Friday, May 27, 2011

Paris-Simply Irresistible: Good Night Sweet Prince

It all started as I descended



and quietly ambled down every street



and crossed every bridge



that has inspired countless artists and writers to 

capture the 

MAGIC.



Then it finally happened to me.


The ghosts on the walls that have shadowed millions of

travelers



whispered to ME



and wisked me up towards my imagination



to surface as a child again.



I was smitten

and since then

my FOLIES

have been kept still in the drawer of my mind


BUT are now doodled on paper


as my vision of a crooked little Parisian street

unfolds



into



An old street in Paris, Rue de Sainte 

Honoré

 

remains the most famous street still to 


this day

for boasting the most elegant boutiques 


in town

to find the loveliest hat




or silk gown.







 

And there a most famous couturier

has a quirky assistant, I have to say

for he is a scrappy and shaggy monsieur

with button eyes and an uncanny allure

with floppy ears and a certain knack

for knowing who's buying

his name is Balzac.



He hoots and he whistles and warns his  

patron

his master and keeper, Monsieur Bergeron

who comes and who goes and who browses 


and buys

for nothing escapes his scrupulous brown 


eyes!

So if you desire a Bergeron brand

you better be serious to pay on demand

and upon leaving this famous salon

please kindly say , "Merci Monsieur 


Bergeron!



And do not forget to say a "Merci"

to Monsieur Balzac or else you will see

his teeth sinking into your favorite 


shoes

"Give me attention, or this you shall 


lose!"



As was his routine at the end of the day

Monsieur Balzac wanted to wander and play

in and around all the Parisian parks


 

The Tuileries was one of his favorite 


landmarks.

He'd putt-putt his way in his little 


machine

all shiny and bright and incredibly 


clean.

 

Once he would get there he'd frolic and 

stray

on the grounds of the park he would 


spend all the day

exploring and looking for something 


brand new to tear or to sniff or devour 

and chew

until he met up with a certain artiste 

who happened to spot him with  


l'accordioniste




"Ce chien est charmant, vachement 


rigolo!"

he cried out in French and named him


Toto.

 

For Balzac smirked incessantly with his 

famous grimace

 

like the artiste's main character in his 


book called Audace!

They made their acquaintances one 


afternoon

and every night since by the bright 


Paris moon

they read the adventures of  

Toto the great

so much that Balzac was to meet an odd 


fate

for his link to Toto was incredibly 


strange

that he suddenly found himself totally 


changed

his fur had a feeling like no other "boy"

Can you guess what had happened? He 


turned into a

toy!

 

The artiste would read from his book to 

the crowd

while Balzac charmed the children, oh 


how he was proud

that everyone loved him and stroked his 


ruff fur

however he couldn't utter one GRRRRR!

There he stood helpless but loved 


nonetheless

but how he had wanted to get out of this 


mess!
 
Meanwhile back at the famous boutique

M. Bergeron and his fashionable clique


 

continued their fashion shows hugging 


and kissing

until Madame Choufleur said, "C'est


bizarre, something's missing!" 





Voilà!" She cried out! "I know what's 

not right!

it's that scamp named Balzac, he's been 


out of our sight!

Gone is the biting, the growling and 


stares

nobody liked him, nobody cares!"

But M. Bergeron wondered where he had 


been

while the crowd said, "Tant mieux! and 


good riddance to him!


“Now we can show off our beautiful works








 


without his ridiculous manies and 

quirks!"

However Balzac was enjoying success

the children had loved him in spite of 


this mess

for he was Toto, their hero, their 


friend,

who in every adventure was good to the 


end.

However one evening upon his large bed





Toto or Balzac got it into his head

to wish to become the dog he had been

to be totally transformed, without and 


within.

The children had hugged him so much he 


was stained

he needed a wash, so once he was trained

to go get his towel and a bar of savon

he got a hot bath from l'artiste de Lyon.

So in order to see what followed this 


scene

you must turn the page to see what I mean

for now he was back in his own curly fur

growling and yapping with each single GRRRR...








He loved being real again in his skin

but will he be loved without and within

by all the young children and Monsieur 


Bergeron

his master and keeper and famous patron?


Balzac’s transformation resulted in this


that when you are loved and sincerely 

missed

your heart becomes real and rien can 

compare


to the love that you give and the love 

that you share.

 
Good Night Sweet Prince


 and to Paris I say...











Now take a stroll throughout the week

(due to Blogger having technical difficulties)




and get a TOTALLY DIFFERENT view of this 

MAGNIFICENT CITY 

from these wonderful vantage points at:


Nancy from Fête et Fleur

Violet from Create Beauty

Lynn from Adorn

Rosie with Roses and Rutabagas

Deb at Sparkling Scrapbooks

Penny with Angelsdoor

Christie from Grammy's House: A Quaint Victorian Cottage

Gigi from Going Glam with Gigi 

Debi at Romancing the Home

Ruben from Rattus Scribus

Rayanne with A Lovely Thought

Anne from Bird Like

Kristin from Page of Inspiration

Koralee from Bluebird Notes

Deborah with With All My Heart

Stacy with Style Addict Mom

Mimi with Bonjour Romance

Suzanne from Privet and Holly

Sarah with Hyachinths for the Soul

Emily from The French Hutch

Jackie with Once Upon a Fairyland

Cindy Swanson from Notes From the Keys of Life

Amy from This Wondrous Space This Faerytale Space

Maggie from Normandy Life

Tiff with Mrs. Tiff

Linda from Delight

Julie with Being Ruby

Julie at A Vintage Chic

Karen Harvey Cox from Scrapbook of Inspiration

Fine from Etoiles et Toiles de Fine Bessot

Martina from M'S Art Impressions

Carolyn from Draffin Bears Little Bear Studio

Jenny with Pleasant Places

Bela with Chá de Baunilha

Jo with My Grandma's Soul

Victoria from Green and White Garden

Brenda from Champagne and Macaroons

Maria from Calm Energy

Saskia from Join My Joy

Ann from St. Nicolas and Christmas All Year Long

Francis from By Surprise

Fifi from Fifi Flowers

Mapi from Mapi

Fee from Chipper Nelly

Marie from  Classic Style in the City      

Christie with Three Pixie Lane

Frances from Beautiful Interiors and 18th Century Style

Elaine from Cafe Chatelaine

Jacqueline from Purple Chocolate Home

Charlotta Ward at Space for Inspiration

Marsha at Splendorosa

Denise from Denise's Delights in Her Coffeeberry Cottage 

Spencer at Bellamere Cottage 

Ria from It's Me 

Fay from A Melange et Moi 

Karen from Art by Karena 

Yvonne with La Petite Gallery

Megan from Once Upon a Canvas

Susan from A Work in Progress 

Lynn from The Vintage Nest 

Barbara from Moveable Feasts 

Dzintra with Queen of the Armchair

Sherry from Country Wings in Phoenix 

Heidi from Hi-d's Place

Libby at An Eye for Detail

Dawn at Quiddity 2



HAVE FUN!
And MERCI MILLE FOIS to all these participants; you will all be in the CHAPEAU for the drawing of a prize to be announced next week!

All drawings and poetry, "Good Night Sweet Prince" by Anita Rivera
from Castles Crowns and Cottages 2010 ©

Photo Credits: Carousel shot via Going Glam with Gigi and Tumblr
Paris shots: Little Brown Pen
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

What Are You Wearing to the Party?

There is a road in the outskirts of the city that 

meanders towards

PARISdise


but what are you wearing for the journey?


Are you planning on getting to Paris for a formal 

affair


a casual sunny tour of the parks that requires the 

perfect chapeau




or are you going to hit the MARCHÉS equipped with the 

perfect French bag


to gather all of your FLEA MARKET



and culinary finds?


Take a stroll and smell the sweet fragrance


 off all the lovely participants who will join us next

week, including my husband, Ruben!


Nancy from Fête et Fleur

Violet from Create Beauty

Rosie with Roses and Rutabagas

Deb at Sparkling Scrapbooks

Penny with Angelsdoor

Gigi from Going Glam with Gigi 

Debi at Romancing the Home

Ruben from Rattus Scribus

Rayanne with A Lovely Thought

Anne from Bird Like

Kristin from Page of Inspiration

Koralee from Bluebird Notes

Deborah with With All My Heart

Stacy with Style Addict Mom

Mimi with Bonjour Romance

Suzanne from Privet and Holly

Sarah with Hyachinths for the Soul

Emily from The French Hutch

Cindy Swanson from Notes From the Keys of Life

Amy from This Wondrous Space This Faerytale Space

Maggie from Normandy Life

Tiff with Mrs. Tiff

Linda from Delight

Julie with Being Ruby

Julie at A Vintage Chic

Karen Harvey Cox from Scrapbook of Inspiration

Fine from Etoiles et Toiles de Fine Bessot

Martina from M'S Art Impressions

Carolyn from Draffin Bears Little Bear Studio

Jenny with Pleasant Places

Bela with Chá de Baunilha

Jo with My Grandma's Soul

Victoria from Green and White Garden

Brenda from Champagne and Macaroons

Maria from Calm Energy

Saskia from Join My Joy

Ann from St. Nicolas and Christmas All Year Long

Francis from By Surprise

Fifi from Fifi Flowers

Mapi from Mapi

Patricia Cabrera from

Fee from Chipper Nelly

Marie from Classic Style in The City

Christie with Three Pixie Lane

Frances from Beautiful Interiors and 18th Century Style

Elaine from Cafe Chatelaine

Jacqueline from Purple Chocolate Home

Marsha at Splendorosa

Denise from Denise's Delights in Her Coffeeberry Cottage 

Spencer at Bellamere Cottage 

Ria from It's Me 

Fay from A Melange et Moi 

Karena from Art by Karena

Yvonne with La Petite Gallery

Jackie with Once Upon a Fairyland

Charlotta Ward at Space for Inspiration

Megan from Once Upon a Canvas

Susan from A Work in Progress

Lynn from The Vintage Nest

Barbara from Moveable Feasts

Dzintra with Queen of the Armchair

Christie from Grammy's House: A Quaint Victorian Cottage 

Sherry from Country Wings in Phoenix 

Heidi from Hi-d's Place 

But in the meantime my friends

find a quiet spot



jump into comfort



get your beauty rest


and 

be ready for the tour of

Paris: Simply Irresistible

Next Saturday May 28


who awaits us all!


All participants' names are automatically thrown into

   un chapeau 

for a chance to win a prize from my

workshop so if you haven't signed up, it's not too

late!


Photo Credits:

Hat with blue ribbon: ROSE MILLE, Stillwater Minnesota
Other photos: The Alternative Wife
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