Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Trick or Treating!

Happy 
Halloween!
May you get all the treats 
you desire...
and wishing for power, a fast clean-up, and hope to those still suffering from Sandy...

xo,
Nathalie

image via pinterest

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Henri, Le Chat Noir


What a strange week this is...full of concern for friends on the East Coast being ravaged by Sandy ~ And Halloween is tomorrow, mid-week makes it quite different.

To all of you being affected by Sandy, I send my prayers ~

And I share a little humour ~ "Henri, Le Chat Noir"...
Perhaps you have seen these before, this one is new, for Halloween. 
Cat lover and french film admirer that I am, these make me smile :)

You can find out more about Henri HERE on his Facebook page.

With my best wishes to all,
xo,
Nathalie

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Weekend is Here!

I recently came across pictures of "punch hole clouds,"
or "fallstreak clouds" as they are also known...

Have you heard of these before, or seen them?

They are so beautiful! I was thinking about the sky, after reading on Goop (Gwyneth Paltrows site) about "Headspace." "Headspace" is all about meditating, and I signed up for the learn to meditate in 10 minutes for 10 days. He has some very interesting short videos that made meditation very clear and concise for me. One of them is relating the mind to the sky. It is always there, beautiful and blue, but some days you can't see the blue because of the clouds...but you need to know the clouds will pass and the blue will be there. Rambling, I know...I recommend popping over there to see for yourself!

Look at this cloud! Spectacular...

And my favourite cloud...

The temperatures are dropping here, it is getting downright chilly ~ this soup with grilled cheese croutons looks absolutely DE-LISH, doesn't it?!
On my menu tonight, yum!

Do you meditate? I know how important it is, but have a difficult time with it, no matter how hard I try...I like the approach on Headspace.

Have a peaceful and relaxing weekend,
xo, Nathalie



Read more about punch hole clouds HERE
All cloud images via HERE and HERE
Grilled Cheese Crouton Soup HERE

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mad For Monday!

Monday is here, full of promise...I always feel that if Monday goes well, it sets the pace for the week, don't you?

I am just blown away with the amazing cookie creations like the ones above by Oh Sugar Events ~
I subscribe to her blog just to see what she will come up with next. I used to fancy myself a decent cookie decorator, but not anymore! She has a tutorial on adding a Baroque frame to a sugar cookie HERE.
Corn maize anyone? The ones I used to run through were nothing like the ones designed by Brett Herbst. He designs them with computers and GPS. See more of his work here on Wired.

These burlap mats by Cottage and Vine on Etsy are great! They brought to  mind this tutorial I saw on how to print on burlap with a printer yourself. Thinking about a table runner perhaps with verse for Thanksgiving....in my spare time!

This wreath by Book BW on Etsy is beautiful...starting to think about my Christmas decor...

And nothing like a pop of Hermes orange to finish off the post...
My favourite!
These playing cards are just exquisite!

Have a wonderful week!
xo,
Nathalie

images via links above ~

Friday, October 19, 2012

And Friday Is Here!


Friday has come again, so quickly the week flew by!
Starting off with the excitement of my 900th sale on Etsy, and a week full of sales to Greece, Australia, Japan, Spain, Canada, and the USA...How the Internet has opened doors for little business people like me!
I am in love with this traditional Chinese leaf carving that I spied over at Lost at E Minor ...Mona au naturel! See more of them here ~

And have a wonderful weekend!

xo,
Nathalie


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Wandering

A few of my favorites that I have recently come across ~

These glowing tree stumps by Judson Beaumont would be divine for an outdoor soiree, wouldn't they? 

On my to-do list ~ a sequined pumpkin like this one by Nony Tochterman...too fabulous! She tells you how to do it here.

What a beautiful way to remember to be thankful, with this spoon garland by Spooner Z.

Carafe Un Verre, a carafe with a wine glass inside that fills up...and empties! By Claudio Colucci. This would be a good conversation piece at the Thanksgiving table!

I always admire a great kitchen, and this one in the Glen 2961 House by SAOTA in Cape Town, South Africa looks absolutely divine...

From my favorite store..
I am addicted to their latest product!

Have a wonderful week!

xo,
Nathalie

Friday, October 12, 2012

Feeling Fall...

Happy Friday!
It's here, Fall is really here in Las Vegas...at last!
I wore boots and a coat today, we had a huge thunderstorm last night, buckets of rain, and we awoke to see snow on Mt. Charleston ~
I am so excited!
So ready to see the leaves change colour and fall from the trees ~

The scent of spiced cider wafting through the air ~

Fall veggies like this butternut squash  and crispy sage pizza....mmmm!

Hot cocoa cookies....Divine!

Comfort chili like this by my dear friend
Chef Jennifer Naylor ( the premier caterer in Malibu)

Acorns!

Cords and comfy sweaters in luscious shades ~

I would choose any of these ensembles put together by Archimedes on Polyvore...





How about you, what is your favorite part of Fall?

Have a wonderful weekend!
xo,
Nathalie

all pictures via Pinterest here

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Some Etsy Love...

I am always amazed at the talent that you find on Etsy ~
I thought I would share some of my recent purchases and finds!
I know many of you that visit know Anita Rivera, of Castles Crowns and Cottages. But do you know of her Etsy shop filled with the most wonderfully romantic and immensely creative pieces of art?

 Exquisite...
Unique...

And full of beauty, you feel her essence in each piece she makes...I was one of her first customers on Etsy!

The ever so lovely and creative Penelope Valencia of Neena Creates makes the coolest,most unique,and oh so comfortable t-shirts...I have all three of these that I adore, and will be buying more, as I don't want to wear anything else!


She will switch colors and styles with the design you like also...it has truly been a delight working with her! 

A new find, Puur Anders will custom make these brooches and necklaces with your photos....

I am in love with them, and need to pick through and decide on which ones I will order...

I would love this with one of my Grandmother's photos...hmmm, a great Christmas gift for my Mother and Sister....(shhh!)

I read an article on Daniel Fleming's bronze sculptures, and fell in love with these hands...I ordered them as a gift for a dear friend, and was so impressed with not only how quickly they arrived, but the exquisite quality and elegance. I will be buying some for myself now!

More of Daniel Fleming's work


I love buying on Etsy, and supporting "Handmade"...
You feel the essence of the creator, and know that you are helping to support someone who has a dream and is following their passions! And I love selling on Etsy...I meet the most wonderful people, and am truly blessed to do what I love!

Have a wonderfully creative week,

xo,
Nathalie

all images via Etsy

Castles Crowns and Cottages The Shop
Neena Creates
Puur Anders
Daniel Fleming

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!


To all of my family and friends in Canada ~
Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for all of you!!!

xo,
Nathalie

cupcake flags available HERE

Friday, October 5, 2012

October Weekend...

How I love Fall...
And I have Faith that it is finally going to arrive this weekend! Slowly but surely the temperatures will drop...
This unbelievable sculpture/wood carving of a young tree within a tree, by Giuseppe Penone, speaks of Fall to me ~

Amazing, no?

 "The Recent Life Within" recently exhibited at The Art Gallery of Ontario ~
All I can think of here is the splinters!

This small church in Yosemite is where I would like to go this weekend for a Spiritual Fall retreat ~ isn't it stunning!?

Happy October,

xo,
Nathalie

Giuseppe Penone via Lost at E Minor
Small Church in Yosemite via Flickr

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hello October!


Well Hello October!
I hope you have a briskness in the air...
We are having a heatwave here! 
It doesn't want to end...
And my energy is zapped by it!

Nothing like a gorgeous shot of Marilyn to perk one up...

Wishing you a perky week,
xo,
Nathalie