Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Gift for You...

I'm happy to offer you
25% everything
(except for special listings)
in both shops...

The Etsy coupon code is:

Sale applies for both
The Gossamer Tearoom Shop
Mirabella Morello...
Until midnight on Tuesday...

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Welcome to Christmas Time!

Have you ever read the story of Snow White and Rose Red? If not, you can read a very nice abridged version here or a more complete version here. I had a set of little story books that came with little yellow records. Before I could read, My Mommy and I would listen to the records as we turned the pages of the little story books (as the story was read, there was a "ping" sound when it was time to turn the pages!) This sweet story was a favorite of My Mommy's, as well as mine. I remember she got this one for me sometime around Christmas, so it always made me think of her at this time of the year. So, in honor of her and her great love of roses and fairy tales, my theme for this Christmas season is "Snow White and Rose Red". You will find red and white roses nearly everywhere in my world between now and Christmas Morning. There will be vintage Christmas items in Mirabella Morello and a new line of silk brooches in The Gossamer Tearoom Shop. And won't you please keep checking back for even more surprises...more roses....more fairy tales...and of course, this being The Tearoom of The Aether, another virtual tea, just in time for Christmas...

Above is my own rendition of this image of Snow White and Rose Red. I started with this beautiful image, painted by Jessie Wilcox Smith in 1911. We had not heard from The dAdA Dolls in such a long time, but when they heard I was working on this project, Rose de Blanc and Blanc de Rose begged to be included. Blanc de Rose transformed herself into Rouge de Rose for the occasion and so they appear here as Snow White and Rose Red.

I look forward to spending Christmas here with you, Dearest Friends of The Tearoom!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Keep Watching...

...for the newest from The Tearoom....

A Christmas holiday filled with red and white roses....

and Faerie Tales,

A Christmas Tea,

and The Very Sweetest of Dreams

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

For Love of Black Cats (and Dogs)

My Dearest Sweet Friends,
Above, you can see our Dearest Violetta, holding her Dear Purr-Muffin, who answers to "Dapple" most of the time (as in "dappled sunlight). Dapple is here to tell you something. Even though he is black like the night, he is just like any other kitty cat. He loves ear scratchings, cat crunchies and taking a nap in that spot of sunshine on your bed. If he runs across your path, it is just because he is checking if it is time for more crunchies (and he knows that anytime is a good time to have your ears scratched!)

This collage started out as my contribution to one of the collage challenges whose subject this week was "black cats". I wanted to post it there, but decided to only post it here because they are having some fun with the superstitions that still follow black cats like Dapple around and I would prefer to stand on my soapbox in The Tearoom and not dampen anyone's fun.

Have you ever heard of Black Dog/Black Cat Syndrome? I was not aware until a couple of years ago that animal shelters have problems finding forever homes for black dogs and black cats. In addition, some shelters have made it a policy not to let anyone adopt black cats anytime in the month of October, due to abuse and neglect.

Dear Love Muffins like Dapple are just like any other cat and we are so happy he is a family member here at The Tearoom.

My Dear Mr. V and myself have not adopted a Baby of Fur of our very own yet, but someday, when our lives are settled, we will. When we do, we will definitely be looking at Sweet Ones of ALL colors. If you are considering adopting a pet from a shelter, please don't overlook black cats and black dogs.

Thank you to Karen of The Graphics Fairy and Marsha of Tumblefish Studios for the components of this collage.