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

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Every spring, we look forward to the local home and garden tours in Orange County, California, because we get the opportunity to create tablescapes for some of the homes. This year was no exception. I had the pleasure of making a tablescape at a residence in the North Tustin Hills for the Tustin Garden Club Tour.  The night before this tour, we had a late-season rain shower, and the morning was cloudy and cool before the afternoon opened up into beautiful sunshine.

Here are some photos, followed by links to the products I used from I Dream of France.

I Dream of France Lifestyle Tablescape

Tablecloth and Napkins: Le Cluny Cotton Coated French Tablecloths Fayence Red-Cream (I love how this complements the home’s brickwork)

Water/Wine Glasses: La Rochere Fleur de Lys Wine Glass

Dinner Plates: Le Cadeaux Dinner Plate – Rustica Cream

Soup Bowls: Le Cadeaux Cereal, Salad or Soup Bowl – Rustica Cream

Mini Bowls: Le Cadeaux Mini Bowl

Business Card Holders: Antique Style Cast Iron Business Card Holder – White

Also shown: handpainted ceramic candlesticks, vintage-style crown decorations, and Le Cluny bread baskets in Lavender Blue and Fayence Red-Cream fabrics.

Online Gallery

In related news, we put together a Gallery section on I Dream of France to show how our products look in real homes. We would love to include your home! Send your photos to bonjour@idreamoffrance.com

–Brett

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French Gifts for Your Valentine!

Visitez I Dream of France to order beautiful and useful gifts for others, or treats for yourself (we won’t tell). As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Faience Jewelry from Brittany

From HB Henriot Quimper Faience, maker of popular collector tableware patterns such as Tradition and Fleuri Royale, this line of handmade jewelry featuring hearts, crosses, and original designs is hard to find in the United States, but we have it! Every piece comes with a gift box and a certificate of authenticity.

Quimper Faience Jewelry

Gifts for Foodies

We are so pleased to announce the debut of our French Foods line! We offer fruit candies from Provence, salted caramels from Brittany, and the perennially popular Herbes de Provence!
Our hand-painted Provençal spice mills (herb, salt, or pepper) are a topselling gift year-round, and now we have a new design with a heart for Valentine’s Day!

L'Ami Provencal Raspberry Old Fashioned Candy Le Petit Saunier Fleur de Sel CaramelsHerb Mill with Herbs, Salt or Pepper - Heart
 

Gifts for Hostesses

Cupcake or macaron? We vote for French macarons! Cast your vote with a terry kitchen towel from Coucke.

Coucke Terry Square Towel - Macarons

The three-bar box set of Gingembre (ginger and spices) scented soaps from Roger & Gallet Paris is so beautiful, you don’t need to wrap it!

Roger & Gallet Blue Ginger 3 Bar Box of Soap

Gifts for Nesters

Get cozy with a French flair! How about a Paris throw pillow, or fabulous reversible coated placemats?

Paris Postcard Pink Roses Ruffled Throw Pillow

Le Cluny Coated Reversible Placemat Lisa Red

–Brett