December 17, 2016

Decayed Rustic French Fascination...Un Joyeux Noel

Burlap Luxe Home Studio Of Production

Designs And Creates, French Theatre's

Artist Dore Callaway
Burlap Luxe

A performance of...
Un Joyeux Noel
 Salvage materials are collected and stored away until they call out to become an opulent decayed rustic French theatres of performances.


Trim and woodwork is a collection of old antique and vintage woods...
moldings, picture frames, French mirror frame pieces salvaged and desired.
Chair spindles, and furniture legs act as columns, 
drawer pull knobs act as cement finials.

 vintage oak for wood planked floors, and wire for my hand twisted chandeliers, 
ladders, and crowns. Wire is also used to create a body form for the creating 
of cartapesta mice.
Cartapesta Mouse
My latest addition to my French theatre is my art in creating
cartapesta mice, along with the creation of her tattered decayed old dress.
A pendant necklace studded with a gem, and her gem stone wire crown
that wraps around her sweet French head.

She goes by the French name of (Astrid)
Astrid is in the middle of her performance of
Douce Nuit - Silent Night, and performed in French opera.
My art in hand painting
Her patina is hand applied and gilded with aged gold.

The art of French wire-work, I bend and shape into chandeliers, ladders, and
body forms for cartapesta mice and crowns.

Aged banners add a bit of theatrical whimsy strung about.
French Rococo 

French rococo mirror salvage trim the header. 

French weathered old books created by my French hands.
Stained to appear old.

I create paper doll mice, they have come baring gifts and to be entertained
in a holiday performance this Joyeux Noel.

 Librairie Francaise
(French Book Shop)
An old decayed French shop.

 With cartapesta and salvage wood I created a French book shop of
theatrics where French and English language books of many can be found.
Seventeen hand-made books I created with vintage book ephemera and
cloth aged and water damage to give the appearance of an old dusty
book sellers shop in France.

Madam Colette tends to her old French shop.
Books are piled in  the attic, and hog warted in the book case.
 Old music books and travel books are some of her book selections
she has for holiday shoppers. The beauty in an old book,
a perfect gifting.

The attic is filled, and the charm of rustic decayed flooring and
walls show its age.

Happy New Year!

Thank you for being our audience.
Please visit special performance's here with,

Vera, by clicking link here...Row Home And CobbleStones

Lin, Instagram by clicking link here...A Tiny Cottage In The Woods

 Dore, Instagram by clicking link here...Burlap Luxe
Paix et Joie, Joyeux Noel
( Peace and Joy )


Méa Strauß said...

Doré... have you heard it? That boiiiing? That was me - I just fainted...
YOU really take my breath away! WOW! I could not trust my eyes, looked again, saw that mouse with that dress... an this Verve...
You made it!!! Indead!!! Ohhh, the christmas-fairytale is there in your house, you brought it alive!
Yes, you are the mother of the micetheatres, and I am inspired and so full of admiration! The new cri.. crips cribs... cradles... how is this called?
It should be x-mas tradition everywhere to have a mosetheatre as well - or the house is not complete :))
WOW and standing ovaaaations, I am completely smitten.
Your completely smitten friend Méa, oiiiiiiiiii, this is SO great...

chateau chic said...

Oh Dore, your French theatre is spectacular! The detail you've created with your amazing handiwork takes my breath away. And the French bookstore is oh so charming. I'm in awe of how you bring your imagination to life with your intricate creations. Absolutely delightful!
Mary Alice

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Dore this is fabulous. I am swooning over your beautiful creation. Your artistic beauty is breath taking.
Sweet, beautiful and oh so charming. Great job. Love this so much.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Stunning, Dore. The theatre is breathtaking. And the bookstore is charming. All those sweet little books you created. So much labor goes into your beautiful work. Everything done with loving attention to details. I love it all. ~ Nancy

Cindy said...

Oh my god, these are beyond exquisite. They are artist treasures to live with for a lifetime. I could just die looking at them...


Fishtail Cottage said...

just beautiful!

JoanMarie said...

Bravo Dore! Bravo! Absolutely magnificent in every detail, texture, and design. You are the truest of artists in that your creations speak to the eyes, the mind, and the heart. So very beautiful dear Lady!!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Bravo! Tres magnifique!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Absolutely stellar, Dore! It's all lovely but my favorites are the ladder...fabulous!...and the mouse bearing gifts.
Merry Christmas to you and yours with love.

Sherry said...

and there you go again . .
so gifted. i'm thankful there
are people like you who create
beyond imagination's possibilities. ♥
true artistry. ;)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Magical creations spotlighted in this post Doré. I appreciate your artistry as you know by the amount of art I have purchased from you ... all treasured pieces to me and I often wonder if it is difficult to part with a pieces you create as these in the photos of the libraries for sale.
Wishing you and Hannah a magical Christmas xoxo

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

So magical. I love it all, but, that bookshop really spoke to me. Have a blessed Christmas!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Magical in every way, Dore. So much detail to take in- it's all so beautiful! The books speak to me- so wonderful.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Dore...
xoxo, Tina

Rhonda said...

Absolutely stunning and magical! I adore your French hands work.
Merry Christmas to you and your family! xxx Rhonda

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Dore,
First, thank you so much for taking time to wander over for a visit.
It was so good to see you there.

Your Theatre is right out of a French Storybook. And I just love Astrid and your paper doll mice. You have created pure magic!

Bless you dear friend. I will keep your Aunt in my prayers. Remember to take time for yourself to rejuvenate.
Keeping you in my thoughts.
Merry Christmas.
Love and blessings,

Celestina Marie said...

Oh Dore, this is stunning. I adore your creations. Your Theatre is amazing and every French detail beautifully done!! Astrid is so unique. I love her dress and the look you gave her sweet face. The books of the books how I love them. I want to shop here!! Thank you for sharing this magical production. I must go back and view it all again. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas my friend! xo

La Brocanteuse said...

Oh how I would love to sit quiet and invisible next to you when you create this magical little world....Dore you are amazing, an inspiration,and I adore your mind.
Madam Colette is one lucky little mouse, she is living my dream in your world.
Huggs and blessings to you

Lisa said...

I am in awe of these adorable mouse theatres you have created, Dore. You are so talented and gifted to bring your art to life in these magical creations. I would love to be one of these mice and just live inside of your theatres for one moment in time. I am amazed at the detail of tiny books and the adorable Madam Colette, the chandelier, ladder, all of it! I want to keep looking at it and wishing I was in that world. Seriously! You just keep getting better with each piece! Have a very blessed Christmas! XO

La Contessa said...

Love the SET HERE........I do not know how YOU part with them!

Little Farmstead said...

You warmed my heart with your beautiful creations today! Thank you for sharing your gift with us. You've captured the wonder and magic of Christmas. Love, love, love! Merry Christmas, friend. Xo ~julie

Bente said...

Dear Dore, your french theatre is fantastic. Wow. The mouse in the dress is sooo beautiful. Love this magic.
Hugs from here

Art and Sand said...

Dore, this is beautiful.

I also love when a post evokes memories. When I saw the name, Astrid, I was taken back to a sweet student from a wonderful family. Her family came from Mexico where her father had been a classically trained dancer. Both Astrid and her father would love your post.


Breathtaking Dore!

"Create Beauty" said...

How wondrous and absolutely gorgeous! Your theatres and creations for them are
so amazing, and I love the tiny vintage books. Merry Christmas dear creative soul!!!!

~ Violet

michele said...

*wide smile* this is so fanciful and lovely, Dore. i love the juxtaposition of the high drama, opulence, and fancy fancy with the lowly yet earnest mice. so so charming and a delight to behold during the holidays. bravo on your fine artistry and the heart you put into each layer of the creation. xox

Tamara said...

Encore Encore! I am speechless and filled with wonder and awe as I look upon your darling and most beautiful theatre. All the lovely details are so delightfully charming and your french mouse is exquisite in her poise and lovely tattered dress. Thank you for sharing and bringing such joy and inspiration to my heart!

Blessings and joy to you as you bring so much to others through your art.

Tamara xo


J'aime ton monde merveilleux Dore et tes créations magiques.
Love your wonderful world Dore and your magical creations.
I wish you a Joyeux Noël from PARIS

Kaz said...

Bella..enchanting and whimsical. Totally in love with these delightful creatures and their magical surroundings. Thanku 😍

Kaz said...

Bella..enchanting and whimsical. Totally in love with these delightful creatures and their magical surroundings. Thanku 😍

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Amazing, beautiful, breathtaking and moving