Monday, January 26, 2009

Make Your List

I have been thinking a lot about my future recently and the things I would like to accomplish before this life as I know it is over. You may think that is a strange thought to have at the age of 33, however if you know me, you know I don't like to let a single moment pass me by without enjoying it and living it to the fullest. I just finished a book titled "THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU TURN 30" OK so I am 3 years late getting started on this book, but better late than never! The book consists of several famous, successful, and proud achievers speaking about their accomplishments and successful stories. One of the activities in the book was about taking stock of your past and present and setting a "to do" list for your future. I am always making plans and setting goals for myself, however I rarely look back at what I have accomplished and how far I have come. This was such a fun activity that I thought I would share it all with you. Have fun making your "to do" list and even more fun looking back over the years at all the great and fabulous things you have accomplished~! I never knew little ole me had done so much until I wrote it down in black and white. xo, Alys...PS...Venice, Please hold on until I can see you!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Birthday Wishes

We are so excited, our shop Paris Couture Antiques has been open for one year now! We thank all of our loyal customers, without you this dream wouldn't have been possible. In celebration of our anniversary we are offering a 50% off coupon to be used on any one item of your choice from our Jewelry & Baubles section on the site. Do stop by and visit us soon. Coupon is good through January 26th 2009. Happy Birthday to all of you that are celebrating this month as well! xo, Alys

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mannequins...My Love

My love for antique & vintage dress forms dates back to a very early childhood memory. When I was a little girl I spent a great deal of time with my grandma. She worked in a sewing factory that was not far from her home. I remember the crowd of ladies talking about and all of the machines working so hard. I recall the chatter and busyness of this shop and how interesting I found my grandmothers place of work. I was sure, one day I would grow up and be just like her! I am positive she would tell you it was not interesting, and not so much fun, AT ALL...but to me with my bright eyes and eagerness to be just like her I thought this was the most perfect and facinating place to work in all of the world! My Grandma has always been my hero as I have said before...through her example my love for art, crafts, hard work, and sewing began.
My earliest memory in discovering my talents and hobbies were at the hands of my grandmother and her sewing machine. An old Singer machine that seemed to be very advanced and technical at the time, however now could use a major overload. She always had old scraps of fabric and spools of threads lying around that I could envision as dolls, pillows, or wall hangings. At the age of 8 she let me pull a couple pieces of fabric together and make the most beautiful pillow one has ever seen..."NOT",I am sure! But I was proud of it none the less and really felt accomplished and happy that I made this pillow. She was always confident & trustworthy of me and let me go at it with my novice skills. I was very proud and showed everyone, I really thought I was onto something Big, HUGE...I Planned on making these pillows and selling them globally by age 9! I went around to the local neighbors homes and peddled my pillows for a little extra money..."I guess I have always been an entrepreneur at heart, Who knew!" I saved this money earned from the neighbors pity and grace to go with my grandma to the local super market. Here I would buy myself a water weenie, some laffy taffy or something just as cool as it!

OK, that I have gotten lost on that tangent, I just have to say, Mannequins...My Love! I love them, I have them all over my home. You may come to my home and think it is a bit odd, and perhaps it is, but that is OK by me! I love them and have them almost in every room. From a display on my entertainment center with 6 dress forms to a simple yet understated dress form in my entry room. They speak to me of a time gone by, hard work, and imagination beyond what my eyes can see...
I hope you enjoy my dress forms and memories as much as I do, xo Alys

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Taken For Granted

Living in Utah my entire life I have come to realize that I take our beautiful mountain range for granted. It wasn't until I was driving the other day with a stranger from out of town having this very conversation that I realized this. He was going on and on about how beautiful and majestic our mountain range truly is. It really brought to light for me the awe and breathtaking grace these large mountains truly do possess. I think it is kinda like living by the ocean, you don't really visit it much, because it is always there.

This past weekend I took my daughter and her friend sleigh riding. While we were enjoying "The Greatest Snow on Earth" I stopped to take in this beautiful mountain scene. If you live in an area that is not surrounded by a mountain range such as this I hope you will visit Utah sometime. They truly are a site to behold.