Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas under the Stars

Meet Altair and Stella, a Parisian star gazing couple, deeply in love...
Who believe their marriage is graced by the stars in the heavens above.

When the sky forms a canopy of twinkling glitter at night...
And the stars in their luminescence are an absolute delight,
Stella and Altair feel energized and protected in the stars purity of light.

It is just days before Christmas and Paris has been blanketed by many inches of freshly fallen snow.
While out choosing their tree on a bright star filled night the white ground cast a magical reflective glow...

Exhausted but excited from their tree adventure, our couple jumped into bed cuddling and sharing stories before prayers about their day.
Stella believed a day was not over until moments of importance became shared memories attached to the heart and what each night she would say.

Stella woke from a long Winters night dream announcing their tree would be decorated with bright stars and Altair asked why...
Stella said she had dreamed about Heaven where Christmas trees are decorated with only stars plucked right out of the sky.

Now without doubt Altair believes Stella's ideas can often be lofty, but she is the dreamer and romantic in their marriage.
With their huge picture window, nightly viewing stars through a telescope, Altair knew this year's tree would be forever cherished.

Just a little more tweaking by Altair and finally their tree was complete, trimmed with twinkling silver stars shining so bright - 
Stella mirthful for envisioning what turned out dreamy and heavenly with all it's beautiful celestial glittery light.

So wherever you dwell on our planet Earth and no matter how humble or grand your holiday celebration may be ... My sincerest wish for you is when your heart finds Christmas and it will, it's magic lingers and graces you throughout the New Year. 

© Vera
My presentation is dedicated to Chris, forever you will shine radiantly bright in your heavenly flight.

I wish everyone a Joyeux Noël, thank you for all your encouragement and friendship throughout this year and may your holiday celebrations sparkle and shine and be blessed from above.

Click here to view Dore's from Burlap Luxe holiday presentation
Click here to view Lin's from a Tiny Cottage in the Woods who is posting hers on IG.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Dreaming in Paris

Once upon a time day dreams of writing children's fairytale books about mice living in Paris France entertained my aspirations. Now it fills my days, writing poetic storylines, staging and photographing ën noir mice adventures told through a series of 5 books. Inspired I recently embarked on a update to our bedroom to blur the distance from Philadelphia to Paris in our nightly dreams. I described my design concept to my husband John as "Dreamy, Romantic, Parisian". A new bed purchased from Antropologie in light French grey was the start. Because after all ..... "Paris is always a good idea."~Audrey Hepburn~

My vintage large side table I use for my nightstand needed a dreamy transformation. I painted 3 coats of charcoal grey acrylic paint and then applied a faux finish of creams to appear illusory, faded and dreamlike.

During a photo shoot ën noir I did in late Spring in our local park of our 1972 Citroën DS21, this photo became my favorite capture of the day. The first owner of our Citroën (we are the third) was an American CIA operative that lived with our car Jean Claude on a secret mission for 18 months in Paris France. Since John is in digital media I asked him to print this image directly onto canvas. It is very large, 40x50, framed in a pewter color metal frame. New bedding, a white French linen duvet set with pillow shams delivery just arrived and is not shown in these photos, along with a few new accessories and our update is complete.

Since it is the holiday's I have been slowly decking our home with Christmas décor in a Nordic/French winter time theme.

Snow glittered and white painted 4 foot tall Birch Branches in a French flower bucket will be enjoyed throughout Winter. 

Our upstairs sitting room mantel was handmade and gifted one Christmases past by our son. Created from assembled antique and vintage architectural salvaged pieces it is now decorated in our white and cream Winter creative expression to enjoy all of December and January.

I will once again join Doré from Burlap Luxe and Lin from A tiny cottage in the woods to present our Holiday theatre productions. Look for mine on my blog in a couple weeks. You can find me nearly daily on Instagram, where I post in both noir and color. I share scenes from my fairytales and photos of our home and adventures and always write sentiments from my heart. Until then may the magic of Christmas time bless you in kindness and grace each passing day.