Monday, April 23, 2012

"May's" Flowers.......

I love this time of year....the renewal of spring, the on-slot of warmer weather and knowing that summer is just around the corner. It is also this time of year that two of my most favorite flowers come alive....
Lily of the Valley and Lilac's:

"Lily of the Valley":
The "Lily of the Valley" is the official flower of May in France. The French tradition of giving lily-of-the-valley flowers (Muguet-du-Bois) on May Day is believed to have begun on May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity for the coming year. History does not record who it was that presented the king with this perfumed gift, but he took a shine to this idea and began the custom of presenting lily-of-the-valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on May 1st. It became traditional in France for men to present a bouquet of lily-of-the-valley flowers to their sweethearts to express their love and affection. At the beginning of the 20th century, it also became a custom on the 1st of May, to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime. Nowadays “muguet” flowers are also given as a general token of appreciation between close friends and family members as a way to wish them good luck and happiness for the year ahead.





 "Lilacs":

Because lilacs bloom so early, they are strongly associated with spring, renewal, and fresh starts. The year-to-year differences in timing of the lilac bloom are said to indicate whether spring will be early or late. Its early blooming on the heels of a cold winter also symbolizes hardiness. In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence.
Want to read more: What Is the Meaning of the Lilac Flower?
Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/128093-meaning-lilac-flower.html#ixzz1stAXhMti

Where the country road winds along the fence, sweet with the fragrance of Lilacs...
 As my own tradition, each year at this time I bring in this beautifully scented french milled soap made in France by Mistral called "Lilas of May" ....look for it soon to be in store!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine-May 2012 Edition

The 4th edition (May) will be out at the end of this month. You can, as usual, look forward to a magazine filled with inspiration for the French-Nordic country style.........







If you have been thinking of purchasing this wonderful magazine but wasn't sure where to find it......you can now pre-order your very own copy through my website at http://www.frenchvanillahome.com/
Enjoy!


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)