Sunday, December 18, 2011

More Photos from the Marches in France

I had a great time hanging with Al and getting the finial items done for the two marches we attended. We had a great response. I love vin chaud!
Note to self - must learn French! Seems a bit crazy to go to France and then not be able to talk to folks about your product.  
Enjoy the photos. I will post our videos as soon as I figure out how to do it.
These are from Draveil:
The morning set up. Fortunately, the tents are set up for us.

Some of the entertainment

Our booth

A photo op for one of the schools

Folks in line to see "Papa Noel"

These are from Vigneux:
Our booth

The chateau

Papa Noel sampling the champagne

Some of our items

Josie modeling her glove purchase

Saturday night

Family photo with Papa Noel

How many vin chaud does it take to keep warm? 

Sunday morning, burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Some of the entertainment

I love seeing the kids all bundled up

How cool to see this while shopping for fabric

Being creative.
Thanks to Al and family for being patient with my mess

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Market à la Française

Last weekend was the last of our Christmas Markets this year in France. We participated in 3 days of "marchés"; December 3 in Draveil, the city right next door, which was cold, rainy and very windy. One stall was completely upturned, but with some help they set up shop again and continued the day without further mishaps.
Our second weekend was December 10, 11 in the town I live in, Vigneux-sur-Seine. This year there were 39 stands and in spite of the cold we had a good turnout. 
We'll just let the pictures tell the story!
A quartet and beasties add to the ambiance
Mulled Wine helps stave off the cold!

Even Santa (Papa Noël) can't resist a good Champagne

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Le Marché St. Pierre in Paris

Here's a little glimpse of a material maven's paradise. Just about the only place around my place to go and buy material is in Paris. I am not exaggerating at all (this time). At the little neighborhood markets I can rarely find the just-right color, motif, etc., etc. that I have in my mind's eye.
So I get on the train, ride 20 minutes to Paris, change a couple of Metro lines, walk down souvenir-lined streets and VOILA!, I am at the foot of Sacre-Coeur getting all excited and jittery as I envision my future purchases.
The two biggest and oldest stores are La Reine and Dreyfus (Marché Saint Pierre). And when I say big, I mean BIG! Six to seven stories of whatever your little heart desires. But, I must confess that some days I go in and find nothing, absolutely nothing, that I'm looking for.
I'll just stop talking about it and show you some pics from our (yes.. our ... Peggy's over here, more about that in another post) latest jaunt about a week ago.