Saturday, January 7, 2017

Still collecting....?





I know it has been a terribly long time since I last posted anything....I could try and find an excise, but sadly I haven't any...!

At present I am loving the work of Alison Davies. I know most of you know Alison already, as I have seen her work on your blogs and I understand she has been most successful at recent miniature fairs...no question at understanding why! I bought this gorgeous little table from Ali a few months back, the detail is wonderful and the size and scale is perfect....I adore it!!! WhileI am waiting for my next order to arrive I thought I should do a blog post, as I fear that my dear friend in America will 'spontaneously combust' if I do not.

While my blog has been quiet, so has my spending habits when it comes to miniatures....with not a lot that is new to show you. Although I have bought a few items for the florist...(that has now been stored away in a wardrobe)...I couldn't bare to look at it any longer in it unfinished (and neglected) state. I bought the little posters and chess board from 'A Lavender Dilly'....I always manage to lose myself for several hours in her Etsy shop.

I am not totally certain of the eventual home for Alison's table....do I start changing a few items in the Petite Maison, or save it for the florist.....please don't answer that question. But, what I do know is that it was a 'must-have' and I so love seeing what Ali has already made and I dream of what she might design in the future.

Wishing you all a Safe and Happy 2017.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

My Old Lady....











"My Old Lady".....this movie without a doubt is my all time favourite. I do hesitate to tell you just how many times I have watched it....(I just can't seem to get enough of it!)....I love everything about it!!! It does of course stars some of my favourite actors....being the magnificent Maggie Smith, the fabulous Kristin Scott Thomas and the adorable Kevin Kline.
As you might guess (due partly to my love of it) it is set in Paris. Some of the locations used were instantly recognisable to me, but other not so much......so, on my last visit to Paris I thought it might be fun to visit (and find) some of the locations used. These I found easily, but some were found simply by accident.
I hope you enjoy these photos I have selected from my 'location spotting'....I certainly had fun finding them.
I must add....if you have not seen this movie....well, I think you really must!! Enjoy x

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Senlis....part 2.








Senlis part 2 as promised......Enjoy x

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Senlis....







The beautiful medieval town of Senlis is located just 10 kms east of Chantilly. Chantilly itself boasts the stunning 'Chateau du Chantilly'. Late last year we made a long awaited visit to Senlis....it is a gorgeous town to visit and boasts a market each Saturday....(it is in total only about 50 kms north of Paris)....with easy access via train from Gare du Nord to Chantilly, then a bus onto Senlis or of course you can drive yourself as we did.
We found beautiful accommodation in a lovely B&B and we loved wondered the town and exploring wonderful little streets, shops etc. Although it was very cold it was an absolute delight and I long to return there again one day.
I hope you enjoy the photos I post today....there might well be a Part 2 to this post as I found it very hard to minimise my choice of photos. Enjoy x

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Le temps passe.....time flies!







Time does fly and I have been away from my blog for far too long.....sorry!

When in Paris I always try to find areas that are not consumed by tourists,  I believe I accomplished that when I came upon this quiet little street......I loved it, hope you do to. x

Saturday, February 6, 2016

White on white....





 Is there anything more refreshing than 'white on white'? I confess that I love it in my real house.....so why not in my miniature house.

While we were last in Paris (end of 2015) I had the good fortune to go to "Paris Creations". While Paris Creations is more doll orientated than miniatures related, a good selection of miniaturists do attend. Before leaving home I had a list of pieces that I required from the very talented Elisabeth Causeret (France)......she makes the most exquisite porcelain items and while I already have a substantial collection of her work I did require more....well, who can resist?! The pieces I am collecting will sooner or later (more later than sooner I think...) find their way into my new project.....which I confess it is moving terribly slowly.....I don't believe I have touch it in more than 2 years, so I guess you cannot get much slower than that.

I also wanted another folding bistro/cafe chair. Those of you with a good memory might remember that several years ago I bought a fabulous chair from Catherine Soubzmaigne (Paris).....well I contacted Catherine again and I was lucky enough to score the last one available (apparently she has trouble sourcing the fine metal)......as before I was thrilled with this chair, it is perfect in scale and folds up just like the real ones....ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!!

The pieces in the last photo are also by Elisabeth, I adored the designs and the soft muted colours......and I just had to have the blue piece, isn't it gorgeous?!

Every trip I have had to France I have always come home with a set (or 2) of antique linen napkins.....the one I used as the back drop in these photos in my latest buy.....yep, something else I find hard to resist.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

....home from Paris....!










 We are just home from six weeks in Paris.....regardless of the recent events in Paris, we had a great time.....I do feel a bit guilty admitting that! We explored many new places and after many trips to Paris we still managed to find new experiences and places to explore. We had a great time Christmas shopping for our 3 little grandchildren and each weekend we would visit the antique market at Vanvers......buying a few little treasures of course.

I have a selection of photos for you today, I so hope you enjoy my choice...... I hope you all enjoy a very Happy Christmas and I wish you a safe New Year.