Francophile Friday Illustration : Paris Carousel and Frenchie Feeding Time

22.9.17

Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Carousel and French Bulldog Pigeon Feeding © Shell Sherree
Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Carousel and French Bulldog Pigeon Feeding © Shell Sherree


Life is a carousel, old chum ... if there's a mondegreen to be had, it will be had by me, by jove and eh, what!

Aside from potential lack of any genuine singing ability, my complete and utter inability to retain lyrics would run serious interference if I ever wanted to make a crust from it.  Songs without words - that would have to be my thing. 

But this little French bulldog in today's illustration is showing us how to make a crust from other things, namely a gnawsome baguette he is willing to share with his new feathered friend.  And speaking of running interference, he just might have to do that if our kitty gets other ideas.  And on that note ...

Happy Francophile Fashionable Fluffy Friday to you!

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Francophile Friday : Behind the Scenes with A Yorkie Called Sherlock in Paris

21.9.17



Come behind the scenes of another custom pet portrait illustration with today's interview post.  We're chatting with adorable young Sherlock of popular Instagram account @a_yorkie_called_sherlock


He and his human live in Sydney, Australia, and I was so delighted when they asked me to create something special for his human's mother's birthday.  It was a rather momentous one and they were seeking a beautiful 'one of a kind' gift.  Thankfully, they chose me to help them with that!  And now, let's get chatting.

So tell me, Sherlock, you’ve been sniffing out crime for some time now.  What’s the strangest case you’ve come across to date?
That’s a tough one… there have been so many amazing cases, like the time someone toilet papered the bathroom!  But I guess I’d say the strangest is an ongoing and unsolved case known as The Case of the Self-Relocating Sock.  It’s apparently part of a bigger crime spree happening across the globe in which socks that were in the wash basket inexplicably appear in the lounge room… the bathroom… the kitchen… and even in my and fellow detective’s beds! For a long time my human thought I was involved, but I’ve stuck by the most important rule in detectiving – deny, deny, deny - and with nothing but circumstantial evidence she has agreed we need to keep investigating.

Your trusty sidekick Mr Giraffe came along for your illustrated adventure but I heard he recently had a hospital stay due to overzealous interrogation.  How’s his recuperation going?
I have to be honest, it’s not looking promising.  He’s going to need some major reconstructive surgery and my human said my insurance doesn’t cover him.  Personally I have my suspicions that he’s faking it to avoid another interrogation.



A question for your human.  Lilly Mary, when we were chatting about your custom illustration, one of your ‘must-haves’ was to have you attired in your gorgeous favourite dress.   What’s your most memorable occasion with it – or is that yet to come?
I bought that dress over 15 years ago at a small boutique in Newcastle, with mum tagging along as my style advisor.  I think it was for a friend’s wedding, but I’ve hauled it out a couple times now – most recently for Sherlock’s first New Year’s Eve.  Even now that dress never fails to make me feel chic – especially when I’m also holding a glass of champagne. ;)

This custom artwork was a gift for your mother, which tickles me no end.  I love making something memorable for people’s loved ones.  Whereabouts does your mum display it at home?  
It’s displayed on a table in her lounge alongside prized memorabilia from her travels and photos of other loved ones.



Lilly Mary, you’re a champagne lover and I’m guessing a bit of a connoisseur.  Can you give us a tip on your favourite champagne for value plus your dream champagne if Sherlock scored a million dollar reward for his exemplary crime-solving activities? My favourite champagne is Billecart-Salmon.  It’s full of soft nutty undertones with a splash of citrus.  But I’m no snob – if it’s French and bubbly, I’ll drink it… and even if Sherlock’s crime-solving ways finally paid off I could probably still be found checking out the Aldi Champagne specials. ;)

Speaking of being a connoisseur … Sherlock, which wins paws down as your favourite snack: doughnuts or croissants and why?
You had me at doughnuts… but now I think I also need to do some investigation into this thing called a ‘croissant’…



Lilly Mary, how long has Sherlock been lighting up your life now?  
He’s been my pawsome bestie now for just over a year.  I have vague recollections of life before him, dull and hazy, and not quite in focus.  It’s corny I know, but there are moments now when we are out detectiving together, or he brings me sheepie for a quick tussle, or sits on my lap and graciously lets me rub his belly, and I see us as though from a mile away and think ‘This. Now. The Everything. Blessed.’

If you could sum up his character in three words, what would they be?  
He’s all Personality, Fluff and Joy.

Sherlock, how about your human?  Share with us three things you love most about her?  You can use more than three words to do that!
Off the bat, she’s very ‘trainable’.  Not all humans are, you know.  But so far I have been able to teach her 34 commands and also how to make the perfect chicken with potatoes.  She is also an expert belly rubber, walker and treat dispenser.  Plus she’s always happy to see me – even when she says I’m a bit stinky ;)



And what does your pawfect day look like with your human, sweetie?
Every day starts the same - with snuggles under the doona and a slow wake up from belly rubs.  Then we’re off and detectiving for an hour – a lot happens overnight so there’s usually a fair bit of crime to sniff out and peemails to be answered.  Then it’s chicken and potatoes for breakfast – and while that’s cooking I train my human.  At the moment she’s learning to hold her arm just right so I can rest against it with my paws and pray.  She’s almost nailed it.  After that, on an absolutely pawfect day, instead of me going to my teepee and my human going off to earn money for doughnuts, we hang out and live a loop of lounging around, belly rubs, sunshine walks and naps.  My human and I are working on how we can make that our 7 day reality. 

Follow Sherlock's detectivating adventures here for a dose of cuteness overload to brighten your day.  You can chat with me (obligation-free) about your very own custom portrait illustration via contact or check out the various options including Pet Portrait Photobombs and Petal Pie Portraits here. Have a gorgeous day!!

Pet and custom fashion illustration in Paris: Sherlock, Mr Giraffe and Mum with the Eiffel Tower © Shell Sherree
Pet and custom fashion illustration in Paris: Sherlock, Mr Giraffe and Mum with the Eiffel Tower © Shell Sherree
 

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Fashionable Francophile Friday : Sheer Puppy Love

8.9.17

Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Sheer Puppy Love and the Eiffel Tower © Shell Sherree
Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Sheer Puppy Love and the Eiffel Tower © Shell Sherree


Today's fashion and fluffballs illustration with an Eiffel Tower view is taking the 'sheer dress or skirt over jeans' look for a stroll.  And based on this pooch's reaction, it's rather fetching. 

Methinks this is one of those trends that will have all menfolk without a finger on the women's sartorial pulse scratching their heads and saying, "But I don't understand ..."  And some of the ladyfolk, too. 

But I have to say, I rather like it, even though the closest I've come was piling a bunch of tulle on top of my jeans-clad self because I was too lazy to make a floor-length tutu skirt for our recent photoshoot for my new store site.  So come, let us tuck organza into our waistbands and see if we can score roses, too.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Francophile Friday to you!

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Fashionable Francophile Friday : Spotty Dog Pats and an Eiffel Tower View

1.9.17

Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Spotty Dog Pats and Impatient Cat by Eiffel Tower © Shell Sherree
Paris Fashion and Fluffballs illustration: Spotty Dog Pats and Impatient Cat by Eiffel Tower © Shell Sherree


Today's Paris illustration see us sauntering slowly with one eye on the Eiffel Tower and the other on a crunchy baguette or two.

I have to say, it looks like one third of our party is gladly patient with tail wagging while the other's patience is somewhat flagging.  But we'll muddle along as best as we can with some paws dragging.  And on that note ...

Happy Fashionable Francophile Friday to you!

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