Friday, January 6, 2017

Dream Of Moving To Paris, Provence Or Tuscany?

 I have been having so much fun painting all
these book covers on favorite books of mine.
There is definitely a pattern in the type of books
I was selecting a few years back that I didn't realize
until I was posting these new products for my Etsy shop.


This Parisian lady is my painting for the book
"A Paris Moment" by Gordon Cope.  It's the story of Cope
moving to Le Marais in Paris and how he goes from being
a tourist to a resident of this beautiful city.
Oh, how I wanted to do this too.

On the back of this book, I have hand printed
a famous Paris quote...
"Paris is always a good idea."

See this book here.
 Everyone is familiar with 
"Under The Tuscan Sun".  The book and the movie
are different .... the book is all about Frances
Mayes move to Tuscany and her renovation of
an old villa named Bramasole.
It is almost like a wonderful how-to book on
building a life in Tuscany and she also includes 
wonderful Tuscan recipes.  She is a gourmet
cook as well as a writer.

On the back of this book is one of my favorite
quotes from "Eat, Pray, Love"....
"il dolce far niente"
the art of doing nothing.....

See this book here.
 I based the background cover of this book,
"IN YOUR OWN WRITE."
The book is written by famous designer Jocasta
Innes and her easy projects where
you use calligraphy for home decor elements.
It taught me how to use calligraphy on my walls
and lampshades which made my home feel very
French.   She also teaches how to make monogrammed
pillows and curtains.

See this lovely little book here.
"A PIG IN PROVENCE" is the name of this book
and is written by Georgeanne Brennan.
This is her story of her move to Provence and how
she created a new life in this beautiful area of France.
Of course, you can't talk about Provence without mentioning
the delicious foods of this area.  Cheeses, bouillabaisses, garlic,
tarts, etc....and interesting recipes to boot.

My favorite aspect of Provence are the Saturday markets
in the Fall.  The colors, the food, the ambience.....
my cover had to be a market scene with the lovely buildings
of Provence in the background.

The quote on the back of this wonderful book
is
"toujours dans mon coeur".
Always in my heart .... how true.

See Angelique at the market here.

The books have been selling well thanks to all of you.
See my Etsy shop here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Veronique Book Cover..Dressed To Kill

 Veronique has arrived on my coffee table.

I am having such fun painting the covers of old favorite books
of mine.  It is like painting a little canvas that can sit on your tables
or in your bookcase.

This cover is on the popular book called
"The Sweet Life Of Paris" which was written by
pastry chef and famous Paris blogger,
David Lebovitz.

The background of the hand painted book cover
is a soft French pink with a scene of a Paris café.
 Because Veronique is more of a 
Parisian fashionista and not
a foodie like Monsieur Lebovitz,
the quote on the back of the book is a
handprinted and says....
"I dress to kill....
I cook the same way."

I have friends like this....
 The book is in excellent shape and is
filled with wonderful French recipes that are
actually very doable.  David also talks about
his move to Paris and his adapting to a sweet
life in the City of Lights.  It's a fun read if you have
ever dreamed of making that kind of a move.
Here are the two most recent paintings together
on my coffee table.  It's fun to have little surprises
of art in unusual places.....

See my book paintings here
in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hand Painted Paris Book Covers

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These hand painted book covers are a new
product for Priscilla Mae et al.

The idea came to me as I was reorganizing my bookcase
and saw books that were like new that I have loved but
wanted to add a new dimension to them.  Why not paint
an appropriate lady or scene on the cover and have 
another little piece of art on the coffee table?

This pretty Paris lady in a French street scene is on
the cover of a well-known book called "French Women
For All Seasons" by Mireille Guiliano, the author who wrote 
"French Women Don't Get Fat."  This book has lots of Parisian
women secrets and delicious French recipes that are
quite doable.
 On the back is my Parisian lady walking away with
a hand printed quote, "J'aime Paris".
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 Anais is painted on the book "On Women Turning 60".
This book is a collection of stories of women and their
experiences and thoughts upon turning the big 60.

On the back of the book is Anais in her plaid suit walking
away with the quote... "Youth is a gift, Age is an art."

 And Manon is hand painted on a favorite book...
a French-English dictionary.  How appropriate.

This smaller hardback book would be a
wonderful gift for a friend who wants to learn French
before their next trip to Paris.

On the back of the book is Manon walking
away with the hand printed word  "Bonjour".....
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And finally...Angelique with her two pink rhinestones
and rhinestone necklace is on the book...
"The Quotable Woman."  This book has a wonderful
collection of thoughts of famous women.  The quotes
cover lots of subjects and a great resource for writing.

On the back of this hand painted book is a line from
the infamous Helen Reddy song....
"I AM WOMAN... HEAR ME ROAR."
So appropriate these days.

All these Book Ladies can be seen in 
my Etsy Shop here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Last Minute Xmas Decorating Ideas

If any of you are like me, you may still be in the throes of decorating your abode for the big day.  The blogs have 
been absolutely filled with great Christmas decor ideas. 
Here are my last inspirations for Christmas.
Lovely easy ideas ... right up my alley.
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A shabby chic Christmas tree with beautiful vintage 
bulbs.  Love the colors of vintage bulbs and all 
their lovely shapes.  So simple, so pretty.
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And to carry the theme just a bit further, use the rest 
of your vintage bulbs on a wreath.  I found boxes of 
old bulbs years ago at a Goodwill shop but I would 
doubt if you would find them now.  I guess flea markets 
are the next best place to seek out these treasures.
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How about gorgeous paper wrapped Christmas trees?  
The paper has been glued on a paper cone and then 
put on top of a silver candlestick.  Notice all the trims 
and jewelry glued on to give the tree a 
little bling and shine.
 
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Family and friends coming for Christmas?  What a 
great way towel come everyone with a wreath made 
from old photos.  
Love the sepia color of old pictures, don't you?
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And lastly, glasses, jars, voltives are covered with scrap book papers or one could even use lace remnants.  Whatever idea you choose to cover the glass, the candlelight through the designs is absolutely beautiful and so Christmas Eve.

It's never too late for that one little touch in your home or even a possible Christmas present for someone you love.