When you have a dream, you have to keep breathing softly on its embers. I did just that with my dream of a little French life by traveling here on a regular basis in the years preceding my leap. Since that kind of lifestyle is mostly for the rich and famous - I am neither - I had to find another way. As usual, the universe was listening in on my musings and gave a swift kick in my desired direction.
That 'kick' led to being contacted by Façonnable to shoot the quintessential Provençal environmental shots for marketing their brand in their US boutiques. The opportunity allowed me to be in this lovely place twice a year for several years as I gunned my motor to make a run for it.
A happy result of that shooting was a line of note cards that I marketed and sold in the US before I left and here in France when I arrived. Postal complications and basic survival issues forced the cards to take a back seat in the veritable 2CV* of my life to things like a carte de sejour, working papers and replacing lost passports but I am very pleased to say:
The cards are back in town! (I know several of you will be very happy to hear this! Thank you for the gentle encouragement along the way to bring them back.)
This Fork It Over Give-Away is a set of 5 lovely note cards with different color images of Provence. (Actually one of the images is a flower shop in Paris, but I just knew you'd like it. See above for the images included in this Fork It Over set.)
The printed cards with envelopes measure 19.5 cm by 14 cm (approximately 7.5 inches by 5.5 inches).
A caption below each image notes the location of the shot and...
|(Candles not included in this set.)|
...as was the added touch in the previous version of cards, each card is individually signed in the lower right-hand corner.
The set arrives tied up in a ribbon and will make a lovely hostess gift or perhaps delight another Franco-phile when birthday time rolls around.
You have three ways to enter the second Fork It Over Give Away to win this set of 5 note cards (Hurry! All entries must be in by midnight Friday, 17 June):
1) If you haven't yet, hit Follow in the "Some Of My Favorite Peeps" section over there to the right and add your sweet mug shot to the crowd - then leave a lovely comment in this post...
2) ...scroll down a bit further and hit Like if you are a Facebook follower - then leave a lovely comment in this post. (I know. I know. We've been through this whole "Like" drill, right? I had not installed the correct code so all of my lovely followers who showed up in that spot previously were not actually "liking" La Fourchette...errr...they all ended up "liking" FACEBOOK! Mark Zuckerberg, you sneaky bug. I think I've got it down now and your "like" should actually show up on La Fourchette's page from here on out. )
3) ...Simply leave a lovely comment in this post. I realize not everyone wants to sign up to Google or Facebook and I'm just really pleased your here.
As usual, all names will go into the hat...
...and the winner will be announced on SATURDAY, 18 June.
Bon chance à tous!
* deux chevaux - the lovely old automobile that represents all things French in one gorgeous heap of metal and leather