:::We’ll Always Have Paris:::

The theme for this week’s challenge is: “We’ll Always Have Paris” presented by Keron Lee (aka The Colourguru) from Melbourne, Australia. You cannot visit Paris & remain unmoved. No book can describe it. Each door you go through, every coffee you drink, beckons you, wooing your soul like a secret lover…….then it ensnares your heart like a vine.

I must confess, I ignorantly & blissfully lived down under for what I expect to be about half my adult life, before I experienced the ache that comes from leaving it behind. My first trip to Paris was in November 2000; my 40th year.

They say life begins at 40, it’s true. The constraints & strivings of youth have evolved into life experiences that, to some extent define you. You are ready to embrace new ideas & romanticize about possibilities the future may hold. You are more deliberate about things & more (in my case, but less in others) willing to take a risk, give something a shot, go out on a limb. I hope you have fun with this theme – you are welcome to interpret it with photos, maps, memoribilia, or commercially available materials.

A bit about our hostess:

My arch is made up with a combination of all of these things – plus memories & feelings of loss….. You see, this morning I was supposed to be enjoying church in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. My trip to Europe (scheduled for April/May) has been postponed due to a knee injury, & I would have arrived there yesterday. On the back is a photo our daughter took of my hubby & I the evening we arrived in Paris for the first time from the top of Arch d’Triomphe, & a map from an old Beaddekkers travel guide. The line drawings on the front (Notre Dame) & the Back (Sacre Coeur) are from a calendar I bought in Paris. Nancy & I cooked up this theme in November last year & I was going to give you a report from an internet café, but alas, not to be this time, so, from my art studio to your special place, lets celebrate a place that invades your soul & possesses you from the moment you arrive.
When I hosted the arch last year, I spoke about what everyone was doing with their arches. If you look on my blog later in the week, you will see my revolving book of arches, it’s a lovely treasure.…………what’s everyone else doing with their stash of gorgeous arches????

You may see more of Keron’s beautiful art on her blog:
www.thecolourguru.typepad.com
 

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69 Responses

  1. I woke up early this morning to begin work on my Gothic Arch this week, so early that my husband and our toddler daughter are still asleep. 🙂

    While I waited for the new arch to be revealed for the week, I wondered what the theme might be and had hoped for something related to Paris – Paris in the Springtime, Edith Piaf, the lurking Eiffel…so you can imagine my delight to see your lovely arch posted.

    Thanks for this theme – am off to get inky! 🙂

  2. It’s trying to snow here today…no “Paris in Springtime”! 🙂
    Keron – thank you for your beautiful arch and theme this week! 🙂

    Here is my arch for the challenge:

    http://vintagepapers.blogspot.com/2008/04/well-always-have-paris.html

  3. Oh la la, Keron, merci beaucoup. J’aime Paris. Et ici est ma voute parisienne:

    http://friedaquilter.blogspot.com/2008/04/paris-gothic-arch.html

  4. Wow wonderful Arch Theme. Here is mine. Thanks for looking.

    http://stempelchaotin.wordpress.com/2008/04/13/gothic-arches-we%c2%b4ll-always-have-paris/

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  6. Great theme Keron.

    Here is my entry!
    Debby

    http://innerreflections.typepad.com/

  7. One of my favourite themes! Here’s mine: GlitterAngel blog

  8. Thanks Keron for being hostess.
    Here is my arch
    http://craftnest.blogspot.com/2008/04/gothic-arch-challenge-paris.html
    Jacqueline

  9. Paris is always a favorite subject for me! Here’s my submission:

    http://nostalgiccollage.blogspot.com/2008/04/escape-to-paris.html

    Have a great week everyone and thanks for looking!

  10. Good evening. Here’s mine. Thank you for looking.

  11. Lovely theme.

    Here is my arch for this weeks challenge.

    http://angelclog.blogspot.com/2008/04/gothic-arch-challenge-paris.html

  12. Ooh, I love Paris and I love this theme. Here’s mine:

    http://karenink.typepad.com/karens_muse_and_musings/2008/04/oblivious.html

    thanks!

    Karen

  13. My entry can be found at:

    http://hastingshall2.wordpress.com

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  15. Here is my Paris Arch plus a Paris 3×3, since I was on a Paris kick. http://pandoras-artbox.blogspot.com/2008/04/sundays-daily-artgothic-arches-sunday_13.html

    Thanks for looking!

  16. Ahhhh – April in Paris!!!!
    My Parisian arch is on my blog –

    http://mangaroamade.blogspot.com/

    JudyNZ

  17. Love the Paris theme. Thank you for this week’s challenge!

    http://kardkrazy.blogspot.com/2008/04/gothic-arch.html

  18. I love your arch, Keron! Here’s my Paris arch:
    Tami R.

  19. Love your arch and the sweet memory behind it, Keron! Beautiful. One of my favorite themes.
    http://tatteredtiara.blogspot.com/

  20. What a great theme this week !! I’m happy ’cause I’m french and I was born in Paris, lol
    Here’s my entry :
    http://scraptova.canalblog.com/archives/2008/04/14/8809978.html#comments
    TFL !

  21. Here is my first gothic arch card ever

  22. Here is my entry for this week.
    http://toscania-art-life.blogspot.com/2008/04/paris.html

    Thanks for looking.

  23. paris is always a wonderful theme. this time without the eiffel tower
    http://fatmasplace.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/we%e2%80%99ll-always-have-paris/

  24. Wonderful theme! Here’s my arch:
    http://carylsrealm.blogspot.com/

  25. here’s mine
    thanks for that wonderfull theme !!!
    http://lescrapdisabelle.over-blog.com/article-18742130.html

  26. Here is my Collage de Paris or should it be du Paris?
    Long time since I studied French. lol
    Thanks for this great theme and for looking
    Love Cynthia x
    http://rainbowladyscraftyblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/collage-de-paris.html

  27. Wow what stunning examples and all so quick. I had come on to say i have been playing with my sea arch and made it into a ballbearing game., I can see thatI am going to have to work even harder, to keep up with this challenge
    Great challenge again
    Sea ball game is here
    http://www.rattytattysblog.blogspot.com hopefully by mid day tommorow if I have time my We still have paris will be on too

  28. thanks for this great theme! here is my entry

    http://www.scrapenreve.com/

  29. Who can resist Paris?!! Wonderful theme! My gothic arch is here:

    http://purplepaintsmuse.blogspot.com/

  30. What a beautiful theme – I love Paris!!
    Here is my gothik-arch:

    http://mamapias-stempelecke.blogspot.com/2008/04/g.html

    lg
    mamapia

  31. Hello!

    Here is my submission this week … I love Paris … hopefully someday I’ll get to visit.

    http://desertphotography.blogspot.com/2008/04/gothic-arches-well-always-have-paris.html

    Wishing everyone a terrific week!

    Peggi xo

  32. http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com/2008/04/gothic-aches-paris.html

    LOVE THE PARIS THEME!!!!

    thanks for the challenge

  33. thank you 🙂

  34. Love the theme. My arch is at:
    http://yorkiepudsblog.blogspot.com/

  35. Lovely theme but it took me a while!

    http://myjourneyintoart.blogspot.com

  36. I’m late to the party, but here is my offering:

    http://joycevance.typepad.com/joyce_makes_art/

    Mademoiselle?

  37. My arch this week is part of a larger piece…thank you for looking!

    http://bluebirdslivinginthemeadow.blogspot.com

    Jean

  38. I finally was able to sit down this morning and make a Paris Arch:

    http://njporiginals.blogspot.com/2008/04/gothic-arches-we-will-always-have-paris.html

    Thanks for looking

  39. Voici mon arche pour cette semaine :

    http://thealie.over-blog.com.over-blog.com/

    merci

  40. I had to make another Paris arch for a swap so thought I would add it here as my second arch for this theme. Here is the link:

    http://friedaquilter.blogspot.com/2008/04/another-paris-arch.html

  41. je suis en retard , désolé
    voici mon arche
    http://didiscrap.over-blog.fr/article-18901556.html

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