Venerdi in Venice: Flock to Pink Lamplights


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I've read it's flattering to our complexions to use pink lampshade linings and lightbulbs.  These birds silhouetted against the skyline in Venice have the right idea.  Grazie mille to Catherine Hédouin and Danielle for the broodingly-beautiful photo inspiration posted at Venetia Micio.  {If you can't get enough of these Venice lamps, you'll find more of Catherine's lovely photos here.}   It looks like rain, but I'm happy to linger a while if you are.  We might learn a thing or two.  I hear these birds know how to pastry.  And on that note...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you!

Francophile Friday: J'adore a Good Door


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Today, I make amends.  I've been neglecting a fundamental object of the affection of many.  Doors.  By their very function and existence, they carry an element of mystery.  Intrigue.  Some might accuse them of being temptresses.  {But now matter how tempting, No means No in any language ~ even that of doors.}  They wear their age well.  You don't see them anguishing over whether they need a new paint job.  All the better to express a sense of character ~ a measure of the years of experience they've acquired.  The patchier the paint, the more distinguished the epaulettes.  Some are unquestionably rugged and masculine.  Strong silent types.  Others lean to the coquettish, feminine side ~ such as these.  Either way, they invite us to dream.  Don't worry, as soon as we're all assembled, we'll carry the kitty cat inside with us, wherever that may lead.  I'm thinking there will be chandeliers, violet-scented linen sheets and macarons.  Lots of macarons.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

PS: Source of inspiration for today's illustration is here, but the image is not credited, sorry.  If anyone knows, please tell me and I'll acknowledge accordingly.

Francophile Friday: Amour at Bois Violette


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Every day is a beautiful day for flowers.  Giving, receiving, plucking, inhaling, or being smitten from afar.  I wonder who will need smelling salts first after passing out from the heady sights and scents at Bois Violette in Paris.  The inspiration for today's illustration comes thanks to this gorgeous scene by Genie at Paris and Beyond {merci, chère Genie ~ you are most kind!} Coincidentally, our little pampered pooch from last Friday was officially named Violette by Cali, one of our regulars here, so I took it as a sign for today's subject matter.  It seems we can find Amour to go with our flowers while we're there.  And on that note...

Happy Francophile Friday Fleurish to you!

PS: Thank you, sweet Danielle of drifty and romantic VenetiaMicio for passing on the Kreativ Blogger award.  Your blog is poetic and I am honoured to receive this award from you.

Furry Friends Friday: The Puppy Wings It


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While those geographically inclined towards the Northern Hemisphere are jauntily stowing away throw rugs in cedar chests and exchanging velvet cushions for spring floral linens, I'm layering thermals and cranking up the eco-heater {the greenest nod I can give without becoming hypothermic}This puppy dog knows where to be on a cool autumn night heading into winter.  And he's happy to share.  There's room for more than one wagging tail in this suede wing chair.  And on that note...

Happy Furry Friends Friday to you!

PS:  Next time you want to write home about something, perhaps you'd like to exercise your penmanship on some gorgeous personalised stationery decorated with a Shell Sherree illustration?  I'm honoured to join the selection of talented artists contributing designs to Nôte Couture, based right here in Australia.  There's a lovely array of papergoods, including recipe cards & innovative mouse mat notepads, customised with the design of your choice.  At the time of posting, you'll see my KittyKins in Paris illo featured in the New Designs at the top of  the home page.  Life's a Beach is also there, with more coming soon.  Happy handwriting...
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