Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

1. It's OK: There were many many flowers
and candles and a little greenery swiped from the 
mean green streets of NY this year, but no tree. we still don't know why.

2. Work: was a lot of work for us in December 
and our new little studio did not fail.
We raised $175 by selling 35 moneyclips from our site and at the Brooklyn Flea for The Food Bank for NYC. It will be matched by an anonymous donor to make it $350--that's 1750 meals for new Yorkers in need. Thank you if you purchased one!

3. Play: and still a very little time for very little things

In a few hours, this year will be gone. The new one begins shortly and soon and I'm hopeful that the happiness I felt through the holidays, seeing friends and family, another good reception for our Bonbons, I'm looking back on how difficult it felt this summer with our move, and how different we feel now, how new we've become despite disappointments and defeats. I hope these happinesses will carry into 2012, that we'll all somehow be better for having survived the last year when some days it didn't feel that way. I'm thinking: we are very lucky. 

After tonight's toasting is finished, we're leaving first thing in the morning by train to Montreal, picnic in tow a la Marie, pretty new clothes in a suitcase (thanks for helping me choose for three hours P.), sweet scents from Jim...

Happy New Year! Ring in tonight's end with this, first found via Molly a few years ago, and in front of my desk every year, no matter what number:

Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt--marvelous error!--
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
 and sweet honey
from my old failures.

--Antonio Machado

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Very Last Shopping Day and What to Shop For! (at the Brooklyn Flea~!)


Bonbon Oiseau (your truly)

So many great artists, artisans, designers, food purveyors, and vintage sellers at the Brooklyn Flea, especially near the holidays! So many to choose from but here's my list of 2011 favorites! 

Today is the very last Shopping Day from 2pm-9pm to get all or any of these lovely things so come see us all!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Late Shopping Days Today and Tomorrow

HURRY! It's the last two shopping days at the Brooklyn Flea 
today & tomorrow, December 21st and 22nd from 2pm-9pm. 
We have lots of lovely holiday gifts and Vanessa's amazing one-of-a-kind charm and beaded bracelets! We have gold-dipped vintage lockets, charming necklaces and special pieces behind the table for you to ogle. I'll be there both days so come and say hiho!

If you can't stop by, I'm taking studio appointments Friday from noon until 5pm for you super last minute me for an stop-by! deb at bonbonoiseau dot com...

Friday, December 16, 2011

All Weekend Including Today at the Brooklyn Flea and then Some

Come see us today from 2pm-9pm at the Brooklyn Flea 
and also tomorrow from 10am-5pm

The kind folks from Kill Devil Hill in Greenpoint are at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with our keyfobs and moneyclips! Go see them too!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shopping Small & Maybe a wee bit bigger, A Gift List

From this gorgeous bag 
(for an incredible assistant)

something to fill this barely blue cup,
shared with an old neighbor 
 Darjeeling 2nd Flushwith 
for the ladies

 under a ready-made tableau
for busy parents

 for their little chubby cheeked boy

 and his learning to sew big sister
for a splurge on a mom who would never 
in a million years buy this for herself

for my friends, the cooks, my favorite new cookbook

for all the lovely grower of things

to brighten up someone's kitchen  
(from one of my favorite illustrators)
mailed to faraway friends...
for charitable Mainers and keepers of bills
(we're still giving $5 from every purchase to the 
Food Bank for New York City 
through the end of December!)

make this via Erin (photo too) for everyone else

and more: a gift with purpose for a brother
 with intention for a good friend 
with MacGiver-esque love for a husband 
for the intrepid, but plugged-in, traveler
locally grown delights for anyone

Hope you like my little list--there's still lots of time in my estimation. Well not LOTS of it, but you know.
Buy Local at the Brooklyn Flea all weekend beginning
Friday 2-9pm,
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Shameless Wishlist/Visions of Bluebells

 Not to be like that or anything but I really love Jo Malone's newest scent, Wild Bluebell, enough to want to own it. I'd even walk around wearing a Cinderella tutu with that rabbit escorted by the two short pants guys probably if I found it under the tree this holiday. If anyone I'm married to is reading, that is.

1. "twinklecreeping" 2, 3 & 4 Jo Malone

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This Just in: Most Stylish New Yorker Named Bonbon as Favorite Jewelry Designer

Just heard that Jennifer Scanlon, Museum of Arts and Design curator whose exhibition Crafting Modernism is up now, named Bonbon Oiseau amongst her favorite jewelry designers in this week's Time Out New York. What a fine how-do-you-do from one of my favorite people. So happy!!! 

If you're in New York, go and see the show--it's really pretty fantastic as is Jen's hair in this photo...

A Few from my Husband and Lessons for December

Jim took these back in November. Our new-ish neighborhood, our les chats. Remember November? That was a good month. Since then we've been working so much, we see each other in passing, side stepping the explosion of used clothes (aka dirty laundry), scraping the take-out containers for something similar, but not limited to, dinner, sometimes I wake up at 5am just to say goodbye or stay up til 1am just to say hello. Life gets back to normal by Christmas, that's the hope.

Otherwise and in other news, I took a backwards tumble, not breaking my elbow Saturday night but merely using it as a shortstop, breaking my fall down four metal steps onto a sidewalk. I was buzzing my friend's buzzer and some girl in a rush came whamming out the door with such force it sent me ass over teakettle onto what later became, a goose egg of an elbow. All the friends at the party took good care of me, with bags of ice, good advice and a Swiss concoctive cream made from mussels (might have been "muscles" but I had had enough cucumber juice-mint-St. Germaine-Prosecco cocktails not to hear English well enough to care what it's made from-see what I mean by "help"?).
Anyway-had to sit out my favorite sale of the year Sunday while finding out it is just very badly bruised and very very sore. Ice ice ice the elbow. Heat and buzzy things to the neck. Sorry if you came to the sale Sunday and I wasn't there.

Note to Girl who came out forcefully through the door and lesson for the month: if you're reading this, SLOW DOWN in December. Someone might get hurt.