creme de cassis

Dedicated readers of this blog know that I'm a bit of a francophile and have been since I was little--probably because my mom has an affinity for the language herself. While I had taken four years of French in high school, I was still pretty nervous about my language ability in college, so I enrolled in the intro French course, which followed the "French in Action" curriculum. The French in Action series centers around daily videos in which Mireille (a young French woman) and Robert (the American crushing on her) tour about Paris. In the process, Robert (and we) learn about the French language and way of life. 

Why I am telling you all of this? Well, as I was choosing items for my latest treasury, I was just drawn toward the warm, rich, jewel-red tones of creme de cassis (black currant liquor).  And creme de cassis always reminds me of the episode of French in Action in which Mireille and Robert visit La Closerie de Lilacs and order a kir. (Incidentally, when Andy and I were in Paris for our honeymoon, I insisted on ordering a kir, though not at the Closerie!)

So, without further ado, here's my latest treasury! First of all, could you find earrings more luscious than these by brookemarton? I think they are perfectly named and absolutely appetizing! I also love the rich berry tones in TickledPinkKnits' lovely wrist cuffs--almost makes me long for the fall and cooler weather! What really makes me long for fall is the amazing barn shot captured by cjshanks. After spending the last few days camping, I'm quite pleased to be back in civilization, but this photo makes me slightly jealous of the bucolic way of life.
Any treasury focused on rich, wine tones definitely needs a lovely painting, and I can think of none more appropriate than Stains by lemonwoodclock. When I look at this, it just makes me think of how the table might appear after a wonderful dinner party! For such an event, I'd want to dress in something that others could admire--like this chunky, funky faux bling studs by littlepurls. And I know that this pink dandelion by MikeandMary would have lots of people wishing they had one of their own!

I just love the bold statement that harlequinfeltworks' classic rose scarf makes.  It reminds me slightly of an Elizabethan ruff, but much more flattering! Speaking of flattering, anyone looking for simple and sophisticated jewelry should check out ThePeachTree's shop. I have two pairs of earrings from her that I wear incessantly. I think these Cotes du Rhone danglies would look so nice with an updo and a simple dress.

I personally love the combination of cool blues and warm reds--my living room is a testament to this--and I've been eying the emmeline pillow by enhabiten for a while now. I just love it! As a teacher, and one who has always loved school (especially back-to-school time in the fall!), I just adore littlelolas' Bus Stop painting (and I'm awfully fond of the name Lola!). Plus, I'm not quite sure what those three girls are thinking, and I get a kick out of imagining their conversation.

I'm getting to the point in life where I'm much less likey to don shorts (except when exercising), usually opting for pants, capris, or a feminine skirt. But I do absolutely love the way those baggy pleated shorts highlight the lush, colorful sari top from leolucaescobar's shop. The whole ensemble is just lovely. Virtually since joining etsy, I've been an admirer of thenoisyplume's work. The colors, the texture, just fabulous, if you ask me. The garnet cabs on these January baby earrings are so smooth and rich in color, they remind me of...creme de cassis! 

Now, after all this, I'm getting a bit parched, so I'm going to hunt down a nice glass of wine!

ThePeachTree  – (June 26, 2008 at 3:10 PM)  

I LOVE how you've written into this whole piece! I too am a french-o-holic and long to get whisked away into the countryside of a little Parisian village :) I've been taking notes incessantly for my little blog to hold a candle to yours!

PCOSpissed  – (August 22, 2008 at 7:48 PM)  
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