Monday, June 22, 2009

Surrounded by Boys

This week I have been living with 4 boys. My usual partner in crime, Brian, and then 3 added boys - my brother and two friends. Needless to say, the apartment is a MESS, the toilet seat is CONSTANTLY up (thankfully Brian is neat and clean and never leaves it up), and I haven't had a chance to do anything girly, but it's still been fun. We took my brother kayaking, and it was his first time - seeing the excitement on his face was priceless.

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Being the girly girl that I am, it's strange to me that I have only started getting into jewelry over the last two years. I got my ears pierced when I was really little, but didn't wear earrings all through high school and most of college. It was only when I moved to the US that I started to wear earrings, and then only in the last few years that necklaces and bracelets have started catching my eye.

So my girly fix for the week has been brief conversations with Petra of Simply U Jewelry (between my non-girly activities here with the lads). She makes lovely silver pieces inspired by her children, from her little shop in France, which is pretty much a dream destination for a romantic like me. She lives in the south of France in a little city called Lyon, between the sea and the Alps, and loves to spend her time shopping for fresh flowers and fruit at the market and picnicing in the park with her kidlets. Lovely pursuits that make me partially wish that my guests here were girls, so I could do this kind of thing with them (but only half wish - the lads are lovely).

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Thankfully desserts aren't only for girls, so while the boys have been here, I have still been able to enjoy the sweets that I love. Petra swears by apple crumble with icecream, and I would have to totally agree with her on that.

Petra is so generous and is giving away one of her lovely pretties to one of you guys! Go check out her store and then come back here and leave a comment about 1. your favorite activity to do with guests, and 2.which piece of the following you like best (and your email):

With All My Heart
Moms Are...
Simply U Bracelet
Silver Heart Bracelet

I will post the winner through random.org at the end of the week.
*Jewelry Photos taken by Simply U Jewelry

54 comments:

Kristin said...

Lyon is one of my top vacation destinations! I saw something on the Travel channel about it a few years ago and haven't stopped thinking about it since!

The jewelry is lovely...

Tracy said...

Living in DC, there's NEVER a shortage of things to do with guests. Visiting the monuments gets old fast (they're always the same!)so my favorite things to do with guests is take them to one of the many great museums DC has to offer. To make it a perfect day we pack sandwiches and picnic on the national mall!

My favorite piece is definitely the silver heart bracelet. So simple but beautiful!

Kotori said...

I love sitting up late and visiting with guests or playing cards until it is waaay too late. That seems to be when everyone is most relaxed and the story telling begins. After all, part of the fun of guests is remembering all the old good times while making new ones, don't you think?

Love this jewelry especially the large name circle pendant and the bracelets. All so pretty. Great giveaway Dionne. You always find the most beautiful things!

Lindsey said...

Well, I'm not really a heart person, and as an artist, dangly bracelets really do get in the way, so I'd have to say the Moms Are... is my fave.

And I love it when we sit around the table and talk after meals, but when my family was just here for graduation, we all played Catch Phrase, and I think that was the most fun I've ever had! But we also went kayaking and antiquing...those are always great. (If I go home I love it when they take me hiking too.)

And good luck with all those boys!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I love your blog! I'm glad to stopped by mine! thanks for your comments!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Beautiful blog.
Loving the heart shaped one too.

photojoy said...

You seemed quite busy after coming home but sounds so happy! And as always I admire your llustrations. Aren't those jewelies beautiful! Can't wait to know who is the luckiest person.

maggisaar said...

One of my favorite things to do with guests is something with our hands. Instead of just talking and sitting somewhere, why not knit or cook or draw or play with clay or paints? I have the worst idle hands and love to gab, so combining the two seem the best option, right?

It's been too long since I've had company over.

My favorite piece of her's is the With All My Heart necklace. It's precious. :-D

Sabrina said...

Hehe.

I've lived with three boys (not counting my dad) for about 22 years, and can say your apartment's condition is pretty much the norm for males, although their are some exceptions. Have fun!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Hi Dionne, you seemed so fabulously busy...love any heart shape anything really! Have a lovely NEW week dear

Michelle said...

I know what you mean about having boys around! My little brother is my roommate right now and it's a little trying at times. Last night I asked him why he keeps the house cleaner when I'm gone than when I'm here, he said because he knows I'll pick up after him while I'm here. Apparently I'm too nice to the kid!

My favorite thing to do with guests is take them to local events that I love. Farmer's Market, Music on Main (Main St is shut down for 3 hours every Thursday night and different local bands play), etc.

The silver heart bracelet is definitely my favorite. :)

iheartkiwi said...

i heart the lovely silver drop "pour la vie" necklace... and the simply u bracelet is fantastic.

i once took some friends sky diving! we still talk about it to this day... they will never forget it! and because i live in arizona i love taking people to the grand canyon... it's something they can only do when they come to visit me!

loving your sweet sweet blog by the way...

Savvy Mode SG said...

i didn't like jewelry until about 3 to 4 years ago too.

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

Oh boy. I think my favorite is the big circle of names.

I can just see me, my hubby and 3 children around that lovely circle.

And...

My favorite "activity" to do with guests?

Well, other than having a "libation" 1980's Trivia Pursuit was so much fun ... hmmm who won that game...?

amoramor said...

Hey darling, thanks for the visiting, you have such a lovely blog!

nicole addison said...

oh what a great find :) i love you and your deserts, whenever i read your posts you always bring out my sweet tooth!

Eric said...

KICKEM TO THE CURB DIONNE.

I'm taking your side here instead of the boys' side if you didn't notice. Didn't someone want me to be roommates with Evan at some point?

Rachel Follett said...

Love your illustration! So fun and whimsical!

Kellie ~ Ada and Darcy said...

Thank you for your lovely comment. Your blog is beautiful!

Love the art and the silver heart.... x

Katie said...

ack! i live with three boys at the moment and i swear they're trying to see who can get me to fall in the toilet first.

your blog is adorable! i love all the little doodles. i find it hard to wear jewelry. i cant stop fiddling with it when it's on. BUT i'd love love love to wear my mans name on a heart. i like the silver heart bracelet.xx

Nicole Marie said...

oh the toilet seat!! drives me nuts!! when I go to my boyfriend house he says, "well if i have to put the tilet seat down at your house, you have to put it back up at my house."

and gorgeous jewelry! i'm jealous of her little life in france. When I have guests we always do bbqs or dinners outside!
My favorite is the mom's are..

cgw @ accidentally, kle said...

Hi Dionne - here's my post about the swap! Thanks for organising it, it was excellent fun! ♥

http://accidentallykle.blogspot.com/2009/06/swap-part-two.html

lyndsey | paper girl said...

fun! a giveaway! my favorite thing to do with guests is stay up late, talking and snacking on yummy desserts :)

and i love the silver heart bracelet! SO pretty. and um...how cool is it that petra lives in france?? wow. dreamy.

you know my email address :)

DaisyChain said...

I love your blog!
I could not live with three boys. At all. Ever.

Katie said...

shoot, i forgot to say what i like to do with guests! you HAVE to play battle of the sexes! it's hilarious!! one time the question card for the boys read:

finish this phrase "maybe she's born with it_________________"

he says: "maybe she's not?"

Dionne said...

Hahahaha, Katie, that is hilarious! I love his answer, hehehehe.

avant garde said...

really enjoying your blog, thanks for the comments on mine too :) kayaking is fun, lots of work sometimes but fun. we head over to a small island off of cape cod and stay the whole day, perfect. love this give away too! i prefer the necklace although both are sweet. and my favorite activity to do with guests is bring them to dynamic and delicious restaurants taht we love, out of the way places and watch their expressions as they taste their food!

Mo said...

thank you !!

not yet but i'm confident it should arrive soon :-)

Tamara Nicole said...

Myfave activity to do with guests is "Lips" KAREOKE! I kick butt and have a blast . . . and a great ab workout form laughing so much!

email: tamaranicole2@yahoo.com

Phoenix said...

Yeah, how gorgeous is that dress? Anthropologie basically photographed their spring collection underwater, and I fell in love with just about everything.

How awesome that you got engaged in Laguna Beach! It's my favorite beach in the world.

And yes, Trader Joe's essentially rocks.

Your photos are kick ass! I love them!!

orange sugar home said...

love the necklaces too. wonderful blog. looking forward to following it. thanks for your visit to OSH.

Tracy-Girl said...

I love that manikin. And I love that you have been living with boys all week... that sure makes life interesting! :) adorable blog, so glad I came across it!

Kristin said...

What a lovely giveaway. I love to take my guests to a restaurant on the beach at sunset. So beautiful. And I love the big circle of names pendant!

babalisme said...

mmmmmmmmm..if the guests share similar interest with me, I'd probably ask them to craft with me. But if they don't I'd probably just take them to the mall and do some sight seeing..

My fave item from the shop is simply U charm necklace!

janil said...
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janil said...

One of my favorite things to do with guests is playing games like Risk, Monopoly or guessing films names with mimic!

My favourite is Moms are.... so pretty!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Lilly said...

I love to take guests to a great restaurant.

And my favorite is the "with all my heart.. handstamped pendant". It is beautiful!

thanks a lot!

Aik said...

1. Favourite activity with guests:
Playing poker cards. No gambling, though.

2. I like With All My Heart the best.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Melissa said...

1. Beautiful jewelry, and affordable too! I love the You're my angel... handstamped pendant.

2. the Simply U bracelet.. handstamped charm bracelet

Danetta said...

1) If the guests are from out of town...sightseeing, taking them to some of my favorite places. If they are already familiar with the area and surrounding areas...chatting in the yard, playing games
2) with all my heart.. handstamped pendant
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Aimala said...

I love the "With All My Heart" pendant & chain. It's just lovely.

Living in Brooklyn, NYC is only a hop, skip & jump away so most of the time we sight see with guests, take in a Broadway show or simply walk the streets. And I always take them to that veritable NY institution "The Carnegie Deli" of Annie Hall fame!

Thank you!
Amy
Aimala02@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

When I have guests, I prefer to just sit down, and have a nice, long conversation with them; for when I usually have guests around, I haven't seen them in a long time, and truly feel like we have some catching up to do. Sometimes, doing other things at the same time with them takes away from the reconnection, and you end up losing even more quality time with them than you could have spent just talking with them. :)

I looooooooove the Silver Heart Bracelet, ESPECIALLY with that Librarian font! It's so romantic; it reminds of something almost 40's-wartime era. That is the one I would love to have. ^^

G. Tobey
pnkflmngosfrm51@sbcglobal.net

Mia said...

with guests..well it depends of course but usually a night out;)
Simply U bracelet.. handstamped charm bracelet- this one I love most:)

Mr. Bean said...

It kind of depends on the guest, if you're close friends then you could go shopping or to a down to earth restuarant.

tmmylm at gmail

Mr. Bean said...

I like the Silver Heart Bracelet the most

tmmylm at gmail

Michelle said...

We like to barbecue with guests. I love the moms are angels in disguise necklace. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rose said...

With guests if its warm I like to bbq and sit outside where its nice and warm.

I love the with all my heart bracelet.

The Giveaway Diva said...

i love cooking for them and watching movies with guests and i love the With All My Heart!!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

erica said...

just doing whatever!! i love having guests over!! and i love the with all my heart!!!

ericaloves @hotmail.com

Amanda said...

Great Giveaway
1. I like taking guests out to eat and showing them around the city.
2. My favorite piece is the handstamped silver heart bracelet.

Martha said...

The hand stamped heart with the pearl drop is lovely.
I just like chatting over a nice meal with friends.

noble beeyotch said...

My favorite thing to do with a guest is cook with them....it kinds makes the conversations more fun and you end up doing something productive.
My fav is the silver heart bracelet...its looks vintage

email-swatir.24@gmail.com

Dionne said...

Thanks for all your comments - this contest is now closed.

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