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30 November, 2014

A Country French Christmas

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French Christmas I am so excited because it’s the last Sunday in the month…time for our Country French Design Group to share…and this time the subject is Christmas! I love that mixture…my favorite style with one of my favorite holidays! And believe it or not, it’s not hard or expensive to give a Country French flavor to your Christmas décor!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French ChristmasIt only takes a few little touches to get my vintage Quimper collection all dressed up for Christmas…a few well-placed candles and bits of greenery, an easy-to-make and inexpensive wreath…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French Christmas …a few ornaments here and there to add to the holiday feeling…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT A Country French Christmas …and my favorite finds from the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France …reminders of a wonderful holiday spent with friends! You can get a closer look at my Christmas-y Quimper collection here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Christmas Chalkboard GreetingI always have a little frenchy Christmas vignette greeting my friends at my door…this time a little chalkboard-painted silver tray and a tiny forest of bottle brush trees.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Ballard Inspired Joyeux Noël Pillow And I love to scatter more French Christmas greetings around the house…such as this no-sew Ballard inspired Joyeux Noël pillow…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Joyeux Noël Tea Towels …or these little handmade tea towels…no embroidery skills required! You can see how I made them here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Sheet Music Christmas Candles And this year I added these French sheet music Christmas candles to my holiday decorations! I love the rustic look and the texture!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Ticking and Burlap Christmas Mantel I am still working on this year’s mantel, but here’s one of my favorites from Christmas past…starring French ticking and burlap!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Grain Sack Ornaments And another favorite is already added to this year’s table top tree…my DIY grain sack ornaments! You will find the tutorial here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sheet Music Christmas Decorations And sometimes things just look French to me, without necessarily being French…like my vintage sheet music decorations…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Wisteria Inspired Sheet Music Candles …or my Wisteria inspired sheet music candles. They are super-easy and inexpensive to make…and I even provide the graphics for you!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Santons de ProvenceBut my absolute favorite Country French touch at Christmas is the crèche that I brought back from the South of France several years ago! It is all handmade and hand-painted by local artisans. You may notice that it includes a few visitors that you do not recognize.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Santons de ProvenceThat's because it is the custom in southern France to add santons  to the nativity scene. They are traditional figures that represent the local people, such as this pretty Niçoise, or woman from Nice, who is wearing the traditional dress of that region.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Santons de Provence One of my favorites is le Ravi…the man with upraised arms in the background. He is the first villager to see the Baby Jesus and is proclaiming the news to the rest of the village. He is considered an essential part of any Provençal crèche. I also love the shepherd, called le Mistral for the very strong wind that blows in Provence. See how he is holding on to his hat? You can get a closer look at my crèche and more information about santons by clicking here.

Baby Kitty Baby Kitty says he hopes you have found a few tips for adding Country French style to your Christmas décor! And just in case you missed any of my posts on previous topics in our Country French Design series, here they are…
COUNTRY FRENCH DESIGN BUTTON Also head on over to visit these beautiful blogs from my very talented fellow Francophiles to see the wonderful Country French Christmas ideas they have to share with you!

Thanks for stopping by! 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 , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for the Show and Share Party , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays ,   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
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. HI Debbie! Oh, I just love all of your Christmasing! I especially love your baker's rack with your Quimperware! You really do have 'the touch' when it comes to decorating and crafting. Hope you're doing well and had a nice Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Debbie, I LOVE how you've incorporated your Quimper into your holiday style with a French twist. Your nativity is sweet, love the santon additions, also. I am bursting at the seams this morning, after attending an auction yesterday where I scored several new (old) pieces of Quimper at a fraction of their worth! I'll share it as soon as I can finish my holiday decor. I so enjoy your holiday style and your hand-crafted creations. Your home is very welcoming.
    Rita C at Panoply

  3. Beautiful! I love your home and it's Country French style and never more than at Christmas!

  4. Debbie, it makes me smile to see all this Frenchy goodness. You are so creative and talented, not to mention extremely productive. I'm in awe of all your beautiful touches hand crafted by you. The little tea towels are my favorite. Your creche and Santon collection are truly special.
    Happy Holidays to you, sweet friend!

  5. Very pretty and festive....and those candles!!! They are beautiful!

  6. Everything is beautiful! I used to have two Santons I brought back from Provence, but they were stolen in one of our moves. Someday I'll go back and get more!

  7. Beautiful Deb, I pinned away!! xo

  8. Great post, Debbie! My MIL has a beautiful, unusual creche representing a small village in Provence, filled with lots of Santons. I love to look at it every Christmas! Your decorations look so pretty and very festive. :) Have a lovely day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  9. Your crèche is amazing - so special and unique. Someday, I hope to return to Provence. If I do, a crèche will be at the TOP of my list of items to find and bring back. ( I love the extra characters!)
    Overall, your decorating is lovely.
    Michelle from

  10. I love your dishes and all your other ideas,thank you and have a great day.

  11. Wow, wow, it all looks so inviting, I wish I could come sit and have a cup of tea in your kitchen!

  12. Such a wonderful post. Love your collections, and enjoyed reading about the additions to your Nativity set. Just lovely.

  13. Hi Debbie!
    All is gorgeous. I especially love the trio of trees. Lol And, of course, Baby Kitty. He's purrrfect.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  14. Very, very pretty. Love the 'Joyeux Noel' pillow.


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