... 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.