Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Designer Tidbits: French General + Giveaway!


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Kaari Meng of French General to the Jolly Jabber. Kaari’s latest fabric collection is Panier de Fleurs by Moda Fabrics.





Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Panier de Fleurs collection?
A: My inspiration for Panier de Fleurs was the basket of fresh flowers I always see at the farmer's markets in the South of France. Every summer we take a group of women to France to learn how to live like rural French women - and heading out to the farmer's market's is always one of the highlights of the week. The piles of fresh lavender, sunflowers and roses always inspires me and makes me think about new design ideas.




Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A: Panier de Fleurs soundtrack would have to be all about the accordion that is played in the little French cafés. The cafés fill up with farmers and merchants after the market - everyone sits around and has a café creme or a glass of cognac.
Here is what it sounds like

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: As always, I love the red and grey prints the best. My favorite print from Panier de Fleurs is 13590 - inspired from an 19th century French textile. It's a rural, elegant print that fits perfectly into my idea of a French country house.




Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: I have three favorite projects from Panier de Fleurs: a basket applique quilt designed by Penny Tucker - pattern available at www.frenchgeneral.com;




a pair of patchwork pillows with a bit of embroidery;





and our prize ribbons which was featuring on my blog, September 29th, during Moda's Country Fair Blog Hop.




Q: What is your favorite part of working in the fabric industry?
A: I have many favorites about the fabric industry - but I think my absolute favorite part are the people who work in this industry. I have really enjoyed getting to know so many inspiring designers and merchants - and everyone truly enjoys what they do. I think it is a real tribute to the quilting industry to have so many passionate people involved.

My second favorite part of the fabric industry is receiving my collection from Moda (early!) - when UPS pulls up and drops off a box of fabric - my stomach gets all nervous and my heart starts beating a bit faster. I can finally sit back and enjoy the whole collection.

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: My next fabric collection is a return to the past! We are reprinting our very first collection, Rouenneries with some of the best prints - as well as a few new, fresh prints, to make up Rouenneries Deux. I am really excited about this collection coming out again - the juicy reds, pale reds, soft greys and faded hemp colors make this one of our best selling collections - and it fits into my house perfectly!




Q: What is your absolute favorite thing in your house?
A: My favorite item in my house would have to be my daughter - does that count? Sofia brightens my day and inspires me to continue creating something new everyday. My second favorite items would have to be paintings I found in New York City fifteen years ago. The landscape is painted by Joseph Fiore, a listed artist from Black Mountain College.

Q: Which project stands out in your memory as your all-time favorite?
A: One of my all time favorite projects has to be the scrap boards I make using all of the scraps I find on the floor - tiny little pieces that I just don't have the heart to throw away - so I sew them onto a piece of burlap and save them to remind me of all of the little beauties that I have used in projects - or for inspiration while designing fabric.




Q: Where do you do your best thinking? Can we see a photo of your studio?
A: I have many different places I like to work - and each gives me different inspiration. French General is filled with all of the old beads, trims and paper that I use for creating kits. Our garage at home has been converted into a studio and sewing place for me - the shelves are stacked high with all of the antique fabric I use to design our collection for Moda. And finally, my desk in the house is always piled high with a new project or two. I suppose each space allows me to create in a different way - so I probably do my best thinking whenever I am in one of these creative spaces.




Q: What is your one guilty pleasure in life?
A: I am sure that I have more than one - but one guilty pleasure that I know I am guilty of is going to the shop and NOT working - just letting myself be in a creative space - hoping that I can soak in the energy and then maybe the creativity will flow! I also love a glass of Lillet any time of the day - and sometimes, that too, helps my creativity!




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And now, Kaari has generously donated a Panier De Fleurs Jelly Roll to one lucky winner! 
Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you love most about France or that is French for the chance to win.
You have one week to enter from the post date.  
Good luck!


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Kathy said...

I love French food. The sauces are so rich and creamy. Yum. Thanks for the chance to win the lovely jelly roll!

SuzB said...

The smell of lavender in Provance.

Catherine said...

I love the history of France, the flea markets of Provence. This fabric line is absolutely gorgeous. I'd love to win!

Snoodles said...

My favorite thing from France is a family friend who is a native of Portiers, France, but now is an American citizen! Thanks for the chance to win!

Grandmasewnsew said...

My Dad served in France during WWII. He was impressed with the people who made the best out of whatever they had. The wine, the food, their homes were lovely. I've always admired their love of life.
I love all of the French General fabrics and am drawn to the beautiful reds in it.

Mystica said...

French food, the glamor of Paris! the romance....

Thank you for a gorgeous giveaway.

Mary said...

I have never been to France, but from what I've read about, I would love going to the markets, the cafes and seeing all the beautiful scenery.

Hildy said...

Definitly the food! Croissants, baguettes, cheese, chocolat ... and red vine, of course;-)
Thanks for the chance to win this jelly roll!
Greetings from germany
Hildy
hildy@ebertzeder.de

Jenny said...

While I've never been to France, I love the musical tones of the language so much!

Okay.

And just keeping it real...

French fries...

Okay.

Perhaps those aren't technically French.

So perhaps I should say pommes frittes?

Thanks for a fun giveaway. This color palette is delicious!

JCnNC said...

My daughter went to France to meeet her husband for R & R when he was deployed with the Marines and she bought me a big bottle of Joy Parfume - that has to be my most special thing about France. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity - I love anything French General and Kaari Meng. Judy C

Shelley said...

French coffee!! They make the best cup of coffee in the world and I love it! And of course, those petite patisserie..yumyum!

aztel2000 said...

I haven't been to France yet, but when I see photos of lavender fields I can imagine the wonderful fragrance and really wish I was there! Maybe some day....
Karen in Breezy Point

Celia said...

I would LOVE to go to France!! I cannot imagine anything more romantic that walking along the Seine and stopping at a cafe...sigh....

Thanks for a lovely, romantic, inspired collection!

Blessings,
Celia

free indeed said...

My husband for he is French..not France french but Acadian french. I grew up in this on the border town which is 90% french still. Many of the oldest people do not speak English which sounds weird for living in the USA all their lives.
I love how so many french words have transitioned into the English language like 'filet mignon' and 'forte' and loads of others.

Liz said...

I love the mystery of France since I have never been there and to all of you that share your experiences! The food, scenery, and flowers sound perfect.....can't wait to go someday and cant' wait to get some Panier De Fleurs...beautiful!!

Mareenchen said...

Cheese. I love French cheese. Give me some nice French goat cheese, fresh baguette and a nice red and I'll be a very happy girl. Add that jelly roll and I'd be even happier! :)

Mommy Songe said...

I just love the textiles & the old world charm... it's so different from anything here in the States.

Judi said...

I love the language - so elegant - and the food!

Rachel said...

I really enjoyed the music you included. I felt like I should be wearing a sundress and eating in a cafe instead of gearing up for winter. I recently purchased 4 charm pack of La Petite Ecole and I can't wait to make something beautiful with them!

Carla said...

Well, from what I know about French General fabrics... I love french fabric! And the food is wonderful too :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen said...

I love the lavender of France....never been there, but have seen the photos....beautiful!!

Wilma said...

France is romance! The language, the flowers, the countryside, the wine, the food, the lifestyle all
are part of my romantic dream!

Lori said...

Although I've never been to France, I've seen and heard enough to know that I would love many things about the country. The open air food markets come first to mind, then the Eiffel Tower. I took French for 2 years in high school and carved my own Arc de Triomphe out of a bar of soap so that would be neat to see in person as well! I hope I get over there someday.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Great interview! I love her sewing space :)
My favourite thing about France is PARIS!! I went there with my husband for Christmas once and it was amazing. *SIGH*. Glorious.

Nancy said...

I took a trip to Europe a few years ago with a dear friend. We spent a few days in Paris and he showed me all his favorite places. It was a magical time. I loved the cafes, the food, the people and all the wonderful history there. I will return one of these days.

Hilachas said...

I love French wine. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

Sylvia said...

What don't I love about France... ok, maybe the strikes. LOL. But it is a fabulous country so full of living history, fabulous food, beautiful scenery. Its one of the most beautiful countries I have been to. The French have a way of life that lets you unwind and relax and enjoy your journey. I love going to France, and while I am living in Germany, I am going as often as I can.

Annemariesquilt said...

This fabric collection are so amazing , love it !!!

Anonymous said...

Wow ! got to have that collection as well. Love your Fabric. Sandi

Anonymous said...

Dining in French restaurants, especially the one (now closed) after which my husband proposed. Love the proper portions, even though the food is rich.

Deb said...

French bread with French cheese! Yummy!

Cecilia said...

I love French bakeries! The pastries as well as the bread. Pretty fabric, thanks for the chance to win a jelly roll.

May said...

no doubt, my favorite thing about France is the food :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

If the fabrics are French influence, I love them. That's it. Haven't been anywhere overseas except Newfoundland when I was 8 and I only 'love' mexican food....grin.

Sandy said...

I visited France when I was 14. I loved the Louvre and the small little shops. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

thecrafterscafe said...

I love French furniture - especially Louis XIV! This fabric is fantastic - and love the things she has made with it!

Linda said...

Re-doing our room in a soft grey. Could make something wonderful with this

Mom C said...

We camped thru Europe one summer and spent awhile in France. I loved the bakeries. We would stop wherever, buy bread or rolls and with meat and cheese, that would be our feast. Great memories. Love the fabric, it really is soft and enfolding. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jansie said...

I have never been to France, but hands down my favorite French thing has to be the wine! :) And the cheese, of course. And the fashion. Thanks for the chance to win!

Heidi said...

What's not to love? The language of "l'amour", the food, the countryside, the history, the design style of a French country kitchen--these are all favorites of mine.

Cupcake said...

Love the people. Warm and genuine. Dacia

jmniffer said...

I've never been to France, that said I think the food would be the best part. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Just love the city. France is so beautiful!
Tammy Mabry

krislovesfabric said...

Love the French-inspired fabrics! Thanks for the chance.

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

what else but french food and of course french fabric, or at least french inspired!!

Peaceful Piecer said...

I love eclairs! Thanks for a chance to win

Laura said...

I've never been to France, but that fabric is pretty!

Kimmer said...

I love the sound of the language (although I understand exactly NONE of it!)... and I would love to see the Eiffel Tower and Louvre someday...

Thanks for the giveaway!
kim_lynch@ringsend.com

VickiT said...

I've never been to France but we have hosted teen boys for about four years in a row that attended basketball camp in Chicago and needed host homes for one full week and the 2nd week was their camp. The week with us was so they could experience family life in the US. They were all extremely nice boys. I am still amazed to this day they had never heard of so many things we have like, believe it or not, chocolate chip cookies. I was shocked. LOL

Anyway the charm of the country homes with the beautiful flower gardens and of course, the cheese and wines from France is what comes to mind for me.

Janelle said...

I would have to say simple shabby chic styles that come from France and the food influences. Not alot can stop me from a good french bread!

Seams Sew Together said...

When I was in France I loved the fields of sunflowers rising up to kiss the sun and the grand old chateau's with their manicured gardens, so gorgeous!,

Tonya said...

French needlework of any kind. The soul of beauty lies in each stitch, especially those done in the reds.

Connie said...

I've never been to France but would love to go see the Eiffel Tower. Beautiful fabric!

JoyceLM said...

I've never been to France, but my what I love most is the wonderful food. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Myself said...

What I love about France are those wonderful small bakaries, with the smell that fills the streets, inviting you to go in a have a divine cake and a small esspresso and you are the happiest person ever... Thanks for the great givaway (and that you have reminded me why I have to order a ticket to Paris...)

Merete said...

I love the language, its beautiful! And the atmosphere, especially in the south, and the food is lovely too. I love France! And Im so amazed to hear Rouenneries will reappear, this time I will buy lots and lots :o)

Denise Armitage said...

The bread in France is like no other. I could live on bread, wine, and chocolate! The sights, the sounds, the smells, the "oldness" and the classiness of France make it my favorite place in the world.

miamihoney said...

the food :)

Samantha M said...

I just love french food, especially the pastries!

Jen said...

I've never had the chance to visit France, but I think I would love to see the countryside! I always swoon at the pictures I see. Such beautiful fabric!

Carla G said...

I think it would be the way of life in France that I would love the most. How it seems more laid back and romantic! I would like to travel to France to experience it one day! Thanks for a chance to win this gorgeous Jelly Roll! :)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

I love French champagne, French perfume (Shalimar) but most of all I love the stylishness of French women.It seems to come so easily to them!! :)

Gretchen said...

I've never been to France but I have always wanted to go. I admire how the French take time to savor the beauty in life, in everything--food, architecture, art, literature, design, conversation, landscape, etc.

memmens said...

What I love most about France is that it's not SO great that my husband did decide to return home so that we could meet and fall in love!! Seriously!

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I lived in Heidelberg, Germany for 7 years. We were only an hour from France, and I loved the foods, the sights, the "love", the history. It was like a dream come true.

Hilda said...

Hi, thanks for the opportunity :) I love French architecture - the buildings and the wrought ironwork - very romantic.
All the best

Marcia W. said...

Food - pastry and bread especially
Colors - of the farms
Art - the Louvre
Fabric - French General
Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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Jessica E said...

I have never been to France, but I do love Crepes! Sweet and savory alike...oh, and the wine / champagne :)

Bethany said...

Just the thought of visiting my fav niece whom I have seen 15 yrs ago who is born and brought in France.

Other than that defnitely the food, culture and fashion. Someday I will visit the country.

Zoe said...

J'adore Paris - for its architecture and art museums. I spent a fortnight there at the beginning of 2011 and I think I could quite happily live there forever!

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

We went to Paris for our honeymoon so France conjures memories of being in love like only newlyweds can.

Anonymous said...

I would have to say the kissing!

befarwell@yahoo.

Stephanie C. said...

I am not a big fan of the food, but I could certainly spend all day in the Louvre!

Anonymous said...

Vive la France! J'adore all things French, from the baguettes aux cruditees, to le vin, to the beautiful countryside:)
Emily

ecutburth@gmail.com

quiltmom said...

the best thing about France is the art and the architecture. France food like crepes, wine and fresh vegetables are pretty terrific too.
I love the first line of Rouennaires and know that your winner is going to have great fun using the jelly roll of the second line.
Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely roll.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

dudrear said...

my favorite are french fabrics!!!!

rebecca said...

Yummy fabric by the French General. Love French Art!

Jenn A said...

I like French antiques. And I love vintage fabric. This is such a pretty collection.
andersonclan@mac.com

Deb said...

I don't know a thing about France! Except....my friend and her husband are spending the month of October there and just sent me a picture today of the two of them in front of the gardens at Fontainebleau. Oh my! such beautiful flowers. I had never heard of these gardens before, and now I want to visit these gardens! Would love to win the giveaway.

Ann said...

I do love French cheeses. Thanks for the giveaway!

Keitha said...

France is a most beautiful country! The Parissean architecture is amazing including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Le Louvre! The food is amazing throughout the country - bread, cheese & wine, cobblestone streets, little french cafes, and quaint villages. Tres jolie mes amis! If you ever get the chance go visit Belfort France. It has an actual military fort still standing with a lion statue overlooking the village... my cousin would gladly welcome you into her home :)

rho said...

I love the French pastries. YUM!

KatieQ said...

I have never visited France, but I studied French in High School and college. I was not a great language student, but I enjoyed learning about the culture.

Peach Rainbow said...

Never been there but love the Eiffel Tower :D

poppyinpink said...

I can't quite define what the attraction is but there is one..there are so many aspects but to summarize, it's more a fascination with the culture on the whole and it's rich heritage and quality that produces images of beauty for me. The french language is also quite lovely to the ear for me. I think this fabric range has picked up the flavour of France really well.

Gayle Himmelwright said...

Easy: Pain au Chocolat : )

Crystal said...

I've always wanted to visit France, maybe someday I'll get the opportunity! I love their cooking, the architecture, and the language is beautiful!

Kathy said...

The food! The food! And the very old, tiny kitchens that can produce such lovely fare.

winterwrens at gmail dot com

Jennifer Gail said...

I love the color pallet.

The Junk-It Folk said...

Mais, oui! It has to be the pastry! OOO LA LA! Merci for the give away!

Dawn said...

In all honesty I'm not really familiar with much of anything French. I've never been there or known anyone who has been with the exception of my father who was there during world war II and he didn't find anything glamorous about it at all during that time. When I hear "French" I think frilly, chic, sleek and countryside, dirt roads and small cars. lol
Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

Perri said...

French ... what do I love most ... french general fabrics go so well with the french provinical look that I love ... and the new Rouenneries Deux would be my favourite FG fabric range :-)
Thank you for the opportunity to have a change to win :-)
Happy stithcing, P

Annaleena said...

Two years ago my family made a trip to Paris. It was wonderful to visit in Eiffel tower and to be able to spot some famous landmarks (L'arc de Triumph, Sacre Coeur, Hotel de Invalides and 'Old Lady' Notre Dame.

The Görnandts said...

Definitely their baguettes and Cheese. Hmmmm. I want some now. Now NOW! Thanks for a great giveaway and fun interview!

Wendy V said...

What I love most about France are the mountains, because were I live there are none. Can't wait to go there in January for a skitrip.

Patty C. said...

I don't know what I love best about France because I have never been there - But I looooove this fabric & i love red so this fabric could really make me feel inspired !!!

Tania said...

My favourite French thing (among many) is Bonne Maman Strawberry Jam, sooooo delicious. I LOVE French General fabrics, Kaari Meng is just so talented.

Montseta said...

I love french food! the cheese, charcuterie, preserves.... Love French General, just finished a quilt with Pom Pom de Paris and bought some Petite Ecole.
Terrific giveaway!

annemarie said...

Love the food!

Karen said...

I love french food!

Deidra said...

I love the French style. It so clamming.

Catherine Z. said...

Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA!

Maybe it is all the romance novels I read as a teenager but I have always imagined France to be the most romantic place to visit for a honeymoon! I didn't get there then but maybe in 3 years when my husband and I celebrate our 30th anniversary!

I love French General fabrics and thanks for the chance to win!

Carrie P. said...

those scrap boards are such a cool idea. I have to admit I don't know much about France except for the food which I think I would love.

Janelle said...

Having never been there and not knowing too much, it's a little hard to say. The pictures I see are beautiful and make me want to see it and the fabric designs that inspire Kari are some of my favorites so I guess that's my favorite thing of the moment!

Tammy said...

Going to a french farmhouse is on my bucket list. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Beth said...

I would love to visit the french castles . . . they are so beautiful in the photos, and I love castles!

Barbara Bennett said...

Love the language! Sounds like music.

Sue said...

My favorite French thing right now would have to be our daughter & family who are now living in the south of France. I love French General fabric so a chance to win this giveaway is most welcome!

Susan said...

I have never been fortunate enough to visit France...aside from their wonderful language and great food..I would choose their sense of style..their high fashion..beautiful..it all goes back to the love of fabrics..I love what they create..Thaks

susan.puente@yahoo.com

Jules said...

a hot fresh baguette straight from the oven! thanks for the chance.

Amanda said...

I've never been to France (maybe one day I will), but I love a lot of the cuisine: omelets, quiche, eclairs, creme brulee, crepes, croissants, just to name a few. Thanks for a chance for some delicious fabrics.

somecallmeambingale said...

I love the beauty of the French countryside... It is so picturesque.

sewhappy said...

France is a lovely country! It's hard to choose one favorite thing, but I'll say the sweet little villages you can drive through thinking you are in another century...stopping of course at the fabulous French bakeries! :)
The jelly roll is gorgeous and I'd love to win it. Thank you for the chance!

Debbie said...

I love french pastries and their food.

Lauren H said...

French General fabric. So excited about Rouenneries Deux - I so wanted a FQ bundle of that fabric, but didn't purchase when it first came out. I won't let it get away twice!

Anonymous said...

The beautiful patterns and details to the fabric, architecture, etc.

I actually have never worked with a jelly roll (gasp)or Moda and would love the chance.

geez bees 75 at gmail dot com

J.K. said...

Yours is one of my favorite books. I want to cover my house with linen!

Jenniffier said...

Never been, but I love the photos from magazines from France. Since wonderful composure.

KnittingBetsy said...

I love that all French people seem to have great style! I picture a lot of Kaari's fabrics as dresses or blouses for women, with pretty scarves tied at the neck.

Thanks!
Betsy

Ashmon said...

Their architecture is my favorite. The arc de triumphe is something I would love to see in person one day. I won first place in 7th grade for my paper mâché scaled version I made to go with my research paper on the arc. Thanks!

Nancy E. Mink said...

The outdoor cafes of France; they are so warm, relaxing, romantic, delicious! ps...I love French General fabric designs!

Hum... said...

French remembers me romance and beauty. Love the fabrics.

sewfunbymonique said...

I was in a rural part of southern France 32 years ago as a child and will always remember the artistic feel of the city and the home we stayed in. Everything seemed organic and natural and a perfect place for the artist we stayed with. I've always wanted to go back there again!

ChristineG said...

I've never been to France but thoughts of the countryside makes me smile. When I think of French General fabrics, it makes me smile as well.

quilary said...

I went to France many years ago with 2 friends and we hired a car to drive around the Loire Valley. It was just beautiful country to drive through and see all the old Chateaux. I'm saving up to go back in a few years time!

epban said...

I enjoyed the summer I spent in Dijon. Loved the outdoor cafes and patisseries!

MG said...

Two words... French pastries.

Dee said...

I love French Fashion. The women seem to have such a sense of style that you don't normally find here. I think in the US it usually comes down more to comfort than style (not that I'm complaining).

nrnoodle said...

I love eating at a cafe across from my favorite quilt shop in Paris near Notre Dame.

Mouster1 said...

Love the pastries! Their chocolate is yummy too. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric.

Susan said...

I love the French language! I took one year of French in high school and loved it. Now I remember almost none of it! LOL

Cristina said...

I lived in France a little over a year and I loved everything about it. From the beautiful architecture and the busy markets to the delicious food and charm of french people. Nothing can beat a freshly baked croissant! Thanks for the giveaway, and by the way, I can't wait for Rouenneries Deux to come out!

kt said...

I love the French Alps! My husband and I skied there many years ago and had the best time. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I have never been to France, but I understand it is beautiful--the food, the perfume, and the fashions.

zumbaqueen said...

It's hard to pick. The food is wonderful. The lavendar is lovely. The scenery is grand. The architecture is fantastic. The fragrance is fantastic. It can best be summed up as STYLE!

Janet said...

My favorite thing about anything French is the French accent!!!

Angelbaby said...

I love just about everything French- traveling there, the art, the food, fashion and the antique quilts!

LethargicLass said...

French bread... especially since now I am gluten free and miss it like crazy!

Peggy said...

I have been dreaming about going to France for 50 years. I want to eat, drink and see everything! Paris, the countryside, everything!!!

Vesuviusmama said...

Croissants - yum! I love a food that can be bak fast, lunch or dinner!

CarrieM said...

pain du levain! (bread)! carrie. hare at gmail.com

paigeg said...

This one is so easy. Our family went to Paris last summer on vacation and the memories are wonderful. I loved the look on my daughter's face every day as she bought a fresh baguette from the bakery. She would carry one around and eat it all day long. She's 21 and as thin as a baguette. I have never seen her eat so much bread! She typically hates it. To this day she still says she missing the daily tasting.

Henria O. said...

What I love best about France is Paris. I've been there twice and enjoy the language and culture immensely!

Michelle Olsen said...

I love the French language, especially when it is spoken by my eight-year-old daughter. She LOVES Fancy Nancy books, and Nancy uses a lot of French words (and fancy words too) so I always get a kick out of hearing my daughter bust out French words & phrases. Thanks for the chance to win!

Denise said...

When I went to Europe with my son's class, I felt I had gotten to heaven a bit early! The amazing warm buildings with flowers everywhere and the open markets. All amazing. I think my favorite was walking...not driving to the markets and really taking all the sights and sounds and smells in as a total experience. Thank you for sharing - Denise

Nancy Sue said...

I love unstructured French gardens. The organic quality of the natural growth is more appealing to me than a well-manicured garden :)

Shawna said...

I have not been to France yet but one thing I do love is the language. It sounds so romantic. Thanks so much for the giveaway,

missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

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