Friday, March 28, 2014

Paris Sketch Letters~



When our eldest daughter married.. in 2007  ..they honeymooned in Paris..







She sent me emails..that I still have..I loved rereading them again for this post and looking through the photos they took.
The letters are brimmimng with Paris Joy..not Joy de Patou..just joy at everything they were seeing and experiencing..the sights the sounds..the food..everything..
They are on my computer as M's letters from Paris..
The above 2 photos are from the photos they gave us..

I do love all things French..did all my schooling in French except college and 4 months at McGill..majoring in French..:)
The girls did all their primary and secondary in French..college in English..one..university in English ..the other in French..
Mylène..above is a French teacher ..kindergarten..they have Noah:)

One day we think we would like to go to Paris also..we have been to Provence..be still my ♥..
While in Provence I kept a journal with small paintings and stubs from different places ..and words of course.
I love that little journal..it is not at all nice like all the journals I see and love now from fellow bloggers..nonetheless..it's a dear souvenir for me..and I would not hesitate to do another:)

I think that is one of the reasons I could not resist..

this..:)



This is one of  Carol G's letters from Paris!~
Imagine..Etsy notified me just a few days prior..that my letter had been sent..I never expected it in my box in such short short short time..
It is thrilling to get a very very French envelope..Par Avion..Priorité..with your name on it:)



and her art in it..and her little souvenirs for us♥
I love little envelopes in books..journals..this one had a mini in a maxi:)
My art was Parapluies..Monet  perfume cards..(The real little bottles are mine..I just thought they went so well with her treasure envelope..




I had watched parts of a Wayne Dyer special on TV while on the treadmill..and he was talking about the need to have a BURNING DESIRE..to do what you want to do..
be it writing..or art..that is must be your passion and that you are ready to focus on that ..
well I think Carol is a perfect example of following her passion.. her dream

Leaving NYC to live in Paris and paint her dreams..
We all benefit from her travel to Paris..we get to see the places she sees..meet the people she meets..and admire her art..not to mention Bear:)
The letters are available at her Etsy shop..click on the link  to the right of her blog:)

I love them.

In the interim..until I get to Paris..if I do..

I will stick to creating my own little Paris treats at La Table De Nana:)


Callebaut white chocolate Eiffel towers..To surround a cake maybe?


Qui Sait?
Bon Weekend!



50 comments:

  1. Oh, Monique, the white Eiffel Towers. What a gorgeous photo of them and I do hope to see something you've decorated with them. I love that your daughter got to experience Paris on her honeymoon. And that Noah... he reminds me of his dad. Love that you took the time to journal. I'm usually too tired or frazzled. You are pretty amazing.

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    1. We find he is like his dad too..with his mom's personality.
      Actually a bit of both..the parents look like brother and sister almost:-)

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  2. That's a great B&W pic of the Eiffel Tower! France is great, esp. Paris, even though they would not allow us to go up the Eiffel Tower due to pickpockets, etc. I have no idea where you live, but always kind of thought you lived there! Hope you get to visit!

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  3. This is a beautiful post, as usual, Monique. Your daughter is lovely!

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  4. I love all things french even though I have never been there, so this was a fun post to read, It looks like your daughter and her husband had a wonderful time. Travel journals are always some of the best journals and full of memories :)

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    1. Your journals with the envelopes are inspiring to me..I had never done that..now I will:-)

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  5. I love those snippets of french things on your blog, Monique! One of our daughters was a college French major, and she spent three weeks volunteering at a center for the physically handicapped in the Normandy region (Caen, I think) before her senior college year. I would love to go, too, though being realistic, will probably not ever have that opportunity. My best to you for your dreams to materialize!

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    1. Chances are a bit slim for us to return ..but never say never right?
      Your daughter sounds quite wonderful Nellie.!

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  6. I love everything French too. I studied French in high school and again in college and we finally made it there forty years later. Not to Paris, but to Provence, which we dearly love. When we go again, you've inspired me to make a journal like yours.

    Your white Eiffell Towers are adorable and so are your pretty envelopes and books. How fabulous that your daughter spent her honeymoon in Paris. She is very beautiful.
    Sam

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    1. I have loved all your Provence posts etc...
      A coup de coeur for me Sam.
      She is like my mom..a black haired natural beauty:-)

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  7. Monique, it goes without saying that anything Parisian thrills my heart. Oh, to honeymoon in Paris. How special! I'm eagerly anticipating a trip in September. I wish you would join me. '-)

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    1. You are?
      You know I will be watching you..
      I am so happy for you..
      :-) :-)

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  8. I've always enjoyed all things french and will dream of going to Paris. Love the picture of your daughter and her husband on their honeymoon. I envision those lovely white Eiffel Towers on a pretty dessert. We just enjoyed some macarons for dessert ;o) My mom turned me on to them.

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    1. Your mom is really with it..in everything!
      She sounds so interesting..Her pumpkin display alone floored me..and to have a mom:)

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  9. THANK YOU! THANK YOU Monique
    For showing the Paris Sketch letter I sent you.
    Please come to Paris immediatement and shoot my setups.
    Your photographs are magnificent.
    I need a PR person anyway ;)

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    1. You have everything you need..Toi et ton talent!

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  10. Bonjour ma chère Nana,
    Une publication où je sens ton désir français ! Tu es la bienvenue chez moi ma chère !...
    J'aime beaucoup ce billet où cette chère Carole nous dévoile ses merveilles... J'aime énormément son blog (ceci dit elle peut m'en vouloir en ce moment, j'ai pris du retard et je ne suis pas allée la visiter !! pardon !)
    Un grand merci pour le lien concernant les biscuits... ma commande est partie !!
    Je te fais de gros gros bisous ma chère Nana et te souhaite un excellent weekend.

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  11. Vous avez beaucoup en commun:)
    L' amour de l'aventure..l'art..la gentillesse:)
    Le talent avec le grand "T".

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  12. I am so glad that you wrote this blog post. I have been stalking Carol's letters on Etsy, but now I think I am just going to have to order one. I have been a fan of her work forever, it seems, by way of Flickr. To hold one of her pieces of art in my hand will be thrilling. And chocolate Eiffel Towers?! Where do I get those? (By the way, I am as passionate about cookie stamps as you are. My Starbucks Moon Cake mold is on the way, thanks to you!)

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  13. Pattie what a nice comment all around..
    A keepsake for certain the Carol envelope:) It will be kept in my art room as inspiration!
    I bought the plastic Eiffel Tower mold from Amazon.com..very reasonably priced.. while I was in the US at one point last year..foolproof ..( Ile that)you simply pour your melted chocolate..tap tap for bubbles..and refrigerate..Unmold and you have perfect towers..

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  14. I love the photo of M and A in Paris! She looks like Jackie O with those sunglasses :) Beautiful. I wish my J were a more adventurous traveler - a trip there would be a dream.

    Carol's letter is wonderful! I love all of the parapluies, the envelopes, the parfums :)

    I love how your displayed the chocolate Eiffel Towers. I think surrounding a cake would be beautiful!

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    1. I should have sent them to you for you birthday:-)
      I wish I was a more adventurous traveler also..
      She does look J .O there:-) so much like my mom..and J ..
      I just wondered..and knew that if you went abroad..you certainly would have a journal.you are such an accomplished aquarelliste:-) ��

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  15. Oh, my gosh, I LOVE this post!! Yes, I love French & France too & that Carolg totally inpsires, doesn't she??!!! Your journal book from Provence, yes, a treasure of a souvenir, no matter what the judgements of the conscious mind (we must learn to let those go, sometimes)
    I too LOVE sending & receiving paper letters, It comes from my family heritage. And I'm so glad you have the letters of your daughter!! PS The chocolate Eiffels: Adorable!!
    I must go review my burning desires, now that spring is on its way...Maybe time to do something impulsive, serendipitous...

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  16. She does inspire and so do you!
    You made me smile with your reference to Burning Desires..I think you have something exciting coming up no?
    This a bleak day here..very monochromatic..and my car is filfthy with the mess everywhere..oh to have green grass..sunroof open driving by fields and gardens with a blue sky above and sunshine making the lake blue:-)

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  17. Your daughter is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Carol G. letters. What a beautiful thing to receive in the post. I love how you've staged them with your mini Miss Dior. I don't read magazines any more... I'd rather come to la table de Nana.

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    1. I feel the same about you!My magazines are the ones I Follow:)

      Real magazines just don't seem to comapre to me anymore..

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  18. What a fabulous and wonderful post, Monique. Your daughter is lovely! What an enchanting place for a honeymoon! We were iin Paris and our stay lasted two glorious weeks! Notihng like it, just pure bliss! How sweet to have your daughter's wonderful memories and your memories in your special journal!
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    1. Thanks Nancy..what a beautiful family you have.. we're both retired realtors..:)

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  19. Oh my M and A are such a beautiful couple...
    Those white chocolate Eiffel Towers are magnificent...How fabulous are they?
    You will get there...I know it...
    Bisous xo

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  20. How perfectly wonderful. I loved the picture of the honeymooners, and the journal bits and well, just everything! You always delight my soul. I was to Paris as a four year old but have absolutely no recollection that is worth much of anything. I was to Charles De Gaulle airport about12 years ago, again not really Paris. I would love to go and spent a week or so just exploring, although on the telly the other day they were saying that Young People are leaving Paris to study and work elsewhere as it is not really Paris anymore, but just a tourist spot. I am sure as a visitor though it would always be Paris to us! Love you!xxoo

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    1. It's aphoto I like too..very much..honeymooners always have a joy.
      I would like 1 week also..camera around my neck and Jacques loaded with patience:)As I stop and stop and stop..

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  21. Cela fait chaud au coeur tout ce monde qui aime Paris et la France ! C'est gentil de faire circuler notre langue et notre culture .
    Merci pour tout cet amour !♥

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    1. Carol adore Paris..:)
      J'adore la France et aimerait bien retourner!
      Bon Dimanche Malyss..

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  22. Hello, Nana. I have just arrived at your site via Carol @ Paris Breakfasts! Your white chocolate Eiffel Towers are to DIE FOR! My daughter is a french teacher and I am a francophile like many of you and your commenters, today! When I went to search on Amazon for the molds, they were not very tall - less than 4 inches. Did you manage to buy one that is taller - say closer to 7"? On a much earlier blog post I have fallen in love with the cookie stamps for shortbread cookies -- but I decided to forego the high postage costs from Germany and wait until something similar arrives in the U.S. Perhaps the Starbucks mold will satisfy me!

    I look forward to reading more and seeing more on your blogposts in the future! Merci bien!

    Mary in Oregon

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  23. Hi Mary..the cookies with letters and numbers..I found an Ebay Knock off ..and it seems just fine..you basically need the bar and the letters..put the name of what you want..like Mary..but backwards..
    Do an Ebay search : Number Letter Alphabet Cookie Stamp Cutter..ap $4.00 and free shipping.. you will need your own cookie cutter..or get a set that comes with..The shipping is free to Canada.I am certain to the US also...just type In your search crtieria it must be BUY NOW and Free Shipping..out of all the little things I have ordered ..only one has not arrived..I m still expecting 2 things but only one has not arrived yet.
    My Eiffel towers measure 4 1/2 inches.. 3 to a mold..actually a lollipop mold so there is room to insert a stick..
    Our daughters both teach French:)
    Thank you!

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  24. White chocolate Eiffel Towers!!!!

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  25. I'm back again ;o) I just ordered that adorable HOMEMADE cookie stamp on Ebay. How fun that I could negotiate the price I wanted to pay with the seller. I rarely go on Ebay so I didn't know you could. I can't wait to try it out!

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    1. I never knew:)~
      Yay..
      Thanks for letting us know!
      The most delicious cookie recipe still is that Italian recipe..

      But you let me know what works best and most delish for you!

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    2. I'm translating the Italian recipe. I'll let you know.

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  26. I can't think of a more romantic place to honeymoon (or just visit) than beautiful Paris. Your daughter and SIL are such a handsome couple. I'm happy you shared their photo, Monique. I do hope you make the trip to Paris one day soon. I know how much you would love every minute of your time there. Your little Eiffel Towers would be beautiful on a cake.

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  27. A beautiful post. These white Eiffel Tower chocolates are so pretty.

    I visited Paris once, but wasn't really impressed. I think I prefer Lyon... ;-)

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  28. C'est ravissant. J'ai toujours adoré les carnets de voyage ...

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  29. I would love to visit Paris, again, some day-)

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