Monday, May 10, 2010

Sissi - Elisabeth of Bavaria

Welcome to my new Blog Design by my amazingly talented friend Karen Valentine of Valentine Design. I had loved my Paris themed design before but, I wanted a change of color & feel. I had loved my Marie banner last year but, I am kind of tired of Marie. And I have always loved Sisi otherwise known as Princess Elizabeth of Austria. Hubby & I had the pleasure of seeing her amazing castles when we took a cruise down the Danube River years ago. I fell in love with her at this time & have thought her my favorite ROYAL since then (except of course I loved Princess Diana which like Sisi was more popular than her husband & was viewed with much jealousy) Watch the UTube Video above & see if you don't think she's wonderful too. She was a woman before her time to be sure! I had asked Karen to use the image of Sisi, a crown, a chandelier & some other royal things (Karen found the papers used in the banner & they are actual receipts for purchasing cosmetics by Sisi. Karen found the receipt's from an auction held in 2009 where someone purchased Sisi's actual receipts - I just love the attention to detail that Karen uses) & I am thrilled with the out come. Another Blog re-do done by Karen is for my friend Pat at My Tattered Elegance. I hope you enjoy the video & let me know what you think. Royal Hugs to ALL!


Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Well, look at you, I didn't know you was getting a new one too. I looks beautiful. Looks like you!!!
I love what Karen did to mine. Now I need to get busy and put some sale items on.
My girl friend from Virginia is coming in tomorrow. So I guess I will be busy for a week or so.
I'll call you.
Hugs, Pat

Nan said...

Oh this is just lovely I noticed it right away. I love Sissi too and the painting you used was one of my special favorites. That's wonderful you actual went to the castle for a visit.

Blondie's Journal said...

I love your new blog design and I have seen a few that Karen has made and I love those, too. The story of Elisabeth is very interesting (I was a fan of Princess Diana as well). I can see why you adore her.

I may just have to have Karen do a makeover on my blog. Well maybe after a year or so...have to get my money's worth out of this one!

Jane said...

I love your new 'do'! Karen did an amazing job. I gotta agree about Marie, over it, I mean her. LOL Interesting little video too. Hope you had a great Mother's Day. Lisa

Jan said...

LOVE your new blog design..just gorgeous!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH CHARLENE THIS IS GORGEOUS! I so love it!!!! You know, I love the idea of changing queens from time to time! There are so many lovely ones around!!!! The banner and the little crown at the bottom of the post are just marvelous. Top notch, job well done! Oh, I have missed you! I know about BUSY....I try juggling a full-time teaching job with transporting my husband to and from work and then trying to keep up with my writing and illustrating! But what a nice surprise to see you and come to see your new look!

Have a lovely evening dearest! Anita

Lisa said...

Oh I like it!! But I feel under dressed to visit! ;)
How very great!! I was so excited to see her in the new Where Women Create! LOVE that mag! Hope you are having a great week!


Charlene, love the new look! ~ Angela

Jamie said...

So elegant and dreamy beautiful my Friend! Love, Jamie

Inspired-Simplicity said...

The blog looks awesome. That Karen is so talented. Pats is also great.
Sorry I won't be at art group. Jack and I will be out of town that weekend.
Miss U,

Julie said...

Gorgeous new blog, Charlene--how regal! Perfect for Princess glad you introduced me to her! I consider myself pretty royalty savvy, but I don't know Sissi! Love those portraits of her with her hair flowing--how beautiful!

Thanks for sharing all the videos--so fun to see! Hope you're having a wonderful night!

bunny said...

Striking! It has a very come hither look to it...Karen did an outstanding job. My MIL, who's Austrian, is reading a book about this fascinating woman...I'll probably read it when she's done.
Have a wonderful week Charlene.


Monica@The White Bench said...

Sissi is my favorite princess (and so was Lady Diana)!! I also have a thing for castels, and visited those beautiful ones in Bavaria ;)) I love the crown Karen used to divide posts too- definitely a great makeover!

Heidi Meyer said...

Charlene, I love your new blog re-do! So pretty! Thanks for sharing the video! {HUGS} Heidi

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Charlene ~ Love your new Look, I Agree..... Karen Valentine is the Best, she just seems to know Exactly what you want & what your blog Needs~

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Charlene:
How positively elegant your new look is! I think it suits you to a "T".

Kim said...

Dear Charlene,thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. You made my day!

I love your blog and will visit often.


Holly Loves Art said...

It's just absolutely lovely! And how fun that you'll be joining us for Le Sirenes this summer. We are going to have such a ball.

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