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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gifts Of The Season

I thought It would be fun to share some of the gifts I received during this Merry Christmas Season. Not only do I get to celebrate the birthday of our Savior, I also celebrate my own birthday! Here are a few of the special gifts I received. Italian lace and a handmade charm from my sweet sister-n-law Rita, a lovely lady porcelain duster from my dear friend Lori, and a few treasures I found during my holiday travels, vintage chocolate boxes, an old silver champagne holder and a wonderful antique french chair and ottoman which I had re-upholstered . I can't wait until each item finds it's special place in my home.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Back to Decorating!

In between my art projects and keeping busy with all the shows I do, I have been managing to move along an inch at a time with my decorating. Last time I showed you my home I was contemplating upholstering a chair and hanging a chandelier that was sitting in a box. Well I managed to get the chair done a couple months ago, but the chandelier was still sitting in the box begging me to display it each time I passed by it. So, I finally decided to have it hung as a birthday present to me, so here it is in all it's glory!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

What an Honor!

It's so exciting to be featured in "Romantic Country Magazine Spring 2011" as a "favorite" vintage event to visit. We are listed along side of 5 other wonderful places to go around the country. Thank you Fifi O'Neill and Sunday Hendrickson we are certainly honored you chose us to be in this category. The featured artesian in the photo on top is the muti-talented Lisa Loria , check her out at lisaloria.blogspot.com. And the photo's below are the fabulous "Two Wild Roses" at twowildrosesantiques.blogspot.com

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Drawing With Paint

I'm starting to unwind from our last "Vintage Marketplace" and am thinking of doing a new oil painting.While scanning my photo's in my computer file for an image that has been on my mind, I found myself thinking about my under paintings or (the drawing under the painting) they at times can be very pretty in themselves.One of my Laguna Beach art teachers said that "drawing is the backbone to painting" a good drawing can make for a good painting. Using a neutral color  trains you to see and paint in different values of dark to light. I remember 10 years ago when Rachel Ashwell came to visit me in my art studio and how she was drawn to an under painting I had just done, and asked to purchase it for her L.A. Shabby Chic store.I think she loved seeing the thought and design behind the finished painting. Anyway, here are a few examples of drawing with paint.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Big "Chateau" Thank You As We Close Our First Year Of Shows!

I would like to thank all our talented and sweet vendors for making our shows "Fabulous" this year ! And this last show of the year was certainly a very special one! I sensed a real camaraderie and growth in friendships among the women this time. Also a special thanks to all the customers who come out to shop and experience our "Vintage Marketplace". We are so looking forward to planning another year of shows for all of you!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I feel like I need to post today. I have been extremely busy getting ready for the next Vintage Marketplace. There is always so much to do during the countdown days of our event , which happens to be this coming friday and sat. Dec.3rd and 4th. I am so excited and looking forward to all our vendors arriving to set up this coming week. But in between all the cleaning, yard work, paperwork, organizing, re-stocking etc...I have been working on painting a few rustic chippy items to add to my sweet framed roses. Here is what I have done so far, I will have more treasures by the time the show starts. I hope you can come and join us for some unique holiday shopping!!! Christie  here is a link to our facebook page where you can see all the other vendors!! Chateau FB

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Love White Wedding Cake!

 I just got finished framing some new inventory for the Christmas Chateau de Fleurs Vintage Marketplace and when I stepped back to take the photo all I could think of was how much I love white wedding cake and how the ornateness of the frames looks like the decorative icing. I must have been craving something sweet! The next batch of roses will be framed in chippy, peely, old wood, I wonder what that will remind me of?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Champagne, Blush Pink, Cream and Gold

These are the colors of the Chateau's Cheap Chic Christmas Decor!
"Cheap" because I found everything for 40% off at Micheals and for a dollor at the Dollor Tree!
and" Chic" because the colors are OH so pale and romantic!

It's that time again! Please come and join us for our holiday  "Vintage Marketplace"!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Vintage Christmas" in Redlands Ca.

I had such a wonderful time at the show "Tell me about the Good Ole Day's " last weekend. A special thanks to Lori Martin and her family for putting on this event! I shared my booth with Nancy who has a love for Christmas Nostalgia. Here are a few photos from our booth and show. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rustic Country For Christmas!

 I'm getting ready for Lori's Holiday show and am finding myself in a more rustic mood with reds, pinks , greens and cream as a color palette, so I painted on burlap for something different and found these old wood furniture parts to re-create into something decorative and fun!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"Something Different"

As you probably know I am getting ready for my upcoming holiday shows "Tell Me About The Good Ole Days"Nov. 5th&6th and "Chateau de Fleurs Vintage Marketplace" Dec. 3rd&4th. Every year I try to come up with some different ideas for christmas ornaments because I get bored with the same so easily, so here are a couple new ones for this years shows. They are petite notebooks 2 1/2"x3"and petite rose canvas's on small easels 3"x3".They were al lot of fun to do.Christie

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another Show Is Coming!!!

Today I am starting to get ready for Lori and Jamie Martin's show in Redlands Ca."Tell Me About The Good Ole Day's"

tellmeboutthegoodoledays.blogspot and twowildrosesantiques.blogspot.com. I'm so excited to be a part of this event. It will be held on the property of her historical Redlands Mansion, November 5th & 6th 9am to 4pm.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Have Gathered A Few More Treasures For My Home

It's been a while since I have shown you any pictures of my home and as you know it is a labor of love still in progress. As I looked around this morning I realized that I have a few new vignettes that I have put together as I have gathered some new treasures.