Thursday, July 22, 2010

French Vanilla Bean

I want to go to Paris!

I want to run down the streets of Paris with a silk scarf flapping around my neck. I want to stop at the Antique Markets and hunt for lovely trinkets. I want to buy gourmet fromage at a corner store along with a hunk of french bread and take it to a nearby park. Then after a lovely picnic, I would sit at a tucked-away cafe with big glass windows and indulge in dessert and coffee.

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One of my top twenty favorite Etsy shops makes me daydream about exploring the romance of Paris: Gloaming Designs.

Abigail's charming store is a palette of soft whites, creams, and other vanilla hues. She carries beautiful vintage fineries and delicately crafted accessories in her magnificently curated store. Her store reminds me of a lovely vintage foreign film, so full of wonder and delight. Abigail is blessed to live in the city of Paris, France. She was even proposed to by her fiance near there, in a town to the east - Bois de Vincennes, a woodland area with a large arboretum and bike paths and lovely woodland clearings. How romantic!


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Abigail is inspired by pre-loved items. She enjoys imagining who touched these old pieces in the past and what their lives were like. She also learns a lot from nature, especially her home state of Maine and it's coastline. But most of all she is inspired by love. Stories, good food, people doing what they love, her fiance - and how much she loves these things help her to keep her creative juices flowing.

Her favorite colors are hard to pinpoint because she has so many, but according to her fiance, it would be seafoam green. The pale, calming tone harkens back to her childhood by the ocean.

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Her hobbies include her work, so she is one of the fortunate few who earn money doing what she loves. She enjoys making things by hand and dreaming up new things. She also relishes in cooking, reading, knitting, bicycling and gardening.

Abigail is generously giving one lucky reader the Bloom #108 Brooch pictured above. Isn't it gorgeous? I wish I could enter! To be in the running to win this lovely piece, please leave a comment here telling me about a time when you felt so swelled up with love that you thought you would burst (whether it be for a spouse, child, puppy, friend, whoever!). I am in such a romantic mood! I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. I have my first post up at the Precious Nuptials blog. It's all about Long-distance themed weddings. Stop by here to check it out and leave some comment love!)
(PPS. I have an AWESOME tutorial up at Meylah today. It's a DIY Paper Cupcake Stand tutorial. Come see over here!)

62 comments:

Caroline said...

A day like that would be perfect!!

Maki said...

I'd love to visit Paris too... A perfect place for a romantic getaway....

Maki said...

p.s. the link to leave a comment won't work - is it just me?

JennTRC said...

lovely!

I guess the last day I felt sooo much love is the day I came back to my boyfriend's house (we're long distance) and meet our puppy Annie for the first time in May :)

oh, hello friend. said...

aw, i'd LOVE to go to paris!! or live in paris :)

i've recently been having lots of moments filled with love just living life with nicholas. he is my favorite ever and i feel so blessed.. we can't wait to get married! xo.

k. davis said...

First, what a beautiful brooch!

The last time I felt swelled up with so much love that I thought I might burst... was the way my cat loved me this morning as he came and cuddled with me in bed (hubby is out of town)!

P.S LOVE your postings on the other sites...especially on PN about your themed wedding. I had no idea about that... and your cake looked AWESOME!

Ashley said...

Dionne,

I love this post. The last time I felt so in love I could burst was last December. My Bryan surprised me for our anniversary. I woke up to a love letter with instructions to pack my bags and get ready to ride a train for our secret destination. He booked train tickets to go to Santa Barbara for a gorgeous bed and breakfast.

It was so very romantic! And I felt so loved and happy. It was the best weekend ever. P.S. My girlhood dream is to go to Paris. I'll make it there some day! I know I will. Thanks for this lovely post D.

Hugs,
Ash

Kelly K. said...

A few years ago, before Christmas we had to draw names and come up with a living eulogy for that person. Then on Christmas day each person shared the living eulogy they had written with the entire family. Since I had just started dating my now fiance, he was assignment me and I, him. In front of all of his relatives, he expressed his love for me as tears streamed down my face. In fact, the entire room was crying!

Hannah said...

My 18 month old son, Seth, has really become more attached to my husband lately. One day recently they were playing, and both laughing, and then Seth stopped and gave his daddy a big hug and kiss. My heart was just so full of love for them both as I watched.

Lauren said...

I would have to say yesterday working at the National 2010 Special Olympics. There were so many times my eyes filled with tears and I quickly wiped them away so that I could continue working with these wonderful and inspirational athletes.
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Julia said...

I feel that way sometimes when watching my boyfriend sleep. He's a real brat most days, but when he's all curled up sometimes, he's just like a giant adorable puppy.

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shealennon said...

I feel that way when my husband, my dog and I are all laying down on our bed. I just think about how lucky I am to have such a great little family!

Jingle said...

I get that feeling LOTS! Mostly because my Hubbums is absolutely fabulous! Recently he did something really special for me that felt so good! Just a little note left in just the right spot at just the right time! It was perfect!

Kristin said...

Can I come? Sounds heavenly!

jamfiescreations1 said...

It would be great to run around in Paris all day. I love all the wonderful items you have posted.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

me too!! Im going in September and cant wait!
Your posts always make me so happy Dionne, thank you!

Paula said...

If you go, take me with you please!! What a pretty brooch:)
Well...swelled up with love? hmmm...it couldn't be anything else than my hubby.. After 23 years I still have those days where I am falling in love all over again!

Cindy said...

The day I got married I thought I was going to explode I was so excited to be able to be committed to the most amazing person I could imagine. cindyhinckley at msn

Jill said...

what a lovely brooch - a perfect addition to any outfit (i'm already plotting!) :)
last month, my husband and i went to visit friends and their newborn baby. we have no kiddos of our own (yet!), but seeing my sweet husband holding the little babe made my heart swell.

Karen said...

My heart swells with love and gratitude every morning when I wake up with my husband next to me, our male cat sleeping on my feet, and our female cat sleeping on my pillow. I feel so lucky to be a part of such a loving "family!"

TopHat said...

I just had a baby last weekend and when my husband holds our son, I really might burst!

Egle said...

It was pretty long time ago when my husband, then a good friend, called me on his birthday and said "Don´t you really get it, I love you".

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Brooke said...

Last year my niece, who was nine at the time, moved my purse and my hands out of my lap so that she could sit in it. She leaned back and whispered "I just like sitting here." Melts my heart just thinking about it.
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mel sutton said...

here's the story: every night around 3am, our 2 year old son wakes up crying, and we bring him into our bed to sleep between me & my husband. a few nights ago, when my husband brought him in, he laid down next to me and for the first time ever in his squeaky toddler voice said, "i wubs you mama". it was the sweetest, most heartfelt i-love-you i've ever been given.

Amber said...

I felt so swelled up with love for my mom when she gave me my grandma's ring
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Steph said...

It may not be a unique story - but when my son was born almost one year ago!!! I knew it would be amazing but there's just no preparing you for that moment and the intense emotion of love!

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weezie said...

i lost my father and my cat within a 1 year span. needless to say the loss was overwhelming. but when we decided to get a new kitten we saw a pic of our new boy and i was instantly in love with him. i named him bellini martini. but i really should have named him JOY because that is what he is everytime i look at him

colbymarshall said...

I want that day, too! Love your blog banner by the way!:-)

Melissa said...

My boyfriend said "I love you" to me waaay earlier than I was ready to say it and be so open and trusting with him. Once time passed and I knew for sure that I was ready to say it, I was just bursting at the seams to say "I love you" back -- months later. I got nervous and awkward about it, but it was still a cool moment.

Helen said...

For me, it was when someone sang happy birthday to me... it's usually the sweet little things that get me :)
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Amber D. said...

The day my baby boy was born and how perfect he was an the empowerment I felt knowing I did it completely natural. The body is truly amazing!

Son0fHobs said...

Oh no! Did my comment ever get posted??? I really poured my heart into that! I talked about how sometimes contrast brings out the best in things as water when thirsty.

I couldn't wear glasses for a week, and the first day I could put them on, several friends hung out with to do stuff, which was nice. When I get home I open the door and time stood still, awe on my face, my heart stopped in incredulous wonder. All of my friends were circled around the doorway dressed in classy dresses, tux's, and jackets, and in highschool, and for a birthday party, that's pretty impressive. Of course this is three weeks before my birthday so I'm all the more blown away. I was about to explode, so I had to pass the love! I went around and gave everyone a great big hug and thankded them for being there.

We played murder mystery game while we at my favorite dinner of all time, mom's lasagna. A new Ping Pong table and Fooseball table appeared in our yard as well! They kept bushing me farther up into the sky, which was perfectly fine with me! Then presents, bonding time with my friends, dessert, and eventually people filtered out.

But I was still elated, and I talked with my dad for four hours about it! How it affected my heart, and changed me! My parents had orchestrated the entire thing with all my friends all the while me not knowing! I could not have thanked them more. I then wrote four pages in my journal! The love overwhelmed me, and that day will never fade from my mind. The love that day is one that I will never forget, and I pray that I will experience that again.

Tender Branson said...

I would love the chance to visit Paris to see things totally different then what I see on a daily basis.

Ashley said...

Being in the moment watching our son on the ultrasound for the first time with my husband was such a magical moment. I was filled with such love for both of them!

Barbara said...

I want to be in Paris with you, Dionne, doing all the same things! :)

What a fabulous giveaway...but yours always are!

I'd have to say the birth of each of my children made my heart overflow.

Lavon said...

The day I married my wonderful husband, Ralph I was soooo excited and happy I could hardly stand it! Before the wedding my sister asked me if I was nervous and I said, "No way!". I knew I was marrying my very best friend and I could not wait to begin our life together as husband and wife.

mom2girls said...

My daughter is just starting puberty and the times of her being truely lovey to me are getting less and less and when she is "my little girl" again - when she sits on my lap, or holds my hand (this girl is almost ten, and almost as tall as me. My heart just about jumps out of my chest and I am ready to cry I am so happy and trying to store these memories because I know that this may not happen again untill she is out of the teen years, It is happening less and less now. I adore her!

Nicole said...

The most recent moment for me was a weekday morning. The night before, I had said something to my husband about wanting coffee to bring to work with me in the morning. Well, that morning, he had coffee all ready for me in my travel cup. I was brimming with love for him, just because he is one to remember the little things, and those are always the most important!

Sophia Almada said...

I think I was so swelled up with love when I was saying goodbye to my dog Jazz, who was 15 years when she passed. I was leaving to go back to San Francisco for school and I knew she wasn't going to make it much longer so I just held her and cried. She had been in my life as long as I can remember and had been through so much with me and I know we both felt the love at that moment. It wasn't said, just loving.

Chani said...

Aaaaw what a lovely brooch!
I'm so in love with my little son and my husband! There are so many special moment, I can't pick just one. Of course the first months when I met my husband were just crazy, I couldn't sleep or eat :) We compensated well now lol! And my sweet little baby... how adorable when he comes and gives me a kiss! I love them both so much, my little family!

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Linz said...

you're wicked awesome. thanks for the link! i'm checking it out right now. :)

Holly Knitlightly said...

The picture you painted at the beginning sounds PERFECT!

Michelle said...

I am so blessed to have grown up in a loving, caring, supportive family - I have never had to worry about whether I was loved... But my "Papa" has always made me feel so special. He is an old country farmer, who never shows emotion much - but he has never hesitated to show us how much he loves us. Very special.

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Sent My Way said...

We moved up our wedding so that our sick grandfather could officiate our wedding. We held in it with our immediate family (parents and siblings) in his home and it was beautiful. I think we were all so swelled up with love, all eleven of us.

Beathag said...

When my boyfriend first came to Glasgow from Greece to visit me and I saw him waiting his luggage behind the glass

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fisiwoman said...

Enter me please!! I'd like to go to NY!!!



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Ninja Panda said...

I thought I was going to explode when my fiance proposed to me at the top of the Sears Tower this past Christmas Eve...

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dctm said...

The last time I felt swelled up with so much love that I thought I might burst... was my wedding day in 2005...I couldn't wait to see my husband at the end of the aisle

Christie C.
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Jenny Bolech said...

I felt just overwhelmed with love the night my husband proposed to me. He's not a very romantic guy generally, but he put a lot of thought into that night :)

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Lily said...

I get all swelled up with love whenever I watch Pushing Daisies.

picnut1512 said...

Everytime I look at my kids, I swell up with love. They are 16 and 13. When they were little, I thought that was the best....but as they get older, I realize that each time I look at them, I couldn't be more proud of the young men they have become!

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CallMePretty411@yahoo.com said...

When my new husband told me that he knew I was "the one" after our third date, I was so filled with love that he would have thought that way even though he's usually a very non-romantic type.

ash said...

When I watched the original Willy Wonka yesterday. It brought back so many childhood memories that made me burst with love.

olive juice photography said...

i totally want to run down the streets with you! i am learning french right now and cant wait to test it out in paris someday soon :)

Nicole Marie said...

oh my gosh that vintage tea set is sooo cute!!!

Samy said...

Every single time my other half snuggles me. It fills my content-meter way up to the top, on the verge of overflowing.

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Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.

Chantel said...

I remember walking down the aisle and seeing my husband (future husband at the time) waiting for me. I was a big ball of emotions the entire day, I was just too happy. It didn't help that he's just as much of a sap because we could barely look at each other that day without tearing up.

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Michelle said...

I will be completely honest...after my boyfriend and I broke up for awhile...and our reunion...when we realized we could not be without each other. *sigh* Great, great giveaway!!

Squeaks said...

Every time I receive an ear-to-ear grin from my precious baby!

Heather said...

It usually has to do with my nephew. :) Recently he made the JR Olympics Swim Team and I was so proud of him that it made me cry tears of happiness.
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