December 02, 2011

Noël et le Théâtre français...Christmas

Le musée de l'opéra de jute Luxe.
I have tickets for front row seating...Tickets sold at the door for each and everyone of you.

(All Théâtres Built By Dore Callaway, Burlap Luxe)

"Click on photos to enlarge details"

I am taking to the stage as the artist director with an entertainment venue of unforgettable dance and song.

In the quiet I have been creating theatres like a French toy maker in Paris and it's here where magical French opera and theatres come to life with salvaged vintage woods, fragments of old, along with wire and paints inspiring imaginative artful play in a "Joyeux Noël" production.

Wire Chandeliers created by me, "Dore" adds aged glamour to their stages, with a little bending, twisting and stringing of mini pearls, this is one of the many I have created.

So many ideas swirl around my desk where scraps of papers host plans and measurements in all I create. It's a place that inspires the magic of the stage and the art it performs.

I look at each one carefully...listening to what it wants to become. By adding architectural salvage, the small, impressive facade and columns create grand enchantment. Handmade wire chandeliers with layers of old light up on aged, grey wood floors where paper doll mice and snow angels take to the stage. I love the snow-filled trees and the tiny flurries that cling to the bare branches determined to stay, making for merriment and wonder in a performance.

A paper cut-out of the snow angel shadow dances her reflection on the stage wall.

Inspired by all things French with history, toy opera theatres appeared in Paris department store Etrennes catalog, "Christmas Catalog", circa 1875. They were created to entertain a child's imagination where children can write and produce their own stage play or a performance of the opera. These small wonders were intended for children but adults enjoyed them as well. Early 1800's toy theatres are rare and if found they carry a pricey tag.

Linking holiday theatres with my dear friend "Anita Rivera" at About a year ago I was taken with the charm of her opera theatre. I knew halfway through her performance that I had to have one. Anita's opera theatre was full of wonderment where little mice appeared in a shadow performance behind a curtain; it was a performance that touched the edges of my heart. Anita inspired my first building of one. I knew then I had to create more, ones with historical French charm that fuse the romance of a decayed opera theatre with a stage where one creates.

Inspired by knowing that a 100+ years from now my theatres will still be part of someones play in a theatre performance. Size: 19" height 12" depth 21" length.

Théâtres to appear in my "etsy shop" this week.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma chère Doré,

Moi, je suis tout à fait enchantée; c'est une merveille de tes talents, ton imagination et ta perseverance de créer un atmosphère féerique...

MY HUSBAND just saw your theatres and is totally impressed as well....i am honored that you were influenced by my theatre. I only wish that I could have produced another STORY to place in my theatre, but you know my work schedule. These are of exquisite craftswomanship, extraordinary imagination, and a MUST for a lucky ETSY BUYER TO ATTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!



helen tilston said...

Good Morning Dore

Your post has brought me tremendous joy. Your stage settings are magical and invite so many questions and I am in suspense. There is also a very calming effect, as though one is waiting for the Opera to commence. It brings to mind my first time at the Met Opera in NYC and La Fenece in Venezia. Thank you for the beauty you bring to us.

Helen x

Anonymous said...

Oh, these are magical!!! I clicked on the pics to see them up close - LOVE them all, Dore!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, this is so fun. Your theatres are a must to see and I am sending my dear and beloved friend VIOLET over to see your work. She is enchanted by light, sparkle and the LOVE that is BEHIND IT ALL...she will enjoy your work.

Peace and hugs, smiles and mercy to you...Anita

Finally White said...

You're so talented...... just love your little theatres! They are absolutely beautiful!

Have a nice weekend

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Dore, your petite theaters are completely magical, I adore them so! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Xoxoxo

Seawashed said...


I will be back later to leave a proper comment but just had to peek in before running out the door for the day.

These are what dreams are made of. Breathtaking loveliness. ox

Anne said...

Fascinating and fabulous, Dore!!

Cindy Adkins said...

OH MY GOSH, Dore--beyond comprehension!!! You have a true artist's soul, my friend--and this is the most AMAZING post!

I have a giveaway if you'd like to come enter~

Sarah said...

Your creations are enchanting! These little charmers are beautifully constructed.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So beautiful Dore!! Absolutely love these!! :)

A Magical Whimsy said...

Your theatres are breathtaking and stunning...
So very magical~
Where in So. Cal. is your store? I enjoy visiting the Old Town city of Orange, the antique district with the vintage traffic circle. One of the stores is amazing with its massive furniture and another back store with garden themed items...a jewel in itself. And I adore Anita's blog, 'Castles, Crowns, and Cottages' She is truly a beautiful inspiration! and so are YOU!
I used to live in Fountain Valley and Bellflower. I am Scots-Irish but a native Californian. Happy to see you have been published in Romantic Homes, very nice indeed.

Fete et Fleur said...

Bravo! These are beautiful!!


WhiteWhispers2u said...

You Simply Amaze Me Daily ! I always look forward to your inspiring posts my friend.I will be watching for them in your Shoppe.~Cheers & Blessings Kim

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh Dore,
I was so impressed when you made the first one, but this stunning collection you have amassed is breathtaking! You have used one of my favorite books, (Such a brave little mouse!). I love the little chandeliers as well. Such sweet little detailed touches.
Thanks so much for linking to "What's It Wednesday". Hope you come back again next week and share this gorgeous post as well.

Cindy said...

Are you kidding me!!! Those are the most charming enchanting things EVER! Omg... I'm speechless at how much i love them... You are amazing. I will totally being watching your etsy shop for them, i have my eye on one in particular, but they're all to die for!


BellaRustica said...

Ever talented, inspiring, and all-around beautiful Dore. I look forward to seeing your Opera & always simply enjoy a visit to your blog. The music combined with your art is soothing - a trur gift.

Grazie mille.

Laura Venosa Verbena said...

OMG I could cry, scream, roll over no I am opera singing out loud right now....wish you could here!!!! These are INCREDIABLE Dore!!!! should be down in Miami at all the art shows going on now with these!!!!!! Dame where is Santa when you need him, xoxo Laura

Heaven's Walk said...

You leave me speechless, my dear talented friend! The way your creative mind thinks; the way your hands put together such intricate little seriously amazing. These are certainly one of a kind "Dore" treasures that will be passed down from parent to child throughout the years to become a treasured family heirloom. You're amazing, Dore!

xoxo laurie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your theatres are absolutely magical Dore. I love the construction, the ambience, everything. You amaze me.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

So nice to meet you Dore.. Beautiful workmanship... I am in awe. Pure magic!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh I am sure 29 photos from you have to be fabulous! You know I will be over for a visit~Cheers & Blessings Kim

Christel said...

oh my gosh!!! I am just blown away Dore!! These are BEAUTIFUL!! So magical, and have so much movement. You must have been working for months on these! I had NO idea this is what you were planning, but am so glad I came to see! I must stop in and see what Anita is up to with her theatre offering..It will be magical, and wonderful too..she is such a creative soul, like you. Oh I LOVE photos 18.19.20..fairy..wouldn't you just know it! Beautiful work Dore really, I hope you are proud..I'm showing everyone I know! fact I am posting about it on my blog later this week! Gosh..just amazing pieces. xoxox Christel

Christel said...

me again, I had to come and look again. I feel like a little girl, in my own wonderland here. These theatres are so beautiful. When, and IF you get time, come and see my Little Match Girl..I hope it won't make you too sad.. xoxo Christel

La Brocanteuse said...

Dore!!from the bottom of my heart.. WOW WOW WOW! I L-O-V-E these darling theatres of yours...i want to sit right there in front of them and imagine a little world , magical and special. Thank you for giving us this, I so wish it was possible to have one .should you ever travel to Africa....
Much love
Colette x should take them to Maison Objet fact, you MUST!

Unknown said...

Solamente una palabra Divíno.
Un saludo. Paloma.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Just coming by to soak up more of the magic...the season has begun dearest heart....I saw a small but lovely production of the Nutcracker yesterday and met with a LOVELY FRIEND for tea; we spoke of creative ideas for theatres and well, the sky really is the limit...your theatres are just magnificent to behold and you really are une artiste extraordinaire, digne de honneur! Anita

Amy Chalmers said...

These are enchanting Dore! I am amazed at the things you can create~another place and another time I go when I visit you here. They are so carefully crafted and magical! I love the little chandeliers and the characters. I am going to send this to my 82 year old father, he loves opera and he has made toys for all of his grandchildren, he might be inspired to do his own version of this little opera playhouse. Thank you for inviting me to share. Just incredible!

"Create Beauty" said...

LOVE these!!!! Oh Dore, they are magnificent!

Your hands and heart create such beauty!!!!
I am enthralled......

~ Violet

Brianne said...

Bravo! I was so enchanted with my own little theater when I was little. I played with my puppets and put on ballets. I had antique puppets mixed in with ones that I made myself. It is wonderful to see your magical opera and stages that will add to the fantasy of others' play and imagination. I still have pieces of a piano that I could put in a theater. But such work... You make it look so easy, though, with your style and luxe. Thank you for the charming post this time of year it adds to the fantasy and magic.

Unknown said...

...burlap luxe is a world of fairies...
a dreamland of magic and imagination.
if one where to lift back the curtain, and step into this world, they surely would be charmed to their very core.
i find myself entranced once again, in your most peaceful place dear Dore...
very few, on this earthly plane, touch me like you do with the creations of your hands...
the words of your breathe, the enlightenment of your soul...
what a gift, to be a fortunate one, to visit here...
i await the arrival of these ooak theatre's in your etsy shop...dreaming that perhaps, one of them can be mine...

xo, Rosemary

Anne Lorys said...

WOW! Positively stunning!
I might just need one of these, Dore. :-)


Karena said...

Dore I am just stunned by the beauty of your creativity!! Adore the Opera Vignettes!

I just went over to Kim's and am her newest follower!

Please Come and enter in Our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways. There are so many exciting & special Gifts!


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Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Dore...I am truly mesmerized by these beautiful works of art! I want to put on my finest and enjoy each act! Pinning away!

rusty hinge said...

Dore, I am so impressed! I love these! You amaze me every time... I can't say that enough!

Lynne said...

This is not the first time that needed to convince my heart to leave your stage. It always wishes stay and sing!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Unbelievably visiting a magical world. You are amazing!

Carmen said...

Dore, my dear, you are positively enchanting as always. I must say you have completely outdone yourself with soar and bring my heart with you :-) Much love to you and Hannah. Have a holiday filled with joy, and thank you for the joy you share just by being YOU. xoxoxo

Maria Vicente said...

A dream, beautiful beautiful.
Good week for you, kiss

Um sonho, lindo lindo.
Beijo e boa semana para ti.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Oh dearest, thank YOU for coming by again around the corner to see my post. How fun is this, isn't it? I went yesterday to watch two of my students dance in THE NUTCRACKER. Just being in a theatre and watching what I USED TO DO just invigorated me and reminded me why I cannot leave the theatre. THANK YOU for suggesting that we share our work, but OH HOW THE WORK HAS ONLY BEGUN.

Blessings to you and I can't wait to see if anyone would buy one of my theatres....I know yours will sell!!!


Rebecca said...

How lovely these are! Such a talent you are Dore, these are not only beautiful in design but fill the imagination with dancing sugar plums and fairies!

Anonymous said...

Oh sweet Dore,
These are simply stunning!!!! I would love to have one of these! Are you selling them?
You amaze with with your creativity and your truly inspire me!!!
Hope your having a beautiful December!!

BonjourRomance said...

Dear Dorè,
So beautiful! Your theatres will become a treasured heirloom for some lucky buyers - little girls and big girls! Your details are always so stunning. I wish I had known about these earlier, I would have featured them in Belle!!
Thank you for your kind visit, I know how difficult it is to visit as much as we would like...I need to come see you and your creations more!!
Bonne semaine,

Anonymous said...

Stunning. Gorgeous. Breathtaking. Just like you Dore, your beautiful creations sparkle with love and light!!


time worn interiors said...

Oh Dore! Your creations are fabulous! Great work!

C'est moi Claudette said...

Mon amie Anita ma envoyé. Elle veut que je vois les beaus théâtres.
WOW how creative are all of you together? You could put on a fab production indeed. I LOVE the 1800 look, all of it. Very unique, very chic.
I love your name also. Doré.
J'e suis enchantée
Love Claudie

French said...

Wow, Dore, you never cease to amaze me! The possibilities are endless!! I would be changing the scene daily and playing as I did with my childhood doll house....amazing!!!

summersoul said...

Wow! Those are unbelievable. you are so talented!


Elizabeth Maxson said...

Oh my gosh....what a beautiful get out of my head....we would do real damage together. THANK you for emailing me so I could see your beautiful works of art...I am so grateful! Just wonderful!!

Wish I had a bigger vocabulary to describe how great these are...!
Big hug

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Your artistic talents bring us the most magical creations!

Crimson Heart Studios said...

How Beautiful to behold. A labor of love for sure. Something about the all white, that really touches hearts. I wanted to invite you over to Crimson Heart Studios, I have a simple vintage garland tutorial and giveaway you might enjoy. Thanks, Cindy

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Just magical,dear Dore. You are so very talented.
Have a wonderful day.

Okio B Designs said...

Stunning! Your work and workspace are just gorgeous!


Deborah said...

Oh the wonder of such beauty!
Love your art Dore!

Deborah xo

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Dore,
Thank you so much for your visit and such sweet words of encouragement. We are so hoping that you will share this wonderful post with us this week at "What's It Wednesday". I can't wait for everyone to see it!
Hugs and happiness,

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Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Dore
I am truly honored to have such praise from an artist such as yourself.. Thank you so much... I too was late in visiting you, I know everyone is so very busy this time of year and I so appreciate your time... Yes, I have to say I was truly humbled to be featured along with all the amazing artists, yourself included... I am in awe of your beautiful work..

Christel said...

Hi Dore, Please come and visit. xoxo Christel

Sueann said...

Oh my!! How fabulous they are!! So true and sublimely detailed. Love your work!!
First time here and I will now be a new follower!

Julie Marie said...

These are soo stunning... I now want to own one, thank you for sharing... xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

I am back for another look too... and I am also your newest follower... I emailed you through Etsy regarding a special order... Merci!... xoxo Julie Marie

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Dore,
Your theatres are absolutely gorgeous. Each one tells such an elegant story. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at our What's it Wednesday Linkly Party. I hope you will come back again next week.

Paula, your newest follower

Seawashed said...

Dore keep a watch on your mailbox two packages are on their way to you and Hannah. Merry Christmas. ox Kerrie

Maria said...

your creations are wonderful¡¡ Each piece has your creativity. great work¡
Hugs and merry christmas.

shabbyfufu said...

Oh Dore....these are amazing, what a talent you are!

Happy, warm holidays to you and yours....xo,

Sharon Leaf said...

I can truly say, "I knew Dore when..." You have the gift of an angel. How can I write when there is so much to soak in on your website? Oceans of blessings to you, dear one.
BTW: my debut novel, based on a true story is out! I remember you telling me to let you know when "Lady and the Sea" is published.

Donna said...

Wow! Your theatres are amazing, Dore! So full of imagination and wonder, they are truly works of art! I love how you have incorporated the architectural elements, and even created petite chandeliers, too! Tres magnifique!!!

Anne Marie said...

oh my are so talented!!! I absolutely love doing little plays with the kids - and puppet shows - one of your creations are on my Christmas list now

hope you are doing well :)
God bless,
Anne Marie

Alina said...

I came from "The Cottage in the woods" and I will stay forever ! Burlap is one of my favorite fabrics, and I absolutely adore Your blog!
Lots of Holiday Blessings my Dear !

lvroftiques said...

Oh how enchanting! Love them! I came over from Ivy and Elephants. Vanna

Porva Inn - Greenvalley Estate said...

What a great idea and how beautyfull you made it.
I,m realy inspired by it.
greetings Trudy

Debra@CommonGround said...

Dore, dear, these little Opera stages are magnificent! I can just imagine how much you enjoyed creating these, and then how much joy these would bring to a child to receive one. Just beautiful! Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Season, much love, xoxo

Anonymous said...

How much joy these toy opera theatres must bring you as you bring each one to life!!What a precious idea - thank you so much for sharing your stages with us!

Barbara Jean said...

Amazingly beautiful and creative.

barbara jean

La Dolfina said...

Dear Dore,
Please forgive my long absence from your peaceful place....
I love it here, especially among these amazing opera houses you've lovingly created. They take my breath completely away. Oh how I'd love to sit and watch you create these treasured pieces. You are truly gifted. Even without touching them I feel your spirit alive in them. You know I would love to have one of my own.
I went to your etsy shop to purchase one. Are there any left?
FYI, I left The Little Shop of Hoarders after several turned out it wasn't right for me. I hope you and your beautiful Hannah are making the most of this joyous season. Might you both be making a visit up my way over the holidays?
If so, please know that I would love to have you as our guests...Anytime!!!!!!
Love to my favorite Mother/Daughter Duo.
God Bless,

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

so beautiful, the work u put into them is over the top. I can just imagine the hours of creativity someone would have with these. They bring out the poetic nature in us. I am a new follower and so glad OZma of ODDS shared with us your work. di

Divine Theatre said...

No! I have missed this?! Your shop window is empty.
Though you (and Anita) have inspired me to make my own, I really want one of yours!
Please write the stories of what goes on in your head while you are creating these?


Lady of the Woods said...

Indeed these theatres are gorgeous and I'm so glad they're created to help the precious imaginations of the young ones, myself included! :D I am your new follower. blessings, Lady