So, you may be thinking, has she gone quite mad with that title?!?! But what I’m about to tell you is something really rather special.
As some of you may know, a few moons ago, I spent two amazing years living in the beautiful city of Paris – where I met the man of my dreams – hahah – NOT (that had already happened in the nearly as beautiful city of Lancaster – #bigcheesealert)…but I did make some life long friends from across the globe, and had the time of my life!
Finding a place to live was never going to be easy in this beautiful city of lights – I searched high and low from one arrondissement to the next, and then voilà, I found my chez moi, and this was a home only dreams were made of.
So, I rented a room from the most welcoming of Parisiennes you could ever meet called Monique, who at the time was in her late 60s – full of life, laughter and a dear love of meeting new people. She had welcomed people from Italy, Spain, Russia, the US and the Far East into her beautiful home. Living in the 3rd arrondissement (district) right in the heart of Paris, we were next door to the famous quartier of Le Marais and a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Hôtel du Ville and Notre Dame de Paris.
Monique was an inspiration to me in so many ways…I loved listening to her stories of what it was like living in Paris over the years, retelling them like they were just yesterday and at a speed that only a belle Parisienne could. But most of all I fell in love with her passion for life, good food, love and laughter: she taught me how to cook French dishes such as coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon…she introduced me to a world of amazing French cheeses and wine (in which she also owned shares), she shared her family life and introduced me to some amazing friends that I still keep in contact with to this day.
Monique was the sweetest lady and always used the cutest of terms of endearment in almost every conversation. Terms like ma poulette (my little chick), ma puce (my sweet), mon coeur (my sweetheart) were common place and always made me feel like I was home (even though I was far from it!). She was (and still is) like family to me and I would like to dedicate these next creations to ma poulette Monique – the sweetest of chicks E V E R!
You might remember I talked about the most beautiful embroidery thread from Linladen, a Swedish embroidery thread made from linen I discovered on my first creative adventure. Well, I simply couldn’t resist using this oh so silky thread to define these designs of wee bunnies, chicks and lambs. All labels have been hand printed using a classic Simple Ronde French font, making this a truly Frenchie baby grow for your petits belles et beaux to sleep, dream and play in.
I was so very lucky to spend some magical moments in Paris and was thrilled to share this with my eldest daughter Rosa, when she was just 2 years old. We visited notre chère Monique, calling her Mamie Monique (or Grannie Monique) and with the help of her French Mamie I am proud to say that Rosa took some of her first steps in the beautiful city of Paris. And here we three are, clearly regaling in the égalité, liberté and fraternité of life.
If you would like to see more of these latest treasures check out some photos on instagram and visit my new Etsy shop!
PS: French and Spanish versions of this post will be available very soon!