Saturday, September 7, 2013

Francophile Friday: Peter's Paris Whimsy

{Peter's Paris Whimsy: ink & watercolour illustration © Shell-Sherree}

When you've been blogging as long as I have, your dear bestie friends get to know what tickles your fancy.  After Peter of Peter's Paris posted his gorgeous photo of restaurant Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole several months ago, I received a {not-so} gentle nudge and "Pssst, Shell ~ take a look at this!"  When I approached Peter to ask if I may take inspiration from his photo for an illustration, he most kindly acquiesced with the utmost generosity and chivalry.  {Merci, dear Peter ~ I hope you love it as much as I love your inspiration!!}  

Observe if you will how many chairs we have to fill ~ we're long overdue for a catch-up!  Here's a little something whimsically appropriate to wear {a very little something, actually ~ some might like a petticoat ~ and look what colour it happens to be... so predictable, I am}.  As they probably don't serve violet macarons, here's a doggie kitty bag for you to take home.   And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Friday to you!

PS: Please do click on the image to embiggen.  I tried loading the large size but désolée, it's too large for the page format. Sniff...

31 comments:

  1. My, you have some bossy friends! ;-) It turned out wonderful! Perfect place for a Shell meet up. BTW I have blouses longer than that dress! LOL.

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    1. Hee ~ I certainly do have some bossy friends, Cali, in the nicest possible way. And thank heavens for that. ;) {I don't think I've worn a dress that short since I was in primary school. Pretty as it is, I don't plan to start now ~ I have more petticoats being whipped up as we speak...}

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    2. Love the VM photo. Aren't you just craving one? LOL.

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  2. Your picture is perfectly beautiful, Shell, and your colour tones give it a delightful quality of bleached heat that make it surpass its nearly equally delightful original. I am clicking away, knitting suitable leg-warmers to match that very fetching dress.

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    1. Oh, leg-warmers are the perfect solution, dear Mise ~ I wish I'd thought of that! Thank you.

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  3. Ravie de te revoir enfin ! Et quel retour, ton aquarelle est sublime. Un joli petit coin que je ne connais pas, bravo !
    Quant au prêt-à-porter, j'ai beaucoup ton choix, la robe comme le jupon ! J'aime beaucoup l'option du jupon pour l'été c'est très agréable pour ici en Provence où il fait très chaud.
    Bisous Shellee et à bientôt
    Danielle

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    1. Je voulais dire bien sûr j'aime beaucoup ton choix !

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    2. {Je savais ce que tu voulais dire, ma chère. ;) } Merci, Danielle ~ c'est le printemps ici et c'est déjà assez chaud! Bisous aux toi et tes mignons.

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  4. Exquise! Comme toujours. J'aime trop ces macarons-la.

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    1. Merci, Wendy ~ and I hope you have some macarons on the menu in your very near future.

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  5. So lovely to see you :). That photo does look familiar. I'm sure I've taken a shot of the same place in winter. Must find it.....

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    1. It's lovely to see you too, Debs. :) And that's a nice thing to have to search for ...

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  6. i love this illo and its inspiration in (almost) equal measure. I would be thrilled to meet you here, dressed in lovely lavender, for matching macarons and a nice cuppa. So good to see you here again, ma belle!

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    1. Thanks, dear Alexa! It's good to be back ~ it won't be as long between cuppas and macarons next time, ma chère.

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  7. Wonderful ilo!! And I see Kitty is waiting there as our maitre d'. I think I'd put leg warmers with the dress, too. The lavender macarons would make such an exquisite gift!

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    1. The best kind of maitre d', Ms M. ;) Boxed macarons would certainly make a lovely gift ~ pack one, eat one, pack one, eat one... Good thinking, Ninety-Nine.

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  8. Your picture is not showing for me today, ma chere, but I saw it on Facebook and loved it. Meanwhile, I came by for my kitty bag.

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    1. Naughty Blogger, not showing up my piccie for you, Petrea. I'll have to put it in the timeout corner. I hope the kitty bag made up for it. :)

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  9. I'm so glad you mentioned the embiggen tip: it makes the exquisite detail so much easier to see. It's gorgeous illo, Shell.

    p.s. Love the dress (I'll take mine with leg warmers, too), and the model is adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! {And she is adorable, isn't she. Love her hair.}

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  10. Such a pretty scene, and such a pretty dress. It matches perfectly. I have a feeling I would look absolutely stupid in it. I'll leave it to the lithe ladies.

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    1. Margaret, I'm on a mission now to choose you something you'd feel good in. I shall return in due course... ;)

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  11. I do love the color of those chairs - now only of krylon would come up with a like color

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    1. Sitting in one of those chairs would have to plant a smile on one's dial, PA.

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  12. wow, I haven't been here in a while - glad I came, I wouldn't have wanted to miss this gorgeous piece Miss Sherree - beautiful!

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  13. Thanks, dear Lily! I haven't been here in a while, either. ;) Soon...

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  14. Shell,
    This week, Genie and I went with Peter to deliver a copy of your sweet illo. It was a pleasure to meet him as I've photographed this place so many times myself.
    Bises from Paris, along with Alexa and Genie!
    V

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    1. Oh, how lovely, dear V!! That's such a sweet thing to do and I hope it put a big smile on his dial. :) Bises to you, Alexa, Genie and Peter ~ what a gathering. You must be having such a fun time together.

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  15. did you receive the news? your favorite color is the pantone color of 2014

    "Radiant Orchid"

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304854804579236182472370384

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    1. Now I've received the news ~ thanks, PA!! :)

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x