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An Island Christmas Greeting!

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DARQ:  Hello, Catherine! I wish you the Merriest of Christmases.

CATHERINE:  Same to you Darq!

DARQ: I hesitate to expound on the weather here, well, it’s heavenly —

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CATHERINE: Oh, how I envy you being in the tropics. Hey, what’s with the bear?

DARQ: Actually, it’s bears, plural. You see, the theme of this island getaway holiday is Christmas Bears. I’m holding a stuffed bear in my right hand, a genuine Teddy Bear, and in my other hand is a bear of a gingerbread cookie. The cookie-bear is holding a green striped candy cane.

CATHERINE: How can you be sure that you have a genuine Teddy Bear? Stuffed bears are just stuffed bears.

DARQ: Because the ribbon around its neck says Teddy Bear. Beside, the MIB — my Men In Black bodyguard detail gave this cute little bear to me as a Christmas gift.  Speaking of Christmas gifts, I received your gift, Catherine  —  the Erte-Inspired Creation is gorgeous! I can hardly wait until New Year’s Eve to wear it.

CATHERINE: I’m glad you liked the gown. So when do you leave for the New Year’s Eve party? And is it in some alpine-ski area?

DARQ: No. I’m celebrating New Years right here in the tropics!

CATHERINE: Lucky, lucky, you. I get snow and single digits. Brrrrr!

Darq chuckles.

CATHERINE:  Okay, before you go imbibe more punch or frolic on the beaches, let’s see the shoes.

Darq’s cheeks flush.

CATHERINE: Darq?

DARQ: Ah . . . Well, you see, it’s like this —

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Catherine gasps before saying:  OHMYGOD — you’re barefoot!

DARQ: Yes, I am.  You can blame it on the MIBs.

CATHERINE:  Huh?

DARQ: They talked my host into resurfacing this section of beach outside my guest bungalow to resemble the sands of my homeworld. At home, I never wear shoes on the beach. No one does. But I did put on a new coat of nail polish. (Darq wiggles her toes.)

CATHERINE: Blinged out toenails. No two toes the same color.

DARQ: Of course not. Readers of JEWELS OF THE SKY wouldn’t expect the heroine to deviate from that little quirk, now would they?

CATHERINE: No they wouldn’t.

DARQ: Oh, I have to go. It’s time for our Christmas luau.  Merry Christmas!

CATHERINE: Merry Christmas!

(The connection ends.)

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Darq and I wish you a wonderful Christmas Day! 

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Stop by New Year’s Day to see Darq’s party gown, another Erte-inspired creation.

 

NOTE TO CRAFTERS AND SEWERS:  Darq’s muumuu is a silk-polyester border print,the design is a composite made after browsing Pinterest for ideas.

As to the palm trees, that’s not paint on them –  it’s cake frosting. My sister, who loves to decorate cakes came for lunch and a visit. She also brought her cache of frosting tips and jars of food colorings.  I whipped up a batch of simple frosting (powdered sugar, shortening, and milk) and divided up the mix into four bowls. My sister then piped the bark and leaves using leaf tips.  She had the easy part, the frosting of the palms.

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The hard part was mine  — scaling and cutting-carving the palm forms out of corrugated cardboard, then reinforcing the trunk sections and fronds with Popsicle sticks to keep the thin areas rigid.

Once dry, I slid the palms onto the cloud board, used brads (through the coconut area) to secure the trees to the cloud board.

By the way, those are real rocks, sand, gravel, and pebbles used for the “beach.”

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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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I’m Back!

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DARQ: As you can readily see, I’ve returned to Earth for another season of ambassadorial duties. This is a Wysotti outfit for those who are interested. Simple, and in my humble opinion, gorgeous. Even my sandals and hairpiece reflect the dress’s designs. Have a look—

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 Because of the hurricanes that hit the U.S.A., my arrival party had to be delayed but little stops the MIB (Men in Black) from seeing that they —and I— have a good time in Texas. There’s nothing like beer and burgers and BBQ ribs!

Speaking of Texas and the Old West, this Halloween I’ll be going to a dude ranch, at an undisclosed location, of course. There will be something called a Chuck Wagon Cook Out with a square dance in a barn. The theme for the costumes is “Prairie Dress.” That ought to keep Catherine busy at the sewing machine.

Oh, and don’t tell Catherine, but I decided on wearing another Erte-inspired gown for New Years.The celebration theme is “At the Ritz” and I have already picked out the illustration.

CATHERINE: Geez, Darq, you do know I get notices of your blog, right?

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DARQ: Oops. I forgot about that. Must be one too many beers . . . (hiccup) . . .

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For sewers: the fabric is a lacy knit with cotton trim. The floral touches are scrapbooking decals.

Stop back on Halloween to she Darq’s Prairie Dress and hear all about Darq’s chuck wagon outing.

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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Interview by an English Witch

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Catherine here– If your day can use a smile or two, go to

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because Darq is in England as a guest of none other than Mrs. Baker, the English witch, who invited Darq to tea  today (and to interview her).

The two are even baking Darq’s Fruity Cake for the orphans. The recipe is also revealed.

There are lots of pictures of Darq and Mrs. B that Darq, Mrs. B, Penny Blake, and I think you’ll enjoy, so please feel free to comment. Or, if you’re curious what elements were used in the photos that makes the food (or anything else) look real, leave a comment!

Have fun (I and Penny sure did!)

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Posted by on January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Gone for the Summer ?

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CATHERINE:  I managed to get a snapshot of Darq packing her things for the trip back to her homeworld of Wysa. If you are wondering like I was about all the two towers of shoes fitting in the trunk along with her clothes, well—

According to Darq, the MIB (Men in Black), have this molecular and atom compression gizmo that will get everything down into some sort of weightless, flat thread of light-energy. Not being a techno-geek, the process sounded to me a lot like the transporters used on Star Trek. Okay, so fiction is fiction and as long as you can suspend your disbelief, it’s kosher.  Right?

Darq will be back this fall . . . new shoes, new clothes. 

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Conversation and comments are always welcome!

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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy New Year 2015!

Telephone rings at 5 a.m.

CATHERINE, only barely awake, picks up the phone from her bedside stand, and mumbles: Hello?

DARQ: Happy New Year, Catherine!

CATHERINE, grumbling something unintelligent, takes a deep breath and comes more awake: Happy New Year to you, too.  Where are you calling from?

DARQ:  The party. I’m on my way out the door.

CATHERINE:  I thought you were staying until Sunday. Was the party that bad?

DARQ, her voice lower:  “It was a nice party but, well, boring.”

CATHERINE: I thought my staying at home was a boring way to spend New Year’s Eve, but you went to some ritzy party!

DARQ: Not so much ritzy. The place was an architectural wonder.  All slabs of rock, cement, metal, linear–think Frank Lloyd Wright-ish.  And the interior–all white, black, chrome, glass–so pristine that no one dared get drunk or spill anything on the gold carpets. Standing around making polite talk is not my idea of welcoming in a new year.

CATHERINE: No saving grace for the place?

DARQ: Well, there was the view.  The towering mountains covered with evergreens. All dusted with snow. A full moon.

CATHERINE (hears helicopter blades revving up): So you’ll be home soon?

DARQ:  No. Change of plans.  I’ve been invited to New York City for a couple weeks to take in the lights and a play or two. I’ll let you know my ETA later. I have to go, but I’m sending you a picture one of the MIBs took of me in the Erte-inspired outfit you made me. Everyone raved about it.  Gotta go!

There’s the click of the disconnect, and Catherine brings up the picture Darq sent:

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*** Note to fashionistas and those who sew —  Below is a frontal view of Darq’s two-piece outfit. The skirt front has a “waterfall” effect, which took me two days to figure out how to make. The most expensive about the outfit was the pair of tassels that hang off the belt at the side seams. Making those tassels took three skeins of metallic gold embroidery floss.

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And here is the Erte illustration that I worked from:

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***This blog will update January 15 with a look at Darq’s NYC visit (and outfit). Follow this blog to stay abreast of Darq’s adventures on Earth.

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Highlights of Christmas 2014

CATHERINE:  As promised, here’s a look at–

DARQ:  Let me tell the picture story of my Christmas day.

CATHERINE:  Okay, tell away.

DARQ:  The Christmas tree (an artificial one) was a-glitter with lights and sparkling ornaments of silver and kiwi-green.  With all the gifts piled under the tree, I  was hard pressed to ferret out my presents. At times it felt like I was drowning among the brightly wrapped gifts.

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However, I manged to find my three presents– Ta Dah!

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What did I get?  Well, the contents of the bag was from my MIB detail and Santa. It was a red stocking filled with various wine samplers.  The little box held Catherine’s gift to me of earrings–and yes, I am wearing an old pair of red shoes (no new ones) and my Ugly Christmas Sweater (which, the more I wear it, the better I like it!).

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CATHERINE: Hold it right there.  No revealing what’s inside that box.

DARQ: Why not? It’s the outfit you made for me for the upcoming Downton Abbey themed New Year’s Eve party I’m attending next week.

CATHERINE: But we won’t be revealing that Erte-inspired outfit until New Year’s Day, so don’t spoil the surprise.

DARQ: Can I just say it’s black and gold and white?

CATHERINE: No.

DARQ: Can I say it’s beautiful?

CATHERINE: Okay, you can say that.

DARQ: The Erte-outfit Catherine made is simply — BEAUTIFUL!

CATHERINE: Now that we have that settled, how about guarding the cookies so my husband leaves a few for me?

DARQ:  I’m on it!

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CATHERINE and DARQ:  We hope you had a very good Christmas and will stop by New Year’s Day to see Darq’s Erte-inspired outfit of black and gold and white!

**** Catch up on all the Christmas activities by scrolling down.

***Unfamiliar with Erte?  He was the Father of Art Deco and a designer of 1920-30’s haute couture – check out last New Year’s Eve’s gown, as well as the Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter outfits made this year.

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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

DARQ:  Here I come, ready or not . . .

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 . . .  and to wish you and all my blog followers a

Happy Mother’s Day!

CATHERINE: And you’re in costume?

DARQ: How else was I to give an “old-fashioned” Mother’s Day greeting?  By the way, I love the dress you made for me.  Jane Austin would be thrilled.

CATHERINE:  I would imagine so.  And the hat?

DARQ: Awesome!  It makes me feel like I could live in the 1800’s.

CATHERINE:  Speaking of Jane Austin, which book of hers did you like best?

DARQ:  ‘Emma’ of course.  Oh, and thanks for the handkerchief, pearl necklace, and the new pair of shoes that go with my dress. IMG_0342

CATHERINE mutters softly “you and shoes,” then she says:  You’re welcome.

DARQ:  Yoi, Catherine, what do you think of all these beautiful spring flowers and this mini-rose?  I plucked all of them just for you.

CATHERINE:  In other words, you picked my garden clean.

DARQ laughs, then says:  Not quite, but are you sure these are real flowers?

CATHERINE scrutinizes the cascade of flowers:  Omygosh! Some are real and some are silk — you pilfered from my seasonal silk flower supply!

DARQ: How else was I to put together so many blooms?

CATHERINE:  Well, okay, you did a terrific job of blending the real and the fake. It’s hard to tell which is which.

DARQ: Thank you, and now, Catherine, let me make the official announcement:

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY from Catherine and Darq.

PS — Can you identify the real flowers from the fake?  If so, feel free to comment and list the ones you think are real.

******** Coming May 15th:  The Oz dresses and the glitzy-bling Oz shoes plus another opportunity to download JEWELS OF THE SKY for free!

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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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