Boutique


This is our third year of watching the Tiller Days parade go in front of our boutique in Old Town Tustin, and each year we love it a little more. It’s an old-fashioned, yet contemporary, slice of life in Southern California. The parade lasts about two hours and includes cheerleaders, dancers, and bands from the local high schools, as well as ROTC volunteers, Shriners, tractors, boy and girl scouts, local businesses and organizations, and horses. This post is picture-heavy. I wanted to capture it all!

Tustin Mayor John Nielsen

Tustin Mayor John Nielsen

Tustin High Tiller Flags

Tustin High Tiller Flags

Tractors

Tractors on Main Street

Thomas Jefferson High School Army JROTC

Thomas Jefferson High School Army JROTC

Butterfly Ladies from Flight of the Monarch

Butterfly Ladies from Flight of the Monarch

Horse with Rider and Flag

Horse with Rider and Flag

El Bekal Shriners Clown on Fire Truck

El Bekal Shriners Clown on Fire Truck

Orange High School Panther Cheerleaders

Orange High School Panther Cheerleaders

Dancer

Dancer

Tustin Area Historical Society with North Hills/Ricci Realty Trolley

Tustin Area Historical Society with North Hills/Ricci Realty Trolley

Beckman High Patriot Marching Band

Beckman High Patriot Marching Band

Ballet Folklorico Revolucion Dancer

Ballet Folklorico Revolucion Dancer

Foothill High Knights Cheerleaders

Foothill High Knights Cheerleaders

–Brett

P.S. Want to see last year’s photos? Click here.

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Fall is Here — See What’s New!

It’s officially autumn. We thought it was a good time to show you what’s new in our shop.Visitez I Dream of France to find more.

As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Don’t forget we ship to Canada!

Below are some new items…more selection on our website and in our Tustin boutique!

Reversible, Acrylic-Coated French Placemats

Available in two new colorways.

Le Cluny Coated Reversible Placemat Olives Yellow

Reversible, Acrylic-Coated French Placemats

 

Le Cluny Coated Reversible Placemat Olives Blue

Reversible, Acrylic-Coated French Placemats

French Kitchen Towels

Practical, beautiful. Beauville Les Agrumes (Citrus Fruits) Tea Towel. Each Beauvillé towel measures approximately 20″ x 31″ and is made of 82% cotton and 18% linen. The addition of linen fiber makes a beautiful base for printing. The design is crisp and the colors pop! Hand printed in France.

Beauville Les Agrumes (Citrus Fruits) Tea Towel

 

Coucke Bistrot de Paris French Dish Towel.This red and white towel measures 20″ x 30″ and features a detailed illustration woven into the towel with a Parisian bistro theme.

Coucke Bistrot de Paris French Dish Towel

 

Vintage Perfume Bottle

This Eau de Joy by Jean Patou Vintage Perfume Bottle is one of a kind.

Eau de Joy by Jean Patou Vintage Perfume Bottle

–Brett

I Dream of France Shopping Bag

We finally took the plunge and ordered shopping bags printed with our name, logo, and information. We chose bright yellow bags with metallic blue ink printing. Up until now, we’ve been making do with putting stickers with our name on a plain shopping bag. Fortunately, we found a source for bag printing that was in budget, so we gave it a try. Looks much better, non?

–Brett

Last year we started selling handmade greeting cards in our retail storefront. Because they are mostly one of a kind and the designs change frequently, we don’t list them on I Dream of France. Some styles I make myself using ink stamps and watercolor paints, and some styles we get from a local cardmaker. (If you would like to add a card to your order, give us a call or send an email and ask what we have on hand. We’ll be happy to help you pick one.) Here are some examples of card styles we have carried.

Handmade Friendship Card with Bee

Handmade Friendship Card with Bee

Handmade Sunflower Greeting Card

Handmade Sunflower Greeting Card with Glitter

Bonjour Bunny Handmade Greeting Card

Bonjour Bunny Handmade Greeting Card

–Brett

Every year on Halloween, the merchants of Old Town Tustin pass out candy to trick-or-treaters after school hours, before it gets dark. This year there were about 400 kids and parents walking around. Top costumes included multiple Marios and a Luigi (who knew they were popular again?), a family of nerds, Pebbles & Bam-Bam, princesses, and lions. In between clusters of kids, we snapped some photos. Scroll down to see all of them.

Trick or Treaters Passing by Prospect Village

Trick or Treaters Passing by Prospect Village

Trick or Treaters Stopping at Old Town Flooring

Trick or Treaters Stopping at Old Town Flooring

Trick or Treaters Passing by I. Initial

Trick or Treaters Passing by I. Initial

As festivities wound down, we posed for photos with our neighbors.

Miss Bobbie and Jean-Michel

Miss Bobbie and Jean-Michel

Here is Jean-Michel (a Frenchman dressed as a Frenchman, get it?) and Miss Bobbie as a witch in front of Miss Bobbie’s Low Carb Shoppe & Cafe.

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Here is Marge Redmond Flamme in front of Old Town Flooring. Does the broom give her costume away?

Brett at I Dream of France

Brett at I Dream of France

Here I am, in front of I Dream of France, dressed as…the American wife of a Frenchman!

–Brett

One of my deepest passions in life is the automobile. Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles in particular have been an obsession as long as I can remember, growing up in France. This was actually what motivated me to come visit America, especially California. Growing up in the French countryside, it was extremely rare to spot a sports car, a custom car, or even a nicely restored antique. Magazines on the newsstands abounded with articles from sunny Southern California, and fast forward a few years, here I am, living in the heart of Orange County, California, driving a classic Chevy truck! I am mentioning this because yesterday I met another French man who not only shares my passion, but is able to turn it into amazing pieces of art. His name is Stéphane Dufour and his paintings and sculptures are just breathtaking! He creates his realistic works with pencil, acrylic, and airbrush techniques. If you share my interest in car culture, you should visit his website http://sdufour.com/ We also have a few of his paintings displayed and available for sale in our Tustin store.

Stéphane Dufour - Hommage Citroen

Stéphane Dufour - Hommage Citroën

Stéphane Dufour - Ferrari 250 GTO

Stéphane Dufour - Ferrari 250 GTO

— Jean-Michel

I Dream of France

Come to Old Town Tustin this Saturday for the 2011 Art Walk!

Old Town Tustin Artwalk 2011

This Saturday, October 22nd, the 4th annual Old Town Artwalk will be held in the historical area of Tustin, centered around the corner of Main St and El Camino Real. Fine art will be displayed and available for purchase.

Wine Tasting will be presented by the Tustin Preservation Conservancy at Jamestown Village. Over 70 wineries will be featured, including Roth, Mount Veeder, Cakebread, Kenwood, Merryvale, and Francis Ford Coppola.

There will also be live music, a tour bus of Old Town and other activities for the whole family scattered around the neighborhood.

Local merchants like I Dream of France will also be open, so you can add shopping to the lists of things to do! Check out our selection of oil paintings and fine art photography from Emet Martinez and Evelyn Morris, as well as our selection of Beauvillé teatowels, so beautiful they can be framed.

You can find all the information on the Old Town Art Walk at http://www.tustinca.org/artwalk/.

Tustin Old Town Artwalk
See you then!
–Jean-Michel & Brett

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