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?