Monday, September 5, 2016

home sweet home...


I know it's been awhile since I've posted in Blog Land and thought I'd drop in and catch you up to date. Since my last post I have been creatively consumed with writing my poetic French fairytale book number 2. Why? Well the books came about because I felt it was time to start leaving my artistic legacy behind. Photo is of my photography assistant Simon who likes to help. I hope Simon was just giving Léo mouse a little kiss!


As many of you already know my love of noir photography was why I started to post daily on Instagram. But I discovered I loved instagram and seem to share much about myself in each post. I thought it would be fun to give you a tour en noir of our old row-home in Philadelphia as I catch you up to date.


On Fridays I like to do a wine o'clock share. In it I share from my heart while enjoying some French wine at our dining room table. I like to include my French fairytale mice in them. 


In vino veritas ...


In this share I show the lovely dress painting I won on IG 


Chloé and Zoé are twins in my fairytale book 2.


My Dad would always say to me "Vera it's later than you think" and combine that with my muse shouting in my head "if not now, when?" You can understand my commitment to dedicating myself to creating. 


En noir photography forces the viewer to color in the subject matter in their minds eye. Photographing weekly flower bouquets in our kitchen are often a challenge because flowers and food noir photos are most difficult to capture.


But I practice my skills as in this photo I'm calling White Roses, White eggs at 10:59 PM.


Emmet my felt rat who dwells in our kitchen's antique barn beam. I need to surround myself with whimsy and humor as I oftentimes am too much of a deep thinker. 


I move my mouse characters around the house for inspiration.


Our 1940's French chandelier in our Living room


A pillow from Magnolia Home


Always changing art printed on canvas in our Living room


Our house is filled with cherished collections found throughout the years.


Moving upstairs on our tour... 


Cat on Zebra!


Yesterday in our bedroom


Summer in our sitting room prior to my faux painting our French settee completed last week. Canvas over the mantel is a photo from my first fairytale book about love.


John hanging my newest canvas from fairytale book 2. 


Sitting room carved out of the middle bedroom with a wall we removed to open it up.


Faux painted wood around the settee I did. 


Velvet and Mongolian lamb, I am in heaven!


In the guest room 


Our basement laundry room. I hope you enjoyed your en noir tour of our row-home of photos I posted on IG. You can join me daily there... The link is on my sidebar. I will return very, very soon to share my new fairytale with you on my blog.
xx,
Vera

PS please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think of my en noir photography or to just speak your mind. See you soon.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Adventures in happily ever after 💜



If you were ready to send out a search party in Blogland, wondering where I've been ... here is my answer. I've been in a creative private incognito world, busy writing and staging photos for my fairytale. A fairytale that today I proudly share with you. I hope it gives you a chance to escape our world's often tragic events occupying constant airtime and you find pleasure and humor in my fairytale, Adventures in happily ever after💜


For Violet and Rémi their fairytale began on their wedding day -
Flying from Paris to Transylvania, Romania to a medieval castle far, far away.


A castle with turrets and Gargoyles was the location on Violet's and Rémi's wedding day -
Actually Count Dracula's 14th Century Castle filled with much mystery and decay.


For all of Violets life she has lived and breathed the ballet,
born in an abandoned French theatre of once great grandeur, now there is much decay. 
Violet is happy dwelling with Rémi right where ballerinas dance on stage to accolades from an audience that they love -
Indeed there's magic living in a centuries old theatre for our thespian's, instead of the 4th floor walk-up built upstairs above.


Our couple do not worry about measuring their life by days turning into months of each passing year -
They choose instead to live in the each moment rejoicing each day's adventure sharing a love that they hold very dear.
One evening Violet and Rémi arrived at la cinéma in Rémi's 1972 Citroën DS23 
I know a mouse driving a vintage French car will require an open mind to believe...
But you see our little tiny couple live life joyfully and fearless -
Celebrating their marriage in each heartfelt moment, they are peerless


Violet and Rémi went to la cinéma in Paris to watch on the silver screen their favorite 1967 French film Le Samouraï playing at La Cinémathèque Francaise. 


Tonight is closing night of their friends Frédéric, Eugène and Henri's  play, 3 Blind Mice -
A play Violet enthusiastically choreographed the dance routines and is always there offering her advice.
They rocked the house and when bravos filled the air it became a reverberating sound that quickened in gaiety and laughter -
Echoes of past plays and ballets is what Violet hopes to embrace in her future days living happily ever after 💜


Looking for a weekend in a magical place, for an adventure of sheer romance ...
a place to fall in love with at first glance Violet and Rémi drove to Provence, France.
Enjoying the Purple haze of luminescence as the heady aromas mingle in the sunshine -
Grown side by side, where wheat fields and lavender steeped in old world traditions align.


Our couple love to travel the French countryside
and when Violet and Rémi arrived at the chateau for their holiday in Provence, the Summer sun shined intensely bright-
Mysteriously casting long dark shadows in its radiant light.


There are castles with moats and turrets to go and sightsee-
And to gain entry our mice discovered the desire for adventure was the only needed key.
Castle after castle some in ruins, Rémi and Violet visited - 
In France the number and grandeur of castles is nearly unlimited ...
Luckily the castle was closed for a holiday and our mice didn't have to scurry under people's feet -
They felt like a Prince and Princess having the castle to themselves to explore it alone was a sweet treat.
Earlier that day Rémi purchased a miniature car as a souvenir of the weekend at a toy store -
Look closely in his arms because he's carrying it into the castle to race it on the marble floor.


On weekend getaways, friends Michel and Veronica from the ballet would often join our couple traveling the French countryside- 
Visiting ancient castles, while Violet and Rémi, ever the dreamers hope to one day reside ...


One day on a drive they discovered a magical castle on a hilltop up in the sky,
Violet smiled with delight and they ran right in, because our mice couple are not shy!
After an afternoon touring the fairytale castle Rémi and Violet shared a kiss- A kiss that lingered in tenderness, a sweet little kiss of absolute bliss ...


Rémi and Violet embrace each and every day, living moment by moment, in their measured mouse time-
Living large when you are teeny is a challenge because most every adventure requires a scurry, jump or climb!
One afternoon they went to a micro car show in Paris and checked them out by jumping right inside.
Violet loved the Isetta, Rémi the gogomobile having much fun our couple left excited and wide eyed-
They are vintage car enthusiasts and proudly own two Citroëns and value the uniqueness they provide.


They often on Sunday's meet up with best friends Michel and Veronica and go for lunch and a drive-
feeling the warmth of the sun and putting the pedal to the metal, in their classic cars in style they arrive.


For days and days, nearly a week Paris saw more than their famous grey skies, it rained and rained and rained-
Violet and Rémi stayed indoors because mice do not like rain, they occupied themselves and never once complained...
Rémi read books on the history of Citroën cars and Violet baked a cheesecake, a recipe she was given from the Pâtisserie at the corner.


During a break in theatre productions Rémi packed up Violets 2CV and they drove for a holiday in Normandy France-
It's an understatement to say Violet loves cheese and on top a purchase of Brie they did their happy dance!


After a wine tasting paired with cheese Violet became a wee bit tipsy so they spent the night at a romantic Bed and Breakfast.


Before heading back to Paris Rémi took a glance under the hood
and announced to Violet for the drive home all looks good


Violet loves to go through the Paris Flea Market and Brocante shops always looking for a treasure-
When planning and staging the set designs for plays and ballets she shops with Rémi at their leisure.
Often Violet discovers the loveliest pieces antiquing and she has become quite a magpie,
Plus Rémi will do anything to satisfy Violet and keep her happy, a fact he can not deny.
Today driving through the enchanting town close to the Château of Chantilly with friends Violet screamed,
 "stop the car"!
She spotted the most amazing iron day bed and decided to tie it to Michel's 356A Porsche because returning home was not far...


So Rémi and Michel checked the ropes and gave it a quick tug and left to drive back home to unpack
And Violet and Veronica left in the 2CV already jammed packed with knick-knacks to bring back.


While out and about one sunny carefree day our couple ran into Big Gus, a mechanic who handles all their cars servicing and repairs-
Rémi mentioned the 2CV has been running rough since Normandy and they followed Gus back to his shop because no other mechanics work compares.


Violets car only needed a tune up which brought a smile to their face,
Because sometimes with vintage French car repairs simple isn't the case.


While at Gus's repair shop Violet and Rémi checked out a few vintage scooters from the 1960's for sale. Which one, which one ... One was a Vespa the other two Lambretta's.
Now Rémi already knew the saying "happy wife - happy life" was fact, oh yes indeed.
So it should be no surprise when Violet asked for the Vespa, he smiled at her and agreed


Violet married her Prince Charming and knew Rémi wore an invisible crown, seen only by her-
But here it is for all to see, because sometimes fantasy and reality in a creative mind can blur.


For even in each evenings fairytale dreams -
They conjure up the most adventurous schemes
Our petite theatrical mice continue to be wishful -
living each day of their marriage unbridled and blissful


So next time you're out and you spot something out of the corner of your eye and scream "Eeek a mouse" ...
Look around carefully when you get home, for you just may have a couple living blissfully in your house!


Goodnight Paris ... Bon Rêves 
This fairytale ends my story about sweet Violet, she will now live out her days with Rémi surrounded by love in our row-home. My first presentation of Violet began on December 11th, 2013 on my very first blog post. On that post I shared a poem I wrote introducing Violet, I leave you with my poem and my exciting announcement. Another fairytale is starting to be written and photos staged and will again be shared on my blog. My announcement is that I am self publishing a book of my fairytale, Adventures in happily ever after💜 
xx,
Vera

Wanderlust guided by moonbeams and stars up above,
I ventured in time to a place filled with love
While waiting for sleep and full of wanderlust I was swept away,
to a location in Paris, France, tonight my soul needs to play
Once upon a time in a place of grandeur and grace,
I instantly knew I was in the right place
A very old abandoned French Opera theatre of decay,
outside was a tiny mouse holding a sign and wearing a Beret
Perhaps a mouse holding a sign might keep you away,
But he welcomed me in under an ancient archway
His sign simply said Mademoiselle Violet's opening night,
inside I encountered the most adorable vision ever so right
A ballet of a young Violet, who is a mouse,
who inhabited this centuries old Opera house
Violet in purple right down to her ballet slippers with her tutu all a swirl,
transcending the audience into her miniature dream world
Pantomime to tell her story, while the tempo and melody grew stronger,
delighted my senses and I wanted to linger longer
But reality came with a barking dog,
all because a runner was out for their morning jog in the fog
Gray skies of Paris I awoke to today,
memories of Violet that will never fade away

© Vera 2013