Thursday, July 3, 2008

Le Bleu Danube and a giveaway too



Isn't she beautiful? All captive in her bottle amidst a rainshower of falling gold flakes. I don't know why but I am such a sucker for this type of thing but I am. Someone gave it to my sister as a gag gift for her fortieth birthday and I immediately coveted her. Who thought this up? In the age of mass produced in China plastic heavy trinkets, I think the thought and quality behind something like this is so wonderful. This is the full view of her:
That's right, she is entombed in some bottle of sticky thick booze. I don't know if it started out sticky and thick but it is now. There is a little open cavity in the center so she is not all wet herself and she is perched on top of a music box that plays "Le Bleu Danube". Some booze company named Bols made her and the bottle was made in France. I think she is from the 50's though I am not 100% sure. At any rate, she is mine now, gifted to me on my birthday. Her life as a gag gift is over as she will perch somewhere in my studio now. Maybe she needs a name? Something french. Any suggestions?
It was a nice low key birthday which is how I like them. We went to an outdoor concert and saw lots of people we knew and listened to some good blues. In blog tradition, I will be sending out a little box of goodies as I do on each of my birthdays. How about leave a comment with a suggestion for a name for the lady trapped in the booze bottle. I will pick someone randomly sometime soon. I have already started putting things aside for it and the goal of the box of goodies is to be just plain fun stuff and I will say there is some fun stuff in it already.
Have a great fourth!!

22 comments:

rachel said...

I think her name should be Cloe! She is a lovely trapped figurine.

Sharonskan said...

My suggestion for her name would be Antionette. A lovely French name for a lovely French figurine trapped in a bottle.

Bella Art Girl said...

I'm thinking Lola or Marie or Giselle but Lola really strikes me the most

quitecontrary1977 said...

Sabine. her name is sabine.

queenoftheclick said...

Nah, her name is Marlena. You can just tell from her dark hair and shaking hips.

Green Kitchen said...

I love her, too.

French Knots said...

Delphine I think. What a cool find!

kamewh said...

How about Adalene or Raina? Great find!

ikkinlala said...

I think her name should be Clotilde.

pumpkin seed said...

I'd name her PollyAnna because it look slike she's making the best of a bad situation ( being in a booze bottle : )Thanks for hosting a giveaway! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

Michele P. said...

Nicole... love the figurine, very pretty! And MUCH better than those Made in China trinkets that are too plentiful today! and thank you for having a giveaway, happy 4th!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Perhaps Cosette? From Les Miserables? Happy Birthday! Thanks for posting a giveaway! Lori

Valerie said...

Gigi -- doesn't she look like a Gigi?!

Paula said...

I've asked her, and her name is Joliete although as a young girl she was simply known as Julie....

Paula said...

Oh, good grief ~ and Happy Birthday!

Lilith Silvermane said...

Her name... Hmmm...

Brunilda- Which means "Armored Warrior woman"

Ofelia- Meaning "Help"

I am laughing so hard at that last one, that I must now go to bed at 2:30 in the AM. I think her name is Ofelia, you must help her out of the bottle.

Happy birthday fellow Cancer!

Good night!

cpullum said...

I say the name is Waimea!
cpullum@yahoo.com

Apron Thrift Girl said...

I would suggest Eugenia. Not French but it reminds me of my grandmother. My grandparents used to have this and I now have it. I used to spend hours watching the ballerina spin around. I've never seen another one.

Lilith Silvermane said...

Yay! Your friend had a baby on the same day as my birthday!

Happy Cancer baby :)

one gal's trash said...

Her name is "Madame Rouge a la Rhum" which loosely translates as: "Red Lady in a bottle of rum". The skirt! The gold snow! Mon Dieu!
Pam

SisterlyLove said...

Hmm I think Francesca is a lovely name! :)

Quincy said...

Does Chesty LaRue sound french-y enough?