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Eiffel Tower - Real & Faux

Monday, September 9, 2013

What one thing says Paris? 
la Tour Eiffel

A Moment in France

Is there anything more exciting than
seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time?

Then there is the excitement of going up the Eiffel Tower!

Impatiently waiting in the long line that
winds back and forth, back and forth, inching
forward little by little.

Looking up at the underside of the
beautiful ironwork...

Reaching the very top with the love of your life...
Nothing more romantic or memorable...
Feeling the brisk breeze, seeing all of Paris below you,
... far, far below you,
 excitedly pointing out landmarks,
wondering aloud to one another,
"Do you see that? Over there?"
as you point with your arm outstretched.
Faces turning toward each other,
laughing, smiling, eyes dancing, as you discover this
new world together.

On the first level above the street, the sights are
more recognizable, sounds from the River Seine and
the streets reach your ears.

Looking out over the Seine River and Paris...

So, my love for the Eiffel Tower began.
No two photos in today's post
were made at the same time.
They were lovingly collected over the years.
Similarly, I have collected other images of
la belle Tour. 

A few pieces in my collection
sit on my computer desk/hutch.

Nothing elaborate, or expensive.
A photo of friends with the Eiffel Tower
in the background...
A postcard from Paris in the colors I love...
A Traveler's Notebook with French trip travel notes...
A Christmas ornament from Target...
An imprinted sepia card...
A small signed engraved print bought from a
bookseller's stall along the Seine River...

Recently I made a small
bleu Eiffel Tower hanging tag
with my new French script rubber stamp,
an old favorite Eiffel Tower rubber stamp,
a small scrap of watercolor paper,
deckle-edge scissors,
a narrow white silk ribbon, and
a white hang tag.

Here's how you can make one, also.

Begin with stamping both sides of a white hang tag
using a French script rubber stamp.
Ink the edges.

Then stamp a small piece of watercolor paper
with an Eiffel Tower stamp.
Use a piece of watercolor paper
smaller than the hang tag.

Trim the edges of the Eiffel Tower stamped
watercolor paper with deckle-edged scissors.
 My favorite crafting scissors.

Glue the Eiffel Tower to
the hang tag, but leave
the edges free for a 3-D effect.

Attach a narrow silk ribbon.


So simple, yet so français...

Golden moments and golden memories...
the real thing.

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  1. Love Paris !!...have a nice week Ria...x !

  2. I agree - there's nothing like standing on top of the Eiffel Tower - the year we did it the lights all came on as we reached the top - complete magic!!!
    Love your tag !!!

  3. Just lovely, Judith! I may never see the Eiffel Tower in person, but love seeing photos of it and, I have to admit, I own a few Eiffel Tower pieces, both things that have a drawing or photo of it or little replicas I find. I bought one a couple of weeks ago that is a Christmas ornament that is different from the other ones I have. Thank you for sharing!

  4. You make it sound so easy, but I think it would take me some effort to achieve anything half so pretty. My daughter loves Paris - always has - so a few of these tags would be a great gift for her.

  5. Lovely idea, Judith. I have a French script stamp and of course, I have the Eiffel Tower too. My little grouping of Eiffel Tower memorabilia sits on a shelf in my office. My first time up to the top was in the 80s on my first trip to Paris. I'll never forget the magic of being at the top. Seeing your photos makes me want to pull together some I've taken though the years too. I must do that!

  6. Judith, Love all your beautiful photos of the Eiffel Tower. What wonderful memories you have. My daughter just came back and couldn't stop talking about the view and how beautiful the lights look at night. I have been to Paris twice and loved it. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your tag too! I don't think I could ever get enough things from France...Happy Tuesday!! Thanks also for stopping by with your wonderful comment.


  7. When I saw your Eiffel tower on the blog roll of creative ideas, couldn't help to visit you because first of all I'm French and secondly, my last post is about my Eiffel tower collections and one of my shabby Eiffel tower paintings !!! So I'm very happy you love PARIS so much !!

    xoxo from PARIS sous la pluie


  8. I would love to visit Paris and the Eiffel Tower! Thanks for taking us along with you!

  9. Judith, I remember seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time and being amazed at the size of it! And even though it is so enormous it still has a delicate and graceful appearance. I just found some pasta shaped like little tiny Eiffel Towers and can't wait to try it! Linda

  10. I'm so envious that you have seen the Eiffel tower so many times! I've only been once, and it was wonderful! It will not be my only time because that's when my love of France started, too. It's truly a magical place that just captures your heart and won't let it go!

  11. Hi Judith, I had a rather unexpected trip to Paris with only a few days notice to accompany my husband on a business trip many years ago. It was a great time to just about a week before we would be celebrating Thanksgiving in the USA. We chose to take a bus tour on the weekend so that we would get an overview of the city. Unfortunately, there was an unexpected hail storm just as we arrived at The Eiffel Tower. For those who have never been and have a brief amount of time, I highly recommend the bus tour. My favorite shop was the LaLique Crystal, and the one shop I gave my husband a list to return the following year. We were at Notre Dame during worship. It is a great city and one I hope to return to someday soon. Thanks for reminding me of the great time we had. Helen

  12. I have been to Paris twice, at age 17 and 44! The city and it's lights are magic! I have a photograph of two of my girlfriends and myself in front of the tower in 1969. You have inspired me to find it at frame it! When I do, I will post it and give you a shout out!

    La botanique bleu tag Eiffel est parfait!

  13. I really like your rubber stamp tag. It is so adorable and would embellish a myriad of things. How large of an eiffel tower stamp do you think could be gotten? My 6 yr. old grandson travels the world everyday through his maps, globe and books about different countries all over the world. He has been fascinated by world geography for the past 2 years (yes, at his young age!), he is an early and prolific reader and has a bedroom decorated with maps of different countries, prints of the seven wonders, etc. I have an idea for something to add to his room, but I would need a bit larger stamp. If you know of one, I'd appreciate!

    1. Judy, since you are a "no-reply" email, and your profile on blogger does not list a way to email you, this is the only way for me to respond. If you need an Eiffel Tower that is as large as 8.5"x11" or bigger, you probably would have better luck using an Eiffel Tower graphic from The Graphics Fairy rather than a rubber stamp. The Graphics Fairy site also has a link to tutorials on how to transfer images using her downloads.

      Hope this helps a little...


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