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new business cards...

Bonjour mes belles,

What better way to start a new year than with new business cards. As they say a change is as good as a holiday......mind you a holiday someplace warm is most appealing!

The company that supplied my cards is called and it is a great site which lots of fabulous templates and not only do they produce business cards, they also produce post cards, mini cards and sticky labels.

The site is fabulous, easy to navigate and has a modern feel to it.

What a particularly liked is the attention to detail from the emails that you receive to the packaging, which includes a slick looking business card holder.

So if you are looking for business cards hat are a wee bit different, this is a great place to buy them from.  

Moo have offices in Europe and the USA. Click here or here to view the site in french.

I am hoping to crack on with the painting today and look forward to showing you the results bientot......

bonne journée à tous, Leeann x


photo from here

Bonjour from a warmer SW France,
What a difference some warmth and sunshine makes in terms of motivation and the ability to get some painting done.
On Sunday we purchased a fabulous bureau, which although smaller than the one that you see in the photo above, it is vintage and the style is along the lines of louis XVI.
It was varnished wood and I was keen to start using a can of Annie Sloans chalk paint in graphite which is a lovely blue black.
The plan is two coats of paint, shabby the edges and then apply a dark wax.
Note I have started the exterior but have not made a decision re the inside of the bureau as I am torn between a grey blue colour....

or picking something similar to the colour in the first photo ....decisions, decisions! Back to the painting I must go.
à demain, Leeann x

lundi matin...

Bonjour mes belles,

I hope that you all had a good weekend. Ours was a wet one but the sun is supposed to be heading our way this week and as I sit writing this we have a melange of showers one minute and sunshine the next.

We have received a lovely collection of vintage rosaries which I have started photographing this very pretty but at times not the easiest of objects to photograph.

Speaking of hard to photograph, we also have a fabulous chandelier covered in lots of lovely crystals which needs to be photographed, so I have a feeling that I am going to be spending most of the day with camera in hand.

And on that note, it is back to work I go.

Wishing you all a fabulous week/Je vous souhaiteà tous une semainefabuleuse....Leeann x 

French Food Friday...Croque Madame Muffins

Bonjour mes belles,

Last weekend I happened to turn on the television in time to watch Rachel Khoos cooking programme where she cooks French inspired recipes from her petite flat in the centre of Paris.

I really liked the idea of this recipe as it is  her take on the French classic, a Croque Madame. Most of you are familiar with a Croque Monsieur which is a toasted cheese and ham sandwich, commonly served in most French bistros for lunch or as a light snack.
 For a more decadent treat, the Croque Monsieur is also sometimes coated with a béchamel sauce and baked in the oven until the sauce is golden and bubbling.
Croque Madame, on the other hand, has the addition of an egg.

Rachel Khoo’s version is to make them in a muffin tin, producing gorgeous little snack-sized savoury treats which would be perfect at breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Croque Madame Muffins (Makes 6, adapted from The Little Paris Kitchen)

cheese sauce 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon plain flour 200ml milk 1/2 teaspoon Dijon…

the same taste?!

photo from here
Bonjour from a sunny SW France,

If you are a fabulously french facebook follower you will know that I did a little shopping online at the weekend and I purchased the fabulous duvet cover and pillow cases, that you see in the photo above.

I decided that purchasing the whole set was a wee bit impulsive and instead I would pair it with a antique monogrammed sheet.

I said nothing to French Boyfriend and thought that it would be a nice surprise.

This morning French Boyfriend is flicking through the catalogue and stops at the page with.......this photo and says that he does not like a lot of the new toile de jouy designs (he is an antiques dealer stuck in the 18th century) but he likes the look of this design.

Thought that it was best to come clean and tell him that I did a "little" shopping on the internet and that it was scheduled to arrive this weekend.

Just hope that he is not present when my parcels arrive as I have not told him about the other items.....

bonne journ…

new arrival..


I thought that this new arrival was too pretty not to share. 

It is a vintage (1940's/1950's) bouilotte style lamp with marble stand and the lamp shade is made from carton with a parchment patine and a toile de jouy motif with birds, flowers and angels in a lovely dusty rose colour.

A close up of the romantic style lamp shade.So pretty!

You will find details here.

We have also received a chandelier but I have not had time to photograph it but it is safe to say that it brightens a gray day...

amicalement, Leeann x

it is chilly here...

photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

It is wet and cold here today which is not very motivating for me as most of  the items on my "to do list" are best done when it is warmer. 

Most tasks involve painting which rerquires warmth. We started painting the walls of our new project a couple of weeks ago and were not impressed when returned a week later to find that the paint had run in places and in others was still damp. 
It was only then that we noticed the words on the tin " do not use in temperatures less  than 5 degrees".

So what is a girl to do when it is rainy outside.......ironing, house work etc or perhaps a wee bit of shopping on the internet? 

You can guess the rest......the ironing and housework have yet to be attended to, but I have bought another fabulous faux fur throw.

Let's just say that the one that I bought is being made good use of and French Boyfriend is complaining that he has cold knees when working at his desk so I thought that a fur throw may come …

new in at Fabulously French...

Bonjour mes belles,

I cannot believe that it is already Monday afternoon, for some reason Mondays are always crazy and I seem to rush from one task to the next hence I am just getting around to writing my blog.

I wonder if Marie Antoinette had the same problem, probably as there were always people demanding her attention.......not an easy life and I suspect that she would have been happy with a simple less complicated life.

A lot of our customers including many French ladies, adore her hence we have a new arrival at Fabulously French; a fabulous coin purse featuring a portrait of MA with pearl border and the purse itself is made by a vintage chanel style fabric. 

Note these are a limited edition and once they are sold there will not be any moreas we do not have any more of the fabric. You will find details here.

Back to work I must go.......

Trés bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

bon week-end à tous...

photo from here

Bonjour mes belles,
Today the snow has disappeared and we have rain hence it is warmer than it was yesterday but think that we will be resting "cosy" this weekend. Note although cosy is an English word, the French have adopted it and like to use a lot.
I have not eaten boiled eggs like this for a while and think that they will be perfect for petit-déjeuner tomorrow.
.....bon week-end à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Ultimate crème brûlée

recipe and photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,

It has turned particularly cold this week across France hence the need for something warm and comforting....

Ultimate crème brûlée Ingredients 2 cartons double cream , 1 large (284ml) plus 1 small (142ml) 100ml …

Fabulous idea...

photo from here
Bonjour from a freezing SW France,

It is freezing here today and tomorrow is going to be much of the same but it should start warming up over the weekend.

I just had to share this photo with you know I love the faux livres type of wallpaper and think that this is a fabulous idea for a blank wall. One for my ideas file which is growing by the day...

à demain, Leeann x

stolen kiss...

photo from
"Un baiser légal ne vaut jamais un baiser volé."  " A legal kiss is never as good as a stolen one " ******** Guy de Maupassant

a bright start....

photo from here

Bonjour mes belles,
It is a brand new week and I thought that we would kick it off with a bright start.
Love this photo with the fabulous butterflies and the coloured paper umbrellas and the chair is fabulous. 
I am now off to run some errands in the sunshine.....
trés bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French Food Friday... Gratin Dauphinoise with Smoked Salmon

photo and recipe from here
This particular recipe proved most handy last night when all we had in the house was potatoes, smoked salmon and of course cream which French Boyfriend adores and uses when he thinks I am not looking....

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

You will need
1 clove of garlic, peeled
Butter, for greasing
4 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
250g smoked salmon
2 fresh bay leaves
600ml double cream
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ gas mark 4. If using an Aga, use the bottom shelf of the roasting oven.
2. This dish is more elegant if you slice the potatoes very thinly with a mandoline, or you can use the slicing attachment on a food processor.
3. Rub a baking dish or tin with the garlic clove, and then discard the clove. Grease with butter. Arrange a layer of potato slices in the bottom of the dish, so that they resemble fish scales.
4. Salt the layer lightly. Then add a layer of smoked …

I adore this...

photo from here
As you all know I am a fan of neutrals and this is probably why I adore this photo.

Love the taupe coloured wall, the lovely wooden floorboards and the shabby style dresser with the chicken wire is stunning and yet a very practical piece of furniture.

I had better fly as the boutique is open today and I have to give it a quick tidy if there is such a thing!

trés bonne journée à tous, Leeann x

a bit of bling...

Bonsoir mes belles,
It has been one of those days.....first thing this morning I had a RDV with very good looking young French doctor who advised that I looked better than yesterday! 
Needless to say that the horrible thing that I had yesterday appears to have almost disappeared, so I am hoping that it stays that way....
This afternoon did not get off to a good start as some workmen digging a trench nearby, accidentally cut the telephone cables 
which meant that we had no internet access for 5 hours but I managed to start photographing some new items that have arrived and am now happy back on the internet......what did we do before we had this incredible invention?

Hence I am in the mood for bling hence one of my manequins is wearing some bling......a very baroque style pearl garland which is covered in fairy lights.....just the thing to brighten a cold night in SW France.

I am now off to light lots of candles and get cosy for the evening.

....bisous, Leeann 

my best purchase...

photo from here
Bonjour from a chilly SW France,
Back in November when it was still warm, I bought a couple of fur throws exactly like the one that you see in the photo above, thinking that they would be a nice cosy touch to put in the apartments.
Today I have come down with some sort of bug which has really knocked me for 6 so you can guess where  I am......cosy with lovely warm throw on the couch and am pleased that my temperature is back to normal so fingers crossed that it stays this way.
bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

Online SALE Now ON...

Bonjour mes belles,
Just a quick note to let you know that the Fabulously French Online SALE is now on.
Lots of items have been discounted to make way for new stock. 
Up to 50% off.
Click here to start shopping.
à demain, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Tarte aux poires et aux amandes

Bonjour mes belles,

The first recipe for is one of my favourite's. Hope you enjoy making it as much as we enjoy eating it!

Tarte aux poires et aux amandesPreparation time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 to 12 portions
This recipe makes enough for one large tart or two smaller ones
Make the pastry first, as you’ll need to let it chill for an hour before rolling it out.

Pâte sablée
Ingredients250 grams (9 ounces) flour125 grams (4.5 ounces) butter60 grams (2 ounces) caster sugar1 eggpinch of salt
DirectionsPlace the flour and sugar in a bowl, add a pinch of salt and mix well.Cut butter into small pieces and work into flour until a fine texture is obtained.Make a well in the centre and add the egg. Gently work the egg through the mixture using your fingers, then knead gently a few times.Refrigerate for one hour before using (very important – otherwise the pastry will be too soft to handle and roll out).
Almond cream filling
Ingredients150 grams (5 1/4 ounces) powdered a…

a blank page...

Bonne année à tous,

Wow it is rather exciting! A new year and a blank page in which to full with as little or as much as you like.

We are about to undertake a new project with some friends of ours, which is a great way to kick off a new year.

I hope that you will join me for the ride and I am hoping that there will not be too many bumps....

As I said in my previous post I hope that all your dreams (and mine) come true in 2013.

Leeann x