Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Is On The Way



I know it is early but CHRISTMAS is on the way.
I love christmas.All the decorations at homes,shops and streets.This will be my first Christmas in Paris and i can't wait to see all Christmas designs.


Since Christmas is my subject today i would like to post some pictures of my latest Christmas work.
I love to make Santa hat and booties but i wanted try something different.I used Holly Berry as a christmas design on my hats and baby booties.Hope you like them.Here are some pictures of my holly berry hat and booties.



Here is my Holly Berry hat :) My Fried Cat took this picture with her lovely daughter Lily.I really don't know how thank her for these wonderful pictures.


Here is another wonderful Picture of Lily.Isn't she is adorably cute !!!





And My Holly Berry Baby Booties 

They are all available at my shop : www.etsy.com/shop/beliz82 










Sunday, November 6, 2011

Handmade Cute Animal Baby Booties

Here are my new baby booties

I was trying to make baby booties for a long time.First i tried with felt but since i don't have a sewing machine it will be very hard for me to make lots of them in a short time period.I even think about going to sewing courses in Paris but then i asked myself i crochet ; why am i trying to sew.Lets go on with crochet :)
Here are my new baby booties matching with my hats.Going to make more designs if i could find time.




Here are some pictures for you of  my matching baby booties with my hats :)
Hope you like them :)They are all available at my shop www.etsy.com/shop/beliz82


Polar Bear  












Bunny Rabbit 












Frog


















Ladybug 






Sunday, September 4, 2011

One Happy Story



 In August approx. everywhere closes in France even some of the Kiosks are closed.My husbands pastry shop that he will be working for 6 months is also closed in august.So we decided to take a small vacation in august.We went to Cassis.There are wonderful hidden coves and i missed sea and sun a lot.
Well My husband was responsible for our camera.(This is our second camera.We lost the first one on the First day we arrive to Paris.) He said ''This time it is impossible to get lost because i put my passport in the camera bag ''. Now i really wish he didn't put his passport in the camera bag.
Well we took a train to Marseille.On the way Metin decided to put the camera bag in the suitcase.At least he remembers he put the camera in the suitcase.After Marseille we took another train to Cassis and arrived this beautiful cute town.We settled down and took a small walk in the city.I wish i had some photos of Cassis.It is a wonderful place.
In the second day we wanted go to the hidden coves.
For Hidden Coves you have 3 options.

  • 1st one is to rent a boat which coasts 300 euros.
  • 2nd one is kayaking.But they sometimes close because of the wind.
  • 3rd option is hiking.

So we chose the third the option.Metin bought some fruits sandwiches and water and we were ready to go.
Then we noticed where is the camera.We looked everywhere in the room but sadly no camera.Well here we go again camera and passport was stolen or lost.So with our sandwiches we went to Marseille train station and police and we did all the things must be done when you lost your passport and so on.

My aim is not to tell you a story about our lost or stolen camera and passport actually i want to tell you story about wonderful person that i met through Etsy.

At Etsy I met a wonderful person who also lives in France in Normandy region.We all afraid in online communication and the social networks such as Facebook, Twitter...Because there are good people but also not real people too.But sometimes they allows us good opportunities.Like in my situation.
When we returned back Cat ordered custom order.Her order turned out so very cute that i also would like to post on my online Etsy store.But here we go ''no camera''.She suggested to take some photos with her daughter and send me.That was the one of my happiest moments.After she received her custom made headband she sent me the photos.
Sweet Lily with her new flower Tiara headband  
After i asked her if she could take some photos with new hats.She said "Yes".I was again the happiest person the world.
Photos are the most important part of having a online shop because people don't have the opportunity to touch or try items.They only see the photos.For example for a hat i always to take photos with babies and children because i want my customers to see how the hat looks while baby is wearing.I also try to take photos all around the hat.Because i want them to see how hat looks on the back.Does hat cover the neck and so on.

So I sent 3 hats to Cat.I sent them with the fastest shipping but it took a while to arrive.Everyday i was waiting for a message from Cat that my hats arrived safely.Finally i had a message from her that my hats arrived safely.Sadly there was a road work in front her house and her husband had to go to the post office and ask for a package.

Do you want to see some photos of my new hats?? Here we go !!

Sweet Lily with my Knit Kitten Hat 
Sweet Lily with my Knit Orange Hat 
Cat sent these wonderful Photos.She was very helpful.She was asking how shall i took photos.She even took photos of Lily in basket while she was wearing my hat.Everyday she sent me photos of one hat and they are all gorgeous.To take one photo she took approx. 40 photos and than she edited them and she first asked me if like the photos and after sent me all of them.I also take baby photos with hats and i really know that taking baby photos is very hard.I really don't know how to thank her.Besides taking photos she also helped me as mother buyer which tags should use on my listings and she guide me on the description of my new listings.
I am so very Glad that i met Cat through Etsy.
                           
Here is her shop at Etsy : http://www.etsy.com/shop/SundayBrocantes
She sells wonderful vintage home decor items

!!!!!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO CAT AND LILY !!!!!!!





Monday, July 25, 2011

XXXXS Crochet and Knit

It has been a very long time since i didn't write on my blog.I was very busy making hats and than i got more busier.
Finally my husband graduated from his pastry school with good grades and he started his internship at Carl Marletti.He will be working at Carl Marletti for 6 months.
Carl Marlettis's website : http://www.carlmarletti.com/

For me i started doing more smaller hats.Lets say tinny hats :) or xxxxs hats from crochet.
Mini Teddy Bear Hats
Pom Pom Friends Hat

Skiing Couple Mini hats

I didn't post  them to my Etsy shop because my shop is going to be very mixed up.In my shop i have crochet hats,straw hats,macaroons,bow ties,headbands,pony tails ....etc.
While i was making small hats from crochet i get curious about tiny knitting and crochet items so i searched on google for tiny small crochet or knitted items.I never saw crochet small hats like my hats before but someone should knit or crochet small items and i accidentally saw this wonderful website.


Her name is Althea Crome.She is a miniature knitter.On her video she says some of her needles are almost the dimension of a human hair.

Althea Crome, knitter of Coralines sweater and gloves, size xxs. 

Her blog : http://www.bugknits.com/about.htm You can find detailed information about her and her work at her blog.She works with the tinniest needles that i think never been existed before.
Some pictures of her work








Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Keep On Walking (Paris)


Today i can easily say that i walked nearly whole day.
My plan was to start from home and to go to the Cathedral Notre Dame and after look around.
On my way to the Cathedral what a surprise :))) i saw LADUREE and jumped into the store. I was very lucky that the store wasn't crowded because normally you have to wait in the line a lot to buy some yummy pastries.
Also, the reason why i jumped to the store was i want  their lovely macaroon box, so i can take better pictures of my crochet macaroons.


My new crochet macaroons with LADUREE box :)


Above all,  the main reason was their macaroons :))
They are the best. They are so and so delicious. Worth every penny.
I didn't see all LADUREE shops in Paris yet but this one has a restaurant in it and it is very very cute. If you already haven't been there, i strongly suggest this one.
The address is 21, Rue Bonaparte 75006
After taking my macaroon box and macaroons i kept on walking :O))
My plan is to keep macaroons for ''Metin and i'' but i thought i must try one. Then another one and another and suddenly realized that all macaroons are finished :/


Cath├ędrale Notre-Dame


After eating all the macaroons finally i arrived to Notre Dame. Such a beautiful Cathedral both from outside and inside.


        

These two windows are gorgeous. Looks like a rose and i think they are called Rose Windows. I Just stayed there and watched the windows for a while, such a beauty.


Another picture from the Cathedral. Actually i bought audio guide but never used it. Inside is so impressing that you don't even need it :) I only used it for the treasury part.

The entrance view of the Cathedral 

Another outside view

I took this picture while waiting outside for the line to go up and see the wonderful view.
But there were too many people on the line so i left the line and went to Saint Michel to look around.
I just get lost on the streets and accidentally i went to this passage and saw this wonderful bar, restaurant, cafe and pastry place.

Un Dimanche A Paris


Metin said their pastry teacher showed them this place as a modern pastry shop in Paris. This place's name is Un Dimanche A Paris.
I have no idea how i found this place but i am writing here the address also for me too.
4-6-8, Cour de Commerce Saint Andre , Saint Germain Des Pres 
Also if you click on the title of the photo you can take a closer look at the place.
They have wonderful macaroons with yoghurt and strawberry. Since i ate all LADUREE macaroons i bought these ones for Metin and i can happily say that i didn't eat these ones :DD.

Pierre Herme


On my way home there is a Pierre Herme shop. I was planing to buy something but it was very crowded so i skipped that one, but i strongly suggest Pierre Herme macaroons and ALL things in this shop. Actually there is a beautiful place near the shop where you can buy your sweets and you can sit in this beautiful place called Saint Sulpice. Here are some photos from Place Saint Suplice.

Place Saint Sulpice



There is a also Eglise Saint Sulpice. You can also visit this place too.
It is time to go home i was freezing as always. The weather was very good in the morning but in the afternoon it started to get cold.

Always ending with Metin's pastry :( in my next post i will start with his pastry works.
I am telling to all couples if you don't like cooking or if you don't have time to cook well you must support your partner to go to the pastry school. On my way home i went to the market and bought something for dinner but hubby come home with his wonderful cakes. What a lovely evening :O)
He said you don't have to cook i bring these cakes for dinner :O))
What a wonderful sentence please say one more time :DDD
Here are Metin's art works. These ones are savory. This week's pastry arts are savory things, just perfect :O) This one used to be a big square but we forget to take picture before we eat so last pieces of Metin's slaty cake with cheese.

Before

And the last piece goes to me :) Yesterday Metin also brought a wonderful savory cake called cake salle with feta, basil and dried tomatos but we finished it in 5 minutes so sadly i don't have a photo of that one :((

After ( last piece goes to me :))



This one is very very yummy too. There is goat cheese and potatoes inside. This half only rested there for a second :O)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

More And More Crochet Macarons


Chocolate Pistachio Macaron
  My new Macarons

Metin requested new color of Macarons from me.
Here are some new Macarons with different colors.


5  Colorful Macarons
Actually i enjoyed a lot making these macarons because i love all colorful things.
And i also admit that i love eating macarons too.
They are soo colorful and yummy :)
Like you are eating a rainbow.
Looking forward to try Metin's macarons


More Colorful macarons
Thank you very much to Metin for taking these wonderful Photos for me :)))

Friday, February 18, 2011

Today's Menu Crochet Macarons and Jardin du Luxembourg





Before starting my day, i would like to show you my new listings which i enjoyed a lot making :)
The story behind is so interesting. I can easily say suddenly. While we were sitting in a cafe with Metin,  just both of us thought i should make macarons from crochet...and here they are wish you like them.
They are available at my online store.






Today's Menu 
Menu Du Jour :))
Well since Metin is at pastry school i have loots of time to look around. Today i started with buying some new yarns for my crochet macarons (http://www.etsy.com/listing/68351051/french-macarons). Then i went to Rue du Bac. If anyone didn't see this street, please you must see just amazing and amazing. There are sweet shops both on the left and right of the street and i was crossing the road all the time with jumping one shop to another. After Rue du Bac, i bought some yummy macarons since i can't eat mines i have to eat one and i went to Luxembourg Park. (Jardin Du Luxembourg)
This park is really really wonderful. Just a wonderful silent area in the crowed city like Paris and actually not so far from our home only 15 minutes walking distance.

The entrance of the Park
 I don't know how many entrances this park has but i think a lot so you can buy your sandwich and drink and you can jump in the park from many places.

Here are some pictures of the park. Actually, while i was walking i saw very interesting things which you can see below :DDD





Here is a good place where you can eat your sandwich and listen to your music or read your book. When i was 18 my cousin brought me to Luxembourg Park to look for a painting gallery in park i didn't understand how amazing park was at that time but actually now this place is a heaven for me :)


Views from Park


Definitely, i will going to bring my nephew when he will come to Paris for a pony ride :))) but he will probably be looking for dinosaurs :))

Tennis courts in The Park
I had hard times to take this photo because when people notice that i am taking their photos they just stopped playing tennis :))





                                                                                                                                                                     
Well this was very very interesting. I asked for permission for photography and then took these photos. I asked them what they are doing. I think he said Tai Chi. Now after googling i know what it is :))
After the third photo  its time for me to GOOoo. :)




Uncomfy chair
These chairs are very uncomfortable, but i just love them. Actually really don't know why :)))


Another view from another entrance 
I was just going to finish my writing and will start making crochet macarons, Metin just came home with Pierre Herme Tarte which is called Tarte Infiniment Cafe. He said that sometime ago, Pierre Herme gave this recipe to Ferrandi School, in order to be added to the curriculum.  (http://www.pierreherme.com/retrait-boutique/product.cgi?pid=333&cwsid=7776ph0A000108ph7815610)


When you eat a pice of that cake it's just wonderful that i remember i used to dip some bread in the nescafe with milk and with this cake you just tasted the same taste. This one is my favorite in all cakes in the world so a big YUMMY for this cake. 
                         
   Here Are Some Photos of  Our Dessert For Dinner Tonight !!!              


Tarte Infiniment Cafe
Thank you thank you hubby love you SOO much :))

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yummies From Hubby And Bazaar Blvd Egar Quinet

We will be living in Paris for one year so French Pastry must be on my blog.
Since my husband is going to a pastry school, i would like to share his yummy works with you.
He is going to Ferrandi Pastry school (http://www.egf.ccip.fr/international/) Here is the link you can take a closer look at the school.

Here he is with his uniform. I will take a better picture later. This one was taken with iphone because, sadly we lost our photograph machine when we first came to Paris, but finally bought another one. Actually i am planing to go to his school to take a better picture of him with his uniform and friends.



First week, i waited and waited for tarts. Finally on Friday he came home with 4 tarts. Actually for dinner we ate 4 tarts. Just unbelievable! From left to right Tarte aux pommes (apple tart)Tarte Poire (Pear Tarte), Tarte Amande (Amande tart) and my favorite one Tarte au Flan (Flan Tart)
Please look at the edges of the tarts, just looks amazing. Now we can criticize the tarts from pastry shops and we could say ''hmmm edges not look so well :)) ''




This week they continue to make tarts which i am not complaining. I just love ALL French tarts and very very happy that hubby is bringing tarts to home :)))
This week's tarts :)))
From left to right Tarte aux pommes (Apple tarts), Tarte Poire (Pear tarte), Tarte Linzer (Framboise tart) i just i tried farmboise tart then try again and then tried again and ups tart is finished :))). Under the framboise tart there is the Tarte a l'orange (Orange tart) and next to orange tart here is the Tarte aux Pommes but different version i loved and loved that one too.
We will gain looots of weights that's for sure :))


Have to add this tart too Tarte aux cholcolat (Chocolate tart)




Here is Metin, while adding chocolate on the tart. He looks very funny with his chef hat :)) I always thought he will have this kind of chef hat but thats funny :))

Well today's tart pictures :))))
Before
And After :))




















Since today i am talking about yummies i would like to share the bazaar that we have in front of our house every wednesdays and saturdays and also on sundays. There is a artisans  demonstration area of their work.
Some pictures from the bazaar.
Le Fromage 
Les poissons 




Les Fleuristes 
Les Fruits


Papillons
Oignons