Dec 072012

Andy Tauer and Evelyn Avenue present a drawing for Tauer’s Advent Calendar, your chance to win a handmade soap…

It’s that time of year again. Every day this month, as part of his annual Advent Calendar event, perfumer Andy Tauer offers surprise giveaways through a series of participating blogs. For the draw here on Evelyn Avenue, Tauer has prepared a special tuberose soap. Evelyn Avenue will draw the winner tomorrow night and close the comments by announcing the lucky reader.

It’s also “that time” of year for resolutions: renewals, revisions, reflections – whatever you call them when making your own list of things you didn’t do last year but told yourself you would, or things you see you need to start.

Andy and Evelyn Avenue have been working hard the last year on our two collaborative projects, the Tableau de Parfums fragrance line and its cinematic counterpart, the Woman’s Picture film series. We started in October of 2011 with the release of our first scent, Miriam, and its counterpart film of the same name. Ann Magnuson helped us picture what it means to look at the past with her portrayal of a longtime shopping channel hostess whose life is in crisis, not least because the failing health of her mother brings back memories of her childhood and the fragrance that emblematized their relationship. Last October, we released Loretta, the second Tableau fragrance, and its counterpart film Loretta. During our last draw, conducted to mark that occasion, we screened the first three segments of the Woman’s Picture series on our home page. These include Miriam, Loretta, and Ingrid (which will be released next October). For the Advent draw, we’re again screening the films for a limited time.

It’s been a challenge and a pleasure to explore this material and to share it in various ways. For 2013, Tauer and Evelyn have some new things in mind – combined screenings and perfume events in several US cities, where we’ll be in attendance and offer special take-aways to attendees. One of the most rewarding aspects of our collaboration has been meeting people at launch events, so we want to extend that opportunity to engage and connect. We’ll also continue working on the next film in the series, Only Child, which we filmed last April and expect to premiere later this year. Only Child resumes the story started in Loretta, with Grace Zabriskie playing that character’s compellingly odd mother.

The photo for this post was taken by Melissa Bridgman, a longtime friend to Evelyn Avenue. Melissa lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee making pretty wonderful ceramics out of her home studio. Her work is delicate and rustic, and the origami crane in the photo perfectly captures the spirit of what she does. In Japanese culture, the crane symbolizes good fortune and prosperity. It’s said that whoever makes a thousand origami cranes in a year can make the wish of her choice. That’s a tall order – and a lot of weight for folded pieces of paper to carry – but if anyone can do it, it’s Melissa. She’s decided to hang the cranes along a wooded bike path here in town, where cyclists will find them dangling from tree branches. Like us, she’s looking to connect.

In October, Memphis lost one of its prized treasures, a woman by the name of Papatya Curtis (see our November 6 eulogy on the blog). Bridgman, a close friend of Papatya’s, has seized the New Year, and her kiln, to commemorate our friend in a special, fragile but lasting way. When she first started making these cranes, Melissa wrote:

Three weeks ago today one of my closest friends died. It was sudden, tragic, unforseen, preventable. There has been so much blame and sorrow and support and anguish and for the first time I’m really understanding that you can’t just get up and move on. I’ve always known that death and loss is something you get used to, over time, but not over.ย After [Papatya] died, I began making these origami-esque cranes out of porcelain. I gave two to her mother and sister, one to her mother in law. I kept one. I folded dozens out of paper the first week after her death, and will fold more. We’ve all heard the story of the thousand cranes and how they represent hopes for peace. My cranes give me a bit of hope- hope to make more, hope to make them better, hope to make them a memorial somehow…

It seems like an apt way to look at moving forward, and it inspires us to think big in similarly small but meaningful ways.

What are your New Year resolutions? Leave us a comment to enter the Tauer advent drawing, telling us the one thing you keep thinking you’d most like to do or accomplish in 2013. For our part, we’ll throw in a DVD of the first three segments of Woman’s Picture.

This draw is now closed. The winner of the draw was Alica. Congratulations!

 Posted by on December 7, 2012

  83 Responses to “Andy Tauer’s Advent Calendar Draw: New Year, New Resolutions”

  1. New Years Resolutions. I’m not much of a resolver. I usually don’t resolve until later in the year. Like February. ha.

    My resolution for the year would be to try to get some things in order for my family. My finances, to some degree. And housing. Maybe look into buying a house or at least a better renting situation, a place with better schools for my daughter who will start kindergarten in a few years.

    And just to keep growing as a person. Being better able to maintain myself against the turmoils the world throws at me. That kind of thing.

  2. I donยดt have any. After this year that was shocking for me in the most negative terms, I want just survive in good physical and psychical condition surrounded by my dearest.

  3. To return to the world of the living and re-kindle my spirit.

  4. Not much. Just to be more in nature with my son, more relaxing and a little more time for some recreation.

  5. New Years Resolutions… they don’t seem to work with me. Each time I try to make them live comes with some sudden surprises of a great impact…

    I wish those cranes strength in their mission of carrying the message of peace.

  6. My usual new years resolution is not to so much perfume. But…

  7. Lost weight and save money … ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. my new year resolution is to become more American, legally ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hello and thank you so much for the draw! This years resolutions is one indeed and very important as I am moving permanetly to another country and city and of course making it work!!!

  10. to be myself in any circumstances!

  11. I would like to spend more time with my nephew, but when I think that he is so far… I have to change something. Time for me to action!

  12. To stop being such a worrier. Life is too short

  13. My New Year resolution is to be more patient with my mother-in-law.

  14. Hmmm, I don’t usually make such promises, but I have a couple of things I would like to achieve next year. One is to make a career change (sort of), I have some ideas and would like to carry them out.

  15. Contribute more to humanity & be closer to God.

  16. I am hoping to get more veggies and fruits into my diet. Perhaps go on more experiences or trips to other places.

  17. My resolutions for 2013 are: lose weight, challenge myself for a good job and begin some personal projects

  18. I’m awful with keeping resolutions even if I start out with good intentions. I’ve got the usual one of getting my lazy butt to the gym more often and getting in better shape. I think I’d like to start looking at a change in my job too. I also think I need to start some projects I’ve been putting off because I just haven’t had the confidence in myself to do them.

  19. I’m still mulling it over but I’m thinking of committing to either a yoga or meditation practice. I need to figure out if I can really keep that resolution.

  20. New year’s resolution is to buy less perfume but to take more time to appreciate the ones I have!

  21. To study more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. My resolution is to make a career change next year, plus give time to doing more of the things I like, such as drawing, going to museums, etc… Oh, and also take better care of my body by eating better and doing more sports. These look like too many things but are all actually doable, so I’m optimistic ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. My resolution is to bark and whine less, wag my tail more… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Next year I would really like to take some online classes through edX (it would be good to do some challenging academic work again), and I would like to make more crafts, especially fiber crafts, and 3d art. I’ve also got my eye on a new part-time job – basically I’m hoping to build on good stuff that I did in the past year.

  25. If I have any, it would be to live in the moment. Too often, I am caught in reflecting on the past or concerned about the future. I think it’s time I just “do”.

  26. Would love to get some time to myself abit more even if it was just an hour a day would be nice.

  27. My new year’s resolution is to be a better friend and to spend more time cultivating relationships. It’s so easy for me to become focused on mundane day to day events that I forget about the things that really matter.

  28. I would love to make exercise a habit in 2013, which I should’ve by this year.

  29. I’d like to get some articles written in 2013, and to start working towards the next book. It seems like everything takes years of preparation before it gets written, so I’m not sure I’ll succeed.

  30. Walk 6 miles every day ๐Ÿ™

  31. My resolution for 2013 is to work as hard at university as I worked so far. I will be writing my master degree project about chemistry of perfume so I’m delighted and I’m sure I will enjoy this work.

    I also resolute to eat less sweets and try to lose some weight

  32. Resolution is to Keep on Keepin` ON!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. My new year resolutions? I just want to finish my career and find the next thing I’ll do with my life! Nobody said that was easy!
    Thank you for the draw.

  34. My resolution is to work harder at maintaining friendships. I’m late in discovering that friendships, like anything else, require time and effort.

  35. My resolutions are usually made and then forgotten three weeks into the New Year.

  36. Resolution is to make 1000 origami cranes. I love that. By the time you did that and gave them away, you may not feel the need for a wish of your own anymore. That would be nice.

  37. Procrastinate less.

  38. To finally do what I actually want to do!

  39. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. I try to live to my ideals throughout the year. I suppose the beginning of the new year is a time for reflection and rededication to those aspirations.

  40. My resolution for 2013 is to discover new places and meet new people.

  41. Having been recently widowed I resolve to help others before thinking about myself

  42. My resolution is to start doing some home excercising or/and going swimming from time to time. Also, to do some progress in the career change and to grow on a personal and spiritual level.

  43. I don’t normally do resolutions. I should quit smoking but I won’t. Well, I promise to make something more of my musical composing. There you have it. Good luck to all, and thank you for your fine film mr. Pera!

  44. My resolution is to be more patient with myself and others.

  45. I want to take better care of myself, my health for 2013. It’s now or never…..

  46. My biggest goal for 2013 is to try to go back to school.

  47. I will try to be nicer and more understandings

  48. I have no real resoutions other than trying to keep my social network despite health problems. I just received a Christmas card from a pen pal I have known for 27 years, friends are so important! I also keep trying to focus my various collections, just to get a simpler life with less clutter. The local thrift shops have received rather a lot of objects from me over the past few months.

  49. Either meditation or Italian lessons or maybe both…

  50. Hopefully 2013 will bring something positive after losing my mother in july and my father very, very ill at the moment after taking care for my mother for many years! So incredible that we will also have to let him go in a short while.
    Perfume (samples) are my escape from reality.

  51. My mom is seriously ill right now, so my number one resolution is to really appreciate and make the most out of every moment I have with her.

  52. I don’t make resolutions anymore, but will start the year focused on maintaining health, both physical & emotional; remaining open to new things; growing professionally; and keeping a positive attitude. Thanks for the draw.

  53. I don’t usually bother with new year resolutions, aa I tend to break them by 5th Jan! But I think I will make one for 2013, and try and get to see my siblings more often. They are scattered around the country and I don’t make as much effort as I should to keep in touch

  54. To actually publish my ebook

  55. Update my resume and look for a more healthy work environment!

  56. I’m not much for resolutions but as always, will try to take things one day at a time and do my best to live life on my terms. Also, to enjoy life as much as possible. You never know when it can all be taken away.

  57. My New Year’s Resolution is to strive to see the good in others. I’m not getting it at the moment…

  58. My resolution : New flat and … baby.

  59. I usually don’t make any particular resolutions when new year’s eve is approaching… My resolutions spring up on the whim of a moment…and I am a failure at keeping them.
    I hope I am elegible for the giveaway, anyway? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  60. My New Year resolution is to never again break my New Year resolution..

  61. As always, I will wish better health for myself and my loved ones and a bottle of something that smells wonderful to flit my way fortuitously.

  62. I am hoping to go to Australia

  63. Just to be myself

  64. Yikes: it’s nearly new years, already!!!!

  65. To play more! More knitting, beading, gardening and sniffing! Maybe even more brewing….

  66. I will be a better and more giving person.

  67. To honor my gift and paint more.

  68. To grow a little herb garden and keep it alive and weeded.

  69. To continue to improve myself especially in respect of my new job in the care sector. The children I help need me to be the best I can be.

  70. Buying less, using more of what I already own

  71. i dont tend to make resolutions, everytime i tried to quit smoking in previous years it didnt happen but i got there eventually – middle of october it was, no pressure

  72. I’m never very good at new year’s resolutions, but I think my primary resolution is to spend more quality time with my friends. I’ve found this last year that, even though I’ve spent a lot of time with my friends, they deserve better quality time.
    Happy holidays, and happy new year!

  73. To enjoy the strange, wonderful experience of being human.

  74. To remember that life is wonderful whatever happens

  75. 2013 will be a year of determination and change for me, for I may be leaving academia for the corporate world…

  76. My resolutions are to be more patient, with others and myself, and to be healthier.

  77. I would like to make it to exercising 3 times a week!

  78. My resolution is to climb Mt. Rainier.

  79. I need to find more patience within myself. It’s an ever-present challenge.

  80. I usually try not to make resolutions because I know how hard it is for me to stick to in times of crisis. It seems the past many years has dealt some sort of strife so this coming year I will resolute to finding peace in any way I can and helping others to do so as well.

  81. My resolution is to be more generous and to trust that if someone asks me for something that they really need it. Therefore in the coming year if someone asks me for something and I am able to give it to them, I will.

  82. I hope to finish a bunch of stuff. Was that vague enough to ensure that I’ll never break my resolution?

  83. My New Year resolution is to lose weight and to finish the decoration of my baby daughter’s room.

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