This is my dream, my passion to recreate the more beautiful parts of Tolkien's world into my own...To merge what I see with what I do not see, to have a blending of his world with mine...To be able finally to walk in the land I have so longed dreamed of...Come walk with me as we make this journey together...

I aear can ven na mar....

I aear can ven na mar....
"The sea calls us home" -Elrond at Grey Havens

Lady Galadriel

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just for ORCS!!!

Scary but I feel sorry for anyone out there who might feel left out in the cold....because they are out in the cold being from the dark country after all...

SO for all you orcs out there here's a bone for you! No its NOT a hobbit bone either!

Lets start with a bedroom...I imagine a room in a darker gray color...Paint your window trim either silver or black if you truly have an orc's stone heart...Then you could find all kinds of "armor" like at Walmart during the Halloween season which will start any day now...Look for shields, swords, daggers, etc. Hang these around your walls like trophy hunters do when they hunt wildlife. Show the world how you are a warrior! Yeah go ahead and pound your chest like the Urak Hai...its ok, I get it.

If you have light colored floors get a dark black rug hopefully with longer fibers so it looks more like fur...

If you get curtains look for black or shimmery gray, NOT silver unless you have no other choice.  I can't stand the things but I could see an orange lava lamp included somewhere in the room. The orange adds to the disgusting orc feel...  Maybe it will remind you of the orc cookouts over a campfire in the wild lands.

If you want advice on a bed then I'd look for something rugged and rough like something you'd find in a log cabin or if your a more higher ranking orc then perhaps you can find a cold, metalic bed frame with NO frills just simple harsh lines.  Again add black bedspread cause it just goes with being an orc!

Ok this is getting to be too much into the dark world of Mordor so I'm getting out while I can to breathe some fresher air...Hope that helps you out...

GG




Contemporary Tolkien Style???

Not sure how to rate this style but here goes my best attempt...Contemporary or Modern? Maybe?  Instead of recreating a certain realm as I LOVE to do I have created a more quiet and simple flavor of a room with Middle Earth elements or tokens that I love...

For example in "my private space" the walls are a soft silver almost a white...Quiet serene, peaceful.  Against that backdrop I have a soft off white sheer curtain drapes to the floor with this lovely vine embroidered on it. I have accented with black and silver accents where ever I can. There is a nice antique dressing table ( I call it a desk but in its day apparently it WAS a dressing table) that I have placed a large rectangle wall mirror framed in black with these little elvish squiggles all around the interior border. ITS PERFECT! In front of the mirror which is directly facing the end of the silver framed bed I found you will see the three ladies of The Trilogy all in lovely white outfits posed against front of mirror, Galadriel, Arwen, and Eowen. All 12'' action figures in real fabric clothing. Lovely!  The bed itself is beautiful metal with lovely flowing style in silver covered in a deep, ripply looking teal shimmery spread.  On an adjoining wall there is a mural of 12 calendar pages from the main characters from the Trilogy all in an awesome black and white photo style. All I did was to get this awesome sticky poster gum from Walmart and carefully space them four across and three down. Lovely! It perfectly fills this huge empty wall too!  On another wall you will see a small movie clip of the bridge scene with Arwen and Aragorn. On yet another small between door jams space you will see Frodo's sword hanging.... On the one of the curtains if you look you will see the white moth that Gandalf spoke to while imprisoned in Sauruman's tower.  I have two small very elvish looking silver lamps in the room, one on a small plant stand that I spray painted metalic silver.  Such simple details and yet not....There are also two pic's taken from horse calendars showing Shadowfax the beautiful white horse Gandalf rode...There is a small smiling shot of Galadriel's face taken from a movie clip in another small space between doors. Its awesome because the room is simple, tranquil and yet everywhere I look there is something middle earth looking back at me giving me a happy, peaceful environment with my favorite things...

Guess the point I'm trying to make here for those of you who DON'T want to do a total room makeover with a specific theme try going with contemporary themes, something you love in room color, furniture etc BUT find some real meaningful Middle Earth items and ADD them into your existing decor. Let them be a focal point somewhere whether a wall or a table top, dresser top, etc.  Sometimes its the simple "focal" point that can really make an impact on a whole room. Again this depends on your decorating style. If your a hobbit, then well, ahh that's alot harder to have a focal point BECAUSE hobbits have lots of focal points, ie: they love STUFF! Its everywhere! Elves are more spartan and elegant, that is MY STYLE....But no fears my best forever friend is a true hobbit and its totally cool.  And sorry if any orc fans... I have NO ORC FRIENDS, sorry! I can try to help you but  wow thats scary to me to think of all that negative stuff. Maybe I'll do a special post just for you with SOME suggestions but I don't dare go too far into that scary realm, most will be left to your own imaginations...

So if you want a Middle Earth space, you don't have money or you don't want to totally go nuts like me with trying to actually make the space LOOK like the movies then go spartan in your choice of realms. Find one or two things, a calendar thats outdated but you still have...Frame the pics for goodness sake! The dollar store has frames or just do as I did and use the poster putty from Walmart.  Remember also ME stuff DOESN'T have to come from the Tolkien website to be ME quality.  I have found some awesome stuff that is so elven and otherwise at Walmart, thrift stores, etc. All it takes is an open mind AND a good ME imagination.  I know I have mentioned this particular online catalog before but here goes again: Seventh Avenue!  Love that place. They will mail you free catalogs several times a year and are online all the time.  They feature unique quality items that often have ME style of things. I love them for their selections but ALSO because IF you don't have money you can easily get credit paying only $20 a month with LOW interest till you pay off some bigger items. I have done it several times over the years.  I now own a lovely metal elven garden bench that I never could have gotten without the payments. I have a large folding floor screen with the most Lothlorien looking woods scene ever that totally makes my LR which again without payment would not have happened. There is a large Rivendell metal wall clock, same thing.  Hard to remember what else but know there is more...SO again may I suggest you look into Seventh Avenue.com? Think if you do you'll eventually find something whether you be elven, hobbit, or  human....Orc well not sure...sorry.  Maybe if your real lucky.

Happy Searching and Decorating!

GG
















Friday, May 2, 2014

Some thought sharing....

Not sure where to go with this post...

I have been at the new flet just over a year now, its beautiful in a lovely mountainous wooded setting...its near two rivers... the whole house except for 2 baths, and two other rooms is all done in my version of Tolkien style...and yet my heart yearns for travel yet again.  Perhaps its the elven curse of the call of the sea?
I have a strong desire to take the white swan boat over the sea to this beautiful new location where things grow better and year round... If so then some other elf will inherit all the lovely decor here, time will tell.  I have so many ideas for more decor and yet I do not feel as inspired to do them here as when we first came. Again perhaps its the call of another place that reminds me of happier days long ago. Being a single elf again with an elfling, life has dramatically changed. Perhaps thats also the cause. This was a haven for us, a safe place without any orcs around and yet it still isn't quite home either. There is so much here though that will be hard to leave.  The beautiful,  huge stone steps leading down from the front yard of flet down to the back of said flet.  They are massive stone steps weighing about 600 to 900 pounds each I was told.  The kind soul who did that for us knew how I love ME and said it was our own little piece of Rivendell...So true, they are stunning and lovely. Then there is the elven orchard I planted with three pear trees, a peach tree, an apple tree, fig tree....also the strawberries, the lavender, the azaleas in pink and white.  The white crabapple tree and the two willow trees... The roses and peonies, the stone bench that was brought from 2 flets back...So much. The little 6x8 flet that is being slowly built for the elfling. And the flet up in the real tree along with the elven tire swing we just hung.  Short time so many things done to beautify and inspire joy. They will be hard to leave. And yet the lure of a new adventure kind of like Frodo when he also joined the special group sailing away that last time...Like Frodo this adventure for us is also about healing deep wounds. It feels like we also are going to the undying lands. A place of yearly sunshine and warm climates...And yet with the best gardening soil, even Sam would be jealous.  Not sure exactly when this is going to happen but hoping it will be before the cold comes.  If so know that this site will travel with me. Hopefully that is good news for you. Its so great for me to be able to share here...All the dreams that have been held inside for so long finally finding a home here.

Peace,
GG

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Lothlorien Basement Decor

Trying to find a previous post on the Lothlorien basement I was working on promising pics for...can't find it so it I repeat myself so sorry. Also update of Caras Galladon flet...Had to abandon project as their was a serious orc attack at that location of my Lothlorien and we had to relocate to yet another hopefully safer spot. Trying to pick up the  pieces and start over. Hence now the opportunity for the Lothlorien basement.

I'm going to attempt to add pic's here for you....

These are two of the mallorns I have painted on the walls...I painted them going up into the ceiling to add illusion of great height...Some day if/when the ceiling gets finished the illusion can be further generated by painting ceiling with sky or ? Around the corner to the right in this pic I have continued with the trees and there is going to be the waterfall feeding Nimrodel between them flowing to the floor with the water painted onto the floor as well in a stream.

On another set of walls in foreground actually to this pic I have applied some Tatouage decals to create a garden in Lothlorien.  Again will try to include pic for you...
 
Hope you  like these pics.....I so enjoy painting and decorating and since LOR is such an intregral
part of my life so happy to be able to share it with you all also! Oh forgot to mention that the concrete floor here is painted sage green to make it look like grass and it truly does add a lot. And what you don't see is to far right of top pic are all my LOR standees: Arwen/Aragorn, Leggy w/Gimli, the four hobbits, and Gandalf....It really adds to the feeling of being in Middle Earth with the trees etc.
 
 
 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Update on Lower level of Flet

Ok, have now painted one section of walls in the warm pale blue with the two white planters and topiaries in them. Also the white almost Greek style statue and bird fountain also put up. Put sprinkling of butterflies and couple of hummingbirds there also. Nice. Around the corner have the two white mallorns with good shading now. Past that have painted two more blue walls one has the base coat for two more mallorns and a sketch in for the waterfall that feeds the Nimrodel...its going to be lovely! The other larger wall will soon also have base coat for at least four more mallorns. In front of all of this are the standees of Arwen, Strider, Four hobbits, Gandalf and Leggy w/Gimli. Its almost surreal looking...so fun... Am trying hard to get pics here into computer so can post them for you all...Promise soon, just have to remember to coordinate my efforts with times have internet access. Out of time today and battery life also...Maybe can download onto computer at home (no internet) and then when have access later can post? Will try hard, think you'll enjoy the pics!

Later,GG