Monday, May 16, 2011

Magpie Moments

I follow many blogs and when I returned home from my week abroad I had well over 1000 new blog posts waiting for me...  so hard to keep up!  As quickly as I read through them, many more multiply in their place.

While I have your attention, do you like the new name above?  I am going to try (try hard, I promise) to make this a weekly feature and I tried to think of something catchy.  It went from Blogging Bijoux Found (which isn't too bad I suppose) to Sparkly Bits (also not bad?) and the sparkly made me think of Magpie which made me think of the name.  Feel free to comment.  My previous post similar to this I called "This week I love" which sounds too gooey.  My hope is that you might start to follow some of these blogs which I enjoy - or just get a kick out of the randomness of it all. 

Here are a few (only a few, alas) which have caught my eye in the past week. I would love to put up many more but I meant to post this on the past Friday (my planned day for this) and here it is Monday. I know, I said I would try really hard and here I'm already late for my debut.

Here they are.  Oh wait, a photo first, gotta have a photo!  I took the below in Pisaq, Peru in November 2010. 

Follow these for a healthy happy life.
I love lists, don't you?

I find this blog to be very inspiring on a few levels.  Her first book is Number 2 on the WSJ list of books!  Her name is Holly Becker and the book is called Decorate (decor8)
Check out her bad self!

What iPad apps do you favor?
Having just bought an iPad last month, I am collecting cool apps

If you need a Tuscany fix:
Will location-scout for food...

Living the dream!  Check these guys out, I am so very very jealous.  Very.
Now why didn't I think of this first?

I will close with exhibits currently showing in Paris.  I saw the Caillebotte exhibit...  and the pre-Raphaelites when they were in Washington DC.  I dragged myself past the Hotel de Ville exhibit, too tired to wait in line for an hour (plus it was almost closing time by the time I got there...). I dearly wish I had seen the Chagall exhibit, because while in Amsterdam I bought an original lithograph of a study from a stained glass window Chagall made...  from a collector's studio. 
Is there another guerilla vacation in my near future?


Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Gorgeous colors and what little cherubs! I cannot believe that lamb... what a face!


Mary Kay said...

I love the layout of your blog! Did you use a standard template or create your own? After seeing your blog, I'm going to have to play around with the settings on mine a bit more. The size of your photos and the colors are gorgeous!

Greetings from Paris!

Elizabeth said...

Genie, thank you - they really were adorable.

Mary Kay - it started out as the blogger template but somehow I figured out a way to stretch the layout so that it would fit my wide screen monitor. I think your layout is pretty similar to mine with a white background instead of black.

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