The Norma Desmonds: finding a director

Before starting with the photostory, I want to thank you all again for you kind words, sympathy, prayers and sweet comments. I really love being part of this community. I usually don't share personal things on my blog but I felt I had to give an explaination for my sudden disappearance. 
And the warmth of your response  really gave extra strenght. A  huge kiss to all of you!
Tecla's story is almost finished so it is possible I'm going to post several chapters in a row, if I'll be able to take and fix the pictures.

Nicola: Hi guys, I think I've managed to find us all a fancy job!
Omero: Uh?
Orso Maria: Are you serious?
Nicola: I'm serious as I can be. Just listen. I've just met Madame Tecla, she's planning a "return" and she offered me to write the script.

Orso Maria: Very nice, what it will be about?
Nicola: Salome. In her own words "What a woman. What a part. A princess in love with a holy man. ... He rejects her so she lays his head on a golden tray kissing his cold dead lips"....ha ha ha
Omero: Creepy
Nicola: Well, she's creepy enough to fit the part
Orso Maria: Where we do fit in?
Nicola: She's looking for a young director and cameramen. So I thought of the two of you.

Omero: Very kind of you, but it sounds like a crappy project
Orso Maria: Not really. If she plays Salome it would make  a nice horror movie. Do you think it will ever leave the ground?
Nicola: It is possible, she's got the money. She just have to find someone to actually produce it and get her a distribution contract. And even if we don't actually get it finished we could get some real doe out of this.

Orso Maria: I'm not convinced. I really want a real project to work on, I'm tired of commercials.
Omero: I agree with you brother. Nicola, your plan sounds as crazy as her movie. Besides, are you able to write this script?
Nicola: Thanks for the nice words guys, this is the reward for having though of you. And yes, she asked me a ten page treatment in a week's time. I believe she won't notice if I'm going to rip off Oscar Wilde.

Orso Maria: Oh oh.....Hot stuff. Now that I think about it, the Rambova movie was a mess but had a lot of interesting costumes and settings.
Omero: Don't tell me you are seriously thinking to go along with his plan!
Orso Maria: We can meet the lady, and if she's crazy as a bat as they say, we just go away. But if there's only one chance this is going to be a serious movie we should be in it!
Omero: You and your damned avant-guard silent movies!

Orso Maria: Well the dance in the Rambova's is completely still, it would be perfect for an inarticulated actress! Tell me Nicola, how well preserved is she? I mean do you think she can look the part?

Nicola: She looks very fine, I think that with the right lighning she could actually be perfect.
I was sure you would have liked the idea in the end! Now guys you just have to help me with this treatment.

Orso Maria: Uhmmm, I think she's got a De Mille thing in mind

Omero: If it is so, and you're going to direct this, she's in for a shock.
Orso Maria: Just try to be open minded for once!

Later on they are going through Sebastiano's library and Nicola is taking down some notes

Orso Maria: It was nice of Sebastiano to give us access to his library.
Nicola: He's a real friend, now he's busy rehearsing with his band so we have plenty of time.
Omero: Too bad he left this stinking dog here.
Orso Maria: Don't be rude with Winston! He's such a cutie. You're just nervous and you pick on the poor thing.
Omero: Ok, ok.

At home

Omero: Do you really think this will work out?
Orso Maria: I don't know, but she was a big star, and her butler was a great silent director. It will be interesting. And maybe Nicola will be able to write in a part for Camilla.
Omero: Improbable. And I do not feel comfortable with the whole idea.


Bad News

Hi everybody, a few days ago we had a death in the family. My Grandfather left us. We're all pretty upset so I don't feel like posting anything.

I'll be back soon.

Kisses Billa


The Plastic Shockelhorn

Let me introduce you to the Shockelhorn (the matchmaker), our friend Michaleen is going to help me to match all the boys and girls around here. Are you ready to begin Michaleen?
Actually... me mouth is like a dry crust and the sun is that hot on me pate.
As Ermanno, Luchino and Sebastiano are all settled with their new wives/girlfriends, let's focus on Giulio.

handmade soccer balls!

I decided he needed a sporty but classy outfit, so he's wearing an outfit from the Tobacco Road Collection. I really like how this turned out. I think it's the perfect style for him

The background pictures are of Marrackech Souk. We went to Morocco in 2010, and stayed in Marrackech only two days, before leaving for inner Oasis and Merzouga on a 4x4. Of course more pictures of our trip to Morocco will pop out as background in the future.

Carpets anyone?
This Souk is simply amazing, a seemingly endless dedalus of pathways, where you cand find real articrafts, a vast assortment of bric-a-brac, it's not difficult to get lost in here!

Where to now?
I don't know a lot about Giulio, I know he's Goffredo's friend and probably his associate in sleuthing. Mabye he has connections with the "underworld" so can help Goffredo to get precious information. He looks rugged but sophisticated, and very handsome. 

I could tell you blood curdling stories about him but, but me throat, me throat's gone dry

We have plenty of sophisticated ladies that could suit him, but as he arrived in the house in the same period as Aurelia (Rare Appereance Dania Zarr) I thought they could make a very cute couple.

don't be worried dear, I know every turn of this place.....
well, almost.....
you see, we are out of the souk.  Let's have a tea on a bar terrace at Jemaa el-Fnaa square
To end their day at Marrakech, hey sip some  tea with mint on a terrace  overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, before joining the crowd and having a dinner at on of the delic stalls.

Jemaa el-Fnaa square

That's all from Marrakech (for now).
I think they photograph pretty well together, here they're getting acquainted and having a drink at the Mexican bar

the shockelohorn did it again!

Michaleen is pretty tired ater all this work. They didn't even offer him anything to drink!!

I hope there's a bottle there, whoever it belongs to...

What do you think of the Shockelhorn job?


Happy New Year!

I'm a little late, but I have to show you how the dolls here celebrated New Year's Eve!
I could not make a huge diorama as last year, but I managed to add a couple of new display rooms.
First of all let me introduce you to a "new kind of girl": The MM-FR2 Frankendollies!
Due to the excess of poseable guys that invaded the house during 2015, and the fact I really loved some of my MM facescuplts, I decided to rebody four of them: Maddalena, Matilde, Olga and Rebecca.

And I added a new space to the Mexican Bar: now the girls and boys can sit and listen to Sebastiano's band and not just hang at the bar!

Carlo and Billina went to the Mexican Bar too, here they met Samuele and Agnese, Samuele is already on his knees (the jug was filled with tequila).

Giacomo wanted to spend the evening at home with his parents and Berenice, now they have a full kitchen and a dining room (the dog is there but is not theirs, I still have to find a home for him). Margherita is not so happy

I thought that they would grow up find a girl and get a life of their own!

Rebecca set her eyes on Onofrio, he gladly obliges.

At the atelier they are working in shifts to finish Tecla's new wardrobe on schedule, Enrico have decided to stay there and help.

Olga and Emilio are  waiting for new clothes.

Tecla is mad at me as I didn't even dream to give her a poseable body. So she concocted a party of her own, for the unarticulated crew. They borrowed the most fashionable among IT dresses and all went to her lounge. She  has also got  a new "friend": The little dog is called "Chico, Paco's son". Max finally has white gloves!

May your new year be radiant and filled with joy!!!!