Les Mis + text posts
A late 18th century travelling ink set, unmarked, circa 1760, the shagreen case of rectangular form, the hinged cover opens to reveal an unmarked silver mounted inkwell and sander, a pen and a desk seal, length 7.2cm. Shagreen is a type of rawhide. Originally it used to be made from the back of a horse or a wild donkey. In the 18th century the skin of a shark began to be called shagreen a well.
"1888 Doll" from the Gratitude Train
House of Balmain
The inspiration for this dress was a design created by Worth for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830-1916). She was known for her keen fashion sense as well as strict health and beauty regimen.
We are Groot.
Chained Alchemical Library by Pat Sweet from Bo Press Miniature Books. Riverside (Calif.) : 2012? From the Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection. In the catalog: N7433.4.S885 C43 2012
Stop by and see!
Bo Press Miniature’s website.
When to use the French subjunctive - a rough guide.
Credit for the great acronym goes to a fantastic teacher of mine.
That is a fun acronym.
Inspired by different sci-fi and fantasy locations I would love to visit, these bath salts are a perfect way to treat yourself (or a fellow nerd)
All contain Dead Sea salts and Epsom salts, which will leave your skin silky smooth. Each one also has it’s own blend of special ingredients based upon its namesake.
Endor (Star Wars): Cypress and berries, with whole juniper berries (which are particularly helpful in easing muscle pain and sore joints)
Risa (Star Trek:TNG): Cucumber, sage, whole lavender, and whole lemon peel
Fhloston Paradise (The Fifth Element): Pomegranate, sage, Hawaiian black salts and whole rose buds
Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland): Sweet pea, Himalayan pink salts
Rivendell (Lord of the Rings): Ozone, water hyacinth, white thyme, whole jasmine buds
The Kiss ~ illustration for La Vie Parisienne by Georges BARBIER c.1923
(and I am off to foxtrot lessons :) queue on! xo xo)
Carl Faberge, 1908
Gift of Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria ?Feodorovna
One of the most complicated and beautiful eggs of the Imperial collection has got to be the Peacock egg. Today, it is located in Switzerland, but this represents the height of Faberge craftmanship in Russia. The Peacock is an automaton that can be wound to move. The crystal egg also serves as the house for the peacock where it rests on the tree. The peacock is a symbol of Hera and Queens. Maria Feodorovna had been devoted to Alexander III, even after his death and was still titled as the Dowager Empress. For the early years of his reigns, there was a bit of a struggle between Alexandra and Maria as to who was the head female in the Romanov family.
It will never cease to amuse me that UKIP seem to have got their colour scheme from the Standing At The Back Dressed Stupidly And Looking Stupid Party from Blackadder.
"It’s been 84 years, and I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It really was."
Despite its exciting origins at the hands of terrified and superstitious French cave dwellers, and despite the fact that most artists are completely wackadoo, art history is pretty boring, not to mention long. We at Dark Rye can’t do much about the length, but we’d like to help take care of the boredom. Join us on this enlightening journey through the many ages of art, minus a couple of the duller ones like Mannerism and Neoclassicism. When you’re done, maybe you’ll swap out your old college Starry Night poster for something a little less clichéd…