Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Back to Blue Willow

Blue Willow cup at Bergdorfs,watercolor on Etsy, 5.5" x 7.5"
Back to Blue...Willow. I popped into Bergdorfs 7th floor to admire the china.

This lovely tea set in their vintage china shop.

Then over to Tiny Doll House on 314 East 78th Street for something more manageable.
And mini Wedgewood. Real Coalport seen on Madison Avenue. And mini Coalport at Tiny Doll House. They even have mini Staffordshire figures!I walked out with this Willow pattern ginger jar, side table (mahogany?), mirror and blue and white wallpaper!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Macarons Anyone?

Macarons Anyone?,9" x 11"
We're not the only ones who want macaron-everything!

You can find lots of French china with macarons all over Paris. I bought this cup at Lenotre.

And they now have their online shop here

More French pastry mugs from Potiron...
And Fauchon's version.

Christening my new Potiron cup last November.
Gien ceramics has a whole line of adorable pastry china... Pierre Frey has pastry linens.Special china at last year's Salon du Chocolat...I'll be there this time next month. Can't wait.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hydrangea Fair

Hydrangea Bleu, 5.5" x 7.5"
Did Marie-Antoinette have the tiniest clue what an influence she would have on future generations? Their chocolate-drinking habits or their floral choices?
Or how many bloggers lives she would save? Are these hydrangea/hortensia in this poster for the Paris exhibit?
Hydrangea seem to be everywhere like here at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday.
Both of my parents had passionate green thumbs. My fingers were red-yellow-blue from finger painting, but the flower bug hit me late.
Parisien fleuristes did it to me.
Though I've learned to grow zip, I certainly have learned to look down and appreciate other's efforts.
And the tiniest exquisite shops are everywhere.

If only I'd thought to take a picture of the name of this shop. You'll remind me next trip in October S.V.P.! My mother liked to paint flowers as well as grow them. At least in that respect I take after her :)
PS I will not be a GardenFair this weekend- too many other obligations were calling and now it's raining non-stop.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Marie-Antoinette at Bernardaud

Marie-Antoinette teapot,watercolor 5.5" x 7.5"

I was first bowled over by the Bernardaud's windows at Carrousel du Louvre of their Marie-Antoinette commemorative collection.
Bird cup at Bernardaud, watercolor 5.5" x 7.5"

Plus the big posters all over Paris drove me to the not-to-be missed exhibit.
An exquisite goblet in the same collection...This milky breast-shaped piece was designed especially for La Laiterie de Rambouillet - Marie-Antoinette's dairy, Le hameau at Versailles.And then back again to Bernardaud to look again at this Limoges china... A 16th c Supernanny giving a good wacking with a bouquet of roses. These lush silk roses drove me to seek out SIA. *Note the decorative macarons. The shelf life of these cookies is not long. I wonder who's job it is to eat and replenish these window?
A piece montee des macarons. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Paris Night Walks...

Paris window chaise,watercolor on Etsy, sold 5.5" x 7.5"
OK, let's escape into the Paris night.... There's nothing like strolling around Paris at night...
You have all the windows to yourself...
And you can redecorate entirely to your heart's content - like this inviting chair in a rare bookshop window..
Oh those trecherous, unending circular staircases in Paris! I'll take a mini model instead S.V.P.
Bouquets of everlasting coral - perfection!
Parisien children's shops at night are full of stories - a sad child neglected by teddy parents...domage
A little snack for your night time journey..? A few cerises peut-etre? Crunch...crunch
At last! Bisquits...quelle domage - made of porcelaine. But no calories!
My walk from the Right bank over to the Left bank. Que Voltaire is particularly good for enticing antique boutiques for the vicarious shopper.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Blues...

China Export blue,watercolor on Etsy, sold 5.5" x 7.5"
Have you got the blues?

Blue Tabletop,watercolor on Etsy, sold 5.5" x 7.5"

Me too. Course you know we're not alone on this. But is that gonna help much?

Like I said yesterday, when things get tough it's time to escape. Wouldn't it be divine to jump into the Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte's gift shop and immerse ourselves in all this china?

Or to pop into Cuisinophile in the Marais and browse some blue kitchen ware?
Dear Barbara Blue's notebook...boy could I write some blue notes in there.... Taking petit dejeuner at Corinnes heads to the top of the list... Bergdorf's Blue china windows...yum yum yum Looking out Corinne's window at Paris blue roofs! Oui bien sur! I'm escaping to the serene Morandi exhibit at the Met. This may be the only bit of blue in the whole exhibit, but I intend to seek it out PDQ! BONNE JOURNEE!