Saturday, 30 January 2010

Love/Amour.....


Recently I bought Mr FF a vintage postcard on ebay.fr for Saint Valentin and it came enclosed in a fabulous card with the above illustration on it.

Today I stumbled across the same illustration on a french blog with the words "peynet". Curious, I googled peynet on google.fr and this is what I found out.

Raymond Peynet, parisian graphic artist (1908-1999).
Created The Couple of lovers of Peynet, in front of the kiosk of Valence which made him famous around the world.

Then I found a
fabulous website which tells you about his life, his gorgeous illustrations and even a shop where you can buy perfume, pictures, books etc.


{image from here}

So many fabulous illustrations, and to think that this all started through buying Mr FF a vintage card for Saint Valentin....


Je vous souhaite un très beau week end plein d'amour!

L x

Friday, 29 January 2010

Show & Tell Friday...


{Image from here}
I discovered the My Romantic Home blog entirely by accident - as one does, and am very happy that I did as it is so pretty.

I have not played "show and tell" since I was a small child growing up in NZ so thought that participating in the show and tell Friday event on this blog would be fun...


These are some old Parisian buttons that I found at a local vide grenier.
These look great framed or alternatively arranged together with other vintage sewing items.
I also bought this box of sewing cotton, I love the box with the pretty fish and the colour of the cotton is such a delicate pink colour.

And who could resist, these fabulous darning wool cards, they are tres joli....


You will find more details about these in the fabulously French online shop which is being updated every couple of days at present.
I think that the "show and tell" idea is a great one and am sure that you all have lots to show and tell, so if so you know where to do this now :-)
Bon vendredi a tous,
L x

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

10 things and award time.....

{image from here}

I have been the lucky recipient of a couple of awards lately but have not had a chance to acknowledge them but I plan to over the next week or so.

Merci beaucoup to the creative croquette for bestowing the happy 101 award on "Fabulously French".

With this award I'm to list 10 things that make me happy and try to do at least one today.

I then have to tag 10 bloggers that brighten my day and they are to link back to my blog and make their own 'Makes Me Happy' list.


So here goes.........




10 things that make me happy




1. Mr FF (was going to put this last but you are top of my list).

2. Interior design magazines - love them and am a firm believer that one can never have too many.

3. Coffee ( I cannot live without it and adore the taste of the first cup in the morning).

4. Searching through flea markets/antique markets for treasures.

5. Cooking - I cannot live on one type of cuisine alone which means that in the space of a week we could have up to 7 types; Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Chinese, French, Fusion + British -Mr FF is English so I thought it best to include this. Now you know whay Mr FF is top of the list as he loves all food and is willing to try anything a go.

6. Exercise - I am one of those people that has to do it otherwise I am grumpy.

7. Meeting new people - in real or through blogging - I cannot believe how this thing called blogging has impacted my world - what a fabulous way in which to meet people and learn new things at the same time.

8. Music - love music, rock, pop, classical, jazz, opera - thanks to spotify as this gives me the chance to listen to albums then buy

9. Freshly laundered white linen - there is nothing like getting into a bed with crisp white linen which has a delicate fresh smell- I could not live without my "Fleurs Blanches" perfumed ironing water.

10. Dreaming - because sometimes dreams do come true.

It is hard to choose 10 blogs that brighten my day as all the blogs that are on my "Blog Amour" list make me smile, but here are a few that spring to mind....

1. signed by ange, always profound and Ange is such a busy little bee

2. brabourne farm, Leigh always posts such inspiring photos and we would all love to know more about her.

3. les cotrions, Vale has great taste and I love reading about her life in Italy .


4.rajee sood - lovely interior design blog with a touch of India.

5. small acorns - Amanda is the owner of a fabulous shop in NZ and writes about fun things .

6. st mary - Mary's blog inspires me to complete our renovation.

7. the house that AM built - love A-M's aussie can do attitude (very similar to moi).

8. vintage rose - love reading about Amanda's life in Tasmania (place that reminds me so much on NZ).

9. the photographers life - Blayne gets to photograph the most fabulous houses every day .

10. fearless nester - I love reading about Lili's experiences in Maine - you are fearless and so inspiring!

I am now off to do most of the above things on my list so it is a busy day for moi...

Bon courage a tous,



L x

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Love is in the........shower

{image from here}

When I saw this, I had to smile as I was already planning on doing a series on posts for Saint Valentine's day.

The description reads "Une douche d'amour sur votre corps le matin!". A shower of love for your body in the morning......just what we all need!


L'amour est dans l'air, je pense...

L x

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Love in in the air.....Lanvin for La Poste


As part of the celebration of Lanvin's 120th anniversary, Alber Elbaz has designed two stamps for the French postal service, La Poste.




The stamps are on sale now and feature the designer's signature illustrations. In addition, there will be three limited edition ceramic hearts to send to loved ones - just in time for Valentine's Day.

The anniversary collection will also include notebooks, pencil and paper presses. If you are not in Paris to pick up these goodies at the Rue des Mathurins location, don't fret.

The postal service will be creating an online Lanvin store on the
post office's website.

I have bought a set of the stamps but personally think that the stamps are too good too use :-)


Bonne soirée et belle semaine !


L

Friday, 22 January 2010

Take some pink, add a Saturday....

{image - Kasha Harmer}


.....and what do you get? Pink Saturday, of course!

As many of you know, Beverly has given us the task of introducing a pink saturday "neighbour".

This week I would like to introduce Caren and Ashley from Kdottie designs.

Their story begins with the fairy doors - after teaching and owning a dance studio with her husband for the past 30 years (and counting), Caren has sadly noticed the decline of children's imaginations. To combat this growing problem, she designed and created a series of fairy doors which are used daily in her dance classes.

{kdottie fairy dot fairy door}

Sharing her mom's creativity, Ashley has designed her own line of home and fashionable accessories for k dotties while studying dance and fashion in New York City.

Currently, both Caren and Ashley are joining forces (mostly long distance) to create a children's boutique of toys, clothing, and other fun items.

Note should you need one, I have a fabulous pink fairy clock in my Fabulously French showroom which would make a gift for a wee fairy lover.

Wishing you all a very happy Pink Saturday, and remember to visit Beverly's blog for more fabulous pink blogs.

L x

Friday Flowers......

I am dreaming about summer so thought that this photo of lavender in Provence is very summery.

I will be back tomorrow for Pink Saturday.....
Bisous
L x

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Just arrived....



How fabulous are these paperweights?


They arrived today. I think that they are adorable and would make fabulous gifts.



This one is inspired by a certain someone called "Marie".....



As for this one, well it was inspired by a very famous monument in Paris.....


I have a few listed in my online shop and more on the way.


A demain,
L x
p.s Mr FF loved the "Sante" biscuits but moaned that I did not make enough of them :-)

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Cooking - NZ & French Style...


{image - moi}

When I got up this morning I decided that today would be my baking day.

Mr FF as you know, has a bit of a sweet tooth and loves biscuits. I emailed my sister in NZ and asked her for the recipe for Sante biscuits, which my Nana used to make for us when we were small.

They are very yummy and come complete with piece of chocolate on top.



Sante Biscuits Recipe


Ingredients:

230g butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp instant coffee powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp baking powder
Chocolate for the top ( I used dark cooking chocolate)

Method:
1. Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla essence and coffee powder.

2. Add baking powder and flour. Beat until mixed.

3. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

4. Roll into balls and press with a fork. Top with a piece of chocolate.

5. Bake at 150 C for 20 minutes.

Lately I have been making biscuits using cutters and this recipe requires you to roll the mixture into balls then press with a fork but the balls that I made were a little on the large side hence I only made 12 biscuits and ended up eating more chocolate than I used on the biscuits.......

I then made Quiche Lorraine for Mr FF's lunch tomorrow.


{image - moi}

The pressure is on as Mr FF loves to show off what is in his lunchbox and he has been raving about a cake that the client's wife made and keeps saying what a good cook she is!

I am supposed to be sorting through those boxes so had better get back to it.


A bientot,

L x

Monday, 18 January 2010

Boxes everywhere....

{image from here}


Hope that you all had a fabulous weekend.

Ours was a busy one with Mr FF picking up some furniture (fabulous wooden carved day bed + mattress for a dear friend) whilst Madame alias "moi" spent the Saturday morning at the hairdressers.

Needless to say Mr FF was not a happy chap when he came to collect me as he feels that I have too many beds - 7 at last count but I am a firm believer that one can never have too many beds :-)

In order to commence the work on what will eventually be our new kitchen we have to start clearing the area where it will be.

We have been using it as storage and over time it has become full of boxes and furniture. Some of the boxes were shipped from Dubai almost 3 years ago and have yet to be opened, so you can guess what I am going to be doing this week.

We took one load of furniture to Maison de Poitiers and piled it into the garage yesterday afternoon with the aim being to get the room emptied by the end of next weekend.

Unfortunately I am a bit of a hoarder, what about you? Are you a hoarder or a thrower away (if there is such a word)...


L x

Friday, 15 January 2010

Fabulously French Sale/Soldes

{image from here}


Just wanted to remind you that the Fabulously French Sale is now on as we need to make some space for new items which are arriving daily.

Many items are on sale, including french antique grain sacks which have been marked down by 50%.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend, hope that the sun shines where ever you are :-)

L x

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Rêves douce.....

{Doves by the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Paris}

"Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly".


Langston Hughes

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

NZ rated in top 5 places to live but France remains ....

{Village of Sarlat, another pretty village in the Dordogne}


Number 1!

I smiled when I saw this article in the NZ Herald.........

NZ rated in top 5 places to live

New Zealand is the fifth-best country to live in, according to an index run by magazine International Living.

That's up four places from ninth last year, when the magazine described the country as an Antipodean outpost, "stunning" but with "drawbacks" such as being 12 hours from the United States and the difficulty with immigrating here.


{A busy road leading up to Mount Cook, New Zealand}

The American index is pitched at those who are retiring or want to migrate. It ranks 194 countries which offer the best quality of life, considering cost of living, culture and leisure, economy, environment, freedom, health, infrastructure, safety and risk, and climate.

This year, the survey raved about "pristine landscapes", the Auckland waterfront and Southern Alps - calling Godzone the type of place younger migrants could relocate to and raise a family. Positive, too, it said, are rebounding property prices.

The magazine then cut and pasted from Immigration New Zealand's website other reasons why the country deserves to be in the top 10.

"In many ways it's not what we have that's important to our quality of life - it's what we don't have. We don't have high crime rates, our police don't carry guns and instances of corruption are virtually unheard of. We don't have abject poverty or hunger and we don't have the pollution, congestion, health issues and cramped city living that we see elsewhere."


Australia improved from fifth overall in 2009 to second, on the back of the way its economy weathered the global financial crisis.

Despite "it's tiresome bureaucracy and high taxes", France, for the fifth year running, was ranked first. Outweighing those factors were the world's best health-care system.

Staff writers also waxed lyrical about the difficulties of measuring a country's "heart and soul".

"But it's impossible to enumerate the joy of lingering for hours over dinner and a bottle of red wine in a Parisian brasserie. Or strolling beside the Seine on a spring morning, poking through the book vendors' wares. Or buying buttery croissants in bohemian Montmartre...



{image from here}



TOP TEN

1. France
2. Australia
3. Switzerland
4. Germany
5. New Zealand
6. Luxembourg
7. United States
8. Belgium
9. Canada
10. Italy



You cannot take the kiwi out of the girl but nor can you take the kiwi girl out of France......


France - Je t'aime beaucoup toujours .


L x

Monday, 11 January 2010

Wine & wings.......


At long last, here is the object that I promised you. Fabulous and very french wings for your bottles of wine.

I think that they would make a fabulous and very unusual gift.


They would certainly be the talking point of any dinner party and are a great gift for the person that has everything as I am pretty sure that they will not have a pair of these....


We currently have 4 in stock and maybe able to get a few extra, depending on demand.

They are 17 euros a pair and postage will be minimal as they are not particularly heavy.

You can order via email or directly through our online shop Fabulously French.

I have also added some items to the sale section of fabulously french and will be adding some more over the few days.


A tres bientot,

L x

Snow, snow, glorious snow

{snow on one our pots at Maison No 20....}


Hope that you all had a fabulous weekend whether hot or cold.

Ours as you know was a chilly and white one.

I thought that you may like to see some of the photos that I took at the weekend....

Snow on the roof of our neighbour's house, I love the contrasts of the snow on the roof combined with the old stone walls and the dark wooden trim - gorgeous!

This is looking down the street, aren't the footprints in the snow great? Evidence of life in the village.

This is the road outside Maison No. 20, with some more foot prints. Many people living in the village do not own cars and prefer to travel on foot or by bicycle. It is one of the perks of living in the village, everything that you need is within stepping distance.



Last but no no means least, our entrance dusted with snow......

Unfortunately it has stopped snowing today and we do not have anymore forecast this week. This makes me sad but I have quickly realised that it is dangerous, especially in this part of France as the locals are not used to having it which resulted in many cars sliding off the road at the weekend, luckily no-one was hurt.

I will be back later with details of my winged "object".

A bientot,

L x

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Baby it's cold outside.....

{Maison No. 20 letterbox sprinkled with snow}

This morning we woke up to find everything covered in a fabulous blanket of snow.

It is still snowing and the forecast is for snow most of the day.


I love snow/J'aime la neige......

L x

Friday, 8 January 2010

Fabulous Friday Flowers

{image - Wai-Lin Yau}

What a lovely surprise to wake up to! These beautiful photos were in my inbox and were sent to me by a guest that stayed with us at Maison de Poitiers last year.

{image - Wai-Lin Yau}

Merci beaucoup Wai-lin, I adore them as they have brightened up what is going to be another very cold day in SW France.

Looking at these photos has reminded me how beautiful it is here in the Summer and how happy these flowers make me feel.



Je vous souhaite à tous un vendredi fabuleux,

L x


ps will shared my winged purchase with you tomorrow as I need to photograph it first.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Today I love.....

{Image from here}

......this fabulous chair. It is perfect for me and the crown is the finishing touch. Not so sure that Mr FF will agree as it is around the 2500 euro mark and not on sale!

This is how it is described on the Gilles Nouailhac website "This regal armchair, with its golden crown embossed on supple natural leather, presents a majestic image. Chrome nail heads and aged-wood patina. "

Is it too early to start making a list for Pere Noel? I think not.....


L x

ps the shopping did not go well yesterday as everything that I wanted to buy online was not on sale, but today I bought something fabulous which I think you will like.... all I am going to say is that it has wings but does not fly and I will show you it tomorrow.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

j'adore la tour eiffel.....

I have this thing about the Eiffel Tower, ever since I saw "her" almost 14 years ago, I have been obessed with her.

How could you not love this fabulous structure? She always looks..........fabulous and bien sur, she is well and truly French in every sense of the word.

For those who share my obsession, we have some Eiffel Tower inspired items in the fabulously french online shop including:



a pair of mini Eiffel Tower statues which look equally as good on a desk as they do on a hall table or in a bookcase or



.....a bookmark that is truly unique in all senses of the word *** sold***




or a pair of fabulous glasses which would make great candle holders.....

My personal favourite is this fushia pink key ring, oh so pretty.....



For those of you who also adore the Eiffel Tower, here is a link to the official Eiffel Tower website....

The sales have started today so I am off to have a browse.....just do not tell Mr FF!

Amicalement,

L x

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Winter Sale Dates - France/soldes d'hiver dates France


If you are looking for a bit of a bargain the date for the start of the winter sales across France has been announced.

The sales run for a maximum of five weeks and this time around begin tomorrow Wednesday, January 6 starting at 8am.

Today I am planning on taking down the remaining Christmas decorations so that I have time to fit in some shopping tomorrow. The forecast is for snow tomorrow so it may be shopping on the internet...


A demain mes amis,

L x

Monday, 4 January 2010

Five rules for men to follow for a happy life

{image from here}


A very dear friend (merci beaucoup Graham) sent this to me this morning and I thought that it was worth sharing....

Five rules for men to follow for a happy life:

1. It's important to have a woman, who helps at home, who cooks from time to time, cleans up and has a job

2. It's important to have a woman, who can make you laugh.

3. It's important to have a woman, who you can trust and who doesn't lie to you.

4. It's important to have a woman, who is good in bed and who likes to be with you..

5. It's very, very important that these four women do not know each other.

Signed

Tiger Woods

Je vous souhaite une bonne journée

L x

Saturday, 2 January 2010

The first of many...

....postings for Pink Saturday. Beverly has asked us to share a project that we have planned for 2010.

One of the projects that Mr FF and I have planned for 2010 is a new kitchen at Maison No.20, which I have already started sourcing things for and will be sharing details of all my fabulous finds over the forthcoming months.



Once complete, I plan to spend as much time as possible in it as I adore cooking. Mr FF has a bit of a sweet tooth and is a lover of cakes, so no doubt he will be requested some macaroons like the rose flavoured ones above. Although being a macho builder, he may prefer a less girly colour....so I may just ending up making some pistachio favoured ones as well.


For more projects, please visit Beverly's oh so pink blog.

Happy Pink Saturday,
L x

Friday, 1 January 2010

Bonne année

{image from here}

To my dear friends in blogland, May your year be filled with much insight, love and joy.....and lots of fabulous blogs.


Chers amis dans Blogland, j'espère que votre année soit remplie de pensées profondes, l'amour et la joie ..... et beaucoup de blogs fabuleux.

L x