Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sand garden

After the excitement of our trip to France, my husband decided to take the boys and me to Qualicum Beach, on Vancouver Island, for a few relaxing days of playing in the sand, beachcombing, bird-watching and snorkeling in the (cold!) Pacific ocean...

The sand and all the drift wood on the beach inspired me and I made these pieces that I find very elegant and natural with their subtle tones :

"Jardin de sable" necklace - white cinnabar, natural mother of pearl, fossil coral, Swarovski crystals

The matching earrings - gold vermeil carved earwires, white cinnabar, Swarovski crystals

I also came up with a "whitish" Treasury today : )

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Window shopping in Paris...

A few more pictures from my recent trip to France : last weekend, I had a fun time taking a walk in the wonderful (and very chic!) area called Le Marais (4th arrondissement) where the famous Place des Vosges is located.

Apart from restaurants and lovely tea rooms, this area counts many fabulous shops - opened on Sundays which is pretty rare in France! Of course, I would have liked to go shopping in each of them but, well, most prices were too high for my budget... so I just enjoyed the creative window displays that delighted my eyes and put a happy smile on my face!

I really fell for this window display, I'd totally use a display like this one for my next craft fair : )

Design plastic dinnerware.... love it!

A beautiful shop in la Gallerie Vivienne : every item is made out of paper!

Guerlain : sooo chic!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Paris, je t'aime!

I just came back from a trip to France where I spent 3 weeks visiting my family and friends with my sons.

We spent a couple of days in Paris at the beginning of our vacation and our first touristic stop was -of course- at the Eiffel Tower! I must say that I was almost as excited as my kids to have a close look at "la Grande Dame" as I think the last time I went in the Tour Eiffel was when I was 7 or 8 years old!

Oh, c'est si beau!

After 1 hour and a half-long line up to take the elevator, we finally reached the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.... how exciting! how beautiful! and ... how scary!!! In the excitement of taking my kids to the Eiffel Tower, I had totally forgotten that I was afraid of heights!?! So here I was, the only tourist who was doing her best NOT to look at the view : )