Moving time…


I’ve been working on revamping my blog design and have been posting on both my new blog, and here but the time has come to retire this site, which I started on a very cold and damp Irish winter day, three and a half years ago.

My new site, www.lepetitcoquin.ie, will have everything I have written about since I started plus lots of new stories, musings from my atelier and photographs  from my life in Lacoste.

So if you would like to continue reading, please hop on over to http://www.lepetitcoquin.ie and subscribe and please always feel free to comment or contact me if you need more info

Thank you for following me these last few years and hope you stay in touch!

A bientot,




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Falling leaves

The temperatures have dropped drastically, the fire is lit and runny noses & sore throats have taken over our house. Leaves are falling and soon the landscape will be a lot barer and most likely covered in a layer of snow, but for now the autumnal colours are incredible. I want to swim in the sumptuous layers of red that adorn the ground in the cherry orchards in the valley,  but dipping my wellington boots will have to do for now.

So one day, I wrapped my little girl up and charged my camera battery (I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve left the house with a dead camera battery) and out we went to explore the tracks between the vines, the cherry orchards, the overgrown little shortcuts under ancient oak trees, trying not to fall into Georges river and get caught up in a wild boar stampede.


This beautiful music is lulling my sleep deprived days – enjoy Idiot Wind

Whoop Whoop!

Guess what came out this week? The December issue of Cosmopolitan France, which features my Antique Ribbon Cuff in their Ultimate gift List feature…Trop genial!

Back at the end of May, two weeks shy of Charlotte arriving, I was asked to take some new photographs of this cuff for inclusion in a Winter lookbook. Of course, I had a few other pressing things on my mind other than my shop at the time… packing my hospital bag, giving a few extra cuddles to Louis before our three became four etc.  But in between my final nesting chores I took some pics and sent the email off to Etsy…

….flash forward four months and there was a chance that Cosmopolitan magazine was interested in featuring my cuff, but having worked as a film publicist for 8 years I know only too well how fickle magazine editorial can be so I kept schtum until I could be sure it was happening…

And here it is my first print placement…it’s a pretty great feeling seeing your work in a national magazine, I don’t know who is prouder, my husband or I.

brrrrrrr winter is truly here and of course our boiler decides to break down so we are having a holiday chez Grandmere, where the underfloor heating and roaring open fire keeps little toes and fingers nice and toasty – Merci Nana!

Charlotte has been wrapped up in one of Louis’s beautiful hand me down woolen jumpers, a gift from Mexican friends. If only they made it in my size…

Halloween 2012

So I have been a bit quiet on the postings…. life has taken over; sick babies, sleepless nights and of course there was my husband who nominated me to take over as President of the Association de Parent d’eleves or PTA…

Just last week we made the changeover in the association and I took on our first event a week later… the Savannah College of Art and Design who have their European base in our village offered to give us a table at their annual Halloween event. With the opportunity to reach over 300 people I couldn’t resist…. so the event planning frenzy began.

I baked ten cakes and sixty sugar cookies over three days prior to the event… of course Charlotte sensed that I had lots to do so she decided she was only going to take 15 minute naps….hence 2 of my cakes were catastrophically burnt beyond repair, my first red velvet turned grey and my second attempt, purple….(im)perfect for Halloween. My chocolate buttercream was yummy if a little bit of a disaster (the butter didnt actually melt properly as it was too cold in the kitchen) and my cream cheese icing was too runny…..Anyway, Martha Stewart I am not but at least my intentions were good.

In the days running up to the event we had torrential rain coupled with heavy northern winds …. but on Saturday morning the clouds cleared and the wind died down just enough for us to set our table up underneath an old platane tree on Rue Saint Trophime.

“Les doigts de Sorcières” or Sorcerers Fingers made by one of our parents, Karen. They proved to be a little too realistic for many of our customers.

Les Monstres Rigolos, or Apple Monsters made by Isabel Sobin (maman de Chiara)

Our table of wicked Halloween treats.

Delicious Ghost meringues made by maman Celine and hand decorated by her six year old son Julien

Halloween Sugar Cookies

One of the first cakes to be devoured in its entirety (and baked by yours truly), this was meant to be a ‘Red velvet’ cake but turned a deep purple… a happy accident for Halloween. crème….mmmmmmm

My Louis, le ‘strong man’

The Mulled wine, made by my husband with Cave de Bonnieux wine and cognac was a huge success!

Two of the magnificent cakes that SCAD painting student Kayla Cloonan decorated for us, MERCI KAYLA!!!

Chocolate truffle Mice made by the talented Karen

Here is our team (with our assorted kids), in our ‘official’ photograph with Madame La Maire & the  formidable Cédric Maros de SCAD.

Delicious courgette muffins made by mother Florence… trop bon!

Parents of Lacoste bonding over a glass of mulled wine


Dan et Luc Adel ….  Veronique Adel cooked a wonderful plate of Savoury sorcerers fingers which were devoured by the masses.

A very special shout out to all that helped make this event a success:  Cedric Maros & Eleanor Twiford of SCAD Lacoste; Karen et Norbert Contat, Veronique et Dan Adel, Isabel et Gaby Sobin, Celine et Julien Andre-Laugier, Lara et José Monteiro-Gartig, Rene et Gisele Devaut, Jean Marie et Danielle Gross et La Cave de Bonnieux. Jane McDonald, Ann Bradley (aka my mum and grandmother extraordinaire), Kayla Cloonan et Brandon Nygard.

Photos by Ruth Ribeaucourt, and Andrew Forino for SCAD

My husband thinks that I spend way too much time and expense on wrapping my jewellery for customers but I just love creating these little packages and imagining my clients opening them and unwrapping each layer. I just bought some limited edition gold MT tape (I found it via an etsy seller in Taiwan) which I’ve used to embellish old perfume boxes that the Queen of Brocante, Corey of Tongue in Cheek, found for me. I also love using my antique gold thread to wrap around the tissue paper, sellotape would do but doesn’t this look so much prettier?!

I adore these antique paper perfume boxes embossed with a floral motif and finished in gold, they are perfectly aged, gorgeous and they fit my cuffs perfectly so when you buy a cuff from my collection I wrap them in this special box.



Via A Cup of Jo


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