Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's a Christmas Sale!

My first ever Christmas sale is now taking place!
30% off everything in the Etsy shop!
Use coupon code CHRISTMAS2011 when checking out.

It's a great opportunity to finish up your shopping for those on your lists who appreciate the fanciful and enchanted ... or to find that gift for your self that you know you want need!

Of course, after you finish shopping, go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥ 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Helllllloooooooooooo ..... !

I know I've been really neglecting Enchanted Revelries ... but things have been a little crazy (somewhat literally) around these parts. As many of you realize, I was in the hospital for five weeks ... including a 2 1/2 week drug-induced coma. I contracted spinal meningitis (my fifth-count-them-fifth time!), and they gave me a new drug to get rid of it. My brain had a drastic reaction to the new drug, and it gave me, what is called, a complete psychotic breakdown. It was scary to say the least! The strangest thing is I remember the entire time I was in the coma - but, as it turns out, none of it was real. It was all some bizarre alternate reality my mind had taken me to ... and it was quite a creepy place to be!

But, I'm back home now and recovering. I'm still a little weak and sometimes get confused by things ... but for the most part I'm back to normal (whatever that is!) and the doctors say I should be completely rejuvenated by the holidays.

The only thing that is kinda fun to know about is my G.P. and his nurses all say that they are still talking about me at St. Raphael Hospital. I'm the first patient in memory that managed to break the leather restraints LOL - and it took three security guards and two nurses to hold me down. I didn't know how powerful I was when agitated!

Okay. Enough of all that - and on to some enchanted revelries!

You haven’t really suffered for fashion until you’ve donned Susie MacMurray’s “Widow,” a gown hewn from black Napa leather and more than 94 pounds of adamantine dressmaker pins. Now on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Power of Making” exhibit in London, the prickly garment translates the grief of lost love into a shroud that inflicts physical pain and repels human contact and sympathy. Widow is the fourth in a series of garment sculptures that explore concepts of female identity—pins have strong associations with “women’s work”—and vulnerability. Look but don’t touch.

The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the Pennsylvania coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris.

Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds' collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.

The elaborate Classical Revival gardens on the grounds were developed between 1907 and 1914. They include terraces displaying marble and bronze sculpture, a park of fine specimen trees and a lavish lower garden featuring marble pavilions, fountains, a sunken garden and carriage house and garage. These gardens were recently restored.

Mrs. Berwind died in 1922, and Mr. Berwind invited his sister, Julia, to become his hostess at his New York and Newport houses. Mr. Berwind died in 1936 and Miss Julia continued to summer at The Elms until her death in 1961, at which time the house and most of its contents were sold at public auction. The Preservation Society of Newport County purchased The Elms in 1962 and opened the house to the public. In 1996, The Elms was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Spinning the wheel of fashion ... and the winners are! ...

This is a quilt I finished up not long ago...I still haven't got around to getting it listed on Etsy or eBay ... but I thought you might like to see it. It's based on a design by Kaffee Fassett - though not a slavish copy. I love the way the eight different size squares all fit together evenly!

I do believe this is one of the most fanciful beds and wall murals I've seen in a while! It's from Shabby Fufu as well as some other lovely romantic French furniture. Check it out if you're in the mood for a little shabby chic fufu!

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

ugh. I just realized that the text I found and loved - and overlayed on some of the photos - is impossible to read! So sorry - I'll never use it again - cross my heart!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Okay, I Know I'm Being Judged ...

I know, I know, I've been a very bad blogger and communicator.
Has it really been since March that I've written?! Where does the time go?
Of course, I have to admit, that between school classes, directing a play, taking on a short role in an indie movie, redesigning my studio, trying to make art, going to plays, and dealing with pre-knee replacement getting-about aggravations, I've been fairly well tied down.

But, enough with the pathetic and lame excuses! Today I'm feeling tip-top and particularly celebratory (which I'll explain a bit more about later). Meanwhile, grab a cuppa and sit and visit for a while! I'll just stay here on my tip-toes and balance all things good-and-sometimes-bizarre.

Glamour, anyone?
Is there anything as chic as an understated and sedate cocktail frock?

Ooooh! I want need one in every single color!

What is so fascinating up there on the ledge?!

oh. It's just the toddler, Ms. Minnelli herself, making her grand entrance.

Got hair?

Any theatre this exquisite in the midst of being destroyed must have been magically enchanting when it was up and running and filled with tuxedos and perfumed gowns.

" ♫ Devil or angel, I can't make up my mind. ♫ "

Don't these women look like they'd rather be anywhere else than standing next to each other? I think the grumpy one in the middle just lost the election of Junior League President.

Does this dress make my butt look big?

I don't even use any toiletries - but I'm in awe at this Wicked Queen merchandising!

...speaking of Wicked Queens...

Are you ready to frolic and revel?
Put on your best velour harem pants and favorite gold lame chest harness...

Hear ye! Hear ye!
Jon's latest book was just published!

It's my favorite of all his books so far. Intriguing and interesting and thrilling and filled with non-stop twists and turns. I got so angry when my Nook lost batter power and I had to put it on
the charger for a couple hours before I could finish it!

I hope you'll check it out - especially if you like literate mystery/thriller/crime/psychological drama - I know you'll love it! It's only available to e-readers (i.e. Kindle, Nooks, etc.) So far, all the reviews have been 5-star! I'm very very proud of him - and I thank him for a really good several hours of reading! You can pick it up (only 3.99!) for Kindles at Amazon.com and for Nooks at Barnes and Noble.

Thursday, August 18th was a big day for us! Jon's book was released - and that night was the premier of the movie "Digits" that I had a small role in. What fun! My on-screen rap debut. Nothing like being the butt of a joke in front of a full cinema audience to really boost your ego!

It's a small indie film, being shown at quite a few indie festivals - including Sundance. Hopefully, it will get picked up by a big distributor so you can go to your local cinema and point your finger at me and laugh, too!

Thank Tony Duquette for the brilliant concept of having a stage installed in your foyer so that you can greet your guests like the star we all know you are - or deserve to be anyway!

From the days when tussy mussy really meant something.

Okay, I'm sure I've worn you out ... as usual.
Thank you so much for following me all this time, even though my blogging has been non-existent for a few months. I officially promise to do better, and to try and blog at least once a week from now on!

Hope you're having a swell summer! ... and gearing up for a fabulous autumn!

Now, Go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just a quick pic for Pink Saturday ...

Isn't it nice that Helena Rubenstein could still fit into her quinceañera dress?

Go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan

Friday, January 7, 2011

Quick Shameless Plug!

I just listed a quilt on eBay ... you can find the particulars by clicking here.

After you check it out, go make something beautiful!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan