Tuesday, September 13, 2011

White Wednesday's Vignette


A White Wednesday Vignette
I'm sharing with you
as I pull together some petite new creations,
gifts from friends
and treasures I cannot part with.


It started with these vintage earrings


I bought them to use on one of my art pieces...
just couldn't do it...I love them so much.

Using my newly altered matchboxes, 
along with petite gifts from friends (merci Marie)
my vignette grew....


All shades of ivory and whites
and another letter holder I painted and 
filled with French supplies.




I leave you with a wonderful
treasure from my friend Lilla


Lilla's art has changed my life. 
I won this beautiful shabby brooch creation from her blog. 
It's base is a waxed French ephemera page and
I worried every day how the Arizona heat might harm it
sitting in my mailbox.

It arrived safe and beautiful.

Merci Lilla!

xo Rhonda

Joining in with Kathleen 
for White Wednesday.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Famille, Antiquing, Finds and a Car


How to Squeeze A Lot of Fun In 5 Days 

"It's so nice to have this time together", my father and niece sang this song to everyone and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. As I hang onto the memories of this trip, helped by my niece's 35 videos she took with my camera, I replay them and hear laughter, more laughter, crazy laughter.

If you've never antiqued as a family, you are missing out. My brother found this incredible matchbook. I looked in that booth twice and missed it. Thank you Scott - I am so happy to have this. I researched it and found out more about it.


Giant feature matchbook from Chicago's famous French Casino (1934-1939) All Girl Revue. 
TRIVIA: In 1934, during the Chicago World's Fair, it became French Casino. The French Casino is where John Dillinger spent his birthday, June 22, 1934, a month before he was shot.



I found so many interesting things this trip


The hunt is what it's all about.....


but the true delight was doing it as a family.

Oh, did I mention a car?

My baby brother surprised us all when he drove up with his new car....sigh
My niece says it has a peace sign.


Okay, if my baby brother is driving a Mercedes, does that make me old?
Yep, it does.


My only niece, Kayla, took this photo.
I think she is a future blogger. Smile.

Tomorrow is September 11th and a sad day for us all.
Keeping those families who lost someone that day
in my prayers and thoughts.

xo Rhonda




Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Holiday and Family Time


Enjoying some quality Family Time.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Holiday weekend!

See you after the Holiday.

French Friday GiveAway
will resume on Friday, October 7th

xo Rhonda

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Little More of Paris

I keep getting emails asking for more Paris images and you know I aim to please.

To get you in the mood - you must see this quick video I took in Paris - I just love it!
(sure hope this works...I've never downloaded a video to my blog before this)


video

Some random daily shots of Paris, oh the memories....


The gorgeous trees in the park behind Notre Dame


Now this is what I call green


Doorways in Paris amazed me




The streets were so romantic and dreamy


Wrought Iron calls to me


This one is for Terri and Rhonda
Me and Marie - she said to say hello to you both!


In Versailles, all I could think of was getting to the Petit Trianon




Behind the Petite Trianon is a bridge to a long walk to the Hamlet, where Marie Antoinette spent
a lot of her days away from the palaces


From what I've read - she was happiest here, can you blame her?


Touching a gate that Marie Antoinette touched was the highlight of my whole trip
(never mind the ugly shoes, they were comfy).


Au revoir on this Saturday morning....have a wonderful day mon amies.
xoxoxo Rhonda

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Paris Jet Lag for Sale

As I closed my Paris room's shutters......



 and watched my very last French tv show (Friends in French)


I said a goodbye to one of my favorite cities in the world. I will be back and I will spend the whole time at the flea markets and brocantes - this I know.

We passed the Eiffel Tower on the way to the airport....sigh



Unpacking my finds from Paris





As they say, it's good to be home. I will be sharing more photos in the days to come.

It's back to creating for my shop and simply catching up in life.

I leave you with this note, Paris is affordable, save like you've never saved before
and you can make there and have a wonderful time, believe me.
xoxoxo Rhonda - now I really feel like a Parisgal


Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Last Day in Paris

My last full day in Paris started out very slow, room service and enjoying the morning.


What beautiful weather and for my last full day in Paris, Deb and I walked to the Jardin du Luxembourg. What a very beautiful place this is and only 1 block from our hotel. 



See the Eiffel Tower?


Wonderful fountains



Beautiful monuments


Parisienne's enjoying a warm Sunday at the Jardin du Luxembourg



For mon amie, Michelle, found in a cafe during lunch today.


When you end your day with a macaroon, it's all good.


Thank you all for all of your wonderful comments. This has been a dream come true, I've waited many years to visit Paris and was literally everything I expected. They do walk down these old streets with warm bread in their bags, they have a passion for food like I've never seen, they dress to the nines and they will smile if you smile. I've got all my wonderful memories, photos and gifts.  Now, if I could only figure out their trains and subways, I'd be happy. Oy - I can only say I know more this week than I knew when I first arrived. C'est la vie.


I miss the man of the house and Sophie so much and they miss me. So home I must go but I've left a piece of my heart here in this beautiful city of lights. Au revoir Paris, I will be back one day.

xoxoxoxo Rhonda


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Paris Flea Market

I've been waiting for a long time to go to a Paris Flea Market. Today was the day. I could hardly sleep the night before, I was so excited. We took the train all the way to the last stop for the Marche Aux Puces Flea Market. I had my euros, I had my Evian, I had my big bag.....I was ready.


Oh Momma, I'm in heaven







For my dear friends Amy and Rhonda....I thought of you both today when I saw this booth.


Now this is what I dream about, rows and rows of French booths.


I don't think this next photo needs words......I was in complete shock that I found a box of laces and trims. My face is saying...."seriously?"


What a day and I am one happy shopper, a thrifty shopper at that. I promise more photos of this day.
xoxoxo Rhonda