Thursday, August 27, 2009

City of YOU

The City of Dionne is my own little dream world. Do you have one of your own?

Where do you go to daydream and escape from reality for a while?

In the City of Dionne, it is perpetually Spring. All the flowers are constantly in bloom, and everyone rides their bicycles through the park. But it does snow up in the mountains so that everyone can get their snowboarding fix when they are in the mood.
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The Mayor (me) gives out free cupcakes at random times, and they are all sorts of lovely flavors. The Mayor's office is in the heart of the city, but even though it's a big city, it's alive with lush greenery.
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The regular work week is from Monday to Wednesday, from 9am to 2pm. I created this law so that my husband can come play in the park with me after work and still have lots and lots of time left in the day.
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There are book stalls on the sides of the streets where people can pick up free books, and then once they've read them, they pass them on to someone else to read.
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Football games in the City of Dionne are shorter, but everyone goes to the games in fun costumes, and instead of hot dogs and chips, they eat meals cooked by French chefs accompanied with yummy wines from the vineyards that surround the City of Dionne. I don't normally like wine, but the wine from my city tastes however you want it to taste.
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What about you? What would i find in the City of You?

(PS. I added a new Photography Print in my store. If you love cupcakes, come check it out here).

58 comments:

Maria Confer said...

In the city of Maria everyday would be fall. There would be pumpkins on every street and pie stands on every corner.

Every tree would be a brilliant shade of orangey-red.

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project simple life said...

You are such a lovely blogger:)

DesBisoux said...

in City of maguelonne, you would have 4 real seasons. you could take your dog at work. the boy i like would buy me a bunch of peonies every monday and Champagne thursday would be compulsory.
and YSL would still sell that perfect shade of brown in their lipstick line that i've been wearing for years.xxx

ps. absolutly adore your pics...maybe in city of me i could half as talented as you...

Jaime said...

The City of Jaime would have yellow clouds (my fave color). A butler would greet me each morning with home made breakfast (my fave meal of the day), and at night, I would eat the best Italian meals (prepared by chefs flown in from Italy, of course). Everyone would be happy and carefree- no wars and economy woes. All cars would be green friendly, and we'd breathe happier and deeper in the freshest air. No work would be needed, as money grows on trees, so lots and lots of shopping to be done every day instead!

Sigh.... haha!

2ndComing said...

what a thought proving question,
The City of 2ndComing would be composed for several city districts, little New York, Little Portland, Little Madrid, Little Venice, Little Panama City, Little Dublic, Little London, Little Paris, Little Amsterdam, Little Sydney, Little Berlin, etc.

There would be midday breaks implemented at around 1 pm that will last for two hours. Free HealthCare for all who reside. There will be all four seasons, but always mild. No one would be allowed to speak on their cellphone in public for more than 10 minutes at a time (Except for emergencies)

The City would be of course, disease, conflict, and debt free. no Major natural catastrophes either.

Erin said...

Oh this is so fun...

In the city of Erin, all four seasons would be present... In winter, the ground would always be covered in white snow, everyone would ride in sleighs with big horses, drinking hot chocolate or coffee under a warm blanket that doesn't let a draft in.

The city of Erin would be made of luscious rolling hills, beautiful green grass and fields of flowers in the spring, wild fruit trees in the summer, and beautiful fall leaves afterward.

The city of Erin would steal the city of Dionne's work week - Mon through Wed, 9-2 sounds pretty good to the mayor (not Erin). Erin would work at making pillows, purses, skirts, and anything else her heart desires while her 4 lovely children play quietly and contentedly in the yard. Her husband would come home each day and be elated at the new things she had made. He would play in the yard with the kids while she made a perfectly lovely dinner each night in their quaint cottage, overlooking fields and forests with no one else around for miles. In the evenings, Erin's family would play board games together and talk about their day before retiring into their small but comfortable and stylish bedrooms.



I can really picture all this, wow. Somehow, I think the city of Erin is located in the rolling hills of Ireland. I should go find it!

maggisaar said...

I'm going to write my own blog about my own city. And I hope you enjoy it. :)

Thanks for the cheer up, my beautiful friend.

Also I LOVE that picture of you and the book!

SK said...

Can I apply for dual citizenship? I'd like to be a citizen of the City of Dionne and also sk valley hehe

The Novelista Barista said...

how do u make those awesome pictures?!

Michelle said...

What an adorable concept. :) Well, in the City of M, each day would be just the right length; enough fun, relaxation, work, and sleep. And as I get into bed at night, I would take a deep sigh, and be so thankful for everything I was given and experienced that day.

Hannah said...

The city of Hannah...what an interesting thought.

It would be at the very end of summer, when fall is beginning, and there's a bite in the air, a clear, crisp taste to it.

It would be all lush, and green, and there would be fields and fields of flowers. Acres and acres of them.

Trees would be abundant, mainly willow and birch, with some pine, and there would be swings hanging from the branches.

Work hours would change each day, according to what needed to be done, but it would be no longer than 8 hours.

Above all, it would be a place of fancy, where dreams would be born, where dancers would run in the rain, and singers shout in the streets. Storytellers would be on each curb, musicians would be playing on every street.

Music would fill the air, and laughter would be everywhere.

Love would be prominent as well, and a happy sense of community. The love of family, friends, your spouse, knowledge, dreams, talents, everything.

It would be filled with beauty, every sort of wonderful beauty. None false, but all the real, true beauty.

Above all, there would be a sense of magic, wonderful, wholesome, natural magic, that would penetrate into the very hearts of the people living there.

Hannah said...

Excuse me, I meant to say, work hours no longer than 6. :)

Olivia Rae said...

oh wow, i think i am just going to come live in your city! it sounds perfect and lovely.

Pretty Neat Designs said...

First let me say what a lovely post! I enjoyed reading every single line and the photos too. Now, in Cindyland it is always Fall, about 60 degrees with that golden sun that comes during fall, casting long shadows and making the leaves look they are glowing from the inside out. We have cupcake breaks every day and the cupcakes taste like full calorie cakes, but you can't gain weight in Cindyland. And there is a shoe store on every corner! To wish, to wish.

Annie said...

i love your blog!
so original, the pictures always get me. i say don't share your secret on how you create them ;) hehe....

in my world...hmmm, can it be different every day!?
like one day i'll be living in a candyland type world, the next alice in wonderland's world!
fun!!:)

Phoenix said...

Could I just live in your city for a while? I promise I'll vote to re-elect you as Mayor for every election.

Anna said...

i love the city of dionne!! and this post made me so day-dreamy. here's what i dream of my city to be like:
You would find cold dr.pepper cans sporadically placed around town, for those moments when "you could really go for one"... you would find dancing in the streets, big smiles, couples being silly together. People would have huge dinners together every night that would last for hours...retelling stories from their days along with memories of the past. school wouldn't revolve around being tested over the material, rather absorbing every ounce & asking every question you had ever pondered... Love stories would be more common than the crime stories on the nightly news...

& best of all. every parent would hug their children goodnight & "being depressed" would be considered an old myth.

people would live to love.

xo-

p.s. your home post reminded me of this cute site: http://www.thisishomeproject.blogspot.com/
i thought you would like it! : )

Hilary Leister said...

OK, I've given this A LOT of thought, (haha)...

The City of Hilary would have a temp. range of 55-75 degrees. Delicious food would be abundant and have absolutely no calories!

All the city's residents would be wonderful, interesting people who ride funky bikes with baskets filled with flowers and puppies!

All the houses, furniture and landscaping would be GORGEOUS... and every night there would be a themed-party or some sort of Holiday celebration...

Also... the beach would be right outside my bedroom window :)

Julia said...

I really love the book idea!

Gaia said...

My city would be made of pastel colors. free cupcakes for everybody and cherry blossom everywhere. My city will be near the beach with sun and warm weather all the year. Music friends pizza,cold beer and vanilla ice cream.
I'll have lots of time to read books and taking pics.

can I come to stay in Your city for a while?

Little Miss Tiara said...

omg, lol. I'd love to live in your world instead of mine, I guess... mwahaha xD

Okay, I'll do constant visit to your world every two days because I'm still the princess of my palace :d (right, right, I have palace and you got city)

mine would be so romantic, should be, and the only bad thing can happen is a heartbreak, well... I'm all about romance =|

and I think there'll be a lot of korean dramas around the cinema, lol.

Pamela said...

Oh, my!! Can I live in your city? It sounds absolutely delightful!!

Tender Branson said...

Shorter football games...that is a must. Hmmm...in my land gangs of chiuauauas will roam the streets instead of rats. Elevator music will actually be interesting. People will move about on rollerskates or bicycles because there are no cars. Strip malls will be designed with 18th century architecture. Greyhound would sit in the stands sipping lemonade and watching humans chase a rabbit around a track.

Iva said...

gosh I always love your blog! always so sweet and beautiful pictures!

the Lost Earring said...

Your city sounds wonderful--but the football games would have to be like 5 minutes long for me hee hee! You had me at cupcakes :)

My city wouldn't be in the city. It would be a rural town with a perfect temperate climate. Everyone would ride decorated bikes and horses of all kinds--even ones with wings. There would be wildflowers blooming all year round. Mornings would be twice as long and evenings would always be safe for women. People would plan work the way they plan vacations. It would be a place full of acceptance and wonder.

Jo said...

Hmmmm....the city of Dionne sounds pretty perfect to me! I'm sold! I'll even join the chamber of commerce, and we can use candy as our monetary units! What do you think?? ;)

Sara said...

books! And the sea! I love this. I always love your posts

Kaye Prince said...

This was a great post Dionne! I just wrote a blog post and included a little buit about the City of Kaye in it because of you.

sassy studio said...

french meals at ballgames...you are so cute and funny! Thanks for the cupcake teaspoon tip-I must try it! In my city family holidays would be every weekend and doctors would be able to cure all children....

alli michelle said...

Love the books photo! What a sweet post. Glad I came across your blog!

Curtis Collectables :) said...

My sister would be full of hello kitty, friends that love to debate, great food and all different types, tv, and of course my hubby.

I'm sorry to hear about your hectic life right now. Don't worry about the button. No hurry. :)

Fé... said...

Love, love, love your blog! It's fantastic...

And I wanna drop a visit to the city of Dionne :) It seems so lovely!

photojoy said...

What a lovely city! I'd like to visit yours with my husband. Mine is so hectic, I'd rather visit you and get relaxed.(*^^)v

Tracy-Girl said...

Oh my, I love your city... and you park, and your husband!

Lily G. said...

This sounds like a fabulous city!!! I want to live here ;)

Mo said...

OMG can i move in to your world?

i love that quote from the movie "Horton" :

" in my world, everyone is a poney, they eat rainbows and poop butterfly"

In Mo's world i speak every languages,the world stress doesn't exist, it's very green on the ground and very blue up in the sky,crêpes and waffles are national dish and and my sister's drawings are alive...

Mo said...

oups i meant the "word"

AMKreations said...

I love spring! =) But I enjoy the entire beauty of autumn more. =) Great pictures!

oh, hello friend. said...

ohmigoodness, this is my FAVORITE POST EVER! lol.

i love your city!!!!!! it is absolutely charming. can i come visit sometime?

that picture of you with the book is TOO CUTE. lol lol lol i love the football games.

okay let's see.... in my city, it would rain whenever i want it to (which would probably be always) i know you wouldn't like that dionne ;) hehe. the skies are clear when its not raining (no smog polluting our air like here) and there are always beautiful clouds in the sky. (i really love clouds..they just really make me reflect on our Creator) Everyone knows everyone and is kind. There are cupcake stations everywhere and they are magic cupcakes so you can eat one and not have to worry about putting on that extra weight ;) nick def. gets off work by noon. hehe.

so much fun to a friday morning.

have a wonderful weekend dear friend.

xo. danni

Carol said...

In the city of Carol we would have siesta!

Rebecca said...

the city of rebecca would have fall and spring. everyone would have fresh organic food to eat all day long. every one would have everything they need...love, money, health, a home. i might have to steal your idea of shorter football games with french chefs and yummy wine! have a great weekend.

Kristin said...

you are so clever! what a lovely little city you've dreamt up.

I'd want fresh fruit markets on every corner and ice cream vendors with tinkling bells on their carts walking the streets, too.

But my city might have to be perpetually fall. Then there's lots of apple picking, pumpkin picking, leaf pile jumping, and we can wear jeans every day!

Hello, darling said...

Your city sounds like a dream. In the city of me there would only be two seasons: Winter and Summer, so that by the time I'd had enough of one, the other was already coming around. You could eat anything you liked and not get fat or unhealthy.There would be perpetual happiness, but not the annoying kind like in the movie Big Fish ♥

Torie Jayne said...

Great concept and lovely post, Thanks for your lovely comment on my rooster, Have a sweet weekend x

avant garde said...

wicked fun! i love your little dream world, i'd visit for sure! mine...it would snow only when i was in the mood for it, which is not that often. there would be little planes everywhere (like in the jetson's cartoon) but that everyone could fly around, to go anywhere they'd like. if it rained, i could stick my tongue out and the rain drops would taste like anything i dreamed of or desired at that moment, like red wine, or seltzer water and lemon, or caramel or whatever i fancied. and when i swam at nauset beach and saw the seals, i could call them over to play and they'd listen :) (right now they don't exactly listen) oh, and my son would give me hugs instantly instead of every now and then rolling his eyes (he's 16, so...) thanks for the fun dream game. i like my world now, but that imaginary one would be pretty neat too! happy weekend :)

Lindsey said...

Dionne, this is such a great post! Your city sounds fab...I'd like to visit.

In the City of Lindsey...
There would be long Spring & Fall seasons. Winter would be cold and perfectly snowy (not too much) for the month of December only. Summer would be June/July and sunny without being too hot, but warm enough to enjoy long days at the beach.

Speaking of the beach...My city would be on its own island. Beautiful clean beaches with white sands would surround the perimeter and high peaks of tropical, beautiful mountains rise high in the center.

Free foods for residents would be available and alternate with the seasons. In Spring, free strawberry shortcakes and milk shakes. Summer, free lemonade and gelato. Fall, pumpkin pie. Winter: sugar cookies, red velvet cupcakes and warm hot cocoa with lots of marshmellows.

People would work in jobs that they loved and the work week would be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9 to 2pm so that long weeks were standard.

The city would have plenty of well manicured parks with lots of flowers, drinking fountains that dispensed vitawater (my fave). Movies would be played in open air theatres weekly and everyone would lounge on blankets watching great flicks and staring at the stars.

Schools would teach art and music and deem them as important as math or english. Recess would be long and field trips plentiful.

There would be no crime and everyone would value each other. One magnificent church would attract all the citizens each Sunday where we'd pray together. Afterwards a lovely lunch would be served and everyone would socialize.

Large organic farms would grow colorful fruits and vegetables for the city. Big corporations would be banned and mom & pop shops would flourish.

Hmmm, I like this place! This was so much fun I could just keep going. Thanks so much for sparking my imagination today!

Have a great weekend Dionne!

{ Lindsey }
http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

Nicole Marie said...

umm this sounds like the most amazing city! free cupcakes! short work days/weeks, short football games! i would move there in a heartbeat!!

lyndsey | paper girl said...

ha! i love that picture of you with the book. must have been a good read :)

Kristin said...

Free cupcakes? How does one become a resident?

Simply Mel said...

Your city is pretty spectacular!

The City of Simply Mel would be filled with all things lovely. A constant temperature of 72 degrees with no humidity, and ocean breezes blowing through our hair. We could fall asleep to the sounds of small waves collapsing onto the beach, and we would wake to the most spectacular sunrises warming our faces.

A fountain would be located in the city centre fully equipped with a never-ending flow of the best champagne which anyone and everyone could fill their Baccarat coupe champagne glasses anytime of the day.

An organic garden would be located on the West side of the city filled with every vegetable and fruit imaginable, so no one would have to bother with going to a grocery store. Everyone would eat local, sustainable and organic fare.

The city centre would also have a large plaze square where all the residents would meet at night for an array of Saturday Spanish guitar music, flamenco dancing, tango Tuesdays, Classical Sundays, and a mix of other great music throughout the week nights.

Everyone would smile and love life. Work would consist of doing the things we love and enjoy. Artists would paint freely, writers would have endless inspiration, and dogs would be free to roam in and out of every establishment.

Warm croissants would be paired with a Blue Bottle coffee every morning. Yoga would be practiced on the beach.

There would be world peace, and no one would see a difference in color or race - we would all be one, equal, culturally stimulated by all mankind.

And the most important and beautiful building in all of the city, would be the library filled with every book and archived writing you could imagine!

Ahhh...if only I could live in my Reverie!

rachel said...

I love the idea of a perpetual spring!

Andree is... said...

Hello! And I am very happy to have discovered your lovely blog!

Great photos -- do you take them all ? How do you make them look like real photos with text ? Would you please share your know-how ?

Thank you and cheers!

Kaye Prince said...

Hey Dionne!

Thanks so much for trying to make me feel better. I'd love to sell on Etsy, but it seems to be a bit of a pipe dream.

The cushion covers are done and are on the sofa now; I'll be posting pictures in my next update.

You're too sweet! I am by no means gorgeous, but it's nice to know that you think so. I'm pretty sure that you're the gorgeous one out of the two of us!

P.S. You can come and visit my city any time you'd like!

Olive Rue said...

Beautiful photos. I'm off to look at the rest of your blog. thanks for stopping by.

M.M.E. said...

Gorgeous photographs! And such a witty idea! In the City of Megan, everyone would know the words to songs and we could all break into dance moves simultaneously like in musicals. But I'd only let them all sing and dance with me once a month. Any more and it'd be creepy. Thank you for entering the giveaway to win my print! I hope you enjoyed perusing my shop!

simplesong said...

the city of dionne sounds so lovely + perfect! you are too cute!

rubyandjoy said...

You have the loveliest blog...I LOVE this :)
Siestas would be my first compulsory move. SO sleepy! But the cupcakes sound like a brilliant idea. Cupcakes and strawberries. And hugs. But not in a creepy way...
:)

Orchid Grey said...

in the city of Julie, it would be Autumn more often- although we would have 4 seasons. I would own a well behaved dog, have time for breakfast every morning, and make enough money to live comfortably.