Sunday, April 18, 2010

Free Time

What’s a girl to do with a little free time on her hands?


Browse through antique shops of course

Petits trésors


Grande idées


My head is spinning…

Free time is hard to find.
How do you spend yours?

Still working hard on the Online Magazine.
If you missed the post, click on photo above to read more.
I appreciate all your tremendous encouragement and will keep you posted.   


Put a Little Ooh La La in Your Life!
Mimi Bleu


Natasha in Oz said...

That would be my ultimate day of bliss too...but the antique shops in Brisbane would be quite blah compared to places where you go brocanting!

What divine images and places!

Best wishes dear Mimi for a beautiful weekend,

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Take a leisurely walk in an area of quaint shops and boutiques browse and maybe buy something that speaks to me...then stop and sit and have a beverage and people watch!
I pretend I am on vacation while exploring my own city!

Annesphamily said...

I will have to take a walk down Broadway where all the antique shops are in Denver some leisure Saturday! I love these photos! You have such a beautiful advantage where you live! Lucky lady! Hugs to you from me Anne


Ahhhh! This would be the perfect day of treasure hunting and inspirational window shopping! Nothing quite that grande here in Texas, though. Such lovely images. ~ Angela

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Miimi, what exquisite shops! I love the antique mirrors. You make it sound all so very romantic!
As for spare time...nap!
Have a blessed Sunday,

Eileen said...

So many lovely things! Wandering around flea markets, fabric stores or bookstores is my idea of afternoon bliss. :)

Vær våken said...

So nice! I get this happy feeling looking at these photos! Like I'm travelling in history... In my last post I'm telling what I would like to do if I have a lot of free time. Have a lovely Sunday, Mimi!

Kristin :)

Vanessa&Denise said...

Your blog is pretty! i listen to music

come check out and follow my fashion blog!

Unknown said...

So lovely! If we get free time, Patsy and I snuggle in bed. I read, she sleeps :-)
Have a great week!

Flaviana said...

Bonjour Mimi
what beautiful and interesting boutiques!Love the atmosphere..My spare time is mostly dedicated to shopping or reading or blogging!
Bisous et bonne dimanche chérie
xx Flaviana

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Mimi

Thank you for your lovely comments.

My spare time would be used doing exactly the same, I love antique & Flea markets. I look forward to my next visit to France & Belgium..

Have a lovely weekend

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello,dear Mimi!-)*

I spend my free time for to reading books and wolking in the nature...but I wil much more free time,because here,in these wonder Blogland so much beautiful peoples,wich write so many whimsical things...and it cost you time!-)))*
Have a very nice day,my dear,dear friend!

Much Love,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh precious Mimi,

Free is so "expensive" and rare, that do you know, I just long for quiet!!!! That is what I do; I sit quietly with a book, or I draw, or go browsing like you, in ANTIQUE STORES!!!! Enjoy every moment, dearest! Bisous on this fine, Sunday afternoon! Anita

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

There aren't really any shops to browse in here in the little town in Maine where we live now, so when I have a free moment (which isn't often), I do like to be outside with my husband and take a walk.

Thank you so much for your visits!

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday there!

A bientôt!



I love to take in nature when I have free time. I try and create the moment by walking instead of taking public transportation and seeing what's out there. Living in Paris sometimes feels like a vacation when I discover boutiques, quaint little streets and shops or stumble across a beautiful garden or park.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful spots. Always a pleasure to see things through your eyes.

desde my ventana said...

Hi Mimi,
Free time is not easy to find but always possibly and the good ones you buy the best way of using it.
We wait impatient for this wonderful opportunity to buy....chez toi.
Have a lovely afternoon,

Hearts Turned said...

Oh, for more free time to see fabulous things like you shared today!

So glad I just found your lovely blog! I'll be back often...hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!

Tilly Rose said...

Beautiful piccies hunny!....looking forward to the new magazine too!
Karen x x x

Madelief said...

Hi Mimi,

What a delicious way to spend your free sunday. I went to a fair today, which was a great success; blue skies and lovely antiques and brocante!

Have a happy sunday evening!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Karena said...

Mimi, you have inspired me again!! I always love your images and positive outlook!

I have a new post up I think you will enjoy!

Art by Karena

Splenderosa said...

Love the music on your blog. How do you do that? And, antiquing is one of my favorite past-times as well. I've found amazing things to keep forever in these little places. Mimi, you always make my day. xx's

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh how I wish I could join you meandering around Paris. When we were there it was for such a short much to see WITH TOO LITTLE TIME!!

Blessings dear friend,


Daisy Reyes said...

My Queen congrats on your new venture of starting an on-line magazine!!! what a brilliant idea. I definitely missed this post by I am now all caught up on your new idea, as I read the post today! I know it will be a true success and I can contribute my stationery images and any articles of my work, oh and the boutique that carries my stationery can contribute too! La Dona Carmen is a boutique that specializes in event planning and carries luxurious items from Europe! Simply elegant and divine!

Now lets see... I spend my free time watching movies with Mr. La Petite Plume and my fabulous children and reading! I also love to ride around looking at new houses in beautiful towns, and antique shopping! I love to enjoy a nice glass of wine while I read too:) Fabulous post Queen Mimi!!

Royal wishes,

Jeanne Henriques said...

I think you have the perfect idea on the best way to spend free time Mimi. I am right behind you!!


Gaia said...

Free time... I love to nose around antique market, do craft things, visit vintage stores, visit my granny taht doesn't live in my city and stay with my mr B...

Have a great week!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Im sure you had a lovely day
Thanks for visiting me and for your sweet comments, I'll be certainly visiting again xx

Lancerika said...

Is minuit again,time to dream..
I`m enjoying looking at your
Petits trésors inside..
wishing you a belle semaine!
amour♥(appreciate your kindness)

Pratishtha Durga said...

Oh, free time! True, it's so hard to find time for yourself. But whatever free time I get, I usually spend it with my friends, cooking for them, or reading.

Chicago Chic said...

Is there anything better than browsing through antique shops?! I think not! :) That is exactly how I spend my free time as well, and of course stopping for some delicious treats as well....

Happy Monday Love! Really excited about the magazine....


ChYmEc!nDy** said...

Great post. i lie antiques.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mimi, antique shops are my favorite place to step in and dream. Unfortunately - those in which I can afford to buy do not have what I really want. And vice versa - the ones in which windows I see the gems and jewels of antique worlds are hardly affordable. But at least it is educating the taste and the ideas what to do for the case if I hit the lottery :-))
kind regards, Martina

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonjour Mimi, I like to leave through magazines, magazines and magazines!

Hope your week is off to a great start! xoxo

Libbie said...

Hi Mimi!

you need to know I am not nearly as interesting as Kate :) Not even close!!! But it is very nice to meet you!

Oh yes...I am craving a good antique shop right now. I have a little stash i have been saving up just for that but the shops close to home are not the best :) I think I will need to follow YOU around...looks fab!

Carole Poirot said...

Antique shops and markets, book shops, lazy lunch in the park and chats with my lovely man... Bliss. Love from London x

Haute World said...

Beautiful shots of the antique stores! I have yet to venture in many of them (though I live close to a few), but I do love admiring the crammed windows :) There is something very relaxing about rummaging through finds, especially when you know that most items will have a story to tell.

Hope you've been enjoying the wonderful sunny weather! My husband did very well at the marathon, but he's crazy enough to run another one in London this week ;-)

Gorgeous Glam said...

I love antiquing! One of my fav things to do with my mom and sister when I see them! xoxo

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Oh what lovely antique shops. I could spend hours just browsing.

Lovely photos.


Sherrie said...

I am so glad that you brought up your concept for the on line magazine again. I was wondering how it was going? I always stop by for a quick visit, to see the beautiful photos, the kind that I can't take, but love to see. How can you not take a photo where you are and not have it be beautiful. I enjoy strolling down the streets if only in my imagination. Thanks for allowing me to do so. By the way, I hope that folks don't get to bored with everything I will be showing for the Bridal Shower. I am having fun.

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour Mimi,
I love to shop in antique stores, it's one of mine and my husband's favourite things to do during the little free time we have! I wish I would have found that shop whilst in Paris.
I'm looking forward to the online magazine ~ I hope it's going well!
xoxo, B

Auntie Cake said...

I always am so delighted with your pictures! I spend my time reading, if I can't physically get carted away to magical places, at least I can mentally!

Have a lovely day!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Mimi,
What wonderful antique shops and, right on your doorstep as well. I have to travel a bit to find such lovely shops but, that's good, as if they were around the corner, I would be broke !! haha.
I seem to spend most of my free time on the computer, commenting !! This blogging takes up an awful lot of time, doesn't it ?
Have a lovely week. XXXX

Kisumumma said...

Free time..hmm.. I like follow blogs.
I love your blog and will come back to visit often.
Ihana blogi, paljon katsottavaa ja ihasteltavaa.

debra@dustjacket said...

Oh yes of course, I love to do that....wish the antique stores near me looked as fab as yours!

hugs DJ said...

I love the antique shops. If I had free time I would love to spend it in my studio or garden being creative. I always say that I wish I had one more day to the week to do that;)
Capers of the vintage vixens

Obee Designs said...

Bonjour Mimi!
I just love a great antique shop and these look lovely!! I find I have been having less and less free time lately. I'd like to refer to it as "precious time" these days. What I like to do in it is blog, create, shop (with my daughter, sister or friends) create, and look at decorating magazines, oh yes and NAP!!!
I hope you are having a wonderful day and may you squeeze in some free time too!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I love going out for a cappuccino with a a little free time!

lisa golightly said...

Let me say, if I were where you are, it would be the exact thing you did ! Flea markets, painting and chatting it up with a friend would be my top picks ! Love love your blog. lisa

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Mimi - truly a girl after my own heart ♥

Free time, well it's spent blogging it seems. Never, ever enough hours in the day. I need to step outside seriously / :

xx hope you have a glorious week!

Catherine said...

in my free time i like travelling, gardening and visit decoration shops, find new ideas in deco magazines.flea markets on Sundays.Wish you a nice week.Catherine

Chronicles of Dolliedaydream said...

What a heavenly day - we are hoping to visit a vintage fair at a local Mansion House this Sunday -I am so looking forward to it. Can't wait to hear more news about your exciting magazine project Mimi - have a lovely Parisian week xxx

Barb said...

Hi Mimi,

What a glorious day you must have had. Beautiful, inspiring photo's.

Can't wait to see your mag.

big hugs,

koralee said...

Free time...hummmm what's that????? I think I would sit in the sun and read....that would be my dream. Hugs to you my friend xoxo

Cathy said...

I would love to be browsing through those lovely shop in my spare time. Reading and working in my garden are two of my favorite pasttimes.

*Chic Provence* said...

Mimi, you describe my perfect few hours stolen from the duties of the day..bravo!



maría cecilia said...

Hola Mimi, so sorry to visit you back so late but the mega earthquake has turn everything down and upside down over here...
Your blog is a great and lovely one.. I think I was here before sometime and left a comment for you, well, never mind, it`s so great to browse through your blog and find so much inspiration and beautiful images.
Cariños desde Chile,
Maria Cecilia

Debra@CommonGround said...

My free time is spent like yours, but just not in quite the same spots. Flea markets and antique malls. Fun but unfortunately not the same amount of "ooh la la"!

Mimi Cooks said...

Mimi, what a nice way to spend a day!! glad you enjoyed it :)

Donatella said...

looks like you sure had some Ohh la la in your day... very lovely shop...going to ck out the post about the magazine(: havent seen it yet... been sick with the flu...

Unknown said...

Dear Mimi,what a wonderful post. I must say that I tryed to post my comments several times, but each time your Blog would give me an error. I decided to try today once again and so happy it looks like it is going to be posted.I love the way you spend your free time. I am ashamed to say I forgot what free time feels like. :-) When I do get lucky with some time to myself I love gardening, going for a walk with my dogs, reading and sleeping. :-)))I hope you had a wonderful week so far. :-)

Magdalena said...

Hi sweet Mimi Blue, What a lovely way to spend some precious moments of free time. Browsing through antique shops in Paris is one of my favorite things to do, if only I had more opportunities to do so.
I am looking forward to your magazine, I just know it will be you are!!

Kimmy said...

More than likely I would be doing the exact same thing you were doing, then stopping in for a quiet lunch in a bistro out of the way somewhere, perhaps even a visit to a little country house for tea! (squealing sharply!) And if I am really lucky, it will raining so I can skip through puddles with my newly acquired treasures while I whistle C'est si bon!
Cheers Mimi :-)

Carole Poirot said...

Bonjour Mimi, please pop over to my blog to pick up a little something... Love from London x

A Refocused Life said...


If I had even a few minutes of free time, I could be founds browsing through greenhouse garden shops. I would have said antiques stores, but I just don't have access to one like you imaged in your post...they must be fabulous. Have a wonderful week. Rita

Anonymous said...

A girl after my own heart :-) I love this kind of shopping.

TeriGigi/Girl Meets Paris said...

Where is this shop? I have been to the big flea market 3 times (north of Paris...can't spell it), but I would love to know of a few small shops I could explore that are more in the city... will be in Paris again this fall.

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Unknown said...

I just get out of the house and go window shopping :)

Thank you for linking to French Obsession. Love this!
Have a wonderful week my friend :)