Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Photos from the Marches in France

I had a great time hanging with Al and getting the finial items done for the two marches we attended. We had a great response. I love vin chaud!
Note to self - must learn French! Seems a bit crazy to go to France and then not be able to talk to folks about your product.  
Enjoy the photos. I will post our videos as soon as I figure out how to do it.
These are from Draveil:
The morning set up. Fortunately, the tents are set up for us.

Some of the entertainment

Our booth

A photo op for one of the schools

Folks in line to see "Papa Noel"

These are from Vigneux:
Our booth

The chateau

Papa Noel sampling the champagne

Some of our items

Josie modeling her glove purchase

Saturday night

Family photo with Papa Noel

How many vin chaud does it take to keep warm? 

Sunday morning, burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Some of the entertainment

I love seeing the kids all bundled up

How cool to see this while shopping for fabric

Being creative.
Thanks to Al and family for being patient with my mess

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Market à la Française

Last weekend was the last of our Christmas Markets this year in France. We participated in 3 days of "marchés"; December 3 in Draveil, the city right next door, which was cold, rainy and very windy. One stall was completely upturned, but with some help they set up shop again and continued the day without further mishaps.
Our second weekend was December 10, 11 in the town I live in, Vigneux-sur-Seine. This year there were 39 stands and in spite of the cold we had a good turnout. 
We'll just let the pictures tell the story!
A quartet and beasties add to the ambiance
Mulled Wine helps stave off the cold!

Even Santa (Papa Noël) can't resist a good Champagne

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Le Marché St. Pierre in Paris

Here's a little glimpse of a material maven's paradise. Just about the only place around my place to go and buy material is in Paris. I am not exaggerating at all (this time). At the little neighborhood markets I can rarely find the just-right color, motif, etc., etc. that I have in my mind's eye.
So I get on the train, ride 20 minutes to Paris, change a couple of Metro lines, walk down souvenir-lined streets and VOILA!, I am at the foot of Sacre-Coeur getting all excited and jittery as I envision my future purchases.
The two biggest and oldest stores are La Reine and Dreyfus (Marché Saint Pierre). And when I say big, I mean BIG! Six to seven stories of whatever your little heart desires. But, I must confess that some days I go in and find nothing, absolutely nothing, that I'm looking for.
I'll just stop talking about it and show you some pics from our (yes.. our ... Peggy's over here, more about that in another post) latest jaunt about a week ago.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

First Camellia & a Bonus!

Whoa Chickies,
Looks like it's been awhile since a post from any of us. Well, I do apologize, as I've/we've been pretty busy lately what with 3 days of Christmas Shows (Marché en Français, s'il vous plaît) coming up over here in France.
BUT, what urged me to come here today is this: (Edited) Oops, sorry for this first blurry pic.
My view from the french doors
I opened up the shutters this morning, looked over to my right and lo and behold what do I see?
The first beautiful white camellia flower of the season. Do you see the bonus's that little red spot teetering on another bud. Yeah, the one with black spots, a cute little ladybug.

Usually I don't get camellias this early but it has been unusually warm here lately, so I guess the flower goddesses decided to bestow upon me some eye candy.
A little help to get both in the pic
Looks like she's doing that yoga pose downward dog. I wonder if she's hanging her little head because I was neglecting her?
I've been crocheting so fervently in my little corner of the couch, not even venturing out to my little garden. So maybe this is a wake-up call to get out there and admire the wonders of nature before it gets too chilly and unbearable.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Road trip!!

It would appear that the stars are all aligning for the "Chic Chix". It is amazing when things start to happen to make sure that you are in a position to do what you want to do.
I am in Mississippi preparing to open a retail store for Soulful Connections. Even though I just got here, I am heading to Atlanta with my granddaughter to visit with Al before she goes back to France. I can't wait to see the folks there and get some thrifting done. I have suitcases to fill for the trip back to California!
Caio for now as Isabelle and I need to hit the road. I am looking forward to this being the first of many road trips with her.

Monday, July 18, 2011


I can't believe it has been more than a month since one of us has posted on the blog. Wow, time does fly.
Al has been busy with the end of school and Chloe's college admissions. I am so excited that she is attending design school in London. I hope she is prepared for numerous visits from "Auntie Peggy". I am sure mom and I will need to meet there are much as possible.
Al and the kids are in Atlanta for a bit, visiting family. We are planning on meeting up while she is there. I am planning a trip to Mississippi for some work on "Blessons", a retail shop for Soulful Connections. Which explains my absence in posting to the blog!
I am working to get products completed for the shop along with collecting garments for Chic Chix and working on them. I am not sure what takes more time - shopping or sewing.
I have also been having fun doing fabric dyeing. I love seeing how the color blend. It is also fun not knowing exactly how it will all come out.
My next challenge is to conquer my serger. I have had it for over a year and just took it out of the box. I am so intimidated. Between the four threads, two needles and two sets of cutting blades...yikes!
Cheers to all,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Technologically Challenged

After making a Treasury for our Expat Team on Etsy, and accidentally deleting the WHOLE THING, I re-searched all my items and their listing numbers and finally got it saved. At least my memory was working!
I thought I'd found a better way to create a treasury in record time (without intending to delete it) and was all proud of myself, but then my bubble burst. Apparently there is even a BETTER way - if not a BEST way to go about this.
Anyway ... this is what I came up with, the theme this week is Sea Life, just scroll over a photo to see more info, and click on it to go to that shop.
Enjoy Shopping,

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Etsy Expat Team

A little self-promotion here. We belong to the Etsy Expat Team, because as you know, Alysen is an expat. This is a great team, lots of camaraderie, VERY nice and hospitable members, AND they like to blab, just like me/us! How much better can a group of Expats get?
So I just have to brag about them a little. Most, if not all, items in this Treasury are shops run by expats, amazing people doing amazing things in amazing countries, and making life in another country (or state) work to their advantage ... BTW, our item is that Little Green Bag. Thanks Julie,

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Project - FINISHED!

I am so glad this project went together quickly. I guess the more "upcycles" I do the easier it will get.  
My niece kindly agreed to model for me - thanks Jamie!
Coming next a "Mallory" jacket

Sunday, May 29, 2011


After much thought and rummaging, I think I have found my materials to transform my $1 wool suit. I have decided that since this suit was made in Russia and my oldest grandaughter's mother is Russian that I would make this an "Isabelle" suit. I decided to go with the Conkey Scottish heritage and use plaid and paisley.
Stayed tuned for the finished product.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Project

If you would have told me five years ago that I would enjoy going to thrift stores I would have thought you were a bit daft, but now.....
I have an awesome Assistance League shop near me. They have a good selection of quality items and great prices.
I was in the shop a few days ago and checked out their $1 rack. I got several jackets and this suit.

It is 100% wool and in almost perfect condition.
I stopped at the bookstore on the way home and picked up one of my favorite mags - Belle Armoire. In reading through it I saw that they are having a challenge to see what can be purchased and enhanced for the least amount of money (based on a $1 a day dress blog by Marisa Lynch). How could I resist??
I am combing through my stash to see what catches my eye. I am determined to not have to purchase anything!
Stay tuned.

Monday, May 23, 2011


I can't believe it has been almost three months since I posted my yarn project. Time does fly!
I finally finished it. I would appreciate thoughts or comments.
The pendant is from Soulful Connections ( The bracelet is wrapped around the wrist twice.
Cheers to all,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Yummy Yarn Warehouse

I've been living in our town for 15 years now and only about 2 years ago discovered a proverbial "gold mine" of yarns, rovings and threads right in my backyard!! Well, not really in MY backyard, but only a few streets away. How could I have missed it all these years? I think I just didn't look! But now that I have, are they happy campers to have me as a customer or what?.
Well, to begin with, I started crocheting just last year. I must hiccup here and mention that my mom is very artistic and I don't know how she found the time to do all her fiber projects...and she didn't even have UFOs, (un-finished objects). So here's to you Mom! Hugs & Bisous (kisses) from France.
She tried for years and years and years to teach all her daughters knitting, tatting, crocheting, and only my older sister caught on. She's very good at it ... all of it! And fast to boot.
Anyway, back to this fabulous find.... it's a yarn warehouse, destocking various sources and by looking at it from the street, you wouldn't suspect all the wonderful goodies inside. Looks like an old shed in a residential neighborhood, stocked to the roof (literally, I am not kidding) with all this eye-candy and at very good prices.
It's only open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and only 2 hrs. each day, 10-12 noon. If you're a professional you can make an appt., but I guess I'm a little maso(chistic). I like to go in and get bustled around by all the other excited yarn addicts, you know ... touching, pinching, rubbing ... (I AM talking about the yarn here!).

These are my latest acquisitions .... Hey! Technology for Dummies Alert! I just now discovered that you can double click on a picture to zoom and get some detail. Try it out to see if it works for you..

At the left is a soft & cuddly pink, light blue and lavender microfiber that I'm contemplating making into some make-up remover pads, never attempted before but I like trying new things. It would be cute as a stuffed thingamajig also.

Then there's this nubby, thick & thin cottony-type that I just couldn't resist because I LOVE these colors together, blue, purple, teal and the texture is amazing. Actually, I don't know what the fiber content is, sometimes the labels are gone and you just have to guess. So I guessed cotton, rayon, maybe a blend. It's shiny, but not metallic. ... I'm waiting for it to tell me what it wants to be. but meantime I'm thinking a scarf or top or granny squares. I'm sure that it will be a pain in the patootie to crochet.

And this light bluish-turquoisey-reminds-me-of-the-Grecian Sea - 50% wool, 45% acrylic, 5% poly that is sooo soft I just had to have it. It's fluffy & I don't have any idea what it will become, but just looking at it gives me goosebumps. Or as the French call them, chair de poule (chicken skin). Ok, go ahead, call me weird, crazy, obsessed, I've heard it all before.

The yellow and orange acrylics are getting turned into a Rubber Duckie for a fab quilter that collects all sorts of rubber duckie things. See the crochet hook sticking out? I already did the head and body, next is the bill. I chose a bright almost fluorescent orange just to make it a little fun and unique, like my friend.
My bad pic from the free pattern I got from the Pixie Kitten. She's got lots of neat stuff over there. Check it out.
Last but certainly not least is 400-something grams of wool roving that I just could not resist. I don't know how to spin, but I have done some needle felting & I'm ready to try my hand at some nuno-felted . Plus, it was such a deal! Oh, those beautiful blue fibers running thru and thru,and it's sooo soft, sooo squeezy.
My daughter keeps hovering over this one, I may have to share it.

If you have any suggestions please do let them be known, I'm just a beginner crocheter so any input is greatly appreciated.
I must leave you  now to calm down, stop drooling and get hooking!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Musings From the Sewing Room

It has been a terrific week! I spent time getting my sewing room and storage sorted out. It has been a long time since I just "puttered". I rediscovered my treasures and my mind is swirling with ideas and projects. My biggest issue is where to start. I may have to put ideas on separate strips of paper, put them in a jar and pull them out one at a time so I can focus.
I am going to take a break from the sewing room today and try my hand at making challah. I used to do a lot of bread making, but have not done any baking for a long time.
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Musings From the Beach

What do chic chix do when they are handed lemons? They make lemonade and then get to work creating something!
I have just been given a great opportunity to concentrate on my creative endeavors full time. My mind is on overload with the possibilities. Stay tuned for the next chapter of my life.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Name That Cloud Game

Update To This Post on April 26....Well, I guess that was a big flop...I will however caption the photos with what I saw....

An Elephant

Remember those lazy, crazy, hazy dayz of Summer oh, so long ago?
Well, I do! And this week we're having unusually warm weather here in Paris, France and surrounding 'burbs. Reminds me of my childhood in So. California, lying in the grass and watching the clouds float by, identifying different animals, shapes, creatures and whatever popped into my mind.
I took a break from my garden clean-up yesterday afternoon, plopped down in my chair, and lo-and-behold, up there in the azure sky were some white puffy marshmallows!
Well, it WAS "gouter" time, as we say over here. Pass the graham crackers & Hershey bar, please. Actually we don't have those in my neck of the woods, so we substitute Lu's Petit Ecoliers, or "little schoolboys" to Peg & I. (inside joke)
Ok, back to the subject matter.

A Dragon

This was a Seahorse, got blown away before I could photo it.

So here are a few that I was able to snap up, I wonder if you see what I did? Rich, are you reading this??? Peggy's bro-in-law is/was an avid cloud-watcher, so I'd like to challenge him and anybody else who may be reading this great blog to a Name That Cloud game. Sorry, no prize, just good old fashioned FUN and your chance to participate in a little dreaming exercise. Just leave your comment below.
I will update in about a week and share what I saw in these puffy wonders!
Check back then to see if what's going on in your imagination is as scary ... uhh, I mean, as sophisticated as mine!
Have Fun and I hope there will be some partakers, we need followers.