Saturday, October 31, 2009

Boo to you!

Wishing everyone a safe, fun, and boo-ti-ful

Doesn't he look French with his beret?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's an anniversary - a very special one

This is in celebration of the 120th Anniversary of La Tour Eiffel.

Have a sparkling weekend.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A little of this and that

Wow, it has been a week since my last post.
It has been a little crazy around here.
My son was hospitalized briefly but is back home and doing much better.
Bless his heart!

I thought I would share some vintage postcards, etc. with you.
Feel free to snatch them up and use them in your projects.

The invitation above is from 1899.
A Social Hop- sounds like it was fun.

I bet Frieda was a lovely Jenny Lind.

You know I love Nice.
Enough said-hehe.

Can you see the ladies looking out of the windows?

Aren't these wonderful?
These are a few of my favorite little treasures.

This is a little preview of a new Holiday pillow.
This is my therapy. Quiet time.
I haven't had much time to work on anything but when I do, I consider it a Blessing.

I can't wait to catch up on my blog visits. You miss a day.......
you miss so much.

Hugs to everyone.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The gift winds have blown in change......

On September 12th, I did a post regarding a monthly giveaway
from The French Elements.

Well, it is not the end of the month, and a granddaughter did not pick the number but
today is the day.

My youngest son wanted to pick the number and wanted it to be posted today.
His health situation is not so good right now and I have learned over the years to listen.
The lucky number is 57.
The winner is Theresa.
He wanted to count backwards from 63 and that is what we did.

Theresa, you have won an embroidered French Holiday pillow and the most fabulous cleanser from Chanel.
Something French for your home and something French for you.


November will be here before we know it so if you are interested in winning, you know what to do.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Irving Penn- The passing of a legend

Last week, The photographer of all photographers passed away at 92.
While most people will probably remember Irving Penn for his amazing fashion photography,
I will remember him for his work with Clinique.
In particular, the twice a day ad.

I was very fortunate to begin my career with Clinique when it was still a baby.
I was a baby back then too! So young.
It was a very exciting time.
Clinique always believed the product was the star and as a result, you didn't see a face associated with the line.
When the twice a day ad was created, the company (just about everyone back then was female)
decided there was only one photographer.
Irving Penn.

This ad really made an impact.
When the book PASSAGE came out, It was featured in his book.
In the cosmetic industry, it was beyond cutting edge.

Way back then, the company was so tiny. There were only a handful of Education Mangers to take care of the entire country.
At that time, it was only found in the U.S.
Many people had not heard of it.
Hard to imagine now.

The picture above is a window display in Paris.
Even if you don't speak French, the message is clear.

Holiday store postcard from Switzerland.
Clinique grew and all of us grew along with it.

But, the one person that really helped it grow via his fantastic photography
was Irving Penn.

Friday, October 9, 2009

10/10****Six amazing years****

On 10/10, It will be six years since Hubby and I got married.
I know six years doesn't really seem like a long time but I have to tell you that it is.
In a good way.

I never really thought I would be married a second time, especially having a disabled adult child that requires time, energy and a lot of work.
Men usually run from that (or so I've seen).

Hubby actually met my family before he met me. He was J and D's neighbor and my youngest son was over at their place often to visit.
I heard about "this guy" but was too busy to meet him.
Actually, I was pretty ill at the time and was focusing on LIFE.
This did not include dating. Who wants to date a woman that has serious health problems?
Most would be running out the door as fast as they could.

Well, Jeff thought we would be a good match and introduced us.
This man was different.
He treated my youngest son like he treated my oldest son. With respect and lots of joking.
My illness, not actually fun but not a problem.
He was there and remained there.

We have been through the good, bad, and downright ugly. Or thin, thinner, thinnest-hehe.
I am so grateful that God via Jeff, brought him into my life.
I am truly blessed.

The wedding date was determined by what would be easy to remember- 10/10.
I am so thankful for the six years we have had together and God willing, we will grow older together.

The picture above is our little wedding photo.

The picture below is what we might have looked like if 10/31 had been our wedding day.

Have a fantastic weekend and count your blessings.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pretty French prints

Back in the day when the dollar was KING, this was my favorite hotel in Paris.
Still love it!
One of the things I most love about Hotel du Louve Concorde is a little shop that was right around the corner.
I loved to browse through the prints, cards and paintings.
It became a tradition.
For the life of me I can't remember the name of the shop.
Perhaps someone can help me out-having a "senior moment".

I always picked up little prints that caught my eye. Very easy to pack.
When we got back home, I would mat and frame them.
They always made me smile.

The first time Dorothy came over, Jeff said "my mom has this thing about France".
Lots of prints.

I thought I'd share some with you. Talk about inexpensive decorating....

This sits on the base of a little table.
I love these books! The print sits on 2 auction catalogs- The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Auction and The Duchess of Windsor jewelryAuction.
The smaller book is from The Hermitage Museum.
The crown holds old letters.

This sits on a shelf.

Along with this print.

I didn't try to get the full mats or frames in the photo's.

This is just a sampling.
You know I love my France.

I am using blogger options since this is kind of a crazy week.
Hope to see you all soon.

Merci for your visit.

Friday, October 2, 2009

A fan-tab-ulous way to end the week.

When I saw this video, I laughed and laughed.

The French have a marvelous sense of humor.
Watch this and see.

FYI: I have a giveaway going on with Susie.
Actually, she has 2 giveaways going on right now.

They were to end today but she has had a rather interesting week so...
The winners will be announced on Monday.
Hop on over, you won't regret it.

Have a fan- tab- ulous weekend.

hugs to everyone.
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