Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Passe-moi un stylo

I'm going to be needing a new pen or two. Seems my gal pals are on the same wavelength and are committed to me journaling, doodling and designing while touring France next month!

The other day Berene did one of her famous drive-bys. That's where she pulls up outside my house, parks in the middle of the street and one of her sweet kids comes running up to my front door with a special delivery. And how special is this?

Journaling en Francais

A darling Moleskin flipbook with gridded pages, perfect for quilt designing while sipping a latte on the banks of the Seine, n'est-ce pas?

oo la la stitchery

This stitchery is hardly bigger than an inch across! Berene is the most creative person I know, truly. And definitely one of the most thoughtful. See all of the other personalized notebooks she's made for friends and family here. Honestly woman, you rule.

And then there's Cindy. Someone I've never met in person, but who is SO kind that she has taken considerable time to make me the most beautiful journal cover and memory keeping pocket ever! This just arrived in the morning mail. This fabric! It is truly amazing - I know there's a lot of Paris/Eiffel Tower print out there, but I've never seen this one before.  It's a heavier, almost canvas-weight. Perfect!

Journaling en Francais

Cindy printed text onto fabric (possibly Lutridor? maybe she can let us know in the comments) to applique to both the journal cover and the memory pocket. So cool!

Journaling en Francais

Journaling en Francais

Definition of Stuff. Love that.  I know that D is going to claim this set the minute she gets home from school and that's okay because we'll fill it together.  I recently purchased a Polaroid PoGo inkless printer to take on our trip. It prints out 2" x 3" sticky-backed photos. I'm having a hard time with it printing with light streaks through the middle of the image, but working on some possible solutions based on internet help.  It wasn't expensive, but I would love it to work properly so that we can do instant journaling on the trip en Francais. (hoping that will help prevent some school backlash for missing 1.5 weeks of class).

Thank you both so much for your supreme thoughtfulness. You've each taken an item off my pre-trip to-do list! Journals: check. Woot!!

Now, to that custom camera bag.....

27 comments:

Angela said...

awesome! You are going to have a fabulous trip!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Great friends you have. Enjoy your trip and make notes on your diary.

Flying Blind... said...

Ooh lovely friends x

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

You're going to be the most well accessiorized family in Paris!

Sonia B said...

Lovely. I'm pretty sure the labels are from Sweetwater. Enjoy your trip.

felicity said...

So, so fab!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'm SOOO happy it arrived in time! I got the labels from the "Label Crew" by the fabulous fabric designers, Sweetwater. They just seemed perfect for your trip. I know you will have a wonderful time.

happysewlucky said...

So glad you love your Moleskin. Hope it comes home ink-laden!
(FYI: For pens I'd recommend the Pilot G-TEC-C4 available at Staples. They are super fine and glide around the page beautifully.)

Amy Friend said...

Lucky you! What nice friends. Those are such wonderful and thoughtful gifts!

Kristie said...

Magnifique! J'adore tout les cadeaux :) Bon voyage!

(okay, that is as far as my high school french will take me...and high school was some time ago!!)

Katy Cameron said...

Fab pressies to take! Funnily enough I was going to say about the PoGo, as I'm going to get one for my mad Sewing Summit trip, hope you get your issues worked out, it would totally enhance your journal :o)

Michele Pacey said...

Such perfect little trip items. Love that fabric!

Dianne said...

Tres adorable!! You and D are going to have a great time journaling and saving precious bits with these babies. You have very nice friends because you ARE a very nice friend. :0)

Katie B. said...

Lucky lady!

CitricSugar said...

Those are some good peeps! What thoughtful and special gifts. I've never met Cindy either but adore her.

Have a marvellous time in France and try to soak up some of the countryside as well as the city lights. Almost every meal starts with cantaloupe and when it's filled with port, it's even better. Also, you are required to eat pastry. Nothing in France has "real" calories. All food there nourishes the soul as well and is therefore, freebies. :-)

Leanne said...

You are going to have so much fun and now you can write all about it too.

Ethne said...

These are delightful notebooks and that little wallet/pouch is beautiful - perfect for a little stitchery project for the plane trip

♥Duff said...

très belle!
Now if I could just figure out how to add a blinged-out flashing icon to this comment....

Tammy said...

Wow, what wonderful journals and pouch! As you said perfect for your trip! Enjoy!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Gorgeous, you have great taste in friends with great taste :). You need to start thinking 'café crème' rather than latte though, decent lattes are hard to find in France. Certainly no 'flat whites' as I drink when home in Australia. Or maybe you'll become an espresso convert like us!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

These are so beautiful!! Very talented friends you have :)

Little Creatable said...

I hear if you run a piece of blue paper through it, it fixes the issues :D

http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2012/01/travel-printer.html

Check this out.

Sonja said...

Lucky lucky you!! Berene and Cindy rock!! You are going to have the best time!!

Sonja said...

Lucky lucky you!! Berene and Cindy rock!! You are going to have the best time!!

Kristen said...

These are beautiful! Doodle away!! That photo printer sounds interesting. Does it print stickers for scrapbooking?

Katharine said...

What wonderful friends. Bon voyage for your trip to France, my family is right next door here in Belgium and we'll be thinking about you.

trudys_person said...

Lucky you! What wonderful creative friends!