Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Createur de Reves

                              Wooden Duck watercolor on Etsy
Sometimes one of the hardest things to do in Paris is simply open a door and walk inside. But magic can wait behind those doors, so why not?
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I hesitated entering CREATEURS DE REVES (dream makers) a wonderful hole-in-the-wall wooden toy shop at 9 rue Beautreillis 75004. The Gilets Jaunes marched down lower rue de Rivoli Saturday forcing Monoprix to show us out the back door. Lost I turned left and fell into a charming treasure chest.
A very petit Madame Glaser has run the shop for 50 years carrying on her father's passion for witty wooden toys. This sailboat mobile lulls babies to sleep. I could stay awake watching it spin.
She hand-paints and makes wooden top amidst the clutter of equipment
Madame also makes copper jewelry Using Notre Dame's rose window motif.
I fell hard for the mushroom-shaped nutcracker(12€). Perfect to open the Grenoble walnuts I got from Monop (3€ a pound). Madame said, "Très bien pour la santé. I eat them everyday". Me too! Do get some French walnuts next time you visit Paris. Eating 5-8 a day offers many benefits like omega-3s, zinc, arginine. And open as many doors as possible in Paris! Easy peasy to make this savory winter salad of roquefort, walnuts, sliced apple and arrugala + balsamic vinagrette. The JANUARY WATERCOLOR SALE ENDS SOON. Run, don't walk to Etsy XXX 🐻from Paris ❤️

17 comments:

  1. What you really want is Grenoble walnut OIL. Cold pressed, first pressing. Use that in your vinaigrette. If you can, use blood orange juice in place of vinegar, Dijon mustard, a pinch of salt, a pinch of sugar. On that same salad.

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    1. OMG sounds soooo yummy. I was to.d to omly buy a small bottle of walnut oil...it goes off fast.
      Will try it...mille merci Catanea

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  2. I love walnuts and walnut oil and your casse-noisette..

    However the wood boats are screaming to me:)How cute your aquarelle..they need it.

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  3. So one door closes and another opens. So the Gilet Jaunes did you a favour. How delightful are Madame Glaser's wooden toys. I can't wait to go there with my sketchers in June and spend up. Love the wooden duck. Thank you for finding these secret places for us ParisBreakfast.

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    1. I know Erin ;))
      For once I'm grateful to the gilets jaunes for disrupting everything in Paris on Saturdays. Madame Glaser said they ruined her Christmas business this year so please do visit everyone!!!!

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  4. Rob and Bonnie7:54 AM

    Rêve has always been one of my favorite French words...conveys the meaning so much better than “dream”. Parisian children’s toy stores are indeed magical. How lovely that you found Créateur de Rêves in such a serendipitous way!

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  5. Gwenny10:45 AM

    I'll visit this shop the next time i'm in Paris. Thanks.��
    Thanks for the recipe too. I have walnuts almost every day.

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  6. My favorite toy shop in Paris, Tumbleweed, has closed so now I must try this one - it looks delightful.
    PS. I received Bears note yesterday with my map; please tell him oui, I will see him in September.

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    1. Paris toyshops are delightful!
      Besr has marked his agenda👍🏻
      Xxx🐻

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  7. Totally charming. I can't resist a toy-anything when it's not the same old boring Barbies, Fisher Price and all. And the walnut cracker is wonderful. Love that one!

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    1. Cracking these walnuts is making me stronger!
      In the shop she had old dusty nuts...very easy to crack...Hmmm

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  8. Jane Gabin6:27 PM

    I agree - I have found adventures in Paris just opening doors.

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    1. I just wish I was more hesitant going inside BOULANGERIES !!!🥐🥐🥐

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  9. Bonnie10:33 PM

    AWESOME!
    Fabulous.
    Merci!

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  10. Lovely salad recipe. And thank you for the toy shop visit. Very magical.

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  11. Sally V7:48 AM

    Wonderful post.

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