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Saturday, April 28, 2012

IN A FRENCH GARDEN....NOUS SOMMES TOUS COMME LES FLEURS.














Oh, Joy!!! It is spring! I , like many people, am thinking about my summer garden.  I went out this morning to my flea markets and favorite spots to look for the things I like to collect; one of these being french antique and vintage silver plate urns, creamers and sugarers, small trophies and the like. I fill them with fresh flowers during the winter for my mantle or tables throughout my french home. I came across this beautiful vintage mermaid stand for my garden today, and the wheels started turning in my little french head!  So I decided to do a french theme in my spring garden, by bringing the indoors out! Brilliant!!!! So i filled up the silver bowls and urns and creamers with french blue pansies and placed them out in my garden, bringing items from indoor to outdoors!! My favorite room in my house is my three season room, this looks out to my garden. I can enjoy coffee or wine in this room in the summer while peering out at this magnificent french garden that is just starting to blossom. The idea of bringing out beautiful, precious items and placing them into my garden is a new design trend that patty P is starting...Please feel free to e-mail me or ask me for some of my ideas....you are welcome to copy my ideas...that is what patty p is here for!!

Terre, nourris-moi
Patty P xo

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I'M TURNING JAPANESE, I THINK I'M TURNING JAPANESE, I REALLY THINK SO!

 SHOWN HERE WITH SOME SHELLS AND THINGS FROM THE SEA! HOW PRETTY IS THAT FOR A CANDY JAR!
 HERE IS A CLOSE UP OF THE WONDERFUL TRADEMARK...IT'S THE REAL DEAL!
 NEXT TO MY PRIZED SILVER URNS...
 UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL SHOT OF THE BEAUTIFUL DETAIL.

Spring time brings patty P out to all the flea markets around New England, where she finds some of her great treasures she collects for her French Home, here on the North Shore of Boston. I found a beautiful little Kompeitos candy jar made and signed by the company Vantine's. Vantine's was a company that was started in San Francisco in 1840 and moved to New York in 1869. The company closed in 1951. They manufactured wares in japan for export in the west. Their trademark shown in the picture here, is a crossed imperial Chinese and Japanese flag with a Turkish crescent moon + star in the center. Kompeitos are small Japanese sugar candies....these jars were probably filled with candies in the 19th centuries. I love collecting pottery, esp from Marblehead and of course, FRANCE, but now i have turned some of my attention to Japan!
I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so!
Patty P