Beautiful treasures from France

by Cindy on October 14, 2009


Isn’t this necklace just gorgeous??  I must confess I did not make it…some of you may recognize who did though!  I have loved Esther’s one of a kind jewelry since I first saw them…and we recently decided to do a trade with our necklaces.  This beautiful copper piece came wrapped carefully in it’s own lacy jewelry pouch.

Remember that box I pictured in my blog post about the Round Robin?  Now I’m going to show you all of the surprises I found inside from Esther of Mes illusions baroque.  I cannot tell you how exciting it was to unwrap all of the tissue paper to find one of a kind boxes and containers…there was no detail spared, and Esther made packaging an art form!


Would you believe Esther created this handmade box, filled with vintage buttons and religious medals.  I have never seen anything like it – with beads for knobs and all of the stamped layers (made from wax?)….Esther you always amaze us with your talent…I know we have all said this, “Is there anything you cannot do!?” 🙂


Oh would you look at these pretty soldered pendants!  I ordered one from Esther’s new Etsy shop, Les Illusions Baroques, and the other along with the fabric pillow bead were sheer surprises!


I was warned that she was snooping around in past blog posts for a picture…now I see why!  This is an altered metal tin – again, I’ve never seen anything like it!


And this journal…I think I just about gasped when I saw this special gift.  A couple of us in the Round Robin group have joked that Esther must have some sort of French Secret for all of her endless creativity (not to mention speed at creating!).  I am so thankful that yes, Esther has shared many of her little “secrets”, as she is a very generous soul.  Whenever I visit her blog I am truly filled with admiration …her jewelry and mixed media art is sheer inspiration (and yet she is truly very humble).   When you visit Esther’s blog you’ll feel it too, as if you’re visiting an old friend…and you’ll want to keep going back for another visit. 🙂  THANK YOU, Esther and Romizouuuuu!


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

esther October 14, 2009 at 4:55 am

hoooooooooooooooo wow Cindy!! this “esther ” have to like you so much… she told me that all she sent to you is nothing compared with the friendship you give to her, and all the kind advices, and all the motivation!! You deserve it so much!!

Mari Aparicio October 14, 2009 at 6:45 am

Enjoy your treasures!!

sharon October 14, 2009 at 7:33 am

Ohhhhh, how beautiful Cindy, and how fortunate you are, and I myself, to know a soul like Esther, and to have her as a friend! I adoooore all of your beautiful treasures!!

LeAnn October 14, 2009 at 7:39 am

I hardly know where to start, except that Esther is amazing. Enjoy your treasures and thank you for sharing them with us.

veronique October 14, 2009 at 8:03 am

Well, Cindy, its seems Father Christmas came before winter ! All those treasures looks like what Esther is, a wonderful woman, whith an incredible sense of friendship and a beautiful soul.
She is so inventive that it makes her feverish sometimes, because she always need to find new things to work with, and to try.
Like you, Sharon and all the people who have the chance to be her friend, i am very proud that her way met mine.


Judy October 14, 2009 at 8:15 am

What wonderful delights…both Esther and her fabulous treasures.

Kerry Bogert October 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

w.i.c.k.e.d.j.e.a.l.o.u.s….. that is all I’m sayin’

Cindy October 14, 2009 at 8:51 am

Thank you for the comments…the beauty just jumps out and grabs you, I know. I feel like this blog post is kinda cheating I knew these pictures would add instant beauty to my blog – they’re ESTHER’S pieces!!!

Shelby October 14, 2009 at 9:51 am

wow…you must have been giddy with excitement while opening this beautiful package…what a great surprise! Enjoy:)

Renate October 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

Wow, Cindy – it leaves me breathless! Esther is truly a wonderful and generous person; not to mention that she is so talented it almost hurts! The traded necklace is amazing, I see some Murano (Venetian) beads there!
And BTW, your blog is always beautiful. We all create different kinds of beauty and that is what this incredible journey is all about, isn’t it?

Sharon P. October 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

Lucky lady! Esther is such a generous and loving soul full of creativity. Enjoy your beautiful treasures!

Erin Prais-Hintz October 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm

That Esther is a marvel! She makes the most gorgeous things with lightning quick speed and everything she touches turns out gorgeous…. all I can say is… LUCKY! So wishing that I were part of your group… looks like you are all having a fabulous time with the secret surprises! Enjoy the day! Erin

sandra October 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm

yes, lucky, wonderul treasures indeed!

Lori October 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Lucky lucky (but well-deserving!) girl!

Lisa October 14, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I just got done drooling over the wonderful things that you sent Esther, and now I see the equally beautiful things she sent you! What an awesome exchange…thanks for sharing!! I’m green with envy, yet fully enjoyed the eye candy 🙂


Leslie October 15, 2009 at 12:57 am

Wow, what goodies! Yes, please share Esther’s French secrets with all of us. We are dying to know them. She’s a big ball of talent all wrapped up with a beautiful soul.

diane cook October 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm

OMG! This is wonderfully beautiful. What a special bundle of gifts, including the necklace. I must check her out……The Box! The Journal! The Charms~I love them all =)

Jolene October 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Beautiful/elegant/wonderful friend. WOW!

Sanda Reynolds October 16, 2009 at 7:58 am

OMG, Cindy, they are truly FABULOUS!!!
Please, come and visit my blog, I have something for you too!
Lots of love, Sanda xx

Barbara Lewis October 16, 2009 at 9:46 am

Cindy, Thank you for sharing Esther’s beautiful work and endless creativity. Her work and talent are gifts that she shares with all of us through you! Oh, and your little one is adorable. I just visited your flickr page and saw the b&w’s of your other sons. Beautiful photography!

julie king October 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm

you really are blessed with this gorgeous trade, cindy! my favorites are the soldered pendants. wow!

i’m off to visit esther! thanks for the link.

Julie Brown October 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm

OMG……so beautiful, Esther has amazing works of art….I’m an a very keen follower, so excited for you Cindy.

Susan October 20, 2009 at 1:40 pm

OMG…those pendants are so gorgeous! I think the round robin is very cool, and cannot wait to see it finished.

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