Yellow and Lavender Spring

Here in Paris spring is coming. Spring is my favorite season here and these precious daffodils are just the beginning of the beauty that is coming.

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My littlest helper is never very far when I am outside.  I think he is as ready for spring as any one.

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While spring is coming outside, I decided to work on bringing spring time inside.

This is the view you get when you walk into our home. I love the bright lavender and yellow as you first come in.  Do you see my African masks peaking on the side?  They were brought back from Nigeria, my husband gets to spend some time there and I love the exotic touch they add.

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The large platter in the middle is a recent purchase from the Foire de Chatou.  It is marked Bryonia on the back.  It was made by Sarreguemines in the late 1800s and it is in perfect condition. I love it so much and love having it front and center in my house.

My other favorite is this purple transfer ware plate from the top row shows the “La Vie du Soldat” (Life  of the Soldier) “Le Depart”  My husband left for long military deployments twice earlier in our marriage and that moment of saying good bye is one of the hardest I have endured.  With out the good bye you don’t get the homecoming though and those are some of the best days of my life!

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I have amassed such a large collection of plates, enamelware, and fun decorating pieces that I don’t always know what I have.  I started working on my plate display, pulling out some of my favorite pieces and seeing what I had to go with them.  The lavender pieces have become some of my favorite pieces in my collection.  The family photo in the background is one of my all time favorites.  It was taken in Texas right before we left for Norway.

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I hope you have enjoyed this view yellow and lavender spring in my home.

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Discovering Treasures and Learning a Little History

On Sunday my daughter and I headed out for an early morning brocante adventure.  I had the address of 2 small town brocantes and a couple of hours before church.  We made our way to the first location and I was not that hopeful when I saw the market.  There were not that many people and all I saw were piles of clothes.  That is the trouble with small town markets, you never know what you are going to get.

Thankfully the parking was close so we got out and made our way around.  I did find a couple of great treasures, but my favorite piece came from our last stop.

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These four pieces were all sitting on a table.  There were a lot of people around and I was trying to move quickly so I picked these up and asked the price.  It was in the right range so I grabbed them up and put them in my bag.  It wasn’t until I got home, after another market and church that I was able to go through my finds and see what I had.

The color on this bowl is amazing.  The stamp on the bottom says Gien France.

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The two pieces on the right are from Sarreguemines.  They are a beautiful cream colored ironstone.

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 The real find of the day was this little white bowl.  It is not a very exciting bowl at first glance.  The edges are thick and not very refined, but I liked the medium size and the solid weight.

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The fun begins when you see the bottom.  I googled this name and found that this is a German piece of 1941.  The Reichsarbeitsdienst was a Labor party in Germany.  They were developed before World War II and eventually worked closely with the Nazi party during the war.

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 The fun part about this bowl is that my husband got excited about this piece of history that is now ours.  He told me that I am not allowed to sell this piece when it comes time to share some of my treasures.  I love that he is so supportive of my adventures and is able to enjoy my hard work.

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