allo dear friends, how are you? i hope you’re into the fall weather and are getting your autumn on! we’re still running around and no matter where we turn paris is still ful of surprises. the day started with a rainy marche but it warmed up when we got to le square trousseau to meet friends/fellow bloggers, vicki, author of french essence and haleigh, blogger extraordinaire from making magique. both of these girls know how to live and they record it all with the most gorgeous photography! if you’re ever in need of eye candy or to drift off into neverland, just click your heels on over to their blogs. we shared ideas, tips and just had a great leisurely long lunch which i doubt any of us get to do very often! below is a glimpse into haleigh’s world in paris:
and vicki’s in provence
of course we couldn’t leave without lusting after the desserts…
we thought the day couldn’t get any better when on the way home claudia and i took a shortcut. we came across one of the last men working in his studio on the dying art of handmade engravings. when our friend ellen was here she was telling me all about the copperplates, hammering them backward with tiny pins to create the detail we see in so many familiar works of art.
olaf was diligently working but stopped to chat. he happened to have one of my favorite plates, le souper fin (below) which he purchased from a workshop that had recently closed. if you look you’ll see it was all done in reverse. the detail is incomprehensible and so is the idea that this is how so many important events were recorded! it takes black tar, ink, acid and god knows what else to produce a perfect engraving and it’s all done on handmade paper.
souper fin, Jean-Michel Moreau. he did admit he’s one of that last to do this painstaking craft…
not sure what this one was about but his work was stunning. i couldn’t resist getting a couple to bring back!
the day is now coming to a close and we’re nestled snug in our pied a terre, happily fed and another unforgettable day under our belts, but also aware it’s quickly coming to an end. when i get home lots of goodies will be waiting there. in the meantime, it was nice to know we got a little press in the states today! miles redd recommended one of tpa’s mirrored pieces in an article for the home section!
someone here asked me if mirrored furniture was ‘over ‘and i had to think for a minute. it will never be over, it’s a style that’s been around way too long to become passé now!i found this shot from the market last week and it re-confirmed my opinion that mirror is and always will be tres chic. it’s been worked on furniture since the 2os with details we can’t even produce now. how they manipulated mirror is yet another mystery the french started!
ok well this was a bunch of non sequiturs but isn’t that what a journal/diary/blog is for, to remember the details of life big and small? well, it’s time for bed, officially midnight yet again. have a great night!
bonjour tout le monde! i hope day is winding down to a warm dusk evening for you. i’ve been trying to manage my time better and got this message in an email this morning. it’s from a great site that my client in nice told me about. so subscribed to their daily thought and this was today’s. just wanted to share it in case you struggle with this too!
Your time is a perceptual thing, and even though the clock is ticking the same for everyone, your alignment affects your perception, as well as the results that you allow.
As you observe the enormous differences in the effort that people apply and the results they achieve, you have to conclude that there is more to the equation of achieving than action alone.
hhmpf. so when i got a comment last night from the lovely m-t, i had to put the excel stuff down tonight and make way for that creative time (ie blog time)! m-t bestowed me with a blogging honor, the sunshine award! there is a catch, with rules to follow and answering a few questions you may or may not care to know about me. so thank you and before the whole thing in ends up in my jungle of an inbox, i’m taking the present moment to sit back and blog blissfully. so here goes:
Each recipient must do three things:
First, thank the person who sent it to you.
thank you so much M-T! it’s been a long time since i’ve stopped by and there was so much delicious information in your posts, on your sidebar, your tips, pics and inspiration that i will get back to when this finished. you gave me more homework but it’s for a good cause, spreading great blog buds and visiting old friends. for those of you who don’t know m-t, she’s a brilliant consultant who helps define and refine one’s style. check out her fabulous blog, the french touch.
Second, you must recognize 10 other Bloggers for the Award and link back to their sites.
i love you all so instead of choosing faves i’m linking to those who most recently left a comment. it’s a good chance for me say hi so it’s already a win!
bonus! i picked up this great new blog from one of the links at mt’s site:
i hope you head over to these amazing blogs and enjoy them as much as i do. bon blogging!
Third, you must answer the following questions about yourself. oy, if you really want to know. i’ll make it brief:
Favorite color? all shades of bluegreen
Favorite animal? baby animals!
Favorite number? my birthday’s the 7th
Favorite drink? good h20
Your passion? archeology, the boudoir and saving the world!
Giving or receiving presents? please…!
Facebook or Twitter? they both bore the h%# out of me but i’m sure i could be using them better
Favorite day? any holiday with my family
Favorite flower? gardenia
well, that’s a wrap! dusk has come and gone and i’m gonna squeeze one more hour out of this day to absolutely nothing. bonne nuit cheres amis!
buona sera everyone, i hope your week is off to a great start and if you’re off this week, that you’re having a jolly good time!
i’ve had a little down time and have been trying to cram as much fun and rest into the days as work. but somehow they just seem to fly by no matter what they’re filled with!
i took tonight’s last hour to go through your comments from the weekend. thank you so much for the birthday wishes. the links in this posts are from friends who stopped by and left their url breadcrumbs :)
some are old and others are new. as always each and every one had something beautiful and special on their blog.
so now i’m kicking back with my dvr ready to watch the old film ‘history is made at night’. tomorrow is another day so i’ll leave that till morning,
in the meantime, have yourself a great nuit and if you get a chance to stop by these blogs and say hi i’m sure they’ll be happy to hear from you.
so without further ado, i wish you a peaceful night full of sweet dreams and astral travels. see you out there!
hi everybody! i hope the sun is shining this morning wherever you are! thanks for all your comments and love yesterday. i am as always, amazed by who you are and what you do so this morning i spent a little time stopping by to visit some of the creatives behind the messages.
with all that’s out there to inspire, i get the most when i stop by chez vous! and it’s a bit of meditation too. a good way to recalibrate and get out of my own head. you may know some of these friends, others are new. hope you enjoy them as much as i did this morning!
hi guys, how’s was your weekend? for me it seemed to fly by fast but i had a little time to myself tonite and of all the things to do in the world, couldn’t wait to spend it with my blog buds! going thru the recent posts and comments again has left me feeling inspired and regenerated. so this is the second installment of a smattering of the talents who just said hello. i’m just compelled share the bounty. hope you enjoy and meet some new friends. have a great rest of a nice long night!
it’s already getting late but i wanted to post what i’ve been thinking about all day. it’s getting to visit new and old blog friends who have left recent comments. thanks guys for helping me when i was having a formatting crisis, asking about my dad (he’s totally fine)! and just shouting back when i said hi.
i got a chance to visit some of your blogs today and feel so much better for it!
i’ll add everyone to the blogroll.
if anyone ever wants to exchange blog links let me know.
in the meantime, meet some new friends with me!
ok back to work! have a great night!
one of the best things about the holidays is visiting friends, even if it’s virtual! this is a collection of the most recent friends who came by and i just wanted to pass along some of their gorgeous blogs and inspiration. hope you get a chance to sit back and enjoy them as much as i do. there’s a lot to love in their blogs so i’ll wait till tomorrow to post some more. till then, have a great nuit!
hey guys, happy sunday, at least for 3 more minutes :)
guess i’ve been surfing longer than i realized but i got pulled in to to worlds of friends who stopped by yesterday. it will never cease to amaze me, the women who come through, say hello, leave a sprinkle of a love note and carry on to their next destination. tonite i’m sharing their blogs, homes, work and lives. the following links are from last night’s comments. i haven’t had a chance to surf and visit or even answer comments so i’m looking forward to going back and going thru them. tonight, enjoy these lovely ladies’ lives. have a great night!
hi guys, how are you this april evening? hope your monday was un-remarkable or totally fabulous. it’s already 11pm and i don’t know where the days go!
just now i was searching through journalfest and came across pam garrison’s blog. tonight she talked about her pages and how to keep on working on them even if you don’t like them, that the important thing is just doing them. her post from yesterday intrigued me too cause she’s making an art piece for an auction for japan (above) and she’s going to pair the flag with some of her embroidery.
i’ve been an admirer for a long time but saw a lot more of her artistic sides and fell in love with her sweet designs in every genre.
this is one very talented artist, the more i dug in the more layers were uncovered. if i’ve ever recommended a link to you, forget them all and go to the one above. her book-making is LeGeNd and this video is a quick walk through her world.
painter, sketch artist, seamstress, etsy proprietress! pam, you are my idol tonight! your gift to japan is mighty mighty. i hope to offer something too besides just donation. thanks for the push and the insights into your artist mind.
bonne nuit tous!