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Friday, April 20, 2012

What do Paris, France and the Goodwill Have in Common?

~ Happy Friday! ~

I wish I could say that I was bright eyed and bushy tailed today, however, that is not really the case. I am currently trying to caffinate myself out of my sleep deprivation haze. The little guy has been so healthy this year, but last night he spiked a fever of 103.2, and I was STILL up at 3am. Good times.

He has a lingering low fever today, so of course he is home from school.

Enough about my life in mommy land...this is a post about what Paris and GW have in common! You must be thinking that this is quite a stretch. What could she possibly mean? Paris is so lovely! ...And the  Goodwill is so...thrifty...??? I don't get it.

Let's just get visually inspired first, shall we?
One of our favorite brasserie's on Ile Saint Louis at night.
Gallerie cat.
 Paris street.
 Metro entrance.
Night view of a bridge on the Sein.

These photos were all taken by my husband, who has his own fantastic aviation photography website and blog. Click here to check it out.  We love to walk, and walk, and walk while we are in Paris. My poor hubby lugs a backpack full of camera gear along, so we can have some great photos to remember the trip with.

 Notre Dame at night, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
That's us. :-)
Musee d'Orsay.  I love this place more than the Louvre!
Famous clock inside Musee d'Orsay.
 Eifel Tower.
Inside the Gallerie Vivienne. (A gorgeous old arcade we stumbled upon.)

As you can see, I love Paris a little bit.

I even have a board titled, That's French, dedicated to all things Francais on Pinterest. I would love it if you would follow me! Pinterest is like a crazy crack habbit. In a good way! ;-) Haha! Seriously, If you have not tried it, check it out!

Ok, now on to the point of this post...
Yesterday I was out and about, and made my usual swing by the GW. I could NOT believe my luck, when there, on the shelf sat these little cuties...


 Aren't they so adorable?
 A duck...
 A pig...
 A rooster...
 And a bull...
 They were only 99 cents each, people!! And they look just like the ones they sell at my favorite kitchen store in Paris! Oh, how I love this store! They have 3 locations in Paris, and we accidentally found one while exploring on our first trip to there together 11 years ago. I always try to bring something small back home with me from this store. It's not expensive, and it's just full of fun, whimsical things!
This is a shot that my husband took, of the location we usually frequent, and below is a screen shot of another location I found when I googled the store.


Here is the link to their three locations in Paris, and a google map. 


These little ceramic animal creamers are part of a collection that I have brought home from each of our visits to Paris. I just think they are sweet.
They look right at home with the new hooks!


Here is the link to the store's website. Granted, it's in french, but you can get an idea of the fun merchandise.

I love the GW. You just never know what you'll find!
Now I am off to figure out how to squeeze a trip to Paris in before summer! Thank you to my husband,  who still supplies the airline employee travel passes, long after I traded my days as a fly girl to be a stay at home mommy to the best boy in the whole world! :-)

P.S. Amazing news of the week is, that one of my nieces has been offered a year long paid internship for an outstanding french company in PARIS!!! What a chance of a lifetime for a young girl to live and work in Paris, and totally submerge herself in french daily life, before heading on to one of the many outstanding universities that have accepted her in the U.S.
We would LOVE any excuse to go to Paris, but especially if our beautiful niece was living and working there. I suspect that she would not have a shortage of visitors. We are a family full of pilots and former pilots with airline passes, after all!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
xo
-Lisa
Woo-hoo!!! This post was featured over at Rhoda's fantastic blog, Southern Hospitality, for her Thrifty Treasures Party! Thanks so much, Rhoda! My blog loves the spotlight!

Linking to the following...

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

NewNostalgia 

BNOTP Metamorphosis Monday

SouthernHospThriftyTreasures copy_thumb


French Country Cottage

30 comments:

  1. I adore those hooks! I think the bull is my favorite! Very Ballard and Designs! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Glad to come over and I'm off to read more!

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    1. So glad you stopped by, and yes, I love the bull too. The pig is my second favorite, I think!
      xo-Lisa

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  2. Love these hooks (and the creamers too!) I've never been to Paris, but have enjoyed your photos!
    dee dee

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    1. Well, it is my favorite city in the world. (So far...) Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! After I started looking at the Paris photos, I had a really hard time choosing which ones to post. I may throw a few more up this weekend, since I usually don't post on those days, but it might be nice to share a few more pretty pics.
      Have a great weekend, Dee Dee!
      xo-Lisa

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  3. Lisa, what a wonderful post! I do also love Paris. Haven't been there in quite a few years but it is one of my favorite cities in the world. The hooks from GW are just adorable. What a great find! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am your new follower!

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    1. Thank you Maria! I know, Paris is so unbelievably enchanting. There is no where like it in the world! Although, Vienna is pretty gorgeous too, but something about Paris is just magical.
      Thanks so much for visiting, and following! I'm happy to "meet" you. :-)
      xo-Lisa

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  4. 99 cents! holy cow - i could easily see them selling at Target for 10 times that! what a steal!

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    1. Michelle, I know, right? I love a good score!
      Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to see you again soon!
      xo-Lisa

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  5. Oh how I'm dying to go to Paris - the flea market is calling me!

    Love those hooks! I actually have 2 vintage creamers (cow and pig) that look like yours! All thrift shop finds - along with my big cow pitcher.

    Now, I need to book some flights - some day!
    Kelly

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    1. Kelly, The flea market there would completely blow your mind! The problem is getting all of it home! I just walk through drooling and taking pics!

      I have the BIG cow pitcher too! Found it at the GW on 50% off day, so wound up paying $1. Hehe. Love that! Saw it in an antique store the following week for $29! :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!
      xo-Lisa

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  6. What a fun post! Love your frenchy finds! Thanks for the virtual trip to my favorite city...Paris! :-) Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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    1. Aww, thank you Debbie! I appreciate your kindness! Paris is truly the best! Still working on how to fit a quick trip in soon! :-)
      Hope you have a fantastic week too!
      xo-Lisa

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  7. What a find! I also enjoyed looking at your lovely pictures. One day, I will make it to Paris....

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    1. Thank you, Elyse! I hope you do! It is spectacular!
      xo-Lisa

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  8. What a delightful post! Saw it over at Met Monday. I'm hoping to go to Paris next year and love finding tips like this. Since i love thrifting and treasure hunting, its perfect for me!

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    1. Thanks Anne! Yes, this post definitely combines two of my loves!
      The flea markets in Paris are not to be believed! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon!
      xo-Lisa

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  9. Your white Paris collection is gorgeous! I wish I could find such wonderful things at Goodwill. When I do its so over priced I will not buy it. I did find a delicate little saucer last weekend at Goodwill.

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    1. Susan, I hear you! Goodwill is getting ridiculous with their pricing in the last several years! I do have one location that seems to be consistently cheaper than the rest of the GW's in the area, and that's where I usually find things.
      Thanks for the visit, and sweet comment!
      xo-Lisa

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    1. Thanks Maggie! I lucked out! Love them!!
      xo-Lisa

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  11. I love Paris. I just got back from 10 days in Paris. Your pictures are amazing. My husband lugged the same backpack and 2500+ pics all over Paris. thanks for bringing me back!

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    1. Me too! How fun that you were there for so long! Did you venture outside the city at all?
      We are headed back for a quick trip next month. I can't wait. I'm sure we will have a similar amount of photos!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!
      xo-Lisa

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  12. Okay,

    1-So jealous that you've not just been to Paris once. But multiple times! I've yet to cross the pond ...

    2 - those animal hooks are adorable! Where will you put them? Can't wait to see ...

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Well, it's the airline employee passes that get us there, and it is definitely my favorite city! We are actually going back in a few weeks. Flying into London to spend a few days, then taking the train to Paris. We are taking the little guy for the first time ever, so it's not the romantic couple's trip for two, but it should be fun. My son is a great little traveler, so we are hoping that continues. ;-)
      Don't know where I am putting the hooks yet. My kitchen is being torn into right now due to a huge leak. *sigh*
      xo-Lisa

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  13. ... oh, and did you know that you're featured over at Southern Hospitality tonight?

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    1. WHAT?? You are kidding me!? Heading over to check it out! I have been running all day, and have not been on the computer until late tonight.
      Thanks for letting me know! Woo-hoo!
      xo-Lisa

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  14. I have the very same hooks. My mom gave them to me years ago, when her & my dad went (what I call) garage saling....I have been moving them from one storage box to another, couldn't part with them, but somehow never seemed to figure out the perfect spot either. Now I think it will be time to find them a permanent spot so I can enjoy them everyday, & the memories attached to them. BTW I too found your blog via Southern Hospitality. Now I'll have another to follow...lol

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    1. That is amazing that you have the exact same hooks! I am working on a kitchen repair right now, but as soon as things get fixed, I will figure out where I want to hang my hooks.
      I'm so glad you stopped by! Sorry it took me a while to respond, I have been in the middle of a leak repair nightmare.
      I would love to have you following! :-)
      xo-Lisa

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  15. Girl, are you my long lost sister? First, I also fly on a family pass, love Paris...but, the most amazing is we both have Red Dragon Granite - you are the first I have ever seen any where in person or on a blog!!! I found you via Southern Hospitality---and am a new follower. I am sure I will enjoy all my visits to your blog.

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    1. Hi Toni! I am so sorry to have taken so long to get back to you! We had a rough week with the leak repair that is going on at our house, so I am a little behind in my responding to comments.
      Love to have you following! Can't believe all of our parallells... it's pretty amazing!!
      Thank you so much for stopping and leaving such a great comment!
      xo-Lisa

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I love reading all of your thoughtful comments!