Monday, April 20, 2009

Blue Monday/Monet and Vases

Before I forget, if you didn't see yesterday's quick post about the blogging party that Joy over at Cupids Charm is hosting on Friday, May 1, be sure to check it out. Cupids Charm is being featured in the Summer issue of Artful Blogging magazine. To celebrate, Joy thought it would be a great idea to throw a blogging party to celebrate the "art" of blogging!

Now, I don't want to reveal too many reasons why I love to blog before May 1, but one reason that I will share is that blogging has allowed me to "rediscover" myself. You know how life sometimes throws us a curve ball (or two) and we lose ourselves during the process of living?! Well, I feel like since I began blogging I have begun to find myself again; the person that I was before I became a wife and mother. (Not that those titles are not exceptionally special to me!)

During my high school days I studied French. Regardless of how many people told me that it was "impractical" and that I would never use it, I loved every single class. From getting our "French" names (which I thought was comical since "Valerie" is a French name...I chose "Marie Claire") to conjugating verbs to trying out escargot...I truly loved French class for all three years. And to all of those that told me I would never use it...I use(d) French all of the time... to help me learn Spanish in college, in day to day living, and to read several blogs that I follow!

So for Blue Monday, I thought that I would share one of my favorite coffee table books, Monet A Retrospective. My husband bought this for me as a surprise when we were still dating. I'm also displaying a couple of my favorite vases that I've brought out of hiding as well as that cute bunny from last week's Blue Monday. For more fabulous blue finds, please visit Sally over at Smiling Sally. Happy Blue Monday!


  1. I love Monet. I have a print in my bedroom. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  2. I love Monet too. I think the vase is just gorgeous.

  3. Hi Valerie, I love Monet also. Lovely vase!

    Happy Blue Monday.


  4. The book is lovely but I love the sentiment behind it. How thoughtful of your husband to buy you that book as a surprise. So different from flowers or any other usual things.

    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

  5. I have a Monet print hanging over the bed in one of my guest rooms. So enjoyed seeing the Monets at the Orsay Museum in Paris.

  6. Monet was agreat artist. My brother is an artist too so he has learned me a lot about him. Have seen some of his paintings in the Louvre too :-)

    I studied french for five years and have only used the language a few times. But nowdays I´m helping my friends doughter with her homework every week :-)
    Have a great day now!

  7. J'adore of my goal is to visit the Monet garden in Giverny someday! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh.... Monet is my favorite artist.

    Happy Blue Monday

  9. The lovely vase and the Monet book look like they belong together.

    Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

  10. Hi Valerie...

    My friend...I'm so glad that you came by and left me a note about the Hallmark movie...I thought it was on Saturday night and that I missed it! Thanks so much for the "heads up" about the correct movie time...because of you, I was able to view the movie! It was wonderful, wasn't it? What a full of love and compassion for those children and so brave!!! It was such an inspiring film! I loved that they talked about the students in Kansas that inspired the making of this film!!!

    Okay...on to Monet! hehe!!! I have always been a huge fan of Monet...I really do love all of the Impressionist's paintings! I just love your beautiful blue and yellow vases too! Such pretty patterns!!!

    Well my new found friend, just wanted to say thank you for deciding to follow my blog...I'm humbled and so honored!!! It's so very nice to meet you and I hope that we can get better acquainted!!! I have also added your blog to my list of "blog follows"! You have a delightful blog!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday!
    Warmest wishes,

  11. I love Monet too. Pretty blues! Happy Blue Monday.


  12. Oh girl I just love great was his gardens..we have another blogger here that even posted pics of his gardens when she went to France it was your Blog its really wonderful..thanks for sharing...Happy BLUE Monday to you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  13. What a thoughtful and romantic gift! I love the Impressionist painters. Now, on a serious note, could that green chair meet with an unfortunate accident? :) I'll never tell!

  14. Monet, you have to love his art. Your vase and bunny are all cute and beautiful. Loved it.


  15. I love your Monet book, what a great sentiment to have. I love Monet. I was able to view some of his paintings while in Paris. It was a wonderful opportunity. Also, your vases are lovely.

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love Monet, I had to study him in Art Apprication in College. The vases are so pretty.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I also loved the Movie Stand by Me. Those are my type of shows. Not the junk they make nw with every other word a cuss word.
    Have a great week.

  17. Love the blues, especially the book. I'll have to check out the Blog Party. Sounds like fun.
    Have a great week.

  18. Thanks for the "linking" info you posted for Mona at Wspr Sweetly of Cottages -- I've been having the same problem, and I'm going to try your suggestion! (Don't you just love finding all the FINE sistas out here in Blogland!)

  19. Valerie... :) thanks so much for trying to help me. I will just keep on tryingto figure it out. SMB is trying to help also. I will do what you suggested and see what happens. Since nearly EVERYONE does I HAVE to be able to do it also...right? (Not necessarily!)
    I love your little table centerpiece..or pieces. Those vase are so sweet and go with the book..and the bunny tops it all off for Spring! Hmmm...I must try something like that. I am sick of my centerpiece...well...sort of. It just needs something..different!
    Again...thanks for all your help. I will plug ahead!
    ~Smiles and love~

  20. I Love the vase! It is darling!

    And I agree, because of blogging, I have found myself again too! It really is awesome!

    Hope yall are having a wonderful week!

    Hugs and Blessings,

  21. Valerie,
    These are all lovely! I am a French fan also, such a beautiful country. I have a surprise for you on my blog. Look on the post "Twice as Nice" towards the bottom...funny because you were one of the first people I thought of but you were listed last...but definitely not least.

  22. Hi Valerie! Thanks so much for the shout out about my blog party and being published in Artful Blogging! I will look forward to your post. And I love Monet and all things French too! I just wish I had paid more attention in class and maybe my French would be a little bit better : ) ~ xoxo Joy

  23. my french name was Chantel....;)
    I'm glad for my four years of french class and now I'm teaching it to my daughters. It will be very useful the day we make it over to Paris!!
    have a great weekend.


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