Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last Week to Enter

For your chance to win a 10x10 inch acrylic painting of your choice.

To celebrate the grand opening of my new shop, I'm having a giveaway. For this last week, I'm changing the rules just a bit.

For your chance to win:
1) Become a follower of this blog. If you are already a follower, please post that in your comment.

2) Visit my shop, Chichiboulie, and tell me which product is your favourite. It doesn't have to be a painting, there are many others to choose from. Have a look around and then comment here on my blog telling me which item you prefer.

3) Of course, you have to leave a way to get in touch with you if your name is the winning ticket, so don't forget!

For an additional chance to win:
Sign up for the Chichiboulie newsletter on my site. (You'll find the little box on the home page)

For those of you who have already signed up for the newsletter, follow the above rules about commenting and following and you too will win an extra entry form!

All entries must be received by midnight (Paris time, that's 6pm US East Coast) on 30 September 2009. Winner will be notified by email. If I cannot contact you by email, another winner will be chosen at random.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thinly Veiled Attempt

....at salvaging my gardening reputation.

Do any of you remember a few months back when I shared my olive tree fiasco with you? What I initially thought were buds on my lovely olive tree turned out to be black scale instead. Tiny creatures that were procreating on my tree's branches and slowly sucking the life out of it. And they had moved on the the other olive tree as well as the lemon tree (yes, I live in the north and insist on trying to grow warm climate plants). Things didn't look good for my poor olive tree but I didn't have the heart to just toss it away.

Admittedly, sharing that info with the public in all likelihood, and with good reason, did more than just slightly tarnish my gardening reputation. To be fair, I've never claimed to be a true green thumb in the garden, but I do so love plants and have a deep-seeded dream of being a successful gardener. When I have the time.

Well. I have news. News that will hopefully salvage this tarnished image of myself as an amateur gardener and quite frankly, news I'm rather proud of. You see, in my original post I didn't mention my cyclamen to you all. I didn't dare for fear of seeing them go the way of the olive tree as well. I have 3 cyclamen. You know those lovely little plants we all buy because they have such pretty flowers. And then the flowers wilt and you're left with a tuft of green leaves and the desparate hope that you'll see flowers again. Someday. Cyclamen are well known for being rather difficult to get to reflower it would appear. I've researched it and many websites actually go so far as to tell you to just bin the plant and buy a new one with flowers.

But I'm stubborn. And a good thing too. Because now I can proudly say that I have not 1, not 2, but 3 re-flowering cyclamen in my house. No outside intervention but my own! Ta-dah! Reputations salvaged?

Well if not, I have another little bit of news. That olive tree from a few months ago? Well, poor balding Ollie has new branches and leaves that he has sprouted over the summer and is well on the road to recovery. Sometimes it's not all bad to be stubborn after all.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

If it's Paris....

....it must be Cupcakes!

I've been waiting to show this for a while and now finally I can. Synie's Cupcakes has finally opened in Paris and it was worth the wait. While those of us elsewhere have been enjoying cupcakes for ages, the French are only just coming round to them. And Synie is taking good advantage with this gorgeous new shop specialised in what else? CUPCAKES!

Decorated in incredibly fun and lively colours, the shop is already a huge hit.

But guess what else. Guess whose cupcake paintings are featured in the shop. Can you guess? Give up? Want a hint?

MINE! Yup, Synie purchased a bunch of cupcake paintings from me and now they are happily displayed in their new home in Paris. I'm so excited I could burst!

Friday, September 11, 2009

End of a Looooooong Week

And what better way to top it off with than with a reminder that in fact you are lacking in parenting skills. Not you. Me.

Our summer holidays weren't actually as sunny as they normally are and with the inordinate amount of rain that fell, my girls watched a few more films than they usually would. Well, in reality not a few more films, but rather one film a few more times. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. They were head over heals laughing with this film and with good reason. I enjoyed it myself the first time I saw it.

I didn't however realise just to what extent they had watched it nor had I realised that my 3 year old had joined in the fun. Until dinner this evening when he asked me, "What is that, mummy?"

"It's moussaka." I answered.

His face lit up. "Oh! Moose Kaka?"

That's it. No more films.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

NEW SHOP OPENING!

Grand Opening of Boutique Chichiboulie

It's finally here, after months of preparation. Boutique Chichiboulie is officially open for business. You can now shop directly with Chichiboulie (me, that is) and choose your language (English or French) as well as your currency. No more guessing between exchange rates. I'm so excited about it!


And to show just how excited I am, I'm giving away an original 10x10 inch painting (25x25cm) of the winner's choice. Totally free. Even shipping is included! Want to hear about it? Read on to find out how you can be entered.

To enter for your chance to win the painting all you have to do is:

1) Sign up to receive the newletter at Chichiboulie . You can find this on the first page. I promise, I won't inundate you with emails, but the newsletter will enable you to find out about new products, special offers, and promotions, so it's definitely worth it!


2) To receive an entry, you must sign up before midnight (European Time) on 30 September 2009. Any inscription received after this time will not receive an entry for the drawing. The winner will be contacted by email.

Easy peasy!


Please note - I'm still adding items to my boutique so if there is something you would like but don't see yet, don't hesitate to send me an email and I'll get it posted f
or you.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Procrastination

I have a bunch of watercolours on order, but sometimes it seems as though I just can't get my head around what I need to do until what I want to do is done. And so since it's the weekend and technically I shouldn't have to be working anyway, I thought I would take a bit of time to do something that's been going around in my head for a while now.

The Sweetie Jar - inspired by a cushion I made a few years ago inspired by, well, a sweetie jar!

Now perhaps I can get on with those watercolours.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Here we go again....

Remember a few months ago when I came clean and admitted to my tendency of stocking up on random items inadvertently? Remember the 5, no make that 6, sacks of flour I showed you? You do, don't you. Well, it seems to be happening again.

I don't know if it's because things have been hectic around here with everyone settling in from the summer holidays and getting ready for back to school. Or maybe it's because I'm getting older and the grey matter just isn't functioning as well as it once did.

It could be either of them really. Or both. I suspect, however, that I know the source of the relapse and I'm pretty certain that most psychiastrists would agree. And it has nothing to do with either of the above. No, it's much more straight forward than that. No deep analysis or testing necessary.

You see, in my mind, what you're about to witness is quite simply the after-effect of attempting to simultaneously potty train a toddler and house-train a puppy. But I'm no expert. I'll let you be the judge.

I present to you the result of today's grocery shop..... *cue drum roll please*


48 rolls. Count them. 48 rolls of toilet paper. All purchased today. (Online shop of course. I'm not that daft. Yet.)

So, if there's ever a shortage in the near future, you all know where to head. But I'm not sure I'll share. I wouldn't want to run out.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pulling at Strings

This is it, the last day of summer holidays. I can't say I'm too disappointed as the weather has already changed towards autumn and well, if you haven't guessed it yet, I'm ready for a break. I'm also ready to get back to work with orders lined up and ideas floating around.

Until I can post something completely new (and hopefully announce some exciting news for me), I thought I would show off this logo for Pulling at Strings that I worked on over the summer with August Afternoon. I was a bit nervous about it as the client was looking for something slightly less little kid-ish than I have a tendency to do, but I do love a challenge. And she seems quite pleased with the outcome.

Pulling at Strings is an online yarn shop opening soon.