Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Brocante Treasures

This past weekend I got to go on a couple of great shopping adventures.  Saturday morning I made it to the Porte de Vanves and Sunday was a Brocante at a local village.  The Porte de Vanves was great as usual, but the brocante stole the show this time around when it comes to deals.   Both shopping trips were planned so that I could go and help show some friends around the markets.  I have spent a significant amount of time maneuvering my way around the different shopping experiences here.  It was fun to share what I have learned with friends and help them find treasures of their own.
Here are a few of my new treasures.
Yes, my tea tasted better out of this beautiful cup.  The cup and saucer were made in Japan and the edge of the cup is amazingly delicate.  

I have amassed quite the collection of copper since moving to France.  This was my latest addition, the utensils inside are so fun!

I have a new appreciation for copper. This was my find of the day. #france #brocante #vintage #copper #cuivre

Here is my giant new Le Creuset dutch oven.  I found this at the local brocante and I am so glad i had my rolling market bag with me.  It is so heavy there is no way I could have carried it with everything else i got that day.  I am trying to decide what to make first.

I was trying to set up a few things for a photo op and my helper came in to tweak a few things.

This is an aluminum suit case, a demi john from the 1960s, my very first demi john,  and a rusty old French typewriter.

This little guy is getting so big!  Less than 2 weeks until he turns 1.

His hair is too much, I love it.

I hope your week is getting off to a good start.  I am starting the week off with a sick kiddo, it can only go up from here.  

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10 on 10 October, kind of

I had every intention of doing 10 on 10 last Friday.  I even lugged my camera across Paris so I could take photos.  Unfortunately I ended up having such a busy day I didn't have time to eat lunch, let alone take pictures.  I was a good day though and I will share what I have.

The GPS was loaded up and ready to take me into the city.

Malachi fell asleep on the way there and got a decent morning nap in.  

This is where my parking garage was, just across the street from Les Invalides.  The amazing views and rich history are balanced with the parking garage with out a single elevator.  I was a lot less impressed with the sights when I had to carry my baby, stroller, and all of my MOPS stuff up 2 flights of stairs.  

This is the first year of MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, here in Paris.  You can find us on Facebook at MOPS Paris.  We have a great, small group of english speaking ladies that meet once a month at the American Church in Paris.  We meet in the catacombs and this was my view during our discussion.  I know how lucky I am to get to live in an amazing country and still have the ability to meet with and be encouraged by other believers.

And from there my day became a race from place to place.  As each of my kiddos get bigger their schedules get busier and busier.  I hope I can keep up!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mon Garde-Manger

I found this great garde-manger or food keeper in a little shop in Honfleur during my brocante tour with Cat, from Rabbit Hill Farms.  We had seen a similar piece earlier, but the color of this one just made my day. 

I brought it home and found several pieces that I have collected that were the same color. 

It is interesting when you start collecting.  I have been collecting anything and everything as I travel around Europe.  I don't have this color any where else in my house.  I obviously need to find a place for it because I seem to enjoy it.  

Right now it has a place of honor in the living room and every time I walk by it I smile.  Isn't that what all of these beautiful things are for? 

I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Welcome Fall to Paris

Bonjour, the temperatures are finally cooling down here in Paris and fall is here.   

This is our dining area with places all set for a fall table.

I found these plates while on the brocante tour a couple of weeks ago.  When I first saw the stack of plates there was a rabbit on the top plate.  My mind immediately went to Easter, but as I looked through the rest of the plates I saw much more fall inspiration, there is a stag, a boar, a pheasant, and the rabbit.

The vintage French canning jar is filled with pinecones and chestnuts that the kids have collected for me.

The orange books have a deer and a shotgun on the side, those were a recent find from the Foire de Chatou.  

I love the scale of my toy horse on top of my black hutch from Norway.

And just around the corner is the our fall mantle.

I hope you are having a beautiful fall.  

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vintage Shopping List and Super Fun Finds

When you go vintage shopping it can be fun to go with a list and try and find specific items.  I was lucky enough to have 2 amazing shopping experiences this weekend.  Friday was the opening day of the Foire de Chatou, a 700 vendor event just outside of Paris.  My shopping buddy and I headed over for a quick trip and lunch.  

On my list was a vintage bottle drying rack.  I know they have been around for a while, but I still wanted one to work with.  I found a couple of smaller ones, but nothing that stopped me in my tracks.  Then I saw this giant.  I was told it is about 50 years old, but it is great condition.  I walked away to think about it, I was going to eat lunch before making a decision.  On the way to lunch I couldn't help myself, I had to go back and make sure I got it.  I am still deciding how I am going to style it, but you can be sure you will see more of this guy.

The other thing on my list was something enamelware.  I saw several pieces, perfectly nice pitchers, but nothing extraordinary in design or price.  Then I saw this guy.  This is a large round bowl with handles and lid.  At first I thought it was porcelain, but when I picked it up and it was metal I was hooked.  I picked it up and walked around the booth.  I always like to see if I can find more than one thing to make negotiating more fun.  I didn't find anything else, but I was okay with paying the price the seller had set.  I realize that going on the first day puts you as the buyer at a disadvantage, but the items I bought were decent prices and unique items.  I am planning on going back to the Foire de Chatou towards the end of the event, that is when I will hopefully get better prices on a few more things.  

The second amazing shopping experience this weekend was a day with a professional, Cat from Rabbit Hill.  Getting to meet a blogger you follow is a funny experience.  I had contacted Cat about attending a day of shopping with her.  My shopping buddies and I headed out to the coast of France before the sun was up on Saturday morning.  Meeting Cat and her husband was such a great experience.  We got to visit a brocante, a few stores and an auction house.  We had a delicious lunch in a picturesque French town and learned a few new things about treasures that we love.   

One of the first things on my list was a vintage toy rocking horse.  I was inspired most recently by Holly Mathis, and a living room she did for a client.  I saw many horses that I loved, but they were all 
200 + euros!  I wanted a horse, but not that badly.  I found this little guy at the end of the day and he fit my needs just fine.  
The suitcase is a new find as well, the best thing about the suitcase were the beautiful vintage linens it was filled with when I brought it home.

Here is a sampling of some of the linen I brought back this time, vintage torchon or kitchen towels, hand embroidered pieces and antique linen sheets.  I have quite a few more pieces and I am loving all of the linen white loveliness around my house.

One of my unique pieces from the day was my green garde-manger, or food keeper.  This would be similar to a pie safe.  

This piece of French newspaper is still stuck to the bottom of the inside.

I love this sweet little piece and shelf inside. 

Vintage shopping is fun because you never know what you are going to find, but I have been surprised that when I go with a list in mind I am almost always able to find what I am looking for.  

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy Sunday

Sunday evening photos.  I have been working on my fall mantel.  The tiny print at the bottom is the potato harvest.  I am enjoying the different metals, my vintage books, and some of my doilies.  I have found almost all of these items in the last month, I have been having fun!

Our sweet Malachi loves being outside.  

Garrett is so over me taking pictures of him.  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Picking Apples in Paris

This week I got to go on a field trip  with my son Bennett.  The field trip was to Les Fermes de Gally.  This farm is outside of Paris, not far from Versailles and it is amazing.  

The apple orchards were so beautiful in the hazy morning light.

I did have my little helper here with me.

This is a popular destination for schools, I saw at least 6 buses unload before 10.  The little French children were so cute all bundled up in their jackets and scarves.

I met up with Ben's class in the main farm area.  When did he get so grown up?

The kids got to go through the process of washing, grinding and pressing apples to make apple juice.  

They do a great job with their class, each of the students got to do each job.

My little trooper was so tired, but he hung in there.

I loved the decorations around the teaching area, they have a gorgeous white farmhouse table with nice long benches.  These crates were a great color.   

They had these amazing vintage teaching posters all over the farm.  I am on the look out for similar pieces this weekend at the brocante I am visiting.

The apple juice was ready!  They had enough for everyone to taste,

even Malachi got a taste.

He was a big fan.

Outside we got to meet a few animals.  The kids got to pet a bunny and then they met this 36 year old donkey.  There were pigs and lots of chickens too.

At first I thought this was just an unfortunate chicken that had had a rough encounter.  But later I saw several more with the exact same 'issues'.  This breed of chicken just doesn't have feathers on its neck apparently.  

Next we walked out by a couple of ponies, cows, the sheep and then the goats.  This view was just gorgeous.  I am not sure how long this farm has been here, but I am sure it has been a while.

We got to walk through the pen with the sheep, but there was only one we could touch.  These three were so cozy.

These three had their noses touching.

This was the sheep, Dulce, that we were allowed to pet.  Dulce means sweet in French and this sheep lived up to his name.  

Next was the goat pen.  

This goat cracked me up, every time he 'yelled' he stuck his tongue out.  

The goats were a cuddly bunch.  The baby goats were a big hit with all of the kids.

Malachi wasn't sure what he thought about all the goats at first.  

Then the goats came up to him and started to nibble and he decided he liked them much better from up high.  

From there we went back through the chicken area, I love this green cart.

This guy was quite fancy.

While the kids finished their lunches I headed into the shop they have on site.  This shop is quite amazing.  

I was recommended to try one of these potimarron.  Apparently it has a chestnut like flavor.

I also got a butternut squash.

The displays were beautiful.

I am looking forward to going back for pumpkins soon.

Next it was time to pick some apples.  During the 2 minute ride down the road Malachi was out.  This little guy loves his naps, but he also loves to be on the go.

Here is a board with all of the fruits, vegetables, and flowers that you can pick.  This farm really is quite amazing.  There are wheelbarrows you can use while gathering your produce.  

There are bags and these crates around the property so that you can collect your produce.

The apples were gorgeous and plentiful.

They had several varieties ready to pick.

They had each row labeled with what variety was growing there and a small description.

Ben was so tired by the end of the day, but it was so worth it.  Now I am getting ready to do some more baking with all my apples.   

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