retail therapy results

On Monday I was in need of some retail therapy. For me, the best way to do that is to go to an arty shop and maybe throw in a second hand market or DIY store!

Well, on Monday I got all of that. I visited a shop called terre d’artisans which is a little more in land from Lake Geneva where I live. Terre d’Artisans provides local artisans with a place to sell their work and exchange materials. They have an entire barn full of old furniture that a group of artists are painting and reselling in the shop.

I was in awe of the barn and it’s contents so I couldn’t resist getting this old wooden shutter. Saying that, is it really a window shutter? Or maybe a cupboard door?

I don’t know! I sanded it down and then oiled it and it looks much better already. I’m sure I’ll be using it as a prop for my photos in the future and I might even make something out of it… a side table maybe?!

Unbelievably, this super cute vintage tea cup (real British fine bone china!) with saucer was free. I love the combination of the rustic wood and the delicate china!

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last days of summer

Sadly, I think summer might be over. I’m sure autumn will bring some golden sunny days but for now it’s raining. Last week, I was out and about (my parents visited me!) and took some new photos of my beautiful Swiss surroundings. I hope you enjoy them!

Btw I finished a new painting yesterday so pics of that will be coming soon!

electric boats are too slow!

Hi, I hope you’re feeling happy! I certainly am since I just got back from a nice evening spent with my man on Lake Geneva Switzerland on a small electric boat!

We knew it would be a slow boat but it was soooo slow. It was so slow, it actually physically frustrated me! 🙂 We rented it for an hour and sadly towards the end I felt quite queasy. My fiance dreams of owning a boat some day but I am quite unsure.

Below is a photo of this little boat…

 

Don’t you just LOVE this photo of a nautical knot!?!

I think it might be a good photo to paint. I will think about it!

 

We passed some hardworking rowers on a very old-fashioned boat… they smiled and waved at us as they rushed past us (yes, they were much faster than us!).

As my dinner, I took a small French pastry on the boat… yumm yumm! Pastry tastes even better with a view like this one :).

Beautiful Lake Geneva

The last two days I have had family visiting me in Switzerland, so I have been busy showing them around. The Lake Geneva region is so stunning, I just have to share some of the photos I took with you!

The amazing thing is that here Swiss perfection meets French charme and it works!