Friday, December 24, 2010

Have an Enchanted Christmas, Dear Friends and Readers

Please click on image to see my holiday card to you...

Remember ~ Sparkle! Shimmer! Glimmer! Gleam! Make it a beautiful weekend!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Let's take a break from the holiday rush ...

... have a cup of coffee and chat about beautiful and absurd and fun and outrageous things.

In the holiday frame of mind, I've been curious why I am dreaming about taking these revolving seven-foot high crystal and gold pillar lamps and wrapping them with spirals of ivy and mistletoe and placing them beside the front entrance. Did I mention: they revolve?

Now some might find these a little over the top (as such a thing exists), but I believe I've figured out why I am so attracted to all that glitters and shines.

I had a deprived childhood.

No. It's true. All through my childhood, I begged (by which I mean screamed and cried and kicked my heels on the floor of the grocery) my mother to let us put Glass Wax stenciled pictures on the windows at Christmas time.She always refused. She always had some argument or other: they weren 't pretty; they wouldn't look nice with the other decorations; they would make too much mess; they were too expensive (yes! she even tried THAT, knowing full well that the person kicking the floor of the grocery was 15 years old and knew how much money 39¢ was!).

So is it any wonder that I am so warped and in need of extreme at the holiday time? It's my mother's fault. As is everything, of course.

Don't you just LOVE this photo of Yves Montand, lifting Edith Piaf for a kiss?! How short was she? Well, to begin with, he's not very tall - plus, notice her shoes? She's not even as tall as she appears to be! I do wish whoever Magic Marker'ed (is that a proper verb?) all over this photo hadn't done so.

Doesn't this look like a fun place to shop?! It's called Gypsy Honeymoon. I first ran across it online - but then they did an article about it in Bliss Victoria. If I'm ever in San Francisco - and I haven't been for ten years - but you never know! - I'm heading there directly from the airport!

How ticked off would you be if you had to be one of the damned swans? That really goes past being a mere runner up. That's like saying you had some cheek to even enter in the first place.

Ann Wood, one of my absolute favorite fanciful artists, has created a new series of charming papier maché and fabric boats. Isn't it gorgeous! I so want to have it soaring over the dining room table! See more of her work at Ann Wood Handmade.

Do you do special holiday baking? I'm not much of a baker - and living in a city (and a mere two blocks from the fabulous bakeries in Little Italy!) there's really no need to mess up one's own kitchen with flour in the air. But at Christmas time, I really do like to make some cookies. Nothing extravagant mind you. Just plain old down home cookies. Usually, after the holidays, I can always find a part-time job...

anyway. I always make chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate cheesecake brownies and a few ice box "bar" cookies. I'm a regular baking crew all on my own!
My favorite of the cookies is the plain old everyday crisp-but-moist sugar cookies cut from big Christmas cookie cutters and all decorated with frosting and little candied - well - things. For the first time in the history of my blog, I'm going to share a recipe. (Geesh, the holidays have really gotten to me, haven't they?!) This is the never fail sour cream sugar cookie recipe that everybody loves. Give it a try!
Tristan's Sugar Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Cream together 1 1/2 cups white sugar, butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs. Add sour cream.
  2. Mix together 5 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to the egg-sugar mixture.
  3. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Roll out on lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 10 - 12 minutes.
  6. To Make Frosting: In small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat together the softened cream cheese and evaporated milk until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/8 teaspoon salt and confectioners' sugar. Beat until well blended. Color as desired and frost cooled cookies.
Take care not to overwork the dough. Just mix it, chill it and roll it. Don't torture it. Make sure to cool on a rack. Be sure to wait until they're cooled completely before frosting.
Get ready for a host of Christmas hallelujah's after you've served them!

Doesn't this dear child look like she's going to be serious trouble?! She's just a mug shot waiting to happen.
Actually, it's a boy. I have no idea why he's dressed like that. He's just a mug shot waiting to happen.
What do you want to find in your stocking Christmas morning?

I really think I should have this 24k gold sleigh which once belonged to Ludwig, the mad king of Bavaria. And it would add to the holiday decor while it was waiting to be given to me!

Oh - this little swan pedestal flower pedestal would be nice, too. And not quite so much a commitment to the insurance company.
Who am I kidding. I'd be glad to have just the floral arrangement - even in a margarine tub.
Now that we've discovered the joy of Blu-Ray on a big plasma HD screen, I'm sure the very next step will be a small little unpretentious home theatre, much like this one. Nothing fancy, mind you. Simplicity is the mantra of my life.

Aren't these charming. I think they look so smart and modern in this photo. Of course, in my house, I think they would look like I hadn't cleaned up after a craft project. Still, they're pretty cool. You can see more such simple designs at Spidatter.

I'm such a huge fan of color, I can't imagine having an all-white house. But, if I did, I would hope it would look just like this. I would like it even more if it had a view of the Eiffel Tower - but I'd settle for just the design.

An actor's life for me
A high silk hat and a silver cane
A watch of gold with a diamond chain

An actor's life is gay
It's great to be a celebrity
An actor's life for me

An actor's life is fun

An actor's life for me
A wax mustache and a beaver coat
A pony cart and a billy goat

An actor's life is fun
You wear your hair in a pompadour
You ride around in a coach and four
You stop and buy out a candy store
An actor's life for me!
Björk thought she was so original. Anna Pavlova wore her swan (Jack) long ago!

Some things are just too chic to be real, aren't they?! A Dior fantasy gown ...

I'm going to leave you with this poem which perfectly expresses my feelings about being a dog!


1. I’d be fuzzy, like the essence of love.

2. I’d wag my tail and be at one with the universe. I’ve always wanted a tail.

3. My nose would be like a button on a sock puppet.

4. I’d know what I wanted, when I wanted it. I ‘d bark until I got it.

5. I wouldn’t have germ phobias. I’d welcome touch.

6. My tongue would be glorious.

7. I’d snarl and let the world know it.

8. I’d be enraptured much of the time.

9. I’d sleep whenever I wanted, as much as I wanted.

10. I’d keep strangers away. I’d be permitted to hate.

11. I wouldn’t have to know table manners.

12. I wouldn’t care what was on TV.

13. My hands and feet would be more alike. I’d crawl again

like I did before everything happened.

14. I’d amaze humans for my differences and similarities.

15. I’d love the thrill of the chase.

16. My dreams would not be overpopulated with strange cities

and people who like me though they do not exist

and I wouldn’t miss my bus stop, pulling and pulling the chord in fear,

or care if I were naked on 5th Avenue.

17. I’d belong to the earth. I’d roll in it,

luxuriate in it, eat its bitter wood,

offer it my piss and shit and puke up its grass

and the earth would give back, give back,

it would know me as no clothed human could.

18. I’d ride in the car with my head out the window

and the wind would lick my face.

Copyright 2010 by Jon P. Bloch

Thanks for stopping by for coffee and a chat! Now - go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Let's Make One Thing Perfectly Clear ....

Now that we have that misunderstanding corrected. Let me explain a few things ...

Here, at Enchanted Revelries, we often spend the days (and nights) lounging in the briefest of costumes. This is not to be confused with any kind of indelicacy or inappropriate behavior.

First of all, we all find it much easier to just get right to it when we have the sudden urge to improve ourselves with exercise ...
In addition, we have found that clothing in the trees is so much more intriguing and mysterious than clothing actually worn on the body ...

I'm so glad that we have that little detail attended to. Speaking of details! How about this detail work from a Christian Lacroix jacket?! All that exquisite beading and embroidery work - wow.
And, while on the subject of wow - how about these fantastic Forensetti table tops! I'll take the yellow one and the blue one please!

During the summer, an old friend of mine got married. As I was on blogging hiatus, I saved these to share with you. Aren't they super fun?! These kids are a hoot - and their wedding invitations were so "them!"

Have I shown you how the reno on the upstairs master bedroom bath is coming along? ... seriously, I would give a little toe or something for this gorgeous room!

If I were forced to be a bird in a gild cage, I believe this is the cage in which I would prefer to be imprisoned ...

Hopefully, hanging somewhere in the charm of this olde world room!

Oh, yes! I WAS that boy!

At Little Augury I found this terrific inlaid traveling chest filled with gold encrusted bottles and jars and compacts for the combining of scents. Isn't it a marvel?!

I love a designer who is not afraid of color!
Just as I am impressed by a man who is not afraid of using tricks from the world of beauty to enhance his appearance ...

If there was any fairness and justice in life at all, I would be sleeping (and eating and reading and ...) in this room every day and night of my life!

While on the subject of gorgeous rooms, this is a teaser photo of the magnificent 1916 Miami estate, Vizcaya, which I'm working on a posting about. It's an absolute knock-out!

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. Now, just like these fun and free-wheeling kids, it's time I got lost in Bohemia and made a little art. Why don't you go make something beautiful, too?

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Enchanted Revelries is Alive and Well!

Don't faint!
Yes, it's me! I've finally found my way back to Bloglandia after a wild and crazy ride of an autumn! I've missed all my blog friends - and I thank each and every one of you who sent me private messages, expressing concern.

Actually, much like Alice, I fell through a hole in the ground. Unfortunately, my destination wasn't quite so exotic and enchanting. I ended up taking four courses at university this fall (one of the perks of a professor-spouse is free schooling!), and have been completely overwhelmed. However, three months, and a couple reams of paper and boxes of ink jet inks, and I'm through! I think I'm only taking two classes next Spring ... I learned my lesson!
ancient photo of moi during college
This Spring I intend to lay back and enjoy myself a bit more ... and get back to some serious blogging - isn't that what really matters in the world?!

I directed two one-person, one-act plays this autumn. Both plays by Jane Martin, "Twirler" and "Cul de Sac" were very well received - and were chosen by ACTF (Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival) to participate in the New York showcase production in May - how fun is that?! Here are my two fantabulous actresses - aren't they adorable?! ... and such very focused and dedicated craftsmen.

Oh, yes! Had I shown you the photos of the remodeled foyer in the attelier before I took my hiatus from Bloglandia?
I like to believe I live as Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had money. (Great line stolen directly from Joan Rivers!)
We decided to have the entrance hall redone at the same time ... I like a home-y warm lived-in feeling - don't you? So important to the greeting of guests into the home - of course, there must be the space to get them and their servants in and out of the weather quickly, so size is still of utmost importance.
Next, we'll be working on the la galeri and the pièce de déjeuner de famille ... you see, our work is never done.

Oh - I'm posting this for my friend Ingrid at Fashion is My Muse simply because I've been saving it for her ... and I've been wanting to show it to her! Tres chic, no?
Okay, I'll let you off easy today ... no marathon post to wet my toes on my first day back. It's been a couple of months since I've hit the Pink Saturday route - so I'm on my way to Beverly's to check out the fanciful stuff and this week's participants. Hopefully, I'll find some uber-fab pink holiday goodies at which to cheer!

It's wonderful to be back - thank you so much for being patient with me and returning to the Revelries to find a little enchantment! Until next time ... go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan