Saturday, December 29, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Just popping in to wish myself Happy Birthday !
I bought this for myself on Ebay and if I do say so myself quite a sweet little snipe. A pretty vintage Marie Antoinette Hatpin or hairpin. I have already used the image in the collage tribute to the French Court Ladies and she is beautiful. Yippee!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME !!!
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Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
I've just been reading the most wonderful blog about Mdme. Vigee le Brun, portraitist to Maire Antoinette. I have been so absorbed that I have neglected my work, so thought to share its contents with those of you interested in such wonderful accounts of history. Especially this fabulous although tragic French history, of my favorite subject.
Click on this link and enjoy the read ! http://lefleurdelystoo.blogspot.com/2007_09_23_archive.html
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Marie Antoinette, style maven & unforgettable queen of the universe and France ! I've had a lot of fun sharing my creations via stationery designs in my Etsy store.
This cotton candy haired surreal depiction of the goings on , ( from the rose colored glasses I like to view the world through) was so fun to create. "La Libertine" is a sort of twist on history if you will, as little Marie magically escapes the guillotine, by floating away with only her pink umbrella and her magic blue bird in her gilded cage. hmmmm...funny the kings brother has lost control of his launch of that air balloon ?? The crowd roars as organized religion of some sort looks on. Yea! Like a sports report of the era of kings and queens !
OK, well I'm carried away. Its a very pretty card design though, with a fabulous bright blue envelope and little seals . Visit my Etsy store for more of Marie A. , Madame DuBarry, lots of Roccoco, glitter & sparkle.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Oh my, no time to blog.! I started a little store ( or so I thought), on Etsy and have been so swamped I haven't even had time to blog for over two months ! I've met so many wonderful people and have been so fortunate that people are responding so well to my designs.
New Christmas is being received so well so I'll share my fav here ! I have coveted and collected these little innocent girls with big dresses all year with wanting to incorporate them, and preserve them to share with new generations. Titled " Is It Kissmas Yet", just for that right touch of childhood whimsey.
Visit my Etsy store PAPER Nosh for lots of fun little "nosh's" or tidbits of stationery and new this week downloadable "Wish" Tags. Little labels and seals are always available for that extra touch.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Are you Queen of the Frigging Universe ??
These are the perfect answer to anyone who doubts who you really are!
These little cards are getting alot of attention in my Etsy store,they are also available at Paper Nosh.com and can be customized. Some clients even wanting just to say Queen of the Universe, equally as much fun for those not so daring.
I thought the font was cool, sort of Tim Burton..ish ! Funny that most people ordering my crown cards live in a Monarchy, I guess everyone wants to wear a crown. These are fun for birthdays and celebrations with your girlfriends or even for your mom for that matter.
This lovely photo was taken by a client and thought to post it as it was better than the old digital version that didn't really show off the card.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Little Skeleton Girl Notecard featuring "Rag and Bone" and her name Decatentia in fun and scary fonts ! This is similiar to Victorian Lowbrow , with a touch of fashion, & a bit of sinister humor ! Card is printed on imported, acid free Spanish cardstock with a slight texture and soft cotton feel, using archival ink. Includes a pretty chocolate envelope, lined with a cute skeleton print and is sealed in a cellophane envelope to keep it safe. I create coordinating envelope liners for all of my designs, as just a nice added touch.Card is a great size for mailing, 5 3/8 x 4 1/4. Do you want a set of these cards? Just contact me and I can custom list a set for you at a better price. Matching round envelope seals are also available.
Visit PAPER NOSH ~ www.papernosh.etsy.com
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Winged Golden Crown Notecards Set
Printed on acid free imported Spanish paper with archival ink this winged, golden royal crown will make you want to write royal letters to all of your friends ! Such a fabulous ancient insignia !Done in Paper Nosh's Digital Letterpress style these have a rich and decadent feel and appearance.Set of four cards measure 5 3/8 x 4 1/4 and includes beautiful cream envelopes made of the same fine Spanish paper. I have lined the envelopes with golden French script printed in a pattern to enhance the luxury of these pretty cards.Shipped in a pretty shimmering chocolate box and tied with a pretty ribbon in aqua and chocolate. These would make a wonderful gift ! No wrapping required.If you would like more of these cards or any personalization I would be happy to create a custom listing for you. Just contact Paper Nosh with your request ! Matching round envelope seals with golden crowns are also available.
Visit PAPER NOSH ~ www.papernosh.etsy.com
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Posted in 2007 : I so adore Laduree I have been on a mad search for a macaron recipe like those this beautiful french patisserie chain creates in their Parisian Shoppes. We have tried to have them shipped to us but its just not happening at this time. So................resourceful as I am I have found a recipe !! I am soooooo.......excited !
Each region you visit has its own cookie. Paris is known for these delicious almond filled macarons in great pastel colors. Here is a stateside rendition~
125 grams ground almonds
110 grams egg whites (about 4), aged overnight at room temperature
30 grams granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
Mix the sugar and ground almonds. Beat the egg whites until stiff and frothy. Very Gently incorporate the egg whites to the preparation, then add the flavor extract.
On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, lightly buttered, pipe the paste about the size of a small walnut through a pastry bag so you don't handle the batter too much.
Bake in preheated oven at 325°F for 15 minutes . Take the tray out and let cool down completely
******I would definitely suggest letting these lay out for at least a day to "dry" as I get the best Macarons this way. You may lightly lay a piece of waxed paper or parchment over them if you feel like you can't just leave them out, but do not cover tightly.
( Do not fill right away, let the "shells" dry and cool overnight! )
For chocolate, make a simple ganache with melted chocolate in a bit of heavy cream.
For fruit, fillings use a quality raspberry or strawberry jam. For fillings with nut flavors, make a butter cream filling, and flavor it with an extract and finely chopped nuts. For something more sophisticated flavor with pistachio, lavender, or coffee and sprinkle on a grated espresso bean. BE daring, be imaginative, after all they call the kitchen at LaDuree a "Chemist Lab" !
Fill cookies and serve. Store loosely in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Link to the French LADUREE
Follow this link to read about Laduree's History of the Macaron and get some great hints on how to flavor your homemade treats here in the US and to achieve the best texture and flavor for this recipe !
I am not a baker, I am a designer and printer and this recipe is here because it was successful for me. There are many variations.
If you are not a baker try buying them at Mark It With A G, their American version is truly perfect. ( I took the photos that you see here when the box arrived with my own trusty camera!)
Here is a video from Paulette's in Beverly Hills, CA not me but same name:) She is lovely and her Macarons are to die for. Its fun to see how they make them and there are many videos on U-Tube but this was the best !
Update: la pink paperie: Do you lust for LADUREE' Macarons?
Sophies Fashions in Stockholm has put this recipe on her blog in her language. It is the best recipe! But watch the weather and don't attempt if its rainy or too humid.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I have a new love in my life and am dreaming about running away to a deserted island with "it" in tow !!
Many hours have been spent researching the most beautiful of paper printing techniques and a way to produce this most admired printing method.
Im speaking about Letterpress. I so envy all the graphic designers who have mastered this ancient way of printing their creations.
Well...I dont have a letterpress, but I do have a vast capacity for creating new ways of doing things.......... especially using any program available to me on my handy dandy HP and with
my "boyfriend", Mr. Photoshop !!
The card creation pictured above is my first attempt at creating this digital letterpress "look".
I have always printed my designs with a LaserJet, using imported textured papers. So the outcome of my created technique, as well as these beautiful "soft" papers, yields a true and lovely cousin to Letterpress.
I am ga ga over this notecard as well as the lovely flueron design at the right !!
Now dont misunderstand my intention with this statement . My designs are like children, and like my poor son, go through my rigorus "Jewish Mother" routine before anyone ever sees them. When they live up to my picky standards they can come out and be social. All kidding aside, ( and my son is a grown man, by the way ), I am very proud of this creation and the printed outcome.
In the near future I would love to purchase a Letterpress, but for now I am further developing my new "Digital Letterpress" stationery designs for Pink Paris Paperie.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Needless to say, the muse left me, and even though I continued to try to work, the world was a hazy fog to me. I am the type that if I am speaking to you I will push my emotions aside and try to be involved in whatever you would like to talk about in the moment. I was once described as a person who , if put on a stage and humiliated, I would never show it, but cry my eyes out when I was finally alone. How did that person know me so well ?
So now you know me for the dog lover that I am ! I stand accused and am guilty. I love those little dear faces and will miss them the rest of my life.
So this has been a better week and I have been designing, editing, and printing like crazy to catch up. My stationery designs are very labor intensive and take extra time and organization to produce a product that I feel worthy of sending to a buyer who may be very discriminating. I am not a mass producer and all cards are conceived in my little mind and go through alot of hits and misses before I finally show them for sale on the web site.
I love paper and have purchased from high end retailers my whole life. I dreamed of creating a line of stationery and notecards that you just wouldn't see any place else ! With the beautiful imported paper I have found and the right equipment handed down to me by my very talented mentor I can produce a product I can be proud of .
Monday, July 2, 2007
I am so excited to be changing the look and overall feel of my web site. It seemed it needed to reflect my own personal design and show off my stationery art in a better format. It should soon be up and running this week if we can work out all the CSS kinks ! Stay tuned for new and fabulous designs for customization.
Do you like retro? Vintage? A different era? I do and have been aquiring old French Magazines and advertising clips from the 1920's. Fashion was so hip and alive then, plus the faces on the models are drawn so chic and sweet. I am designing a beautiful line of cards using my new aquisitions. The designing and editing of these little vignettes is no easy task, but I'm up for alittle challenge and riding in on the excitement of my new web site.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Aunt Florence's Frozen Lemon Cupcakes
Makes: About 12 cupcakes
1 cup sugar
Juice and finely grated rind of one lemon
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup crushed grahamn crackers
1/2 cup crushed corn flakes
2 tablespoons sugar
Jellied lemon sliced or small berry for topping.
1. Making lemon cream: combine sugar and lemon juice and rind in a large bowl. Gradually beat in cream.
2. To make the bottom crust: melt butter in a pan over low heat and stir in crushed graham crackers, corn flakes, and sugar.
Remove from heat.
3. Press down crust mixture into the bottom of a silicon cupcake holder or cupcake liner. I used the silicon holder because it was more rigid and removed it after the cupcakes were frozen.
Freeze for at least 3 hours. Unmold and top with a jellied lemon slice or a small berry of some kind.4.
These will make you very happy! So Yummy
I found this on "Way More Than 52 Cupcakes"~Thank you cupcake Queen! You Rock !!
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While visiting yet again I found reference to this wonderful magazine! It looked so delicious I couldn't resist a reference in my blog! I wonder if they print in English?? That might be helpful if I want to try some recipes ! lol
I did find a subscription available to order from Amazon here.