the sleeper awakens.

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I’ve never had such a deep winter slumber. We had a marvelously wet and early spring, the above was taken in February. A miniature daffodil hill sprung up in the middle of the garden. While only a few flowers bloomed, there are dozens of the plants in an ancient raised bed surrounded by a stone circle. We’ve since weeded and now wait to see if any more blooms will happen or whether we’ll need to unearth the bulbs come fall to put the daffy back in the daffodil.
We’ve started an absinthe garden and sprinkled the earth will drifts of california wildflower seeds. The herb bed I planted in the old stone pond has exploded, yay!
Apologies to those near and far for the silence. My inbox is a wasteland and I’ll be touching base with all of you soon.
*stretch!*
P.S. Oh, see the new site design? I’m still sweeping up, more to come!

Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles

Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles
Legion of Honor, San Francisco
November 17, 2007 — February 17, 2008

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Now, if my google alert box weren’t quite so overwhelming, I might have caught this press release when it went out. But due to the sharp eyes of a good friend, Nadja (♥), I have the link!
Aieeeee!
The blurb:

Marie-Antoinette, the Austrian-born queen of Louis XVI of France, was given the Petit Trianon, a small château secluded in the park at Versailles, upon her accession in
1774. An icon of French neoclassicism, it exemplifies the perfection of 18th-century French architecture through its delicate balance of form and proportion. Its interiors were furnished to the queen’s order with pieces of the utmost elegance, restraint, and beauty. This exhibition gives a visual history of the Petit Trianon through 88 pieces of the finest furniture, paintings, and sculpture from this château. It is complemented by watercolors, prints, and drawings of the house and its innovative landscaping, including the picturesque Hameau, a rustic village where the queen and her favorites could relax away from the prying eyes of the court at Versailles. This is the only venue of the exhibition, which is organized by the Musée National of the Château de Versailles.

One of my favorite things about trumpeting your hobbies loud and proud (on the internet and otherwise) is that friends and strangers alike are sure to let you know of something dead or decapitated… in case you missed it. Yay!
I’d be running down there this instant if I didn’t have so much going on this week with Dolpa & Work & Thanksgiving & OH GAWD! Heh.
In any case, it is showing at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor from today til 2/17/2008, with lots of very cool special events planned.
We’ll report back. For reals. I still have 2837434 pictures from my Severed Head, er, Absinthe tour of Europe last summer! And more on the revolutionary fashion stuff. I’m a busy girl. But it is all coming along.
Mwah!
Kallisti

Dollhouse Apothecary Jars

CUSTOM Apothecary Jars and Porcelain by Marsha at Porcelain Fantasies

various Ginger jars repainted as 18th century apothecary jars.

barber or bleeding bowl. The notch in the bowl would support the patient’s arm for bleeding, or held under the chin when shaving.

Modeled
on the leech jar at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. My purposeful anachronism. I just couldn’t resist having this reproduced!

Absynthe
(Wormwood),
Papaver (Opium),
& Hydragarum (Mercury)

POT:BROMID: potassium bromide: for headaches and sleeplessness
TR:DIGITALIS: tincture of digitalis/foxglove: poisonous, heart medicine, used for cleaning wounds
TINCT:GENTIANA: tincture of gentiane: digestif & used to make bitters for general reviving tonic
OPIAT:FEBRIF: more opium, heh.

EXT:PAPAVER: extract of papaver somniferum, ie poppy or opium
UNG:HYDRARGYR: unguent of hydrargyrum or Mercury: used for treating syphillis
ABSYNTHE absinthe or wormwood: digestif & vermifuge

TINCT:ACONITI: tincture of aconite, deadly poison if taken too much. diuretic
LAUDANUM tincture of opium. most popular medicinal. reduces fevers, stops vomiting, calms coughs.  extremely addictiv
LEECH JAR: Complete with air holes for the wee leeches to breathe. Leeches were a very common form of treatment, it was thought that they drew out the impurities of disease as they sucked the patients blood.

BARBER/BLEEDING BOWL: The Piece de Resistance! These were used to catch the blood from the arm during bleeding, the most common form of medical procedure. Or held under the chin while shaving or cutting the hair. Look, Jas-Townsend is selling a nice reproduction!


Zen Summer

I’m in a happy place. I received tracking info from Volks (no, not Masha, who has been delayed til late July, but another baby), and I’ve been alternately lazy and crafty about the house.
After the previous few months of utter madness and thriftiness and selling, I’m so relieved!
I’ve sewed two new dolly dresses, from my own patterns (go me!) and finished one of the corsets I used as a sample for Dollectable. And there is lots of laying around in between watching BBC costume dramas I picked up in the UK that won’t even be released here for another year or so. Gads, I’m so happy!
Oh, and season 3 of Dr. Who started. And Torchwood is coming in September.
And all the animals follow me from room to room, I feel like Cinderella.
I know I am slow with my travel diaries. We’re waiting for a cd from a friend who was kind enough to offload 2 gigs of images in Switzerland onto his laptop. So I have earlier images, and pix from the end of the trip, but I’m missing the middle o_0. You know what that does to a storyline, yikes!
Spoony was my date
In a Swiss farmhouse on the top of a mountain drinking absinthe and vintage vermouth and eating fondue with loved ones. Life just don’t get much better.

But there’s been a ton of pix uploaded to flickr, with more to come. You are welcome to browse.
I’m still in awe of the magickalness of the trip. But there was still so much to see, especially Paris. Didn’t have nearly enough time. Half a day lost in Les Halles totally scarred me for life with all the Burger Kings & Footlockers and GAPS and UGH! Stab the eyes out with hot pokers. We were looking for the Marais and took a right instead of left at the Pompidou Center and were DOOOOMED. We did find porn and sausages eventually though. So it worked out in the end.
I’m reading an amazing book, “Liberty: The Lives and Times of Six Women in Revolutionary France” and there are numerous mentions of Les Halles as the market center of Paris. I guess it still is, but where are the fishwives? They’re hocking Nikes and burgers these days. It hurts my soul.

Pan European Absinthe Safari – Part One

or, Kallisti Fest 2007
“I’m sorry I caused all that absinthe.” —Kallisti
Click here to skip to the flickr album! 204 pix and counting
Since I started the absinthe website, now FeeVerte.net, friends from the forum there have been poking me to join in the fun at the annual Boveresse Absinthe Festival, or at least to visit and see the absinthe and related sights. I’d refused up until now. I’m a total scaredy cat when it comes to flying.
2007 is the ten year anniversary of the Fee Verte website and forum. Ten years! I made a new header banner to celebrate! Oxygenee, who has since taken over the site (though I still help), finally convinced me that now was the time. They’d hold a fund raiser to help with tickets etc and arrange a special fun absinthey activities. How could I refuse!?!?!
KallistiFest 2007 was born.

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So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night!

So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, good night,
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight.
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, adieu,
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu.
So long, farewell, Au’voir, auf wiedersehen,
I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne
So long, farewell, Auf wiedersehen, goodbye,
I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye,
Good bye

Ok, so this was supposed to be posted before we left over a week ago, but I ran out of time. It was very hectic! The flight went well. I recommend Virgin Atlantic’s Media Wonderland for anyone who is nervous or bored on long flights. And about 328,000 mg of Xanax. Does wonders.
The Pan European Absinthe Safari is over! Just back from Paris-Saumur-Paris-Pontarlier-Couvet-Paris! Shacking up in London for the next five days. Staying in one place for the last leg of the trip is the best decision I’ve ever made. Wow.
Not too much shopping, but we’ve eaten our entire bank account. It is awesome. I think we had all of one meal that didn’t consist of sausage. There will be pictures.
More when we’re rested. Or home… I can’t decide. Ha!
Heading to the Tower of London first thing in the morning for the London leg of the Kallisti Severed Head Tour 2007™. And then over to the Borough Market to get Mr. Kallisti some for real South African biltong.

Blastmilk, ahoy!

It seems quiet here, don’t it. Well looks can be deceiving! All the action is IRL and I can barely keep up.
I lost the Volks lottery for the BtSSB Alice & The Pirates outfit, so if there is anyone out there who wants to let a hapless girl takeover their lottery or what have you, pleeeease let me know!
I just paid for my tickets to Europe in June! OMG. First time going, I’m completely freaked (hate flying) and ecstatic (dream come true) at the same time. Mostly I’ll be on tour to the Kallisti-Fest in Boveresse for the Absinthe Festival… but the Mr. and I will be in London for five days on our own.
I need suggestions for the absolutely coolest things to do for a art-history-lit geek like me! Tower of London, Madame Tussaud’s & the V&A are a given. What else?
And maybe spend two of those nights in another town? But where?
In any case, there will be more coming from me soon. No worries. This is a big, busy year!

Dolpa NY 2 & Dollectable

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It is official! Volks will be hosting the second Dolls Party in N.Y. on June 9-10.
At the last LA Tea they mentioned two full days, including a chance to order FCS. They have a headcount survey: let them know if want to come!
I won’t be going, because I’ll be in Europe June 8-23rd (or so) for an Absinthe Festival in Switzerland. Wow.
But not before I host two panels at our own local dolly convention: Dollectable! June 1st-3rd — Millbrae, CA (just south of SF!).

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I’ll be doing a dolly corset panel and photo stage panel. I haven’t done this sort of thing before, so as it stands now I think it will be fun! It is a bit of a stretch for me to be doing this the weekend before I go to Europe (first time ever, omg) but I think this will be really super, we have such a wonderful and eclectic dolly community in the Bay Area.

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