Wednesday, November 30, 2011

En"Light"ened Art

via lost at e minor

LIFE photographer Gjon Mili captured these stunning photos of Picasso in 1949 ~
Using a flashlight as brush in a dark room, he created masterpieces that "poof"...
existed only for a second ~







Absolutely incredible, no?!

May your day be a creative one!

Salut and merci to Celia for the kind mention at High Heeled Life...again!

xo, Nathalie

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hugo Cabret

Over the weekend we went to see "Hugo" in 3D ~
my sons had read the book, and were very excited to go. We went to an evening show, and they could not understand why it was all adults in the theatre ~
Perhaps because it is one of the best movies I have ever seen! Young and old will delight in the mesmerizing, heartfelt story...and of course the Paris scenes do not disappoint at all.  The phenomenon of 3D never ceases to amaze me, as I reach out to grab a snowflake that surely is about to fall on my shoulders...
If you are looking for an escape from the holiday mayhem, this is the perfect escape ~ ten thumbs up from our household!
Here is the trailer:
http://www.hugomovie.com/?gclid=CNzXjJnC3KwCFeldtgodXw4SqA#gallery

I am very grateful this week to have had mention on some fabulous blogs ~

Merci! to :
Celia, at High Heeled Life

Anita, at Castles, Crowns, and Cottages

and to Schwin and Schwin ~

It makes my day my week my year to see Dolce Dreams out and about!

Have an exciting week, and don't forget to feel the magic of the season!

xo, Nathalie

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Les Voyageurs

Parisian artist Cedric Le Borgne has created these fabulous figures out of chicken wire...

Illuminated, they are a magical presence in the midst of a public thoroughfare.

Via his website:
"Cédric Le Borgne invites everyone to view daily life in a fresh way, to rise up, to dream. By abolishing barriers, his work of exploring spaces is sensitive, his poetry subtly interacts with each place it comments upon. From sculptures made of chicken wire to photo or video, from perennial installations to spontaneous performance, from street-art to web-art, his work is free of formal constraints."





Even though I live in the ultimate city of lights, (Las Vegas), to see these lights in the midst of a European city would be such a delight...these are currently on display along the South Bailey in Durham, England as part of Durham Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival.

I am now getting my own lights out, Christmas decor is on the agenda today...the refrigerator is still packed with leftovers from our Thanksgiving feast, a grand time was had by all...I stayed home on Black Friday, watched some hysterical news clippings of the insanity out in the stores...
Did anyone brave the shoppers out there?

xo, Nathalie

via colossal

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

via pinterest

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow...
I send wishes for a wonderful day ~ 
I am so blessed to know so many incredible people out there in the world!
I have a houseful of family arriving today,
and am in the kitchen cooking up a storm...

xo, Nathalie

Thursday, November 17, 2011

European Etsy Favourites

karin van rijn at ooakjewelz

I thought I would share a few artists that have caught my eye recently on Etsy...it just happens they have Europe in common ~ 
These one of a kind handpainted jeweled necklaces and bracelets by Karin van Rijn at OOAK Jewelz in The Hague, Netherlands, are so unique and a definite conversation piece!



One of her pieces would make an outfit...

Brigita Re at Brigite

Hand felted wool is so beautiful, and seems to be very popular in Europe. These flower brooches by
Brigita Re at Brigite, in Lithuania, are so stunning ...

And again would completely make an outfit...or a hairstyle...

imali

I just ordered this faux fur collar in pale pink from Imali, in Latvia...and I love it!

Such a fun piece to change up an outfit, and the workmanship is lovely!

Della Lana

This colour popped out at me immediately after seeing it all over the runways...
Della Lana, in Amsterdam, has made this from felted wool...

And this is silk with felted wool...it would be dreamy on I think!

deborah turbeville

One of my favourite fashion photographers, Deborah Turbeville, just came out with a new book,
"The Fashion Pictures"...if you too are a fan, you can get it here...

I know my last post was all about supporting locally, but I think buying HANDMADE, really is supporting families...as opposed to supporting mass marketed products. I saw the coolest boots the other day, tried them on...they were a perfect price....
And then I looked at the tag, saw "Made in China"...
and just put them back. If we all put one item back a day from our carts, could you imagine the impact?

I MISS all of my friends out there! I have not been out visiting, I am so sorry...it has been a crazy few weeks, no need to go into detail as I am sure we are all in the same boat ~ and I am also fighting some carpal tunnel issues.I am now on the computer much of the day with my son's schooling, so adding that into the otherwise heavy computer schedule is taking it's toll. I will be out catching up very soon!!!!

Have a wonderful day,

xo, Nathalie

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gifting Thoughts and Ideas

I received this email from a dear friend the other day, and it has been on my mind since...I am guilty myself of going through the shop aisles without taking notice of where the items in my cart are from...the other day, my youngest son suddenly exclaimed out loud that Huxley, his favorite stuffed mouse ( he has a thing for mice), was Chinese....
"Oh really?" "And why would you say that?"
"Well Mom, it says that he was made in China"
I know not everyone visiting here is American, but I think that you all can relate, no matter which country that you are in....Here is the email...
           Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.










Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.


There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.




retro ad by vinyl wall accents

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?



Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.


My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.





tx altered art

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.



Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.







BJM designs

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.








purplerabbit jewelry

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.



You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.


This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?




BUY AMERICAN/BE AMERICAN -- THE JOB YOU SAVE MIGHT BE YOUR OWN!







Blue Diamond Stamps

My favourite stop for handmade...
http://www.etsy.com/

It gets you thinking, doesn't it? Personally, I am going to think twice and check my labels like I check the ingredients in the  food I buy...It just makes sense. Keep our dollars supporting local businesses and ourselves. I also really loved some of the gift ideas here!

In honour of the Veterans out there, I salute you, today and everyday...

xo, Nathalie

Thanks to Terry for sending this to me!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Do You Bake?

I love to bake, and when I see AMAZING work like these cupcakes above, I get so inspired! I found these on Pinterest, and wish I knew who the creative talent was behind them ~ if anyone knows, please share! But, really, these are just too pretty to eat, don't you think?
King Arthur Flour is one of my all time favourite catalogues ever....I slowly devour each page inch by inch, and if I did not have any discipline would order each and every item. If you enjoy baking, this is a dream...

I have always loved making Christmas cookies, and making up samplers for friends. There are so many great ideas here, mixes, decorations, gadjets to make the work easier and more fun... 



The best, highest qualities of ingredients can be found all in one spot. Their flours are the BEST...

And if you are looking for a unique gift, they have great baskets...
 I LOVE to bake...
but as the years have progressed,
and the scales have accelerated...
this mantra below keeps much of my baking at bay ~

How about you? Do you enjoy baking?
Do you enjoy eating more sweets and goodies during the holiday season?
What is your weakness, sweet or savory?
I can go either way!

Have a sweet week,
xo, Nathalie

images via pinterest and king arthur flour

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November

november sayings subway art by unique vinyl designs

Wow! How did November get here so rapidly?
I have so much to look forward to and be Thankful for this month...



heart cutout pie pops by cakepopbake shop


Dreaming of food, and menus to plan...

pilgrim cookies by lori's place

vintage tiffany wishbone brooch at casey leonard

Wishbones.... the latest trend!

thankful by laura george

My cup overfloweth with Gratitude for ALL in my life!

custom family tree by melissa staker

I have family coming for Thanksgiving from Canada... so this will be Thanksgiving Number 2 for them!

Nothing brings me more joy than a divinely set table with family, good friends, good food, and cheer...

scorpio by murs blanc

And I have a Scorpio birthday to plan...

My "baby" is turning 8! Oh, how did that happen?
Here he is in his Godfather guise last night...

What are your plans for November? Will it be as busy a month for you too?

Cheers!

xo, Nathalie