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Sunday, February 3, 2013

French Inspired Romance

It's been quite awhile since I took the time to sit down and actually "create" something. My stash of old crosses, keys, and hearts have been calling to me to come spend an afternoon with them. Since Valentine's Day is just a little over a week away, I wanted to share a few of the new pendant necklaces that I put together yesterday.




Each one is different, and unique in it's own vintage way.


tarnished and well loved elements


with a past life...



mixed metals for some vintage romance


I've been trying to organize my cabinets in the studio, and I came across this wonderful old book that I'd forgotten about. A Wanderer in Paris  which was first published in 1909 by British travel writer and essayist, E.V.Lucas.


This copy was a reprint from the early twenties. It's in pretty good condition, with just a few signs of wear. One of the best things about this travel anthology are the wonderful illustrations and images of French masterpieces.



City map of Paris



Lucas covers all the landmarks and attractions of Paris of the day, but I thought it peculiar that he didn't have any illustrations or images of our favorite, the Eiffel Tower, except this one small faint reference. You can see it to the left of the illustration below; misty and almost unrecognizable.




Here is what he writes about the modern day quintessential Paris icon:

"The merit of the Eiffel Tower is that it shows you not only Paris to the ultimate edges in every direction...but it shows you (almost) France too. How long the Eiffel Tower is to stand, I cannot say, but I for one shall feel sorry and bereft when it ceases to domineer over Paris. For though it is vulgar it is great, and it has come to be a symbol....The Tower and I came to Paris at the same time, in 1889."


My dress form, Irma, is modeling for you.
Necklaces available in my Etsy Shop,





Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, 
with a little French Romance mixed in...

joining in at
Coastal Charm
Savvy Southern Style
The Charm of Home

xoxo,

28 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What gorgeous creations! Love that book.

I too am in the midst of creating some French flavored beauty. Stop by and take a peek. :)

Bonnie said...

Debra, Your book is a jewel. I would love to look through it. Gorgeous. Your creations are lovely too. I enjoy my necklace I ordered from you.

Have a great weekend.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

These are lovely. I still cherish my necklace you made me. I wear it on special days. What a great book!

Pam~Simply Nordic said...

Debra, your necklace creations are divine...The book is one that I would love to read throughout! xo Pam

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Your necklaces are beautiful, so wish I was wearing them in Paris! Anyone for a trip?

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Your new pendants are so pretty Debra!... I have my little birdnest one on today... I have to laugh that they used to (and I guess some still do) consider the Eiffel Tower "vulgar" because of it's height... I myself love it, especially because of my French ancestry... that's my French Romance for today!... I also love your vintage book!... xoxo Julie Marie

Cozy Little House said...

Your necklaces are all so pretty!
Brenda

Kelly said...

Those necklaces are so charming! I really love them. I enjoyed reading that excerpt about the Eiffel Tower too. How interesting. It is still a symbol of Paris and I can't imagine that ever changing.

Anne said...

What lovely creations Debra!
xx
Anne

20 North Ora said...

I love Irma!! She is such a pretty display for your beautiful jewelry.

Judy

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So very pretty!!!

belmonili said...

Your work is SO beautiful! I love all of your items...thank you for sharing!

On Crooked Creek said...

Debra,
What lovely necklaces, dear friend!!!
Isn't it wonderful to have a place to create???
I'm getting anxious to see a bit more progress in the updating of Studio one, but as usual, progress is s l o w!!!
Your book is magnificient!!! I have precious memories of Paris travels with my sister and niece. However, being afraid of heights, I didn't go inside the tower. They stated the views were breathtaking in every direction!!!
Have a wonderful, creative weekend!!!
Fondly,
Pat

trash talk said...

Your pendants are the perfect footnotes.
Deb

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

There is no better therapy to cure what ails you than time spent creating, and you've created some lovely vintage charm necklaces that look so very chic on Irma. Your old book is a fun read, too. I just love vintage illustrations.

Now why have I not thought to name my dressmaker's form? Poor thing has lived here almost a decade and remains nameless!

lynn said...

your handmade charms look beautiful against irma's lace, debra:)

Shirley said...

Hi Debra, I am taking some me time catching up with my friends before going to the nursing home for the rest of the day.I like your necklaces that you have made. They are so pretty and I love the vintage part. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Desires of the Heart said...

Beautiful creations, just love your combinations and especially the key and cross combinations as there is a corolation between the two for sure. Love your dressform, she looks so cute wearing all the works of art. Hope things are settling down at your house and you will have more time in your special creating place this year. Blessings, Linda

Desires of the Heart said...

Beautiful creations, just love your combinations and especially the key and cross combinations as there is a corolation between the two for sure. Love your dressform, she looks so cute wearing all the works of art. Hope things are settling down at your house and you will have more time in your special creating place this year. Blessings, Linda

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Irma looks beautiful modeling all of your wonderful creations! Love them!

Diane in the Valley said...

I always looking at your creations, they are so beautiful, but I really liked this post because my daughter is taking a trip to Paris for her college spring break, what a great book for her!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your creations are gorgeous Debra!! So pretty!!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Your necklaces are beautiful Debra! Your shop is one of my features in the Etsy Shop Hop over at my blog.

Hugs,
Judy

andrea@townandprairie said...

SO beautiful Debra...I'm drawn to the one with the tiny pearl. That soft contrasting texture really caught my eye. You certainly have a knack for pulling just the perfect mix of elements together in a unified balance. xoxo, Happy Valentine's! Andrea B.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Your necklaces are just beautiful!

Jeanette

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Debra,
Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations at my party.

Blessings,
Linda

Cristina Garay said...

Oh so very charming, your necklaces and the book!

decoratewithalittlebit.com said...

soooo pretty! Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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