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27 January, 2009

What's on My Wall?...Wordless Wednesday...and...Outdoor Wednesday

Today I am participating in three Wednesday events....am I overly enthusiastic?? Be sure to click on the links to the hostesses of these events so that you can visit their wonderful blogs and support these new ventures in Blogland!


Welcome to the first What's on your Wall Wednesday hosted by our "hostess with the mostest" Barb at Grits and Glamour! Be sure to stop by her blog to see her beautiful home and to find a list of this week's participants!


Welcome to my home! I have been hiding a dirty little secret from you and that is... the extent of my plate obsession! But now that I know you a little better, I am going to begin giving you a few peeks at my plates. This week I'll show you my front door. You see the four Quimper plates hanging above the door? Well, there are plates over almost every door in my house...are you still my friend? lol OK...then I'll show you my plates up close and personal as well as the little Quimper wall pocket to the right of my door.

This is my pride and joy...my favorite piece of Quimper ware! It is an antique double wall pocket with the traditional little Breton man and woman hand-painted on it. Quimper is in Bretagne...Brittany... a province of France...so the little figures are wearing the traditional costumes of that region. I love that they are together because it keeps me from having to buy two of them! You'll see what I mean when you see my plates!


This plate is from a series of Genre Ancien Wallplates which were created from designs in the archives and museum collections of HB Henriot, the most famous producer of Quimper ware. These plates are not antiques, but are copies of them. You will notice that there is always a fanciful plant painted beside the figures. Here is the little Breton, or man from Bretagne, who is playing a traditional Breton instrument...


...and this is the matching Bretonne, or woman from Bretagne. She has been spinning and is holding a spindle. I love the flowers in this particular pair of plates! But you must see my dilemma...you have to buy both of them!!!


And here is the Breton, smoking his clay pipe. Notice his wooden shoes and his wonderful bloomers!


and here is his partner....also holding a spindle. But you do see that you have to buy both, don't you? You can't leave the little guy all alone without his honey pie! Can you??

And so it begins...your first peek into my addiction to plates! Please be sure to visit Barb to see more of the participants and what's on their walls!

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Welcome to my first Wordless Wednesday hosted by my friend Dixie at French Lique, Texas! Be sure to visit her blog to see a list of the other participants, get the word for the week and find out how to join in the fun!


Garden....

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Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday hosted by my fellow Southerner Susan at A Southern Daydreamer! Don't forget to stop by her blog to see who is participating and to check out the wonderful outdoor spaces!

Vincent Van Gogh's view of the same garden...."The Courtyard of the Hospital at Arles." Van Gogh was admitted to this hospital in Arles, France, after cutting off a portion of his ear while arguing with his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin. Click here for more information about the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.





68 comments:

  1. Debbie - I'm still your friend. I have a few plates on my walls, too, so I know what you mean. However, you probably have more on your walls than I have on mine. And I for sure don't know as much about them as you do. Anyway, I can't wait to see more of the plates on your walls. I put you on my list of award reciepents, but I see you have all of them already! LOL! Come by anyway; I always enjoy your visits.

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  2. Bautiful Quimper plates, Debbie. I am turning green with envy:-) But my favorite is the double wall pocket. Love your garden pictures!...Christine

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  3. Debbie, I love your plates, and if you saw what was inside of my cabinets, you would understand why I say that! I loved your garden shots, too. BTW, I posted something on Blue Monday just for you (and you need to check the link on my page under Shiny Objects because it has to do with kitties and pottery), because I don't think you saw it. With your industrious post, I know understand why! LOL!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  4. Debbie, I love your plates. And I adore your Quimper wall pocket. I could easily become addicted to plates, too. I do have a few plates I could share. But, nothing like yours.

    The gardens are so beautiful. I wish we could take a afternoon stroll though them together.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  5. Hi Debbie...I love your Quimper ware..I have a plate addiction as well but not with such elegant plates like you have...I happen to love souvenir state plates...You know those tacky things from the 1950's..I actually have 2 complete sets...No, they are not on my wall. Thank heavens for that!!

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  6. Wow, you have been a busy bee today! I love your plates, you have such a wonderful collection. But that wall pocket is the best. And thank you again for the mini vacation, just beautiful and just what I needed right now (it's 29 degrees and dropping and they are using the dreaded "s" word on the weather!) Hugs, Kathy

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  7. Oh Debbie...your walls are heavenly... I love all your plates!

    The garden are gorgeous. I would love to wander around the pathways and see all the beautiful flowers.

    Thanks for sharing your photos... Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

    Susan

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  8. Way to go---THREE Wednesday Events all rolled into one! I love blogging--you just learn soooo much---like those lovely plates of yours! I have never heard of Quimper before today!! You certainly have a wonderful collection--and I can see why you love them!
    Oh the courtyard gardens are lovely--so wonderful that it is the same spot Van Gogh painted. I need to go to the link you provided and read about the fight he had and the reason he cut off and mailed his ear to someone. It's been a very long time since I read that story! :)
    Well, hope you have a great Wordless Wednes., What's on your Wall Wednes., and Outdoor Wednesday! :) Dana

    PS Loved your tablescape, too! You have been a busy blogger!! :)

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  9. Debbie, I'm baaaaack! No, No. Not those kitties. The kitty riding the gator on the teapot (the faux kitty) in the Blue Monday post. Then once there, you have GOT TO check out the link (on the sidebar) to the gallery. They have some kitty teapots that will set you free! ;-) Go to the veeeeeeeeery end of the sidebar under Shiny Objects! But see the one in the post first. It's a hoot. He looks like he has a mohawk or something. He's also an angel, an oxymoron if ever there was one because I've lived with kitties throughout my life, and they are the definition of the word mischief. ;-) Nothinbg angelic there... well, maybe their sweet faces. :-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  10. Debbie - those garden and outdoor photos make me long for springtime... we're having our 1-week of winter in south Texas this week... I don't like the cold... but at least it only lasts 1-week! ;)

    blessings. Dixie

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  11. I just discovered your blog. How lovely! Plates and kitties make a winning combination.

    All the best, Lana

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  12. Very pretty. thank you for sharing!

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  13. Good evening dear friend. I was making my rounds and could not wait to get here. You never fail to impress me with your collection.
    I have to show you my three bowls I bought in Budhapest. Not Qwimper, but very similiar and you will love them. Thank you so much for joining my first ever WOYWW. I know you had a busy day with all these events. I can't wait to see more of your treasures. Hugs, Barb

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  14. Amazing photos of the very courtyard. Inspiring! I'll have to look at your post on your walls and come back

    Kathy b

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  15. Ok, I just enjoyed Quimper plates. They are just lovely. As I read your descriptions I read the word Breton. I just had a lovely crepe at a local restaurant. The crepe is called the Coq Breton. I know no french but I wonder if Coq is chicken ?

    Anyway, really did enjoy the plates and the crepe.
    Kathy b

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  16. Debbie, your sneak peak into your beautiful plate obsession is beautiful.. I can see why you fell in love with these beauties.. Thanks for sharing darling. hugs ~lynne~

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  17. Debbie, got the message! Glad you found them! I need your email address. I can't click on yours and get it because this new computer won't let me. It's nuts! If you get a chance, email me at my blog.

    Thanks much!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  18. ~WOW~ Debbie your home and plates are beautiful! I love your entryway
    decor'. The plates above in a row look great like that.

    The gardens are just magnificent.
    How peaceful.
    ~Melissa :)

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  19. WOW!! Debbie you did a triple today..and here I can barely do one...now I love that wall pocket..all you plates are just to beautfiul and I never heard of them until I met you...thanks hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  20. Lovely plates!!!! CHEERS! Michele

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  21. HELLO DEBBIE,
    BEAUTIFUL....
    I LOVE YOUR ENTRY WAY AND YOUR QUIMPER WARE...I'M NOT EDUCATED ENOUGH AS I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH QUIMPER WARE BUT IT IS VERY PRETTY...I LOVE THE COLORS.
    YOU ARE AMAZING TO PARTICIPATE IN THREE ACTIVITIES AND EACH ONE WAS LOVELY.
    debbie

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  22. Hi Debbie! Awesome post! Yes, you definitely HAVE to buy both of the plates - they wouldn't look right if you split the couples up... Love the wall pocket! The gardens are so beautiful... ♥ Diane

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  23. Your quimper plates are gorgeous and my favorite of course is the double wall pocket. I have never seen anything like it but be sure I am gooing to look.

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  24. You have been a busy blogger & I'm glad you have...wonderful photos! I really like the way you are displaying your plates over the door. The garden is just lovely and the accompanying story was great to read. Thank you Debbie for voting for Lil Bear! ;-) Bo

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  25. I love your plates!!!! The double wallpocket one is so unique!!! Do you have any tips for me on how to hang plates and keep them safe?? I have so many but am worried that they may fall and break! I am off to look at your lovely blog!

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  26. WOW! WOW! WOW!
    1. Of course you have plates on your walls!!!! I especially love the double wall pocket!
    2. Lovely Garden!
    3. I love Van Gogh! Thanks for sharing and explaining the connection to the lovely garden mentioned above!!! :D Jewel

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  27. What lovely garden pictures! How nice to see some color this morning, where here all I see when I look out my windows, is, that white stuff. It's lovely, too, but I'm ready for some beautiful spring color!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Margie :)

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  28. More Quimper...love it, especially the wall pocket.

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  29. Debbie, I love the lessons about your Quimper ware. They are so interesting and I love the different looks and costumes the couples wear. I agree that you have to have both. The wall pocket is just beautiful. The gardens in your pictures are just so beautiful. When I see pictures of France, I'm always amazed at the very neatly manicured and formal gardens. They are just beautiful. I agree with Kathy, another great mini vacation. Hugs, Marty

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  30. I stopped by to see your Wordless Wednesday and enjoyed not only that but all of your pictures and things shared today. They are all very lovely!

    Have a good day :-)

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  31. Debbie, Your plates are beautiful. And I love your displays!

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  32. I love your entry way! Your plates are so pretty!

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  33. Oh, thanks for the peek...I love your quimperware and the wreath inside is buuuuuutiful! I just love your blog more and more everyday...just my style!

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  34. Beautiful! And what is wrong with plates above every doorway?! Nothing at all! Every time I have an open spot on a wall I think to myself, hmmmm...what would look nice there? Plates!

    Thanks for sharing your obsession with us, love it.
    ~Michelle

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  35. Beautiful plates and beautiful pictures of the gardens, and I really enjoyed listening to the music...
    Blessings, Sue

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  36. Wow, everything is so beautiful. I especially like the wall pocket.

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  37. That wall pocket is one of the prettiest I've ever seen! I'm turning green here. :)

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  38. Of course I'm still your friend. You'd be hard pressed to find a wall in my house that doesn't have a plate on it. ;o) Happy WOYWW!

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  39. I forgot to answer your question about Miss Scarlett's hat...Your guests may wear a hat, but the hostess never wears a hat inside her home!

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  40. Love the plates! The outdoor pictures just make me long for spring even more! That's interesting about Van gogh! Great post!!! Kristen

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  41. I am positively salivating over your Quimper plates. I love Quimper. The double vase is just wonderful. You can never have too many plates. If anyone told you that, they were mistaken. ;-)

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  42. You know I'm still your friend.i love seeing more of your plates.And you cannot-------seperate the lovers.No way!I can see why you have such a love for them.Now I'm going to go find out about wordless wednesday...Ann

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  43. Yikes! 3 for the price of one! Lovely, lovlier, lovliest! I enjoyed seeing it all!

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  44. WOW! You did three and did them all beautifully. I tried to do one and made a mess of it. Oh well, I will try again next week. Your plates are amazing.
    Roberta Anne

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  45. Absolutely love the vibrant colors of the Quimper Ware. Makes the scenes seem so alive. Some things just belong or look better in pairs, if it is possible to have a pair. Salt/pepper sets, candlesticks, etc. You get the idea. Sometime you are so attracted to something that has lost it's mate, that you acquire it anyway. Then your search begins for another orphaned one like the one you have.

    The pictures of the gardens are so wonderful. Hardly seems like Spring is due to begin here March 20th when it is still so cold outside. Batten down the hatches. It is due to get colder before it gets warmer. The heat of Summer will be here soon enough.

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  46. Love the plates, what a beautiful collection. And those photographs, breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Hi Glenda...Oh you are right about summer! Soon I'll have to mow the lawn again...a job that gets increasingly less interesting as summer progresses! But I want it done my way...lol! Yes, my sister gave me a single Quimper plate..with a litle man. They are expensive and I could not have expected two! But I knew where she got it...at an antique store in Madison...so I had to get in the car and go get his mate!! Ohh...I'm sounding a little obsessive! Hope you are having a great week! Thanks for dropping by! I'm always happy to see a comment from you!...Debbie

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  48. Love your dishes you have on the walls and else where, very nice!
    Linda

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  49. Debbie,
    Beautiful plates....Love the garden photos...Love to walk through the path of the garden. Welcome to Outdoor wednesday..katherinellen

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  50. I have loved learning about Quimper. I was aware of it but never took the time to study the varying details on the individual pieces.
    The hand painting is charming! Very fun to be the "student". You may be retired but you are still a teacher!

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  51. Thanks, Norwegian! Unfortunately, the teacher in me has been there for so long, it won't quit!! lol ...Debbie

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  52. Hi Debbie, I can see why you love the Quimper Ware plates... I love your collection! Your pictures of the gardens are just beautiful! It's nice to see pictures like that when all I see out my windows is snow. LOL Thanks for visiting my blog. I will definetly post pictures of my penny rugs when I'm done.
    ~*~Leanne~*~

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  53. Hi Debbie! Three new weekly blogging events...what fun! I think your plate addiction is 100% acceptable...especially here in home decor blog land! I absolutely love your Quimper, and yes, I totally agree that you should have two of everything to keep that little Breton couple together forever. :-)

    As for that beautiful garden, well, I think if you are going to have to be in a hospital, how much better for the patient if he gets to gaze out onto that scene during his stay, as opposed to an ugly old concrete parking lot!

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  54. Good Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Oooh...love all of your pretty quimperware!!! I just knew you would be "chompin at the bit" to post for "What's on your Walls" Wednesday...hehe!!! I don't know if I ever told you but it was your beautiful kitchen wall display of pretty plates that inspired me to do my collection of red transferware wall display in my dining room!!! I had never decorated with plates before and now I'm wanting to put plates up everywhere...hehe!!!

    Well Sweetie...hope that you're having a terrific Thursday...
    Love ya,
    Chari

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  55. Debbie, there is an award for you on my blog.

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  56. Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for the little lesson on Quimperware. Beautiful pictures of the gardens and I am intigued by wordlsess Wednesday. I painted a French Inspired Mermaid for a French Inspired shop called Vintage. I cannot wait for you to see it! Kim

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  57. Debbie, this is my first visit, I came by way of Sharon at Second Helping. You have a beautiful home and the plate are beautiful. I will be back.

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  58. Hey Girlfriend...

    I'm back...hehe!!! I have a decorating dilemma and would love your advise especially since you're the pro when it comes to all things french...I just put it up on my blog...if you have the time, I'd sure appreciate your input!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  59. Debbie I have had such a longing for Quimperware. It was truly a case of love at first site. Ah, but the price has kept me from owning any, but I see you got some at Ross? Oh my I will be on the hunt. Always love to see more of your wonderful collection and loving home. Love, Cindy

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  60. Oh Cindy!! How wonderful to see you here! Thanks so much for droppin by. I just mentioned you in a comment to Chari! Have a great weekend...Debbie

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  61. Debbie, I love the Quimper plates from France and the story behind them. Your Outdoor Wed. post is fab...so lovely! Absolutely love the gardens in the pics! ~CC Catherine

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  62. Debbie, CC will be staying here on the farm. She is our first mini nubian and we can't wait to see what kind of milker she will be

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  63. Love the colors on the plates! And yes, you mustn't break up the couple!

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  64. Debbie - I loved each of your posts. Loving plates like I do, your first post was my favorite. What is really great is that you share so much information about them. The Quimper ware was beautiful. I also took a tour of your home. It's beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Sweetie

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  65. Ok...you keep showing me all this Quimper Ware...and I'll have a new addiction to add to my decorating book addiction and "general" china addiction. It's sooooo colorful...love it!

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  66. Debbie, as the daughter of one of my close friends tells us, "One can never have too many plates." It is an addiction, but such a fun one. But life is short and one should surround oneself with what makes one happy. Thanks for sharing the photos. I think your little wall pocket is adorable. I like to fill my pockets with lavender. Makes the guest room smell a bit like France. ~ Sarah

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie