Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quel Bonheur~ Dans La Poste~Paris Maps.













You must remember this:)..When my Paris Letter came to me..
now that this bear is no longer in a baby's room here as the Littles are Big..I posed him w/ the Carol Gillott's Paris Letter  I had subscribed to.
Well I am here to say that her Paris Maps..are amazing..I know that word is overused..but is suits her maps..
My sketch..es of me   came w/ my map..I now have 2..and I just..well ..here I go again..love them..
so darn well done..Jacques said :"Look at the work involved"..I said :"I know"!~
They should definitely be in a book..I cannot imagine someone not wanting the whole collection in a beautiful book..w/ Carol's other singular art works..like the café cups..and the macarons and desserts and chocolats..
her recollections and of EVERYTHING from her Paris Dream..
these are a francophile's dream..an art lover's dream..
the maps of course contain souvenirs..adorable souvenirs..
every arrondissements is a special art lovers treat.
This is not your everyday map.
Des trésors.
And the stamps on the envelope?  I love stamps..the France real stamp of course but the rubber stamps..so adorable they are..

And I have never looked so good.
I treasure that face.How vain does that sound?
Well I do..when someone makes such a sketch..es ..of me.I give them a standing ovation,because that face she did..is my wish face.
I wish:)
Merci Carol...for that face.:)

Look at her..so adorb as she would say;)

The Paris Mail is available on Etsy....go see so cute..
A treat that lasts.
I love her subscriptions.♥

Meanwhile..here I am getting ready for Easter w/ some desserts..and made Jacques Crêpes Suzette for his birthday today..
yesterday we went for lunch at a New Orleans Bistro type resto..we had Creole Shrimp and Grits..and fell in love w/ grits..the seasoning and juice etc of the shrimps just melted into these cheesy delicious grits that had corn kernels and finely diced red pepper..baby bok choy laid on top..DELISH~




You should see my kitchen..first after I made the CS..whoa..all sparkley..then the baking and icing and piping tips..not the queen of piping here...nor the dancing queen:)
I have icing everywhere because I was NOT wearing one of my favorite aprons..my sinks are full and I am about to do system restore 2..



Jacques had Yves Montand playing all morning and this aft..all Paris..all good..:)♥
Went so well well my  my Carol collection.

PS..Le lapin above is not going to make the cut:)his ear broke off..
Oh well..the baking continues tomorrow..

and the marveling of Carol's talents.

Please forgive the lacklustre pics..it's dark and snowing here..all day~Turning to rain we think~





66 comments:

  1. Ces petites cartes de Paris sont adorables !
    Je fonds pour ces crêpes Suzette <3

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    1. Camille..Carol..a des doights de fée en peinture♥
      Merci..ce sont mes premières !

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  2. What fabulous maps!
    I love the two-handed macaron consumption, with a macaron bracelet.

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    1. I think I bought my recent red strapped watch because of her..
      She is Lovely..absolutely..and her maps are fabulous..they have tobe published in my opinion..I buy books I love:)And hers would be one of them.
      That macaron bracelet made me covetous.:)

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    2. C'est sûr qu'elle devrait les faire publier. Elles sont vraiment ravissantes, ces cartes ! J'achèterais le livre aussi, c'est sûr !

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    3. On irait ensemble chez le libraire l'acheter:)

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  3. Happy Birthday, Jacques! You made such a beautiful breakfast for the birthday boy, Monique! The shrimp and grits sound wonderful, even though I'm not sure I've ever had grits. And, Carol! She is so truly talented! I love the Paris maps and love all the charming details. I have a red-strapped watch too - my favorite. I think I need those red glasses next :) I love red, black and white together!

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    1. I am myopic..but I think my next glasses may be red:) J'aime le noir et blanc et rouge aussi:)

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  4. so fun all of it and she did that painting of you? i just love all of it,and yes her macaron bracelet is fantastic. i love finding out about all of these things through you

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    1. She did..a sweet surprise..♥Look at all her posts..I have had some wonderful art lessons from Carol:)

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  5. I noticed that new portrait this morning on your blog - now I am completely bowled over by these maps - what a delight! Instantly went to her site and will bookmark. Amazing - and many thanks for introducing her to me. And your crepes are beautiful! I usually do rolled up cigars with apricot jam and a snowy shake of confectioner's sugar. PS/ I love that portrait of you!

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    1. Katrina..I love the portrait of me too..because it's a much improved moi..
      and yes the talent and charm of Carol's work..a book is in order..♥
      The maps..are intricate..charming..and perfect.I think they are frame worthy +

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    2. Nonsense - every photograph of you is beautiful! And I totally agree that they are frame worthy. Such cheerful and colorful meanderings - I especially loved that poodle carrying a chic shopping bag.

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    3. I am going to be actively searching for frames..I agree!

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  6. Happy Birthday Jacques!🎈
    What. Beautiful breakfast....lucky guy!
    Have a wonderful Easter...with your lovely family...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I will tell him..so far it was lovely..calls from his girls..Noah and a visit from one daughter and 2 Littles..we will all be together Saturday!
      Thanks Linda!

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  7. Yes, Happy Birthday, Jacques!
    I adore Carol's work. I subscribed to her monthly letters one year, and this year I had her do a sketch for friends to send as a Christmas surprise. I must order the maps. I agree. Her work should be a book. Everything she does is totally charm in my opinion. Of course, she shares Paris like I prefer to see Paris when I'm there - walking and letting serendipity take me away.

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    1. That is how Jacques and I would visit..just like that..quaint stops..shops..Montmartre..
      You are so thoughtful about the sketch..what a sweet gift.
      I would pre order her book too...
      I adore her work too..I keep saying too..limited vocabulary tonight..so I will say aussi!

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  8. Carol captured you very well because I know you in person Monique, and she is slso very lovely lady too...📷🎨

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  9. That is a fantastic pic of Carol and she did a great job on your's too. The crepes look to die for and shrimp and grits is so very southern and delish too. I just ate dinner and all including the cake look good. Have the best Easter with your littles and bigs.

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    1. Thanks Donna,.you too..
      Carol is fantastic looking..!

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  10. I'm not sure I would ever describe your pics as lackluster! Love shrimp and grits and even a bunny without an ear! Have a Happy Easter!

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  11. Ces cartes sont tellement belles ! Je comprends que tu sois si heureuse de les recevoir ! Quant à ces crêpes Suzette ... Superbement appétissantes aussi ! Des bises d'un Paris bien pluvieux, aujourd'hui ... Ah, tout le monde n'a pas la belle lumière de Cannes, hein ? :-)

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    1. Pluvieux chez Monique et Jacques aussi!Ces cartes sont si originales et charmantes Hélène:)
      xoxox

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  12. Oh, et avec tout ça, j'en ai oublié de souhaiter un bon anniversaire à Jacques ! :-)

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    1. Merci..il a eu une belle journée ..des coups de fil de toute sa famille et la visite de 3..on se réunit tous demain:)

      Je t'ai envoyé un petit courriel il y a quelques jours;)x

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  13. How utterly unique! I am so amazed at all the different talents in this world and the incredible people who create these things! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Love, LOVE the maps. I did a similar one of the village we lived in when the daughter for the American family I worked for down South got married. For free of course. It somehow got considered a part of my duties as the cook. Go figure! LOL that is how rich people stay rich. They have a way of getting whatever they want for free. Loving the Crepes you made your dear J. They look fabulously delicious. I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see all you get up to with your family this weekend. I know it will be fun and delicious and filled with joy! Joyeuses Pâques! xoxo

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    1. This morning when we got up Jacques said :"Do you want e to take out the Grand Marnier?: LOL..really you should have seen my kitchen.:)

      It looks so dark..like Good FRiday indeed.
      I think you should make a map of where you live..contact the bureau of commerce or whatever and NOW sell it:)
      For big bucks:) The stores could hand them out..how charming would that be?

      Our town did it about 30 yrs ago..everyone bought them!!It was charming too.

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    2. It sounds a positively charming idea Monique and I wil lgive it some thought! I think Jacques must have been hinting at crepes suzette? Peut etre? We had a sunny Good Friday and a rainy saturday but today on Sunday the sun is shining again. It's cold but dry and that is always good! Happy Easter! xoxo

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  14. Wow wow wow!!!
    You knocked me off my chair ;))
    Thank you for the gorgeous post monique!!!!
    I wills end along a glue stick for the bunny's ear next poste
    xxxxx carolg

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    1. :)
      Youre so talented Carol..the intricacy and detail..so so cute..it makes them so marketable..but mainly so publishable in a book!
      You need Judith Jones.
      You have a pre-order here. One map could have vellum :) And a darling bookmark!

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  15. Jacques must have loved his crepes and birthday outing. The maps are fantastic. You must get so much inspiration from them. Hope you are able to rescue the bunny. I found a nordicwear bunny and it unmoored well. I usedy your lamb recipe. Fingers crossed as I have to frost yet. I'm using joy of baking frosting and I'm thinking of piping frosting. Wish me luck. Your cakes always one so pretty. Happy Easter!

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    1. Good luck!
      I froze the wabbit..forever..he's not coming.:)
      And yes he loved his breakfast..this morning he asked me if he should take out the Grand Marnier:)
      It was a busy kitchen blooper the bunny:)

      The maps ARE fantastic.
      Have fun today..I'll be making the cheesecake.

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  16. I love those letters and art and the drawing of you too!! Happy Easter to you and your loved ones.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Thanks Bonnie..they are specal very special aren't they?
      I know I fell in love w/ my sketch also.
      Happy Easter to you..your first in the new house right?

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  17. Carol's work has a vintage kind of charming, I enjoy it very much. And I can't believe you have snow! We have almost passed spring and gone straight into summer, very hot here and dry. Happy Easter to you and Jacques!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. To you too Amalia..you know what?
      I think you hit ne nail on the head..perfect ...vintage charm..perfect..
      :) Brilliant!

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  18. Monique, Your friend Carol is a fantastic artist. I checked out her Etsy site, she does beautiful work. I love the Paris map with all the charming things I love about Paris!! I wanted to let you know I mentioned your blog on my party this week. I made some Easter sugar cookies with fondant and painted them, because I saw them on your blog. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I can't wait to paint more. Happy Easter to you and your family!! Hugs, Jody

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    1. How nice of you..I saw the cookies and was doing something on Something and hurried through..:) I had seen and chatted on your previous beauty post:)
      Jody..thos maps are so you..and they come bundled w/ Paris memorabilia:)
      Happy Easter talented one!

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    1. I know!! Super favulous..I love Amalias description..Vintage charm!

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  20. Happy Birthday Jacques! What delightful maps! I can see why you love them so. Your friend, Carol looks amazing with the macarons. Great talent sticks together. You have been busy in the kitchen too with delightful food. Happy Easter.

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    1. Happy Easter Linda!!!
      She does look amazing!♥

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  21. Crepe Suzette...know I know that is LOVE.

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  22. Happy birthday Jacques. Crêpes Suzette are perfect for your birthday. So glad you liked shrimp & grits - it's one of my all time favorites. Carol is incredibly talented and her drawing of you is so beautiful. It looks identical to the one you had posted in the right hand column of yourself Monique. I'm a little bit behind in visiting because we've had out of town company and house guests all week, but it's not too late to wish you both a very happy Easter.
    Sam

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    1. You're such a dear Sam:)
      Happy easter to you and Meakin also.
      I loved my grits..I remember you mentioning them..:)

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  23. Happy Easter Monique! I love Carol's portrait of you --- perfect description too of why you love it so much ;) I wish I could sit in your kitchen and watch you create.

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    1. It's never tidy while I am in the midst of it..I am glad you totally get why I love the sketch so much:)

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  24. I am also a big fan of that carolg...she IS amazing and talented!! I am also a fan of your enthusiasm for Carol's work, so much fun, all of it!! Joyeuse Pâques et Bon anniversaire à Jaques! Amuse-toi bien, R.

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    1. Merci Rita..Big fan of your work too!
      I am grateful for all the bloggers w/ their different talents that I have dscovered through blogging:)

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  25. Happy Easter Monique! Boy the shrimp and grits sound wonderful - it's been on my list for so long :) Thanks for the reminder. And happy birthday to your husband - sounds like a wonderful day!

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  26. Shrimp and grits sounds wonderful! I'm going to have to give that a whirl.
    Love your enthusiasm for Paris Maps. I'll check out her work.
    Happy Easter, dear Monique. xo

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    1. It's gorgeous work Susan..you will love it..I think I am getting to know your tastes:)
      Happy Easter to you too:)

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  27. Happy Easter Monique. Sorry I have been missing here for a while. Packed up and traveled back to NC. Now cleaning, raking, shining and decluttering. Love the portrait of you and the Paris Maps. Will come back when I have a break.

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    1. Don't work too hard..but enjoy this energy you must have:)
      A gift!
      Happy Easter!

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  28. Happy Easter dear Monique !!! All look beuatiful and lovely!! Hope you had a wonderful time with the kids :) :)

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    1. Happy Easter! Yes lovely time..just waiting on a photo of the 4 boys to arrive to post:)

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  29. Lovely maps! Happy Easter! xo

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  30. Me encanta el molde del conejito.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  31. Everything is just perfect.
    Happy Easter
    x

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