Monday, October 13, 2008

My Maison....My Home

My customers are often asking me what my home looks like after seeing my store. So I thought I would post a few pictures of my home and style of decorating which is French Country. I love color but not on the walls. I keep my walls pretty neutral, except in the dining room which is a bright yellow and then add punches of color here and there by way of furnishings and accessories. I love the French Country style which to me is rustic elegance. It's casual, cozy and warm! Living Room...... Kitchen and Dining Room...
and some favorite accessories...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Canadian Thanksgiving!

In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. This year it will be celebrated on October 13th/08. Unlike the American tradition of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. The harvest season falls earlier in Canada compared to the United States due to the simple fact that Canada is further north. During the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to England moved to Canada where they brought the customs and practices of the American Thanksgiving to Canada. There are many similarities between the two Thanksgivings such as the cornucopia and the pumpkin pie. Over the years many dates were used for Thanksgiving, the most popular was the 3rd Monday in October. After World War I, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. Ten years later, in 1931, the two days became separate holidays and Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.Finally, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed..."A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)