Sunday, June 30, 2013

Au Revoir Google Reader...

The countdown begins....Google Reader will be shutting down at midnight tonight, June 30th! I've finally added a Bloglovin' button to my sidebar so please click on it and continue to follow me here at PML. I would SO miss not seeing you! It's super easy to transfer all of the blogs you follow in Google Reader and into Bloglovin! Go ahead...give it a go!

Friday, June 28, 2013


Oh happy day....
three of my photographs are in the Miscellany section of Somerset Life....Summer 2013!

"Merci" Susan for the "heads up!"
Happy day mes amies!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bijoux...and a Giveaway Artists' Copy of Jewelry Affaire magazine has arrived!

I could not be more thrilled at how beautifully they photographed my pieces...

....they really have one talented staff of photographers.

And I was even more thrilled to see that I got a "shout out" in the "Letter From The Editor" section...


In keeping with my past "publication celebrations",
I am offering up a copy of this issue as a celebratory giveaway!

All you need to do is leave ONE comment on this post to win this tres beau issue of Jewelry Affaire.
You MUST be a current follower as of 6/25 to win!

The winner's name will be drawn on July 1st....the day this issue will be out on the newsstands !
Bonne Chance!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

French Dreams....

"Dream Catcher Lore"

"Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad.  

The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. 

The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher... 

...slipping through the outer holes and sliding down the ribbons so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. 

Not knowing the way, the bad dreams get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day."

I was inspired to create some "French" dream catchers because I sometimes dream in French (it's true!)
I hand stitched a vintage scapular onto an old tatted doily....

...added a vintage Mother Mary medal....

...yards and yards of soft ribbon...

....delicate lace....
....and hand strung pearl beads.

"Receveur des Reves"
("Catcher of Dreams")

 Soon for sale in my ETSY shop....
a line of "French Dream Catchers."
Happy Blissful Whites Wednesday mes amies!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I Miss You...

I wrote this Post several years ago and thought it would be appropriate to share it again today,
Father' s day......

"I dedicate this post to "my dad" whose 10th anniversary is this coming August. Even though i feel his spirit and "see" him in so many ways, places and faces.....not a day goes by that I don't miss his "physical presence" in my life. He was the calm at the center of the storm for me. A priest once said that the nicest words one could use to describe a person are: "He is kind." My father was kind. He was kind-hearted. He had a kind smile. He always had kind words for those who needed to hear them. He had a kind soul. He was  a man of few words but when he spoke them...they were abundant in meaning. Small in stature...he was larger than life in my eyes. He was my idol, my hero, my mentor, my friend.

Happy Father's Day Dad.
I miss you more than words can say...."

"Life is eternal,
and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing
save the limit of our sight."

Avec Amour,

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Catching Dreams...

My son's girlfriend celebrated a birthday recently and she just loves dream catchers so.....

...I decided to try my hand at making one for her.

I knew she'd love those shabby chic ones we've seen all over Pinterest and Blogland.

The best part was...
...I found everything I needed right here in my studio!

I spray painted a vintage metal embroidery hoop.... 

...and then got busy adding vintage lace, ribbon, fabric strips.....

...and beads.

A vintage crocheted doily made for the perfect "catcher" of dreams.

It was fun and easy to make and, best of all, she LOVED it!
Happy day Mes Amies!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary....

Today is the feast day of The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
I am especially fond of The Blessed Mary.....

...she has always given me great comfort when I've needed it the most. I believe this picture was taken at The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania (on my bucket list for sure!).

Happy day Mes Amies!