Friday, December 28, 2012

Bonne Annee.....

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year.
.......Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2013!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Joyeux Noel, God Jul and Merry Christmas....

One of the joys of the season is the opportunity to say thank you to all my wonderful customers! My warmest thoughts goes out to you and your families this Holiday Season and best wishes for a prosperous, healthy New Year! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Jeanne d'Arc Living/January 2013 Issue

I'm excited to offer this wonderful and inspiring magazine for another year. Published monthly by the Danish company Jeanne d'Arc Living this magazine by the same name features Nordic French at it's best. You can pre-order the new January 2013 issue (release date January 2nd) via our website at

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vintage Music Sheet Paper Wreath

I enjoy doing crafts....making things all year round, but the time I most enjoying is the holiday season. There are so many wonderful things out there just waiting to be made!  I always try to find one major craft project to work on. This year I decided to make a vintage music sheet wreath. I have seen these in magazines and on-line so decided to try my hand at making one for this years project. I already had the vintage music sheet paper so didn't have to go hunting for any. It takes a bit of time rolling the paper into the required cone shapes.....securing the paper cone with a glue gun. I then placed them in a circle pattern and securing them with the glue gun until you have the desired wreath shape. 

I decided to add a vintage santa image as the center piece....gave it a little glitter and used a bit of crepe paper as a border around the image. I then glued the image to a larger circle made from the vintage music sheet paper and added this to the center of my wreath.

Making a paper wreath is a little time consuming, but not difficult. I will certainly make more as I'm happy with the way this one turned out. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nordic Noel

Christmas has arrived at French Vanilla........

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Touching Up with Chalk Paint......

Debra of "A French Touch" who is co-located with French Vanilla Home and Garden had the opportunity of appearing on our local cable television show "Go Island South" last week showcasing how easy it is to paint furniture using the wonderful "Annie Sloan Chalk Paint". I was happy that my shop also got a shout-out in this feature ........a little free advertsing is always nice!   Check out our video below!  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween 2012....

Halloween is always a fun time at French Vanilla and this year was no exception! The following is an example of some of the wonderful items that were available this Halloween season.......

Wishing you and your family a fun and safe Happy Halloween! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hello Autumn.........

Well summer is now over, not sure where the time has gone. This year our summer weather wasn't all that great but we did have a very warm and sunny August and September so far has been just as lovely. I have a feeling our fall is going to be really nice, giving us a few more months of sunshine before the rain sets in. I love the fall, it is my most favorite time of the year! I love the crispness in the air and the beautiful fall colours mother nature provides.  There are so many colors to choose from, yellow, orange, green, tan and brown.....all inspiring colors for your fall decorating. I always hang a beautiful fall wreath to my front door. It's a great way to welcome the autumn season to your home.

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Dried or Faux Hydrangea Wreath
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Mixed Floral and Berry Wreath

Wreath made of pages from a vintage book 

Moss and faux mini pumpkin Wreath with burlap bow
Beautiful burlap wreath

You can easily transition into Halloween by adding a few more decorative items like lanterns, crows and pumpkins to your fall vignette!

What ever your decorating style....I hope you embrace this beautiful time of year!

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)