commission by Paul Ferney

By Gabrielle. Painting by Paul Ferney.

Hello, Friends. How are you? Can you believe it’s Labor Day Weekend? Are you ready to greet September? We have absolutely zero plans for Labor Day at the moment — and it feels so good! I’m still trying hard to lay low and take it easy. But I wouldn’t say no to cooking up something like this. (That post has my mouth watering!)

Even more than Labor Day, homesickness is on my mind. On Sunday, my brother-in-law Paul Ferney gifted us a painting of La Cressonnière — complete with our vintage Renault out front. I cried like a baby when I saw it. Sometimes the homesickness catches me off guard and washes over me like a wave. I’m working on a post about some of the specific things we’re missing (spoiler: lots of food is on that list), and some of the happy surprises about our new community, too. Oh. And the schools! I can’t wait to tell you about the schools.

While I finish up my work before the long weekend, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

–  Now’s your chance to get your own Paul Ferney original! He’s currently offering really affordable custom paintings through The Commission Project. They make an amazing heirloom gift. If you order now, you’ll get the painting in time for holiday giving.

– I’m dying! The funniest reviews on Amazon.

– How to kiss a girl.

– Laura Mayes of The Queso is one of the first blogs I ever read. And she’s still a favorite. The blog has been especially great lately. I spent an hour last Saturday catching up on her posts, and it was a really good hour.

– NYC Field Guides: What to do in NYC, pulled together by people you might think are cool.

– 6 beautiful ways to use wallpaper in your nursery.

– One of my dear friends, Lisa Clark, produces and stars in really funny parody videos. Live out your Footloose fantasies with this one.

– The world of Lisa Frank. She is for real.

– The Compliment Fairy.

– I updated my right hand sidebar with lots of back to school posts. Yay!

– Stock up for next summer — J.Crew is offering an extra 30% off final sale items with code HELLO30. (I’ll take the polkadots please!)

– If you really love calligraphy.

I hope you have a marvelous weekend. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — For those of you who have emailed asking how I’m doing, thank you! It really is nice to be thought of. Finding a doctor has proved more difficult than I hoped. I’ll try to write about it next week.