Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I remember you....

 you remember me?

Gosh, so much has happened since my last post that it simply makes my head spin to think of it all. I have been away from my blog for far too long.....but while my blog has been silent I have been keeping an eye on what you have all been doing. There is some really wonderful and inspiring work happening out there. Sadly I have nothing miniature related to show you and this frustrates me greatly!!

To keep my blog alive I have posted a selection of photos of my last trip to Paris....wonderful memories, I hope you enjoy them.

To fill you in on some very happy news.....I have once again been made a grandmother. I am "Lulu" to a gorgeous little baby girl. My eldest daughter Kendall gave birth to 'Harriett Mae' just last week. She weighed in at a very healthy 9 lbs and she is exquisite!!!!! Busy times (& fun times) ahead.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Treasure hunting....

 I thought I would take the time to show you some little treasures that I have purchases lately. You will certainly recognise the beautiful work of Teresa Martinez. I saw these gorgeous little jars of vegetables  on Teresa's blog and I simply could't resist.....they so remind me of what I have seen in France.
 Next is two sweet little items that I found at "Small Treasures Miniatures".
 The wooden handled can opener is made by UK miniaturist Danny Shotton.....

 and the wooden butter press (with moveable handle) is by David Provan (also from England). Sophia travels the world to add such items to her shop, so that people such as us...(who cannot always make it to Kensington etc)....can also buy these fabulous pieces.....Thank you Sophia!
Last, but most certainly not least is a "Stokesay Ware Tea Set" that I sent for earlier this year. I have loved this design for such a long time. I think my little cake "Le Valentin" from "Paris Miniatures" compliments the set to perfection.
While there is more.....I have to leave something for another day!

Friday, May 23, 2014

kisses, cuddles & snuggles....

This is my dear little Hudson who turned a big 1 year old last week!! He is the reason that I do not get to my blog as much as I should......but who could not resist playing with such a 'cutie'. The top photo is Hudson just minutes after his first hair cut.....and the other photo is Hudson and his mummy enjoying the Autumn sunshine. Hope to get back into my miniatures again soon, but there are so many kisses, cuddles and snuggles to enjoy at the moment.

Friday, April 25, 2014

a new purchase....

While anything (and everything) 'miniature' related moves at a snails pace here.....I do try and find time for the occasional (on-line) purchase. This Etsy buy is from "MundoMini" (a Spanish site).......I adored her 'Vintage look trunk'.  Nyork has covered the trunk in a linen (type) fabric and has aged it to perfection, as it is non-opening I think it will be used more as a coffee style table in one of my upstairs room at Sous le Figuier.....but only time will tell.
For the purpose of the photo I decorated the trunk with lovely pottery pieces by Elisabeth Causeret and pretty daisies which are a Pascale Garnier kit.....(still without their leaves!).
Hope you are doing better than me at finding time for your miniatures!!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Le Jardins de Bagatelle....

Many years ago when I attended my very first French lesson, we were asked (a very silly question).... why do we want to visit France!! My answer was that I wanted to see the gorgeous rose gardens at "Le Jardins de Bagatelle" (Australian) French teacher told me that I must be mistaken as "he" had not heard of such a place.....mistaken "I was not"!!!!
I hace been to this amazing 'parc' every single time I have been to Paris. I have seen the roses gardens at their very best (and depending on the time of year I vistited....not their very best). When there are no roses there is always something else to admire, the gorgeous espaliered fruit trees, the peonies, the Autumn colour, etc.......and this stunning little building, "Pavillon Louis XV at the Allee de Longchamp entrance. I love this building and take many photos each visit. The little house was home to a lady and many, many cats, but on my last visit the place was vacant and made free for me to peek  through all the windows (very exciting)!!! If I could bring anything I ever wanted back to Tasmania from France it would be is small, it is elegant and it is GORGEOUS!!!!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoy showing them to you.

The 'parc' is on the outskirts of Paris.....and it could be said that it is a little difficult to find if relying on public transport, but as I have said before......if time allows it is well worth a visit....Enjoy Lx.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Take me to Paris....

.....I'm just day dreaming!!!!

These photos are once again from last year.....(Winter).....sigh!.....Enjoy your week-end! x

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chateau de Fontainbleau....


**just a quick post today...ill health has kept me from doing what I love**

Last year we spent a day at Fontainbleau....and of course we explored Chateau de Fontainbleau. Fontainbleau is a short train trip (less than an hour if memory serves me correctly) from Paris, departing from Gare de Lyon.
We arrived to a very chilly (frosty) morning in Fontainbleau, but with blue exploring was invigorating. We have been here once before (by chance) and we always promised ourselves that one day we would return. We did the long walk from the train station (there is a bus) but we preferred the walk through the park....Chateau de Fontainbleau is set in 130 acres of parklands and gardens....simply beautiful!!!
If you get to Paris (and have a day spare) treat yourself to a day is well worth it!!!
We even discovered a delightful Italian restaurant to enjoy a delicious dinner (& warm ourselves) before setting out for home.                                                                                                                   **I loved the ghosty figures on the lawn...made entirely from chicken wire**

Friday, March 14, 2014

detail, detail, detail....

....did I mention detail??? I took these photos just prior to Christmas last year...(in Paris of course). I loved the colour of the building and (as I said) the "detail".....the balcony, the corbels, the iron work, the round windows.....everything in fact.
I included the photo of the man who walked into my shot, I was not happy that he stepped into my photo...but once back at our little apartment and I had time to view what I had taken that day, I was pleased that he gives you perspective of the scale of these wonderful building and the size of the corbels.....(far bigger than a man)! Enjoy Lx.......sigh!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Mr. Morgan's Last Love"....

Have you seen "Mr. Morgan's Last Love"? I saw it today....and LOVED it!!! A lovely story, no violence and best of all it is set in Paris!!! If you are looking for a 'nice' movie this week-end, well this could be it......I throughly recommend it!!!! Enjoy Lx

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"sous le figuier"....

It appears that I didn't give you 'enough' in my last post? I hope this post shows you more detail and answers some of your questions......not all questions can be answered at this point as I do not know all of the answers.....colour etc., etc...
All of "sous le figuier" is self this stage I have only purchased the windows and the stairs, but I have made exterior changes to the larger windows. The shop front, the body of the house, all the cladding, doors, shutters and all external details are 'scratch' made....(not sure if I like the term 'scratch made'....but that seems to be the term that is used by many....?).....but anyway, made by me!!!
Sadly I do not have any wonderful electric tools etc., that can cut multipal pieces of wood to the same length....instead I sit here and work away (slowly) with my (trusty) "Easy Cutter". It is the same cutter that I used to make the 'petite maison'....I did buy what was supposed to be a 'new & improved' "Easy Cutter" but I quickly returned to my old one.
This house is as deep as the 'petite mason' but not as wide or as high. I wanted the same depth so that I can have a rear room etc (dimension), but I didn't want the ceilings to be as high, so the over-all height is (obviously) lower. I am very happy with the over-all is important to me to get this correct!!
I love working with 'strip-wood'.....I sit for hours with a bundle of different shapes and sizes to make details such as the 'lip' around the top of the house (where the roof meets the house) and of course the shop front.....I can't wait to get started on the interior, to make wall panelling, floor tiles etc, etc.....if it can be made out of wood, then that is what I choose!
There were/are so many wonderful building in Paris that gave me inspiration for this house and of course the 'petite maison'....but unlike the 'petite maison' this time I do not want all the fancy detailing and corbels etc.....I choose a 'plainer'  (less elegant?) house.
Okay....there you have it.....enjoy!!! Linda x