Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Living like a local in Montematre

We had a few days in Paris before SIMP, it was a dream come true to 'live like a local' in a very tiny studio apartment at Rue des Saules, Montematre. Close to Metro Lamark-Caulcaincourt, restaurants, boulangerie, bank etc, and a relatively shortish (but steep!!) walk to Sacre Coeur, it was a great location to explore the area from. We loved being Montematre residents even though it was just for a short time. 


Our tiny apartment in Rue des Saules, Montematre


Inside looking out - the plants in the boxes on the railing were struggling to survive in the summer heat, like we were, but the geraniums seemed not to mind.


  
Rue des Saules, cobblestones look nice but can be tricky underfoot.






Stairs and more stairs ... 


The reward for the climb, the bustling tourist precinct of Le Consulate, Sacre Coeur, etc. Seeing it for the first time was one of those "it's really real!" moments, a solid thing and not just an image seen a million times, always elusively ethereal. Unfortunately we never seemed to pass by at meal times, or we'd already eaten before tackling the climb up the hill, so didn't get to try the food. I think we need to remedy that if we make it back to Paris in the summer of 2019. 


I was a little disappointed to see that the St Pierre shop front has been painted, I much prefer the  previous shabby version.


And the jewel in Montmatre's crown, Basilique du Sacre Coeur, which always reminds me of a rather elaborate wedding cake.

If we make it back to Paris I'd love to stay in the tiny apartment at  Rue des Saules again 💖

Friday, March 30, 2018

Springing into action!

It's been a very long time since I've been active in the blog world so with Easter being a time symbolising renewal and regeneration it seems like a good time to get back into it, even though it's autumn here in the southern hemisphere.

But before moving forward let's look back for a bit. My last posts were all about SIMP 2017 which seems like a lifetime ago already! It was a fabulous day, everything I'd hoped for. There was so much talent in one place it was mind-boggling. It was wonderful to at last meet old friends who have supported and inspired me from a distance for many years, and fantastic to make new friends too. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet and talk with everyone I'd hoped to and I didn't take a lot of photos as it was very difficult to get a clear view of tables with lots of people crowding around but I'm delighted to share the treasures I brought home. 


Being first in the queue (with dear Rosanna Rollo who indulged my desire to be EARLY with hardly a complaint 😉) paid off as I was able to choose from several beautiful tiny dolls by Lea Frisoni, the pretty flowers a sweet bonus, thank you Lea!!


Thank you too dear Rosanna for arriving so early to accompany me to the show, for your friendship over the years, and especially for this gorgeous tea cosy. Getting to hang out with you really made my day!!


I've long admired the pretty shoes and handbags by Patrizia Santi so I was so pleased to find these for the French apartment bedroom. 


I was excited to meet Genevieve after many years of online friendship and so surprised by her perfectly gorgeous gift. Thank you Genevieve!!


The whimsical toys of  Veronique Lux are charming beyond words and were high on my 'must buy' list for SIMP, I'm delighted I was able to bring this cheeky little rabbit home with me 💗


I've been hankering after a little bear for a nursery scene for quite a while, this sweet little one is just so cute. Unfortunately there were no cards on the table I bought it from and no maker's information on the box (which I expected or I would have enquired at the time) which is a little sad but she's been adopted into a loving mini family at least. Does anyone recognise the maker's style?


Dear Luce Fediere brought the potatoes dauphinois and super little utensils a long way on the train for me, thanks Luce, I love them! One of these days I'll get around to making the French cottage kitchen to put them in 😉


I just couldn't resist such classic ceramics by Elisabeth Causeret (no website).


I could have happily run off with many more pieces for my Brocante from Roberta Solari but managed somehow to show some restraint. A delight to meet you Roberta, I hope to see you again!


My brain was pretty much overwhelmed by the time it came to choosing little detail pieces by Laurent Seigle-Dias so I guess I'll be pestering him in the future to mail me some more becaue he had lot of interesting bits and pieces. If you're not familiar with Laurent's work check out his website  http://miroudjim.wixsite.com/laurent-seigle-dias 


Last but not least (and certainly not cheapest!!!) is this classic globe by Vonas Miniatures (Gert and Ans Vogels). It's a real work of art, I hope I can produce a setting worthy of it. 

When I went to SIMP last year we thought it was going to be the last ever but it's been taken over by new people and although there's a change of venue it'll be on again this June. I can't make it this year but I'm really hoping that I might in 2019. You can check out the SIMP website here for date, venue, exhibitors, etc for 2018. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Getting in the mood for Paris

A last-minute French chair commission, perfect to get me in the mood for Paris and SIMP (Salon International de la Maison de Poupees on 25 June).

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The "new" me


I'm having so much trouble trying to work out how to change my Google profile picture that I decided it was quicker to just post this updated one here. If you're at SIMP please look for me and do say "Hello" - in whatever language you speak 😄 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Let's meet in Paris!!


Going to SIMP is finally a dream come true! And as it turns out that's extra lucky as this is the LAST time it will be held. I'm so looking forward to meeting some long time blogging friends there, if you're going to be there please let me know in a comment or email me (normabennett@hotmail.com) so we can make arrangements to meet up at the show. 

If you're thinking about it, stop thinking and start planning! There is a fantastic line-up of incredibly talented international exhibitors, all their details, and information about the venue, etc is on their website.

... so come on, let's all go to Paris!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Playing catch-up

I'm a bit shocked to see that I haven't posted here since July, bad girl! Most of the furniture I've been working on in recent months has been for sale but a few pieces have been for me.

note: Items marked with * are available to purchase from Fairy Meadow Miniatures - don't be shy, email Lorraine with any queries. 
(lorraine@fairymeadowminiatures.com.au)  

So here's a selection ... 

An elegant classic bench upholstered in a Grecian Urn pattern toile.*


Romantic Parisian themed love seat upholstered in pink silk.*



Custom order French lady's chair and chest of drawers for a friend in the United States,


they're companion pieces to this French bed. 


Second bed with lace trimmed sheets and scallop trim on the cover.* 


Perfect combination of white lace, pink silk and gold trim - the peaches and cream team.*


Elegant pairing of grey and gold trimmed armoire and chair upholstered in strawberry gold silk.* 


Now and then I get to do something for myself! 

This chair is in the French apartment salon. I lost track of the number of coats of paint, each one slightly different, that were applied to the frame.
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Lady's chair in the French apartment bedroom, it's one of my favourites. The striped silk was tea-dipped to give it a slightly aged look. 


Before and after of a little makeover project to personalised cafe chairs for the French apartment dining room. 


The chairs teamed up with the beautiful table made for me by Linda Park in the French apartment dining room.


Thanks for taking a stroll down mini memory lane with me!


Monday, July 18, 2016

French bedroom, pretty in pink

The French bedroom walls are finally done after much procrastinating, including trying out several different papers. Although I really loved the old French tapestry design I finally had to admit that it's just not right for this room. It was a bit like falling in love with a beautiful pair of shoes that just won't fit no matter how much you squeeze and wriggle, eventually you have to put them back on the shelf. I might use it here in bed wear or other furnishings but maybe it'll just have to wait for another project.


This paper came out of the printer looking much too fresh and clean but a few layers of various strengths of tea brushed and dabbed on soon took care of that, and a bit of deconstruction and layering never hurts ... 



Friday, July 15, 2016

Printing aubusson rugs


Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to comment on my French bedroom wall covering dilemma. While I contemplate my next move on that I've been printing aubusson rugs, not on fabric as I usually do but on A4 canvas sheets. The texture is great and it's easier (and generally cheaper) than printing on treated fabric sheets.

The canvas sheets should be available in most art and craft supply stores either in packs or pads. Some printers may balk at the canvas sheet at first but you can often overcome this if you set the Printer Properties to Photo (I used Best Photo setting for these).

If you are looking for images try Google or a search on Pinterest. Give it a try and have fun! 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

French bedroom - decisions, decisions

I'm plagued with indecision today :( I want to get the French apartment bedroom walls done but I'm wavering between the wallpaper as mocked up in the top pic and bare walls painted in a cream similar to the dining room (bottom right) ... and then there's yet another option of the wallpaper on the back wall and cream painted side walls...

Feel free to share your opinion!

 In the meantime maybe I should just go and play with the exterior.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Giveaway winner!

Congratulations Catherine (Kilmouski & Me), you are the winner of my blog Followers draw. Can you please email me. 

Thanks so much to everyone who played along, a pity there can be only one winner because you're all appreciated.