Monday, August 31, 2015

Wanderlust - Normandy

For our yearly inspirational Summer road trip we went to France this year. We wanted to explore the coast of Normandy. As always we used Home Away to find a place to stay. Perfectly located so we could explore the whole coast line all the way up to Cherbourg.

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

We choose Ranville as our base location. Located near cities like Caen but also near the beaches. We've found a lovely cottage in Ranville that would be our home away from home. From all the homes we stayed at the last 5 years using Home Away it is fair to say that this cottage was the best. The area is peaceful and we enjoyed the company of the very friendly neighborhood cat. It is a cottage that combined the old with the new perfectly. The hospitality of our hostess Cécile Michel was also very good. We really felt at home there. I highly recommend this cottage if you are planning to stay in Normandy.

So what did we do? We usually visit a lot of museums but this time we only visited three. Mainly because we felt that most museums were tourist traps. High prices, way too many tourists and a lot of the same things. So instead we enjoyed the views that the landscape had to offer us and went to the beaches where a lot of history can be found. Below a few photo impressions of my stay in Normandy.

COLOR INSPIRATION: 
Blue, Yellow, Green & Grey
-The blue from the sea and sky on a sunny day, the green and yellow from the grass fields... combine that with the grey from the dramatic skies and the concrete elements found at the beaches. Beautiful!!

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

THE BEACHES: 
Utah beach, Omaha Beach, Juno beach, Sword beach
- Remains and memorials of the WOII can be found on every beach.

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

OLD TOWNS: 
Honfleur, Deauville, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Balleroy
- Nice historic towns. Each town has its own character. Honfleur is a harbour town and has a very beautiful church. Deauville is a beach town with history. Sainte-Mere-Eglise is a town mainly known for WOII. Balleroy has a lovely chateau.


The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa


MUSEUMS: 
Caen memorial museum, La Cité de la Mer Cherbourg
- Both museums were disappointing. They were mainly tourist attractions.

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

The Oneyes Blog - Normandy
Photograph © Marianne Roosa

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New custom mini tea!

A new custom mini Tea is now available at my Etsy shop: 'Blue Mitted Kitty'. This Kitty is in the same style as my previous customs for the Les Miaows series. Although I like making animal inspired custom mini Teas my next mini Tea will be something completely different. You might have seen him already in my work in progress photos. I don't know when he will be finished because right now I am working on a custom project for Martian Toys. Talking about Martian Toys... They rock! They will be present at New York Comic Con, Designer Con and next years Toycon UK.

The Oneyes Blog - Custom mini tea
Design and Photography: © Marianne Roosa

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New custom Scavenger!

The Scavengers by Kathie Olivas were the first art toys that I wanted to customize. I like the shape, the size and they inspire the darker side in me. So I created 'The Shadow Creatures', surreal creatures that live in the Shadow Forrest of the hereafter. This 'Milo' figure is part of the Shadow Creatures series and is now available in my Etsy shop. I still have a few Scavengers for customizing so you can expect a few more during the coming months.

The Oneyes Blog - Custom Scavengers
Design and Photography: © Marianne Roosa

Monday, July 6, 2015

New custom mini Tea!

If you have been reading this blog then you will already know that I am working on creating some new custom toys. The first of the custom mini Tea's is now available at my Etsy Shop. As you can see this design is inspired by one of my favorite dogs...a Boston Terrier. I didn't want to make the design too cute so I added two big eyebrows to give him a little bit of an angry look. I hope you will like the design. More custom mini Tea's follow soon.

The Oneyes blog - Custom Mini Tea
Design and Photography: © Marianne Roosa