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Thursday, October 18, 2007

How Many Things Can You Adore in One Week?

This has been a week of adoration. For instance, there is my new and deep adoration of the romantic Japanese tale The Butterfly Lovers (Les Amants Papillons) by the French children's book illustrator, Benjamin Lacombe. I love the rich glowing tones and smoky shadows. The romance, intrigue and mystery hinted at by the visual atmosphere. It doesn't even bother me that it's in French (which I don't speak) or that it is only available from French Amazon (which I have no hope of ordering from without speaking French). It is so beautiful to look at that it captures the heart without words.
Is the lighting and mood in these illustrations not sublime? Love that barest touch of color from the blue butterflies as she walks down the shadowed hall.
To see more of his incredible work, click on his name above.
And then is the adoration of a well organized clean studio. I've been cleaning out and reorganizing my studio for several weeks now. I've set up a new packing and shipping counter and a new storage system for finished pieces, like these "Ruby Terbium Briolette" and "Friend" earrings, to keep everything protected and easily accessible. I have also redecorated my newly arranged space with all your little paper dresses, and I adore coming into the studio in the morning with my coffee and seeing such beauty from friends. Makes me smile :)

What else did I adore this week? Well, my awesome husband and beloved children of course. And those sinful pumpkin muffins and lattes at Starbucks :)

And my mailbox. This delightful package came from Felicia, who makes the cutest little creatures. I won some fun Halloween yarn skeins over at her blog, Fluffy Flowers, and look at the wonderful package she sent! Pay close attention to that little mouse in the lower right corner. It took me almost an hour to find him for this photograph. My youngest child pounced on it with glee the moment the package opened, and put it to "bed" last night in a secret place. Now I need to sneak it back there before I go pick him up from pre-K :)

And of course, I adore all my bloggy friends! Like Roxi and Deborah, who both awarded me the You Make Me Smile Award. Thank you!! I couldn't possibly narrow down the list of who to pass this onto to just 10 people, so I nominate all of you, my dear friends and readers, for the joy and happiness you bring me everyday!

I hope you all had a good week too! Was there anything that you adored about your week?


Gracie said...

What a lovely post. I like the illustrations. They would look fantastic as a print to hang up.

And receiving packages are one of my joys in life =)I adore it (<--one of the things I have adored this week)

A few other things I have adored include joining a really fun looking swap and getting a christmas casual job!

Thanks for all your comments xox said...

Your earings are gorgeous!..As far as friends and must have been a good week for a lot of us



sandra feazel said...

I adore a stack of 200 blank canvas stacked in my studio, just waiting to be painted!! I found a great sale and loaded up...another thing I adore, a bargain! And I adore all the wonderful, beautiful, creative blogs that I get to read and enjoy! This one included!! Thanks! -Sandra

Liz said...

Beautiful illustrations, yes I too have several things that I have adored this week, what fun to list them

Natasha Burns said...

Love your earrings and the cute little mouse!!! The book illustrations are so beautiful aren't they!
What i adored this week..... well today I had a great lunch and fun afternoon with friends. I'm sharing photos shortly of it all.
Enjoy your weekend!

Natalea said...

Heather, such great stuff to love! I posted one of the things I adored this week on my blog today- a banana crepe! Yum!
Have a wonderful weekend!\
xo natalea

A Fanciful Twist said...

Awards, parcels, amazing creation to share... Oh how wonderful... Love it here. So filled with fun things and love your blog colors!! xxo

She'sSewPretty said...

That book is gorgeous as are your earrings! How sweet that your little boy liked Felicia's mouse so much that he made him a little bed.

Susan Tuttle said...

I can totally see why you adore those illustrations!

I love your 'ruby' drop earrings--gorgeous!


Lizzy said...

Oh my gosh, Heather, those are amazing illustrations!!! Where did you hear of this movie?

Hmmm... And look at those earrings!

You know what I'm adoring t his week? My nest necklace. Yep, I've worn it 3 days this week at the conference I was at (nothing better to liven up business wear than a lovely tiny metal nest and pearl eggs)! And I also adore that it is Friday and my work week is almost over! :)

Have a great weekend,

tongue in cheek said...

What luck! A friend asked me for a French children's book and this one looks perfect for her! Thank you for the idea!!

Alison Gibbs said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and congratulating us on Riley's arrival.
I guess you know what I adored this week - sharing Riley's birth with Amy and Ryan.

lauren said...

well, i'd have to say i'm adoring that *BOOK*! (how totally gorgeous is that?!) ...not to mention those "friend" earrings...i adore the IDEA of a clean & reoganized workspace....but at the moment i will just have to adore (& envy) YOURS from afar! :)

lauren said...

ps: amazon canada will have a p/b edition of "les amants papillons" on 12-3! woohoo! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love those book illustrations. So pretty. Makes me want to learn French.. again.
I also love those red ruby earrings. How pretty. You are so talented.

Mary Timme said...

Adoration is so much better than being disgruntled. Why bother with the negative. I love, adore and covet the you make me smile award! That is wonderful. Let's adore it together!

monica yvette said...

What a great post. I really like the style of the highlighted artist. His work conveys a very moody feel. On top of that, your jewelry makes me want to get in my studio and make myself something new and nice. As far as things to adore...many, far to many things to name:) Hope you had a great weekend!

KV said...

Awesome post -- and those illustrations are among the best I have ever seen.

Thanks for sharing so much beauty with us!

Kathy V in NM

Sandra Evertson said...

These earings are Stunning! And that book is wonderful too, maybe Amazon customer service here can help you aquire that book!
Sandra Evertson

Lori said...

that book looks divine!
your earrings are gorgeous!
cuuuuute mouse!!!
i love happy weeks, and yours sounds delightful :)

The Rose Room said...

beautiful illustrations and beautiful necklaces:)

Jen said...

Those illustrations are gorgeous - so lush and rich.

Are you talking about the pumpkin spice lattes? I remember the first time Hubby picked one of those up for me last year: YUM. Tasty stuff.

And Felicia is so sweet, isn't she?

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I do love those earrings! I am a dangle earring person. I blame it on my artsy side. The pictures you posted are gorgeous, wow. Just love all your pretty little dresses. These ladies have talent! THank you for commenting on my son. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Felicia said...

Beautiful illustrations! And I'm so glad you enjoyed your package :)

Anonymous said...

What pretty colorful, textural photographs. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful book! I love Asian art, and I have to agree that the drawings in this book are incredible. Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Passed by when I was doing my research.

I am a Chinese from Hong Kong.

Just want to tell you that actually Butterfly Lover is a famous Chinese tale.

I love the book~ :)