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Bookish adventures

| Daily life, Reading pleasures

One rainy misty afternoon, I finally managed to make my way down to John King books. I’d long heard about this 4 story institution devoted to books and I have long wanted to visit.

Well, it finally happened and I can tell you that it lives up to all the accolades it has earned over the years.

The bookstore was founded by Mr John King in 1971 and its original location was in Dearborn. It moved to its downtown location in 1983 when Mr King purchased the Advanced Glove factory. It later expanded to have two other locations though sadly, one of these two has recently closed.

They have an inventory of over a million titles divided among its two remaining branches thought the downtown one has a much larger inventory. It’s not far fetched to think they have a book on possibly every topic you can think of. No wonder it was once ranked no 2 of the world’s 18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit at Least Once. I’m keeping this list by the way and making it one of my goals to visit as many as I can. But I digress.

In this day and age where everything is digital and online, John King books is firmly on the old fashioned side. There is no computerized inventory except for their rare book collection. They cannot look up titles for you,  instead, they have booksellers who can direct your search for titles and then you’re on your own– to peruse the alphabetically arranged shelves and get lost in the warren of musty corridors of shelves lined with books and yet more books. When you come, don’t expect to surface for air until hours later. Actually, it’s best to simply clear your schedule of all other things.

As for my book haul, I came away with a very modest one. But this just means another trip down very soon! 

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A wintry landscape

| Daily life


Woke up this morning to gray skies and softly falling snow. Days like this when spring is but a distant dream, I half –feel like I too, am in a state of hibernation. Waiting, just quietly waiting for the return of spring..

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A snowy weekend

| Daily life


Happy Friday dear friends! I hope you have wonderful plans for the weekend. There’s plenty of snow predicted in our part of the world so I think my weekend plans include copious helpings of hot chocolate!

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Relax, its the weekend

| Daily life




Hello friends, due to technical difficulties, I haven’t been very present here. Technology, despite the big strides we’ve made, and all the good it has done, can still manage to throw a monkey wrench into our lives. When that does happen, it can be quite stressful. Luckily for us, there are other things in life, as we can see from this photo.
So, wherever you are, I wish you a peaceful and wonderful weekend!

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Friday round up

| Daily life, Fashion, Friday links, Uncategorized




Hello friends, we’ve been blessed with beautiful sunny weather this week. Just look at that sky!  Here’s crossing my fingers it’s for keeps! What brilliant plans have you got lined up this weekend? I’m hoping we get to a good antique market.  Or maybe break out the barbecue grill.

And since its Friday, here once again are a few interesting links I’ve found.  Enjoy!!

After last week’s news about David Letterman retiring in 2015, its been announced that Stephen Colbert is taking over.  I like Stephen Colbert, I can’t forget the time he came out in support of the Philippines after last year’s Hurrican Haiyan tragedy.  He just about endeared himself to the whole country with that video.

Do you like fashion films?  Remember when Vogue’s The September Issue came out?  I remember playing hooky and watching it in the middle of the day in one of the theaters along the Champs Elysee. Anyway it seems that fashion films have become more common these days. Here are the top 10 of the moment.

Are you on Instagram? It seems hard to believe that Instagram was launched only in 2010. That’s a mere three years ago, but I guess that’s light years in terms of technology. Just recently it was announced that there are over 200 million users.  I am fairly new to it myself but its completely addictive, I have to admit.  Its true what they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. With such a great deal of users, it  has even altered the landscape of fashion.  Read all about it here. I love discovering different Instagrammers.  Do you have a particular favorite? Do share. I am Petites Merveilles (what else?) on IG.

Speaking of pictures,  I was amazed at this collection of photos showing Detroit in its early years.  Its hard to believe that it was once one of the country’s richest cities.  These pictures are so poignant and evocative, view them all here.

And that’s it folks!! Have a great weekend!





Let it go

| Daily life


This has been in constant play chez nous. And while the original can’t be beat, this version is pretty cute….

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Friday fun plus links

| Daily life, Etsy, Reading pleasures, Vintage finds



Its the weekend! Or almost!!  What fun things have you got planned? Going around the stores, I noticed loads of Easter decorations. I suppose its not too early to get started on those preparing those adorable Easter baskets, bunnies included. For my part, I think I’m on the right track thanks to my find from yesterday’s shopping tour which you can read about here. I found these  adorable vintage nesting eggs from Vintage Vogue and they’re perfect for an Easter Egg hunt!

So I thought I’d do a round up of interesting reads to share with you all on this rainy Friday…

Who likes Legos? If you are, check out the BrickBash

Are you a beauty products fiend? There’s a new kid on the block, thanks to the arrival on the scene of an old Parisian brand– L’Officine Universelle Buly brand…

Interestingly enough,  some folks prefer to look to Etsy for their beauty needs. If you are, then this is an interesting read from the New York Times

Still on Etsy, there’s a great post on How To Use Instagram for Marketing.   I wasn’t entirely convinced about Instagram but a friend of mine (thanks to D!) convinced me to try it and I love it! Its a wonderful way to visually share your world and its a great place to find inspiration.  And now, a useful post for all business owners. Read it here.

Hope you have fun with these articles! Have a good weekend everyone!





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Keeping warm

| Daily life, Reading pleasures

It’s sub zero temperatures once again in our part of the world. I think this weekend will be all about staying warm and comfy. And what better way to while away the time than reading some good books and maybe a movie or two.


Oh and if you like lists, here is a list of the top new books of 2014.
Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful weekend!

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Snapshots from the DIA

| Daily life


It’s been awhile since I’ve been inside a museum and today’s afternoon at the Detroit Institute of Art was a lovely surprise.
Here are a few of the many treasures that caught my eye.

Caravaggio’s Mary and Magdalene


Camille Pisarro’s The Paths


Van Gogh’s Bank of the Oise sur Auvers


A huge mural by Diego Rivera


And just before leaving , I saw Canaletto’s Piazza San Marco


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Stuck on a piece

| Daily life


I don’t know why but I seem to be a little stuck. I woke up today all excited to work on this beautiful Venetian fancy bead which dates back to the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Several hours later, all I’ve managed to do with it is to wire wrap the ends. Can I still blame the polar vortex for this? (Apologies for yesterday’s post where I said polar freeze instead of vortex, though to be honest polar freeze seems pretty apt too!) Maybe it’s just one of those days…..

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Polar freeze

| Daily life, My thoughts on


I think it’s safe to say that I’ve never been so cold as I’ve been these past few days. At one point we went down to minus 27 F with the wind chill factor. Then I heard that this unseasonable and extraordinary weather was due to polar freeze. Well, then, it’s little wonder that it’s been freezing. We got so much snow that our poor bushes have pretty much disappeared!


So I’ve been busy cocooning myself with gorgeous jewelry books, all in the name of inspiration and research of course.


And I’ve started to think about the upcoming first collection for 2014. I sorted out some beads from the bead box and this strand caught my eye….I’m excited to see how they turn out. Soon as I thaw out, I will start working on them!


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Happy weekend

| Daily life


I can’t believe it’s the Friday before Christmas! Are you all done with the preparations for the upcoming festivities? I’ve sent gift packages and cards off, what an adventure that was in the post office. Whew. This weekend will be devoted to wrapping presents!

Talk to you all soon!

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Weekend reading

| Daily life

Hello friends, the Night Circus has been on my reading list for awhile now. Finally, I’m getting around to it!
Happy weekend everyone!!

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Giving thanks

| Daily life


Today we woke up to a snowy Thanksgiving. More than any other holiday, today is the day to reflect and give thanks.
To family and friends, though far, we hold you close in our hearts. Your love warms us all year round.
To new friends, thank you for enriching our lives with your presence.
To new opportunities and adventures that this land offers, thank you for the chance to do something wonderful.
And always to F and E.

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Queueing for H and M

| Daily life, My thoughts on


Today I attempted to do some online shopping and this is the sight that greeted me. I’ve never been in an online queue before today and I certainly didn’t expect it from H &M. I should explain however, that the queue came about because of its much anticipated collaboration with French designer Isabel Marant. She’s the reason why I was online along with it seems everybody else.
But an online queue? This was too much for me. I’m an old fashioned shopper. I like trying things on and checking out how they’re made and where they’re made. I like to feel the fabric of clothes and turning them inside out. And yes, I’ve been known to queue for amazing sales before brick and mortar stores, but there at least, you are with like minded people. A certain camaraderie builds amongst each other.
But an online queue? Where’s the fun in that?

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Weekend doings

| Daily life

Hello friends, hope you have wonderful plans for the weekend. I’ve got a bit of work to do then I’m going to dive into some fabulous reading!


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Finally Friday

| Daily life

Today was a gorgeous fall day! And I’m looking forward to the weekend. Hope you’ve got some fun things planned for the weekend. See you back here soon!


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| Daily life

Hello friends, it’s finally Friday! I got me some cool books to read and we will be checking out some cool vintage cars that will be cruising our streets this weekend!
Have a good weekend everyone!


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An unexpected glimpse

| Daily life


Whenever I have an event, chores and errands inevitably take a back seat. And I find myself trying to catch up days after. However errands can often lead to unexpected places of beauty. I was driving and had to stop when I caught a glimpse of this lake. Doesn’t this deck just look so inviting? And these folks have their own boat so they can go out anytime they want to. I can just imagine sitting out here and watching the sun set on the water. Or maybe sitting here early in the morning with a cup of coffee.


And look, the neighbors have their own little deck chair too.

I got back to the car, oddly happy and refreshed by this sight.

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Looking forward to the weekend

| Daily life


Hello friends, can you believe its Friday? I have the feeling the days went by so fast. This weekend I’m planning to find myself a nice little park (preferably with pretty flowers) where I can hopefully get inspired and catch up on my reading.  And I’ve got some great stuff to read, both for business and pleasure.

The latest edition of Ornament magazine just arrived and I’m excited to read what’s featured this month. What’s not to love about this magazine when its all about beads?!Reading material

Thanks to Karen Gunton of Build a Little Biz, I’ve got a bunch of workbooks to help me with my biz. I know, its supposed to be the weekend but I can’t quite let go of work. I guess its one of the perils of working at home?

Of course, its not all work and bead related reading, I picked up Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series awhile back and I’m completely hooked!

How about you, what things are you looking forward this weekend? See you back on Monday!




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Finally, a desk

| Daily life, Vintage finds

Hello friends, how is your weekend so far? I hope you are all enjoying it.  Remember all those desk candidates that I wrote about here? Well, I’ve been keeping an eye out and yesterday I saw this one..

work desk


It is a vintage one from the 50s, maybe 60s and constructed completely out of wood.  Its probably made out of ash hence the lighter, more golden color and it has acquired some nice patina.   It still has its original handles and I like that there are drawers on each side. It has a big enough surface for me to work on my jewelry and the drawers are perfect for putting away the numerous bits and pieces that I constantly need.

Best of all the price was more than reasonable so I didn’t hesitate a second further. And so friends, my quest for a work desk is done and I can finally start making a nice work space for me.

Now if I could just find a chair to go with this table….

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