Thursday, March 18, 2010

Decorating for Easter ......

Decorating for Easter can be fun! If you'd like to bring a touch of Easter into your home and are looking for some inspiration French Vanilla carries a wide variety of vintage inspired Easter decorations from such companies as Bethany Lowe Designs and Season of Cannon Falls. Easter decorating can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. Some well placed Easter decorations inside and out will give your home that festive look. Whichever option you choose will depend on your own taste and whether you're decorating for yourself, your children, the guests you're having over for Easter dinner, or all three! Below are some of the Easter items newly arrived to assist you in your Easter decorating...
Table set for Easter Brunch

Variety of Easter Baskets and Bunnies

Cute Chenille Chicks

Variety of Egg Wreaths

Easter Feather Trees

Egg Candles

Indoor/Outdoor Faux Grass Bunny

Monday, March 8, 2010

Welcome Spring....

I love this time of year......Spring.....out with the old and in with the new. Time to get out in the garden to do some clipping, pruning and weeding in preparation for new life that has already started to appear. Here in Victoria we are at least 3-6 weeks ahead of schedule then normally seen at this time of year due to the milder climate we have had this past winter. I've been doing some Spring cleaning in the store as well. Moving things around to make room for new items as they arrive. I haven't officially started decorating for Easter as yet, hope to do so this week, however I do have a few items out as a teaser for what's to come. So check out some new store pictures below along with a few featured items newly arrived. As I haven't updated my store's website as yet, if you see something you're interested in drop me a line and I will provide more details along with cost.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Olympic Fever...Canadian Style

I must say that I am a little sad that the games have come to an end. I really enjoyed watching the various events, more so with these games then I have ever watched before. In the final event on Sunday we witnessed a nail biting hockey game for the Gold between Canada and the US. I couldn't believe it when the US scored a goal with less than 30 seconds on the clock until the end of the third period to tie the game at 2-2. But as we have seen at these Winter games anything is possible! Canada went on to win the gold during sudden death overtime 3-2. I wish I had been in downtown Vancouver at that moment, it must have been electrifying!
John Furlong, CEO of Vancouver 2010 said, "I believe we Canadians tonight are stronger, more united, more in love with our country, and more connected with each other than ever before. These Olympic Games have lifted us up. That quiet, humble national pride we were sometimes reluctant to acknowledge seemed to take to the streets as the most beautiful kind of patriotism broke out all across our country". By winning the final event of the Vancouver Olympics, Canada earned its 14th gold medal — the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. I am one proud Canadian! Go...ld Canada Go...ld!

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!

(established July/2008)