The first is my antique Jeanne d’Arc brooch which dates from around 1910. It represents my favorite historical figure…Saint Joan of Arc…dressed for battle in her armour and holding her banner and her coat of arms. On either side of her you can see the cross of Lorraine...the region of France that she called home and the same area where I lived! It truly is a tiny little treasure…only about an inch and a half wide. Now I have to get a hold of the French teacher in me or I will tell you waaay more about Joan of Arc than you ever wanted to know!
My second little treasure is this wonderful Henriot Quimper cup and saucer that I found in a near-by flea and antique market, thanks to my friend CC. If you know me, you know how I love my Quimper pottery!
The front of the cup sports the traditional little Bretonne lady that I love so much! There were actually two of these cups and I was relieved to see that the other did not star her little Breton man or I would have had to buy him, too! When I see a pair of anything, I have difficulty buying just one! How can you leave one of them all alone?
But what really attracted me to the cup was this whimsical dragon handle! It is so unusual! A little research let me know that it dates from around 1930.
She just looks right at home among all of my other Quimper pieces, doesn’t she? You can see more of my little Quimper collection here.
And now for the surprise! My amaryllis from Christmas before last is blooming! Isn’t it lovely? I had managed to get it to sprout again, but never to bloom, so I just put it in the garage all winter and ignored it.
Then one day I happened to notice that new leaves were growing and it was beginning to bud! I found out that if you want it to bloom, you should keep it in a cool place and not water it. Woo hoo! Who knew that neglect was the key to getting it to bloom again!
And just in case you are wondering about the staff…it seems that “cat TV” is waaaay more interesting than French antiques! I do believe spring has sprung since you can finally see a little green showing in the Bermuda grass. What about you? Are you seeing some signs of spring?
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my tiny French treasures! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop on Tuesdays , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , DIY by Design for Swing into Spring , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
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