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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

the post with no title...!







I'm finding it hard to even think of a title for this post...'bad blogger'?...lazy blogger'?...busy blogger'?...boring blogger'?........or all of the above!! I find it difficult to think that my poor blog has sat idle for so long.....I am sorry. I certainly thank those who have emailed and asked me to return, please know my absence was unintentional. I have no excuse, only that I had nothing of any interest to share.......possibly still haven't as I have been terrible slow when it comes to miniatures, there always seems to be some thing else to do.....or am I simply using that as an easy excuse....???

While there is nothing miniature related to report, there is certainly something 'Paris' related to tell you. Yes, we are off again!! This time next month we will be getting ready to head off for another six weeks in Paris. Yet again we have booked an apartment for our stay, while I did try to rebook the apartment we had last time it is now unavailable.....but this only forces us to choose another area to stay, this visit we will be in Saint Germain des Pres! Obviously I am very excited and look forward to seeing friends in Paris....cannot wait!!

I hope you enjoy the photos I have selected from previous trips to Paris, I cannot be certain that I have not already posted some of these photos before but I do hope you excuse me if I have.....enjoy and I hope to see you again very soon!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

a kitchen refresh....






I must confess that I am enjoying this little change about far more than I ever expected. It is lovely to pull everything out, change a few things about.....give it all a good dust and put it all back again.

I love my little glass cloche with the butterfly.....I've had the cloche for ever (like wise for the butterfly) and when I went for a walk the other day I went hunting for a 'stick'.....then assembled it on my return. Please excuse the blob of 'blu-tack'.....this will be replaced  soon, but I was so excited by the photo I wanted to post it asap!

.....okay, onto the next room!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Changes....lots of changes!!






Lots of changes.....? You might be looking at the photos and wondering what on earth is she talking about! I did infact make changes....lots of them!!! I spent most of the weekend moving furniture about in my petite maison.....taking photos, standing back surveying the changes, making more changes.....until I realised I had changed everything back (almost) to where it was originally!!! I'm not saying I got it right the first time, I'm just saying with the furniture to hand I think I must have made the best choice way back then!!! So being terribly frustrated with not a lot of furniture changes, I decided to 'refresh' a lot of the accessories.....this was a lot of fun. The entrance hall is the only room that I can show you at the moment, but I have replaced the floor rug, some of the content on the side table, all of the content of the centre table, a new picture over the couch etc. They are sutler changes but I think it freshens it all up.
Frustrations were (again) high today trying to get my lovely little Ray Storey lamp to work.....nothing wrong with the lamp, just the electrician (me)!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I spy with my little eye...




This is 22 month old Hudson (my eldest of now '3' grandchildren)......and look at the discovery he has just made! While the 'petite maison' has always been in plain view in our living room, it was only a few days ago that Hudson make 'contact'. He started by trying to smell the miniature flowers at the door way, then proceeded to tell me that there was in fact a 'door'......then pointed through the window to the 'num-nums' (his words for food) on the kitchen table.
You can see by the photos his delight when I removed the front of the house so he could see inside.....I must say I was surprised by his interest. He firstly located the dog (Buttons) that Catherine made me, then swiftly moved onto the food and miniature wine bottles.....sadly I had to control his inquisitive (and fast moving) fingers, but he did have fun finding different things and I had fun seeing it through his eyes. The last photo shows Hudson telling me how to play the piano that he also discovered. With 2 little grand daughters following Hudson I think he might have a fight on his hands.....but who knows???

Friday, February 13, 2015

St. Valentine's Day....








You don't have to walk very far in Paris before you come across a florist with a magnificent display of exquisite roses gracing the front of their shop.  Any time of the year that you visit you will always find displays such as these......aren't they a delight!!

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day!!

p.s....I have found a new blog!!!! Pipi Turner is making a very faithful copy of Lea Frisoni's house from Lea's book "Le Grand Livre de la Maison Miniatures". I have enjoyed watching her progress....take a look, I bet you will also.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

6 years and counting....







As of yesterday I have been blogging for 6 years.....and what a fabulous 6 years it has been!! Who would have thought I would have made so many great friends in that time, some I have been lucky enough to meet not just here in Australia, but also overseas in France, Italy and England.....and some that I still long to meet!!! I have had many memorable trips to Paris in the last 6 years, going to SIMP and Kensington Miniature Fairs.....seeing the work of miniaturists that I have admired for years but only from afar. We have had a few ups and downs, a few health issues etc ( but no-one escapes those).....but I have seen two daughters married and have been presented with 3 adorable grandchildren....one so fresh that it is not yet 2 weeks old. I look forward to more trips away, (more grandchildren??)  taking more photographs of wonderful destinations, working on my very slow moving miniature project......and posting images of my beloved Paris. Having said that, I hope you enjoy the photos I have posted today.....and I do ponder the question of what might the next 6 plus years have in store for us......I wonder if they will be as busy as the past 6....let's wait and see!

p.s .....I must brag, as I write this I am sitting on my front balcony and we are enjoying a most beautiful summers day here in Hobart......(but I bet it is also great where you are?).