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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Country French Christmas 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

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Pinterest Site 
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Seasonal Shop 

All of these were started from my love for France and Christmas. 

For the past two years, I have had a 

Country French Christmas
"pop-up" sale event in my garden shed. 

Here is how the first Country French Christmas looked. 

Here's one of last year's Christmas trees in the shop. 

This year will be the third Country French Christmas
and I am so excited that my sister is part of this year's event. 
Remember, she is a professional floral designer 
who has real flair for creating beautiful floral arrangements. 
We would love to have my blogging friends come by. 
So, if you are in north Texas while our sale is going on,
 please come by, have a cup of coffee, and visit for a while. 
The shop is in a rural setting surrounded by trees, 
and I find it peaceful.  

This view is from the deck on my house and 
was taken during the summer of 2012. 
It will look much more festive during the Christmas season. 

Send me an email at 
if you would like directions. 
I'll send you a flyer with maps. 

Would you like a few peeks at what is in the
 shop for this year's Country French Christmas sale? 

You have seen lots of items already in the posts this year. 
Many of the items that I showed how I made will be for sale. 
Remember the license plate birdhouse? 
How about the rustic box with a French graphic? 
So, I won't repeat them now. 

The following photos show just a sampling of 
other items in this year's sale. 
Plus, you can see a little bit of the inside of the garden shed. 

Garlands, little metal trees, antique shoe lasts, Christmas trays 

Lots of bird-themed decor... 

Closer view of items on the white buffet... 

Love, love, love these little gold-crowned birds... 

One little gold-crowned bird in a metal cloche makes 
a beautiful centerpiece display on a table or mantel. 

Special Paris-scenes cards from Paris, France. 
Hand-carried these home from Paris... 
Another thing that I love, love, love... 
Oh, yes, the card holder with the heart-shaped 
individual holders was also hand-carried 
home from the Paris Objet Maison trade market. 

The Farmers Market design on these bags, oven mitts, kitchen towels, wood trays 
says "Provence" to me. 
And the great chippy white board with hooks is for sale, too. 
So-o-o country kitchen, both French and American country. 
Have you noticed the background in some of the 
beautiful tablescapes on many blogger's posts are kitchen towels? 
This white rooster kitchen towel will make a fantastic 
background or starring role in a future tablescape! 

Another thing I love anytime of the year is 
a tree-shaped topiary. 

Did you see anything you liked? 

If not, there is so much more that is 
not ready for its "close-up". 
Everyday is jam-packed with things 
to do getting ready for all our customers. 

I would love to meet some of you in person, 
and this is a great opportunity for us to meet.  

Did you spot that Nov. 30 has a special offer? 
15% off $15 or more total sales 

Oh, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


  1. I see lots of things I like! It's too bad I don't live closer. You've got lots of lovely things and I'm sure your sale is going to be a success. My favorite are the crowned birds!

  2. Oh what fun! I love it all! Too bad we are a state away and Texas is a BIG state to cross! It would be so much fun to meet you in person, but that will have to wait until another time. Hope you have an absolutely fabulous time meeting other bloggers who are closer!

  3. Oh how I wish we were neighbors! It all is so gorgeous...

  4. Good luck with your sale this year! I wish I lived nearby; I'd be there if I could.

  5. There's garden shed, in Texas, that holds a French Fairy Tale!
    Magic! If only I could click my heels.
    Que c'est beau! Un merveilleux marché en effet!

  6. I must agree with Dreams On 34th Street...Just lovely! Un vrai conte de fe!
    Any chance Farmers Market items might be purchased online through one or another source?
    SIL is from Texas and say 'WE' have ONLY the best...AAh!
    I feel in the Christmas spirit already, thanks!

  7. I would be in heaven in your Garden Shed, so many wonderful items. I'm sure everyone will have fun shopping, wish I lived closer. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  8. Oh, I wish I was going to be in North Texas so I could visit your shed.

  9. I think we all want to be in Texas now. :)
    Stopping by via bloggy friend's page, Lynne from Dreams on 34th Street.
    Everything is fabulous.
    Yes, it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

  10. What a fabulous surprise in your shed. Love all the arrangements and pretty Christmas things. Wish I lived near you. Visiting from Confessions of a Plate Addict...
    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

  11. Really wishing I lived in Texas right now....or even a little closer.. I am in NY. I will just sigh at your beautiful pictures and lovely items! Visiting from Be Inspired!

  12. Just discovered your's so lovely! I have so many you ship? Do you still have any of those divine French postcards? or any of the white birds with the crowns? They are too adorable for words! My fingers are crossed that you aren't sold out of these treasures. Thanks!

  13. So glad I found you today. You are a woman after my own heart! We have many things in common, it seems. :-) I'm looking forward to settling in with a cuppa and browsing your blog ...
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas


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