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vendredi 23 décembre 2011

Peace. Love. Joy.

Why, hello Lovelies!

It's been awhile, i know... This pre-holidays season has been crazy busy for me (and for you too, I guess).

So without much delaying, here's my wishing you

a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 

with the things I love: Japan, art and insects. As you can see below:

Ito Sozan, b. 1884 [fl. ca. 1919-1926 - Lilies with bees

-Vic from TeaButterfly

mercredi 7 décembre 2011

Hello December!

Hello Lovelies, how are in this beginning of a new month?

 Wow! What a lovely "December fog"! found here.

"I'm so glad I live ina world where there are Octobers." OK, and Decembers, too!

I'm re-reading my list of Winter Essentials, so I won't loose courage and won't forget what I'm thankful for!

Life has been really tough for me and my family the last couple of months and I'm just recovering... But I'm glad and happy for this new season of merriness.

So I'm sharing with you my ideas for a simple, lovely white handmade Christmas, just here!

Have a great time decorating your house!

-Vic, from TeaButterfly.

dimanche 27 novembre 2011

Advice from Kim Carney

Hello Lovelies!

A long time ago, I found this sound advice from Kim Carney over the internet (source long forgotten, alas).

I believe she's the same Kim Carney I found here, on her lovely "SOMETHING" blog.

Have a great Monday everyone!

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

samedi 19 novembre 2011

Wet Paint

Hello Lovelies!

 photo source : here

I'm busy working on a new secret project... Lots of wet paint involved!
Let's talk soon, and in the meantime, have a nice weekend, y'all.

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

lundi 14 novembre 2011

Et la vie continue...

Hello Lovelies!

image found via OhOcéane

Is it November already?! Wow! Time for some blog updating!

 image source via pinterest

Turns out that, well, Mom is very ill but faces her illness with a smile. I admire her, she ages so gracefully...

I want to take care of Mom, but she wants me to go back to "normal" life. So here goes: life goes on! Or as we French people say: "La vie continue".

I don't know yet if I'll be ready for Christmas, art and shop-wise, but I'll do my best. And will keep you guys informed, of course.

Talk to you soon,
-Vic from TeaButterfly.

mardi 18 octobre 2011

Finally Fall

Hello Lovelies!

 photo, my own. (c) 2011 Lipson.

Autumn has finally arrived and I took a lot of pictures of red, green and yellow leaves (and all the hues in between) lately.

 photo, my own. (c) 2011 Lipson.

Things are a bit hectic right now as my Mom's in hospital recovering from surgery. So I probably won't blog much this week, but you can drop at my flickr and see details of my latest oil painting, and again, lots of lovely Fall hues.

My best,
-Vic from TeaButterfly.

mardi 11 octobre 2011

Happy Monday!

Hello Lovelies!

I wish you all a Happy Monday!

Above is a mosaic made out of three of my recent flickr faves, and it's all about happiness and living the happy life (as an independent artist and otherwise).

Please do check the original photographs through the links provided above, they are really worth it!

I'm happy with my new oil painting, I'll provide more photos of it soon and when dry, it will be available in my shop. How happy is that?

Let's talk soon,
-Vic from TeaButterfly.

vendredi 7 octobre 2011

Oh, and Happy, Happy Friday!

Hello Lovelies!

Untitled. Oil on canvas. Finished October the 4th 2011 (c) Lipson.

Wow, it's already Friday! Happy week-end to y'all!

My week-end will be busy with the drying of a freshly painted canvas (see above), healthy meals and the collecting of leaves for artistic projects like the one depicted below.

GROW: Collect leaves and use paint to make prints. Beautiful, frame-able kids art! Photo by: Kristin from Kleas Typepad

Have fun!
-Vic from TeaButterfly. 

mardi 4 octobre 2011

My Mighty Life List - Part II

Hello Lovelies!

Let's daydream! Here's another quarter of my life big wishlist:

26 go night swimmin
27 own an original painting by an artist I admire : Peter Hammar (see my fave AT house tour)
28 Go swimming in a lake
29 Seriously edit my stuff
30 have an art studio of my own (separate from home), a place shared with other artists at first
31 while in the States, attend a TED lecture
32 thrive as an artist
33 have a lemon tree in my backyard
34 write thank you note to my Latin, Greek and French teacher, Mrs C.
35 complete a « » mission -
36 Do one of Miranda July's projects
37 properly classify family photos in albums – so the memories last

image from decor8 
38 make my own perfume
39 have tea and cake at the legendary « le loir dans la théière » teahouse in Paris
photo by chocoladdict

40 visit Lisbon, Portugal, hometown of the famous poet, Fernando Pessoa
image via flickr
41 learn ceramics basics from a Japanese master in rural Japan, maybe in Shigaraki (
42 have a heavy silk dress made to measure especially for me
43 see Emma Kirkby perform live
44 learn to play the cello
45 visit the Calanques, Marseilles, France
46 have a clean and organized closet
47 make homemade preserves regularly (esp. Pickles)
48 visit Fire Island
49 find that dream St-Germain-des-Prés apartment (no need to buy it)
50 visit New England in the fall – and say hello to my friend C. B.

What about you?

-Vic from TeaButterfly

lundi 3 octobre 2011

My Mighty Life List - Part I

Hello Lovelies!

image source : decor8 blog by holly Becker

I wish you a happy Monday, and I hope you had a swell weekend. I spent mine by the sea, it was just great swimming and sailing again!

photo found on - I wish I knew who the photographer is!

Now, I've first heard of a project callled, "My Mighty Life List: 100 things to do before I go" through the French novelist Geroges Perec (who wrote his 50 items' list in form of a poem) But who knows who had the original idea? It is such a great idea it sounds universal.

I just stumbled upon it again via sfgirlbybay and mightygirl.

Here's what I jotted down so far:

1 read my entire 'ABC Challenge' list by sept 2012
2 continue with my regular yoga practice
3 write/finish my novel

drawing found on a Japanese website., I think.

4 meet Keri Smith
5 help others by recording audio-books for the blind
6 go on an air balloon ride (montgolfière) with R

balloon by Fornassetti

7 regain energy for good
8 go back to my own thin self (and keep the extra weight off) before i'm forty
9 find a job I really like
10 visit Barcelona, Spain again
11 never look back and have no regrets
12 Dance in a flash mob
13 own a small house by the sea
14 age gracefully
15 take photos of self in photo booth
16 have my portrait made by Studio Harcourt
17 finally learn to speak Arabic and pre-war German
18 learn to organize finances and save
19 go sailing on my own again
20 visit San Francisco (and the States for that matter) for the first time
21 tend properly to my 'all white flowers' mountain garden
22 listen to the radio more often
23 find proper storage for my Cds so i actually listen to them
24 make a short movie
25 learn simple sewing skills

What about you? Do you crave a mighty life, too?

-Vic from TeaButterfly

vendredi 30 septembre 2011

"Birds Flying High..."

Hello Lovelies!

 photo, my own. (c) Lipson 2011.

I'm out of the hospital and free as a bird! Finally ready to blog and post here photos and scans of my latest drawings.

Talk soon,
-Vic from TeaButterfly.

mardi 20 septembre 2011

Hello Lovelies,

Still in hospital but in a great mood. So i wanted to share with you this fun triptych :

1. Cyanotype, 2. Submerge., 3. USA-California / Cup of Steam

Please visit the original pics and have fun!

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

vendredi 16 septembre 2011

Moth Vibration! ...and Happy Friday!

Hello Lovelies,

 drawing of moth - mixed media, (c) 2011 by Lipson.

Just when I was about to leave home for hospital this last Wednesday, I opened my letterbox, just to check in, and I found an amazing moth ( a butterfly that lives at night and seeks dark places like the inside of a letterbox).
It hopped right on my hand and started vibrating intensely... I wonder what this vibration meant fear for his life? fear of daylight? or just the sheer vibration of life? In any case, it was amazing!

Just as i tried to reach for my camera without frigntening him too much, he took flight! But I drew him afterwards, for you to see...

Happy Friday everyone! I will rest and stroll in the Magic Park. What about you?

-Vic from TeaButterfly

jeudi 15 septembre 2011

The Magic Park

Hi there,

This is Vic from TeaButterfly speaking from the hospital. Now forget what you know about hospitals. This one's special. It is set in a beautiful old, decaying palace with a great big park with a magical atmosphere, moss-covered statues everywhere, the hospital's cats napping in the sun, and koi fish swimming in an old pond. Recent additions include fountains and the water murmur in the morning while you stroll there is most uplifting.

The whole place is so picturesque, it is sure to lift one's spirit and and a quick cure is sure to happen soon. I've been taking lots of photos and will show you a selection when i'm back.

I've also taken my black ink and my brushes with me and i've been drawing this morning, so more to come art-wise.

Talk to you lovelies soon,

mercredi 14 septembre 2011

Pale September

Hello Lovelies!

autumn still life with books - source :

September is one of my favorites months, down here in the South of France, it's like a long Indian summer, with bright light and just a hint of crispness in the air. Just lovely!

Unfortunately this bright september has turned a bit pale for me, for I've been ill lately and will need to go to a health clinic for a few days.

But at the end of the day, I remind myself that "Pale September" is one of my fave songs by fiona Apple. So here goes:

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

mardi 30 août 2011

The Life of Tropical Butterflies

Hello Lovelies!

 Tropical butterflies at the Detroit Zoo. via the "obsession with butterflies" site.

No TV At Home.

I don't have a TV at home, but I'm staying at a friend's right now and just saw a very interesting documentary on the life of tropical butterflies. And you know me, I'm crazy about butterflies!
This particular program was broadcasted by ARTE, the German-French TV. You can re-play this "X:enius" program here for a few days (in French and German).

photo found via Dominique's Browning's blog, Slow Love Life. No, wait! Dominique has indeed mentioned her love for caterpillars on her fantastic blog, but this particular image is via the blog.

The Appetite of the Caterpillar.

One thing that really struck me, watching this program, was the caterpillars' huge appetite, for fresh leaves and for life! Maybe thats why they're called caterpillars, with cater like in catering? I'll have to check in a dictionary. But what I witnessed was the caterpillars' - of any species - huge growth, literally within days, following that massive eating of leaves.

Image from the program X:enius on ARTE TV

But Not Just Any Leaves... 

Most butterfly species feed on a specific herb, leaf or plant. That's what makes them so fragile. Hunters and collectors of exotic butterflies don't seem as much as a big threat as deforestation is, or the disappearance of a given environment.
Caterpillars are hungry indeed, but most times they would rather die than eat another leaf than the one they're used to eat! So if a given forest, with the given plants and trees that grow there, disappear, the butterflies disappear with their environment. Just another reason to protect tropical forests and wildlife!

Butterflies in Your Garden.

So you'd like to preserve butterflies and have plenty of them in your surroundings? That's quite simple really. You can either grow specific butterfly-attracting plants like the famous buddleia. Or you could simply let nature do the hard work and leave a small part of you garden unweeded. Yes! Grow weeds! "Weeds", or whatever plants grow naturally in your soil, are the most likely to attract the butterflies that would naturally develop there. Just wonderful, and simple!

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

buddleia !

lundi 29 août 2011

Winks & Pins

Sorry Lovelies!

My lavender country - photo by Lipson (c) 2011.

I had the chance to leave for a long week-end in the nearby countryside (see photo) so grabbed my bags and that didn't leave me the time to say goodbye on Friday!

Now that Monday has come (and I wish you a very nice one) I thought it was timely to share some winks (or week-end links).

You know by now that Jane's blog is one of my faves in the blogosphere... I also appreciate Diana's, aka Miss Moss. I think she is right about Pinterest, it can be addictive and interesting to sort images you are interested in, (I also started to use it in order to track where the images I use on my blog come from, instead of just apologizing and saying "photo source unknown") BUT in the long run - or soon enough - you can also discover that a lot of pins are annoying and even offensive. I try to follow like-minded peole, and when a board of theirs does not interest me (say, if it's about their private life, their wedding, or comprises too many cute babies pictures), I just unfollow said boards. No hard feelings towards cute babies, but seeing too many of them is not my cup of tea. I'm also not getting married anytime soon, so the reminder can become an itch.

And now to a new blog I've just discovered, and like a lot. Sorry, it's about home improvement again (one of my hobbies) but it's drool-worthy. It's called "A Roof and Four Walls", and that's really an understatement about the lovely house that is being renovated and decorated by the writer of this blog. Very much to my taste.

Check out Inklore's blog, too. I love Samantha's works and prints, and she has a lovely blog with short, fun and informative posts. Writing briefly is not my forte, but maybe' I should work on it. Like the aim should be: more posts, but shorter ones. We all lead busy lives!

Happy reading, and talk to you soon,

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

jeudi 25 août 2011

Calming Blues

Hello Lovelies!

 hues of blue on ceramics - all photos in this post via the Field & Sea tumblr.

The heat wave is over for now but it is still very hot! When the weather is that fierce, I like to look at this lovely blog, Field & Sea, quite approriately nicknamed "a collection of loveliness" and look for calming, cooling hues of blue.

 a wonderful quilt - found via here the Field & Sea tumblr.

love this photograph of poppy seeds, their blueish-green color - found here via Field & Sea.

Have a great creative Thursday!

...and I'll see you soon,

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

mardi 23 août 2011

Heat Wave

Hello Lovelies!

The heat wave is in its 4th day now in the South of France (while the rest of the country is experiencing big summer storms) and I. can. barely. type.

It's just too hot!

I just can't write or blog right now, all I can think of is big naps in fresh linens... And lots of homemade lemonade, too!

I hope to be back blogging real soon,

-Vic from TeaButterfly.

note: all photos found around the web. sorry, source unknown.

dimanche 21 août 2011

Sunday Special: Real Life in Paris.

Hello Lovelies!

 Paris view at dusk - source unknown.

Wow! I came back home and was welcomed by quite a heat wave, which almost made me forget the soft grey skies of Paris...

Paris view, August 2011. Photo, my own.

My favorite time of year is this, the end of August and beginning of September, the whole "Back To School" excitement. It's no wonder that I am a stationery junkie, too, as "Back to School" is also the time of year to stock pile lots of new sheets of paper, fresh bottles of ink, etc...

a box of crayons and ginger candy, my faves! (photo, my own).

So in Paris I bought myself a brand new Filofax yearbook, a recycled leather wallett (great price for a great device for carrying money and important papers around). I also bought a box crayons (a gift for my young cousin T.), a small bottle of black China ink and no noteboks, since I own so many already! I gave my old wallet as gift for young cousin E.

"Kusmi Detox" tea with ginger root. Photo, my own.

In Paris, a lot of tea was bought and drunk, too, of course! If you know me, you know I'm an avid tea-drinker!

 Tea at my aunt S's. Photo, my own.

Tea & "somethin' else". photo, my own.

I listened to a lot of classic-era jazz, too, as seen above.

I ate food from all over the world there, esp. mezze from Lebanon, chirashi from Japan, gelati from Italy, Chinese food and Vietnamese hot spicy soup. Yum!

Amorino's ice-cream. Photo, my own.

I highly recommend the ice-cream of Amorino's, they have several shops in and about the Luxembourg gardens. Even the smallest cornetto is huge and the ice-cream is shaped like the petals of a rose, a real treat!

image: source unknown

Well... some people like cats, some others don't.

My Dad does not, so in I moved with my kitty to my young aunt S's apt in Belleville, the first Chinatown of Paris, (the second being in the 13e arrondissement).

S has a lovely apt, with sweeping Paris views, Chinatown exotic flair and the right balance between a calm building with a planted inner court and a roaming neighborhood full of restaurants and shops. I love all her antique finds in her home!

vintage tea tins, at S'. photo, my own.

vintage Art Deco seal lamp:

a pair of seals suport the lamp as a circus balloon. photo, my own.

Shortly before leaving for Paris, I fell in love with the art of Amos Lee and bought his latest album when I arrived in the French capital:

cover of first Amos Lee album, it's a stunning photo I think.

You can now read (below) my shopping trips and visits around the parc Monceau. It is a nice little stroll you can try next time you visit Paris.

A lion guarding the entrance to the Cernuschi Museum of Fine Asian Art. photo, my own.

You can start your "promenade" at:
métro monceau or villiers
go through parc monceau
visit the city of paris asian arts museum for free (it's also called musée Cernuschi). Enrico Cernuschi was a private collector and art amateur who first started this Asian Art collection.

entrance to the "musée Cernuschi". photo, my own.

stroll around the parc monceau and discover some ikebana art done the French way:

"ikebana" at Parc Monceau. photo, my own.

go to boulevard courcelles, buy a cake at hédiard luxury foods
continue on boulevard de Courcelles and buy flowers at the crossroadds between boulevard courcelles and ternes

stop at monoprix for great bagains (i bought my caudalie cosmetics there)

stop at the fnac for amos lee's latest album (extensive choice of books, dvds, cds, etc...)

take avenue niel stop at number 75 get inside and find the dimminutive original kusmi shop (reopnes in spetember 2011) or buy their teas at their other paris shop or online.

if you're in a tourist mode and don't mind the crowd, visit l'Etoile, arc de triomphe and the nearby champs-elysées...

Here's the loot of the day: Amos Lee's latest album, Caudalie cosmetics and lots of Kusmi tea!

Loot of the day. Photo, my own.

And now? Back to old favorites, books and tea, as depicted in this peaceful painting by Christopher Stott.

painting by Christopher Stott

More about Paris, the new ikea catalogue, back-to-school, organizing and fall essentials on my next post! Also to come: street art & poetry in Paris. And finally, a shopping guide, drawn directly from my experience.

See you Monday!

-Vic from TeaButterfly.