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Thursday, December 3, 2009


Yea! It's time for the Cloche Party hosted by Marty at A Stroll Through Life! Marty's cloche parties are always so much fun, and you won't want to miss seeing all of the decorated cloches in Blogville today.

But can you fox trot?

Christmas has come early to my house, because I have recently won some fabulous give-aways!

Look at all of these Christmas goodies from Cindy at Applestone Cottage. I even thought the gift bags were so cute! Do you see those little dancing elf's? Look at this beautiful "made by Cindy herself" Christmas tag. I have it hanging from a lamp in my family room. And isn't that the sweetest angel? I really wish you could see this snowflake ornament in person. My photo doesn't do it justice (although I tried several ways of photographing it). It's made of tiny pieces of mirror, and it sparkles beautifully! And that cute gingerbread man potholder will be decorating my kitchen this season. Even Cindy's Christmas card (a depiction of an area that is near where she lives) is beautiful. Cindy has such a charming home and lives in such a charming part of the country. If you've never visited Cindy, you definitely need to go see her blog -- Applestone Cottage

Before you go running over to Applestone Cottage, I have yet another prize to show!! Lady Luck has really been shining on me lately! I have a small (make that very small) collection of Quimper plates. I used to call it a "small" collection until I found bloggers with huge collections.

I love this pottery, so when I spotted a blog title that was "Quimper International Club", I had to go visit! I have learned so much and seen such beauty on this blog. (I probably shouldn't admit it, but the only kind of Quimper I had ever seen was the kind with the Breton people on it!) Let me tell you, there is a LOT more Quimper than that, and it is all beautiful, and a beautiful group of ladies share the postings on this blog. This is another blog you definitely will want to go see.

You can just imagine how excited I was when I won the Quimper calender tea towel, which came all of the way from France! In addition to loving Quimper, my kitchen is blue and white, so a 2010 calendar will be in my kitchen FOREVER! Oh! And look at the postcard of a French Quimper pottery painter. I just had to share the first line on the card with you. I have never received a card with the greeting "Bonjour Laurie"! How fun is that?

Be sure to visit A Stroll Through Life to link to others joining the Cloche Party. I know there will be some fabulous cloches in Blogvile today!

Reminder: I am still sending cards to Katherine and to Andrew. If you want to send a card, please see my sidebar. Thanks.

Thank you for coming to visit me. laurie


Anonymous said...

Laurie, I am still behind in catching up with all my favorite blogs and didn't know your father in law had passed away. I am so sorry- please accept my sincerest condolences.

YOU have been quite the blessed lady too with wins!! Cindy is such a sweety it just fits her to give you such wonderful sweets!

Love your cloches!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

All your cloches are so pretty!! Congratulations on winning all the wonderful gifts. I don't know how you find time to do all that you do!
Again, sorry to hear about your FIL.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Bonjour Laurie! lol I love your post! Your goodies from Cindy are wonderful! And you know I love the Quimper tea towel...fantastic! Yes, I have also been in awe of the Quimper collections of some of our fellow bloggers! Mine looks very small and humble in comparison! I am so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers...hugs...Debbie

Kathleen said...

I knew something had to be wrong..I am so sorry. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know I will be praying for your family.
I hope you have many good memories, they can never be taken away..

I don't know Quimper from a Wimper..but yours is lovely.Congrats on the is so pretty..Come over , having a give away too for my blogaversary. You are on a lucky streak!

susan said...

The bears under glass---love it! You have won some wonderful goodies from Cindy! I am afraid I am in Kathleen's "wimper from Quimper" category, but they are beautiful. Your mosaic tribute to your father in law is lovely. Hope you all have gotten some rest. I'll get my cards in the mail :)

cotedetexas said...

No, I can NOT foxtrot! thank you very much!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Love your Cloche's!!!! "so you think you can dance" to clever and way to cute!

Sarah said...

I'm sad to hear about your father-in-law. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this loss. Your tribute is touching.

Your cloches are too cute! Can't fox trot, but that one is my favorite.

Take care sweet friend. Glad you one the Quimper give away!

Hugs ~ Sarah

Blue Creek Home said...

I love all of your Christmas cloches.

My favorite is the fox family.
I cracked up when I saw it. I have the very same fox couple in a cloche!!!

Do you think we were separated at birth??? What are the odds.


Tardevil said...

Oh Laurie, I am so sorry about your father in law! Congrats on your wins. I've never heard of Quimper until I started blogging. Still don't know alot about it. Your cloches are nice, but that nativity in the top picture is AWE*SOME!

xinex said...

So sorry about your father in law, Laurie. I will pray for his soul. You lucky duck! You have been on a winning streak! Didn't you win
something from Susan of BNOP too? Congrats! Love all your cloches!...Christine

SmilingSally said...


Congratulations on your win, and condolences on the loss of your father-in-law.

I like your cloches, but I love that header! Wow!

Stacey said...

Laurie, so much in one post I'm trying to decide what to say first. I'm sorry about your father in law! I may have missed that along the line but still I'm sending hugs your way.

You have been a lucky winner lately! Me too. :)

Your cloches are beautiful. You are such a great decorator. Your home always looks pretty and inviting.

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Dear sweet Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear you lost your father-n-law. Glenda emailed me earlier. I offer my sympathies and prayers for your husband and your whole family. Thank you for sharing your adorable cloches. My favorite is the painted one! I love your manger scene! I have the same wise men on the camels! Congrats on your good fortune! What great and beautiful winnings! God bless you Laurie! Lauralu :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Laurie,
What a sweetie you are! I love the gifts made into a mosaic, aren't you the cleverest! I am so glad you liked them! And girl, you have been on a winning streak! That Calendar is really a treasure! Now, onto your eye candy cloches! Those fox trotting foxes under glass are those most charming ones I have ever seen! I love all of them and that tall jar with glittery Christmas balls is just like being a kid in a candy store! Again, I am so sorry about your FIL, he was a handsome man! Hugs to you, Cindy

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm so glad you won -- those little lovies are going to a good home. I had never heard of Quimper pottery until I started blogging (hanging head in shame)! You have a lovely collection. And those foxes are just the cutest dancing couple ever! Please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for the holidays ahead - it's always an especially sad time to lose a loved one.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, I just knew I would just oooohhhh and aaahhhh all over your wonderful cloches. Your jars with the tiny house and the ornaments are so pretty, then the beautiful painted cloche with the snowy tree and little house is just wonderful and I absolutely love the fox. What fabulous fun. Your gifts from Cincy and also the quimper are all so wonderful. I also love the tribute to your FIL. Thanks so much for sharing and joining the party. I really love all of your wonderful creations and your mosaics are stunning. Hugs, Marty

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Laurie - you have been a lucky lady!

I love all your displays! The foxes are just so cute and that cloche with the painting on the outside is just gorgeous! The tall jar with all the small balls reminds me of candy! Everything is just beautiful!


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Laurie: I am so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. I will keep you in my prayers.

You got some GREAT wins!! Lucky girl!! And I LOVE the cloches!!
Especially the one with the foxes!!!

Lou Cinda :)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweetie...
Yes, I think I can fox trot. I so love that one. It is my very favorite and the detail on this figurines is just exquisite. Thank you Laurie for sharing them with me today.

I love your goodies from Cindy. Yes she is a doll. I had the pleasure of meeting her in October. When she said she was coming to town, we set up a luncheon here in Arizona so we could all meet with her. It was a blast.

Thanks again for sharing. Please stop by and let me share my choches with you.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Lisa said...

All your cloches are beautiful but I'm in love with the hand-painted one! WOW! What a wonderful piece! So sorry to hear about your father-in-law.

Cindy J. said...

Dear Laurie, you have been so on my mind and heart. Please relay my sypathy to your sweet hubby and family. I love quimper too, but have never been blessed with having any, but I sure enjoy visiting your lovely collection. Love, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Oh, Laurie! I'm so sorry to hear about your father in law! My prayers go out to your family!
Your clochieness is so lovely! Everything you do is!
Love your new Christmas header! What a beautiful nativity!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I am so sorry to hear about your father in law, Laurie.

Christmas is arriving at our house. Doing things a tad different this year.

I love your cloches! I did a few for the party,but I still need to get my Ralphie cloche put together, on the kitchen island.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

First let me say Laurie prayers are coming your way to Danny and your family...its so hard to lose a love one at the holidays or any day...
Congrats on your winning my dear friend...that Cindy is a doll love her to death...Loved seeing all your beautiful cloche's today girl...Many Blessings to you and your family....hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Great cloches!! I always love your mosaics. And I did notice that we have the same little school house.

Sorry to hear about your father in law. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Thanks for visiting my post & leaving me a comment. I really appreciate it.


Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie, I'm trying to catch up with some of my long over due visits.Your blog is so beautiful to read and look at. Great tribute to your Father in Law,sorry to hear of your loss. I'll be back soon.


KBeau said...

Laurie, I love your cloche's. I'll have to admit that I've never done one, but I think they are so cool.

Susie told me about your father-in-law's death. I was so sorry to hear the sad news. I know you will miss him.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Laurie,
Your cloches are looking gorgeous! You have so many great ideas here.

I'm so sorry to read about your father in law's passing. My prayers are with you sweet friend.

Many Blessings, ~Melissa

vignette design said...

Laurie, Your cloches are great. Especially the fox couple under glass doing the fox trot! So cute.
Sorry again about your father-in-law. Your mosaic was a wonderful tribute. What a handsome man. --Delores

My Painted Garden said...

Hi Laurie,

I am catching up on my favorite blogs and was sorry to hear that your father in law passed away. My prayers are with you and his family.
Your cloches are just fabulous. You are so creative and everything you create is wonderful - it would be hard to pick a favorite.
Have a lovely weekend.

Foley said...

You have some gorgeous cloches! The snowflake looks pretty in the photo, I'm sure it is dazzling in person.

So sorry about your FIL - lovely mosaic in his honor..he would be pleased I'm sure.

The Stylish House said...

Please accept my condolences of the loss of your father in-law. No I don’t Fox Trot, but I would like to. My husband is a good sport and has agreed to take dance lessons with me! Perhaps in a few months I can answer yes I do. Wishing you well.

Lady Katherine said...

love it all, adore the quimper calendar! HoW wonderful for you! I see a gingerbread man I love too

Lady Katherine said...

Thank you and everyone that cheer up my days, with all the lovely gifts and cards.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

First, my sympathies on the loss of your father-in-law.

Such beautiful cloches, sweet little vignettes, wonderful gifts!

My post was late getting up, but please do come by and visit me, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Lara Harris said...

Sorry to hear of your loss...this Christmas will be bittersweet for us as well as my Grandfather passed away this summer...
Beautiful cloches!Love the painted one :)

Laura said...

Laurie- I CAN NOT focus on your quimper collection because then I will want one...
There, I have confessed.

Enjoyed visiting as usual,

Sue said...

Dear Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear of your father-in-law's passing. My thoughts are with you at this time...
As for your cloches, those darn foxes are so cute and funny! And that floral painted cloche is just amazing! Wherever did you find something like that? I had a client that introduced me to Quimper. She, too, had the Breton folk. I started looking on E-Bay for plates and discovered the other patterns. However, my favorite is still the Breton people. Glad you won the tea calendar for your kitchen. Enjoy!
hugs, Sue

Miss Janice said...

My deepest sympathy in the loss of your father-in-law. I do love your quimper collection!

Blue Creek Home said...

Laurie -
I'm not sure who made our fox couple. Mine came from a permanent vendor @America's Mart in Atlanta. Ditz...Midwest???? I just can't remember and the tags are off.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Laurie, continued prayers for you Danny and the rest of the family. I know this is a difficult time for you. Congrats on all your wins.. I don't enter contests..cause I don't I love, love, love the fox trotting under glass.. Just gorgeous.. hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said...

well,i cannot find your addy.i found where you said to write you or katherine.but no addy.ike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I love all your cloches and I am so sorry about your fil.And tell Danny i am also please....anniepoo

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Your cloches and your photos are just fabulous! I always look forward to stopping by to see what you are up too! Hugs!

Connie said...

Hi Laurie, So sorry to read about your father in law. It
is especially sad when it happens around a holiday. Please know I will be thinking of you and yours.
I just wrote a comment, and I lost connections with the internet loosing it all. I am in the process of switching ISP's.
Miss talking to you all, but I will return to view your lovely work and mosaics.
Have a good week.Connie :-)

prashant said...

I hope you have many good memories, they can never be taken away..

Work from home India

Bonnie said...

Your two trees flanking the fireplace are stunning!
Your Navtivity on the mantel is so special.I just love all your vintage ornaments and Santa's. Do you take pictures to remember where you put everything? You do have quite a large collection of everything. Christmas closet sounds like a dream. Again, I am just amazed!

Connie said...

Hi Laurie - So sorry to red about your father in law. I shall pray for you all.

Your snow picture is pretty -- enjoy it ! I have been out shoveling for the past 12 days and more is coming our way. I would enjoy winter more if the snow was warm ???

Miss everyone and the great posts ! I may come back maybe next year, you never know. I hope you all had a nice holiday. didn't it go by fast ?