Monday, 28 February 2011

a good idea..


{fabulous shop in St Emilion, photo taken by moi}


Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

Last weekend we bought a lot of wine cases as we thought that they would make good storage, as shown in the photo above.

I particularly liked the idea of making a set of drawers with them or perhaps even a serving tray like this.

{photo from here}


We have quite a few boxes and wine box ends so any ideas that you have would be gratefully received...


Mille mercis et bonne semaine a tous.....

Leeann x

Friday, 25 February 2011

vendredi fleurs...


{lovely flowers in my kitchen courtesy of ma belle ami Christine}



Another week has disappeared tres vite and I cannot believe that it is already vendredi again.

It has been a sad week for New Zealand as another earthquake took place this week and many lives were lost.

Many people are currently without water or electricity, my heart goes out to all those affected and I would ask that all kiwis stay strong as although NZ is only a small country we kiwi's are known for our "can-do" attitude.

My thoughts are with everyone in Christchurch. You are strong, wonderful people who will get through this.

Leeann x

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

New arrivals at Fab French..


{Fabulous Grands Magasins Du Printemps Guide from the 1960's}


Today is a rainy day in SW France and I have decided that it is best to remain indoors. I have spent this afternoon photographing stock and updating the fab french online store, which is taking longer than I thought.

There are many items - new and vintage and many have the same theme "Paris".

A recent find was this wonderful vintage Grands Magasins Du Printemps Guide which is dated 1961.



It contains 84 fabulous pages including chic advertisements along with details of what to see and do in this fabulous and much loved romantic city.



It is written in English and French and is a guide on where to go and what to do in Paris. What a fabulous and unusual gift this would make.

Another fabulous find is this Versailles "Des Fetes De Nuit" programme dated 1961.






Also new in is this wee vintage photo album which features photos of Paris.



Brand new items, include these fabulous Eiffel Tower serving trays, which are perfect for serving drinks in the sun.


Or for the girl that has everything but longs to visit Paris one day, these "Paris" egg cups would make a perfect gift for Easter. They come in a beautiful gift box and included are two stainless steel spoons.


Also new in is this fabulous cupid picture frame containing a vintage post card from Versailles.


Love the detail of the old French post cards.


Other new arrivals include:

more vintage French tea towels (never washed or used complete with original stickers),

1880's French ivory covered bible,

vintage florentine trays,

vintage French gravure in original frame,

2 vintage flour bags,

2 vintage demi jour lamp shades,

vintage Pommery champagne bucket and

religious framed souvenir de premiere communion print with gold detail, dated 1906

For details on any of the above items, please visit the fabulously French online shop.

........bonne soirée from a still rainy SW France.......

Leeann x

Sunday, 20 February 2011

on your marks...

{photo from Madame, le figaro.fr}

..........get set and go girls!

This photo is just the inspiration that I need.

Needless to say I am still photographing stock and as a result of finding more tresors today, I have the feeling that it is going to be a busy week.


Wishing you all a week filled with energy/
Je vous souhaite à tous une semaine pleine d'énergie....
Leeann
p.s. merci for all the lovely comments that you left last week, it was a very sad week for us all in the village.

Friday, 18 February 2011

A dedication to a dear friend...

{photo from here}




Today's post is dedicated to a dear friend Jon, who tragically passed away last week.




Death Is Nothing At All
by Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918),
Canon of St.Paul´s Cathedral

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room,
I am I and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used,
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow,
Laugh as we always laughed,
At the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect,
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant,
It is the same that it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind,
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval,
Somewhere very near,
Just around the corner, all is well.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

New in at Fab French...


These fabulous vintage tea towels have just arrived in at Fabulously French along with many other new items which I have yet to photograph. Included in the new arrivals, are some fabulous petite replica mannequins - almost too nice to sell.

You can guess what I will be doing today.


......bonne journée a tous....

Leeann x

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Love/Amour...

{photo from here}

L'amour n'est pas l'amour avant que vous ne le donniez.

"Love is not love until you give it away "

Leeann x

Friday, 11 February 2011

Chocolat......

{photo taken by Moi - La Rochelle February 2011}



When I saw this fabulous window display, I just had to take a photo. And to think that all is edible.....just perfect for Sainte Valentin!



Wishing you a très délicieux vendredi,

Leeann x

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Today...



...you will find me here.
A tres bientot,
Leeann x

Monday, 7 February 2011

Love these post it's...

{image from here}


When I saw these fabulous French post it's I just had to share them with you....

It says.........I love you

Then you tick the appropriate box...

  • for your money
  • for your sexual talent
  • for your cooking
  • because you love me

Think that these meet the definition of fabulous and French, what do you think?

A tres bientot mes amies,

Leeann x

Friday, 4 February 2011

Just for you...

{photo taken by moi}

I think that these sweet treats are perfect for a foggy morning in SW France but as always I have trouble choosing as all look so yummy. Perfect to accompany my mid-morning cup of cafe....


Wishing you all a fabulous Friday/Je vous souhaite à tous un fabuleux vendredi.....


Leeann x

p.s. I have updated the shop with some new items including some more of the lovely handmade French charm bracelets.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Two words for February...

{photo - new chambre maison20}


Bonheur = happiness
Amour = love



I hope that February is full of bonheur and amour for you all....

Leeann x

p.s. Happy 40th darling sis, hope that you have a wonderful time in Sydney xx