mini-theatres and Marie-inspired pieces. The ribbons are all wrapped around vintage music covered tags and secured with pearl-head pins.
Just look! This box is never ending! There are more things to see!

Another finely crafted box, Marie inspired, of course. With roses and ribbons and lovely collaged images. I was so delighted with it, that I didn't even think that there would be something IN the box! But ...
A collection of art embellishing treasures - little jars holding strings of sequins, tinsel wire, vintage jewelry and jet beading - wow! And check out the lid of the box - isn't it enchanting?!Oh, LOOK! what I found next! My secret Marie even included treats for Dusty! Isn't that thoughtful. He is quite excited, as I let him smell the package. But he doesn't get one until he comes in from his walk. He knows that it will be good because green Milk Bones are his favorites!
And the box just continues to surprise! This plethora of ribbon and silk flowers are so appreciated - I can never have enough. And I just love the little "sugared" bird!
oooh oooh oooh! Fabrics in Marie's favorite hues and a roll of ecru lace, all tied with papers and ribbons, and looking properly festive!
and, finally, another box wrapped in black (with gold ribbon this time) holds this Marie ornament, made of 'toinette images and braid and feathers and crystals and .. ! It will look so beautiful on the tree this holiday - though I plan on hanging it in my studio all year to enjoy.
Isn't that the most wondrous gift ever?! I'm terribly grateful to Debi for taking such time and care and making the joy of opening the contents as exciting as the items themselves! I am now so in the mood for the holidays...this started me right off. I may make Christmas cards tonight!
Thanks for spending some time this afternoon and opening my gifts with me! And, Debi, hopefully you'll read this and know how much I just love and appreciate everything!

Now, surely, with all these lovely things as inspiration, you should be off to make something beautiful - right?!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥