Monday, June 29, 2009
When I decided to quit my job as a highschool English and French teacher in order to stay home with our new arrival, I remember feeling quite anxious about our financial situation-two incomes becoming one income-yikes! Of course, ironically, regular people like you and me began to realize the declining economy about two months after I quit my job...go figure! In any case, prosperous or penniless, I desire to stay home with our baby girl.
I NEVER imagined my blog amounting to anything or becoming a success. Well, success is relative after all. I never would have thought that 159 people would have wanted to follow my blog...I would have been thrilled to have 50! I underestimated the blog world and how it would affect me; it's connected me to a huge circle of creative, talented, intellectual people; it's given me a new confidence in my own style; and it's made me use a part of my brain that I didn't know existed---web/blog design. Yeah, who knew!? (My former students would be absolutely shocked!)
NOTE- All blog designs that I create are from scratch and EVERYTHING is custom made to fit your blog, your style. Nothing is premade. My work is a joint effort with the customer. The customer tells me what she wants, and I begin to create. All of my sale items on Etsy are samples to give you an idea of the product. Behind a sample is a host of possibilities. I have a variety of beautiful and classic fonts and embellishments available in any color
Aside from my blog, here are a few other samples of my work:
Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage-sidebar labels and custom ASPCA.org button.
Koralee at Bluebird Notes-sidebar labels, end of post embellishment, and post signatures.
Thank you, Claudia and Koralee, for your sweet spirits and kindness!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Well, we are taking a mini vacation for the next couple of days ALL ALONE. Now, that just feels so weird to say, but it is SO needed. We really do miss each other. I am guessing that you understand what I mean when I say "miss each other." I feel selfish for saying that, but I understand that a family is only as strong as husband and wife's relationship.
I know that we will be so anxious to come back home after being away from baby girl for two days. My husband and I keep joking about how she will change in the two days that we are away. She has been taking several steps on her own now (yeah, she's a late walker), and we keep joking that she'll be running by the time we come back!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
- Vocabulaire - le salon & l'anatomie
- Expressing what you like and don't like
Expressing likes and dislikes
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
All of her pictures are laden with emotion--love, frustration, sorrow, intimacy, awareness...and many of her images explore various strong emotions between a man and a woman. Not only does she express these emotions in her art, but she also includes a lenghthy caption along with each of her photos, which is uncommon in my experience on Flickr.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- Vocabulaire - for what things are made of
- Reading - Practice reading in French!
I have decided to add into this lesson a few very short paragraphs in French to help you to practice reading in French (we all need that reinforcement). Of course, I will give you the English version in case you need it.
Les rideaux en soie autour du lit donnent cette chambre un air royal. J'aime le mélange de motifs- les rayures et les fioritures.
la bouteille en verre = glass bottle
From time to time, I use a glass perfume bottle as a small vase for a small bouquet in the bathroom.
la robe en coton = a cotton dress
Look at this couple. They look pure and innocent while wearing these cotton clothes. This is a beautiful and tranquil picture, isn't it?
en papier=made of paper
une fleur en papier = a paper flower
une chaussure en papier = a paper shoe
Noel, la fondatrice de Fanciful Designs, a fait cette chaussure blanche en papier. Elle a été inspirée par l'anniversaire de mariage de ses parents quand elle l'a créée. La chaussure est legère, romantique, et parfaitement charmante!
Noel, the founder of Fanciful Designs, made this white, paper shoe. She was inspired by her parent's wedding anniversary when she created it. The shoe is light, romantic, and perfectly charming!
en plastique=made of plastic
les boutons en plastique = plastic buttons
en cuir = made of leather
une malle en cuir = a leather trunk
une valise en cuir = a leather suitcase
Noel a trouvé cette malle en cuir il y quelques années à un marche aux puces en Californie. La malle a la marque Goyard-Paris. Quel trésor!
Noel found this leather trunk at a flea market in California a couple of years ago. The trunk has the mark, Goyard-Paris. What a treasure!
Images #1 and 2-Flickr-xjavierx #3. a la parisienne
#4.Flickr- Rosiehardy #5. Fanciful Designs #6. a la parisienne
#7. Fanciful Designs
Monday, June 1, 2009
Mischa Barton in Elie Saab Spring 2009 Haute Couture