Friday, March 27, 2015

U Try It~ I did ♥












I love Peter Rabbit~
I loved the movie about Beatrix Potter~
And I think I would have loved her~Beatrix Potter..I was amazed ,when I read the tale of Peter Rabbit to Noah this week he had no clue who PR was!
This from the child that has every book imaginable..
I think Peter is out of favor here in QC.
In fact Jacques had never heard of him before me..
He said Peter Rabbit was not part of his French culture growing up..
I am French but my parents were bilingual..so perhaps that is why I had heard of him..

I am easily infatuated by artistic people.
Much more so..than financial people.
Or very technical people.
I admire them..I am in awe of them..I married one..
But I actually fall a little bit in love ..in a different way..with artistic ,creative people..photographers,artists,musicians,chefs.
My mom was a true artist..thus the love affair~♥
And the little wannabe part of me.
But I am not loose enough..too organized..too tidy..can't relax if my immediate surroundings are not..en ligne.
I was not always like that..when I started dating my husband..much to the concern of my dad..but my mom's 100% approval..
my dad actually told my husband....:"Have a look at her room..you will need a compass to dierct yourself once you walk in."
It was true.
My room had a black wall, a white wall and some kind of psychadelic black and white wallpaper..a single bed against that wall..and some kind of furry black throw..
most of my clothes were on the floor..a whirlwind..
I was 19.And this was 42 years ago..
My mom did everything for me..I am ashamed to say..she even made my bed as I sauntered off to university.McGill.
Marrying an engineer..made me re- assess my habits..
I could tell you 100 funny..now they are.. stories..that actually made me cry 41 years ago..

But w/ the years..I became ..a tidy nut.
So the artist flew away.
That's why I love...artists..most of the ones I have met..and gotten to know..  don't care about tidy..I am not generalizing..these are the artists I have come to know..could be very different for the artists you know..
And my mom was super tidy..but she had left her art behind..so many years before I knew her.
I love the stuff everywhere.. the art room that has paint and paintboxes ..and canvases..and LIGHT everywhere.
Pastel dust here and there.. oil on the floor..cookbooks that have pages turned and dirty..art stuck to the walls.I just can't function that way.
Wondering if Beatrix was that inclined..

Speaking of artists..Amy at UTryIt~  made me fall in love w/ a little Easter cookie scene she created..
I knew I had to make some to pop into the boys baskets..I like making the things that go in their baskets..
These cookie vignettes..I am wrapping individually..They have their own stand after all.
I made my regular sugar cookies..I had Matcha..the sprinkles..everything..so I was good to go apart from the Lindt bunnies..I have a small silicone mold..but the bunnies were just a bit samller and I wanted to make them like Amy did.
Plus a Lindt at Easter.is like a Laura Secord treat at Easter~
I couldn't add a flower in the bunnies ear..nor could I add roses..they are BOYS after all as they like to tell me.
But I am thinking of dollying one up for Donella if I see her..  or I will ask Myène if Giu is now too old for these.
You can let your imagination run wild..
Amy was kind enough to even include a video..Amy THANK you for sharing these ADORABLE Easter treats with us..
I am paying it forward for those who would have missed these;)
Bon Weekend~







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  1. Love this post today, Monique! I do find it more difficult to come up with age-appropriate Easter treats now that our grandson is nearing 12 years of age!:-)

    You've such a good understanding of creativity/artistic bent/etc. There is no time for tidying up when the creative juices are flowing! There is more important work to be done!

    I love Peter Rabbit, and have that same set of books here. Such delightful stories!

    Happy week-end!

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    1. I bet I would be astounded at your book collection;)
      This little collection has certainly increased in value..must tell my girls not to sell at a garge sale after I am gone for $1.00;)

      Just tidying up my kitchen now..I have sprinkles and cello everywhere;)

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  2. Thank you so much for trying the recipe! Your cookies came out perfect and handsome! :D I love that you added the blue eyes for the bunnies. They are adorable! I'm sure your boys will be happy and excited to see them in their baskets. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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    1. Thank YOU!!! Much much..Such a cute idea..you are so creative.
      And yes Happy Easter to you and your family also~

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  3. I am Marilyn SMISER from central Illinois. Sometimes I really do think we must share a birthday. I have followed your blog for quite awhile. You just get so much more accomplished than I do. However, today's post cinched it. I have those small Potter's books. Always felt they fit a child's hand. The other same interest is Paris. I read your comments on Parisbreakfast. I love your comments. Do not understand the French. I have been to Paris, met Carol Gillott and she did my portrait. There are other interests the same. I will not go into all. Love your blog.

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    1. How nice of you Marilyn! I've just come home.. came here read your comment..and said to Jacques;"Listen to how nice this note ..
      If Carol has shown your portrait..I must have seen you..wondering..a hat shop? I will go see.
      I am happy to know we have similar tastes;)
      No one I know does:)Thank you .

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    2. It was toward the end of September of 2013. I was in the Palais Royale. I cannot imagine Carol looking out her rear window and then venturing out from her apartment. She is living her dream.

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  4. Im sure you are not surprise if I tell you I ADORE Peter Rabbit!! and all about Beatrix Potter, I have seen the movies many times:))
    All these look absolutely amazing and beautiful Monique!
    Im sure the kids will be absolutely happy!!!!
    Happy Easter dear!

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    1. I am not surprised..you are right Gloria!
      I think they will like their baskets..the boys..all of them..when they come over..they right away look under the "cloches" to see what treat is there..so a basketful..might very well please them.
      Thank you Gloria~
      Happy Easter to you also!

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    2. I love this age when the twins wait by the eggs!! But still I put someones eggs beside their beds and they loved!!

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  5. I love the magic of your blog Monique, really magic!:)

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  6. Just another thing we have in common! My bedroom was the same whirlwind until I met my Uber-organized German husband :) Your cookie scenes are just adorable, Monique, and quelle bonne idée! I am tempted too, of course. I do have an extra week to 'play' after Easter as we won't see our boys until the following weekend. When Lauren was born I was gifted a charming Peter Rabbit bowl and cup for her. I love the story of Peter Rabbit and Farmer Brown :). Everything you do is Cute, Cute! Your boys will love them!

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    1. Everything you do and everyone else is cute cute..That's where I learn!
      Oh you made me laugh Susan.. we were probably both crying as newlyweds at the same time!
      I didn't even have my mom to run home to!
      I was so young..so young..Jacques laughed when he read this post..he knows it's true..I was 19 he was 33..Imagine!
      Now I am the picky one..he created a monster.

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  7. Absolutely adorable! Love... I think I'm a mut. I'm not artistic but I'm not real tidy either. Scott is really a mut - very artistic but super tidy and organized, not sure where we fit in :)

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    1. I give in.What is a mut?
      I am sure it is cute and endearing..;)
      And look..you have a marriage made in heaven!

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  8. Adorable,Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit, I remember reading it to my daughter again & again, so many times I think she knew it off by heart, as she always knew if I skepped a bit, when I was in a hurry to dash off out to a party and say the baby sitter would read it to her, she used to say '' but she doesn't use different voices like you do '' I wish my grandsons here in France were still young like yours, they seem to have grown up so quickly, the youngest 15 yrs old came to visit us yesterday on his motor bike .... the other will be 18 soon & asked if could bring his girl friend to our house to meet me & Pops as they call Mr France. Enjoy your Easter together & keep them young as long as you can. Such a charming post, lovely words & pictures.

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    1. I realize I am on borrowed time for these little fun Easter things..that is why I plan on making whatever I can now;)
      I saw how fast it went with our own daughters..
      You made me laugh Barbara..when I read Noah the story..every time I said Mr.McGregor..I said it w/ an accent.. after the story ..when I asked him who everyone was.. he said Mr McGregor with an accent..I nearly died.

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  9. You are an artist, Monique... it shows in every single thing you create... from food to dolls, to painting to writing... just the way you view life... you see the beauty. Those are the eyes of an artist. =) I LOVE the bunny scenes on the cookies. Your family is so very blessed by your love.

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    1. Tanna..your family is blessed with you.And don't forget Amy taught me these.
      I must admit..if I could...I would do absolutely anything for those boys.
      Who knew boys were soooooooo endearingly adorable.

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  10. First of all...Peter Rabbit is our current FAV book with Miss V...she loves to say "Mr McGregor"...we laugh so hard!
    I have picked up about 11 books at thrift stores...the wee ones like in your photos...we should get into those soon!!
    When I was a kid...I loved the" Noddy" books...want to look for some online for her when she is a bit older...
    Once again...you blow me away with your artistic talents...
    Those cookies look beautiful...and wrapped just perfectly!
    Have a wonderful weekend Monique...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. It's Amy's creativity..and you could SO make these!
      I have never heard of Noddy..going to Google now though..
      I laughed too when Noah said Mr McGregor!
      You too Linda..

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    2. So ..I Googled..had never heard of Noddy..but Enid Blyton?Absolutely..have to remember which ones...

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    3. Oh dear, I LOVED those books...Noddy rules! Love his wee car!

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  11. How I wish I had more of a neat gene. Katherine has it at two! I have already been told that the ball that we use for my sister's dog is "dirty". I LOVE the bunny presentation and I am thinking I may improvise with store bought cookies because I have already made my sugar cookies. Going to make your carrot cake, decorate the sugar cookies and maybe make a Queen Victoria cake too to bring to dinner at my daughter's. Making Ricardo's bread tonight for tomorrow. Thanks for all your tips.

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    1. Can't wait to hear about your bread!
      I have not noticed a neat gene in any of the boys yet..maybe Noah is getting one..not sure yet;)

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  12. I adore Beatrix Potter. A couple of years ago we holidayed in the Lake District in the UK and visited her little house that had been beautifully preserved. It was a dream come true. What an absolutely amazing place, and all down to her and her work to preserve the environment. A wonderful wonderful woman.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. How fortunate you are.
      I am sure I would get goosebumps.

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  13. I love Beatrix Potter... I wish I could have known her.. I have her gardening book, which gave me another insight to her loves... And I just adore her children's books.
    I think everyone should own at least one. Thank you so much for sharing this great post.. Love the tea cup and Easter treats!
    blessings,
    Penny

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    1. I too think everyne should own one.I love the stories to this day~

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  14. I would have gotten here earlier but we have house guests for the week & I have to steal moments now and then for myself. Monique, the artist inside of you hasn't flown away. She's right here and you reveal her and her talents in every one of your posts. Our lives before marriage were very similar. My mother did everything including making my bed even though I would have been happy to do it myself. I think she was a perfectionist and thought she was the only one who could do it to her standards. Consequently I learned to do almost nothing until I married and had to either figure it out for myself or my husband taught me. But as a child I did learn to love Peter Cottontail. He's probably fallen out of favor here too. That's a big shame and I'm so glad you are introducing him to your grandchildren. Now he will live within their hearts forever.

    Gotta go. I heard the timer in the kitchen. See you later.
    Sam

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    1. You sound so busy..and all this before departing on your Bon Voyage!
      I learned nothing either.. except that living without her..after being loved and cared for so much..was a very difficult thing.
      She had lost a daughter before me..at the age of 5..so you can just about imagine ..how she doted on me:)
      Just like your mom did.
      I want to read them at least one book at Easter..may be too crazy though..;)

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  15. M, I thoroughly enjoyed this entry and your story about your messy teenage self. I wouldn't have imagined that. I am in wonder that you have so many things for every occasion through out the year. In this case the Peter Rabbit books and the adorable teacup. And as always your charming photos.

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  16. :)
    Super messy A..
    The accumulation of items..well 41 yrs married.. raising 2 daughters then gaining 6 grandkids..It all adds up.The thrill returned the moment the first grandchild arrived.:)
    I am a bit of a kid inside..it just doesn't show outside.
    Thanks A:)

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  17. Just loving all of the above.. The little scenes on the cookies are exquisite.. Loved reading your story.. Cannot believe you were ever untidy! What a wonderful post today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend 😘

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    1. Your new adorable daughter-in-law might like these?:)

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  18. BP was a botanist. As a rule they are not messy types.
    I am sorry you have left the club. We need all themembers we can get.
    Maybe with a little practice you can rejoin, though being a fine baker is not a good start if you're going to become messy again.
    Best to leave things as they are.

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  19. What a pleasure reading your story today! Loved the photographs, love Peter Rabbit! I can't imagine you being one bit messy!

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    1. I am glad you are all settled:)
      I knew that beautiful home would sell..So much work moving..though .I remember.

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  20. Once again, your blog is my little haven. I can't even imagine you untidy - everything is just so with your blog and all the things you create.

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    1. I have my areas..but it's so funny how he "trained" me;)

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  21. I love the Beatrix Potter books, and have read them over and over to my children and grandson. I read Peter Rabbit to my second graders, and there are many every year who have never heard of that sweet little bunny. I saw these little cookies when Amy posted them and oohed and aahed- now I am doing it again! They are so sweet!

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    1. I read one to Oli yesterday..I think children are so tuned into fast paced video games..super animated movies..that reading is becoming a bit of a lost art..He did pay attention..and said Mr McGregor had a funny name..but that was me saying it funny;)
      On the teacups:) Amy's ..so cute..

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  22. Ohh Monique, your cookies are ADORABLE!!! I am sure the boys will love them. I read Peter Rabbit to my children and of course it was a favourite story of mine when I was a child also. I have been to where Beatrix created alot of her characters and where the Miss Potter movie was filmed and it is a beautiful magical part of the country. The Lakes. So beautiful, especially Windemere. I have never been able to get into the house however, as it is always too busy. Have enjoyed the museum in Sawrey though. And of course I have watched the film a bazillion times. It is a classic and will always be a favourite here. xoxo

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    1. I want to see it again..and again:)
      Lucky you..to have visited..

      That young girl at Utryit ,Amy makes so many cute things..I was instantly smitten..pretty much the same as when you made thos Christmas logs w/ the Cadbury chocolate;)

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  23. PS- I was an untidy girl and I am somewhat untidy now, especially when I am creating. I do clean up afterwards though. But when I am in the middle of creating . . . watch out! I am like pigpen from Charlie Brown!

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    1. Oh me too..me too..The dolls....even these cookie vignettes..;)

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  24. I'm not a tidy freak and when kids and grandkids are here, I'm fine with the mess, but I do like to get up in the morning and see an organized house. I make my bed the minute I get out of it. Does that make me way too neat?
    Such a fun post today, Monique. Love Peter Rabbit...the bunny cups are adorable.

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    1. We make the bed together as soon as we get up too:)
      Habits..we are sch routine people here.Jacques much more than I..My kids are the total opposite..
      Me too when the Littles are here..when they leave..a system restore.

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  25. Your thoughts on art verses finances make me think of Le Petit Prince...Les grandes personnes aiment les chiffres...These reflections are on my mind too..I am in the tidying end of modes these days...If too disorganized, I can't get anything done! You do seem to thrive, to find your freedom of expression well, wherever you see yourself in your process...I like the mix of your finance husband and artist you...perhaps it is a balancing thing. I know what you mean re. en ligne helping to organize. I too love Peter R and Potter, though it was scary to me as a child how he got in trouble in the garden. I'll send you some titles of books I like about Potter. The movie was wonderful. Your post here has something for everyone!

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    1. I had completely forgotten that line..
      He is a chemical engineer..it's the engineering part..that I value..for so many reasons..but our minds for figuring out things work..in completely different ways.
      I remember wallpapering a room once while he was at work:)..
      He aske me if I had used a plumb line?
      I was 21.. a plumb line?
      The next 2 rooms..we papered..so popular in the 70's.. we did them together.
      Never again.
      I did.Alone.Using a plumb line though.
      When I did the kitchen ceiling..don't laugh..my friend helped me..tricky ceiling.:)
      Thanks Rita!

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    1. Thank you..Amy was so nice to share this idea!

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  27. Peter Rabbit is the best and I can't wait to read it to our grandson when we see him. All your pics are great, Monique! You are truly a great artist, one very talented lady! I'm not artistic at all, but I'm very tidy, just wish I had that artistic thing going!

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    1. I hate to say this because we learn that we should just accept compliments righ?
      I assure you Pam..anyone can make these and everything I do.
      Everything.I really am not artistic..It is just a deep wish in me to be;)To try..to play..by myself:)
      It is such a nice way to spend time trying things..
      But thank you..THat is really nice to say.

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  28. Oh, dear Monique - the artist did not fly away - everything you put your hand to is an exquisite work of art! Being very organized has nothing to do with it, in fact, it's much easier to create in an organized space. So, give yourself credit - perhaps you should take a look back at all the pictures in your posts - each one more beautiful than the next!

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    1. Susan..so nice..thank you..I just enjoy keeping busy with my hands..
      Sometimes you get lucky with cute recipes..delicious recipes..pretty flowers..children..

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  29. I think you are very artistic - and you have an artist's soul - at least it comes out in your writing and creativity. Lovely!

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    1. I mostly copy ..most things.
      Fortunate to have tools..like pans and cutters and ingredients:)

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  30. Hello Monique,
    I also love Peter Rabbit, and the movie about Beatrix Potter!! And we have the same books!!! They are priceless. And you are amazing my dear friend!-)))

    Hugs,

    Yelena

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  31. We artistic types seem to do well with the engineer types I would say. Funny, but my Mother did everything for me too. She kept her kitchen to herself and turned out delicious food. When I attempted to cook, she was right over my shoulder checking it all out to be sure I did it right. Years later, when she broke her arm right before Thanksgiving, I had to prepare the entire meal for our huge family gathering to her specifications. We laughed a lot in spite of the fact that every other word out of my mouth was " Yes Mom". Love your Peter Rabbits. I bought my Son those lovely little books. This reminds me that I need to get them for my Grandson.

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    1. It was pretty nice being so well taken care of though by our moms:)
      I bet that was funny..but a bit intmidating for you to prepare the meal!

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  32. These cookies are precious!! Pinning for next Easter.

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    1. They are fun and easy to make..Having the cookies made the day before is key:)

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  33. Encore une fois, c'est trop, trop joli !!! je prends l'idée et espère avoir le temps de réaliser cela pour mon grand déjeuner de Pâques ... Le rassemblement annuel des bons copains ... Vivement dimanche !!!
    Rebises
    Hélène

    PS : Des fois, tu sais, j'aimerais bien être ordonnée ! Mais moi, la "bordelique attitude" ne m'a jamais lâchée ! ;o)

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    1. :) J'espère que tu auras le temps! C'est vite fait..une fois que les "cookies" sont faits!
      Ils seront adorables ,j'en suis certaine!

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  34. My room at 15 was one wall orange, one wall bright yellow, one wall cork , and one wall the green that was popular with those other colors...a huge collage on the inside of my door...and my clothes all over the floor in my closet!I still have the pillowcase from my linens in those days...the same colors...big flowers...so 60's...you bring back memories!
    I also love Peter Rabbit...love all your things!
    Bisous xoxoxoxo

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  35. I had meant to make the cookies from Amy's blog too;pretty simple, but oh so charming! I find your blog so enchanting and dreamy! Thanks for all the beauty and inspiration on each and every post!

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