29 December 2011
24 December 2011
This jack-in-the-box Santa is up on our door every year at Christmas.
22 December 2011
21 December 2011
Remember this post ? I snapped a picture for it while Clover was having his afternoon snack. I thought it would be a simple, quick photo session but the little guy had other plans because I was only two photos in when his tiny hand came into the frame...just to help tweak the arrangement ever so slightly.
He helped himself to the rest of the clementines.
And found this to be absolutely hilarious...
and then, he got down to the serious business of throwing them about...
And I am so glad that he did because it makes these photos much sweeter than the original.
18 December 2011
For breakfast around the holidays, there is nothing like a big slice of panettone. Just ask my husband, he is a huge fan. Each year around this time, I pick one up in a big fancy box just for him to enjoy. I always try it and always sigh, "Nope, I still don't like panettone." It's the brioche of disappointment in my book, too dry or stale with a few, sad dried fruits halfheartedly added to falsely appease the eater. But, when I came across a panettone with packaging that read Fabrication Artisanale followed by Pur Beurre, I thought this one might be different. However, it's that sugary almond-hazelnut topping that truly sealed the deal. I've helped myself to multiple slices this morning and even had to put it on a shelf, out of my sight to keep me from going back for more. So it's official, I am completely eating my words this year...and they are delicious!
16 December 2011
On my list of Things I Want To Do is to see the Aurora Borealis. The short clip above gets me excited to do just that. It is filmed beautifully, just amazingly well. But, while I'm waiting to take a trip up north, I'll bundle up and look at the stars outside with Félix while we hold hands. That sounds pretty dreamy, too. Have you seen the Northern Lights?
13 December 2011
12 December 2011
The other day while waiting for Clover to wake up from his nap, Félix and I shared the best 4 o'clock snack, steamy mugs of hot chocolate and many, sweet, juicy clementines. Savoring the first, ripe oranges of the winter season makes me nostalgic for holidays past. I think what I love the most though is the contrast, the brightness of tart oranges against the dull colors of winter. It just makes them that much more appealing. Don't you think?
08 December 2011
image via One Little Red Fox
Looking for cute, handmade gifts for the holidays, I came across these darling plushies from the etsy shop, One Little Red Fox. Have you seen a more chic woodland creature? They are all so charming that I find it impossible to pick a favorite. The girl behind these sweet critters also keeps a super blog by the same name.
07 December 2011
The first snow of the season has arrived. The bunny hills in our village have a nice covering of white. My favorite thing about the flurries, especially at nighttime, is the quiet calm that a blanket of snow brings. All sounds are softened, muted, making everything feel a little more magical. Winter wonderland indeed.
01 December 2011
image via Laura's latest christmas card collection
You'll remember the adorable bonne maman paintings post from a couple weeks ago. The artist , Laura Manfre, agreed to let us peek into her world. So cool!
How about a little background? Where are you from? What did you study?
My name's Laura, I am 22 and I come from France. I'm now living in Norwich, UK.
My studies...? I'd been a law student for a while... It didn't make me happy at all, so I abandoned and started learning drawing and painting techniques.
Where do you find inspiration?
I'm inspired by everything colorful, vintage, kitsch and most of the time food related. I love food, I love packaging... I especially love to find crazy items... Did you know that you can buy a pancake spray?
Where do you do most of your work? In a studio, at your kitchen table?
I work everywhere I can! I don't have a studio so... there are papers, pencils and paints everywhere! I'm very messy...
What's your favorite project that you have done so far?
I'm currently working on some Blade Runner illustrations. I'm so amazed by this movie... I'm hoping to finish it very soon.
When did you start drawing?
I've always been drawing! I remember being a kid and bringing with me a pen and a sketchbook everywhere I would go! I haven't stop since.
What do you like most about living in England?
My boyfriend! Hehe! He's the reason why I'm here! But I must say I really enjoy living in England, people are so nice and respectful... I don't feel judged because I'm an "artist". Here, you can be as eccentric as you want, no one will look at you strangely!
What's the hardest thing about being an expatriate?
The hardest thing is being so far from my family! I miss them...
I wanted to ask a question about traveling since you lived in Italy. Do you get to travel often? How did you decide on Italy? Will you go back?
I'm used to travel as my dad works for the Army. I moved a lot... From France to Reunion Island... And more recently Rome! It's such a beautiful city... Not long ago I made some illustrations about it! I'm hoping to go back one day!
What artists inspire you?
Illustration wise I'm a big fan of Mary Blair (her Alice in Wonderland artwork is just amazing... I love the way she uses colors!) and Art Seiden!
I really love American painters like James Rosenquist, Wayne Thiebaud, John Alcorn, Austin Briggs...
What projects are you working on currently?
I'm working on some illustrations for a book which will be published in France! It's all about D.I.Ys!
Where can we find your work?
I have a website (http://cargocollective.com/
lauramanfre/) and an etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ lauramanfre)! You can also find my work on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ allinmyhead/) & on my blog (http:// chewychewychewybubblegum. blogspot.com/).
Anything else you want to add?
Just a big Merci to you for this lovely interview!