Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My perfect Thursday would be...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ship Chandelier

I came across images of this STUNNING Ship Chandelier. I seriously have never wanted a chandelier so badly!

Monday, January 24, 2011

GIVEAWAY from BonjourFrenchie!

Bonjour Ma Cherie's!
I will be doing a giveaway, finally! It is a charming little 5x6" Painting of I love you in French "Je T'aime" with two little coffee mugs, painted with Watercolor and Highlighted with India Ink. It is an original painting of mine and is signed and dated on the back. How can you enter in to win this lovely little painting? See below:
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On Valentines Day (February 14th) I will announce the winner on my blog!
Bonne Chance! (Good Luck)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Love this photo

I came across this photo today and fell in love. Provocative Nuns painting a David-esque man. Does anyone know the photographer?

7 Things you might not know about me...

I was tagged by the amazing & talented illustrator Emma Kisstina to continue a post. So here are 7 things you didn't know about me...

1. I am addicted to Diet Coke, Pepsi Max & Diet Dr Pepper. I seriously can't go 1 day without one, I have tried...several times, fail!

2. Growing up, my Dad took thousands of photo's. Everything from losing a tooth to a bug bite, my Dad photographed it. I am glad he did because without these photo's, I would have forgotten a lot of events in my life. With that said, I inherited this trait from my Dad! [In Paris, I took 2,000 pictures!]

3.  I am a crazy cat lady. My cats are my children!

4.  I embrace my heritage, [Italian, Danish & Irish.] and I am constantly researching and trying to learn more about my ancestors!

5.  In 4th grade, I was attacked by a 6 month old pit bull and had to get stitches. I have a scar in the shape of a "T" below my right eye and scars on my right arm.

6.  One of my biggest goals in life is to have my own art studio/apartment in Amsterdam, and be able to spend each summer there, traveling around Europe, creating Art and volunteering as a tour guide at a Museum (or Versailles!) Detailed, I know...I have big dreams!

7.  If I was ever someone in a past life, I was Marie Antoinette.

Tag, you're it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

My newest listings!

You can buy them at BonjourFrenchie

Many more in my shop and many more to come!
Merci ma Cherie's!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

This day in History: January 15th

Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England [1559]
Queen Elizabeth Signature Charm from Marlaot

Birth of Martin Luther King, Jr [1929]
Vintage Classroom Poster from TotallyOldSchool

Friday, January 14, 2011

My Scent. What is yours?

A group of friends and I are reading "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" by Patrick Suskind. The book is eerie, intriguing, historical and unique! I highly recommend it to anyone. While reading this book, it got me wondering what my signature perfume would be. While some scents might clash, below are a few of my favorites. I wonder what this perfume would smell like?







Orange blossoms

Freshly baked bread

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Another one added to the Bucket List

[Taste test Parmigiano at a factory in Parma, Italy.]

Jason and I were watching Giada De Laurentiis travel through Italy on the Cooking channel last night, and she visited a factory in Parma, Italy where Parmesan cheese is made. I was blown away and hit rewind 3 times, not kidding! Here is a little info on how Parmesan Cheese is made;

Firstly, Parmesan cheese is made with a special blend of two different types of cow’s milk. The full cream milk that is taken from the cows in the morning is mixed with the skimmed milk taken from the same cows on the previous evening. Those cows whose milk is used to produce Parmesan cheese are fed only on grass and hay. This gives the milk with which Parmesan cheese is made a unique consistency that shows in the texture of the cheese later on. The milk is then heated and stirred in huge copper vats which are used specifically because they heat up and cool down so quickly. The curd is then lumped into cheese cloths and made into the shape of a wheel using a metal brace.

One of the characteristics of authentic Parmesan cheese is that it contains no additives or artificial flavourings. The only thing that is allowed to be added to Parmesan cheese to help bring out its flavour is salt. This is done by soaking the wheels of Parmesan cheese in salty brine for a period of twenty days. Once the brining process is finished it is then time to let the Parmesan cheese mature and develop its flavour.

Parmesan cheese must be left to mature for at least 12 months and often this period can be up to two years. The cheeses are kept in special temperature controlled rooms and cleaned regularly while aging. Every wheel of Parmesan cheese is individually inspected to ensure it meets the necessary standards before it is sent for sale.

This day in History; January 13th

Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison 1968

Johnny Pillow by Sprucehome 

Birth of Jan Van Goyen (Dutch Artist) 1596

Vintage Painter's Portable Easel from DonkeeHouse

Monday, January 10, 2011

Favorite RTW Spring 2011 Looks

Some of my favorite looks for RTW Spring 2011;

Erin Fetherston

Elie Saab



Luca Luca


Carolina Herrera


Michael Kors

Elene Cassis


Friday, January 7, 2011

Tulips and Quilts

My lovely lovie surprised me with tulips! Finally finished Maria and Layla's quilt!

Dream bookcase!

Love the ladder! 1st and 3rd are my favorites.
Image from VTInteriors

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Rembrandt's Treasures

One of my favorite places in Amsterdam is Rembrandts home, which is in beautiful condition and adorned with decorations almost identical to those Rembrandt had before he went bankrupt!
Rembrandt saw and fell in love with a magnificent four-story home on the Jodenbreestraat. He purchased it on credit, incurring a heavy and continuing debt, and several years later discovered that the citizens of Amsterdam were no longer purchasing his paintings and in the end, his expensive house soon placed him in bankruptcy.  One of my favorite rooms was the room which held things he collected through his lifetime (swords, sculptures, seashells, coral, etc) I would love to incorporate this into my home some day.

An image of his collection

Vintage wood knick knack shelf for tiny treasures