Thursday, April 4, 2013

French Fascination on Pinterest

I have a serious "French Fascination" and cannot wait until the day in which I am able to visit the vistas of this Country.  My Pinterest board, French Fascination, is full of favorite photographs from this enchanting land. Here are a few of my favorite pins ~ enjoy! 

Balcony on the Seine, Paris

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Introduction: Wood & Mirrored Glass Cabinet

If you love to decorate your seaside home in a shabby chic style, then our wood & glass distressed dresser is the perfect piece for you to own!
This product is handmade and individually finished. As such, there may be a degree of variation between items – no two look exactly alike.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Joyeuses Pâques! French Easter Traditions

I was recently wondering how the French celebrate Easter.  Do they fill up baskets with sugary treats of chocolate and jelly beans like we do?  Do they have an Easter bunny? What flowers do they decorate their homes which? 

Poisson d'Avril, or April Fish

According to an article in France Today, written by Sarah Dunn, "Easter is a holiday that is celebrated just as enthusiastically in France as it is in America, although traditions do differ. One of the best French Easter traditions is that of the Cloche Volant, or flying bell. On Good Friday (vendredi saint) all the church bells in France are silenced. As legend has it, the bells fly to Rome to see the Pope. On Easter morning, it is said that the bells return from Rome just in time to ring out and joyously declare that Jesus has risen again.

Much like the American Easter Bunny, the main symbol of the Easter season in France is the Poisson d'Avril, or April Fish. Children play at sticking as many paper fish onto the backs of ignorant adults as possible, and then run away screaming "Poisson d'Avril!" These paper fish start swimming into stores as early as April 1st, joined by more fish, this time of the chocolate variety, a week later.  Classic chocolate Easter eggs can also be found in sweets shops throughout France—the first chocolate eggs were made in France and Germany in the nineteenth century."

Fish! Well, that's just perfect for those of us that love the French Seaside, isn't it?.  The French love chocolate fish too, not just paper ones. 

Chocolate fish, the symbol of Easter in France. shares these French Easter Traditions, "As throughout Europe, Easter in France rhymes with Easter Eggs. But Easter Eggs in France are just one among many other options as far as Easter gifts are concerned. The essential common ingredient, however, is chocolate. While supermarkets of course sell industirally produced Easter eggs and other tokens, many French people will prefer to get their Easter Eggs, chocolate Easter Bunnies, Easter Hens, Easter Bells or "friture" from a local bakery, patisserie, or - for the top quality - a local "chocolatier". And generally speaking it's worth the little (or sometimes considerable) extra cost. Local bakers, patissiers and chocolatiers pride themselves on making good-quality Easter chocolates, often individually decorated and presented with loving care. Eggs, bunnies and other chocolate animals come either "garnis" or "non-garnis" , meaning filled or unfilled. Filled versions usually contain small chocolates, or small sugary eggs - and often a mixture of the two.

Easter Traditions in France - Chocolate Hen

"Friture", that other Easter tradition, are little chocolate fish - which historically have more to do with April Fool's Day than Easter (An April Fool joke in France is called "un poisson d'avril", an April fish); but the two events being almost simultaneous, the distinction has been forgotten. 

Easter is traditionally a family celebration in France, and an excuse for a good family Sunday lunch, for which the traditional meat is roast lamb. For children, a traditional Easter pastime is hunting in the garden (or even in the apartment) for hidden chocolate eggs that according to tradition have been brought back overnight from Rome by the "Easter bells"; church bells in France traditionally remain silent from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday."

I feel well informed now and excited to see that chocolate is such an important part of their Easter holiday too!  Happy Easter Weekend to you and yours.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Today's Jewelry Mood: Classic Twist

Good Friday, friends!  If you haven't visited our new Jewelry Boutique (same owners, but different division) then we encourage you to visit, as well as sign up for notifications, and purchase designer jewelry at discount prices.

We're celebrating the "Classic Twist" jewelry style today.  If you like this nautically-influenced jewelry style, or jewelry in general, then visit our boutique and browse around today. 

Also, keep an eye out for daily specials, free gifts, hot picks, a weekly FLASH sale and even games. I wish you a fabulous weekend.

Be well,