mum’s the word…
Posted in paris: made by hand May 9th, 2009 by piablog

In the lead up to mother’s day when I had my homeware boutique (eons ago), I had a signwriter write on the window “mum’s the word”. Then, written on my cafe window which was on the next pararellel street, I had written “yum’s the word”. I thought that was really clever, even though no one seemed to notice.

This year I say, how about a lovely book, a little bunch of peonies and yummy breakfast for your mum on sunday?

Kimberly from the gorgeous blog mimi charmante suggested to her readers that Paris: Made By Hand would make a great mother’s day gift. And I thought, yeah what a great idea! So thank you dear Kimberly for suggesting this.

I now have a list as long as my arm of independent bookstores in various states in the US that I haven’t yet been able to update on the book’s webpage, so if you leave a comment on this post asking for your local stockists, I shall reply.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there, that includes you mum!!


PS I received an awesome email this morning from my dear friend michi, in Sydney, who had ordered my book as soon as she found out it was available. The email said “… your book arrived!!” and there was a photo of her holding it, with a huge smile on her face. I was totally chuffed.

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  1. Maia says

    Any in Colorado?

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  2. Claire says

    Pia, I received your book today and even just flipping through it quickly before I went out I was so happy to see that along with places I know and love, there are plenty of places I DIDn’t know of – (this has never happened before when I’ve bought a Paris book about places you can buy things!) so I am off to bed to have a proper read and make notes for my next Paris trip…yay…it’s really a lovely book, really gorge.x

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  3. pia says

    claire- thank you, this is exactly what i was hoping to achieve – a collection of atelier/boutiques with lots of surprises for Paris-dwellers and non-Paris-dwellers alike. yay! thank you so much for this feedback.

    maia – yes! here are two: in aspen, colorado in denver, colorado.


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  4. heidi says

    what lovely mother’s day sentiment! Going to check out the book now….

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  5. Denise says

    I just ordered your book…I went to Barnes And Noble and they didnt have any in stock..only in the warehouse!…by the way..I LOVE your blog!!!!

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  6. pam robinson says

    lovvve your blog… so glad i found you!

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  7. bronwyn says

    Congratulations on the book! Is it available in San Francisco?

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  8. bronwyn says

    Oh, and PS – “mum’s the word” and “yum’s the word” – too cute!

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  9. pia says

    thank you bronywn! i’m glad someone thinks so 🙂

    In San Fran: – that store looks gorgeous!!

    pam – yay!! thank you, i’m glad you found me too.

    Denise – perhaps it had sold out! oh I can dream. thank you so much.

    Heidi – please do!


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  10. Pippa Rex says

    Pia – Is there a blog left that hasn’t written about you this week. Everywhere I look – there you are and I am sooo proud of you. It is rare to find somebody with talent, ambition and genorosity of spirit all wrapped up together in a parcel as beautiful as you. I know that writing this book took alot of hours spent alone planning and dreaming and hoping and I am so happy for you that you put in the effort that we can all enjoy.
    All the hearts wander towards you.

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  11. Michelle says

    where did you get that little cat on the cover? I heart him. Thank you. I can’t wait to find your book. Nobody had it in Seattle. Take care and best wishes!

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  12. elle moss says

    I want that book!!!

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  13. Victoria says

    Hi Pia,
    I cant wait to read your book, do you have any stockists in Melbourne yet?

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

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  14. nadia says

    Dear Pia,

    how lovely this all is. I shall pick it up at a bookstore as soon as i find it at an independent seller! I can not wait to have some of your work at my finger tips.

    i do think it was clever, it also reminds of places i have owned and how at some moments i miss the bliss that came with owning my shops and cafe-

    take care pia, what a wonderful time this is.

    ps. we visited a house boat yesterday- it needs work! but i thought about you!

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  15. shereen says

    pia, i received my copy today!!! and i absolutely love it!! well done and thanks for making my day!

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  16. Jennifer says

    My Mom loved your book. It was the perfect gift for mother’s day. She said she read it all afternoon after we all made breakfast together. Thanks so much!!!!

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  17. Jennifer says

    P.S. I got the copy for my mother from the website you posted and it arrived very quickly, maybe a couple of days.

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  18. Hello Sandwich says

    oh my goodness! That sounds so cute – Michi and her photo!
    Your book looks amazing! So much so I emailed our team to ask if we would like to photograph it for our magazine and I had a reply email to say that it was photographed at our studio today for possible inclusion! yay!
    Congratulations on a gorgeous looking book!
    Love Love
    Hello Sandwich

    May 12th, 2009 | #

  19. Slices of Beauty says

    Congrats once again Pia.

    How about London?

    May 14th, 2009 | #

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