So I think I have a really strange attraction to French things. It's inexplicable, really. I've been to Paris, once, but should that account for the alarming number of French-inspired things in my house? I actually lived in Casablanca for a year, but do I have Moroccan things scattered every which way? No. I used to be an American history teacher, too, but you won't find a lot of
Americana in my decorating. Nope, it's French, and I have not a drop of French blood in me but can say "bonjuor" with the best of them!
Anyway, below you will see a few examples of this. The first sign says "laissez les bon temps roulez," which means "let the good times roll!" I just love that. I ran out of room towards the end there, so "roulez" is a little squished, but I can live with it. It hangs above the window above my kitchen sink. Anything to make washing dishes a little more interesting!
This next one is a little herb pot that I painted (very inexpertly) back when I thought I could keep plants alive. I had dreams of snipping off little pieces of basil and thyme when I needed them for cooking. Well, "les herbes" died in record time, but the pot remains and now holds some very cute (and very fake) greenery above my refrigerator!
This last one is kind of self-explanatory, and ultimately that is why it now lives in a box in my basement. I thought I would be all cute and have a "la toilette" sign on my powder room door, but the door is always open due to pregnant women (me) and toddlers (Nina) needing to get in there quick! So who needs a sign when you can actually see la toilette from the hallway?
One thing I will say about painting the letters on signs like this: freehand is really hard if you are not artistic like that (and I am NOT artistic like that). So I figured out that you can buy paint markers that allow you to smooth out any rough edges on your letters much easier than using a paintbrush. In the future I will always use the paint markers, because my freehand looks really rough. Anyway, if you can commiserate with me on this or other strange fixations, let me know! In the meantime, I'll be the geek with the French-English dictionary and the paint markers!