Wednesday, April 30, 2008

And the Winner is........

Bonjour all,
Yes, today is the day for my Paris shabby chic giveaway, and I have randomly picked a name out of my french toille box! I have major butterflies in my stomach because I am excited to see who the winner is.
So without further ado, here she is

SHERRY/CHERIE of Esprit * d' art

Congratulations Sherry, I hope you enjoy the collage as much as I enjoyed creating it. It was so exciting to be making something that I was going to give away to a fellow artist!
Sherry has a wonderful shop at Esprit d' art on etsy, so if you'd like to check out her creations go to and peruse her wonderful artwork.

Now, to those of you who didn't get chosen today, don't be discouraged because there are five more giveaways in celebration of my Paris trip, so stay tuned for the May giveaway sneek peek
in a couple of weeks. You don't have to sign in to my blog again to be on the list, I will use your past comments for the remaining giveaways, of course I would love for you to still visit my blog and see what I have going on or what I have to say for the day!!!!
All of you just put such joy into my heart with your comments and thank you so much for sharing the places that you would love to visit. I hope and pray that each one of you will get the opportunity to travel to your dream destinations and when you do, I expect photos!!! lol

talk to you soon,

Monday, April 28, 2008

The mirror doesn't show our true beauty

Hi all,
I just finished reading an article in the May issue of More magazine. I love this mag because it focuses on women over 40. The ads and articles for the most part show women (and sometimes men) who have experience written on their faces as well as in their hearts and souls.
Don't get me wrong, I also love the "young" mags too, like Allure and such, but More mag just gives me alot more "aha" (as Oprah would say) moments!
Which brings me back to the article that I just finished. It has to do with the spark in our faces that shows to others our unique energy. Here's the first few paragraphs, written by the author Kathryn Harrison that really made me rethink about how I perceive my own image in the mirror.
"I'm 20 when my father looks at me and says, "You know, you've never seen your real self. I have, but all you've seen is your reflection in the mirror. An image that looks very much like you but isn't the same as you. Not really, not exactly."
"Why wouldn't it be exactly the same?" I ask, irritated because my father is always doing this: telling me why I belong to him and not to myself.
He explains that light is lost inside a mirror; a reflected image lacks the illuminous property of the object itself. As an experienced photographer, he conveys authority about such things. "Try it," he says, and he pulls me next to him before the mirror. "Look at me," he says. "Look at the real me here beside you, and then look at my reflection. They aren't the same. You'll see they aren't the same."
I don't want my father to be right. I don't want him to own what he says he does, the way I really look, leaving me with what sounds like an approximation of myself, inexact and indistinct, no better than a Xerox. But when I compare the actual man with his image, I see he's right-they aren't the same. The mirror father is dimmer, duller, not quite alive.
So it's true, what he says: I have never seen and will never see the real me."
Okay, so this author, seems to have "issues" regarding her father, but looking past that issue, something just changed in my thinking, when I read those previous paragraphs. My natural personality is to have a very positive outlook on my appearance and my aging, but for some reason when I look in that darn mirror all that positiveness just flys out the bathroom window!
And this article caused me to realize why that is, it's the spark, the energy, the spirit, that God places within each one of us, that makes us truly beautiful. It cannot be seen in a reflection of a mirror. The mirror only shows the ravages of time, or the contours of our jaw line etc. but what really makes us who we are is the spark, the light!!

Believe me or not, but this revelation has freed me from the mirror woes. Of course, I will have days, I'm sure, where I will think "you old hag, you" lol, but my mind has now changed it's perspective and I won't let myself think that what I see in the mirrors reflection is really me.

I'll talk to you soon,

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sneak Peek of Paris Shabby Chic giveaway!!

Bonjour all,

I just wanted to give you a little sneak peek of the Paris giveaway. It's still a work in progress but will be finished in a couple of days.

So, on April 30th I will randomly pull one name from all your lovely comments on my posts and that person will be Aprils Paris giveaway winner. I wish I had something to give to all of you because I am loving reading all your fav places to visit.

But don't be discouraged if you don't win this time, because I am doing the giveaway for May, June, July, August and Sept. too and if you already have left me a comment on previous posts then you are still in the loop for the next giveaways.

talk to you soon,


Friday, April 18, 2008

Sneak peek of wedding banner and check out my swap surprise!

Hi all,
I recently was in a swap and the theme was spring. My partner was thepinktulip. And I just had to show you what she sent me. I am sooo in love with this little fairy girl. She's saying a blessing over the roses so they will bloom this season. Isn't she darling? I find myself carrying her around from room to room so I can glance up at her every once in a while and giggle.
And I couldn't resist photographing her amongst my flowers where I'm sure she just felt so at home, and check out to see more little creations.

I've never been involved in a swap before online and it was really fun. I was a little nervous about what I would make for my swap partner but she said she really loved it, so I'm glad.
I am in the midst of doing another swap centered around Marie Antionette and we are to decorate a box and then fill it with goodies.
Talk about crafting like mad!!! I think maybe I'm in a little bit over my head. Two swaps, and making things for etsy and doing another collage for another auction benefit. I think when my swap box is finished then I'm going to totally concentrate on my etsy shop. I've decided to start a line of wedding banners, and collages that would be perfect for wedding showers and receptions so that will definetely keep me busy creating.

Hope you enjoy the photos of the swap and the sneak peek of the wedding banner.
I'll talk to you soon,

PS. don't forget to sign up for the Paris shabby chic giveaway on the previous post.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My second sale!

Hi all, I promise this will be the last time I showcase one of my sales (okay, maybe not the last time, lol ). But I just had to tell someone! I finished this frenchy style love banner on a Sunday night and the next morning it sold!!! I had so much fun making this because it is in the french style and that is my favorite thing to create. I almost kept it to hang in my Paris room but then reprimanded myself and listed it on my etsy shop, and I am so glad I did.

There's just something about a banner that says fun and whimsy. You can put them out for a party or hang them up to add to your decor, either way I think they bring a little joy to the day.And who doesn't need more joy in their everyday life?!

I kind of messed up on the shipping though, it turned out to be more than I thought it would be to mail it so I lost out a little on that end of it, but I'm still learning when it comes to this whole selling thing so hopefully I'll get it all figured out soon.

I'm starting to work on my Paris shabby chic giveaway creation, so will give you all a little sneak peek of it in a couple of days. If you still haven't signed up for the giveaway just post a comment here or on the post with the photo of the bonjour door and let me know where in the world you would like to visit and I'll put you in the drawing.

Hope you have a wonderful day and will talk with you soon,


Thursday, April 10, 2008

My first sale!!

Hello all,

Yes, I had my first sale last week! I knew it would happen eventually or at least I had hoped It would.
I was on my way to retire for the night and before turning off the computer decided to check my e-mail first and lo and behold there was a message from paypal saying they had a payment for me.
So in the midst of my excitement I checked it out and sure enough, someone had bought my little yellow box!
There is something so amazing about a complete stranger purchasing something that you have made. For me, it encourages me to keep on creating and it puts an extra spark of imagination into my designs.
I hope that my little yellow box brings its new owner a little bit of sunshine in their life and sparks their own creativeness and imagination.

talk to you soon,

PS. The Paris shabby chic giveaway is still going on so if you'd like to be a part of it just click on the comment in the previous post and tell me where in this wonderful world you would like to travel to.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Paris inspired give away!

Bonjour mon ami,

In anticipation of my art trip to Paris in October I am having my first give away. It will be a french shabby chic creation and it will be a monthly give away starting April 1st and ending on October 1st. So if you would like to be included in the April giveaway just leave me a comment, s'il vous plait (if you please) here on my blog, telling me where you would like to visit, and at the end of the month I will randomly draw a name and that person will be the winner for April.
I will be giving little hints and maybe a few pics soon of what the April giveaway will be.

I'm so looking forward to reading about what your dream trip is.

Au revoir,