first coasters of the year

After a one-day-trip to Paris last week, which usually turns to be my Japan fix (a way to access Japanese food & goods, without actually going to Japan !), I found myself inspired by this beautiful country, again. And from my hands, were born this past weekend, sets of brand new coasters. I'll let you see them now ...

They are reversible, both sides being equally nice ! One side features a traditional print & running (red) stitches, the other side features a (not perfectly round) circle of a different print, that was hand appliquéed, and with again, a (red) stitched detail. None is 100% identical to another, the circles vary in size & shape, the stitches too. They are all unique.

There are 4 sets available (two of them are ready to ship), and comes in a lovely drawstring bag, ready for gifting, or for being kept in a drawer for instance.

I love the way they look with these thrifted, handmade ceramic cups ! You can find them here in the shop

Thanks for stopping by today !

With love,

Sonia

Bambouseraie - April 2017

It was already a month & a half ago, and I almost feel ashamed I didn't post these photos earlier. But you know ... life happens, right ?

The Bambouseraie is a special place, a huge bamboo park, where you feel you've travelled far away without actually having to travel that far. Let me share some photos, if you please.

It was still spring, cherry trees were in full bloom, wisteria & camelias as well. It was a quiet day without any tourists, a very enjoyable moment.

I love this place, it always somehow feels magical. I could take photos of everything, again & again. (which is what I do already, actually LOL)

I can't deny that it feels like travelling to Japan without acutally going there. Everything is here to remind you of it : maple tree, cherry tree, bamboos, camelias, torii (a traditional Japanese gate found at the entrance or within a Shinto shrine) ...

I hope you enjoyed the little photo tour. It's deep summer already here. Thank goodness for the swimming pool & outdoor space in the shade. We are so happy we moved to this little house & its little garden & its little swimming pool !

xo

Sonia

Acer palmatum Deshojo

If you know me a little, it's no secret that I am interested in lots of areas of Japanese culture. And so is my husband. (did he have any choice, ahah ?!) Japanese maple is one of the symbols of Japan that I have always enjoyed (more than cherry blossoms I think), and bringing at long last a Japanese maple in our garden has been a highlight of this spring !

It is an Acer palmatum Deshojo. It is turning to green at the end of spring (right now here), then will turn bright red in autumn and finally dark red through winter & spring. We installed it in a large, deep blue (making me think of indigo dyeing) ceramic pot, and I love to sit underneath to see the light going through the leaves, and to see the contrast with the sky.

It is a v.e.r.y. soothing sight.

I know this blog has been turning into a gardening blog, which I understand is not for everyone. I have been wanting for a house with a garden for two decades & I'm trying to make up for all the time lost. I am sorry (not sorry) if you think there's an overload of plant & flower & gardening posts. I am pretty sure they are gardening & nature lovers amongst the few readers (left) of my old little blog.

The next few posts will be AGAIN gardening/garden oriented, you've been warned ! ;-) Thanks a lot for visiting !

Oh, by the way, we purchased it at the Bambouseraie, along with bamboos, which will be the theme of a coming post.

ox

Sonia