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September 28, 2011

Our Trip to Petaluma Antique Faire

Old McNear Building in Petaluma Lined with Trees

Last Sunday my husband and I took a drive up to The Petaluma Antique Faire.

After days of 100 degree weather, we woke up early Sunday morning to a light drizzle of rain here in Wine Country.  The drive to Petaluma is just 40 minutes for us and we were excited for a short road trip and the chance to visit with our good friend, Michelle, the owner of Summer Cottage Antiques.  

Doesn't look like much here with the gray skies but it was fantastic!

Okay... now for many photos and not a lot of text.  Most people like to view the "field trip" on their own, so here we go...

When we found our parking space right next to the faire, my husband asked me "do you want to take the cart?"  I almost said no... I don't know why but I said "we'd better take it just in case"... was I thinking people wouldn't shop on a gray day?  Great dealers wouldn't show up on a gray day?   Everyone showed up and very very happy about it too.  I love shopping around happy people searching for treasures!

I am so glad we did take the cart on wheels!  I found SO MANY  things for our home and My Petite Maison, my shop.  I was in 7th Heaven and the effect lasted all day... happiness!

These forks reminded me of a piece in Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine.  Maybe not for my taste but I know it speaks to many people and it was such a lovely booth.  The dealer took a lot of time in setting up her area in a beautiful way anyone would love.

A lovely French ladder... a bit chippy and quite darling.  We have an amazing one in our home that I was able to purchase from our French neighbor, Charlotte, but this one was darling but quite pricey.

This booth (below) was amazing.  You can tell the dealers that really put their spirit into their
goods, this was one and I wanted to move in even though they were just getting set up:

Grain sacks above and FOR A SONG...
and quite beautiful in every way.

Michelle's store... Summer Cottage Antiques

So very pretty is Summer Cottage Antiques.  I hope to do a field trip just on the store alone... have so many photos I took inside but want to check with Michelle that it's okay to show shots from INSIDE the store as I know, the dealers there work so hard on their own special look.

Loved the little chippy cabinet above but the price was too high
for it was missing two drawers and quite fragile... but then again, 
why am I still thinking about it?

I don't know about you, but part of the joy in traveling
to an event is in enjoying the food you can't get at home, non?

We had been talking about getting a bagel and smoothie for weeks
at Fruit in Motion...

Yes, that's my cart filled with treasures... they're already packed up, safe and secure... I have a thing about secure packaging and wrap items AS I BUY THEM, the dealers I know, realize that about me and are so kind about my obsession as they love their goods, of course, too!

Yummy bagels... worth obsessing about (period ;)

Choices and choices of fruit smoothies.  As always... something with passionfruit, yes, always the same... be it in France, it's passionfruit or here in the States, my very favorite!

Petaluma Pete at his Piano

The best thing about walking to the car is strolling past every 
beautiful old home along the way and imagining what they look
like inside with wonderful flea market finds stashed inside,
all the stories each tells about its owner finding them on a special day!

By now, you know... I love living in an old, old house with many creaks
and filling it with flea market finds!

It was a fantastic day!

I'll be stocking My Petite Maison all week and I almost can't believe
I'm saying this already but Alameda, Antiques by the Bay is this Sunday.

This year, the calendar has been filled every weekend with antique adventures.
It's truly been unbelievable all the wonderful goods in our own backyard.

See you next week and keep checking the store...
Stocking all week, My Petite Maison is FULL!

Time Worn • Time Loved Items 
France & The Netherlands

September 23, 2011

Favorite Roses of the Moment & Wild Mushroom Couscous with Fresh Lemon Juice

Happy Friday and Happy Autumn/Fall everyone!

I wanted to take a moment and share my favorite reasonably priced roses of the moment.  I've mentioned before that my husband brings me two dozen roses each Friday home to My Petite Maison.

The roses are very reasonably priced at our local grocery store at $14.99 for a bunch (sometimes they're on sale for 10.99 too and I love to get a few bunches).  The roses I'm showing here are called "Timeless".  They are beautiful pale pink as you can see.  Now, I'm usually a white roses fan and I've loved that color flower back as long as I can remember.  The Timeless roses are beautiful and not only look nice, they smell wonderful and perfume the whole room where I place them.

More shots of Timeless roses:

Sometimes I just love cutting them into little jars and glasses instead of leaving their long stems too:

I also wanted to take a moment and post one of the easiest recipes I make here at home for Wild Mushroom and Lemon Couscous.  It's so simple and perfect for the hot days we've been having here in Wine Country.

Here are all the ingredients I use for this delicious dish:

Ingredients for Wild Mushroom & Lemon Couscous

Here's what you need:
2 T butter or margarine (I use Smart Balance)
plus extra 2T butter or margarine for couscous cooking
1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
1 shallot chopped finely
1 cup mushrooms sliced
1 clove garlic minced
1 cup couscous (uncooked)
1 1/4 c water
2 T lemon juice (fresh)
1/4 c Parmesan cheese

In sauté pan,
Melt butter over medium heat and add shallots, garlic and mushrooms
Cook approximately 2 minutes until tender

In medium size saucepan,
Add water, salt, 2 T Smart Balance or butter to boil
Add couscous, stir quickly then add mushroom mixture, stir mixture in,
cover and remove from heat.
Let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with fork.

When ready to serve, add a little extra lemon if desired
and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese

It's that easy!

Here's the dish finished... Don't forget the grated cheese at the end.  It makes it even more delicious.  Enjoy!

Don't forget the cheese and an extra squirt of fresh lemon juice.

Now, back to the beautiful roses...
I ended up placing them in the master bedroom, a few on each night stand.

I decided to take the photos with the dimly lit lamps on.... I love that romantic look.

Also love seeing the shadows dancing from the little pearls hanging from this lamp... All the little nuances the light adds in the afternoon.

Timeless Roses from grocery store

Finally, the last thing I'd like to do is show this beautiful blouse
my friend, Tausha of Simply Me 
was so kind to send to me earlier in the Summer.

You probably know Tausha's blog, if not go visit,
it's beautiful and she does Shabby Chic like no one else
and is a kind-hearted soul too!
It's lovely and her kindness thrilled me.

Tausha presented it with this beautiful piece of her stash
tied in a bow with tag and wooden close pin that had yet
another darling bow on it as well.

 Lace, lace and more lace...
So feminine, just the look I love!

That's it from me this Friday.  I hope you get a chance to try the couscous recipe and to get some lovely fleurs in your home too.  Things don't have to be difficult in cooking or expensive in decorating to make life a lot more enjoyable!

And speaking of inexpensive, do you keep empty jars that are pretty for your flower arranging too?  It doesn't get easier than that for flower containers that are darling.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend.  There's a new restaurant open in town and Sunday is Petaluma Antiques Faire which I've attended for years.  I'm looking forward to catching up with Michelle of Summer Cottage Antiques while there and doing some shopping for my store.

Have a great weekend... can't wait to share photos from our adventures this weekend.

My Petite Maison
Time Worn • Time Loved Items from France

September 13, 2011

Waiting for Fall Weather and Goods at My Petite Maison

Hi everyone,

I don't know about you, but I'm wanting to enjoy some crisp, Fall weather soon.  We're still running our A/C here today but I hear tomorrow and Friday we're in for some cooler weather here in Wine Country.  I can hardly wait to cozy up and enjoy cool or even cold walks with my husband throughout town while wearing lovely sweaters and such!
Bits & Pieces in My Petite Maison
I am so busy with my store these days.  I apologize that I don't have time to update my blog on a regular basis right now.  There are so many antique shows going on here in Northern California  that I find myself attending one or two events every weekend and then running around like a crazy person throughout the week trying to get items cataloged and photographed for my shop... I think I may need to re-enroll in time management classes!

I wanted to take this opportunity to post a few new things that I've added to My Petite Maison in the last week here and to say hello/bonjour and let you know I've missed chatting with you here!

Old French Mercury Hearts (Very heavy)

Love these mercury hearts from France... Wanted to keep all of them all but all but ONE is off to a new beautiful home as of yesterday!

Antique Wire Trivet

Always a favorite... just out of Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine it seems!

Old French Oyster Crate • Pretty Patina!
Yes, an old French Oyster Crate with the perfect patina from years in the Mediterranean Sea.  Perfect for magazines or anything really... 

Vintage White Pie Safe from France
And this is one of my favorites.  A darling little vintage French Pie Safe waiting to be filled with lovelies in a cute home/maison.

I do hope to be back to posting soon and sharing some of my favorite Fall recipes from here in Wine Country, California.  

I want to take a moment to announce the winner of The Feminine Home - Where the Heart Is...  it's Jo Jo from Jo Jo's Joys
(Jo Jo send me your mailing info., please ;)

And I thank everyone that entered with much appreciation ~ Merci!

 My Petite Maison • Time Worn • Time Loved from France

September 1, 2011

Holiday Wishes from Wine Country

Hello dear friends,

Old Mercury Glass Hearts from France in My Petite Maison's store

I wanted to take a moment from here at My Petite Maison to wish everyone here in the States a safe and happy Labor Day weekend and wish my dear friends overseas a happy weekend as well from here in Wine Country, California.

Fresh baked bread & white bean spread loaded with garlic • Photo My Petite Maison

I will be back early next week to announce the winner of the signed edition of The Feminine Home after spending time with family and attending Antiques by the Bay for the store.  I hope to have many photos to share with you too.

Gray, silver, blanc jar with religious medallion

Enjoy your weekend, be safe and enjoy it with much love!

My Petite Maison
Time Worn • Time Loved Items from France that speak to your heart