Monday, October 20, 2014

Lacquer collection

For a long time I've been wanting to expand the choices of my scarf and shawl rings, and to offer them in a range of high quality lacquer in beautiful colors.

In the beginning, I thought the process of lacquering would also be a wonderful way to rescue horn or wood rings which, although perfect in shape and craftsmanship, came in colors that fell out of the color families. But during the research, tests and trials it became clear that the lacquer collection would become much more than a rescue operation... the exquisite quality of lacquer with it's high polished finishes and fantastic color possibities make them a fresh and modern companion for our scarves, and perfect to compliment/expand the natural shades of the horn and wood collection. 

It took a long time finding lacquer artists who could produce the outstanding quality I was looking for. Many more trials to get the colors right followed. They had to be more than just beautiful shades, but also to be versatile enough to blend in easily with the various colors surrounding them (see examples with scarves below). I am so happy to finally be able to bring you the MT scarf and shawl ring lacquer collection, available in seven colors:

Vert Sapin





Clay





Bordeaux





Vieux Rose





Bleu Canard





Purple





Bleu Marine





The base of the lacquered rings are exquisitely hand made horn or wood rings from my collection. For price information or to place an order, please go to: www.scarfrings.com

Lacquered items have an extremely smooth, hard and durable surface. To ensure that your lacquered scarf and shawl rings keep their perfect shine, and to protect them from surface scratches, please store them in the velvet pouch they come with. Also note that lacquer might chip if dropped from a height onto a hard surface.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Postcard from the Camargue

It's been a couple of weeks since we stayed in the beautiful Camargue, and it took me quite a long time to sort through the hundreds of pictures I took in this magical place... 

The Camargue is unlike any other place in France, or Europe. It's a wide and vast flat land, and consists of lakes and lagoons (étangs), reed covered marshes and sandy beaches. In the étangs you'll see wild pink flamingos among hundreds of other species of birds, and the stunning marshland scenery is dotted with black bulls and white Camargue horses. Many of the horses live as free-running herds, and only get occasionaly driven into the Manades (bull farm) by the cowboys of the Camargue (Gardians).

In the middle of this paradise, there is the tranquil and beautiful Mas de la Fouque. The many lounging areas of this 'petit paradis' invite you to relax and observe the surrounding beauty.


















Instead of booking a room, you can stay in one of the converted gypsy caravans, overlooking the gardens and lake.



the restaurant










Naturally, the restaurant favours local Camargue sea salt: 'Fleurs de Sel' by Le Saunier De Camargue.






Marius, the Mas de la Fouque's mascot





The best way to explore the beauty of the Camargue is by safari (4x4) or horseback. We booked a two hour 'Ballade à Cheval' at the Les Arnelles Equestrian Center, which led us discover places we would have otherwise not seen... we rode past thousands of flamingoes along the étangs, and saw Camargue bulls and horses roaming through marshes and fields. Eventually we arrived at the mediterranean coast, where the fine sand beach went on for miles and was almost deserted. It was fantastic.



Wearing my Jumping boots for the first time this season, there could not have been a better occasion!

(You don't have to be an experienced rider for this. The stable has horses for all levels, and the guides make sure that beginners have a safe and comfortable experience. Advanced riders are given the chance to galop along the marshes and beach. All in all, it was an unforgettable memory for everybody!)





Mas de la Fouque, Route Départementale 38, 13460 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Tel: +33 (4) 90 97 81 02 www.masdelafouque.com

Les Arnelles Equestrian Center: Route d'Arles, 13460 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer,
Tel: +33 (0) 4 9097 82865 www.arnellescamargue.com

Camargue sea salt: 'Fleur de Sel' by Saunier de Camargue is harvested by hand, and comes in a round box with a cork lid www.saunierdecamargue.fr (you can find stockist or online stores in your area via google)


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