Category Archives: Painting

French Friday: Capucine for Edurelief

One of my former French students sent me this Capucine video via Facebook the other day (merci PN!), and I can’t stop hearing Capucine’s cute, animated little narrative voice talking about “les popotames” (hippopotamuseseses).

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Quelle imagination de cette petite fille qui rêve des monstres et de la pauvreté et de l’égalité pour tous!

After I received the video, I did a little Googling and found that la petite Capucine has inspired a charitable endeavour by her mother, who is now raising funds for Edurelief, which is a non-profit that raises money to help kids in Mongolia who lack books and other educational necessities. Donations can be made directly to Edurelief, or you can purchase a ridiculously cute t-shirt that features one of Capucine’s original drawings and a quote from one of her adorable tales (quotes can be printed in French or in English). Some images from the website, which you should visit tout de suite:


To learn more about la mignonne Capucine and to watch all of her storytelling videos, click over to the Capucha website HERE.

Some of my favorite Capucine photos from the website (I am having MAJOR difficulty dealing with how cute she is. I bet you will, too. Oh, and I also bet you’ll want that Nutella like I do, too.):

Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre

Created by artist, taxidermist, and all-around cool guy Wilhelm Staehle, Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre presents silhouetted figures (sometimes humans, sometimes animals) in occasionally prickly situations, coupled with witty (and often punny. Not “puny.” Punny.) text. Tickets to the Theatre are free. Here are some previews of what you can expect:

{ This one’s my favorite due to the Baudelairian Dandy reference. Of course. }

Follow Wilhelm Staehle on Twitter HERE.

Thanks once again to WeLoveTypography.com for introducing me to another fabulous artist!

French Friday: Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien

In case you’ve never been over to visit Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien, please allow me to offer you several reasons why you better hightail it over there immediately…

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French Friday (on Saturday): I saw the sign

All photos below ©Words&Eggs.wordpress.com, taken by me, either in Angoulême or Paris, France. 

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Wordshop Wednesday: Deadpan Alley!

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I’ve been quite busy lately repurposing vintage papers for various artistic creations (cards, envelopes, etc.), so I’ve been searching vintage shops on Etsy for old books, maps, sheet music, and all sorts of good stuff. In today’s search, I came across the lovely Liese Martin of Deadpan Alley. Liese combines two of my absolute favorite things in the world into sheer artistic brilliance: 1) books/type/literature and 2) illustration.

Behold the following Deadpan masterpieces from Liese’s Etsy site:

The French lit. nerd in me loves that the first set of illustrations are drawn on pages from Giraudoux’s play, La Guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu. Let’s call it Liese’s “Deadpan Trojan War” series:

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And, my personal favorite, which Liese has titled “Écoute une femme” / “Listen to a Woman”:

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And now, some non-Trojan War pages:

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Oh, and guess what? Liese also created her own handbound book, called Hungry Moon:

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Gypsy and Twink (or, Why I just passed out)

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I think I’ve already established my love for owls, both here and on my other blog. So, whenever I come across a unique interpretation of owlness, well… I pretty much become instantly obsessed. Gypsy and Twink sufficiently baited-and-hooked me. Granted, G&T’s stuff is pretty pricy but, thankfully, looking/stalking costs nothing! And they don’t just cater to owl lovers, either. They are equal animal employers.

Enjoy. But not to the point where G&T take out a restraining order on you, ‘kay?

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Tomorrow is December 1st.

You know what December 1st means:  

ADVENT CALENDAR TIME!

I have always loved advent calendars. I’m pretty sure my adoration for all things advent has something to do with the fact that our family advent calendars generally involved chocolate. But my appreciation has greatly evolved and (slightly) matured since my childhood. Though, my mother does still buy me illustrated cardboard advent calendars (no doubt intended for children about 25 years younger than myself). You know, the kind with the little animal-sculptured chocolates hiding behind perforated windows that represent a different December day? Yeah, they RULE. I can’t wait to open the first window tomorrow morning before I go teach!!!

Whoa. I need to calm down.

Anyway, the evolution of the advent calendar is something to be celebrated, particularly when considering the vast, overstimulating array of creative interpretations that exist — even Target’s getting in on the fun! 

Happy adventing. Oh, but don’t OD on chocolates, please.

Target advent excitement:

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Ballard Designs:

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Etsy advent awesomeness:

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(Nuvonova)

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(Penelope Piper)

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(Tiny Nest Creations)

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(Both images above: Finkydink Creations)

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(Design Stash)

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(Nouveau Designs)

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(Bugs and Bones)

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For the pup:

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(Vintage Advantage)

LL Bean:

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