Dear Santa: My French Country Brocante



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[photos by BeingRuby©]

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Turquoise Antiques
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As I mentioned in my last post.. arriving home from vacation, I was greeted at the doorstep with a package from France... A package filled with Turquoise loveliness all the way from Sharon's Online Brocante: My French Country Brocante. It was good timing and softened the blow of leaving Noosa behind. Noosa which is all turquoise and loveliness itself.. but that will come later.
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Right now I want to show you my latest brocante acquisitions which you can see in my shots above.. Five little rusty tins, each over 100 years old and in the delightful colours I am so fond of these days.. Their original use was for storing ammunition.. [that could come in handy for dealing with Mr Piano Accordion Man.. No only joking .. I think]... but I have yet to decide how I will use them . A myriad of uses really.. I'm constantly looking for bits and pieces and I think these would be perfect for organizing my home office, storing jewellery, or even just pure decoration purposes.. They quite like being photographed .. so they will add to my photo props and tie in nicely with my French Enamel Lunch Pail & Glass Sea Floats [see last post]. I also acquired this gorgeous enamel jug... Another item from the turn of last century and again in my favourite Turquoise... Another beautiful enamel piece to add to my collection. I can see I may end up with a Turquoise & White kitchen some day...
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So there you have it.. my latest acquisitions from My French Country Brocante .. No not MY French Country Brocante [I wish!!!].. but Sharon's 'My French Country Brocante'. I know many of you will be familiar with Sharon's blog 'My French Country Home' ... a lovely place to linger and dream of living in France.. Well now you can bring some of those delicious brocante pieces into your own home by way of Sharon's online Brocante.. Another wonderful place to while away the hours and find some perfect gifts for loved ones.. Or .. if you are like me.. for yourself!! haha.. Here are some more goodies from Sharon's Broncante that are definitely on my Dear Santa Wish List. Beautiful pieces rich in history and patina.. Personal pieces that have been pre-loved with long held secrets of life in a rural France.
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[shop photos by Sharon Santoni - My French Country Brocante]

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Some of these pieces can be found in Sharon's category 'Suitable For Framing'. Isn't that a terrific idea?? Especially the lovely script & ledgers above ... or even the delicate lace and linen pieces. I think they would make such a wonderful statement piece.. Preserving a piece of history and beautiful addition to decor at the same time.
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Another brilliant idea of Sharon's is a suggestion she might hold 'Brocante & Garden Tours of Normandy' next European summer. Long weekends in Normandy, filled with good food and great accommodation.. in Sharon's own guest house or grander B&B's belonging to her friends, and of course Brocante hunting. A chance to search out that special something yourself. Well I think it sounds perfect.. Especially as lately I have a keen desire to search out some other lifestyle.. You'll remember in my last post I mentioned grilling the Antique Store owner for details of her travels and life.. Well this sort of thing can't be created overnight, but we can all dream a little.. and I think dipping ones toes into this world would be a wonderful starting place.. or simply an exciting adventure .. What do you think? Would you find this a perfect way to spend a vacation? Being close to Paris it would be an easy side-trip. Well I am going to keep dreaming of a life other than my present one.. but I'd be keen to hear what you think also? Meeting up with Ange recently was such a wonderful experience .. Imagine meeting up with other bloggers on a Brocante & Gardening Tour of Normandy? .. Darn how am I going to settle back down with these ideas running round my head.

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I'll leave your with another image of my new 'old' jug
Dolly is hiding in the background.. I told her NO!! I told her to wear pants!!
But did she listen?

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Have A Lovely Weekend Everyone
I'll be making my list[s] for Santa



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Julie b

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IMAGE SOURCE & CREDITS:
Text by [Being Ruby©] - Images: 1-3 and 8 by [Being Ruby©]
Images: 4-7 by [My French Country Brocante©]
My French Country Brocante Button & Logo by [Being Ruby©]
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Dolly dressed by: Herself
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47 comments:

Jayne said...

You take such wonderful photographs with a real eye for composition. I love your new/old purchases, they evoke such a different period of time. I like to have things around me that sing of the lifestyle I aspire to have one day. And the tours idea sounds excellent!

Apologies if comment shows twice - blogger doing odd things!

Patyclau said...

Such a good idea those lovely pieces for framing!!

Have a nice weekend.

Sweet Audrey said...

Cute, gorgeus, amazing!!! I love those photos. I would like to take picks like you, Julie. You are an ARTIST.

Kisses ♥

Greet said...

Julie,
What a beautiful pieces! And as Jayne said you take the most wonderful pictures of them! Thank you for the tips and the link of 'My French Country Brocante'!!!
Julie, I wish you a wonderful weekend!!
A big hug,
Greet

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WELL....YOU HAVE D.O.N.E. AGAIN!!!!! Dearest, each find is magnificent. Each photo is stunning and eye-catching and are you a PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER? SHEESH! You should have seen me yesterday trying to get photos of some of my creations that I am so proud of, but the photos are awful! teeehee, they really are. Julie dear, your template, is this what gives your photos that LARGE SPACE? DO TELL?????

THANK YOU FOR THE TREAT, Anita

becky at abbeystyle said...

Sharon will love you for this lovely post! I've taken several tours around her brocante and love her blog where I can vicariously live in France...loved Normandy when we visited France a few years ago. Would love to return for a meet-up but can't see that I'd make it any time soon...nice dream...

And you snagged some lovely things :) more toys for playtime :)

Jeanne said...

A beautiful post Julie and what great finds! Sharon has a wonderful collection and I am so glad that they made their way to you. I am sure you will get immense please from each and every item. Isn't it great when you have treats like that tucked away here and there....the spots where you can enjoy them all day long.

How fantastic that you were able to meet up with Ange. She is having one great adventure! I have been following her travels on Facebook :)

The trip to Normandy sounds very intriguing...I am off to read more.

Welcome back Julie and best wishes xxx

Jeanne

Blondie's Journal said...

Simply beautiful treasures! I have fun looking in Sharon's shop...so many things I would love to have!

You have wanderlust!

XO,
Jane

Susan Erickson said...

All so elegant and so ...french! Dreaming on antiques takes you many places and France sounds like the place to dig for treasure. I wonder if they have thrift stores there? That is where I find my treasures. Australia is more where my dreaming takes me...warmth and ocean trump antiques any day! But the color turquoise shimmers everywhere and it always catches my eye.....beauty jug...and always your roses delight....

Anne Marie said...

good Saturday to you Julie! How fun to see that you featured Sharon's shop...she has some beautiful things....actually, all of her items in her shop are things I would purchase....

how nice of you to show her shop off!! she's such a nice woman, with exquisite taste
xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

La Dolfina said...

Oh boy Ruby what a great post full of gorgeous treasures, photographs and brilliant ideas!!
I would love to go to Normandy next summer with you and Sharon!!
I noticed those treasures sold a while ago and am so happy to know they went to you... a perfect match! Aren't Sharon's treasures amazing. She finds the best of France. I love how you helped her with her online shop... it's lovely!!!
Thanks for Being Ruby!!!
Much Love from La Dolfina
XO

sharon said...

Der Julie

Thank you so much for this generous post about the goodies you received from the brocante. I'm so glad you like them, and I adore the photos you've taken of them.
Thank you
Sharon

Splendid Sass said...

Julie,
These pieces are absolutely beautiful, and the images are perfect. I guess you were happy to open up your package when you returned home. So many pretty things. I love the monogrammed linen.
Have a happy weekend, Julie.
Teresa

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Ruby
Meeting you is always a pleasure,now I´m really busy but I promise you return more often during my Cristmas holidays
Lots of Love

*Tasiaa said...

Lovely color this *Turquoise Antiques* !

Salut!
*Tasiaa

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You have moved into my color, so I am envious of your findings! I love the little tins...perfection. I had to look up the word Brocante...I understand it now!

Janet Ellis said...

Gorgeous photos evoke another time and place. Such a nice respite for a lovely winter morn.

Stephanie said...

These are lovely! Beautiful things you got. I love Sharon's shop and blog.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Interesting how the ammo tins are so feminine. More lovely things, Miss Julie, right up my color alley too.

Peaceful day to you,
Julia~

desde my ventana said...

Hello Julie,
I love the point of wiew in your pictures....beautiful and artistic,and thank you for the fabulous link,
Hugs and happy sunday,
Cecilia

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Julie I love all this!! So so gorgeous off for a visit xox

Emom said...

Splendid! What fun you must have had....smiles.

theoldboathouse said...

OMG Julie I feel both longing and depression at once...that tins are sooo wonderful...tours of Normandy...it is all too much. I new when I was five dancing to ABBA that I should have listened more closely to the words of Money money money...ha I need to get me a wealthy man or win a fortune in a game...ha. Wouldn't that tour be AMAZING!! Your photos are amazing as always...dolly and I have something in common at the moment...too much info I know haha. I love your posts, cheers Katherine

Bonheur maison said...

Hola Julie,aquí estoy algo atrasada con mis comentarios.Cuando leí tu post el viernes me sentí muy identificada con tus comentarios cambio de vida viajes,anticuarios,objetos bellos...son ideas que rondan en mi cabeza hace un tiempo...
La jarra turquesa es un sueño.Que tengas buen domingo!! Marina

JBeaudetStudios said...

Hi Julie! Using other peoples computers is really no fun when you can't remember your password! Anyway I had to retype this post because it disappeared! I'm so glad I stopped by to see your beautiful photographs of your beautiful antiques! And I got a good laugh at the end...that naughty doll! I hope all is well!
Jennifer:)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Julie,

Oh you are so kind to like my little wand! I am enjoying making these, but like with anything else, you make one and the others come out better! I am a French teacher and I love my work. BUT WHEN I COME HOME, I am an artist and I relish every quiet moment that allows me to THINK of what other plots I can come up with for my little magic theatre, drawings, stories and such...not to mention home decorating! Thank you for your kind comments and I jumped into my puffy white bed last night just smiling after seeing your comment. Enjoy your day as I suspect you are heading into Monday by now...Fondly, Anita

P.S., THESE PHOTOS ARE AMONGST THE BEST IN BLOGLAND!

Killiecrankie Farm said...

Almost felt sorry about you returning to the Accordian Man, but with thes distractions - ha!
Love the colour of the pitcher, and the Adrienne brocade - sigh .....not to mention that lacy number - a night out somewhere spiffy has to be called for me thinks !

DAVID McGRIEVEY said...

Perhaps dolly is a naturist.
X David

Debra Phillips said...

sharon's blog, like YOURS julie is a place for dreaming.
hmmmm, i always felt it was appropriate to use antiques as originally intended, lovely ammunition tins, just kidding!
debra

June said...

Julie, I nearly fainted over your beautiful jug!!! Oh that color is divine! I have got to see this shop for myself.
Hope you have a beautiful week.
hugs to you from me...

Millie said...

Very astute buying once again Julie! Sharon sure has an eye for gorgeous things.
Millie ^_^

simon said...

well I would like to be in Paris for Christmas, but Ima ging to settle for Broken Hill...lol!

Julie-Ann said...

What gorgeous and feminine items. They are truly lovely:). I must check out Sharon's store- thanks:)

Willow Decor said...

What gorgeous treasures you found!! And your photos are divine!! So glad I stopped by!
xx-Gina

Roberta said...

Love these colors going on Julie! Especially your pitcher. Very cool shape too! Okay, let's dream about Normandy next summer. Would love to meet you there.
Your Full Moon Friend,
xoRoberta

Pooch Purple Reign said...

hehe she didnt listen... i like her
beautiful things you have ruby
have a great week
~laura xx

Trish @ A dream house for Trish said...

Your photos are just gorgeous, even if dolly didnt play nice, LOL, love your new pieces!!!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

I told her to wear pants! You made me laugh out loud Julie...hehe.....oh, we would have such fun brocanting together in France.
I love all your finds at Sharon's brocante...the tins are fun and the color and shape of your enamel jug is wonderful! Terrific photos! :)

erin said...

hi julie, well i love all your purchases...looks like you have been able to find some turquoisey (is that a word?) things. were you ever able to find the "ball jars" over there? sharon has lovely things indeed....i love all her french laces and linens!! i bet having a lovely package waiting for you helps with the "after vacation blues". can't wait to see noosa!
i miss you.....
erin

mise said...

Oh lovely! I've just had a little hop through some French sites, madly pressing Achetez Achetez Achetez! Heaven knows what'll arrive in the post, as my French is a bit rusty. Fingers crossed I can frame it

Giulia said...

Oh, my favorite colors. Julie & I think a turquoise kitchen is just the thing. I'll send you a pic that I found on a home design site that makes me drool. Except I won't because it's so cold in here that it will form a disgusting icicle. Now that I have grossed out everyone coming after me here (& myself), I shall sign off with xoxo to Julie.

From Susan & GG

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Ruby
I love it!
Hugs

Beach House Living said...

Fascinating how pretty ammunition tins could be who knew. Enjoy!

Beatnheart said...

Beautiful things and photographs as usual Julie. Please stop by and enter my GIVEAWAY...

Francine Gardner said...

Dear Ruby...are you turning into a brocanteur! plenty of exiting moments ahead. perhaps,in france we will one day meet.

Shellbelle said...

Oh yes, I definitely think you should follow your dream. As long as you keep blogging, of course. I would love to read about your travels and see these fabulous places through your eyes. Yes, that's me, an armchair traveler and what a lovely place to be!

I love that the ammunition cases have found a place to live with a much better purpose!

Carole said...

Hey Julie,
You're making me long for my homeland with all these goodies....but I'm really more AMerican then french I suppose....just my love for their antiques is french. Maybe someday we can meet there together and roam the streets shopping
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Hope you're enjoying the holiday season....it's subzero here today. Polar bear weather!

xx
C