Thursday, 12 February 2015

Aix - en - Provence

Oh yes... I promised some photos from Aix didn't I... well here goes... The TGV from Paris to Aix was not tooo bad - pretty quick... we saw snow, we didn't lose our bags, the train didn't split taking us somewhere else and we managed to get off at the right place :)


we stayed with some lovely French cousins ... in a great house in Aix-en-Provence. Gerard was "as always" a wonderful host. I just loved this chair which is very much like the one that Van Gogh painted - don't you think?

On the Monday that we were there Gerard took us to Marseille to the Musem

It was AMAZING.. the design on that building really is superb! 

This is us on the way in.... with a massive church in the background...

Sammi and Guy at the Fort....

We saw an interesting exhibition on "Food" and a quite wonderful photographic one... Raymond Derpardon a famous french photographer!

Here's another happy snap on the way out.. Sammi, Gerard and Moi (Izzi)....

 Here is Guy outside the house :D 

and I had a bit of fun inside....

There are some beautiful shops in Aix... Guy and Sammi loved this one...

and the displays of lavender are so sweet...

That's a nice lot of photos I think... now it's time to get ready to go to JL and MF's place:D

Next up the road trip.... Lyon and Gouarec :D

 Izzi xxx

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

une visite à Laduree

This place is ahhhhmaaaazing!!  Such a pretty place ... the outside is decorated so ornately and inside too ...  We went in for lunch....

Guy and Sammi had quite delicious meals...

and then it was time for what we really came here for... DESSERT---- the Macarons....


Here is a close up of the cafe and the delicious Macarons...

These are the displays in the windows.... aren't they awesome! 

Au revoir... next time I will show you some pics from Aix :D
Izzi xoxox

Izzi's interlude #2

Bonjour Mes Amis :) We are back in Paris again and sooo much has happened.. I can't believe that Sammi has not really posted any photos or stories here... so I will go back through the computer and find some snaps to share with you....

HERE are some good ones... this day - we took the Metro to go to L'Orangerie ... and walked through the park.. Sammi and I were tired so we took a little rest on the park bench...

I think Sammi was tired as look at what she ate for breakfast the day before... she was BAD and ate that Croissant (with the gluten cutter so that she would not be so sick). TO NOTE from the above picture.... LOOK at my booties.. Marie-France makes the cutest booties that she sends to Refugees children/babies and there were some bits in her boxes that fit me perfectly... they are now keeping my feet nice and WARM :D

We do love L'Orangerie.... especially those big Waterlily paintings that Monet painted... so clever... they are just beautiful!! I had my picture taken outside the Musee :D

Another fun place we went to was at the ends of the earth... well out near the docks somewhere around the edge of Paris I think... it was called Musee Art Ludique... we went there as we had seen the posters in the metro tunnels advertising the Studio Ghibli exhibition...  we couldn't take any pictures inside but we got one outside with me and these little Totoro-y characters... It was interesting seeing the artworks and reading/ hearing a bit about how the films were made :)

At the end of the Exhibition you could get on the train for a picture.. so Sammi and I popped along for the ride....

That's it for the moment... but I know there are lots more good pics to find and show you.. such as our  adventures in Laduree and then Aix-en-Provence and Lyon and Gouarec and England too.... so I will see what I can do. 

Take care!
Bisous Izzi

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Izzi en France

Bonsoir, I have hijacked Sammi's blog as it looks like she is not really using it much at the moment and I wanted to share some pictures and stories about my time in France...

I stowed away and survived the 22hours locked up in a purple case.... Nasu tried to stow too but I thought she should stay in Sydney with the fishies :)

Once we arrived in France I was left alone in the pokey little hotel room whilst Sammi and Guy went off exploring Paris, shopping and feasting with MF and JL.

And then finally I was allowed out... 

We walked up to the Metro Station - Etoile and I was able to get my first real glimpse of the Eiffel tower... from just behind the Arc de Triomphe... wow! What a sight!
Oh and Do you like my french beret? I had to dress appropriately for Paris in the Winter :)

Down into the Metro - Guy shows us how to work out where to go/ which line to take / where to change etc using the maps at the entrance... how handy :)

we wait....

we ride....

Oh, I have to tell you one thing I LOVE about Paris ... the buskers!! 

I don't like the gypsys and the beggars who come up wanting money all the time but I quite like hearing music playing in the metro, on the trains and around about the city... We saw this full on band playing in one of the metro tunnels so we had to stop and give them some coins :)

you might remember that my creator Sammi and her friend Bec run a little market in Maroubra. The Spire Market... well I found them a new venue....  ooh la la - How does The Spire Market Paris - located at St Chappelle sound??? 

We decided to pop in and scout it out... we waited patiently in the line ... in the cold....

And then we went inside.... it was AMAZING... intricate stain glass windows... beautifully coloured!

it seems like everyone these days has a selfie stick... so we didn't feel toooo silly using one! 

I decided to have a little rest whilst Guy and Sammi took a few snaps... 

and then it was back downstairs... but who wants to walk down.. 
I'd prefer to slide down the railing thanks!!


There was more to that day... I can't remember all the details just now but I am sure that I can fill you in later.. or maybe Sammi will decide to do it herself... I'll just sign off with one more photo, showing you how that afternoon ended.....

A bientot,
Izzi xoxo

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Beach Time!!!

Good afternoon, It's been a while since I last blogged... I guess it's just LIFE happening and me being too busy to create/ blog etc! I am now working 4 days a week and the rest of my time is usually spent catching up with people and housework/ washing, resting etc! What I really need to catch up on is cleaning up my craft area/ stuff so that crafting can be easier when I do have the time, energy and headspace to do so, tee hee.

On Friday I caught up with a lovely friend L and we had coffee at Maroubra beach, well across the road from the beach ... It was such a beautiful day so I had to snap a few piccies .. here is one of them! After coffee we went and sat on the steps and read some Bible verses and prayed for each other, It was a great start to the day! A great reminder of God's faithfulness in the midst of life. God is good in providing encouragement and comfort through his people.

On the beach theme, here is my latest Digi I have drawn.. I was wanting some Christmas / Summery images and this is the only one I've finished so far!! This is Dan the bodyboarding man :) Dan loves Summer in Australia as it means he can pull out his bodyboard and catch some waves! You can purchase Dan HERE

Hopefully I will have some more Christmas/ Summery images to share soon! I'm also thinking about how to bring a bit of life back to this old blog. I often think about things to write and never end up doing it so we'll see if I can follow through a bit more! 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Spring "should" be here

Good evening... well I like to think that September is the start of Spring... although there's some crazy talk about how Spring is not really here till mid month or something and Today one might actually be inclined to believe that... however I jumped on in to do an Art journal page using my Tulip crown girl (drawn to celebrate Spring)

I am not sure if I really like this page or not... I like some elements but not others.... might need to get in there with white gesso and redo some bits :o we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Being Spring makes it time for a fresh start to my blogging... seems I overdid things with that every day posting and then couldn't keep it going... might try to ease back in a little more slowly this time!!!

What's your favourite thing about Spring???

Friday, 11 July 2014

BIJWB :: In the last three hours I have....

Been rather productive... I have missed a few days of blogging in July with Bec - But I'm here and ready to to tell you what I have done in the last 3 hours today! I  have...

  • Done some tidying up in the study... long way to go... been alternating by putting things away and fixing up files on my computer...
  • done the washing up ... since our dishwasher broke some time ago the washing up seems to pile up quite a bit :0
  • visited Pam in the Nursing home ... had a laugh and a sing and watched Andre Rieu.
  • Finished a card off.... I coloured this image up some time ago... she is created from two different TGF stamps.. the head of Wild Sprout Ruby and the body of Anya Treats.
  • Finalised saving Poppy with her Snowman and printed her out to colour

This is the card I created...

This is Poppy ready to be coloured...

Friday, 4 July 2014

Three Life Tips

Bec's BLOGS in July topic today is three life tips... 
Mmm I'm not exceptionally qualified for this... but here's my

1. Work Hard - be it .. at a paid job or something like mowing the lawn, doing some exercise... sometimes we really don't feel like the case of exercise... this is usually when we need to do it the most :D

(today was a great day for mowing the lawns and doing some washing .. Izzi wanted to help... but somehow managed to get  pegged on the line herself)

2. Play Hard - Life can't all be about work... we all need a bit of time out. What do you find fun, enjoyable.. make sure you make time for these things :) For me... it's spending time with friends, playing games and also creating, colouring in. For Izzi it's things like sliding down the bannisters (tee hee).

3. Rest well - whilst rest could be linked to play.. it's a bit different in my opinion... we all need a certain amount of sleep each day... we can't just work and play.. we need to rest as well! :) Some of us need more than others! Get to know what your limits are and listen to your body! If like me you are someone who needs a bit more rest... Don't overdo things!