Le Petit Marche

Friday, March 30, 2012

Toothpicks in the Moon

This is my last installment for the theme of the week of Moon on ESN.  I found a great item but a little history first.  Toothpicks have been around in some form or another for millions of years. (And you are asking, what has this got to do with the moon???, I'm getting there, trust me!) They were made of stone, bone, metal, wood, you name it, whatever you could get your hands on to get that annoying particle of dinosaur out of your mouth you went for it.  So this went on until 1869 when Charles Foster invented the toothpick that we pretty much know of today.  Back in the 1880's it was still  "polite" to pick one's teeth in public so Victorian tables were set with toothpick holders.  It was only a fad until about 1910.  But in that time someone, or lots of someones, I don't know who invented the "toothpick holder", invented the most incredible little gadgets for holding toothpicks, it's mind boggling. There are websites devoted to these things, and they are gorgeous. There are even little internet clubs about them.  Incredible!  So I found this delightful  Moon and Stars EAPG Blue Toothpick Holder at Bargain Express.  See, you can put toothpicks in the moon!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Moon in Capricorn

This weeks ESN blog theme is Moon.  I thought I had a great idea with astrology since about the only thing in my store that could work with Moon is my Capricorn Laser Etched Crystal 3D Image Paperweight.  So I started checking things out.  I came to realize my knowledge about astrology would fit inside a thimble!  There are so many sites and so many descriptions, explanations, information,and so many different charts!  I've never had my chart done so I don't even know what my sun or moon sign is.  How do you like that for ignorance?  I may get a chart done one day, if my mother can ever remember what time I was born! This paperweight is really cool though with 3D stars and stuff  inside of it.  So if you yourself are a Capricorn, or family member, a loved one, or a friend, maybe they could use this cute and practical item. You can buy it at Le Petit Marche.

Friday, March 23, 2012

So Many Genres, So Many Titles, So Many Books!

As I said before, reading is one of the most enjoyable things in life.  I like and read many different genres of books.  I love history books, and I love fiction, well, now that I think about it I love reading almost anything, heck, I used to even read the entire cereal boxes while having breakfast. Right now (usually at bedtime since that's only when I have time) I'm reading "Mouthing the Words" by Camilla Gibb.  She's a terrific writer!  I also read and loved her novel "Sweetness in the Belly".  If you haven't  read these you should give them a try.  A lot of sellers on ESN sell books, all kinds of books.  I've decided today to feature one of our members, Comycgyrl.  I don't know if she has the above titles but she has a huge selection of titles.  She even has comic books for the collector.  I chose the below photo and title because well, who doesn't love a charming and dangerous guy (even if he is blonde, I prefer tall, dark, brown eyes...oh, sorry, I was getting all caught up)  and mystery romance novel? She has many items in her store besides books that you may enjoy.  Ta for now!

 Charmed and Dangerous Jill Shalvis Mystery Romance

Reading - One of the greatest joys in life!

This weeks blog theme on ESN is Reading.  I don't think I know anyone who doesn't love reading.  You can travel, learn, smile, cry, laugh out loud, learn new words, have emotional moments and so much more from reading.  I love reading.  Mostly I only have time to read at  bedtime so books like "Anna Karenina" and "Pillars of the Earth" took me forever to get finished.  We all know the history of literature begins with the invention of writing, right?  I mean, someone had to invent it!  So I was curious who, how, and when (I'm like that...) writing and reading got invented. So here is your mini lesson if you choose to continue reading:

The history of literature begins with the invention of writing, in Bronze Age Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Writing developed out of proto-literate sign systems in the 30th century BC, although the oldest known literary texts date from the 27th or 26th century BC. (ref: Wikipedia)
If you want to learn more the Wikipedia site has more, mostly hyperlinks that's why I kept this short.  I myself have not checked out what a proto-literate sign system was/is! 

I don't have any novels or many books for sale, but I do have a couple cookbooks, books on massage, and an art book.  I chose the Ayurvedic Cookbook from my tiny collection, well, because it's so cool and informative and healthy! You can check out this book and others, and other stuff for that matter at Le Petit Marche.  Bon appetit!

Friday, March 16, 2012

French Toast on Sunday Morning

Today is ESN's final day of blogging about breakfast.  I had to take my car in early for an oil change today, so I had popcorn and coffee (hey, that's all they offered at the car place!).  Certainly not the breakfast of champions but it got me to thinking of what I'll make over the week-end.  And I thought about making some great french toast on Sunday morning and how my mom made it when I was a kid and all the wonderful smells and taking the bread out of the breadbox.  The bread was so fresh! Well, Eccentric Thrifter has a terrific old fashioned bread box for sale that conjures up memories of childhood.  Isn't this great? You can see this and other vintage items at her store.  So stop by and have a look at all her cool stuff!

 Kamenstein Roll Top Bread Box