... ou comment vivre une vie créative

Friday, December 31, 2010

liste du vendredi : my new year's (re)solutions

1. apprendre à utiliser photoshop
2. faire plus de randonnées
3. avoir toujours une clef USB sur moi
4. perdre du poids (disons... 5 kilos?)
5. suivre le cours "texture town" de Julie Prichard et Chris Cozen
6. réussir mes examens de médecine interne
7. arrêter d'allaiter M
8. ne plus organiser aucun souper à la maison (sauf pour la famille proche, le dîner de Pâques, Hélène et Nils, Francesco et Jonas, parrain Christophe et l'anniversaire de M)
9. lire mes polices d'assurance jusqu'au bout
10. ne pas abandonner le cours de danse
11. économiser pour m'acheter un iPhone
12. graver mes propres tampons et mes propres stencils

By the way, did I tell you that I've set the alarm at 1:11 and 11:11 am? So that I won't forget to make a wish like I did last time. Does that sound neurotic? And if I tell you that I've set the time spaced by one minute between my alarm clock, my oven and my cell phone so that I get to make 3 wishes. Does that sound even more neurotic?


me, drunk under the christmas table
wine = happy

Thursday, December 30, 2010

new painting

i told you - acrylics - 100x80cm

à demain... pour une nouvelle liste du vendredi...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

glimpse of our multi-course christmas meal

Oh no. I won't bother you with recipes. Not today anyway. Still digesting.

food = happy

Friday, December 24, 2010

liste du vendredi : the ups and downs about christmas

les plus :
1. l’odeur d’épicéa
2. les marrons grillés, le vin chaud, les raclettes, les huîtres et les cailles
3. les bêtisiers du réveillon
4. les guirlandes qui clignotent
5. le feu ouvert
6. la neige (pour les paysages, les bonshommes de neige et les batailles de boules de neige)

les moins :
1. la file aux caisses
2. les cadeaux inutiles
3. les disputes de famille
4. les kilos en trop
5. les films indémodables qu’on nous rediffuse chaque année (top 5 : Edward aux mains d’argent, Gremlins, Big, Maman j’ai raté l’avion et Beethoven)
6. la neige (pour les chutes, la circulation infernale et le sel sur le pare-brise)


Thursday, December 23, 2010

belly love

Ahhhhh les joies de la grossesse... Un beau bébé, mais des abdominaux et un périnée tout flasques. Qui font "gloup" "gloup" et "slime" tellement ils sont mous!
Il a fallu tonifier tout ça et c'est hier que j'ai terminé mes séances de kinésithérapie post-natale (merci Mandy!)
C'est pas encore top, mais c'est tout de même un peu moins flasque.
Jugez par vous même l'avant et l'après exercice :

A demain pour la liste du vendredi!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

baby talk

I fell in love with belle’s short post the other day. She made a list (I know I’ve said it many many times but boy, I do loooooooove lists) of strange things she does since she became a mother. She has noticed that her voice becomes higher-pitched when she talks to her children. Well, it is not strange at all… It seems that our brain is programmed for that !

There is a great article about baby talk here.
Baby talk is also known as infant-directed speech (IDS). It’s all about using the same words we use in regular speech but with distinctive modifications that make the message clearer.
Moms do it. Dads do it. Kids do it. And people lacking experience with babies do it too !

It seems that babies are born with an unlearned preference for IDS. Many studies have showed that they pay more attention when adults speak to them that way.
IDS makes emotions and intentions more obvious.
It even seems that the quality of IDS can have an impact on the way babies learn !

So, we have lots of reasons to forget any inhibitions and let loose with the baby talk !

In that same post, Belle also said that when she feeds her children, she cannot help but open widely her mouth !
That maid me smile and I am sure that you do exactely the same when you put a coat of mascara on your eyelashes ! Try to do that with your mouth closed…
Magali Membré

Friday, December 17, 2010

liste du vendredi : I found...

Ca fait maintenant un peu plus de 8 ans de vie commune. J'ai fait la liste de ce que j'ai trouvé dans les poches de ses pantalons... après qu'ils soient passés dans la machine à laver :
1. des mouchoirs en papier
2. des bonbons
3. des billets
4. son passeport
5. des cartes bancaires
6. une clef USB
7. sa carte d'identité
8. de la monnaie
9. des emballages de kinder tranche au lait
10. son GSM (= mobile = portable)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saint-Nicolas aux Quatre Bras!

Lundi dernier, F a reçu des pièces en chocolat dans ses chaussures et M, elle, a pu s'asseoir sur les genoux de Saint-Nicolas!
Il était justement de passage à "L'histoire du Pain"!
M adore se rendre à L'histoire du Pain... rien que pour les sourires d'Elodie, d'Aurélie et ceux de la charmante patronne!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

whimsical zoo

For this week's no frill prompt :

Well, yeah... Since my cat left us to go live with our neighbours, the only animals left in my zoo are M and her father. sigh...
The father didn't want to have his pictures posted and M is too young to argue.

Friday, December 3, 2010

liste du vendredi : I will never...

1. eat “andouillettes” again (trust me, you don’t want to know what it is)
2. read M’s nursery’s house rules (way too thick)
3. have a dog (I’m a cat person)
4. go bungy jumping (way too scared)
5. buy a Louis Vuitton bag (way too expensive and would rather make my own)
6. throw my garbage in nature (too eco-friendly)
7. calling the elevator by pushing both to go up AND to go down (please people, stop doing that!)
8. get used to Emanuelle Béart's or Meg Ryan's new lips (trust me, you don’t want to know what it is)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

glad no matter what

I think everybody in the world of art journaling knows SARK and her fabulous books. My favorite is INSPIRATION SANDWICH that I bought a couple of years ago. It is one of my books that I can read over and over again. On page VII, I always shiver. She proposes to choose a number at random between 1 and 46, and then, to jump right to the proper chapter. If you read my last list up to the end, you know why I cannot do that :) sigh…
I recognize myself in her in those two activities : napping (p.17) (she is a "nap queen" and so am I) and building forts with blankets (p. 31)!

Well, her new book was released on the first day of NaNoJouMo (aka first of novembre) and she writes about it on her blog. Come and take a look here.
On that post, she asks us to share one thing in our life that is challenging or difficult… Without hesitation, I’d say that I feel torn between working as a physician and working as an artist… both take a lot of time… and time flies. But when a patient feels better or when someone is willing to pay for my art, I am just glad I took this challenge and remember that I need both to feel complete.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Deux de mes photographies ont été exposées durant le mois de novembre dans le cadre de PHOTEX.
La première est l'envol (que vous pouvez voir sur la droite comme icône de mon dossier "PHOTOGRAPHY").
La seconde est muret que voici :

muret, originally uploaded by Nathalie Nayer.

Des copies au format de 80x60 cm sur du Dibond® (noyau de polyéthylène entre deux plaques d'aluminium) sont disponibles.

Monday, November 29, 2010

seau à bébé

From all the baby stuff we bought, the Tummy Tub is certainly the greatest! We've named it the "baby bucket". You can find stores in The Netherlands were it only costs 15€ (about 20$)! It is definetly worth the money.
We've never used a "regular" bathtub. Only the bucket! M is now 5 months old and still loves it. His shape conveys a feeling of reassurance because your baby stays in the foetal position. And you would be surprise of the little amount of water you need!

10-11-29 le bain 5, originally uploaded by Nathalie Nayer.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

first book

Aujourd'hui, nous avons fait une longue promenade, des quatre bras jusqu'à la librairie Molière du boulevard Tirou.
M a été très sage.
Et pour son tout premier passage en librairie, nous lui avons laissé choisir son livre.

Et c'est sur "MES ANIMAUX DU FROID A TOUCHER" qu'elle a jeté son dévolu.

Friday, November 26, 2010

liste du vendredi : I am neurotic because...

For this week's list, I chose ten funny compulsions I read here.

1. When I ride in a car and there are lots of consecutive trees or perhaps a forest, I can’t look at the trees for too long for fear that my eyes are going to get poked out.
2. I hate going into toilet cubicles where the toilet lid is closed. I live in terror of one day lifting the lid of a toilet and finding a severed head inside.
3. When I was younger, I was really neurotic about time. I would stand in front of a digital clock and make an equation out of the time. For example 11:34 could be 1 x 1 + 3 = 4. If I couldn’t make an equation, I would wait for the numbers to change to a time that would work out in an equation. I spent a lot of time standing in front of the clock on our oven at home…
4. When I peel a banana, I have to make sure the peel separates into four strips. If it starts to peel into just three, I’ll rip one in half to make it four.
5. I always try to land on my right foot when walking down stairs. To this end, for every set of stairs I regularly use, I memorize whether I need to start out on my left foot or right.
6. I must put my right sock on before my left, but my left shoe on before my right. If I ever catch myself doing the opposite, I wait 5 minutes before going through with the procedure again.
7. I had numbers that I “liked” and “disliked”. When I woke up in the mornings, the first thing I’d do would be to add up all the numbers in the time, and I wouldn’t get out of bed until they added up to a number that I “liked.”
8. When I eat Starburst, I can only eat them in the following order: yellow, orange, pink and red. I stop eating once I’ve run out of enough candies to complete the pattern.
9. When I’m listening to a radio with a digital volume display, I can’t listen with the volume at an odd number.  I don’t know why, exactly— it’s as though the volume is uneven.  A volume of 15, clearly, means the volume will be 8 on the left speaker and 7 on the right.  And the right speaker will make up for the lack of volume with a shrill whydon’tyoulikemeasmuchastheleftspeaker? sound. I assume. I’ve never actually left the volume uneven long enough to find out.
10. When I eat salads, I must eat the lettuce first. Then I separate all the toppings into piles and eat them one at a time in order from least liked to most.

Did you enjoy? If you did, go get the book! I bought two! One for my mother and one for me.

And, since I made fun of those people, I ought to share my own strangest compulsions...
Sit tight... here are three off them :
1. I cannot read a magazine in a random order. It has to be from cover to cover. That's why I never buy the NEJM or the Annals of Internal Medicine because the article that interests me is never the first one. It is pathetic. I know.
2. When I walk up (or down) stairs, I count them. And when there is more than one flight, it bothers me if each flight doesn't have the same number of stairs. I then wonder why the architect did that.
3. Every year, when I go to my gynecologist for my routine screening, I faint during the pap smear. And I have to make huge efforts not to faint when I think about it.

What about you? I dare you to reveal one of your strangets compulsions!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

cinquième moisiversaire

Il y a exactement un mois, M commençait à manger les panades de légumes. Voici la première expérience de carottes... pas très réussie.
Celle qui est morte de rire mais pas visible, c'est ma soeur.
Encore une fois, on s'est dit que si M savait téléphoner, elle aurait très certainement porté plainte.

Friday, November 19, 2010

liste du vendredi : I promise ...

Je promets :
1. de t'apprendre à faire des bonshommes en pâte à sel
2. de te faire des bisous magiques sur tes bobos jusqu'à ce qu'il ne fassent plus mal
3. de ne jamais lire tes lettres, ton journal intime ou ton agenda sans ta permission
4. de ne pas te forcer à mettre une cagoule en hiver
5. de t'aider à réciter ton auto-dictée
6. de ramasser du bois pour ta cabane
7. de te laisser lécher la casserole de chocolat fondu
8. de te construire un château fort dans la salle à manger et un bateau de pirate dans la salle de bain
9. de te pousser sur la balançoire autant de fois que tu le souhaites
10. de chasser les monstres de ta chambre

Remembre I told you about my addiction here?
Now, it's your turn!
Make a list of things you promise (it can be to your partner, your boss, your mother...) and it doesn't have to be 10 things... 3 is just fine.
Next, send it to me! I would love to read your list!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


This painting was sold at ARTEX. I've named it "satellites".