Saturday, January 30, 2010

Inspire me, oh, glorious blue!

Looking through some sites for inspiration, joy and eye-candy, I've found and selected some of the "wow" pictures on Coastal Living. Gotta love these. Ah...The Sea...The beach through the window...and my Oh-So-Adored Blue...Everywhere...Forever!














Hope you had as great of a time as I!
Bisous,
Erika

Today I love...


love...love...L.O.V.E. these beds so much from Coastal Living (www.coastalliving.com)!
Would you like to hang out with me? Lol.
Bisous,
Erika

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Petite surprise

Which is the easiest way to make chocolate, you think???
Since I am anyway all about recycling, I thought I'd make "recycled" chocolate to save time, but still be able to enjoy something yummi and "homemade". I melted some choco chunks and than using cranberries, decorating candy and rasped lemon-orange skin I created my own special chocolate. Should have used a plastic ice-cube maker but didn't have one at hand so I just poured small amounts on a glass plate.
The pot was full to the brim, so by this point I thought I'd grab a camera while there's still some in there...It makes a sweet surprise for the family coming home from a long day of work...
Bisous,
Erika

Fun times at The Blue Cricket Design, don't forget to visit.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A sad note...{update}


My last post with this title was anything but positive... But it meant so much to me that there were people who seemed to care and they were praying for us, and I sure think that positive thoughts lead to positive results. Yes, you anticipate it right! My grandfather did survive the operation and he was sure looked after by many angels, because he is now home resting and WALKING with both his legs, trying to get better. The doctors said it was a miracle, because he had a cardiovascular stroke and the vein had already exploded (which they did not know until they opened him up) thus the blood should have diffused instantly in his leg, but it didn't. They said that they have never seen a similar case before and it is a rarely met phenomena. The somewhat bad news is that (which he is not aware of yet) he needs one more surgical intervention. A bigger, but less risky one...But we are confident, hopeful and faithful!
So thank you, again. So much! For being there...for praying and hoping with my family from miles away.
Bisous,
Erika

ps. I took this picture in the Taize (France)surroundings last summer. I used to jog by this view every morning; it made me forget about everything and just be right there, only concentrating on the present moment. Carpe Diem as they say....

Petit-déjeuner... chez moi ou chez toi?

Une tasse de thé, s'il vous plait...


Une assiette vide?...Toujours négatif!Plaisanterie...Voila la pâtisserie:Et alors, des cerises??? Bring it on...please! (Ran out of rymes folks. Can you find one for this?)Ok, so now that you enjoyed a little breakfast we can get on to the theory part (I would not let you read on an empty stomach now, would I?)...Just a short ad on this sweet little mug.
Every time I go to France I also include staying in Taize as well, which is pretty much my spiritual home, I could say...Staying there makes me feel at home, makes me feel free and most of all it makes me feel hopeful for the future. It is like starting a new year after I come home (le soire de la Saint-Sylvestre all over again) and it makes me feel at ease with everything around me; makes me feel like being capable of living the moment and overcoming the obstacles that come my way...that is of course if I even perceive them as such, because of all the positive energy and attitude even issues seem like minor misunderstandings that go away by themselves over night. This magical place is a community of brothers and they welcome people from all over the world to share the simple life that they live with them, like them. Pray in silence and live in simplicity. They also earn much of their funds from which they also renovate and extend accommodation for the visitors; and they do that by creating. At the Exposition they sell book, dvds, cds, pottery, paintings, candles, post cards, pendants (I have a post with some of my Taize necklaces here) etc. So this is the place where I also got this beautiful little mug from this past summer. I am crazy the pottery created in the workshop. Too bad that until now I went either by bus, plane or train, so it was not very safe and convenient to bring lots of stuff with me. But what I dream about is, that when I will have m own home, family and KITCHEN, I will stuff it with Taize Pottery! There! I've said it! Not planning... just dreaming...hoping...praying...

(here are some pictures from the official Taize website)Bisous,
Erika

Beinvenue chez ma maison de poupée

What have you guys been up to this weekend? I sure know what I did...
My weekend started out with writing one of my insanest exams (great start, huh?), than acted like being high or drunk due to fatigue (involuntarily, of course), and than when I came to my senses, I felt the need to do something nonacademic so I made une poupée molle (=stuffed doll, but I like to call it silhouette, because it sounds fancier) and I got so carried away (not a new phenomena) that I lost track of time and so I almost forgot about the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition of the European Championships (but rushed in and turned on the TV just in time to see everyone starting from the bronze...if anyone else followed: have you seen Lambiel's insane performance??? I had goosebumps throughout the whole thing! It was amazing).
Ok, so here's what happened. When I came home from America I brought dozens of little flags with me (as souvenirs), and probably the only chance to give all of them away would have been if I had stood on the sidewalk on the high street and distributed them to everyone who walked by...Didn't happen. Dunno why?! Anyway, so what I did on this glorious Sunday was that I detached the flag fabric and held on to the wooden stud.
And than I transformed that into this:And decorated one of the flower pots in my room with "her":
I hope you dollies enjoyed this post,
bisous,
Erika

Ps. Don't forget to visit Cottage Instinct and Just something I whipped up Monday Making the World Cuter and Metamorphosis Monday aaand Make your Monday where I participate in the Monday parties :) Yippy!!! Grab a snack or a tea if you're on diet and knock yourself out with all the other grand crafts...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mes réves -- My dreams

(peninsulaproperties-belize.com)
(sO.geography.org.uk)

Ok, so here's what I am thinking...I've been following some of the "Beach-blogs" for some time and also came across so many pictures and journals of gals who live next to/close to the beach and I cannot repress the thought withing my heart: I want to live next to the ocean/ on the seaside, whichever... Yes...Yes I do!
I shall have a porch with a view on to the waters and I shall watch the sunrise and the sunset whenever I want to (and believe me I WANT TO), I would like to see my kids (whom I do not YET have, but hoping to... one day, haha) making sand-castles, I want to trace their steps in the sand (I am such a stalker), I want to listen their laughter mixed with the wonderful song of the waves and I want to take long walks on the seaside at gloaming.(sxc.hu)
Yes, I know I am a dreamer...
When I was little I used to dream about owning a lake house which has a cozy little attic (very important!) where I would paint, read and listen to classical music (I was a weird kid, I know)...And now this beach-house thingy...I didn't change much, did I? *sigh*

Hope you all have a sunny Sunday,
Á bientôt,
Erika
(media-cdn.tripadvisor.com)
(oh and feel free to visit my favorite beach-blog Sara's Beach Cottage)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Today I love...

...WINTER...in fact, I love winter throughout this week! Wanna know why? Well, because of figure skating of course. Not that there is no other opportunity to practice it during winter, but because it is not even about practicing it, but watching!!!!
Perhaps you've heard about many competitions and championships in the domain, but this year is even more important, because of the Olympics which will take place in Vancouver. BUT don't let me deviate from my initial intention, that of talking about the European Championships, which are held in Tallinn, Estonia. Oh I'm such a fan of this wonderful sport...I don't even know whether I like to call it that way; I would rather perceive it as a form of art than just a random winter-sport.
For me following figure skating is like going to a museum to watch and analyze art, and than get swept of my feet by the beauty and intensity of certain pieces...

Than again, I am not an expert so how would I know or how would I be able to recognize perfection? True, I do not count the rotation of the jumps and I do not look at whether they skate on the inner or outer blade of their skates. But what I do know is, that a simple dry competition ends and art starts at the point when I forget about myself, I forget to see the components of the program and start seeing it as a whole, as one piece in which the skater takes me away and tells me a story and thus only at the end of the program when people start clapping do I realize that in fact I am still at home sitting in the armchair watching a screen...But I was given a moment of peace, a moment of truth, a moment of perfection...

Among my favorite European "artists" are:(a3vox.com)
(sport365.fr)
(news.bbc.co.uk)
(stephenrandeman.com)
(toeloopy.com)
(4.media.tumblr.com)(english.people.com.cn)(chinadialy.com.cn)
(slam.canoe.ca)
(sport.fr)
(img.timeinc.net)
(zimbio.com)
Bisous,
Erika