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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cheese Pots, a French Bag and Dried Hydrangea Blooms!

Today is Election Day!  I just voted, how about you?  If not, there is still time to go exercise this great right of ours! 

I get asked a lot where I go to shop and find such treasures.  Besides local fleamarkets, antique stores and garage sales, I love to utilize the internet to find those unique pieces not found locally.  Today, I want to highlight two of my favorite French sites.  Not only are the antiques real and direct from France, but these lovely ladies are such a pleasure to shop with and sweet to boot!

The first is Simone of Fleaing France!  She moved to France to open her very own French Brocante.   She works hard at searching the Fleas to keep her shop always stocked with a variety of treasures.  Often it is a whole different shop every time, so if you spot something you like, snap it up quickly or it will disappear.  She ships worldwide as well! 

I recently found these adorable cheese pots at her shop.  These vintage pots were used to make cheese.  The whey would drain out the holes, leaving the cheese solids behind. 

The second lovely lady is Susan Vaillant.  Her Etsy shop is always stocked with wonderful French wares brought back from her frequent visits to family there.  In fact, often times she is happy to pick up or search for any special items upon request!  To contact her simply shoot her an email at sbvaillant@yahoo.com for further information. 

  Susan found this wonderful woven, French tote for me as well as a couple large sized French grape harvest trugs.  I previously displayed one of them on my coffee table for summer decor.  If you missed that post, you can view it *Here*.

On a similiar note,  I am very excited to introduce my new sponser, Alison from Bayside Vintage!  Her shop is packed with wonderful antique wares as well, but don't take my word for it head on over to see for yourself!  You will not want to miss out on these lovelies and she ships worldwide!

French Vintage Petite Wire Egg Basket

Pupier Chocolat Petite Metal Sign ~ France
 {Chocolat Metal Sign} -LOVE this!

{Large German Breadboard} -LOVE, LOVE this!

(You're still here... head on over to tell Alison hello!) 

On another note, I am extremely honored and excited to be asked back as a contributor for Winter Homebound!  I had so much fun setting up for this photo shoot!  Being a Christmas themed issue, I hauled Christmas boxes of ornaments and garland out of the attic early and had a blast decorating in mid October, although my family thought I was nuts.  Oh well, I just cranked up the Christmas music a bit louder and got to work!  Here is just a tiny sneak peek at Homebound's wintery goodness!  You might recognize the mirror in the cover photo!  Wow, what a compliment!  Thank-you, Heather!  If you have not already signed up to receive the free version of this magazine, *Click Here*!  Hurry you won't want to miss out on this issue!

Last but not least, I want to send out some HUGE thank-yous to the following blogs for featuring my fall decor!  It is always such a compliment to be featured and I can't say enough how much you made my day!  These three ladies have amazing blogs which are among some of my favorites!  Please give them a visit by clicking on their button, you will not be disappointed and love the inspiration found there!

I would also like to thank The Style Files and Chabrowe Pole for featuring my Autumn decor on their beautiful sites as well!

Well, I hoped you survived my hodge-podge-of-a-post and thank-you again for coming over for a visit!  Just another quick reminder to make sure you head out to vote today!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge


  1. Hello Maria! What a wonderful post! I love your photos and decoration! Best wishes, Geli

  2. Love the cheese pots on that wonderful rack. The pink trunk just adds to the whole look. I need to check out these sites.

  3. Beautiful post, Maria. I always enjoy your contributions to Homebound!
    Mary Alice

  4. Maria

    Oh my what a beautiful post. Everything is just so lovely! I too always enjoy your contribution to Home Bound!

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Such beautiful lovelies! French flea market trip on my bucket list!

  6. Thank you for the kind mention Maria!

    I am happy to see your treasures resting comfortably in their new home.

    Love, love, love the pink trunk!!!!!

    Have a great week.

  7. I can't get enough of hydrangeas! my favorite! very pretty post! but what really caught my eye was the chair! I have one very similar shape! a very tall back and wondered what I could do with it-and now I know!! thanks! ~Mel :)

  8. I LOVE the pink trunk!!My favorite color!! I love all your pictures and all the pictures of your vintage linen. I think you need to do a post on all your vintage linen and how you use them in your home. I really enjoyed how Jeanne showed us her home and how she used vintage linens!!

  9. Oh how I love visiting your beautiful home, Maria! You always find the most precious treasures and create such awesome vignettes with them! That German breadboard is sooooo lovely! Definitely on my Christmas List! Congrats on being in Homebound again, too! Love that ezine!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  10. Une magnifique publication... cela m'a fait plaisir d'y trouver les faisselles identiques qu'utilisaient ma grand-mère pour faire ses fromages blancs et que j'utilise à mon tour !...
    Je vous embrase,
    gros bisous

  11. Hi Maria, thanks so much for the mention and the kind words! As always, I love your photos and vintage pieces you have. And the Pupier chocolat sign I had...has been sold!

    On another note, we watched with interest your election unfolding..here it's compulsory to vote, so it's always interesting watching your campaigns and the election. Alison

  12. Beautiful pictures and post!! So inspiring! Hope you have a great day! xo Holly

  13. Hi Maria...love the beauty you are sharing!
    Thanks for sharing some great places to shop too!

  14. What neat little cheese pots - I didn't know such a thing existed!

  15. I love vintage French cheese pots! I use them here at home for various purposes, though mines are smaller than those. Thanks for letting us in on all of these lovely shops. Wonderful images as always and can't wait to see what you have in store for homebound's issue.


  16. Just found your blog. It is very cute. That pink trunk is to die for! I will be sure to check you out again soon.

  17. Beautiful blog and very elegant pictures. You got some lovely stuffs here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  18. I love the style of your blog, you have a prize c@sasdepelicula and another follower. regards

  19. Thanks so much for the shop tips, you always have the most special treasures.
    I'd never seen the cheese pots, I love them! Congrats on your magazine features.
    Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.


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