Sunday, May 29, 2011

Vintage Paris…

Bonjour, mes amis!

So glad to have you joining in with us today as we visit Paris…it may be only through our  music, our crafting, our photography, our beautiful drawings, or our dreams…but it’s still Paris…

I couldn’t celebrate the beautiful City of Light in any way but vintage…

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…a scrapbook page, filled with vintage images and LOTS of sparkle…for Paris sparkles and shimmers in my mind’s eye…

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{“Paris” and fleur-de-lis cut from the “Destinations” and “Home Decor” cartridges using my Cricut}

beautiful Art Deco-style letters covered with real silver glitter…perfect for Paris…

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…a delicate fleur-de-lis, of course,  likewise silver-coated…

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Our dreamy trip to Paris wouldn’t be right without a view of the iconic Tour d’Eiffel…shown here at the turn of the century…

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Postcards from Paris…isn’t everything the French do so beautiful?  Even the back of a vintage postcard is so lovingly designed…

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A lovely Parisienne…tres chic, non?  If you look closely at the bottom of the original, you will see…

 Parisienne Flapper image--moonlight images {this gorgeous vintage image courtesy of Magic Moonlight}

…”Leo, Paris” …just perfect!

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A trio of very shabby chic rosettes finish off my handmade tribute to gay Paris…but I cannot leave my daydreams without memories of a very different kind…

“In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines…”, begins the much-loved tale of Madeline and Paris…they are intertwined, are they not?  First published in 1939…the same year my dear mother was born…so I’d better not label it “vintage”, I suppose!

A series of stories rediscovered by me as a young mother…read over and over again to a delighted first daughter…far to young to read it herself…

Julie & Chelsea, April 1994, SLC

She loved it so much that she had the first book memorized…would “read” it for all who would hear…I can still hear her sweet little voice…

“…in two straight lines they broke their bread…”

“…brushed their teeth, and went to bed…”

Such a delightful way to visit the sights of Paris—through the little girl eyes of Madeline and the joy of my own little one…

That same little daughter of mine—still in love with the stories of Madeline and Paris—is now about to embark on her life as a teacher…a room full of sweet second-graders will be her very fortunate first class this fall…oh, where does the time go?

Thank-you for joining me today on this sweet, vintage trip to that dreamy place unlike any other…

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Please make sure you go by and visit Anita—our gracious hostess for this lovely trip—and all of the others participating with us today…

A Journey to Paris!

And so, au revoir…until we meet again…

Julie