Friday Favorites, inspiration for weddings and events

I believe images are powerful and inspiring, if we stop limiting our perceptions to the obvious, a world of possibilities and wonder lays ahead of us.  Happy dreaming or happy traveling of the mind and a great weekend everyone. Thank you for stopping by!

Emmanuelle Beart, French Actress. So beautiful, I would get married in that dress in a heart beat!
Emmanuelle Beart. So beautiful!   That would make an amazing wedding dress, wouldn’t it?
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous!
Jewel tones are exquisite..
Jewel tones are exquisite..
Baccarat... a million crystals of inspiration!
Baccarat… a million crystals of inspiration!
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel Crillon, Paris.
Hotel Crillon, Paris.
Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon
Colin C. Beyond...
Colin Cowie.  Beyond talented!
Colin Cowie, one of the best!
.. He is definetly one of the best!
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani, magnificent!
Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani, magnificent!
All the right combinations..
All the right combinations..
Rosie Huntington
Rosie Huntington
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Colin Cowie, The Bridal Circle
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Summer dream..
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Everything pretty is the rule!
Everything pretty is the rule!
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Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de Crillon.
Spectacular shoes!
Spectacular shoes!
Little Flower girl
Have you ever seen something more adorable?
Vintage feel with all frames
Vintage feel with old frames
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Camilla Belle, Jezebel magazine
Paris in boom. Cherry blossoms!
Paris in bloom. Cherry blossoms!
Like Ice candy!
Like Ice candy!
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When words are absolutely unnecessary and redundant.
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Infinite posibilities
Infinite possibilities
Libanese designer Elie Saab presents his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection at theTheatre de Chaillot during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 26 January 2011. Photo by Nicolas Gouhier/ABACAPRESS.COM
Lebanese designer Elie Saab presents his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture collection at theTheatre de Chaillot during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 26 January 2011. Photo by Nicolas Gouhier/ABACAPRESS.COM
Eugenia Silva for Armani, founded at ru_glamour.livejournal.com
Eugenia Silva for Armani, found at ru_glamour.livejournal.com
Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello, Italy...
Cimbrone Gardens, Ravello, Italy…
Villa Cimbrone
Villa Cimbrone
Gold and Black, perfect.
Gold and Black, perfect.
Black and Gold
Black and Gold
Just what I needed!
Just what I needed!
Carolina Herrera. Such a class act, such a talent..
Carolina Herrera. Such a class act, such a talent..
Powder Pink..
Pink Powder…
Elie Saab, timeless..
Elie Saab, timeless..
Beautiful bride
Beautiful bride
Colin Cowie weddings
Colin Cowie weddings
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Valentina Zelyaeva, Ralph Lauren.
Ralph ... always and forever...
Ralph … always and forever…
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La vie en Rose ..
Crystal inspiration from Baccarat
Crystal inspiration from Baccarat, it’s a symphony for the senses!
Colin Cowie
Colin Cowie
Little Flower girl
Little Flower girl
Colin Cowie, he is amazing
Colin Cowie, he is amazing
By Studio B Floral, Burnsville. Founded in mnbride.com
By Studio B Floral, Burnsville. Founded in mnbride.com
Alberta Ferretti, Pre Fall 2015
Alberta Ferretti, Pre Fall 2015. What is this doing here?  I love the anticipations for things to come… in every single way!
How beautiful is that?!...
How beautiful is that?!…
Art...
Art…
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George V Hotel, Paris.
Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta
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Ralph...
Ralph…
Ralph Laurent. Now you can pick your color palette and get inspired with the elements and colors of one single dress!
Ralph Lauren. Now you can pick your color palette and get inspired with the elements and colors of one single dress!

Once again, enjoy your weekend and make it count! Intensity can be experienced in many unexpected ways!

Darkness, the absence of Light

Darkness, the absence of Light

The absence of Light
The absence of Light

My father loved poetry, he used to recite poems all the time as he walked around the house. “To Christ crucified”  was one of my favorites, it always managed to move me to unspoken tears … In spite of being too young to comprehend how deep those words were, I always had a profound feeling of respect and sadness at the same time every time I heard them.  The tone of his voice, the intensity and the feeling he had behind those words were powerful…  My father was an agnostic or so he said… I think he wanted to be and tried hard to make others believe he was. There were some moments like those ones when he recited this poem that lead me to believe later on that he was just trying, as strange as it might sound, to protect himself of hope.  Many of us try hard to stop believing so we can’t be hurt anymore. We try to stop believing in real love and decency, in human integrity and character, we try to stop believing in fairness and possibilities, even in God.  We feel all grown up and too smart to believe…even though there is something inside of us that needs desperately to do so and never, ever stops searching, even in all the wrong places, for that light that seems to start inside of us and needs to connect to it’s source, a much bigger and powerful light, in order to continue to exist. It is then, when we cease to believe, that we become broken, empty lanterns without a fire, without a purpose… It saddens me to accept that I, as well, had walked away from the light inadvertently, not completely, not that far, still far enough to experience such darkness… I love little Albert Einstein’s explanation to his teacher about darkness not existing and been impossible to be proven scientifically, he said it is only the absence of light. Researching the story a while ago I found out it was an urban legend… I was heart broken and refused to believe it wasn’t real so I decided right there and then to hold on to it, for as long as I could… too much beauty and truth in it to let go.

My father lost his mother when he was a little boy, I can only imagine how hard it must have been…  I think that had a big influence on him trying to live his life without faith or hope. He never said it but it makes sense to me now… it’s made sense to me for a while actually, specially since he died in September of 2011.  It’s helped me greatly to believe that he actually, deep, deep down, in a dark, quiet corner of his heart, believed… the way he recited this poem with such sorrow and passion…   There were a few things and moments during his life where we were able to see signs of his lost faith since he went to Catholic school. Those moments had given me hope that he has finally reunited with his Mother and that I will see him again, joyful and in peace, without pain, the way it was intended to be… and he will hold me and comb my hair and tell me how pretty and smart I am again…

Father and daughter
Father and daughter

Here is the translated poem and the original.

 Sonnet to Jesus Crucified

I am not moved, my God, to love You
by the heaven that You have promised me
and I am not moved either by hell so feared
as the reason to stop offending You.

You move me, my Lord, it moves me to see You
nailed to a cross and your flesh destroyed,
what moves me is to see your body so injured,
what moves me is your suffering and your death.

What moves me, finally, is your love, and in such way,
that even if there was no heaven, I would love You,
and even if there was no hell, I would fear You.

You don’t have to give me for me to love You,
so even if what I hope for I did not hope,
the same that I love You, I would love You.

—Translated by José Leo O S

A Cristo crucificado

No me mueve, mi Dios, para quererte
el cielo que me tienes prometido,
ni me mueve el infierno tan temido
para dejar por eso de ofenderte.

Tú me mueves, Señor, muéveme el verte
clavado en una cruz y escarnecido,
muéveme ver tu cuerpo tan herido,
muévenme tus afrentas y tu muerte.

Muéveme, en fin, tu amor, y en tal manera,
que aunque no hubiera cielo, yo te amara,
y aunque no hubiera infierno, te temiera.

No me tienes que dar porque te quiera,
pues aunque lo que espero no esperara,
lo mismo que te quiero te quisiera.

This week, as we remember Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, I better realize what happens when we extinguish the light.  We are surrounded by what we perceived as darkness, we are surrounded by the absence of THE LIGHT.

Is done
It is finished…
The beginning... Vierge Aux Anges, William Adolphe Bouguereau.
The beginning… Vierge Aux Anges, William Adolphe Bouguereau.
The Joy..
The Joy..
The Light
The Light, William Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Virgin of  the Lilies
Bouguereau's Pietà
The darkness, William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Pietà
Michelangelo
The hope, Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child. Church of our Lady, Bruges, Belgium.
The sorrow
The sorrow, Michelangelo’s Pietà.  St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.
L'Innocence, William Auguste Bouguereau
L’Innocence, William Auguste Bouguereau…. The world making sense !
Caravaggio
Betrayal: To deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty. The taking of Christ by Caravaggio, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
Madonna della Seggiola
Madonna della Seggiola, detail. I am totally captivated with this painting, Mary’s face and expression are beyond beautiful, the look in her eyes mesmerize me !…. I’m at a loss for words
Raffaello's Madonna della Seggiola
Raffaello Sanzio, Madonna della Seggiola, Florence, Italy
The world gone mad...
The world gone mad…
The beauty of colors
The beauty of colors.  The Star of Bethlehem by Edward Burne-Jones. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England.
The Pasion
The Pasion
Of love and family
Of love and family
The teachings
The teachings and examples
Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri
About hypocrisy and cowardly…. Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri
A child ... a Teacher, Jesus in the Temple
A child … a Teacher, Jesus in the Temple
Entry of Christ into Jerusalem.  Van Dyck
Entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Van Dyck.  Hosanna!
The last Supper
The last Supper. Leonardo da Vinci.  Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan
Madness...
Madness… The Elevation of The Cross, Triptych by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens.  Cathedral of our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium
Peter Paul Rubens
Peter Paul Rubens, The Elevation of the Cross, I find confusing that both versions are different, no idea which one is the original…
The Beginning
The Beginning
The end
The end
The world as it is supposed to be
The world as it is supposed to be.  Christ in the House of his Parents by John Everett Millais,  Tate Britain, London
Fisher of men
Fisher of men
Jesus with fishermen
Jesus with fishermen by Jean van Orley, in Sint Salvador, Brugge, Belgium.
The Light, the Hope
The Light, the Hope, Leonardo da Vinci
The road
The road less traveled…
We all carry our cross
We all carry our cross
And know that I am with you always, yes, to the end of time
And know that I am with you always, yes, to the end of time
King of kings, Lord of lords
King of kings, Lord of lords
Christ crucified
Christ crucified by Diego Velázquez.  Museo del Prado, Spain

Fifty Shades of What?!

MARSALA

Gorgeous
Gorgeous

Marsala is the color of the year… Well, even though I like this shade very much, to me it gets too close to Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 seleccion.  Too close but not enough to be able to reuse the accessories of last year with the new shades or tints of the new one. To me last years Radiant Orchid was more in the cooler side, with blue undertones, this years Marsala is more in the warmer side, with earthy undertones like the wine from which it takes it’s name that comes from the surroundings of the Sicilian city of Marsala in Italy . (By the way,  I don’t think there is anything in the colder side in Italy! Everything seems to be warm and intense!)

I love this, I've been a fan of lacquered walls and rich tones for ever and that light fixture is awesome
I love this, I’ve been a fan of lacquered walls and rich tones forever and that light fixture is awesome
Pretty Woman memories
Pretty Woman memories

I don’t follow fashion or trends at all, I enjoy them but they don’t dictate anything in my world, unless I happen to fall in love with one of them.  What I don’t understand is that they pick the colors too close to each other, in the same intensity…. I would rather have them pick something complementary or a tint or shade of the color, so regular people who follow these things can have a better opportunity to play with what they already have just adding the “new” color, creating richer environments with more layers and personality and cooler wardrobes . Well, I’m not color expert or anything close to that but for what is worth, this is my fifty cents in this matter 😉

Some hues are gorgeous like this one
Some hues are gorgeous like this Ives Saint Lauren clutch
Carnival
Carnival
The colors of 2015
The colors of 2015
I'm a little afraid.... it's still Marsala, right?
I’m a little afraid…. It’s still Marsala, right?

I’ve had many people asking me along the years why a particular color, even white, didn’t work with what they had at home or in their closet, when it seemed perfect at the store… Undertones!  I won’t get into that, there are too many blogs and too many experts that already do that brilliantly, just trying to give one more reason why the experts at Pantone should pick something complementary or analogous, with the same or compatible undertones, that will work together and in that way make life simpler for people that don’t know much about the intricacies of color but they do know something is not working and they don’t know why!   Probably I’m wrong but it’s just my humble opinion… Still, I think they should do that at least two years in a row…

These are gorgeous! They would make any woman feel like a queen.
These are gorgeous! They would make any woman feel like a queen.
Marsala, how much I love thee!  Seriously, I absolutely adore this colours here!
Marsala, how much I love thee! Seriously, I absolutely adore these colours here!

The title in this post is Fifty shades of … because I wrote another one called  “The color Purple and it’s fifty shades” talking about last year’s pick.  I’d like to put a link here but I have no idea how… it seems to me that I could reuse some of the images I used there… confusing!

How sweet is this?!
How sweet is this?!
Soft and intense at the same time
Soft and intense at the same time
Vera Wang
Vera Wang
Marsala shoes
Marsala shoes
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothco
Mark Rothko
Lacquered walls!
Lacquered walls!
Very rich
Very rich
Accent
Accent
Without the shadow of a doubt..
Without the shadow of a doubt..
Burberry love
Burberry love
Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs
Just like drops of wine in the snow...
Just like drops of wine in the snow…
Lovelies !
Lovelies !
You prepare a table before me...
You prepare a table before me…
Silence is golden! this is perfect.
Silence is golden and this is perfect!
More Marsala with gold
More Marsala with gold
Starting with wine, ending in rose powder..
Starting with wine, ending in rose powder..
O.P.
O.P.
The new palette
The new palette
A vase full of colour
A vase full of colour
So many dreams and hopes in a bundle...
So many dreams and hopes in a bundle… (Let’s assume the flowers are in some marsala shades and tones 😉 … we just can’t see!)
Definitely warm undertones
Definitely warm undertones
Olivia
Olivia …  must be so fun to dress like her!  Not particularly this one….
More like this one!
More like this one!
There will be cake!
There will be cake!
Scheherazade!
Scheherazade!
One thousand and One nights!
One thousand and One nights!
Rich wines tones
Rich wines tones,Valentino.  I love the booties.
There is something special about winter weddings... I think
There is something special about winter weddings… I think
And there will be more cake !!!!
And there will be more cake !!!!
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko
Nothing can compete with nature. It's perfect!
Nothing can compete with nature. It’s perfect!
Talking about warmth!
Talking about warmth!
Delicioso!
Delicioso!
Say YES! to this dress!!!
Say YES! to this dress!!!
A magic carpet
A magic carpet
Pinch me to know I'm not dreaming!
Pinch me to know I’m not dreaming!
Candlelight, the best light after the sun!
Candlelight, the best light after the sun!
Very pretty
Very pretty
Shoes.... No woman is immune to that!
Shoes…. No woman is immune to that!
There is a time for everything
There is a time for everything, Marc Jacobs
Elegance
Elegance, Lucy in the sky, with diamonds…Thinking about

Emma… Thinking about “The Help” one of my favorite books!

Too much of a good thing is still too much! I needed a break of solid Marsala!
Too much of a good thing is still too much! I needed a break of solid Marsala!
I needed a glass of wine!
… and I needed a glass of Marsala wine!
I love this photo, I needed the change so bad!
In love with this photo, my eyes were looking for a change..
There is not arguing with this one, beautiful! Is this cheating?  If we combine the red of the roses with the brown of the branches we get MARSALA!  Right?
There is not arguing with this one, beautiful!  Would this be cheating? If we combine the red of the roses with the brown of the branches we get MARSALA! Right?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Mercedes Marsala!....  sounds like a good name for an italian heiress !
Mercedes Marsala!…. Humm …sounds like a good name for an italian heiress!    Update 3-6-16  The author of this photo just contacted me and asked me to include the credit due to his work. It is my pleasure and I am grateful to be able to use his beautiful work.  Photographie 230SL ©Boris VOLCK   Website:  http://photo.borisvolck.fr  

http://photo.borisvolck.fr

Wheels or wings? I pick wings..
Wheels or wings? I pick wings..
I love nature, makes everything feel obtainable!
Nature, makes everything feel obtainable!
Burberry, I love you!
Burberry, I love you!
Another one of my favorites! Hunter boots love.
Another one of my favorites! Hunter boots love.
Loving this dress
Loving this dress so much, I would only change the shoes
More about Marsala, it should come with wine samples!
More about Marsala, it should come with wine samples!
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous Peonies!
Now in the softer side
Weddings
What a great combination, the softness of the skirt with the structured jacket..
What a great combination, the softness of the skirt with the structured leather jacket..Perfect!
Shoe Confidential
Shoe Confidential… the power they hold…
Olivia Palermo, I love her closet ...
Olivia Palermo, in love with her closet …
Wine Dreams...
Wine Dreams…
Chains of life...
Chains of life…
Burberry
Burberry again
Sofas are the best
Sofas are the best, so inviting..
Très chic
Très chic
Green with marsala
With green?
Accents
Accents make a big difference! she is so beautiful..
 I find swimsuits and bigger bikinis more attractive than   tiny ones
I find swimsuits and two pieces sexier and more attractive than tiny bikinis

More Burberry

Subtle
Subtle and classy
more shoes!
Cinderella shoes
So fun!
So fun!
Marsala is the new black
Marsala is the new black
Sweet Carolyne (Roehm)
Sweet Carolyne (Roehm)
Like a romance novel
Like a romance novel
Marsala in a glance
Marsala in a glance
Warm palette
Warm palette in velvet and gold
Flower guide
Flower guide

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Christmas is the most beautiful holiday of the year and even though we have managed to commercialize it to a point of no return it stills holds a profound meaning to me and to millions of people around the world … I believe all Christmases are happening at the same time, just like in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”  We are all connected, we are all the same….  I wanted to share with you the Christmas images I’ve been having lately in my mind and heart. I hope that you enjoy them and that they touch your heart as much as they did mine!

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS...
CHRISTMAS IN ITALY
YEP! WHAT HE SAID!
YEP! WHAT HE SAID!
My husband at Piazza San Marco in Venice, a long, long time ago... As I like to say: He was born the first half of last century! Sounds impressive, doesn't it?! (at the very end, 1949)
My husband at Piazza San Marco in Venice, a long, long time ago… As I like to say: He was born the first half of last century! Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?! (at the very end, 1949)
MORGAN WEISTLING
MORGAN WEISTLING IN A PERFECT INSPIRATION OF A PORTRAIT OF LOVE

“FOR IT IS GOOD TO BE CHILDREN SOMETIMES, AND NEVER BETTER THAN AT CHRISTMAS, WHEN ITS MIGHTY FOUNDER WAS A CHILD HIMSELF.” 
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

two elegant dogs

PURE LOVE
PURE LOVE

WHAT KIND OF LOVE?! PURE AND UNCONDITIONAL!

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HOLLYWOOD WHAT?

PONT ALEXANDRE - LES PONTS DE PARIS...
PONT ALEXANDRE – LES PONTS DE PARIS…

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INNOCENT PERFECTION

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS… IS YOU!

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STILL REMEMBER….NOT ONLY FOR DECORATION…

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I LOVE YOU… I REALLY DO…

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EVERYTHING WENT QUIET …TIME STOOD STILL… I’LL ALWAYS HAVE, MY FATHER AND MY LITTLE BROTHER IN MY DREAMS…

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IS THAT YOU MY GUARDIAN ANGEL?! YOU LOOK EXACTLY LIKE HIM!

THE 'PEPINIERE' PARK IN VILLERS-LES-NANCY, FRANCE
THE ‘PEPINIERE’ PARK IN VILLERS-LES-NANCY, FRANCE

my dog and I

FAMILY WILL HOLD YOU FOREVER, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE NOT HERE ANYMORE..

IT'S STILL CHRISTMAS, EVEN IN THE STREETS... STILL CHRISTMAS…EVEN IN THE STREETS…

VENICE STREETS ...
VENICE STREETS …
MAGIC
YOU CAN’T APPRECIATE SUMMERS WITHOUT WINTERS… YOU CAN’T APPRECIATE WINTERS WITHOUT SUMMERS!
I REMEMBER
MEMORIES OF MY FATHER
SIMPLY CHRISTMAS..
SIMPLY… IT’S CHRISTMAS!
CHRISTMAS JOY...
AMAZING GRACE!
COLMAR, FRANCE...
COLMAR, FRANCE…
OH MY, HE IS REAL!
OH MY, IT’S REALLY YOU SANTA!
REALLY?
I KNOW, I KNOW… I’M MISSING MY RED NOSE! I WAS IN A HURRY…
DADDY IS HOME
DADDY IS HOME! PLEASE HOLD ME!
WHAT MATTERS IS TO BE TOGETHER
THERE IS NOBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD I’D RATHER BE WITH…
OH BOY!
OH BOY! I’M BEAUTIFUL…
DO YOU WANT A LITTLE GIRL FOR CHRISTMAS?… I COME WITH A TEDDY BEAR…
WE HAVE TOO MUCH... YES, WE DO.
WE HAVE TOO MUCH… YES, WE DO.
THE CHRISTMAS SOCK... I RATHER BE COLD THAN WITHOUT DREAMS
THE CHRISTMAS SOCK… SHE’D RATHER BE COLD THAN WITHOUT DREAMS
MILK AND COOKIES
MILK AND COOKIES, FOR SANTA AND ME!
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, YES INDEED!
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS, YES INDEED!
NORMAN ROCKWELL
NORMAN ROCKWELL … AMERICAN GENIUS !
THE PRETTIEST TREE IN THE WORLD
THE PRETTIEST TREE IN THE WORLD

christmas car

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WHEN MOTHERS RULED THE WORLD!

WHEN ANYTHING WAS ENOUGH!
REMEMBER WHEN?
1936 A CHRISTMAS DINNER
1936 A CHRISTMAS DINNER
THE HEART OF A CHILD...
THE HEART OF A CHILD…
WINTER WONDERLAND
WINTER WONDERLAND
LOVE
EN UNAS MÍSERAS PAJAS… APOYADO SUAVEMENTE, DESCANSA SU PURA FRENTE… (MEMORIES OF MY MOTHER SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS WHEN I WAS A CHILD)

red barn christmas

I HOPE!
I HOPE! I BELIEVE!
RED MIRACLE
DUTCH MIRACLE
THE RABBITS CHRISTMAS
THE RABBITS’ CHRISTMAS
YES, WE HAVE ENOUGH TOYS...
LET’S TELL EVERYBODY THAT YES, WE HAVE ENOUGH TOYS…
NEW SHOES!  JOY!
NEW SHOES!! AUSTRIAN BOY DURING WWII
AND ENOUGH DECORATIONS...
THE SKINNY BOY WITH THE SKINNY TREE, NO, IT’S NOT ABOUT A SIZE “0”
THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Harry
Harry, are you still there waiting dear?  No child should have to wait in christmas!  It still hurts when I see you there like that, after so many years…
PICASSO
PICASSO
CONTEMPLATION
CONTEMPLATION
WHEN ALL WAS WELL IN THE WORLD
WHEN ALL WAS WELL IN THE WORLD
WONDER!
WONDER

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

CHRISTMAS IN COLMAR, ALSACE...
CHRISTMAS IN COLMAR, ALSACE… FRANCE