Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A little Quiz...


Hello Dhaaarlings...



One of these things is not like the others...

Can you tell me which one it is before 




the fat lady sings?

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Lovely Birthday Adventure...


It was a lovely winters Sunday. The birds were singing in the trees... The sun shining warmly with nary a cloud in the sky... a chilly breeze swirling about and insinuating itself upon ones nether regions...

"Rug up Princess... We're Off!" Announced the Empress. "I'm taking you for a "Devonshire Tea" over at Maryborough for a Birthday treat!"

"What? they don't do Tea's at one of the cafe's here in town?" I enquired.

"Just shut up and get in the car Princess... You'll see... Oh... and by the way... You're driving"

So we set off. Rugged up in coats and scarves for the hour long drive to Maryborough a large country town known for it's now closed woolen mills of a 
by-gone era...

Across rolling fields planted with crops of wheat and canola. Winter lambs frolicking and gamboling about in the chilled air but remaining within a bleat their mother's listening ear.

Pulling the car into the long sweeping driveway my eyes met with this sight...



Maryborough Railway Station

Read more about the Station and its History Here
and Here





It is an imposing yet elegant building and could be considered the
 "Grande Old Dame"
 of  Victoria's Railway stations as far as railway stations go.


The Platform itself is undergoing repairs and so did not lend itself to a pretty picture, yet it is purported to be one of the longest platforms in the State measuring a total 1.3 kilometers in length...just over 1 kilometer of that is covered with a verandah which has a central glassed skylight running its full length....(that is the bit that is currently being re-furbished)



Some of the tessellated floor tiling at the entrance




The old dining hall now a modern Cafe/ Restaurant

See the double window on the back wall?
The Empress and I shared a table just beneath that window... 




Where we managed to consume these...
Fresh Baked Scones with lashings of Strawberry Jam and Fresh Cream
The Empress Decided on a Hot Chocolate While I had my usual Latte

 I think the waiter may have left his rubber Cock Ring on the Latte Glass!

Ewww...

I sat right beside a very nice lady that played Her Golden Harp for me all afternoon.



I ended up buying a CD from her... and after that she stopped playing and partook of her own refreshments....If I had known that she would stop... I would have bought a CD from her sooner. There are only so many times that one can listen to "Stranger on the Shore" played on the Harp Solo.




Close up of  Harp

And i did have a very nice conversation with a gentleman that thought that I was quite brilliant for being able to explain some of the history of the Harp dating back to Egypt and its relationship to the Lyre and that that is how 


One of Australia's Native Birds




 the Lyerbird got it's name...
Clickerate the Play button and let Sir David tell you all about it and then
read more about the Lyrebird Here  if you like...


 Its tail... when opened during it's courtship display is shaped like an ancient lyre and male lyrebirds are able to mimic the sounds of over 20 other bird calls and noises that it hears in it's environment...
But I digress... 
Oh... and I forgot to get the nice gentleman's number... Bummer!


After a wander through the antique and collectibles gallery and store... 
Oohing and Ahhing at all the lovely items and laughing at the highway robbery prices... it was time to bid farewell to the "Grand Old Dame".

 No... not the Empress... She followed me back to the car.

It was a lovely Birthday Adventure....



Sunday, June 26, 2011

On This Day...


Hello Dhaaarlings...




Today I celebrate surviving another year...


Why I couldn't have been born a "Summer Babe" I'll never know...
Middle of winter... cold, wet, and foggy days don't oft give cause for celebration...


But Princess always makes an exception...


And this year is no different...




There will be Cake...








Cocktails...







Good Company...





And did I mention Cake?...





Go on... Grab a piece Dhaaarlings....



Bottoms Up!...



Friday, June 24, 2011

Colour Me Happy...



Knitting Scarves...




Writing Cards and Letters...




Working in the Garden...

What are you planning for your weekend? 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Colour me Confused....

Hello Dhaaarlings...

Being the talented Quilter and designer that I am... I am always working with 

COLOUR...



Sometimes I get to thinking about how COLOU impacts on people and what favourite colours say about peoples personalities




What does COLOUR say about you?

Here are some excerpts...

Pink: This color embodies the gentler qualities of Red, symbolizing love and affection without passion. Women who prefer Pink tend to be maternal. Pink desires protection, special treatment and a sheltered life. Pink people require affection and like to feel loved and secure, perhaps wanting to appear delicate and fragile. Pink people tend to be charming and gentle, if a trifle indefinite.
Orange: This color of luxury and pleasure appeals to the flamboyant and fun-loving person who likes a lively social round. Orange people may be inclined to dramatize a bit, and people notice them, but they are generally good-natured and popular. They can be a little fickle and vacillating, but on the whole they try hard to be agreeable. Orange is the color of youth, strength, fearlessness, curiosity and restlessness.
Yellow: The color of happiness, wisdom and imagination, Yellow is chosen by the mentally adventurous, searching for novelty and self-fulfillment. Yellow usually goes with a sunny and shrewd personality, with a good business head and a strong sense of humor. It is the color of intellectuality and all things to do with the mind. Yellow folks are usually clear and precise thinkers who have a good opinion of their own mental capacities and who have lofty ideals. They may at times tend to shun responsibility, preferring freedom of thought and action.
Green: The color of harmony and balance, Green symbolizes hope, renewal and peace, and is usually liked by the gentle and sincere. Greens are generally frank, community-minded people, fairly sociable but preferring peace at any price. Green people can be too self-effacing, modest and patient, so they may get exploited by others. They are usually refined, civilized and reputable.
Read More HERE


Because I'm a kaleidoscope sort of guy... I get quite Confused...







Monday, June 20, 2011

My Favourite Colour...





More of the same but different!




Read More About The Artist  "Here"






What is your favourite colour Dhaaarling?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Aus...tra.. liana....













Yes... We have the Winning Envelopes Dhaaarlings....



Hello Dhaaarlings... 



And welcome to the 2011 Winter Ball at "Palais de Steff"





I've been putting the final touches to some lovely ice sculptures




And please help yourself to the Gin Fountain


And I must say how totally impressed that I am with all your entries this year. Princess certainly had her work cut out for her with so many eager participants.

It seems that most of you have been viing for winning the obviously much coveted

"Most Appalling Frock" 

 Giving last years winner Petra a run for her money.  

Several of our entrants gowns looked positively hideous even though they had been entered in the "Most Appealing Frock" category...


Really people!!... Where is your taste?... All in your mouths I suspect! 

As I rummaged through my slot... some of the entries caused me to become quite bilious...


Several of the houseboys claimed to be so frightened they ran off into the snow... 



But I think that was just an excuse...
to avoid working on the preparations for the ball...






 Then... when it came to having to to handle the frocks... well.... some of the Organising Committee screamed and ran from the room in horror.




(The Empress and her friends may never recover)


Although their little eyes did light up at the sight of "Petra's Pride" outfit.




"What an awful waste Maud" I heard the Empress say...
"Just think of all the loofah/body mop/nylon netting shower pom pom on a string thingamie's we could recycle this into for the next jumble sale.... Remember to "hide" it after the show won't you Maud"






Ladies Gentlemen and those of you who profess not to be...
 Without further ado.  After much tabulating, counting and re-counting  and waiting for the fat lady to start singing...






I can now announce this years winners.


The Prize for the 2011 Fabulous Frock Competition


"Most Appealing Frock"


Goes to...


Oh Fuck!.... Fuckity Fuck Fuck Fuck!


We have a Tie!



Contestant #8 Savannah            


And



  
Contestant #1 Mistress MJ

Savannah and her "Beautiful Balenciaga" and MJ with her "Butler Baiter"  

  

"MOTHER!"... 


"I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE"...



(That's me Crying darlings not our winners)

"What is all this wailing Princess? What do you you wan't now?"

"I want you to pick the most appealing gown Mother" 

"But haven't all your  bogger friend people in that machine voted Dear?"

"Well they have Mother but... Savannah and MJ have tied...again!"....

"Didn't they tie last year darling?"

"Yes they did Mother"

"Well...I don't want to choose darling. They are both lovely and have gone to so much effort..." 

"And Maud said"...

 "I'd put money on both them two frocks Empress... if I was a gambling woman"

Didn't you Maud?... while we were sorting through the entries"...

"Savannah knows a winner when she sees it... that Mr Balenciwhatsit is quite a dish for a foreign type...and look at the knife edge pleating..." 

"And we all know what happened once Mr Butler saw MJ's heaving bosom in that gown... He couldn't wait to fondle her swathes of ginger velvet."

"If Savannah and MJ have tied again... then they obviously have Style.

A quality that is not given but one that one is born with... and sadly a quality that seems lost on you Princess..."

"Stop weeping, next you'll be blaming Miss Scarlet's cute little doggie for leaving puddles all over the Palais....

Just give them a hip flask each and be done with!" 

Well.... Congratulations Savannah and MJ!

You have held on to your crowns for the second year running!!

And both of you will receive for your effort


This Lovely Hip Flask... or one just like it!
(As soon as I can find another)
Thank you Empress..




A big round of applause for our joint winners if you please...


Savannah and Mistress MJ


I hear the fat lady warming up again....






And now folks we move on to our most coveted award...
the


 "Most Appalling Frock"


And this year the runaway winner on the runway is...




Contestant #12
Miss Mitzi








and her appalling homage to  "Beef Curtains"


Congratulations Mitzi...


People... will you please refrain from vomiting on the floor the Houseboys are standing by with buckets for your convenience...




This Appropriately Appalling Cocktail shaker and matching straws will be cumming your way...


(as soon as you send me your postal address)


That concludes this years awards darlings.
 So please join me for more cocktails at the bar to celebrate our victors and comisserate with the vanquished


The dance floor is also fully prepared for your enjoyment














































That's All Folks!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Now Showing at "The Palais".....







It's Movie Clip Wednesday again!


Pick a movie that fits with your take on the weekly theme 
Find a clip from the movie and post it on your blog...
Write a little blurb about how the theme links with your clip and how you came  by it and what it means to you. Pop over to the current Hostess/ Host's of the Meme's blog and leave a comment saying that you are up and Hey Presto! You're playing MCW.


Our current hostess is Joanna Cake


This weeks theme is...


"Best Gunfight Scene"


I can honestly say that I'm not a big fan of the genre but...
Hands Down, although it's brief I don't think I've ever laughed so much in a movie theatre before or since I first saw this scene on the big screen.
It just cracked me up... I almost wet myself I was laughing so much...




Apologies for the over dubbed music...

And here are a couple of extra little recreations...



 





I said it was brief!
Happy MCW...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Have Your Vote Count....

..

Voting so far has been fierce..
Princess would like to remind you all that Voting for our contestants in the

2011 Fabulous Frock Competition

will Close at Midnight Tuesday 14 June 

where ever you happen to be in the World Dhaaarlings..

The winners will be announced at the


"Palais De Steff" Winter Ball

On Thursday 16th June..

And here is what's up for grabs!

"Most Appealing Frock Prize"



"Most Appalling Frock Prize" 



This Tastefully Subtle Cocktail Shaker and Matching Straws...



Our operators are eagerly awaiting your call

Haven't Voted Yet? Go HERE!

I'll see you all with the results on Thursday...


Monday, June 13, 2011

Princess Presents... Your "Fabulous Frock" Contestants....



Ladies... Gentlemen....
 and those of you that claim to be neither...



On behalf of the Organising Committee...






Princess would like to welcome you all to the Palais de Steff




Fabulous Frock Competition 2011

Princess has been quite overwhelmed with the number of eager participants  willing to show you their wares


Now remember Dhaaarlings... there are two categories that you are voting for


The "Most Appealing" 
and
 "Most Appalling" 


gowns of the evening..



And don't for get you could win this...
A...ahem... slightly used hip flask... Well i had to drink something while dealing with a full slot!

Allow me to present to you this years
"12 Fabulous Frock" entrants...


And now... It gives Princess great pleasure...
 to introduce to you someone whom... I know... has given us all so much pleasure and is one of last years joint winners for her most appealing entry...


Contestant#1


Mistress MJ


Mistress MJ Says....


"This red velvet dressing gown was designed by Walter Plunkett and worn by Vivien Leigh’s character “Scarlett O’Hara” in the 1939 classic film “Gone with the Wind.”


Why, you ask, am I wearing a dressing gown to a ball?
Well, you see, I know the gown will be torn from my heaving bosom as soon as Rhett Butler fixes his gaze upon me.


See what I mean?





*Rousing round of applause*


Thank you Mistress that was quite eye opening for all of us... 
And now having seen Mistress MJ...
 both in and out of her wind catcher...

~oOo~


I present...
Contestant #2
 Damien Oz


Welcome Damien... a first time entrant as he gracefully takes to the catwalk...
Damien has entered gowns for both categories this year...
 The "Most Appealing" 
and
 "Most Appalling" gowns of the evening... 
Over to you Damien



Frock 1) "My Fabulous Frock".......



"Coz,
a) White would ONLY ever be what I wear as it is tres classique like mois!!! 
and 
b)  Because.. Mistress MJ said the only ever colour I was allowed to wear was dog collar black"


Frock 2  "My Shocking Frock"


"This pink monstrosity is actually a dress that CHOLA’s  wouldn’t go near with their sharpies."
(to discover what a "chola" is darlings go back and click on the link... I had to)


Thank you Damien Oz... 
Give a big round of applause to our first "Catwalk Virgin"...


~oOo~


And now... I present for your enjoyment...


Contestant #3
 Mr XL


This year XL has chosen to go weeth something compleetely deeefferent...






Could it be the cigarette holder?
XL has instructed the orchestra to fire up as he would like to perform for your listening pleasure...








What a saucy little mix you are Mr Xl... Don't think I didn't notice you flirting with that chorus girl...


A round of applause for Mr Xl as he returns to a "ChiChi" or 3 back stage..


~oOo~


Introducing


Contestant #4


Puggerpete


 Mr Puggerpete does not seem to have his own blog as yet so I can't send you over for a visit. 
But as a newcomer and first time performer at the Palais... (Princess has spied him lurking about the Palais grounds) and although having not been formally introduced....
It seems he is willing to grace the catwalk with a partner to assist in displaying his gowns in each categorie...


Over to you Puggerpete...


Frock 1






. " This lovely dress has the added benefit of a Velcro closing in back; so much easier to remove... so I can wear him later"


Frock 2


b)  "The only redeeming value of this outfit are the diamonds that you can pawn"
Thank you Puggerpete... You will find the Pawn Shoppe just to the left of the Porn Shop as you make your way backstage... Both of them have balls hanging out front... Count them to work out the difference


Please but you hands together for our second "Catwalk Virgin"... Puggerpete


~ooOOOoo~


Our next entrant is
Contestant #5
 The lovely... Miss Scarlet





Miss Scarlet says....


"I thought that a cute dog might help me win"....


Along with  a little light entertainment perhaps?....
Sing along now Folks!






Arf Arf... I mean... thank you Miss Scarlet that was a lovely interlude....
A round of applause for Miss Scarlet as she makes he way back stage...
Oh... and Miss Scarlet... I do hope you will be arranging to clean up that little accident your doggie seems to have had.... Perhaps struck by stage fright?


Next on the Catwalk is...
Contestant #6
 Designing Wally



Designing Wally has entered frocks in both voting categories
And he too is a cat walk  first timer..


Frock 1




"I always am able to pull off (on every level), a strange and voluminous outfit".....
A ball, a trip to the grocer's or a dump, this outfit works for me....


 


"If I must wear shoes; they must be of the fruit-stripe-gum variety, as well as sensible."


Frock 2



"If I didn't like you I might wear this"....




Front Window


Rear Window




What a luscious "leopard skinny stringy thingy" you have displayed for us Designing Wally...


A round of applause for contestant number 6 as he steps gracefully... oops I think you got a heel caught in one of your strings... Either that... or miss scarlet is still hunting down a bucket and mop...


 Houseboys! Assist Mr Wally backstage please... and I hope you are making all of our contestants very comfortable back there....


*giggles and laughter from backstage*


And Now... Ladies..Gentlemen and and those of you who profess not to be either... welcome to the stage....




Contestant #7. 


Roses has entered 4 lovely gowns
This is Miss Roses "Virginal Voyage" down the Catwalk
so welcome her warmly...


And in her own words...
"I found more appallings than appealings"....

Frock 1


"Appalling Gown"




Frock 2. "Full on Frump"



Frock 3. "Not a Nightie"



Frock 4. "A Wedding Gown"



"Though I will say... 
I would get married in the Wedding Dress, should RDJ ever get his shit sorted and ask."

Thank you Roses for your fashion insights.... 
Houseboys would you mind calling Mr "RDJ" to see if he has sorted his shit yet? We can't keep Miss Roses waiting While she's all done up in that lovely frock..
"What's that? He just has another case to get through? Oh... a case of Vodka!
And he might be a little late as he'll be in rehab...."
"Well boys... escort Miss Roses to the Vodka Fountain... I can see she will be needing something to stem those tears....


A round of applause for our 4th "Catwalk Virgin" Miss Roses if you please


now... our next entrant is no stranger to the Palais de Steff Catwalk... 
Welcome our joint winner from last year...


Contestant  #8
 Miss Savannah


Savannah has entered both categories again this year and is starting off with this Appalling entry... or better put in her own words...


Frock 1


"Unflattering OMG WTF was he thinking entry"





"This is my entry for the dress i'd never, ever wear...in fact, i can't even believe it was designer with the idea of being shown...in public without massive drugs being consumed."


Frock 2




"A Balenciaga that i wish I could wear and be belle of the ball again"


Thank you Savannah... 
A round of applause if you would for our Southern Belle...


~oOOOo~


Our next entrant is the winner of last years "Most Appalling Frock"
Let us see if he has managed to up the ante
I give you...


Contestant  #9

CyberPete


Petra has provided a brief description of her choices of gowns...


Frock 1



"My first of three divine gowns is this black feathery ensemble with matching hat and golden thigh high boots. All by Dolce & Gabbana of course."




Frock 2



"Or how about this divine white Roberto Cavalli gown?"



Frock 3

"Or how about this gorgeous white dress with diamant├ęs.




I am certainly looking forward to seeing what everyone else is wearing even though all mine are sure winners."

Frock 4

"This dress - for Pride. Not sure it's appropriate though"



Oh Petra... that last one is more than appropriate I'd say...


A round of applause for CyberPetra as she leaves the catwalk to accost her throngs of awaiting fans....


Oh and Petra Darling... I think we might all know someone that could put that last little "Pride Number" to good use in their Bathroom...


Speaking of Witch...
I present for you our next entrant...


Contestant #10


Mr Inexplicable DeVice


In his own words...


Frock 1




This Fabulous Frock I found here: http://omtn-dnfanzz.deviantart.com/ and is a truly cosmic creation.  It would be ideal for displaying my alabaster legs, just be careful not to hoik my skirt up any more - I don't want you all seeing my docking hatch!


Frock 2 and 3...


  
"In keeping with the Star Trek theme...
 the Frightening one belongs to one Lwaxana Troi and is accessorised 
with an almost equally ghastly frock worn by her daughter, Deanna.
  
"Lwaxana's always over the top as is evidenced by those frightful shoulder pad/puffs.  Deanna normally looks pretty good, but this pink disaster can only be bettered by burning it.  


Plus, it 'tastefully' highlights her vaginal area with a big pink polyester vag!

Nice."







Thank you Mr DeVice now would you kindly leave the catwalk before you manage to blow someone else..........up.


Our next entrant and first time cat walker here at the Palais is...


Contestant #11


 Mr 63Mago


Frock 1








"A comfortable Greek ensemble ready for any occasion",

And this is the occasion Dhaaarlings so get dancing!



A round of applause if you please....


Frock 2








 "and something by Daghilev I never would wear..." 


Well Mr Mago.Thank you for demonstrating your fine expertise at performing "The Zorba" along with a couple of your friends.


I couldn't help my self ... just had to join in... and now I'm all puffed...


A round of applause please for Mr Mago...


~ooOOOoo~


And now to our final entrant
Contestant #12
Mitzi


Whom is also a first timer on the Palais catwalk and has worn a lovely wedding gown to finish the show for us...


Frock 1



"t'was a beautiful wedding dress made from faux human flesh which would have made Ilse Koch green with envy. It was exquisite. From Skinbag."




Thank You Miss Mitzi... the house boys are standing by with the sunscreen sprayer...






Give all our contestants a big hand now including our "Catwalk Virgins"


And that Ladies and Gentlemen and those of you that claim to be neither
concludes our catwalk show.






Start your voting!


Remember you are voting for 


"The Most Appealing Frock"


And 


"Most Appalling Frock"


And I'll see you all at the Winter Ball for the announcement of our Winners




And Good Luck to all our lovely contestants....


Oh how remiss of me to forget to mention that the voting lines will stay open
Until
Midnight Tuesday14th June.
Where ever you happen to be in the world!




Our operators are standing by to take your call....