French Paper Napkins. Napkin Transfers.

My Beautiful French Paper Napkins


I love to collect napkins . These ones are very special to me and would have to be my favorite ones. Each napkin is covered in little rabbits, squirrels and reindeer with children playing in the snow, wearing colorful hats, coats and hand mittens.

Story behind these napkins…
I found these beautiful paper napkins in Paris. I bought them for our Xmas dinner at my son-laws parents in 2009. We had 11 courses of decadence consisting of colorful seafood terrains, Brittany crabs, lobster, chicken voulavents, duck, venison, deserts and to finish it all off, a huge chocolate buche covered with little ceramic ornaments. All this, while watching the Eiffel Tower lights twinkling out the window. I’m very spoilt when I live in Paris.

 

Paper Napkin transfers are fun too… check out this video

 

“Let them eat cake”

Let them eat cake” is the traditional translation of the French phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche“, supposedly spoken by “a great princess” upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was enriched, as opposed to normal bread, the quote supposedly would reflect the princess’s obliviousness to the condition of the people.While they are commonly attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette,[1] there is no record of these words ever having been uttered by her.

Let me eat cake” when I’m in Paris this is what I do … What else can I do? when on every street corner I am bombarded with French artistry at its best. Exquisite displays of mouth watering decadence in  Pâtisserie windows beckon moi. The traditional French Frasier’s is my favorite cake with it’s layer upon layer of delicate sponge ,strawberries and cream.

How to make Frasier…Sorry it’s in French, but the visuals are worth watching especially at the unveiling at the end.

Recette en vidéo de L’atelier des Chefs

 

Missing Paris and my Daughter Amy.

Today I’m missing Paris, my second home.

I felt the first cool breeze of the coming winter in Melbourne today and it reminded me of my Winter in Paris last year.

I miss… the sharp icy wind hitting me in the face as I walk around the corner on my way to the market or Metro.

I miss… warm afternoons in the apartment listening to French tv with amazing foods, especially real baguettes and Frazier-res from the Patisserie across the road

I miss…being under the Eiffel, small cars and the little carnival nearby

I miss… the art , the artists, Surrealists, Dada….

I miss… collecting street litter with David ,street art, photographing underground spaces, junk collecting and Mont Martre

I miss… big woolly coats, scarves and boots when slipping in the snow and Champs Elysees.

I miss… creating in my little studio in the corner of the lounge/bedroom I call the “Cubicle” in Paris and the view out my window.

I miss…. visiting family and friends and living with passionate French people and locals and the colours, the smells of my neighborhood .

I miss Paris but, I will be back again and again because… most of all ,I miss my beautiful daughter Amy who lives there.

 

Kitchenalia

A lovely gift for all Kitchenalia collectors.I remember my mum using similar items back in the 1950,s

1 pastry pie edge crimp-er.
5 metal icing or cream decorating nozzles
1 vegetable peeler with bean stringer on opposite end
1 large bone handled ,stainless steel carving fork
1 stainless steel tea strainer
1 Potato masher with bright blue wooden handle

The drawstring bag is hand-made,decorated with vintage fabrics that have been home dyed. There is a pocket on the outside to tuck in the little vintage icing nozzles.Once everything is tucked inside it can be tied off with some 1950/s underwear ribbon (new from old stock)

The word Kitchenalia has been hand written across the top of the pocket

All items are original vintage in good condition for age.

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Free Giveaway-Rare French Digital Collection 1

As a thank you to all my readers, you can download my Antique Cartes Postales collage sheet for free. Just click on the image and it will enlarge so you can print it out for all your art and craft projects.

ABOUT THIS COLLECTION
A gorgeous collection of very rare images of Antique French Cartes Postales (post cards)dating back to early 1900’s scanned from my own large collection of original antique postcards and bits and pieces I gathered from my travels in France , Europe and Australia.

Great for all your creative projects:

Artistic booklets, Card making, Collage ,Painting Altered Art, Assemblage Scrapbooking , Fabric and Transparent Transfers , Jewellery and so much more.

TERMS OF USE FOR DIGITAL IMAGE COLLECTION
You are free to use the images in your personal art and/or crafts and for art and/or crafts you intend to sell.You MAY NOT re-sell the images in any form. Images may NOT be resold to others, as a collection or part of a collection, of any size in any format (digital, print, etc.)