Good King René was a well-loved character in the history of Provence. He was responsible for bringing many of the lovely things we enjoy in our little French lives here in Aix: culture, wine-growing and apparently an all-round good nature.
He was my favorite in the parade...but more for his hypnotic style of dancing in the street.
This month brings a little twist on Spring Cleaning...the theme for April being French Spring Laundry!
As always, each is individually signed (matching ivory envelope included) and a set of five is tied with a ribbon and a sprig of lavender from Provence before it's tucked into the envelope to be sent on its voyage to you.
And here's a great idea! The last few orders have been gift orders, with the sets being sent to a lucky recipient directly from France. Something to keep in mind for any Francophiles on your list...or, in this case, people who like French laundry!
From a peek outside my kitchen window...
...to a sunny balcony in Nice...
...everything from delicates...
...to petite French linens are being put out to dry this month.
Here's hoping that even your laundry days are happy ones!
Each set of 5 notecards (with envelopes) is only 25€ (postage to anywhere in the world is included).
Cards measure 19.5 cm x 14 cm (approximately 7.5 inches x 5.5 inches) and are individually signed by yours truly.
Lovely as a gift or to keep handy for the elegant notes sent now and again as thanks, welcome, celebration or just to stay in touch in a very fashionable manner.
Ordering is easy! PayPal is available for easy payment and if you have a PayPal account, as soon as you tap in your password information, the rest of the process loads in English! Whew! Just click right here:
And just a note: ask any number of 'card-carrying' followers of La Fourchette about the suitability of framing these lovelies. (I've already heard from them so I know the answer: definitely frame-able!)
In our portraiture exploration, I just assigned my impressively adventurous students (I love them - and they really do impress me!) to do a self-portrait. Since I wouldn't ask them to do something I wouldn't do, I thought it fitting to take my own assignment and update mine. If you've never done one, it's an interesting process...just ask my students!
Reflections are easy when the spring sunshine is filling our little corner of the world. Today...err...not so much. Rain in the 'hood. But nothing like what happened in Texas yesterday...lordy, lordy! I hope all of our friends in the mighty state of Texas are okay and finding their way through yesterday's whopper storm!
Just a little hiccup! Those pesky spinning plates took a tumble...but one foot in front of the other, things should be up and running shortly.
In the meantime, today's post offers a little jazz concert for your listening viewing pleasure...
...and a huge favor to ask:
The instacanvas folks are opening galleries according to votes/requests artists receive. You can help me out by going to this link: instacanv.as/lafourchette then vote for my gallery to be opened.
When you click on that link, it will open a page where you'll see a big yellow button that says, "Request Gallery Opening". Click that and you're done! Well...all except for my heartfelt thanks for supporting my yet-to-be-opened gallery! (Curtsy here.)
Hope your week is off to a great start. Thanks for hanging in there while I picked up plates.
Yours, with my nose pressed to the window of my yet-to-be-opened gallery,
“Leslie landed in the lavender and olives of Provence in 2004...fork in hand...” so began La Fourchette in 2006. Fast-forward to this moment...with survival issues managed (every ex-pat knows what I'm talking about!), I return to the original passion that brought me to France: photography.
A quote from Wynn Bullock (20th century photographer) comes to mind as I define myself as a photographer:
"At 42, I decided to become a photographer because it offered a means of creative thought and action. I didn't rationalize this, I just felt it intuitively and followed my intuition, which I have never regretted."
Shortly after I began following my passion and traveling to France to shoot photographs, Façonnable picked them up for their US market. A card line was featured at Nordstrom and small French-themed boutiques throughout the US.
Now, in the golden wash of light that is the south of France, I continue my psychotherapy practice and passion for photography.