Friday, February 19, 2010

Don't Let It All Out!

Hang on ... I have a lot of stuff struggling to get onto the blog today! ... and you know me - once that closet door opens, it all just starts pouring out!

First, just a silly photo. We decided to paint the kitchen a soft melon color - but I decided it was too bland, so I made new curtains. Used up lots and lots of little bits of leftover fabric, and spent way too many hours piecing all those little strips together LOL. But I liked the way it came out. If I had more gumption, I'd sew rings on them instead of using clip-on rings - but I don't, so I didn't, and they are what they are.

In the midst of a miserably cold and grey winter, it's always nice to get a little sunshine! And I received the same blast of sunshine twice this week! I received the Sunshine Award from Kaery of Kaery Faery and from Sue at Sue Barton Originals. Thank you so much! I feel all warm and sunshine-y! I'm turning into a regular bluebird of happiness ... and you stand it?!

This El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) shrine just knocks my socks off. So beautiful and delicate and dignified. This is the kind of Day of the Dead art that first got me really interested in the festival event. It really touches me. (NO! Not in a bad place!)
Okay. Ready for some magic? Let's hop into our actually-made-from-ice-can-you-believe-it coach and see a little fashion show...

Are you familiar with the designs of Isabelle de Borchgrave? If you are, keep the secret until the exhibit finale!

So, what is the secret? Did you already guess? These gorgeous, intricate, life-size costumes are all made from paper. Everything is paper ... the ribbons, the buttons, the embellishments - everything. I was just awed. If you would like to see more of her amazing work, visit her site here.

I have seen birdcages used as display cabinets many times, but this was the first lantern-turned-vitrine I've seen. I think it was very clever. I wish I had thought of it. I didn't - but I may make one and then lie and say it was all my idea.

I love vintage costumes - but isn't this one just c*r*e*e*p*y?! Maybe that's why I love it. It looks like it's decaying right before my eyes. Or is that just the crepe paper version of molting?
Apropos of absolutely nothing, I would love to know the story behind these soldiers(?) - cowboys(?) - who seem to have created a tin man from a beehive and a soup collander. What were they thinking? Is this the very first robot ever? Had they all just read Wizard of Oz and decided they needed to bring it to life? Whatever the reason, I applaud them!

Speaking of apropos of nothing! Two of my all-time favorite performers in one shot - both at the height of their beauty and celebrity. I may have to print this out, put it in my wallet, and tell people it's me and my mother.

So, what the hell are YOU looking at?!

Of course, I love theatres - and I especially love mini-theatres. So this really excited me. This is a REAL theatre with actual performances that has been created out of an historic Great Malvern (Worcestershire, England) gentleman's lavatory. According to the Guinness Book of Records, this is the smallest theatre in the world. Visit their website here to see more pictures and view a panoramic video of this tiny theatre! ... and if you're in Great Malvern get tickets to a performance!

I can't believe I found this photo! It's a cast publicity photo from my absolute favorite ever Twilight Zone episode! I can remember sitting with my mother and watching it - she never missed an episode of Twilight Zone or Perry Mason - and being scared out of my pants! Then, many years later, I saw it again, and I realize it's actually kind of funny. But when I was 6 or 7, I didn't know from satire! It was real!

Be sure to check back in a day or two and see just what this Marie Antoinette mini theatre has to do with anything.

Well, I must make a few phone calls. I've started disliking using the phone - though I used to be on it for hours a day - and wish that I could do all my communication via email. Or, better yet, through my blog, so I could illustrate what I mean with appropriate and meaningful pictures. So, while I'm busy talking to boring people about boring things (all business related), why don't you
go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan
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