Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bientot! Coming Soon!

look for this on August 11-12th

Fine Art Photo Print Giveaway!!

Comment on my future blog entry that will be posted the middle of next week and
I'll randomly pick a name out of the group to win a Free Fine Art Photo Print!

Bonne Chance! Good luck!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Rue du Faubourg Montmartre

I'm back from one of my weekly trips to Paris...a few of the girls joined me at one of my favorite restaurants in Paris, Le Bouillon Chartier on rue du Faubourg Montmartre. There are many streets in Paris with the names starting with 'Faubourg'...they led to former 'suburbs' surrounding the old walls of Paris. This one leads to Montmartre and to the hilly area, home to the Sacre Coeur church and Place du Tertre.

Faubourg is an ancient French term approximating "suburb" ( now banlieue ). The earliest form of Forsbourg, derived from Latin foris, 'out of', and Vulgar Latin ( originally Germanic) burgum, 'town or 'fortress'. Traditionally, this name was given to an agglomeration forming around a throughway leading outwards from a city gate, and usually took the name of the same thoroughfare within the city.

Many Parisian streets have retained their ancient denomination in spite of city growth; today it is still possible to discern pre-1860 delimitations in Paris by marking the point where a thoroughfare's name changes from rue to rue du faubourg. For instance, the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis used to be located outside of the city wall and was an extension of the rue Saint-Denis within the walls. The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and rue du Faubourg de Montmartre came about in a similar manner.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Handstamped Custom Jewelry by Simag

I would like to share the talents of Sima Gilady of Simag Jewelry on Etsy.
She does wonderful custom, hand-stamped jewelry for all occasions. She is a wonderful pleasure to work with and a bright soul making light-hearted, affordable art that you can wear. Visit her site on etsy ( link to the right ) to enjoy her offerings and order yourself or someone special a custom made product.
Sima is offering free shipping to anyone who mentions 'symphorose' when ordering from her!
visit her shop at active link on top right under 'kindred spirits'