Monday, October 31, 2011

A Simple Explanation. . .

(When last you left us at The Halloween Blog Party...)

Dear Lina!!

What is the meaning of this??

You cannot mean...

Oh no, please...!

Oh, Miss Lina!

But, of course...

It is obvious to me now...

This is your costume for Halloween!

You gave me SUCH a fright!
You are such a silly, silly thing, aren't you?

And of course, there is a most simple explanation... over-exposure to MOONLIGHT!

I must admit to you, Dear Friends, that I too, have shown the obvious effects of entirely too much moonlight.
(And yet, I seek pools of moonlight on the carpet and the bed when the moon is full in the same way a cat seeks the pool of sunlight on a bright day...)

So, although I freely admit to indulging in moonlight to excess, I feel fairly compelled to provide to you irrefutable evidence that too much moonlight can just render you quite silly...!

Lina has asked me to tell you that she was only joking when she said she was thinking of leaving us! What good news this is! I regard her as a Dear Friend, as I am sure you all do and I cannot imagine This Lovely Den of Distraction without her. But she has also said that she found Transylvania MOST interesting and is not ruling out other possible visits in the future. Perhaps we will have to keep a close eye on her after all..

An additional note to you...
Thank you again for all of the kind words you all have sent me this week. They mean the world to me. I dedicate this post to My Dear Mommy, who was not the biggest fan of Halloween, but made my costumes, took me trick-or-treating and watched The Addams Family with me. She did have an occasional taste for the darkness herself, however. She adored the original Dark Shadows series and scared me nearly to death with them when I was little! She was also a huge fan of those fun and awful B-movies like "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "The Blob"!

Wishing you all a wonderfully spooky and fun Halloween!

Just added: Can you believe I forgot this last year and nearly forgot it this year too? I hope if you have not made acquaintance with Charlotte and Vendetta yet, you will take this chance to do so:
Just click the section of the picture labelled "Web Episodes".

Tee-Hee! I heard you laughing from HERE!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Note to The Friends of The Tearoom

Dearest Friends,
This is a short note of sincere thanks to all who have left notes of comfort regarding the passing of My Dear Mommy. I cannot tell you how much each note has meant to me. I will be responding to every person individually throughout the course of the weekend.

Wishing you a wonderful night.
I am hoping to be able to return to the business of The Tearoom by Monday.

Biggest hugs to you all,


Sunday, October 23, 2011

How She Will Be Remembered...

These are pictures of My Mommy and I, five years ago. My Darling Mr. V had just moved to Washington to start our life together and he had asked me to marry him during Fourth of July fireworks about two weeks before. He took these pictures and we both adored him (can you tell?).

This morning, just before 1 a.m., I got the call telling me that My Mommy's struggle with life was over and that her soul was no longer a hostage of a body and mind that were too ill to hold it.

I will miss her, but I am happy in the thought that she is at the big party in Heaven that I had told her was waiting for her. Her mother, her beloved older sister and so many other people she had loved and lost were waiting for her there. And she could drink root beer again (I hope she had left some for someone else!). And My Darling Mr. V's Beloved Daddy Russell is there, meeting my mother for the first time. He's riding his motorcycle around and she's got all the tuna and peanut butter sandwiches she can eat.

I love you Mommy and I am glad you are finally Home.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blood and Chocolate

(Before we begin, please allow me to thank the following for their wonderfully inspirational collage sheets and blogs:
Marsha of Tumblefish Studios
Karen of The Graphics Fairy
Kirsi of Itkupilli
Cristina of Asunder Ephemera and
Hollie of Holliewood Studios
And especially to My Dear Mr. V for his amazing photos of shadows and spiderwebs, which I then turned into wallpaper and tablecloths for The Tearoom. Thank you, My Love!)

Dearest Friends of The Tearoom,
Tonight, there is something so special in the air, isn't there?

I am so glad you have made your way through the fog...

I welcome you to the annual Halloween blog party, which is hosted by the brilliantly creative Mademoiselle Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist. Please be certain to visit her party, as well as the other participants in this creative gathering of souls, here in The Aether.

I have been so remiss, Dear Ones. I have hosted Teas of the Aether for you with so many types of tea and so many sweets, but I had not yet given a special tea, just for my friends who love chocolate. So, please sit, make yourself comfortable and indulge in that which is rich and dark, sweet and irresistible.

The Tearoom is simply enveloped in the scent of chocolate tonight...
It just might be Kusmi's Chocolate Tea! I imagine it must be just perfect with cream and sugar. Or a cloud of vanilla-scented whipped cream...

Our treats are from The House of Pierre Hermé, where I am happy to introduce you to his newest macaron flavor: Caraquillo. It's an intriguing mix of chocolate, coffee and anise, dark and warm. It comes to you in one of his newest macaron boxes, designed by Nicolas Vial, embellished with a lovely chocolate-colored kittykat! And please, won't you help yourself to some lovely chocolates too! (Did you notice how slick and gorgeous Monsieur Hermé's new site is? I have been sadly remiss in pointing it out to you before, so I hope you will take a moment to browse and dream now...)

Ladurée's new macaron flavor is Black Forest! They describe it thus: "Its mahogany shells contain a delicious chocolate ganache combined with cherry jam and tasty bursts of cherry-flavoured Kirsch." I'm sure this is sublime! Black Forest is one of my favorite flavor combinations!

Our special guest tonight is Mademoiselle Madeleine. She specializes in growing a particular type of flower. She developed a variation of the dragon lily, which is spectacular, but generally smells very bad! Her variation has kept the lush, beautiful color and shape, but changed the fragrance to chocolate! As you saw when you had a seat, she has gifted us with them for this very special Halloween soirée and the entire Tearoom has smelled wonderful all day! Merci Beaucoup, Mademoiselle Madeleine!

As promised, Lina shares with us tonight some of her photos from her recent trip to Transylvania!

The lovely hotel where she stayed...

And, nearby...The Chocolate Garden. Along with the marble chocolate pansies and white chocolate tulips. The very special Chocolate Dragon Lilies are growing there as well.

As you saw when she returned to The Tearoom, she had spent much time in the rays of the full moon, which gave her skin that lovely pallor...

What a lovely beach it was...All of the girls she met seemed to have their own beautiful beach cabanas.
They seemed to spend a lot of time in them during the day, but at night, they came out to play in the moonlight and surf.

The moon looked on as the beach balls bobbed in the tide....
So sweet...
But what do you think those odd sea-birds are?

Here are some lovely pictures that Lina took of her new friends that she met there at the beach...

Lina tells us that she feel very compelled to return there soon, perhaps to stay. Oh, we hope not, we would miss her so...
LINA! Why are you standing so close to me?....
You really are making me quite uncomfortable...

(To Be Continued...)

It's Nearly Time...

Please check back later today to join the party at The Tearoom! Lina said she would like a bit more time preparing her photo album for you!

Monday, October 17, 2011

It Has Arrived!

Dearest Friends,
How many of you remember my post about the book PastryParis by Susan Hochbaum from a year ago August (and another one here)? It seems like we've waited forever, but now the wait is over! PastryParis is now available, published by The Little Bookroom! Congratulations to Susan! How gratifying it must be to see a project such as this come to fruition! Truly a beautiful gem of a book! In it, she demonstrates to us that, indeed, "In Paris, everything looks like dessert."! Such a treat this book is, with its beautiful photography of the beauty of Paris and also of luscious pastries that resemble many of the landmarks! I have to tell you that one of the things that I also appreciate is how she discusses not only the historical significance of the places pictured, but also explains what each pastry is and how it is made. So, please treat yourself and get a copy of this lovely, lovely book! Make yourself a cup of your favorite tea and imagine yourself here in one of the comfiest chairs, devouring this book like it was one of the pastries pictured inside!

A special note to my friends in Paris, Susan will be signing her book at the following places:

Author Presentation, Champagne and Pastry Tasting
Thursday, October 20, 7 pm
WH Smith
248 rue de Rivoli
(Metro Concorde)
(Subject line: Réservation-Soirée dédicace avec Susan Hochbaum)

Saturday October 22, 2pm - 3 pm
Salon du Chocolat
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
1 place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cure for the Blues

Dearest Friends,
I must share with you a little secret...sometimes (more often than I like to admit), life just seems to be a bit too much (and not in the good way). But, I actually have a rather unusual way to counteract the effects of that fairly-common malady commonly called "The Blues". If I am able, I watch a very sweet movie called "Les Vacances de M. Hulot's" or in English "Mr. Hulot's Holiday". It never fails to cheer me up and if you have never seen it, I suggest you do so the next time you feel the need for a little pick-me-up. It is the story of the dearest, most eccentric man called Monsieur Hulot (you will fall in love with him right away), who is on vacation in a tiny sea-side town in the south of France. It is funny and sweet and you will feel as if you have been on a vacation yourself.

Ironically, Jacques Tati, who wrote and starred in this (and other classic gems, such as "Mon Oncle", another bit of cinematic sunshine) died a very sad man.

Monsieur Tati, if you can hear me wherever you are, please know how much pleasure you have brought to people and please know that the funny little song that is played over and over again in this movie is one that I hear in my head when I feel the need to escape. Thank you so much, Monsieur. Your genius made our lives so much richer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wonderful News!

Dear Friends,
Today I have great news! I have been accepted to the artistic group called "Creative Souls"! Please see the button to the right!! I am very excited and am spending the day getting myself organized there!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Tearoom Shop Re-Opens...

It is so nice to see the lights and hear the music on in The Gossamer Tearoom Shop once again! We have missed Mademoiselle Lina but now she is ready to get back to work!

I hope you have fun browsing amongst the fun new items I have made, some just for Halloween (and there's plenty of time to order!):

First, any brooch design can easily be made into a pendant with the help of black organza ribbon!

Next, here are some of the new designs, just in time for our favorite holiday of the year, Halloween!

A vintage Ouija board...

And another one...

I am especially excited about some digital collages made into brooches, based on spirit photography from the early part of the last century. However, please take a careful look at the backgrounds. On all three, the backgrounds were created from photographs taken by My Dear Mr. V! I am very excited about them and I think they would be so much fun to wear for the Halloween season!

Also included are some classic favorites from earlier in the year, which just happen to be perfect for Halloween!...

The Cat-Woman...

La Belle et La Bête...

and The Countess!

So, get your iPod loaded with appropriately spooky tunes for your train ride back to The Tearoom for The Halloween Blog Party on Saturday, October 22! You know you won't want to miss it!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


...there is a light on in The Gossamer Tearoom Shop once again. Lina has returned from her holiday. The light from the full moon in Transylvania has turned her skin the color of a candle-flame. She has so many pictures to share with us. She has decided to give us a peek into her photo album at the Halloween Blog Party on the 22nd! In the meanwhile, I have so many new things to show you at The Tearoom Shop! If you have not yet taken a peek, Tomorrow, I will be showing all of the new silk brooches and pendants I have made for Halloween.

I bid you all a Sweet Good-Night...

(Lina's swim-wear from that famous couturier Marsha of Tumble Fish Studio)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

So Very Nice...

Dearest Friends,
I have said this before, but I would like to tell you again, I am so very pleased at how many nice people there are out there in The Blogosphere!! Small acts of kindness come your way from people you don't even know. It makes me so happy to wake up to e-mails like the convo I just read from an Etsy seller who listed one of my items from my vintage shop,Mirabella Morello in one of her Treasuries. I love Treasuries because you see your things in a totally different light when you see the other items that were selected to go along with it. It's fun, it's creative, it's free publicity (one of my favorite things) and so I am happy to blog about being featured in Sandy's Treasury. She has posted my collection of cobalt blue glass items on Facebook and in Twitter. Since I don't do either (don't ask me why, maybe because I already spend way too many hours a day on the computer!!), I'm telling all of my nice Tearoom Friends, in the hope that your will visit her too!

Now, it's back to work for me! I have so many new things to show you in The Gossamer Tearoom Shop when it re-opens tomorrow!

(Don't know why, I'm just in some sort of Bowie mood today and this is one of my favorite clips from his "Glass Spiders" Tour. By the way, check out her shoes!)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Oh Look...

A note has appeared in the window of The Gossamer Tearoom Shop:

Mademoiselle Lina tells us that being the full-time face model for this shop and the blog is hard work and it is time we all took a vacation. She says she is headed for the beaches of Transylvania (Is there a beach there? We didn’t think so either, but, then we did our research and while it is not what the rest of us think of as "beach weather", it is that time of the year for visiting Transylvania!!) I won’t be resting while she is gone. In fact, I will be burning the midnight oil to finish some beautiful new items I hope you will love...

The shop will re-open on October 6th with some exciting new finds!


Even though it is one day late, I'm wishing all of my Dearest Friends of The Tearoom A Most Happy October! As My Dear Mr. V very wisely says, "It is the spook-liest month of the year!!"

Please keep checking back for some spook-liness!