24 October, 2014

Welcome to the New Callaloo Soup

Hello! Welcome to my new digs! I’m so happy today to finally unveil the new Callaloo Soup. And almost 9 years to the day that I started blogging too! When I made the move over to WordPress, I made one major change. I split my old blog into two sections for more clarity. If you’re here for the crafts, scrapbooking, DIYs and creative living inspiration, then head over to the Crafts and Creative Living tab. If you’re here to read about daily life, life in France and see photos, then the Blog section is for you. If you’re here for both, sweet! Can we be BFFs? The home page is where you will find links to all the parts of Callaloo Soup: the blog, the crafts and my shops, and will act as the hub of the site.

November Slow Reading at Callaloo Soup

To coincide with the launch of the new site, I am launching a project that is dear to my heart: slow reading. I have read a number of articles of late that confirm the importance of continuing to read books and articles on real, actual paper; and since I could feel myself drifting into being more of a Kindle reader, I am recommitting to reading a paper book for at least 30 minutes every day. Won’t you join me?

Once again, welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy the new space. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!


  • Love your new design, it’s just gorgeous!
    And, I only read real paper books. The girls read both on their Kindles and paper, but I just love the feel of the book, the paper, to see the text and the fonts…call me old, or old-fashioned, but that’s how I roll.

    • FrancineC

      Thank you Monika! I think it’s great that you resisted the Kindle. My official excuse is that it’s not that easy to get books in English here.

  • Congratulations sis! Love the new digs!! I read both paper and kindle but usually the Kindle when I am traveling. I mostly read paper books before bed and I am doing only paper books for my book club. šŸ™‚

    • FrancineC

      Thanks Vernie! I totally blame you for the fact that I have a Kindle! LOL!

  • Grace Howes

    Welcome to the WordPress family. Love your new site! When it comes to reading books, with these eyes of mine, it’s easier these days to read electronically cause I can increase font size but I “read” more audiobooks listening them to them as I work in my studio.

    • FrancineC

      Thanks cuz! I don’t know why it took me so long to switch! I hear ya on the eye thing, I need two lamps at night when I am reading on paper. lol I do need to make a trip to the Ophthalmologist though…..

  • Hello Francine

    Welcome to the world of WP.
    Thanks for putting up our Webify theme to such a good use. I like the customization you have done, color scheme and the images you have used.
    Wishing you good luck for your new project. Keep shining! šŸ™‚

    • FrancineC

      Thanks so much Puneet! I couldn’t have done it without your help!

  • Didi B.

    Francine your new set up looks Fantastic! i really like the idea of the Slow Reading Challenge. Good luck with everything! Oh and LOVE The Brief Wondrous Life of oscar Wao. i started 2014 with it and found it to be very original and culturally informative. I usually read paper books, but every now and then I read on my iPad. I usually do that when I don’t really want to own a book. Would you be interested in a few books as a gift? I’ve been culling and I would love to give them to someone who’d appreciate them. Happy reading….

    • FrancineC

      Thanks so much Didi! I am trying hard to tip the balance in my reading back to paper books. And thank you for the kind offer, I’ll drop you an e-mail. šŸ™‚

      • Didi B.

        Great will look for it!

  • Lovely redesign!

    • FrancineC

      Thank you!

  • elizabethrosemond

    The new site is beautiful Francine! I’ve been unhappy with my blog on Typepad for awhile now and I think you just gave me the nudge I needed to make a switch!

    • FrancineC

      Thanks Elizabeth! You won’t regret making the move girl. There is so much more versatility and lots of cool plugins for all sorts of functions. Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.

  • Just found your blog through a comment on Elise’s blog. Love the idea of slow reading. I’ve actually been pretty anti-ebooks, since I love reading from books so much. But I love that you’re getting your readers to do the same.

    I’m also a huge library fan and love to share the love of libraries (and books!). šŸ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by Lisa! I was pretty anti e-book too, but I grew weak. I totally limit it for my son though, I want him to discover books they way I did: by rifling through my parents’ bookshelves šŸ™‚ It seems to be working, he loves the library!