Friday, February 25, 2011

~My Friend Fifi O'Neill's New Book Romantic Praire Style~ And MY Porch Cover~

I think I start out almost everyone of my post with "I'm so excited"  BUT really I am!  My Friend Fifi's new book Romantic Prairie Style is so close to release.  If you haven't already done can pre-order it at Amazon here .  Also you can get a little preview of some of the pictures featured in the book on Fifi's blog post here.  Lots to drool over ladies!  Here is a picture of the cover...

You can visit Fifi's blog to learn more about her book, and if you have never visited her blog before...plan on an all day visit!!!  Here is the link to Fifi's blog.
Now for some other news, I would like to give a huge THANK YOU TO  Fifi O'Neill a contributing editor for Country Almanac Magazine,  along with Mark Lohman and Sunday Hendrickson for all their help and support in getting my porch on the cover!  Just arrived on the news stands this week!  I'm so honored and thrilled!  THANK YOU~THANK YOU~THANK YOU!!!  Here is a picture of the cover....
 There is also another picture on the inside on page 6...a little bit more styled.  We had so much fun shooting this cover!  Thank you again to all involved!  xokathee

Also if you get a chance go over to Dreamy Whites blog as she was not only featured in Fifi's new book, but also in Country Almanac Magazine!  Her blog is beautiful also!  Click here 

Linking to Cindy's Romantic Home~ Show and Tell Friday~ here.
Check out all the entries!  Thank you Cindy for hosting!   
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Linking to Feature yourself Friday here
Linking to Debra's Common Ground Vintage Inspiration FridayHere 

Friday, February 11, 2011

~Traveling to French Flea Markets with my French Ebay Friend Aline~

Imagine how excited I was to open an email from my friend Aline (my French Ebay friend) and it was all about her trip to the French Flea Markets.  Aline, always has the most beautiful items on her Ebay site bluecherry.  I met Aline 15 years ago while on my hunt for beautiful French Enamelware.  I found her enamelware to be the most beautiful of all the dealers on ebay.  I developed a wonderful relationship with her and her family over the years.  She has helped me purchase things from France where the dealer didn't speak English.  We have NEVER met in person, yet I think of her as a sister!  She always sends me pictures of wonderful French items that she knows I can't resist... here is her report to me...Thank you Aline for allowing me to share your story with my blog readers!

Last week-end, we drove to Provence for a full-3 days buying trip. We first stopped in Béziers where an antiques market takes place monthly.
There, we were welcome by a lot of cute musician cherubs and gorgeous garden furniture :
On our way to South, we stopped at Carpentras flea market where local people are allowed to display their goodies every Saturday.
you often can find there unexpected items such as factory furniture, 1950 kids shoes, gorgeous green glaze roof tiles
or... dried mushrooms with an incredible smell !!!

L'Isle sur la Sorgue always offers its charm and refreshing rivers.
Since the years 60's, this lovely little town has become  the third European platform for antique trade, behind Saint-Ouen and London.
Every year, at Easter (April 22nd to 25th) and mid August (13th to 15th), its International Fair gathers exhibitors coming from everywhere in France.
They offer a wide profusion of pieces from the expensive traditional Provençal furniture to the more kitsch items at 5 Euros...
Shops are full of floral enamelware coffee pots, wrought iron beds, riots of Provençal boutis quilts,
we even saw an antique 18th century carrosse !!!
Monday Fair in Avignon began at 8.00 AM with lots of avid dealers crowded against the fences,
temperature was only 24°F !!!
When the gates opened, every one went running to its favorite stand or simply treasure hunting for pleasure...
Now, we are thrilled to attend the next fair in April...
Aline knows what I love and knows how much I want to go to the French Flea Markets....can you tell.  Can you believe all this beautiful eye candy?
My favorites are the French quilts and of course the French enamelware!
If you are an Ebayer, than Aline's site is a must see!!!  She only sells the best of what France has to offer...and believe me the best quality!
Check out Aline's site bluecherry here
Thank you Aline for taking us on this incredible tour of French Flea Markets!  

Linking to Cindy's Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday here 

Linking to Kathleen's White Wednesday!  click here

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