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dimanche 26 janvier 2014

NY: Journey recap part 2 of 2

Hello sweet butterflies!
CHA was a great adventure, but the week that followed was equally exciting: I had the immense pleasure of spending a week with my sweet friend Marjie Kemper and her family!! Saying i was spoiled by them is an understatement and i can only hope they'll come to Belgium in a not too far future. The Charles family (me, my 3 men, our dog, cat and horses) are all waiting for them!

Coucou les petits papillons!
CHA était une merveilleuse aventure, mais la semaine qui suivi fut tout aussi excitante: j'ai eu l'immense plaisir de passer une semaine avec mon amie Marjie Kemper et sa famille!! Dire qu'ils m'ont gâtée est un sous-entendu et je ne peux qu'espérer qu'ils viendront en Belgique dans un future pas trop lointain. La famille Charles (moi, mes 3 hommes, notre chien, chat et nos chevaux) les attendons de pied ferme!





Marjie and i left the CHA, Anaheim and California on Tuesday morning to arrive in New York by the end of the day.

Marjie et moi avons quitté le CHA, Anaheim et la Californie le mardi matin pour arriver à New York en fin de journée.





Wednesday was a day off, we needed to recharge our batteries after CHA: a bit of journaling, a bit of sorting through our stuff, a lot of tea and lots of movements in slow motion (at least, for me!). The day ended with a fantastic meal provided by chef Mr Kemper: pasta with frech mussel, with an Italian sausage sauce. Nom nom! Did i mention i got spoiled??

Mercredi était une journée calme, on avait besoin de recharger nos batteries après le CHA: un peu de journaling, un peu de rangement, beaucoup de thé et beaucoup de mouvements au ralenti (pour moi en tous cas!). La journée c'est terminée par un délicieux repas préparé par le chef Mr Kemper: des pâtes aux moules fraîches, avec une sauce à base de saucisses italiennes. Miam miam! Je vous ai dit que j'ai été gâtée??




Thursday started with a nice dose of excitement: Marjie did a live streaming for the Charity Wings. I was blown away by her professionalism: watching her getting ready and do her thing was a great lesson for me!

Jeudi a démarré avec une bonne dose d'excitation: Marjie est passée en direct sur la chaîne de Charity Wings. J'ai été soufflée par son professionnalisme: la regarder se préparer et faire son show a été une fabuleuse leçon!




To chill out, we went shopping after that. I discovered Joann, Staples, A.C. Moore and CBS. Wish we had a couple of those over here! And though i was drooling in front of this shop, i didn't even go inside. Good girl!

Pour nous remettre de nos émotions, on est parti faire un peu de shopping après ça. J'ai découvert Joann, Stapler, A.C. Moore et CBS. Si seulement on en avait des comme ça ici! Et malgré que j'ai bien bavé devant cette vitrine, je ne suis même pas entrée dans le magasin. Bonne fille que je suis!




Friday was city day: Marjie drove us to Brooklyn. She showed me the city from all sides (ok, i helped, by playing GPS. Me, of all people...).

Vendredi, c'était journée ville: Marjie nous a conduit à Brooklyn. Elle m'a montré la ville sous tous ses angles (bon, j'ai aidé, en jouant au GPS. Ouaip, moi... GPS...).






I even tried to get into this building on the way, but Marjie talked me out of it.

J'ai même tenté de rentrer dans ce bâtiment sur le chemin, mais Marjie m'en a dissuadé. 




In Brooklyn, Louise Nelson was waiting for us. 
I love her sensibility and her sense of humor, how good to get together again!!

A Brooklyn, Louise Nelson nous attendait.
J'adore sa sensibilité et son humour, génial d'être à nouveau réunie!!




We had a yummy lunch, then the 3 of us headed to the Art Library, where all the sketchbooks from the Sketchbook Project are stored.

On a mangué un délicieux lunch, puis toutes les 3 on s'est rendue à la Art Library, où tous les carnets de croquis du Sketchbook Project sont stockés.




After a free subscription, we were allowed to select sketchbooks to look at. Which we did, all afternoon, going from one sketchbook to another, drooling over some, laughing and even shedding an emotional tear over others!

Après une inscription gratuite, nous étions autorisées à choisir des carnets à regarder. Ce que nous avons fait, toute l'après-midi, allant d'un carnet à l'autre, en bavant sur certains, rigolant et même en versant une larme d'émotion sur d'autres!




This was my personal favorite from those i got to see that day. It's a sketchbook by Sheena Priddle. Check her out if you go to the Art Library!

Voici mon petit préféré de tous ceux que j'ai vu ce jour là. C'est un carnet de Sheena Priddle. A voir si vous aller à la Art Library!





Of course we left the Library with our very own sketchbook each. I'm looking forward starting to play in it!
The neighborhood of the Library is as interesting as the Library itself! You know my love for rusted metal. Can you image my face coming accross this piece of street art??

Bien sûr on a quitté la bibliothèque avec un carnet chacune. Je me réjouis de le remplir!
Le quartier de la bibliothèque est tout aussi intéressant que la bibliothèque en soi! Vous connaissez mon amour pour le métal rouillé. Vous pouvez imaginer ma tête en voyant cet oeuvre en pleine rue??




But the day came to an end and it was time to say goodbye to Louise. Marjie used her real GPS and got us back home safely.

Mais la journée s'acheva et il était temps de dire au revoir à Louise. Marjie a remis son vrai GPS en route et nous a ramenée à bon port.




Saturday was another city day: Manhattan day! I'm absolutely concinved i lived in Manhattan in a previous life. Because everytime i go there, it feels like coming home!
Marjie showed me the art store Dick Blick. They have a complete wall with nothing but encaustic products!! Heaven!! No such thing here in Belgium!

Samedi fut une autre journée en ville: à Manhattan cette fois! Je suis convaincue avoir vécu à Manhattan dans une autre vie. Car chaque fois que j'y vais, j'ai l'impression de rentrer à la maison!
Marjie m'a montré un magasin de fourniture beaux arts Dick Blick. Ils ont tout un mur avec rien que du matériel pour encaustique!! Le paradis!! On n'a pas ça en Belgique!




Another piece of heaven on earth: The Garage in Hell's Kitchen. A 2 floor indoor flea market in the middle of the city. I had a hard time drooling without anyone noticing!

Un autre bout de paradis sur terre: The Garage à Hell's Kitchen. Un marché au puce couvert sur 2 étages en plein coeur de la ville. J'ai eu du mal à baver sans que personne ne s'en rende compte!




We needed another quiet day on Sunday. And what better way to spend it than with a bit of journaling, going through our CHA notes, some good chicken with pasta and tea. Lots of tea!

Il nous fallait encore une journée calme le dimanche. Et quel meilleur moyen de le passer qu'en faisant un peu de journaling créatif, en prenant en revue nos notes du CHA, en mangeant un bon morceau de poulet aux pâtes et du thé. Beaucoup de thé!




I flew back home on Monday, how can one moment be so exciting and so sad at the same time?! But i could not leave the Kemper nest without a photo of the sidewalk in front of their house. When i arrived the first day, it took me a couple of second to realize this does not mean you can not dump fish... lol.

Lundi j'ai pris l'avion pour rentrer à la maison, comment un moment peut-il être aussi excitant et aussi triste en même temps?! Mais je ne pouvais quitter le nid Kemper sans prendre une photo du trottoir devant leur maison. Quand je suis arrivée le premier jour, il m'a fallu quelques secondes pour me rendre compte que ceci ne voulait pas dire qu'on ne peut pas se débarrasser de poissons ici... lol.




Marjie and co:  Every moment was a blast. So many memories to cherish.... THANK YOU!!! 
Miss you to pieces!!

Marjie et co: Chaque moment fut merveilleux. Tant de souvenirs à chérir... MERCI!!!
Vous me manquez terriblement!!




And for you sweet butterflies, this is your second and last chance to enter the CHA give away! 
In case you missed it, the first one was here: click.
Leaving a comment on this blogpost as well as the previous one will double your chances at winning some CHA stash! Just because i want to share my happiness with you. 
Winners will be announced on Thursday. Good luck!!

Et pour vous mes doux papillons, ceci est votre seconde et dernière chance pour le tirage au sort CHA! Au cas où vous l'avez raté, la première est ici: cliquez.
Laisser un commentaire sur ce message ainsi que sur le premier doublera vos chances de gagner du matos CHA! Juste parce que j'ai envie de partager mon bonheur avec vous. 
Les gagnants seront annoncés jeudi. Bonne chance!!



108 commentaires:

  1. You must have been sad leaving Marjie, her Family & all that culture but can understand your need to return to your own Dear Ones.

    Thank you for sharing your adventure in the city with us. Places you visited looked amazing & inspirational.

    Not many places dedicate a wall to just one Medium so it must have been a jaw dropping moment when you saw the Encaustic Art wall lol.

    Hoping to see the stash you brought back with you from both CHA & your week with Marjie! Good to know you had a fantastic adventure:-) xxx

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  2. Fun! I don't know how you kept from going in that Pandora store! Brooklyn sounds great!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing all your joy with us!! Seems like the time of your life!!

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  4. Wow! A trip of a lifetime with so many memories to carry with you forever!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your amazing trip!
    So many wonderful experiences - good food; great friends; fantastic shopping and ART!
    Covers all the senses I think!

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  7. Oh that looks like so much fun! I wish I could have met you in person!! You are so inspiring. I stay up late and watch your YouTube videos so that I can get even more inspired! I am glad you had a wonderful time! Take care, Kari

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  8. I too was wondering who would want to dump fish into the drain! How funny! Love the idea of spending time with a fellow crafter on the other side of the world to see how they work. What fun to see her live streaming!

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  9. Oh wow France didn't you have a fantastic time I am sooo jealous lol. I would love to visit the scrapbook library and the Dick Blick store!! and to do all the great things you did with a fellow crafter!! you lucky lucky girl :D thanks for sharing x

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  10. Le CHA me rendait jalouse et maintenant je m'aperçois que je suis passée à de plein de chose à NY . Je n'ai plus qu'à y retourner maintenant.

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  11. You certainly had a great time overseas. It's always great to share the passion of art with someone that understands like you did with Marjie.
    That sketchbook project from the Art Library looks awesome.
    Cheers, Vron

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  12. It is so great to see you do what I`m only dreaming of! The work from Sheena Priddle was fantastic and so was the street art. Thank you so much for sharing with us. xxx

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  13. Wouaaaw, tu ne pouvais rêver d'un meilleur guide pour visiter NY !!!!!
    Et la Art Library, c'est juste wouaaawww... Yep, je me répète mais c'est tout ce qu'il me vient à l'esprit en lisant ton récit ;-)
    Bzzzz,
    Lulu

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  14. Encore une fois, merci pour ce reportage!
    J'adore le carnet de Sheena Priddle ♥

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  15. I loved reading all about your amazing adventure........I'm so happy for you that you got to spend it with some lovely people xx

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  16. Wow, the art library looks fantastic.
    Glad you had such a fabulous time.

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  17. I'm so happy for you - your trip must have been fantastic! :)

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  18. I have loved reading about your adventures, having followed Marjie for ages and having just discovered your lovely blog a few weeks ago, it's wonderful to read about the two of you getting together. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos and adventures!

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  19. Wow had never heard of an art library before how wonderful to have a library where you can look at others work.. Cannot wait to see what your one will look like.. A whole wall of encaustic products that would be something to see. What wonderful people you stayed with and the food looked divine. So glad you had a wonderful time..
    Sandy :)

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  20. just fantastic this all - I am happy that you had so much fun! AMAZING!
    I am looking forward to your new projects and makes - that was inspiring for you for sure I think!

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  21. Wat leuk om alles te lezen over je bezoek aan 'the city that never sleeps'. Ik denk dat je wanneer je dit met vrienden doet die daar wonen, je veel meer ziet dan gewoon als toerist. Maar, ik denk dat jouw volger vlinders net als ik blij zijn dat je er weer bent. Kan niet wachten op de eerste JOM! Liefs Frea

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  22. I love reading your account of your time in America. Sounds like you had a blast! I'm looking forward to seeing your new projects with things you learned while you were here.

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  23. Tu as trouvé quoi au marché au puces? et finalement ce petit panneau sur le trottoir il veut dire quoi?

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  24. I can imagine your delight at being spoiled when staying at Marije's house. Chef Kemper's pasta looks to die for. I am soooo pleased you had a good time. You deserve it !
    Corrie xx

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  25. Thank you for the vicarious trip to NY. I enjoyed the ride! Now I have some "must see" places to visit when I go.

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  26. New york lijkt mij een fantastische plaats die ook nog op mijn veel te lange verlanglijstje staat....
    Wat een leuk avontuur
    groetjes
    Marie-Anne

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  27. Wow!! I'm sure you're exhausted after all that! What a fantastic time you had, so lovely to spend time with friends and craft! I would love to go to an art library, I had never heard of it before - what a fantastic idea. I bet your family were so happy to have you home though :-) Thank you for sharing your experiences, love and blessings, Sharon xx

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  28. Je rêve d'aller à NY et je note qu'il faudra faire un tour au garage!!!
    Bisous

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  29. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventures with the lovely Marjie France! Looks like you both had a blast!
    Alison x

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  30. Ah ce récit est captivant. On s'y croirait. Merci de nous faire partager ces si précieux moments. Du partage, des instants uniques et riches (sans oublier les pâtes !...) que du bonheur ! Que la vie est douce parfois et la visite de la ART LIBRARY a dû captiver. Je suis sous le charme !. Merci du partage.

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  31. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Can't wait to see what you do with your art journal. I live in Florida but would also think the sidewalk sign meant you can't dump fish - what a great way to end the post - with a laugh!

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  32. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing your adventures with all of us!

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  33. Wow... loved reading your round up....

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  34. How did you make it through the metal detectors??? What goodies did you find at the indoor fleamarket? Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!!!!

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  35. Sounds like you and Marjie had a blast! thanks for sharing.

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  36. What a whirlwind trip to the States you had! I live on the other coast and have never been to New York. if I do I'll knock on Marjie's door! I'm really intrigued by the Art Library. Off to check it out now.

    Thanks for sharing your stories with us, France!

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  37. Quel merveilleux reportages sur ces moments de partage avec Marjie et Louise! Et sur ton road trip à NY!
    Bises

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  38. I've been to Brooklyn and Manhattan, but I don't think I had as much fun!! Should have visited the Dick Blick store! Thank you for sharing your adventures.

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  39. I've been to Brooklyn and Manhattan, but I don't think I had as much fun!! Should have visited the Dick Blick store! Thank you for sharing your adventures.

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  40. Dear France. I love your blog so much! And your videos... You are so sweet and earnest. You inspire me to be a better person some days. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with me, and I am looking forward to seeing great things from you this year.

    I ran across the journal project a few months ago for the first time. I started putting my pennies away to participate in that. It is an awesome prospect to have your work in a permanent collection like that isn't it? I am looking forward to seeing the traveling part when they come next to Wichita, Kansas!

    I can only imagine the wonders of the Dick Blick store or The Garage...the street art in NYC is truly awesome...and the immigration office would enrich America, but leave Belgium bereft I'm afraid. We would be stealing one of their national treasures!

    Thanks again for the wonderful giveaway you have chosen to share too! Congrats to the winner!

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  41. Sounds like Marjie was a wonderful host. I would love to meet you both someday, how awesome to spend a week with her!! I'm glad that you both had a wonderful time!! Thank you for sharing your adventure.

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  42. Thank you so much for sharing the second half of your excursion to the U.S., France! I will be in NYC soon, but only for an afternoon. I am going to check out how close I will be the HCFM, and, hopefully, manage a visit! Love the photo of you wistfully standing in front of the Pandora store. That would be me, too! Lastly, thanks for the opportunity to share in some CHA goodies! On my "bucket lit" to attend CHA one day! Mwah! KayW

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  43. sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for all the tips on places to go next time I am in NYC. The Garage sounds fascinating store to prowl around in.

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  44. Thanks again for taking us with you on your journey to New York. I've never been there so it was fun to see all the fun things you did. Thanks again for the opportunity to win some of these CHA goodies.

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  45. I mean really!!. That was a trip of a lifetime thanks for sharing this. You truly are blessed.
    Glad to see happy faces.
    Enjoyed your trip on Facebook as well.

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  46. Je continue à tenter ma chance, sait-on jamais ???
    Superbe reportage pour un séjour apparemment magnifique... la prochaine fois, je me glisse dans ta valise !!!

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  47. What a wonderful time! Every place you went looked like I could spend hours there--including Dick Blick! Glad you are home safe and sound. :)

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  48. sounds like you had an amazing time x sorry for the lack of comments life has been a bit hectic so playing catch up! hugs trace x

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  49. Bonjour France
    Quel beau voyage tu as fais. Pour les commerces que tu as nommés, lorsque je vais aux USA, ce sont mes magasins favoris. Je fais tous ceux qui sont sur mon itinéraire. Alors j'en visite dans plusieurs villes.....
    Merci pour ton partage
    Bon dimanche

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  50. Quelle belle suite à ce voyage, et quelle jolie façon de nous le raconter, de nous le montrer !!! Plein de belles choses à venir par ici dans les semaines et les mois à venir, j'en suis persuadée !!!

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  51. Thanks for sharing stage 2 and the NY stage of your CHA experience. It looks so exciting and I bet you are still not down to earth after all that fun.
    Thanks too for the change to win a little part of your travel treasures,
    Jo x

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  52. The Sketchbook project seems like an amazing reservoir of social and artistic history. A perfect combination. I had to laugh about your reaction to Dick Blick. We don't have that kind of store in Alaska either, and I am always just blown away by the sheer volume of cool and interesting products. I always spend too much money. LOL. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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  53. What fun you had in NY! I love NYC too. Must go see the Sketchbook project.

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  54. I loved every stop you made! Thank you for taking us on your visits:)

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  55. What a wonderful recap of such a fun trip - and it was our pleasure to have you here!

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  56. What a great time you had! Cool that you will join the Sketchbook Project. Would love to spend a day at that library. XOXO

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  57. Wahou, ça donne envie de se faire adopter par une famille américaine... Hihihi

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  58. Fantastic to share your big city adventures with Marjie - looks like you had a brilliant time. The Sketchbook project sounds amazing - going to look into that some more. Thank you again for the chance to win a little share in the CHA excitement!
    Alison x

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  59. Wow, you were so close by to me! (I live on Long Island, which is you're looking on a map, is the island to the riht/east of NYC.) Goodies and fun abound in NYC, and Marjie was clearly an excellent hostess!

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  60. How exciting!! I live in the southern US and have always dreamed of going to NY! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us :) I too have just gotten my scrapbook for the Brooklyn Art Library! Because of you and other wonderful artists, I have challenged myself to put my work out there for others. You're such an inspiration to me =^D Can't wait to see what you have in store for us :)

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  61. The art library sounds like a wonderful place!

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  62. I'm so jealous!! ;-) You obviously had the most wonderful time, thank you for sharing some of your experience with us. I look forward to seeing reminders of your adventures in your future journal pages.

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  63. Vacation & visiting new places is always wonderful, but returning home is always good too! Happy you had such a good time!

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  64. That spaghetti looked scrummy! You packed an aweful lot into your trip and it was great of you to let us come along for the ride, I've loved it! TFS x

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  65. Thank you, France, for sharing your journey with us!

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  66. I live visiting the city since I am only a few hours drive away in upstate NY. I had heard about the sketchbook project and it is on my must see list. Now I have to add the Garage to my next visit too! One of these days I would like to take a class by Marjie - I love her work!

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  67. It seems Marjie knew all the great places to take you in NY. I have been there several times but never knew to visit some of the really interesting places. Next time I will have to contact Marjie to get directions. Glad you had such a fantastic time at CHA and NY.

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  68. wat leuk dat je ons zo liet meeleven met je gebeurtenissen, geweldige tijd heb je gehad een tijd om te koesteren! Ik heb al gelezen dat de watten uit je hoofd zijn : dat we maar veel mogen zien van al wat je bent tegengekomen in je werk!

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  69. Wow France, you had a great time in NYC, home sweet home, I miss it too!

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  70. How amazing - a trip to CHA and New York. Thanks for sharing the trip with us all. xx

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  71. I love NYC, I'm even more jealous now! Lol
    There are some places you've visited that I haven't been to, planning my next visit already! Glad you got home safe & sound now - rest well x

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  72. Oh My??!! Where to begin with how much I have enjoyed reading about your adventures!! Encaustic art, really cool rusty metal, sketching, amazing Libraries & so much more!! On top of that, to be spoilt by Mrs Kemp? Wowzers! I have followed her for a while & to be following you now, reading of the 2of you together.... Fantastique!! Merci France. Ta dah!! :)))

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  73. What fun, sounds like a great trip!

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  74. What a fun time! I've only been to NYC once, bit I fell in love with it. I'm glad you got to spend time with artsy friends. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures!

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  75. ya'll have so much fun!!!!! good for you!

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  76. So this was the first one to read for me. And going straight to part one to read. Such a great time you did have.But i am glad you be home save again.

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  77. what a trip! it looked amazing thru the pics you shared,,thanks for sharing and i am going to do the sketch-book project too!!

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  78. Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. It's wonderful that you took the time and trouble in your very busy schedule. It was nice to be 'included' and you can feel the excitement from your posts

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  79. Loved reading all about your trip!!! So much fun!!!

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  80. You are just amazing woman! Your trip sounds fabulous but I am glad you are back home safe and sound and sharing your wonderful art.

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  81. oh, my...what a journey! what an adventure!
    I'm especially jealous of your visit to the Sketchbook Project place.
    and looking at some of the photos I have this crazy dream that perhaps one fine day it would be possible to meet and create together. a girl can dream, right? :)

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  83. Sounds you had such a good time - I'm totally jealous! I can't wait to see what you create with your new art supplies and maybe you can collaborate on something together?!

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  84. I can only imagine the inspiration you came home with. I can't wait to see what you come up with next :)

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  85. Love hearing about your trip! Sounds like you had a blast!!!

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  86. Merci de partager avec nous toute cette aventure ;)

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    1. What a magical journey for you!
      Can't wait to see the fresh ideas you come up with from all that inspiration you were surrounded with!!!

      La Paix,

      Judy

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  87. Coucou France,
    What an amazing time you had and It feels like a treat for me too here,to be able to learn all about the fun you had through your blog which is always an inspiration to visit. Love your Sketch blog video and your idea to burn little holes in the pages. I am looking forward to seeing the next instalments.
    Warmest best wishes,
    Susanne

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  88. It sounds like your trip was truly amazing! You are so generous in sharing your experiences and ideas. Thank you!!!

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  89. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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  90. Marjie introduced me to Dick Blick too! She is quite the tour guide! I am so happy you had a great time and saw so much! Marjie is the best!

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  91. Looks like you had a lot of fun. It would be great to meet so many of the people behind the products we use and the blogs we read.

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  92. Thank you for all the inspiration in your videos and blog. You are such a positive voice online. Thank you too for sharing your creative journey.

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  93. I've never been to New York and I am a bit green with envy after reading this post. I would love to view those sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Library and the Flea Market would definitely be a place to visit. Thanks for allowing us to live vicariously through your photos.

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  94. Next time I'm in NYC. I'll swing by the art library.. Love your blog! You are so inspiring thank you

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  95. I loved your pictures on facebook and really enjoyed your story here! Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure with us! But please, take me with you next time :-)

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  96. Hey France from Georgia….thank you so much for sharing the CHA and NY trips with us. I love following you and as always, you amaze me with your artistic talents. I love the sketchbook and cannot wait to see where you go from there. My favorite pic in NY besides food was the rusted metal as it is also a favorite of mine too. Again, thank you so much! See you soon!

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  97. I bet your trip was wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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  98. Looks like a great trip. A great source of inspiration for you, and then for us in your videos :)

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  99. The art library sounds amazing. If I ever get back to the USA I will make sure that I set aside an afternoon to visit it.

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  100. What an amazing trip, and how special to be able to share it with friends!

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  101. What a treat to share in your adventure! Thank you.

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  102. Thank you, France, I have enjoying immensely reading your blog and seeing your stunning creations. Sounds like you had way too much fun in the States. Keep creating and inspiring us all xx

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Merci pour vos petits mots qui sont pour moi de vrais encouragements! :)
Thanks for your kind words, they're a real encouragement to me! :)