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For the Love of the Grape

Batu Manakarra Brooch

For the Love of the Vine

Batu Manakarra (aka grape agate,) sterling silver


Ever since I read the article in Lapidary Journal about Batu Manakarra and saw Lexi Erickson's pendant I was on the hunt for pieces of this unusual and beautiful stone.  I've got a couple more pieces waiting for inspiration, but with the largest piece cut by Gerald Howard into a heart shape I created the brooch above.  It's one of the pieces I'm extremely proud of as my vision for it came into reality.

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Get it Together Thursday - French Country Kitchen

Lock House No. 53, Burgundy Canal, France
Lock House No 53 on the Burgundy Canal

A few years back my husband and I took a Burgundy Canal barge trip.

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The Charm and Elegance of French Shops

Here's a collection of vintage and handmade items from French Shops on Etsy.  

This is part of my travel journal where I feature shops of countries I've visited.  I love every one of these items!

'Lovely Vintage and Handmade Items from France' by HoneyFromTheBee

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Some Doors and Shutters of Le Castellet

At first I thought the one above must be for trash or storage of some sort - surely not an entrance, but it's got a door knocker!

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Just as I Pictured It: a Quaint, Sunny Seaside Town in the South of France

Bandol must be crazy with Parisians and tourists in the summer, but in late October it's downright sleepy.

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Sleepy Hill Town in the South of France

It was late October in the south of France and it turned out to be a really great time to visit.  We found no crowds, but did find many shopkeepers and restaurants eager to sell us their wares and taste their food which is always fantastic in France.

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Tasting Bandol Wines in Provence

The last stop before Barcelona on our anniversary cruise from Istanbul was the port of Toulon in the Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur region of southern France.  Our friends had done some research on the wines of Provence so we fortunately got to tag along for a decadent day of wine and food tasting with some sightseeing thrown in.

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