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January 26, 2011

Inspiration and a Few Other Lovely Things {Giveaway}

I've been working this week in my outdoor studio
a place where there was once no vision but now
with a little (a lot) of hard work, anything can happen.

Working with my head in the clouds

Flea Market Find • Madonna in bed of Roses •
 Wanted to show you what I created
with my flea market find from
last summer

I put this beautiful Madonna 
in an old French Flower Market Container

I just  l-o-v-e  the way
it turned out

My little hardware store gazebo
is turning into my own masterpiece
with flea market goods from France

... And I thought I didn't have anything
to work with in my weed filled backyard
(make that fleurs & plants filled backyard now ;)

Hard work, flea market scouring
and the love of creating a special place
for myself to dream!

I want to take a minute to show you
my beautiful flower arrangement my husband
gave me for my birthday too

he picked out the French crate and my friend, Barbara
created the fleur arrangement in her shop, Uniquely Chic

Birthday flower arrangement from my love

 I am also so blessed to have blog friends
which I cherish and respect to no end.
I received the current dreamy
Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine
as a gift 
 from sweet Roberta of Tresor Trouve ~
Enchanted Treasures

Thank you, Roberta for keeping me supplied
with my lovely addiction of JdA Living magazine!

If you're looking for a copy of JdA Living
from her shop, you may click  HERE


The beautifully inspiring
Maison Chic Magazine
was gifted to me by none other
than the exquisite Janet of Shabbyfufu

From what I understand, the magazine

arrived right off the plane 

from my heart loved place... France
Photos Courtesy:  Maison Chic Magazine

Isn't it quite beautiful?
You can realize decorating
in this form... forme français.

Merci... cher ami, Janet!


last of all

I'm having another 

All Things French 
My Petite Maison Giveaway

All you need to do is go to my shop
and tell me which item is your favorite

 if you don't follow my blog yet, please follow along
for the French flea market way of life, of course!

Okay... let me know, which is your fav?

How about this French Pie Safe? ... Just click above photo to visit store

Specializing in French Nordic Style

I'm giving away:

A favorite store item...
Vintage French Cornichon Jar
filled with Lavender tea from Marseille, France 

Vintage French Rosary

My favorite organic lip balm
from Melvita Cosmetics in France
My favorite figue candle from France
All Things French • My Petite Maison • Giveaway

the next issue of JdA Living magazine

Photo Courtesy:  JdA Living Magazine

That's it!  If you want to spread the word, I'll throw your name
in the hat again, just let me know by separate comment, please.

Giveaway ends February 3, 2011

So, that's it for now...

Will be out at Alameda this weekend
and expecting a few parcels from France soon.

Covered much today... thank you for all your kind comments
and emails.  I truly appreciate it with my entire heart!

Remember, you can do anything if you set your mind to it
even if you have a weed filled backyard as I once did...

My outdoor studio garden table ~ French rosary

so love it now!

As always...
Loving all things French
Happiness to you


Pattie said...

It always puts me in a good mood to read and look at what you post.What a way to end my day.


Marie Antionette said...

First of all...Happy Belated Birthday Dear One!!!
Your Madonna is just so beautiful. So lovely Tracie. You did an outstanding job on her.
All your gifts are devine.The crate with your adorable hubbie's flowers are just amazing.How sweet.
You take care and May God grant you many more wonderful birthdays,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Marie Antionette said...

Its me again hon,I'm going to my blog right now and alert everyone to your give away. We all know what loveies you alway give,
XXOO Marie Antionette

La Table De Nana said...

Always a pleasure to visit..How sweet of your husband..

Happy Birthday all year long..
This was very very sweet.Thank you.

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

FaVoRite Pics: The Large Chippy Galvanized Flower Bucket of sort and the lovely Vintage Lace Curtain Panel... YOU are soooo lucky to shop the French Flea Markets... Thanks for sharing your FinDs on Etsy...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Alice W. said...

Oh how I love what you did with your beautiful Madonna! Absolutely gorgeous. Wish I could visit your little piece of heaven in person. I just ordered that Jeanne d'arc and the new one {children's bedrooms ;)}. The other magazine you received looks fabulous...lucky you!

I of course love all of the items from your shop and how well stocked it is getting on Etsy! Love it! I could never pick just one as a favorite but tonight your chippy grate caught my eye...what a beauty!

Ozma of Odds said...

...Happiest belated Birthday sweets!! love, Love, LOVE your french flower pot Madonna!!!
~ also the most, fabulous ~ Happy Birthday My Love, flower arrangement ~ EVER!!
And hello, choose only one thing in your shop that is my fav???
How 'bout my top 3??
*french Madonna and child
*french wire basket
*crystal lightbulb cover

wishing you a most awesome year, my dear!
xo, Rosemary

Theresa said...

Oh so much to comment on here... Happy Birthday Tracie! The Madonna in the galvonized bucket is really beautiful! The flowers from your hubby are such a thoughtful gift, him picking out a french container for them was so sweet.
and your giveaway... oooolala! I will get right over and pick a fav. Thanks for the chance! Theresa xoxo

Theresa said...

Well, the St. Therese of course! Truly you have so many fabulous treasures in there, Theresa xoxo

Bella said...

Hello Tracie,
Happy belated birthday to you:-)
Your post is loaded with beauty, I do love the flower pot of roses the best though :-) Gorgeous!

Shabbyfufu said...

Oh dear lovely your arrangement is, what a talent you have for putting things together! Maybe you should take that weed filled yard and open up a fleur shop back there!
Just gorgeous and I love it all...the arrangement from your friends shop is superb.

Your Etsy shop is so well stocked, yes indeed. I love it all...those Alameda flea markets have me green with envy! If I had to choose one favorite it would be the pale bleu enamelware pitcher....just my color!

So glad that you had a wonderful birthday, and wishing you a fabulous and inspiring year ahead.
Love you dear friend....Janet

Blondie's Journal said...

Your Madonna is just lovely in the galvanized did a fabulous job on that, Tracie! And your husband certainly knows your taste by having that crate arranged so beautifully. I've never seen anything like it! And a belated Happy Birthday to you! Love all the sweet gifts you received as well. I have never seen Jeanne d'Arc magazine in person, just on blogs. It looks wonderful and inspiring!

I loved browsing your shop. Everything is fantastic but I would take that French Wire Basket in a heartbeat! Thanks for a great giveaway!


ang diehl said...

Happy Birthday sweet Tracie. Your husband sounds like such a gem...what a special flower arrangement.

How sweet of you to gift a lucky reader for your birthday.

P.S. luv the chippy white French trivet in your shoppe =)

she dreams big! said...

Here it is, your birthday, and you treat us with a giveaway. A fantastic giveaway! I'm loving the French iron gate piece - I can just picture it on my wall. I like all things quirky!

Hope your special day was everything you hoped!

she dreams big! said...

I'm a very happy follower! This is one of my favorite places to visit!

My Grama's Soul said...

Looks like you received some special things for your sweet spot! Perhaps you might be able to show us the finished product in one of your future posts.



she dreams big! said...

I'm happy to give you a shout out on my sidebar!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I love what you did in your garden it's fabulous! Your flowers from your Mr. are beautiful! Happy Late B-day! I too got an Mg I bought from shabbyfufu from france, love it! I am already a follower I enjoy your blog often and my favorite item in your shop is hmmmm so hard you have so many lovely items, it would have to be the enamel pitcher even though that pie safe is so yummy! ~Cheers Kim

Barbara Jean said...

Beautiful post!!

Your first piece you put together is so wonderful! Just a charming piece.

Sweet arrangement from your husband.

Blessings, and late birthday hugs

barbara jean

cottageprims said...

So many beautiful things in the shop added it to my favorites.I adore the pie safe and Enamel Pitcher.So lucky to have a husband so thoughtfull of you.Happy belated Birthday! Warm Blessings!~Amy

robyn said...

Tracie, your Madonna looks RESPLENDANT! Your husband is obviously incredibly sweet and a definate keeper! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! ...going to check out your shop now! That's a FUN gorgeous give away~!

robyn said...

I'm so very IN LOVE with so many things in your delightful shoppe! I wish I had several hundred dollars to spend there! LOVE love love and covet the chippy stool, the metal grate the pickle jar and the enamel pitchers!

Sandi said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar Tracie! Love all the goodies and keeping my fingers crossed! (and my toes too!!)

Sandi said...

Hi Tracie,
So sorry I missed your birthday! I do hope it was a happy one and that you are blessed with many more!
My favorite item in your shop is the French Jardiniere with the white roses along with the french opera glasses. (among other things. lol.) Happy day!

Leslie said...

I peek daily at your blog but only became a follower today...yes french at heart I am...that is in the decorating sense...we are drawn to different things but the iron soap dish on etsy took my breathe away...that's what I love.Its simple beauty does the trick for me....

Karen Valentine said...

Happy Belated Birthday Tracie! I am just blown away by that amazing arrangement your husband and your friend created for you! He must have a picked up a few things from your wonderfully creative eye as that container is tre' perfect! lol.
Have a beautiful day my friend.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

happy belated B-day, my friend!
What beautiful flowers your hubby got your for your B-day, Tracie!! Love the magazine your friend sent you... so lovely!
How generous of you to have such a beautiful giveaway... so many pretty treats. I LOVE that canning jar!!
It's so hard for me to choose a favorite thing from your gorgeous shop, because there are soooo many things that I LOVE! I'll list a few tings... the chippy stool, the French vintage bird cage, the vintage French pitcher.... etc....
I'll be adding your giveaway to my sidebar when I'm done here, sweets.
Have a wonderful upcoming weekend!
Jo :)

Passionate for White said...

I'm loving the french bottle drying rack from your shop!

Rosemary said...

Yes, the weather is the best. We are so lucky!!
Your blog looks amazing as usual.
Love what you did with the Madonna. So pretty!!!
I have a pie safe like that. I bought it at a garage sale. It's in my garden, because I didn't really have a place for it. I do love it though.
Tell shane he did a great job with your birthday flowers. So pretty!!
How lucky that your nice friends sent you some great magazines. Who doesn't love that?
Thanks for the visit!!

Melissa Ann Barrett said...

I love love love the Frech Holy Water Containger, and love love love your blog I am now following so glad I found you. Would love to win one of these lovelies also :)

Liza said...

My favorite item is your French Bottle Drying Rack.

Your items are soothing to the soul.

Petit Coterie said...

I just love your stuff! Beautiful piccs and a great blog, thank you for sharing.


Sandy said...

I like the chippy Italian frame the best. Would buy everything if I could. Will put your giveaway in my sidebar & Facebook it!


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Sandy said...

I'm following already!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Oh yes, toss me in the hat! What a lovely lovely gift giveaway.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I will be advertizing your giveaway on my blog! ox

kerrie of sea cottage said...

My favorite item in your shop? So hard to pick...I would say the french enamel blue pitcher and the french madonna pocket relic. ox

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

Happy belated birthday to you, I love the pretty flower arrangement your husband gave you.
I loved visiting your Etsy shop and you have some beautiful things in there. The French Madeline mold is really neat as I have not seen them around in the shops. What a fabulous giveaway, both magazines look amazing.


Lara from air kiss said...

Happy belated birthday dear Tracie! My fave thing in your shop is the blue enamel French pitcher - so pretty - I love that color! What a very lovely giveaway~ thanks for teh chance!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Tracie :) Beautiful items you have for your Giveaway ~ I would love to be entered for a chance to win ~ I am already one of your followers ~ and I've checked out your shoppe, and you have some great items ~ If I had to choose one thing that I like, it would be the enamel Pitcher from France :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

I've come back to let you know that I have your Giveaway on my Sidebar, with it linked right back to this post :) Good luck to everyone!!

stefanie said...

happy birthday...Month!!!!
just went by your shoppe...gorgeous, I love everything!!!!

stefanie said...

I am now a follower and am off to explore your past posts!

Terri Gordon said...

Hello, I have to tell you that your blog is one of my most favorite blogs to visit, your photos are just beautiful. What a lovely giveaway, I went to your wonderful shop, I love the blue French pitcher, the color is just amazing. Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you. Terri

kristina said...

My favorite item in your beautiful shop is the bunch of hand tied lavender my Father would grow it and bring me a home grown bunch every year,
Love Kristina x

Sherryknit said...

Oh my I really love your french enamel pitcher. I have a few pitcher's that I just love.

What a wonderful blog and shop. I found you through sea cottage.

Have A Great Day

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Oh My what a fabulous giveaway
I am a follower

White Ironstone Cottage said...

I have added your giveaway to my sidebar

Rita said...

Hi Tracie,
I love everything in your etsy store! But if I had to choose it would be the Enamel Pitcher. Ciao Rita

Rita said...

I do follow your wonderful blog and I will add your giveaway on my sidebar. Rita mammabellarte

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Your giveaway is fantastique! My favorite thing in your shoppe is the bottle drying rack. (I do wish I had brought one back from France when I lived there ) p.s. love what you did with your Madonna statue!

summerfete said...

hello Tracie you have some lovely things!

I found some great things last year in Brittany, one of them was a cornichon pot! (my fav)

In your shop it would have to be the madeleine moulds! So cute

Clare x

Maple Ridge Vintage said...

Hmmmmmm....maybe the french bottle drying rack or the blue french pitcher...aww...who am I kidding??...I love it all! What a fabulous giveaway...I would love to be the look of your blog and I am a follower..hugs~~Chris

Maple Ridge Vintage said...

Tracie...I have also posted about your giveaway on my blog...thanks again

Faded Charm said...

What a thoughtful birthday present. Hope you had a good day. I guess I missed your giveaway....I've been absent from blogland due to a house full of junk that I've been going through.

Please sign me up and have a great weekend rearranging.


heather mize said...

Just became a follower after seeing it mentioned at Sea Cottage. Lovely, lovely, lovely and so inspiring! My favorite things from your shop would be the chippy stool and the french bottle drying rack. Best wishes!

sissie said...

Hi Tracie,
Everything that you create is done with such style and grace. I love all of your pretty french finds and just drool at everything.

I would di4 that sweet french rusty stool. It's so wonderful.

Your giveaway is wonderful too.



Oh Tracie,

I love the French enamel pitcher. And I'm fond of the angel pendant.

Thanks for the chance, sweet Tracie!


Alaina said...

That blue enamel pitcher is just beautiful, now if it were white I might not be able to resist but I am not a blue person, but it is my favorite. I hope I win because this is such a wonderful giveaway.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

what i luv?
the french wired basket &
the petite fleur painted jug..
thank you for your generosity ~
and happiest birthday wishes!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

your giveaway will be posted @ FHC!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Tracie! What a sweet hubby you have to give you such a beautiful arrangement in such a cool container!!! He's a keeper!! lol!

I popped over to your shop to browse and drool and drool some more. I'm in love with the French bottle drying rack and that sweet French wire basket! Seriously in love with them both..... lol!

I'll be posting your great giveaway on my blog, sweets! Thanks for offering such sweet items!

xoxo laurie

It's Just Dottie said...

I love everything in your shop,but I am really loving your French Bottle Drying Rack !!

It's Just Dottie said...

P.S. I am your newest follower.

Dawn Gahan said...

The French Sacred Heart of Jesus statue is so very beautiful.

Thanks for including me in this giveaway! (Found you via Sea Cottage).

The Gahan Girls

Look in the Nook said...

Absolutely beautiful.Thanks for sharing.
Don't forget to "Look in the Nook"

deborah said...

oh my. that is a hard choice between the french bird cage, the holy water jug and the metal stool. so happy to have found your blog tonight--and your shop:) have a wonderful weekend!!!!

My Shabby Roses said...

What pretty pictures! Thank you for the fun giveaway!

KarenSue said...

Ohhhh I would love to win this!
My favorite magazine ever.
Please pick me!

KarenSue said...

I'm a follower for sure!

KarenSue said...

Posted on my side bar!
Thanks Tracie and good luck to all!

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Tracie!
I love the French world you live in! Your husband's flower gift is divine!
My favorite items are the French Eiffel Tower picture and the Jardiniere.

Beth said...

Thank you for having such a wonderful giveaway. I would love to be entered. I looked in your shop and you have so many lovely items. I especially liked the antique french bottle holder.

Have a great day.


VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

Hi Tracie,
What a wonderful giveaway. I have to say my favorite item in your shoppe is the French Metal chippy stool! Of course, I want it all though.
Love what you did with the Madonna in the French Flower bucket.
Barbara did such a lovely job on your Birthday arrangement...what a great idea to put it in the French crate...LOVE IT ALL.
Hope to see you in Alameda...come by and say Hi if you can. I am so looking forward to this show!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Margo said...

The crystal light bulb cover and also the French metal stool are just beautiful! It's hard to pick just one. Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

Oooh, la, la! I love your wonderful giveaway! I am a follower, please enter me. And I adore the blue enamel pitcher in your shop! Merci!

Theresa N. said...

Everyting is beautiful, I especially like the Italian frame.
I'm a follower.
Theresa N

Trina said...

There are so many lovely things to choose from, but given that we are deep in snow here, the French Jardiniere appeals to me as flower season is still a few months off! Just found your blog and I look forward to continue reading your old posts. Lovely pictures! Keep it up:-)

Susan said...

Hello Tracie,
Such tresors! I think my fav is the Madonna & Child statuette. You have a lovely blog, thanks for hosting a wonderful giveaway. I'm following now, too.
- Susan

Burlap Luxe said...

Lovely GiveAway!!!
I have yet to experience the...
JdA Living magazine and have plans to after hearing so much all over the blog land about the wonderful Magazine :)
I would love the magazine!!!!
It would feed my soul with plenty of inspiration :)

Tracie all of them are wonderful and would add a treasured look to anyones home.

Burlap Luxe said...

Ooooh! forgot to tell you, I follow you, and you are on my sidebar of inspiration, as well as would love to be the giveaway winner...

Chatelaine said...

Great giveaway, so nice of you!

I looked at your shop and I love those Eiffel Tower plates but that bird cage is cute too!

licha20 said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!

So many gorgeous beauties!!
All are to die for....ok..the Madonna...*sigh*

BECKY said...

What a lovely shoppe! I adore the beautiful chippy metal grate! And I LOVE your enchanting birthday floral arrangement! So unique and pretty! Hope your birthday was grand!

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I have fallen in love with whites and timeworn things, and will soon begin transforming our home!

Have a delightful week!

Something Special said...

I love this blog and anything "French" I Please enter me in your giveaway, and I am off to look at the shop and comment there. I am also looking for your follower button.

Lisa Gatz said...

What a beautiful blog and giveaway!

I love the French Holy Water container in your boutique. Thank you for the inspiring photos and sense of calm that I found here on your blog!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Happy Belated Birthday Tracie...
Would love to win this giveaway - beautiful! xoxo

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh dear Tracie
Your very generous give-away is tres magnifique and I would love to enter!
Being a francophial, I love everything in your boutique, and in particular the petite parcel carrier.
Your dear husband chose a beautiful present for your birthday - belated wishes from New Zealand.
Aroha and hugs
Shane x

unfinished said...

what a beautiful gift for this season of love. thank you for your giveaway.


Shama-Lama Mama said...

Hi! I came here for the OWOH giveaway, but ended up wandering all around your blog. Such lovely things!
Love, love , love this prize! Will definitely be back!

Elisabeth said...

I am a new follower and I love the aqua enamel pitcher in the shop- wish I could buy it! I love the little metal stool too.

Tracey said...

What a fabulous giveaway Tracie!!! You know I love all things French too :)) I think your French crate is my favorite item in your shop right now!!


:) T

Tracey said...

I will put your giveaway up on my sidebar :))


:) T

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

You are so generous Tracie! As for what I've been drooling over in your shop...the aqua enamel pitcher...I think I look at that thing's gorgeous. Thank yo so much for the chance!

xoxo, Andrea

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful giveaway. Love your shop and everything in it and especially the french traveling bird cage. Your blog is a treat to visit each day!

jrene said...

ooo! the pie safe is lovely but i also love the zinc drying rack, it has the perfect patina! i love the mason jar that looks so pretty filled with tea bags that's part of your treasury, too.. :)

Trisha said...

Oh my goodness your shop is amazing!! I love the French Holy Water Container! I am a new follower and so excited!!


It's me said...

My favorite is that France wooden box !! oh la la .....great give away...but when i win...i will donate th Jdl magazine to another girl !! beacause we sell it in our shop as well......lovely weekend...come over and join my give away please !!! you are welcome!! Ria....

saltbox treasures said...

Hi. I hope I am not too late to sign up for your lovely French giveaway!
Just love your shop! I would have to pick the enamel pitcher. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I am already a follower.
~ Julie

mmelber1 said...

I love your french trivet, I also think your canning jars are wonderful. Nice giveaway.

LindaSonia said...

Your shoppe is filled with glorious goodies. One of my favs is the French Bottle Drying Rack or the french traveling bird cage. Love! Awesome giveaway.

Elsina said...

My favorite of the store (I love it all!) is the Romantic Architectural Element, really speaks to me! Awesome giveaway!

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