The Little Canvas

Many, many years ago, I did a few sketches for Hallmark cards. I cannot remember the situation but I do remember the sketches. I loved the idea of ART for greeting cards and it has been part of my heart ever since.

As Larry and prepare to go to France each year, I design and create about 50 cards to mail from Paris. They are meant to be a simple greeting for this festive time of year, acknowledging the different faiths among our wonderful friends.

Many of our friends are starting to receive the cards we mailed a few weeks ago and relief has set in. With so many European Postal Carriers striking, we were not sure if the cards would even be delivered to the US.

Photo: Holiday cards being mailed from France

Since the cards are being delivered now, I can share the cards, committing them to posterity on blog.

I hand painted 50 little canvases. 50-3X4″ canvases to be exact. It was wonderful painting these little abstract cuties to put on the cards this year.

Photo: The little canvas

The exercise of painting the canvases was beneficial for me. Artistic wise and commitment wise. I would like to do the same process again one day. It was awesome. (Perhaps next year?)

So, dear one, when you receive your card from us, know that it was sent with love and the best wishes for a lovely holiday.

Happy, Happy Saturday.

Love you beyond the mon.


Lemoncello Confessions, Brocants and Girls from Roma

It is hard to believe that last Sunday, I was still in France. Packed and ready to come home, but still there.

I have been thinking about my last day in Paris. Knowing that it will be months before I return.

We had a light breakfast and left the apartment to go to the brocant. {flea market}


Larry bought Lauren a sweet painting. The ARTist was such a nice man. His work is wonderful.


I found this awesome ’70’s dress for Jami.

But….I left it there. The dress was a lot cutier in person,

but Jami would have hated it.


I fell in love with this tablecloth. With MY initials! It was 90 E. To much money.

Sad face.


I met this pig. I LOVED the pig. The booth was selling healthy lozenges.

The money goes to the animal rescue.

Of course we bought some.

I loved that pig so much.


French kiddos were running and skipping all over the place.

It made me miss Matilda.

Then we met the girls from Roma  for dinner.

We ate at Tribeca, a family favorite on rue Cler.

Our good friend managed this restaurant for many years,

but has moved on. Paul Merot….we miss you!


At Tribeca, we had lemoncello confessions.

{a story for another time. Besides, my lips are sealed}

 Rebekah and Danielle. You two were so sweet.

Thank you for taking time to visit with us. of course your confessions are secret


After strolling the market, having dinner at Tribeca and lemoncello confessions,

we walked toward the METRO station to hug the girls good bye.

{they would go back to Roma early the next morning}

When we got to the METRO, we hugged the Rome Girls,

and that is when they said:

It is 5 min till  9:00.

The Eiffel will light up soon and we are going to see it light up!

They hugged us again and ran into the Paris night.

I looked at Larry and he said:

they will text if they need us….

We will never forget watching them run toward Champs de Mars.

Happy giggles and so much energy.

After so many years of going to France….I am always inspired and want more.

Till next year….I will be counting the days.

Love you beyond the Eiffel Tower lit up…