Early last Friday I trouped out to Parc Floral for a trifecta of salons with Janice MacLeod and Jeanne.
Parc Floral is a smaller convention center than Porte de Versailles at Metro Chateau de Vincennes. This serene setting is in sharp contrast.
To the mad mayhem inside the Salon Scrap show and that's an understatement.
Who knew at 10 am the first day would be so crowded?
Jeanne was our girl guide since she has all manner of crafting equipment at home like digital cutters etc.
I resisted this rubber stamp/tampon and have been regretting at leisure but the lines were so long to buy anything.
All kinds of demo classes were going on.
Who knows what they were making but they seemed to be having a ball cutting and pasting.
I liked this sign - 100% Française.
At a rubber stamp stand there was a box labled, "Italian Stamps"
I asked the woman,"Where are the FRENCH rubber stamps?"
She gestured to all the other rubber stamps in the stand.
Anyone home Carol?
You're at a FRENCH scrap show. HELLO?
Oh well live and learn as they say...
I completely lost it at the ribbon man's stand. He let me in the back to tear through his wired 'Easter' ribbons !! I found loads of pretty patterns to put inside the April sketch letter going put today. Hooray! (See above)
Meanwhile other crazies were tearing through his buttons...
I've no idea how you use buttons in a scrapbook but then I'm probably not the one to ask since I completely forgot I was at a French show...ahem
Next on to Sugar Paris - a cake supply show for home bakers.
This was a much calmer, better behaved crowd. Bakers need their wits about them if a cake is going to come out of the oven standing upright. Probably why I can't bake...
Lovely carrot cookies...
I did go nuts for this pretty fem china from Pip/in France called, Le Panier d'Eglantine.
I had instant fantasies of giving up my 17th century decor for a pink floral look. I planned to return for the makeover but this never happened. The Paris Marathon got in the way.
Speaking of plates, I suggested to the girls we hop into the Pari Fermier expo for snacks and lunch.
I worry about lunch a lot.
I started worrying as soon as we met up and headed towards the Metro.
"Shouldn't we take a sandwich to the show?" I suggested.
"Oh there will be something in Chatelet Metro" they reassured me.
There wasn't of course.
Eating at these shows can be a nightmare - long lines, lousy food and high $$$.
But at Pari Fermier we got a terrific plate of Perrigord products for a mere 10€
Meanwhile back at the ranch/studio I've been knee deep in French Easter chocolate working round the clock on your April sketch letter.
Ahh...the smell of it.
Quite intoxicating and trés irresistible.
More Paris Easter chocolates coming tomorrow but you can get a sneak peek at the April Sketch Letter going out today, if you check Etsy.
Cheers Carolg and Bear