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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Farmers Market and Daffodils

Monday, March 9, 2015

Come into the kitchen where a fresh cut bouquet of daffodils
sits on a Farmers Market wooden tray on the island and
a collection of Farmers Market linens hangs close by.
All bring cheer to a French country kitchen ready for the sunshine of spring.

Boxes and boxes of tightly unopened daffodils were stacked 
in the flower section of the grocery store this week. 
Another shopper and I looked at them 
with questions about whether we should risk buying them. 

Would they open? 

On the day of grocery shopping, we'd had gloomy skies and 
record low temperatures for over two weeks. 
G l o o m 
All my daffodils had wilted under ice and snow 
and were hanging with their faces on the wet muddy ground. 

At a special price of 99¢ per bundle of 10 stems, 
I took a chance and bought 5 bundles 
wondering if that was enough to fill my white pitcher. 

Wondering if the limpy stems would open... 

Oh, yes, 5 bundles were enough! 
Overnight the tight buds unfurled and filled my white pitcher 
with spring cheer. 

Placed on the French Farmers Market tray on the kitchen counter, 
they were just the thing to dispel the gloom 
of overcast skies and frigid temperatures. 

A little red chalk board rooster added another bright spot of color with 
its reminder to buy eggs from the market. 

A Farmers Market list grew. 
Daffodils are on the list in case there are more at the grocery. 

A vintage brass oil can makes a great place to clip notes and lists 
using an office store gold colored bulldog clip.  

I found this little can at Chipper's antique store near my mom's house. 
The bottom still has the original price tag of 39¢ stamped in ink. 
I paid more than 39¢, but still got a good bargain. 
When I bought it I wasn't sure how I would use it, but   
I love the way it feels when I hold it and 
love its long spout with the bend at the end. 

While the little oil can is old, it is in perfect condition. 

How would you use it? 

The Farmers Market tray and daffodils vignette brings spring to the kitchen  
AND gives a little touch of France. 

 The Farmers Market design reminds me of Provence with its 
bright oranges, reds, and yellows, and French script. 
Le Coq (rooster) has been a French national symbol 
throughout French history. 

The French Revolution flag included a rooster, 
and the new Republic's seal also included a rooster. 
Some current day large French companies and 
sports teams use le coq in their logos. 

French Farmers Market linens hang across from the pantry 
adding more bright spring cheer. 

Today is the first day of blue skies 
and bright sunshine flooding the kitchen in almost three weeks. 

Sometimes aprons hang here; but other times like today, 
kitchen linens that go with the season hang here. 

Right next to the crown hooks holding the linens is the coat closet. 

Two fabric French Farmers Market bags are easy to grab 
as going out the door to the market. 

French Farmers Market linens and tray with daffodils are just the things 
to brighten gloomy winter days and give hope for
S P R I N G. 

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  1. Bonjour, Judith! There is nothing more simple that can bring such a profound joy, as fresh flowers. The simplicity of buying a bunch, bringing them home, and preparing them for that special vase is one of the pleasures many of us can make happen. I have two vases filled right now with roses, and I intend on keeping this tradition happening for a long time.

    Your home looks STUNNING with the sunshine shafting into that glorious kitchen of yours! HAPPY DAY! Anita

  2. I am completely charmed by your kitchen. An ingenious way to use that darling little oil can. I think it is a perfect use. If I get the chance I'll be copying it. Haha! The tray vignette is so fresh and bright. It sings Spring!

  3. Good Morning, Judith: What an inspiration your post is on this beautiful, sunny morning. We patiently wait for Spring and the need to surround ourselves with colour. Your kitchen is so pretty...adorable, really. Today I will bring home some flowers. :) Deb

  4. I love all the pot holders and bags. This is the first week in the last month that we will not have snow. Raining, but I can deal with that.

  5. Hello Judith!
    Your French Market kitchen is beautiful! You always have the prettiest accessories. Daffodils are pure sunshine! We have had unseasonably warm weather. Our bulbs and blooms are way ahead of schedule. Yesterday we exposed the upper screen on the storm door. We kept the door open until 8pm. It was so nice to let the fresh air inside.

    I hope that this note finds you well!
    You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Judith,
    That is one beautiful color profusion of Springtime. Lovely photos, pretty linens.

  7. Very pretty! Bright colors really say "Spring is here!".
    Have a lovely day,

  8. Judith, I'm happy you have blue skies and sunshine. We are back to grey skies and rain. It's been raining since late last night, and though I'd relish a bit of blue sky and sunshine, the rain is always welcome. Your French Market theme is refreshing. I always smile when I see shots of your light filled kitchen. You must be happy! Topping it all off with sunny daffodils is the crowing glory.
    Enjoy the day!

  9. Oh Judith, of course they would have bloomed L@l@K at what they had to look forward to in your beautiful kitchen! It's such beauty like yours that any struggling bloom would awaken to just be that added vase or farmhouse pitcher of floral in your space. They were such a risk, yet you took a chance and woke to a beautiful welcoming spring sight.

    Love the tray, I have a thing for them as well, in fact one sits on the kitchen table waiting on what ever may be filled in it.

    I have been posting artful French pieces at my place, yet a bundle of daffodils would inspire it all.

    See you soon and the beauty of your French home.


  10. Oh, Judith! Nothing says Spring as well as daffodils! They were $3 a stem when I last looked at our grocery store which was a little pricey for me, but $.99 a bundle! Yes, please! I'll have to look again to see if they are less expensive this week. The oil can is charming. I have a much smaller one that I've had for years just sitting in my studio on a bookshelf. I love the way you are using yours, but I'll need to use a much smaller clip if I copy the idea and a much smaller note size - maybe 3" x 3" would work with mine. As always everything looks fresh and charming. Happy Spring!

  11. Hi Judith, Daffodils always mean Spring is right around the corner. They are so pretty in your white pitcher.

  12. I just love your bright French country kitchen! You've captured the look perfectly! Those great old oil cans are great as ring holders on your dresser or by the sink!

  13. I just saw daffodils at Trader Joe's yesterday and wondered the same thing! I should have bought them! Beautiful display!
    I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our Something to Talk About link party each Monday-Thursday!
    Have a great weekend!


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