Saturday, April 26, 2014

We Moved, Lilacs, French Bulldogs


Hello!
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
I haven't had much of a chance to blog lately....
We recently moved and life has been a little crazy for us the past couple of months.
We only moved fifteen minutes away.
We bought our first house : )
We believe it to be at least a hundred years old.
We are currently in the process of renovating it : )
I will start sharing pictures on my blog as soon as we have internet hooked up : )
I have been posting pictures on instagram.....


This is a picture of the garage....
I fell in love with the garage the moment I saw it....
I painted the shutters Farrow & Ball's  Manor House Gray.....


I am going to turn it into a work studio....


An image of a vintage French trugg that I will be listing in the shop....

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Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers.....
Bleu was quite curious when I brought these into the house....


She couldn't stop smelling them : )


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The front door to our house is a dark green color....
I plan to paint the door a dark gray color....


The steps are a bright red color.....


I plan to paint them gray also.....




What color would you paint the doors and steps?




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I also wanted to share a few pictures of our French Bulldogs.......
Ella when she was just eight weeks old checking out her reflection in the mirror for the first time.....













An image of my daughter's litter of French bulldogs she has available.
You can email Nicole, my daughter if you are interested in a French Bulldog Puppy...
farmhousefrenchies@yahoo.com



Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Take Care,
Maria 




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Vintage Belgian Sleigh Bells, A Vintage Gray French Trunk, Bleu the French Bulldog, and a Winner


Hello!
I hope you are all enjoying your week.....
One of the items I will be adding is this vintage French gray trunk.....
It is a trunk that would work well in a bedroom or in a entryway.....
I thought it would be fun to show a way to use it during the holidays.....


I was recently in Oklahoma at a horse show, and came back feeling inspired by all the beautiful horses I got to be around all day for a week.....
I have fallen in love with these vintage Belgian sleigh bells.....
The sound they make is so unbelievably beautiful.....
And I can only imagine how beautiful the horses were that they were once used on....
I don't think they will make it in the shop this season : )


I love to get two uses out of my boots.....
I love to wear them daily and I love accessorizing my house with them as well : ).....
Hang your favorite scarf from a ladder to add a little color to the room.....



I placed the small silver tip tree that is adorned with ornaments I purchased from Anthropologie in a 
a vintage French jam pot that is filled with water.....
I wanted to answer your questions on how to stabilize the tree in the pot....
The base of the tree is not very long, the bottom branches of the tree rest on the pot, and that is what stabilizes the tree in the pot...

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I wanted to share a few pictures of our French Bulldog named Bleu......


She is the sweetest little Frenchie....


She likes to stand like she is bigger then she rest of the dogs......


There might be more then a few pictures of Bleu in this post....







Bleu at just eight weeks old....


Bleu and her siblings at five weeks old.
Bleu is the puppy on the far left.
                                        I photographed the litter of puppies for our breeder,
 Jenn Gilliam, who can be reached at 559-310-2014....
We also raise French bulldogs and are hoping to have another litter of puppies available this spring.


Bleu


Bleu's brothers....


Bleu's brother singing for us.....
I will be sharing lots more pictures of Bleu in the near future....

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Thank you to everyone who entered and helped spread the word about our Wintersteen Farms Wreath and 500.00 gift card giveaway.....
The winner of the giveaway is
Congratulations Tracie!
Thank you Wintersteen Farms for giving away one of your beautiful wreaths.

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Thank you Meg for featuring our grain sack stockings and the Wintersteen Farms wreath in your ezine.

Hope you have a great week!
Take Care,
Maria 

Monday, December 2, 2013

$500.00 French Farmhouse Christmas Gift Card Giveaway, Wintersteen Farms Wreaths, Silver Tipped Christmas Trees, Anthropologie Ornaments


Hello!
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving day yesterday.....
Today we will be giving away a $500.00 gift card to my online shop along with a Wintersteen Farms Wreath.....
My cousin Jeff and his wife Kelly own Wintersteen Farms.....
Wintersteen Farms is a 36 acre noble and douglas tree farm located in Eagle Creek, Oregon....
The entire process of creating, decorating, and shipping each wreath is performed at Wintersteen Farms.... 
Their wreaths are honestly one of my favorite gifts to give during the holidays....
The giveaway details will be at the end of this post....


Our favorite Christmas trees to use during the holidays are the Silver Tipped Christmas trees....
We purchase our silver tipped trees from  Sierra Magnifica Trees.....

 

This year I fell in love with Anthropologie's candy striped ornaments and 
used them to adorn the trees in some of the product pictures.
I thought I would share a few images of items we added to our French Farmhouse Christmas section on November 20th along with a few simple Christmas decorating ideas..... Some of the items are currently out of stock,  however we are currently working on restocking the shop and hope to have some new items available around December 15th.



A vintage French crate filled with a silver tip tree.....


Ella modeling her Billy Wolf NYC jacket on a vintage French crate.....
I discovered these dog jackets on pinterest this fall, and I can't tell you how much we love these adorable jackets....
We also have stockings made from vintage European grain sacks......


Another vintage French crate filled with a silver tip tree.....
I found the plaid material in Bordeaux this fall....
I fell in love with this material.
It really was the inspiration behind my French Farmhouse Christmas displays for my product pictures this year.
I also brought the breadboards home from France as well....




I found this beautiful pot at a market in Villeneuve les Avignon along with the collar that Ella is wearing.... It even has a little bell attached to it....


I thought it would be fun to turn a breadboard into an advent calendar....


We put 24 nails into the breadboard in the shape of a tree and then hung the ornaments from the nails.... We also stamped numbers onto tags and hung the tags behind the ornaments....
The idea is the kids hang one ornament on the tree each day starting December 1st....


This season I have become obsessed with vintage French ticking and plaid fabrics....
I purchased the ticking last year and wrapped it around the base of our Christmas tree....
It only took me a year to get brave enough to cut into it.....


The basket the silver tipped tree is in is from Europe and are used in gardens.....
We typically use these baskets around our house to store shoes in....
They also make great laundry baskets......
We have a limited supply of these available in the shop.......


My mom used to hang sleigh bells on the door every Christmas season....
These bells bring back so many childhood memories for me....





I have  a few more bells to photograph and will add those to the shop on the 15th....


We have stockings made from vintage French linen and French ticking......


I strung Anthropologie ornaments around the top of this vintage French armoire using our nautical twine......
I got the idea from one of my favorite images that I found on Better Homes and Gardens website......


Fill a crate with some vintage kitchen items 
and give to the chef in the family.....


One of my favorite gifts to give is this 100% Raw-Real Varietal Honey.....




We have dog beds we made from vintage European grain sacks that will go well with your holiday decor.


Ella seems to love her dog bed and Billy Wolf jacket....
We were only able to get a couple pictures of her awake on the bed : )











To create a simple table scape we lined the table with a vintage grain sack runner, added two cafe au lait bowls filled with the Anthropologie ornaments that we topped with a mini wreath we made from an olive branch.....







I found the opaline Milk bottle in Isle Sur la Sorgue......
We set the table with a mixture of English ironstone plates and a mix of vintage French silverware...
I will have a few more sets of ironstone plates available on December 15th.


I have a limited supply of grain sack runners available.


Last year we created ribbon by cutting the stripes out of the grain sacks......
The ribbon is really easy to make or you can purchase the ribbon in our shop.....


I think it adds some nostalgic charm to the Wintersteen Farms wreath.....
The ribbon eminds me of candy canes......




Vintage French chocolate jars are now available in the shop....


We created a simple centerpiece by filling the jars with vintage inspired deer candles that I had purchased from Martha by Mail many years ago......


My mom had candles similar to this and put them out every year.....
Those candles were my favorite Christmas decorations that she would put out each Christmas season.....


We also added these vintage French baking pans.....


We lined the pans with festive tissue paper and filled them with cookies we made using a favorite recipe out of an old Country Home Magazine.....


I am always looking for fun containers to put homemade cookies in for the holidays.....


We are hoping to find more of these to add to the shop on December 15th....





Another way to display your Wintersteen Farms Wreath...... 


Hang your wreath from an old easel....
I found this 19th century easel in Provence.....
I managed to fit it in my suitcase.....


If you were to win the wreath, how would you display it in your home?


GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

We will be giving away a Wintersteen Farms wreath along with a $500.00 gift card to my Dreamy Whites Online Shop.......

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post stating where you would hang your Wintersteen Farms Wreath if you were to win.....
If you share the giveaway on Pinterest or any other social media outlets, please leave a separate comment for each time you shared the giveaway.....
If you leave an anonymous comment please leave an email address so we can contact you if you win.
The giveaway will end December 8th at midnight Pacific Standard time.....