Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ready or Not....

Ready or she comes!

Happy wrapping!

Happy baking!

Happy Holly Days
to All!!!

Be Merry. Be Jolly. Be Calm.
Stay Beautiful!

photo credits
1. tumblr. 2 marley & lockyer 3. such pretty things 4. this is glamorous

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Weekend to Harvest

I will harvest our Holiday Banquet this weekend...

My family will gather together very soon~
It will be a first time in a very long time... I Absolutely can not wait to see everyone together!!


Happy Weekend my most darling ones!


Photos from Linen & Lavendar Blogspot/Marie Claire Maison

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One Big Beautiful Tapestry

English socks, shoes and French buckles,
mid 18th centuryCollection of the Bata Shoe Museum
On my trips to France I truly and often
think of so many of you.
The posts that some of you have shared,
have honestly reformed me.
You have all given me so much~

The Little Balloonist by Ingrid MidaBookwork Sculpture 2009

One of you especially comes to mind when
I'm walking down rue Saint-Paul, in Paris.
Your inspriration continues to unfold in me.
Do you know Ingrid from
She is an Amazing Writer & Artist.
Her work comes from within, from her teachers far far away.
She works her hands with the details of
many Centuries ago~
This year with Ingrid close at thought,
I shot these images of
ancient bookwork bibles
to show her and share with you.
They remind me of Ingrid's passionate talent.
They have sat in this same window for the last six years
and are 400 years old~
The first year I saw them
I went in to ask the price....
They were over 5000 euros~

So instead of owning one,
I admire them year after year
as this magnificent window display~
{one of the things I love about Paris is some things never change.}

The funny thing is:
The other day I got a surprise from my friend Ingrid that I am the Happy happiest winner of her Anniversary Giveaway!!

I won a copy of
Vicki Archers new book
French Essence!!!

{coincidentally what I was currently posting about!}

It always and will forever amaze me
what a Big Beautiful Web we all weave~
It is as intricate as a 17th Century tapestry.

A paper blouse in a Paris window I also shot with Ingrid's art close on mind.

Dearest Ingrid,
Winning Vicki Archers book on your
Anniversary giveaway is beyond rewarding to me and so unexplainable.
You asked for our favorite post of yours and why.
Mine was your bookwork art because of your
beautiful detail & talent. I told you it reminds me of
being in Paris.
You didn't know I had just taken these images for you!
I didn't know I was going to win the contest
based on my comment of these images!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

With all my love,


Thank you Everyone that is part of this Rich Beautiful Tapestry we have weaved and continue to spin together~

Biggest Hugs!



images 1 & 2 Ingrid Mida/Fashion is my Muse images 3,4,5,6,7 & 8 Janet Solomon/FrenchBlue

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Baby You Were Born to Run

Above photo is Vicki's daughter.
Image from the New French Essence book.

There is no better time than
Right Now
to start running!!!
Vicki Archer's new book, French Essence
has just arrived in the U.S.!!!

Vicki Archer was born in Australia and now lives in the South of France in Provence. Our blogging friend continues to inspire me daily with her words, her life & her photographs. I treasure her first book My French Life. Her newest book French Essence is finally here! The photography by Carla Coulson is So Beautiful! I know this book will be on all of our Christmas lists this year!

Congratulations Vicki on your accomplished Jewel!

Thank you for sharing your Family, your "Favourites",

your Home, your Loves


The Essence of You!

The French Circus
Whimsical & Romantic...

Personal & So very Inspirational.
A gift to us all~

If you really can't wait until Christmas
you can treat yourself



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Le Enfant In Paris

There is something about this
little girl....
I can't quite figure out what it is.
I will try my best to explain.
Sitting in the sun to warm up
in the Jardin des Tuileries
my eyes followed her at play~
My heart slowly melted.
I wanted to pick her up and never let her go~

There were no words spoken between us,
only long quiet sighs as if we knew each other...
When she walked away I felt empty.
I missed her.
I felt lost.
The funny thing is....
I realized watching her this year that she
is the very same little mademoiselle
that I photographed last October
on the Carousel in the Jardin des Tuileries~

A year younger, wearing her red coat
I was drawn to her the same way last year.
She gathered leaves to make
a beautiful leaf bouquet!
She was so special, so whimsical and so familiar to me
in her own little world of wonder.
Our eyes connected as she went round & round...

I believe our hearts meet at play in the same place.
A place far away somewhere out there~
Even though....I live in America.
She lives in Paris.
I speak English.
She speaks French.
I Adore her.
I don't even know her name...
Has this sort of thing ever happened to you?
Do you think I will see her next year?

Have a week full of far far away magic!
all photos taken by Janet Solomon at FrenchBlue

Monday, November 1, 2010

Home And Two Surprises Found

I am HOME safe & sound~~
It feels like I have been gone for
a very very long time...
and I missed you All very much!
I first want to say
Merci Beaucoup Mes Amis
for all your fun wishes that you sent with me!
I carried them in my pocket every step of
the way~

The adventure of the brocantes
treasures troves were an experience
all in themselves and were truly truly
My husband is always amazed how many
times I can walk out of Laduree for
"Just one more thing"....
so Thank You for giving me a reason to
stop in just one more time~

My winner!!

Diane has left a new comment on your post "Au Revoir Wishing Contest": Janet~ What a whimsical and thoughtful idea~ This is so you!!!If I were to go I would be hopeful to find a french children's book with charming illustrations, something that I could possibly take apart and frame for my grandbabies. At Laduree, my mind would swirl at all the choices but I would probably want a small tin of their signature tea blend or a bag of the small pink marshmallows.


Posted by Diane to FrenchBlue at October 18, 2010 2:27 PM

Since I know we both have a love for
little bugs & little bits of nature...

I found this vintage French children's book
for my friend, Diane~

The pictures will be darling framed
if she decides to do this for her grandbabies
Ry & Mason~

And here are Diane's
pink rose marshmallows
from Laduree!
{I'll give you one guess who she will give these to!}



Felications Diane!!!
Congratulations my friend most of all
for being such a
Beautiful & Special
Have a fun fun week everyone~
Big Mauh's

Top 8 photos taken by FrenchBlue
9 & 10 from Diane.