Thursday, September 27, 2012

More From the French Brocantes

Good morning!  

I hope you are all having a great week!  The fall weather we are having here in the Midwest is glorious!!

I have been doing nothing but working on the SHOP lately, so I thought I would share some more photos of items I recently listed from the French brocantes :)

{Vintage French Grain Sacks}  more coming as well...French linen sheets too!

{Vintage French Water Bottles with Porcelain Tops}

{Vintage French Apothecary Jar with original label}

My garden is so happy with the cooler's been so nice to have fresh flowers right outside my door for my product shots.  Over the summer, the temps were so hot and dry that nothing in the garden looked good.  I hope this stretch of beautiful fall weather lasts!!

Enjoy your weekend ~


p.s.  the October issue of Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine will be here any day now!   Please head over to the SHOP to reserve your copy.

{Photo courtesy of Jeanne d' Arc}

It's less than a month until Creatively Made Home starts!

Monday, September 24, 2012


If you ever make it to Provence, I highly recommend signing up for a wine tour.  We checked all the recommendations in Rick Steves' France 2012 book and chose to schedule a half day private wine tour with Celine from Le Vin a la Bouche...and it was well worth it!

The day we went on our tour, the sun was blazing and we had been at the flea market all morning, so we were plenty ready to sample some wines! :)

We chose to tour wineries in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region...and let me just say, there are some seriously good wines produced in this area of France!!!

We completely lucked out while we were on one of our tours, because a truck filled with freshly picked grapes that had just been harvested pulled up and dropped them off only a few feet from where we were happily sipping some wine.  It was so cool to get to see what happens as grapes begin their process into becoming wine!

This large machine takes the grapes, strips them off the stems and then spits the stems out...sending the grapes on to be juiced...

All in all, it was a pretty fun way to spend the afternoon!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your evening ~

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Best of the French Brocantes... The Shop is open!

Good morning!

I have a peek into the SHOP for you this morning.  We worked hard at bringing home the best of the French brocantes for you!  And we tried to have a mix of the old favorites and some new and unique items as well!!  Like these wooden name markers from an 1800's French convent...

I love anything with the beautiful old script on it!  I have so much to share with, so I will keep it light on words and focus on the pictures :))

I have lots of vintage French bottles with their original labels still attached!  More coming this week.

I think that is a good sampling!  There is lots more in the Flea Market Finds section of the SHOP!!  

I have so much more still to photograph...linens, grain sacks, beautiful dishes, a French street sign, more stencils, bottles, and more...please continue to check back over the next several weeks!!!

I will continue to post a peek at new items on Facebook, so please join me over there!

Have a fabulous weekend ~


p.s.  I wanted to share the latest issue of Homebound ezine with you...Heather and crew have done an amazing job!!!  Check it out *HERE*

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Provence By Car

Hello!  I hope you all are having a wonderful week!!

I have started sorting through all of my photos from our trip to France and so I wanted to start sharing some of them with you.

We rented a little manual transmission Peugeot to drive around Provence.  I do not know how to drive "stick shift," and my husband had not driven a manual transmission car since he was in high school!  Needless to say, it was a bit of an experience, but we managed {mostly} :)

The roads in France are all very husband liked to joke that they were more like bicycle paths than roads!  Everyone drives quite fast and the roads are all curvy and winding...and, honestly, quite treacherous!!  I risked life and limb to hunt down the best brocante items for all of you :))

With all of the driving around Provence that we did, I was always hanging out the window taking photos or asking Steve to stop so that I could jump out and snap a quick picture.  So, today's post features some of the pictures I took while we drove about the Provencal countryside...

{I loved the olive groves in Saint-Remy-de-Provence}

Lavender season was long over by the time we made it to Provence, but when I spotted this beautiful field awash in a lavender hue, I had to jump out of the car and check it out!

I'm not quite sure what flower this even is, maybe statice?  It was very pretty though!

And, home base for us while we were in Provence, was at this beautiful, vintage stone farmhouse...

we loved our stay at Mas Du Petit Grava!

Breakfast was served outside and we also loved that spot under the tree for a glass {or two} of wine at night!  We enjoyed incredible weather while in Provence...mid-80's during the afternoon, but it always cooled off nicely by dinnertime and if was cool and quite comfortable in the mornings.

I will be back with more photos from our trip, but in the meantime, I'd love for you to join me on Facebook, as I do seem to be a bit quicker at posting pics over there :)

Enjoy the rest of your night!!