Friday, August 6, 2010

Francophile Friday: Vintage Paris Vintage

ink & watercolour meep miniature, 2.5" x 3.5" [6.5 x 9cm] 

Meep, meep!  I'm still consoling myself over the untimely partial demise of this other little weensy {please don't ask: it's far too traumatic but involves a pair of scissors and a tidying session gone horribly wrong}.  So as part of my self-therapeutising, I've hit the pens instead of the Pimms and drawn a variation on the theme.  The Citroën received a grease, oil change and a fresh paint job while I was at it.  Luckily for us, this vintage number is not a fashionable accessory left in situ à la Merci ~ so we can tootle off for a Friday drive.  Or you can come back in a couple of days and we'll go for a Sunday drive.  Wear your best bonnet.  {Our chauffeur has just left the illustration in search of his.}

I wonder if this is where our Tuesday redhead bought her gown?  And it seems the Russian Cossack look is going to be big this winter.  I have no idea why, but you saw it here first.  And on that note... 

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

29 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about the other little sweetie. :(

    Big smiles :) for what you have produced as a result of your self-therapeutising!

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  2. I'd like to have the skill for self-therapeutisisng !!
    I once had the younger sister of that "Deuch", called Dyane, same color but different eye and butt (???).
    Nice memories, though, have a nice weekend !!!

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  3. Thank goodness you have a copy of the other weensy, but this one is just as sweet. I hope it makes you feel better.

    Now, as I've had a busy week, I must go see what that redhead got up to on Tuesday.

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  4. LOVE IT LOVE IT!
    Bon weekend dear Shell,
    V

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  5. I'm proud of you for consoling yourself with pens instead of Pimms—and of course the rest of us can enjoy the result as well (whereas if you'd chosen the Pimms . . . well, never mind). Love the vintage vehicle—where are we going in our bonnets?

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  6. Favourite Vintage Finds ~ thank you *sniff, sniff*.

    Marylène ~ I'll bet Dyane was very charming! Bon weekend. :)

    Petrea ~ yes, thank Heavens for modern technology, and this one does cheer me a weensy bit.

    Thanks, dear V! Right back at you.

    Alexa ~ heh heh! As for our destination, you can be the navigator. Lead on...

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  7. Scissors? Excessive tidiness? What, were you having a Joan Crawford moment?

    NO MORE WIRE CARS, EVER!

    (Oh,pardon. I think I was emoting.)

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  8. Is the redhead on the left in the boutique the same one from Tuesday's illo? She modeled that dress so fabulously, they decided to have her stand in the window indefinitely?

    Sorry to hear about your scissors disaster but I have to ask: What's a tidying session? Don't think I've ever had one of those.

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  9. Hiker ~ nothing as dramatic as that. A whimper, not a bang.

    PCN ~ I think the poodle would have something to say about her standing there indefinitely. As for the tidying sessions, it seems I'm not the best person to initiate you. Let's just say, make sure you keep the piles well separated and when dusk falls, turn the light ON.

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  10. Love the meep of the beep beep boutique! Put me in that cool outfit on the right and into that chic Citroën and I'm set for the weekend. Sorry to her about your terrible tidying session though. As sewing advice my mom says "don't put in zippers after dinner" which sounds like a variation on your good post-dusk tidying advice.

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  11. Sheesh, Shell! What a drag to hear about the mishap! A ShellSherree is to be treasured not scissored! ;-)

    It would be fun to own such a charming boutique. Is the model on the right wearing a pillbox hat? She certainly wears it well.

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  12. Katie ~ that's sound advice of your mom's! It translates perfectly.

    Cali ~ sheesh is right. Thanks to acid-free mounting tape, I've at least put Humpty Dumpty back together again for my personal Shell Sherree collection. I guess the Universe wanted me to keep that one!!

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  13. It's gorgeous and proudly does justification to your other little sweetie.
    Meep, meep! Happy Sunday, Shell ... living in the land of warm weather, lucky you.

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  14. Thanks to Katie's mom for words to live by! As for our destination, I'd really like to test the powers of our charming vehicle and head uphill to Montmartre—Champagne sur la butte, ladies?

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  15. Thanks, MmeB! The weather's lovely, ahead of a cold snap that will likely blow here sometime before the Ekka is over. :)

    Sounds ideal, Alexa! Meep, meep!

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  16. Sometimes scissors can be dangerous things....
    But lovely to see this piece. And it's just the right time to shop for new fall fashions on this side of the equator.
    :)

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  17. Ms M ~ I vow to use them only for good from now on. ;)

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  18. Oh I just LOVE your old Citroen...the first car my dad had!!! Your drawings are beautiful...you are a real artist !!!

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  19. Hello, Cristina! I'm delighted to remind you of your dad's first car. Thank you!

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  20. Oh it's beautiful! I'm sorely tempted. By the way, do you ever frame your meeps? I have something dainty in white enamel in mind for mine, but have still failed to find the perfect frame. I'd be interested to see what style, if anything, you use.

    PS: Have a Pimms anyway!

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  21. Mise ~ your strolling pair could rather suit this set of wheels. :) I have some miniatures framed and seem unable to resist ornate frames, gilt or white. I keep the framing close in so the end result is still rather small, and locate them together; but I have a feeling something with quite a large mat could also be interesting, to draw one in to take a closer look. Your dainty white sounds lovely! If I come across anything like that online, I'll let you know.

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  22. I'm glad you asked, Mise. I'll be framing a couple of these myself.

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  23. Petrea ~ for your sized pieces, I'd lean towards at least one mat unless the frame is quite wide. Your framer will likely have his/her own opinion on the matter. :)

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  24. Thanks, Shell! Small ornate gilt/white is exactly the look I'm aiming for. What a toil frame-finding is!

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  25. Mise ~ I keep hoping to find such treasures loitering at the local thrift stores. People must be cannier about discarding such things nowadays!

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  26. Good idea to look for frames at thrift stores. We also have a couple of great flea markets here, I'll try that. Only something unique will do these babies justice.

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  27. I wish we could all go frame-hunting together!

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