For everyone who has patiently waited for my stash pictures - here they are. I was fairly conservative, BUT next year I will have a plan, and damage will be done.
|Reflets de Soi - Ann Mitchell & Heloise Cornu each flanking Muriel Brunet MB 1841|
|Heloise Cornu - I know its bright! It was done on 32ct Silk Gauze with AVAS Soie Surfine - a total dream!!|
|I love the Eiffel Tower pattern by Jardin Prive , the ohter owe is by Natalie Jo from Atelier Perdu|
|AVAS for Jane Atkinson - No its not cheaper to buy it in Paris....chaching!|
|A bit of trim.....|
|This one was so feminine - I could not resist.|
Now for some more Paris pictures, just to put you guys into sensory overload...
|Yes, they are real.... and expensive!!|
|One of the fun things in France is the food....|
|Yummy, yummy food|
|Oh la la - le Fromage....|
|Such large & beautiful strawberries...|
|I wanted to buy a little of everything|
|More hip-exploding pasteries....|
Hope I did not blow anyone's diet!
|Here is a lovely statue of Jaon of Ark|
|Champs Elysee at night towards the L'Arc de Triomphe|
|Champs Elysee towards the Place de la Concorde & some French hair...|
I leave you with some images of the Catacombs, the underground querry beneath Paris where eventually 6 million Parisens found their final resting place. At first, the bones were thrown in, later they were organized in the stacks you will see in the photos. These were taken without flash, as it was forbidden to use it down there. The black line you see on the ceiling still remains from when people walked through the catacombs by candlelight only, and this was their guide through the catacombs. Let me tell you, it was difficult enough with electric light, but going through there by the light of the candle, which you carried.... NO THANK YOU!!
|See the ground water way down there - quarry workers used to cool their feet in this...|
|Stop: Here is the Empire of Death - a slightly distrubing entrance to the Ossuary|
|Skulls and femuers were used to build a wall - the rest of the bones were thrown behind this wall.|
|There were A LOT of bones - and we only got to see a fraction of them.|
To climb back out you have to climb up a very tight spiral staircase with higher than usual treads.... there are 82 of them. I was behind a group in which an elderly lady was struggeling to get up these stairs, and although I could not see her, I could hear her moans, and groans. For some reason it filled me with anxiety, and much to my shame, I just wanted to climb over that group, shove her out of the way and escape to the fresh air. I did manage to keep my flight impulses in check and I don't have to mention how glad I was to get back up the to the surface!
I leave you with my first onrie of the year - LHN Fa-La- La - over one.
I stitched this over one, because over two was just getting too big, plus my stitches looked like a kindergartner was having a good time - don't know what was up with that. Its very petite, and I love it that way.
Until next time,