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February 16, 2012

A Little Introduction & Flea Market Gardens Magazine

Hello from Wine Country, 

I was getting ready to make a lovely announcement when in the middle of my photo shoot here at My Petite Maison, our newly adopted cat (thanks to our daughter... ) decided she'd jump from her French foot stool in the other room and into my photos.

So, without further adieu, this is Pippi.  Pippi Rose to be precise.  

While we will never replace dear Buttercup, and would never want to, our daughter thought Mr. Giles needed a friend.  Mr. Giles thinks differently, but... does like to eat his breakfast with Pippi but that is about it.  Nevertheless, Pips is a sweet cat, reminds us a bit of our Gigi and is very quiet... she's trying hard to make friends here.

So this is how it went...  I set things up and here she comes, guess it looks like an inviting place after all.  Flowers, magazines, comfy blankets and pillows.  Just what any cat would like, non?

So, I let her stay and worked around HER.

Aren't the roses pretty?  From hubby last Friday from the grocery store.  I told him not to buy them last week as they'd be marked way up because of Valentine's Day.  He said he listened to me since he bought one dozen instead of the Friday usual of 2 dozen roses from the grocer.  I really love these, pale roses, then the beautiful color on the edges of pretty pink.  A little burst of color for our Maison.

Funny, but Pips likes to look up a lot.  From what we understand, she was in a cage in a garage for 6 months or so.  Bet she didn't realize there were lovely things to look at all around.  We look at her and say she's looking up to Heaven & seeing Buttercup & sweet Zeke.

 The cutest part is she has a heart for a nose... See?

Okay... Enough about Pips for the moment.  

I am so happy to announce that My Petite Maison is featured in the beautiful gardening magazine, Flea Market Gardens, in their annual edition for 2012.  I can't tell you how thrilled I was when Debra Wittrup, the Editor, contacted me asking about featuring our gardens and little gardening shack.

My Petite Maison featured in Flea Market Gardens Magazine 2012

A lot of hard work went into prepping our gardens and I'm so proud to say it was just the two of us.  Me and my hubby, that's it... no gardener for the yard, no builder for the shack.  Just US.  

Have a dream and make it happen...
Little by little it will take shape!

Here's just a glimpse of the article... Our Mr. Giles made it into the magazine, sitting atop a My Petite Maison bistro chair, seems they're all the rage now.
Magazine Photography by Mark Lohman • Styled by Sunday Hendrickson

A very big thank you to Flea Market Gardens Magazine.

We hope you'll pick one up and be inspired as we've been... Can't wait to get out in the gardens and work away this Spring & Summer!
Little Pippi's Ears & Flea Market Gardens Magazine 2012 featuring My Petite Maison
All my best wishes for continuing to make YOUR dreams come true.  

What are YOU currently working on?

I'm working on getting over these sinus issues this week and getting loads of new (antique & vintage) items photographed and stocked in the store in the next few weeks.  Have lots to do and looking forward to it!

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February 14, 2012

A Special Wish...

It may be cool and rainy here but we want to wish YOU a very cozy St. Valentine's Day and Week from My Petite Maison.

Old Radio • Pail of Roses • Paris Plates w/Petals • Shabby Lamp • French Rack • Sweet Passionfruit Tartlets

Let's make every day a day to say...

You are special to me



You are dear to my heart

LOVE • love • LOVE

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February 7, 2012

Vintage & Antique Weekend

Bits and pieces of our vintage and antiquing adventure weekend for My Petite Maison, the boutique and home...

It began with an early morning walk.  I was thrilled our first stop would be right here in town so there wasn't the need to get up early on Saturday morning!

Local Church in town flying beautiful American Flag

Cutest little store called Me 2 U vintage in town that's fixed up like a
little cottage... Lots of cute items to see!

Love the way this photo turned out.. Don't forget to dream!

Another beautiful birdcage filled w/vintage goods

 Next, we headed to an estate sale two towns over from ours which was AMAZING...  I was fortunate to find many lovely items for the store that I'll place in the boutique soon!

 It was a full day but I was so happy to know the next day, Sunday, we'd be heading to Alameda Antiques by the Bay to shop for the boutique and visit with friends.

I even managed to get all my goods together (cooler, clothes put out and backpack ready to go... with my husband's help, of course).  I'm really not good at the planning ahead part of the treasure hunt, but am working on it as it made leaving the house early the next morning A LOT easier!!

For the next part of weekend, I'm just going to show lots of photos... hope you enjoy.

Up before the Sun!

Cherishing another day!

Love this booth, vintage dresses and an old radio playing vintage music!
Went by to say hello to friends Trinidad & Martin of Atelier de Campagne

From another dealer, a beautiful chair I can't stop thinking about...
Fell in love with this chair, but didn't purchase too $$$ for me, kind of wish I would've now...

Next stop, breakfast around 10 AM!

I ordered the Market pizza w/out bacon.  My husband ordered the Margherita pizza.

One of the best pizzas I've ever had... even with those from Italy!!

A little more than two hours in... my cart was overly full and both my arms and my husband's arms were full of treasures from Alameda and lots of fantastic dealers' goods.

So, we made the trek (which was a long one) to the car.  My husband never complains and carried very, very heavy objects all the way without the shuttle.   We truly have a beautiful drive there and back home!

San Francisco Bay

The Marina with a cloud that looks like a bird... flying over!
But it's always good to get to our Sonoma County Line!

Well, that's it for February's trip antiquing.  We were hoping to stop by Summer Cottage Antiques as well to see Michelle but were a little worn out and wanted to get home.  We will be heading that way one weekend this month though, so I will share that visit in the future.

Vignette...  flea market finds

It's time for me to get busy and wrap a few parcels today going to new, beautiful homes.  I hope you have a wonderful week!  I've included a photo of my little antique table from France with a vignette and my vintage flea market hat in the last shot... I love it!

My vintage Flea Market Hat :)

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February 3, 2012

Weekend Wishes

From me and My Petite Maison this weekend...

My husband and I are gearing up for a BIG weekend of antiquing for my store, My Petite Maison.  I am so fortunate that my husband doesn't mind missing the Super Bowl, as he's not a sports guy and loves to shop with me. My hubby loves to go people watching when we go antiquing.  It's so neat that he's got friends that recognize him from our adventures, so while I shop, he can chat with a good friend and always... I take my time looking for treasures!

I wanted to show you a few of the items I'm so proud of that have recently found new beautiful homes.  My clients and friends that shop My Petite Maison are truly very kind people and it comes through time and time again.  You know who you are and I have to say thank you for making my job one of fun.  

I truly do jump up and down (little jumps ;) when I find something that's on my list for clients & friends!!

Vintage plate from France

Little French Doll's Armoire

Charming French Table

French Religious Fragment

French Oyster Crate

Very Rare Terre de Fer Plate from Paris, France

There are many more items that have gone to such pleasant people!
I'm hoping to find many more treasures.... I think it may be a given since we know of four, yes 4 events we are going to attend this weekend.  The only thing I believe we're going to run out of is time!

Don't worry, there are still lovely French, Nordic and Shabby style items in My Petite Maison's boutique.  Like this 

Madonna and Child (Vintage Piece)
Just click to view boutique goods from My Petite Maison

French Blanc (White) Jardiniere

I wanted to take a moment and say a little something personal and post here I'm thinking of my dad today and through this weekend while we're having a good time shopping away.  Today, Friday is my dad's birthday and as always, I miss him a lot but carrying him and all his kindness in my heart.

I love you, Dad and know you're watching over Zeke - or maybe he's watching after you!

Many thanks to my dad for building me my first playhouse as a little girl. The decorating bug is still with me!  Love, your Baby Blue Eyes

Me and my Dad ~ He hung the Moon!

So... what are your plans for the weekend.  Are  you watching the Super Bowl or taking advantage of the quietness somewhere else?  

Whatever it is, enjoy!

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