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October 28, 2010

A Cemetery Walking Tour

Our town cemetery

Not a spooky thing at all

 I love getting out in nature and walking around
taking in all the history

Brings back great memories of when I was a child
Walking with my grandparents, hearing stories
of many family members & friends I didn't
have the pleasure to know.

Beautiful works of art
the tombstones I'm sharing...


She holds a wreath and laurel* marks the stone

Let's take a walk up the hill, not scary... just peaceful

See the anchor?

Early Christians used the anchor as a disguised cross, and as a marker to guide the way to secret meeting places. 

A Christian symbol of hope, it is found as funerary symbolism in the art of the catacombs. Often set amongst rocks, it can also be an occupational symbol in sea-faring areas or the attribute of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of seamen, symbolized hope and steadfastness. 
An anchor with a broken chain stands for the cessation of life.  

Love the one below.
I photographed it just as found,
with leaves & an acorn just sitting as nature placed them for us.
Yes... Sacred memory

 Another place for a peaceful walk

Beautiful fleurs, I wonder who worked on this piece w/roses & glories
Ivy–friendship and immortality
*Laurel–worldly accomplishment and heroism
Lily–innocence and purity, the virgins’ flower
Morning glory–beginning of life
Oak, oak leaves, and acorn–power, authority, or victory (often seen on military tombs)
Palm branch–victory and rejoicing
Poppy–eternal sleep

More fleurs... a wreath with full rose buds

Love, beauty, hope, unfailing love, associated with the Virgin Mary, the "rose without thorns." A red rose symbolizes martyrdom and a white rose symbolizes purity and virginity. 

Whether the rose is a bud, flower or somewhere in between indicates how old the person was at the time of death:

Just a bud - normally a child 12 or under
Partial bloom - normally a teenager
Full bloom - normally in early/mid twenties. The deceased died in the prime of life
Rosebud, broken - life cut short, usually found with a young person's grave

Lady with cross

Beautiful tombstones, wouldn't you agree?

Hope you enjoyed this little tour and some of the meanings
of these beautiful markers.

Long mirror, little lights, chippy scrolls

May you have a lovely Halloween
Not spooky at all!

I'll be watching old fashioned Halloween movies...
the type I watched with my grandma on TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
and eating much popcorn & dark chocolate w/toffee pieces ~ yum!

What are your plans and do cemeteries
bring you comfort in people, places, things we've enjoyed
in our wonderful lifetime?

My husband has several days off so I'll see
you some time next week in-between
our little day adventures.

I plan on taking YOU along for field trips.

Happiness to you!

October 27, 2010

Come Visit my Guest Post

I'm off visiting a friend at her beautiful blog...

Sentimental Trinkets in Guest Room

Won't you come visit me 
over at Shabbyfufu?

I'm giving a little tour of My Petite Maison
where bits of the newly decorated side yard 
and bistro lights are in order there too!

See you there!

Happiness to you!

October 25, 2010

Loving the Fall

Just had to show you scenes from our fall days

I love this weather!  It rained so hard Saturday night,
the storm drain woke me up, it was delightful!

Bought a new, super fluffy comforter and the timing
was more than perfect for the cool rain. 

I could stay under the fluffy goodness
so spectacularly sweet all day and may 
just do that next Sunday for Halloween!
Pumpkin bread, pumpkins & Northern Spy apples on the porch
 I am loving this pumpkin bread from one of our local bakeries
Walked to pick it up Saturday morning along with one of my
addictions for the last couple months, apples!

Thought I'd be apple'd out by now but our local produce store
has so many kinds, it's hard to stop trying them one by one

The ones shown are Northern Spies
love the name and the taste

I swear, they are like perfume...
a bit tart but also sweet but not too sweet
and juicily good ;)

Pumpkin Bread, Jeanne d'Arc Living cheese dome, white pumpkins
 It was so beautiful last weekend, we sat on the porch and had a slice
of pumpkin bread toasted and our apples.

I had to bring out my Jeanne d'Arc Living cheese dome.
I love this piece.  It usually sits atop my pot rack that hangs
from the ceiling with tons of baskets but I just had to bring it
outside to enjoy as well with the French bakery board.

One of the best things on toasted pumpkin bread is Jimtown store
fig and olive spread
It's their version of a traditional olive tapenade and is so good!

Here's Jimtown's link (remember, I took you there for a field trip?)
but I bet you could get your local gourmet market to
order the spread for you so you don't have to buy four
containers at once... that's a lot of spread!

It is fantastic though... on everything!

We were working on the side yard Saturday a bit
and I didn't notice a thing different (well not too different)

Until Sunday when I walked through the gate...

My husband made me a little river rock heart
Oui, river rocks from the Russian River!

I love it and it's staying right there for good.

My daughter gave me the sweet little ferris wheel.
She brought it home from work for me.  As I understand it,
she got a fab deal and couldn't pass it up.  It's darling, non?

That's it for now.  Talk to you later in the week.

Happiness to you!


October 24, 2010

Cabbages and Roses Giveaway

One more giveaway to tell you about this evening

By the way...
Happy, dreamy, relaxing Sunday evening

Isn't Sunday night one of the best cozy times? 

My Petite Maison bistro chair, vintage French pots, vintage French wire basket, C&R mag ad

Speaking of cozyness 
C & R monthly giveaway...
I adore the Cabbages & Roses romantic style as I'm sure you do too.

C & R is holding their monthly giveaway:

Giving away an amazingly beautiful handmade item
(will leave you in suspense until you get to their blog)

The item is knitted in England with organic wool 
from sheep reared on 

Just click HERE to be transported

to Dreamville...

Please Note:  This giveaway ends 10.31.2010

Have a cozy, dreamy evening

~ Good luck et bonne chance ~

Happiness to you!

October 23, 2010

Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine Giveaway

Do you want a chance to have two lovely copies of Jeanne d'Arc Living
to place on your coffee or as we say here... espresso table?

If so... follow this link to Roberta's

She's having a giveaway for both copies
shown above

Images Courtesy
Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine

Happiness to you!

October 22, 2010

Let's Talk Bistro Lights (and such)

the topic is bistro lights here today/tonight
and my little outdoor area always, forever in the works

I have received so many requests about 
my little twinkling bistro lights and my area in the
back and side yards I'm almost speechless (almost!)

Thank YOU.

Always a work in progress,
a fun, hard working one!

But, still finding bits of glass, garbage 
 and such out back...

Even after years (can you believe it?)
Using a yard as a dumping ground?  Shame on folks for that! 

Back to the pleasant things...

I order my bistro light strings
at Party lights here
and order replacement bulbs at the same time
although I haven't had to use any of them yet.

Another thing I'm loving is the little battery powered "candles"
I've bought loads of them at Wal-Mart for a safe light source...

Here's a link for those as well
over at Amazon

If I forget they're on, it's no big deal...
have to look into recycling these though, 
although none have burned out yet.

They just make everything prettier

See... they're all around here:

Table top

Vintage planter

French glasses, hanging lamps and
French canning jars too!

And back to the bistro lights...
I can't begin to tell you how lovely they are 

in the rain

We've got that light dust of rain drops falling here today
and I'm busy taking photos for a very special post next week

Check back to see, I think you will like (a lot ;)

A couple last things here at My Petite Maison...

I'm planning on reading this lovely magazine
Gli speciali di Casa Chic
from cover to cover
under these rain dropped lights this weekend

so graciously sent to me from 
Tracey of French Larkspur

Just the way I like it...
pretty wrap, pretty notes...
pretty everything!

Merci beaucoup, Tracey

It is so inspiringly beautiful!
photos in magazine:  Tracey Leber

Tracey's got a beautiful shop that is so in
My Petite Maison's style!

Hope the sources help you and thank you
for all your emails about my lights

Can't wait to show you more...
That work always in progress!

Here's to wishing everyone 
a lovely weekend
filled with bistro light love!

The winners of my Petite Bohemian Giveaway
are Sheilla from Style de Bohême


Debbie of


Happiness to you
from My Petite Maison

October 12, 2010

The Beauty of Fifi O'Neill

beau·ti·ful  (byt-fl)
1. Having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sense of sight.
2. Excellent; wonderful.

You all know I think the entire universe and beyond of the talented, big-hearted Fifi O'Neill.

Fifi gave us a look at the cover of her highly anticipated (that's an understatement) book this
morning and announced that it is available for pre-order at Amazon.  If you're on any of my gift lists, this is what you'll be getting (no kidding here!).  I'm off to pre-order!

Please go wish Fifi 

congratulations ~ félicitations ~ complimenti ~ grattis ~ glückwünsche

Won't you?  ;)

You may pre-order the beautiful book HERE

I'll be back soon with the winner of my little giveaway.

Happiness to you!

October 5, 2010

Flea Market Inspiration ~ White Wednesday

Today I'm feeling inspired...

You too?
Beautiful pieces from last weekend's Alameda Antiques by the Bay
Just look at those beautiful skies above ~ a thing of beauty, a gift for certain!

Next stop...

Some gifts from the sea
This beautiful white (and non-white ;) coral was sitting atop vintage dresser

And last...

Something to lay our eyes on to step back
and appreciate its beauty
Lovely statue waiting to be set-up
I'm joining in White Wednesday this week at Kathleen's Faded Charm

Hope you're very inspired this day, 
this week, this month too!

If you haven't entered my 
Petite French Bohemian Giveaway 
you can enter HERE
(deadline Sunday, October 10th)

Gotta run!

Happy White Wednesday

Happiness to you!