Thursday, May 28, 2015

Miniature Fruit and Vegetables, Recap of Week 19, 20 and 21

Miniature fruit and vegetables sculptures by Stephanie Kilgast, PetitPlat Miniatures

Hello!

I've left for 15 days and I sculpted all veggies in advance and scheduled the posts on tumblr and facebook.
But I thought that was already quite enough work so I didn't make the weekly recaps. (shame on me! shame, I say!)
I did quite some odd fruits again and some mushrooms to cheer things up a bit.
Sometimes it is a bit sad to think I will probably never try the fruit I'm sculpting, like the pandanus conoideus.
It is the big red thing that looks like a huge red corn - it actually can be 100 cm big and I made a 50 cm version - but there are different varieties, so I suppose I'm good - I mainly worked from photographs to check sizes.
Below a picture of the real thing :

peace-on-earth.org, Marita (or kuansu in Papuan, or Pandanus Conoideus in Latin) Sold as Fruit
Picture courtesy of Peace on Earth

Making everything in advance was a lot of work, but it was also really nice to finally use the scheduling tools on tumblr and facebook. I plan to sculpt the veggies more in advance and schedule posts more as well, it is such a time saver!

I will very likely blog about the social marketing so I'll be sure to talk about the scheduling of posts as well.
Wondering what some of those odd fruits are? Check my tumblr blog for details and names dailyminiveggie.tumblr.com
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and then come back and let me know your favorite ;)

xx
Stéphanie


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Colmar and Its Toy Museum

Yellow House in Colmar, Stephanie Kilgast


Hello!

Sooo here the pictures of Colmar :)
Yesterday I worked, that's pretty much all I recall from yesterday, so not much time for anything else.
This morning I cleaned (gasp!) and if you know me just a little bit up and personal, you know that cleaning isn't really something that belongs to my weekly routine.
There.
I said it.

Anyway!
Colmar is a lovely little town in the beautiful region of Alsace. The whole region is nice and I've visited it with my mum before, but we didn't have much time, so I choose Colmar for this time.
But I'm rambling.
Colmar, like most French cities, is old and the first mention of it is during the IXth century.
And as with all old cities, there are lots of (beautiful) old buildings. My little urban heart is racing and hopping from cheer joy of it.

But first things first, we had the most amazing meal of our trip in Colmar too, and as I like to chit-chat about food, here we go.
When I have time, I check tripadvisor to check out which restaurants are best, and then I forget about it and just go with the city flow.
But this time, luck was on our side!
Just when we started getting hungry, we stumbled upon "La Table du Brocanteur" and I remembered the name from my internet search.
We checked the menu and there was asian inspiration in the meals so in we went!
I took a sea bass curry and JY a coconut soup and both were divine.
Then, the moment came when we had finished our wonderful meals and the waitress came asking if we'd fancy a dessert.
She also told us today's suggestion was "rhubarb financier" and left us to decide.
Usually at that point we are not really hungry anymore so it really depends on how good the meal was. The meal was fantastic so I really wanted to try something.
JY took a strawberry tiramisu and I went for the rhubarb financier. (heck, it's the season!)

Now I was not prepared for the angel's choir that happened in my head and heart.
Not even kidding, I litteraly said that about 5 times to JY, who by that point probably was sick of hearing it.
The financier was the best dessert that I've ever eaten.
There a picture :

Rhubarb Financier in La Table du Brocanteur, Colmar
Rhubarb Financier in La Table du Brocanteur, Colmar
Ok, so I never went to fancy restaurants, so I'm pretty sure there are other meals ready to blow me away.
And sure, the combo financier and rhubarb really was a winner for me before even trying.
But still.
I'm obsessed with this.
I need to buy some ramequins and start a life-long quest to recreate this perfect dessert at home.
In a way, I'm completely doomed.
Such a delicious dessert.

After this perfect meal, we went to the toys museum, which was a lot of fun. Tons of creepy toys as well.
Like these clowns.
One even has red eyes.
I mean... red eyes. I hope it's just discoloration over the years and not just a sadistic choice.

Toys Museum, Colmar

Toys Museum, Colmar

There also were quite few mini versions of household appliances. Like sewing machines but also functional irons.
A couple of miniature dishes as well.

Toys Museum, Colmar

My favorites were the metallic ones. Such pretty designs and the colors were so appealing to me.

Toys Museum, Colmar

After the toy museum we went on to stroll through the city, therefor pictures of buildings are now following!
And with that being said, I leave you.
I still have one post about our trip that will follow soon :)

xx
Stéphanie

Colmar, France

Colmar, France

Colmar, France

Colmar, France


Colmar, France

Colmar, France

Monday, May 25, 2015

French Landscapes, Les Vosges

View over les Vosges, France, Stephanie Kilgast
View over Les Vosges

Bonjour!

We are back from our short trip to the East of France.
It started in Thionville, where part of my family lives and my grand-mother had her 92th birthday.
We stayed a couple of days in the family and then headed down for some brisk walks in the lovely Vosges.
We stayed in a fun wood cabin in La Bresse.

Wood Cabin, Bol d'Air, La Bresse
Wood Cabin, Bol d'Air, La Bresse

And walked in the fresh, crisp air.

View over les Vosges, France, Stephanie Kilgast

A sort of mountain goat said hello.

Les Vosges, France, Stephanie Kilgast

And we walked and walked and admired the beautiful landscape :)

Les Vosges, France, Stephanie Kilgast

Les Vosges, France, Stephanie Kilgast

Mushroom

We walked more specifically around the Hohneck, which happens to be a ski station. I of course was thrilled to see the ski station completely deserted since we're in the summer season. It was delightful eery.

Hohneck Ski Station, Les Vosges, Stéphanie Kilgast

Hohneck Ski Station, Les Vosges, Stéphanie Kilgast

Walking around the Schlucht ski station, we also stumbled upon abandoned buildings and a church which looked abandoned as well. We weren't sure about the church though, as it probably is only used in winter.
And as the urban girl than I am, I couldn't help myself to capture those picturesque constructions :D


Abandoned (?) Church, Schlucht Ski Station, Les Vosges, Stéphanie Kilgast

Abandoned building, Schlucht Ski Station, Les Vosges, Stéphanie Kilgast

Abandoned building, Schlucht Ski Station, Les Vosges, Stéphanie Kilgast

And this is it for the Vosges, will show you pictures of Colmar and its toy museum in the coming days!
xx
Stéphanie

Les Vosges, Stéphanie Kilgast
just me :)

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