Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"The Farm Chicks" Show- June 4th and 5th

The Farm Chicks
Who are the Farm Chicks you ask? Well the "Farm Chicks" was founded by Serena with her best friend, who has since retired from the business. Each year, the first weekend in June the "Farm Chicks Antiques Show" is held. What began as a little sale in a friend's barn in 2002, became The Farm Chicks Antiques Show with antiques, vintage objects, handmade goods, and wonderful vendors. The show, held annually in Spokane, Washington, is host to approximately 200 vendors and draws visitors from across the country.To learn more about the Farm Chicks show go to

I went for the first time a couple of years ago and am so excited to be attending the show again this year with my sister Corinne and dear friend Eva. If you haven't been before you should give it a try, it is well worth the trip and loads of fun! 


I brought back this lovely handmade bench from "Retreat" the last time I went. It sold very quickly!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

May's Flower "Lily of the Valley"

The Lily of the Valley is one of my favorite flowers. Last year I was even able to dry some for an everlasting bouquet. Steeped in tradition the Lily of the Valley represents "return of happiness". Did you notice that Kate's wedding bouquet included Lily of the Valley!

The "Lily of the Valley" is also the official flower of May in France. Traditionally, Lily of the Valley or muguet as it is known in France is sold in the streets on May 1. The reason for this is that on  May 1st, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom on the 1st of May, to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime. The government permits individuals and workers' organisations to sell them free of taxation. It is also traditional for the lady receiving the spray of lily of valley to give a kiss in return!

"retour du bonheur"

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)