Monday, January 14, 2008

Feast & Fête est Fabuleuse

Suzette says, "Let them eat crêpes".
FYI...Rhymes with steps, not drapes.
Manger des crêpes à la chandeleur apporte un an de bonheur.
"Eating crêpes the day of la Chandeleur will bring
a year of happiness"
One thing I do know for sure is the French love
a party and another is fast approaching.
February 2 is "Chandeleur Day".
Also referred to as "Fête de la Lumière", Crêpe Day,
and the Catholic holiday of "Candlemas".
Another one of those pagan winter solstice celebrations
with similarities to our Groundhog Day.
À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou reprend vigueur
On Candlemas, winter ends or strengthens.

French tradition is to also do a bit of fortune telling.
It is customary to hold a gold coin in one hand
while flipping the crêpe in the pan with the other.
If the crêpe lands in the center of the pan, good
fortune will follow throughout the year.

So, in celebration of crêpes, more photos from
my store. I'm beginning to notice a pattern here
of Food & Fashion. Can you tell I like to eat?

This has another one of my wall treatments. I bought an
old ledger book at market that had beautiful examples of
calligraphy on onion skin paper. I applied them to the wall
with joint compound and dry brushed over it. It actually
turned out pretty good.

The re-merchandising is coming along pretty good.
It just takes a while..lots of rooms.
When it is finished I'll post more photos.
If you happen to be near Louisville, Ky. Saturday,
February 2nd stop in.
We'll be having crêpes and champagne!


Edgar and Edgar said...

Simply Gorgeous!!!!!


Adla said...

Gorgeous antiquing! and knowing that crepes is pronounced like crap is errr interesting! :)

Tracie said...

Lovely photos as always, can not wait to see more. Great idea w/calligraphy on wall ~ I like it in a simple floating frame as well.

Crepes, will have to remember to make some February 2 - Nutella and banana... We'll put the Moet on ice, yum!


Britt-Arnhild said...

Crepes for candlemass.....I think I will adopt that tradition.....and I wonder if I shall make some pancakes for supper. Your post is tempting me :-)

The photos from your store are beautiful.

euroantiquer said...

Oh Goodness Alda
NO, NO, NO not like crap, it rhymes with step!
That would be rather unappetizing,
especially with Nutella.

Patti said...

Great pictures and the potty humor made me laugh outloud!

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Good morning. I have just discovered your blog, and I don't think I want to leave. Your photos are great inspiration, and I can't wait to read more.


M&Co said...

What a lovely blog, and stunning store you have! This is my first visit, I've added you to my link list so I'll find my way back soon :-)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Lovely, lovely photos, of just the kind of finds I adore! (and it's making me hungry):)
xo Lidy

Lisa & Alfie at The Pickled Hutch said...

Oh Shawn,
Your shop looks just lovely. I hope to visit in person someday soon. In the meantime, i will be content with visiting through your blog and gorgeous photos. February 2 in officially marked on my calendar for crepes!
Lisa & Alfie

Tracie said...

Thank you in return, for linking me from your most beautiful blog!

You're going to laugh, but the biscuits are from Big John's Gourmet Market (Grand John), it's beautiful inside! 707-433-7151 or

I believe they may have them at as well. Have you checked out They don't have the biscuits, but a lovely site... since you're everything beautiful french.

Good luck. I can always run down and pick some up if need be...

Dimanche Heureux!

Bebe said...

Hi Shawn,

Loved looking at more pictures of your shop ~ wish I could visit with you for crepes and champagne!!
But I fear I wouldn't have enough trunk space for all the lovely things I'd buy!!

Bebe :)

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Euro - just wondering - whats the white pompomy thingy? :-)

Ps not bad wallpapering job either there I might add!

euroantiquer said...

Hi Beautiful..
Those pompomy things are actually
drapery tiebacks. Wonderful aren't they?

Mélanie said...

wonderful . AND this crepe suzette is miam miam !
I wish I would be there to celebrate the chandeleur !

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Your blog is just so Romantic! I will add you to my favorite blogs right away,thank you for all the inspiration! Kimberly