Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sharing - and We Have a Winner, Folks! ... and One More Contest

Okay. Let's face it. Some sharing just isn't all it's cracked up to be. Such as sharing kitchen duty after dinner. It always looks like such fun in the movies. They lie.

And, though one's heart may be in the right place, I don't know that I could ever feel truly appreciative of somebody sharing their nits and body lice with me. No matter how hungry I might be.

But one kind of sharing that is terrific is being able to share how smart our readers are! (and - I swear! - the costume has nothing to do with the fun!)
So, without further ado, let's crown the winner of our last contest ....

Sue Barton of Barton Originals! Not only does Sue make the most exquisite art dolls (which she shares on both her blog and her website) but she knew that the men in the last contest photo were members of the Mongolian Folk Wrestling Team! Now, really!, why didn't more of you Canadians know that?! You were the hosts to the Olympics, you know! It would seem that Sue was not only the first person to know the answer - but the only person who knew the answer! So, I say 'bravo!' to her. Of course, I had no idea who they were either when I first saw the photo - which is why I made it a contest question! I have sent off Sue's prize to her ... I don't want to spoil the surprise yet, so I'm not going to say what it is. You understand!

With a heads up alert from one of my favorite design blogs, Habitually Chic, comes these wonderful photos of the stocked and stuffed shelves at Second Hand Rose.
New York City's Second Hand Rose sells vintage and antique wall papers and linoleum - 1000's of rolls and patterns and colorways.
As their website shares, "

More than 1000 original vintage wallpaper patterns. Antique wallpaper in original rolls. Quantities of Victorian antique papers, Damask wallpaper, 1940's florals, L'art Deco geometrics, novelties from the 1950's, 1960's Op Art, 1970's Mylars. For immediate delivery. Largest collection in the world."

I could spend hours looking at every shelf in every aisle!
Samantha or Serena? Can we ever truly know?
I love the way the French share information and directives...
How many hours could YOU spend in this shop? It's Gertrude Zachary's fabulous showroom of American and European antiquities. She always has an interesting selection of religious icons, which I find fascinating.

How about this Louis XV gilt-and-silk sofa and armchair suite?! Not to mention, that charming 24k gold leafed hand-carved table. Not too shabby, eh?
Seriously, I want need this. I'm in total awe. What splendor! Of course, what a pain in the ... neck ... to make the bed in the morning.
Now this is even a little over the top for me! Another Louis XV suite - this time for dining. It's all very impressive, of course, but frankly, I don't like the table. I hate sitting at a table that has that shelf towards the floor. I'm always kicking it and feel badly that I'm destroying somebody's table.
OH! Did I mention the above three photos are of hand-carved reproductions created in China by ECVV. I don't believe I've ever seen such remarkable reproductions. And even knowing that it's not old, I still want need that bed!

Just in case you're trying to brush up on your dance positions ... remember the figures are not the correct position! Be sure to enlarge this one - the coloring of the plate is especially lovely and delicate.
Ran across this photo last evening, waiting for American Idol to come on. How depressing is it to have to travel to Athens to find something older than you are?!
I ordered this trash can for my studio yesterday. Isn't it cool? It's going to look so much better than the plastic swing-top IKEA one that I use now. I got it on sale from Victorian Trading Co. I love this shop. They always have terrific things on clearance ... and I love me some sale!
Also at Victorian Trading Co. is this charming Paris inspired wire bench and plant stand. At times like this I really wish we had more of a lawn. But, then, I think about mowing, and think maybe not so much.
... couldn't you sit in this swing with a cushion, a tall cold lemonade, and read away a lazy summer afternoon?
some people share their whimsies - I thank them for it.

Oh, I mentioned I was finishing up a wall hanging collage yesterday - here it is. I took it outdoors in the sun, and the colors bleached out quite a bit, but you get the idea. I'm happy with it - it looks like decayed splendor to me.

What is the model and year of this car? What is its significance?
First person to guess accurately will win a little prize from moi!
Update! omg - we have TWO winners that posted at the same time!
The contest has ended!
Now, go make something beautiful! - and share it with us!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan


punksrus@wordpress.com said...

Is this James Dean's 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder? The car he died in.

Ann Shaver

Jorge de Rojas said...

is that James Deans race car after the tragic accident?
1950 silver Porsche Spider. I'll take a gander on that. BTW love your wall hanging. Layers, Layers.

Anonymous said...

I too love Victorian Trading Co.! And their furniture catalog is gorgeous (but pricey). These ladies sell that repro furniture at the flea market I go to. They have a catalog and everything :)
I accidentally deleted yesterdays post and had to repost it again for today :( I'll be hosting the "What am I" contest on Friday instead of today.
Toodles my friend!

Bardot in Blue said...

I am now dying to go to Second Hand Rose in NYC! Thanks for sharing.

A bientot! - Bardot in Blue

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Your wall hanging is gorgeous! And I love your new trash receptacle (fancy word, eh?)! I've never been to that fabulous wallpaper shop in NYC before (probably because all my time is spent at TT)! lol

peggy gatto said...

As usual, no disappointments while reading and looking at your post!!!!
Your latest hanging is divine!!!!

Deborah said...

Tristan, if you published a book with your witty comments and unusual photo finds, I would buy it and gift it to every one I know. You are a hoot! LoVe your wall hanging, but I've got to say, I'm a little miffed that you can still carry off long hair.
**blows kisses** Deb

Paula said...

Victorian Trading Company is one of my favorite places to shop. I just received the Halloween Witch Painting on canvas that I purchased last week. We have a big Halloween party every year, and she is going to look fantastically wicked above the mantle in the dining room. :-) I also just bought the rabbit easter basket (adorable) and the easter egg compass. I could spend every dollar I earn with VTC!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i always knew if it was samantha or sarena. it must be the witch in me. i agree with you on the shit shirt. but how about the big green jagoff one? in this town, i am sure both of them flew out of the stores.

Sara said...

I thought it was the James Dean car...hell of a wreck!

Oh, I want that garbage can!!! It is too beautiful...I didn't see another one - either...

Unknown said...

yep James Deans '55 Porche Spider!!!!! Love your blog, always so very insightful!

Jingle said...

Your wall hanging is amazing! I love the draping pieces throughout the piece! And...the Time poster cracked me up. For reals.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The wall-hanging came out wonderful. So very elegant!

Gail Lackey said...

Hey Tristan..Such inspiration! You'll have to fight me over the french furniture!! And your wall hanging OHHH LA LA!!!

Sue said...

Love your new hanging Tristan! Once again a fabulous post...a magic carpet ride of eye candy (well most of it - the French ad? maybe not).

Thanks for the shout-out and I'm looking forward to my prize!


Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Love the wall hanging!!! Definitely some decayed splendor going on there. And the trash can, Oolala I never saw a prettier one and if I walked into the vintage wallpaper store, my heart would stop. I would be that overcome with excitement.


Birgit said...

Oh, sometimes it sucks living in a different time zone... For once I would have known the answer right away, too. LOL!

Tristan, happy St. Patrick's Day! :)

-- Birgit

Ann said...

Does Second Hand Rose allow overnight guests? Seiously...I could spend a MINIMUM of 24 hrs. there. Love the trash can...too fabulous! Love the bed..not sure I'd ever get out of it though.

Theresa MacNaughton said...

Hi Tristan! Love your Marie wall hanging. It is really, really gorgeous. And I'd like to congratulate your two lucky winners.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening dear Tristan! Like always, you present the wittiest and more beautiful pieces; I am working on my little tribute to you...I will be snatching some pictures per your permission. I hope I do you justice, but you are a tough act to follow. It is just from my heart! This was a great post and you look great out there in Athens!

Bisous, Anita

*Ulrike* said...

You do come up with some interesting photos! The french one is really cute!

Nelly said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I so love that trash can. Oh, how I wish I could go to that wallpaper store! As always a wonderful and very engaging post. Congrats to Sue Barton.

Unknown said...

Hello! Nice to visit your blog! I took an amazing tour! I could spend days at Second Hand Rose. Wow!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Stop by my blog to enter my Harney and Son’s “Irish Breakfast Tea” Giveaway. Just post a comment.

Best Blessings, KJ

Debby said...

ha!!!ha!!! ha!!! I am Canadian and not sure why I didn't get it..hehehe..another great post! love the can, perfect.

Createology said...

You certainly give a lot of thought to your posts. I am in awe with all the lovely eye candy. But how sad to see a Porsche in this condition and to have lost a legend too. New York City!!! I must get to that wallpaper shop.

Deborah said...

Ditto on the wallpaper shop. I foresee a trip in my future. NYC is another place I have never been to but always wanted to see. I don;t think you are as old as you are pretending :) I agree with you though that after 40 time does speed up horribly. Yikes!! Love the bed, the table everything@ I want all the furniture and the house to put it in too!! I need a fairy grandmother ....

debi said...

Great post! I love that bed and the dining set, although, they are bigger than my house. lol

Nice photo of you in Athens....

and I LOVE your new trash can! Beautiful!

Your collage is stunning...I love all the layers.

audrey said...

I love the wallpaper, the bed, and the trash can. The trash can could be used for great storage - it is too pretty to use for trash.
I wouldn't care how long it took me to make the bed each morning if I could own that bed. And I would love to spend a few hours in that wallpaper store - all those patterns would certainly get the creative juices flowing. Of course, just being in New York would be reward enough.

Tristan, the collage wall hanging you just finished is magnificent! So much detail and the placement of things is perfect. It is beautiful. I wonder if New York has a store full of nothing but vintage material, lace, ribbon, cording, etc.? How about right next door to the wallpaper store??
Now I just need to find TIME to get to New York.

Great post, as always, Tristan!
♥ audrey

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Tristan my man....yes, I made that faerie under glass! Hmmmm....a fantasy restaurant! Sounds like a fantastical idea! Oh darlin', you are the best. You are my glitter guru, and my source of early morning fun and laughter. I just love your portrait of Sir March. What a handsome beefcake of a man!! And I did visit the Peepshow site! WHAT FUN! I JUST ENVY HER HEADER with that one photo of the crown tilted on the model's head. TDF.

Have a blast of a day dear,


Kaerie Faerie said...

sorry, not up on my greasy parts and smashed cars LOL, but if that is you with that long blonde hair "you Rock"
dude the golden years are fabulous, and you are fabulous!
your fairy friend

Deborah said...

Hey Tristan, just stopping by to say hello. The boyz in the aprons and the nitz and body lice still made me giggle like a school girl. You are such a delight! **kisskiss** Deb

julietk said...

Dear Tristan my prize arrived yesterday, many thanks :-)I started to post a thankyou and it just begged to be a poem. Please come and see.
I enjoyed this post, I would be scared to sit on that delicate garden furniture and would love to be able to browse the wallpaper and Linoleum shop.I am sure you mentioned a website I will go back and see if there is a link.
PS the word verification is ovulatte LOL some times thay crack me up :-D

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Tristan
So nice to meet you... I love your wall hanging and let me at that vintage wall paper.. Talk about a kid in a candy shop.. Great post!
Have a great weekend

Judy said...

Fabulous blog today! So want to visit Second Hand Rose! But I am dedicated to never setting foot in NYC. Don't ask! Don't know why!

Your latest creation ala Collage Camp is beautiful! Makes me think I need to get back to work. Have been playing at other things lately. Look for some of my Collage Camp pieces in the June issue of Sew Somerset.

(((smiles))) How nice to be published!

Maggi said...

Your wall hanging is marvelous!

A'isha said...

so many things to say.... but firstly

your art.. divine.

The wallpaper..omg.... do they deliver...

Anonymous said...


I continually love looking at your blog and seeing all the beauiful things and images you find!

Many thanks - Al x