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Monday, April 8, 2013

SPRINGTIME MANTEL

The flowers and the bright colors of French Quimperware always make me think of Spring.

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I’ve been collecting Quimper for years.  In one of the very first issues of the magazine, “Traditional Home”, I recall seeing a yellow hutch filled with Quimper.  At the time, I had a couple of small pieces.  From then on, I kept my eyes open for Quimper everywhere I went.  The internet has made the world so much smaller, and when I figured out how to search for Quimper on line, my collection became an obsession.  I can now declare my Quimper collection “out of control”!

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Every time I say I’m not going to buy another piece of Quimper, a fabulous bargain comes along, and you know how I am about a bargain.  It’s hard enough for me to pass up Quimper, but when it’s a bargain, I HAVE to buy it!  It doesn’t matter how many times my sweetheart tells me (and I know he’s right), “if you don’t need it, it’s not a bargain”, I still buy bargain Quimper.  Apparently, I was born with zero willpower.dog

The flowers and bright colors of French Quimperware are currently marching down our mantel.

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I’m glad you stopped in for a visit.  laurie

I am partying with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays and Whimsy Wednesday at The Melrose Family.

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17 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A very pretty collection - thanks for sharing it with us.
How is that precious GB adjusting to home life? I will keep him in my prayers.
Have a great week.

xinex said...

I don't blame you, Laurie. These are so beautiful. Wo could resist?...Christine

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh Laurie your collection is amazing and you display it so well! You have so many interesting pieces! I always enjoy your Quimper posts!

hugs, Linda

The French Hutch said...

First let me say how happy I am for you and your family that baby Cooper is home!!!! What a Blessing.
Laurie, you have such a lovely collection of Quimper and French faience. It looks fabulous displayed on your mantel with the touch of spring flowers.
Beautiful spring header! I’m so happy for you Laurie, to have your grandson home............Happy Spring!

~Emily
The French Hutch

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Laurie,
This is so pretty!
I am worried that I may be developing a Quimper problem and I don't even own any yet!
Just gorgeous stuff!
Hugs,
Cindy
p.s. if my snow doesn't melt soon I may end up knocking on your door! lol. (don't worry yet)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Laurie, your mantel is outstanding! Your collection of Quimper is beautifully displayed on your mantel with the touch of spring flowers.

Celestina Marie said...

Good morning Laurie,
Your collection is amazing. I love it and your mantel shows it so well. I can see how easy it would be to collect.
The design is do endearing.
Thank you for sharing my friend.
Hugs, CM

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Well...you know I love this post,Laurie! Quimper does have a way of calling our names, doesn't it? I pray all is going well for little mister Cooper now that he has finally come home to his family! :-) Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Diane said...

I have always loved the colors in Quimper. I have only one bowl and have never considered collecting it, because my house is more English/Scottish, than French. I was delighted to be able to enjoy your collection this morning. Thanks for sharing!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

My response: Need has nothing to do with it! It's love - who can explain THAT?

Dewena Callis said...

I love seeing your Quimper! Ever since I read Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diary from when they stayed on the island in France and she hunted down Quimper I have been curious about it. The colors are wonderful and you could set a table for breakfast or for a fancy dinner with it. I don't have a single piece of it but my sweet daughter-in-law gave me a little metal tray for Christmas that I immediately exclaimed--"Qimper." Well, it was made in France anyway!

Lovely mantel! Spring is here!

Linda Young said...

I think your Quimper collection is wonderful, you have many unusual pieces that I've never seen. You have a knack of displaying beautifully. It looks so pretty with the forsythia. I always thought I would like to have a yellow and blue room, and also some Quimper pieces and blue and white transferware.
Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comments! That little boy is my 2 1/2 yr.old grandson, and I see that you have a little grandboy too, and so you know the incredible love and joy grandchildren bring to our lives. I pray your little Cooper grows strong and well. God bless your family! Love, Linda@ Grandmalay's Daydreams

Debbie said...

To pass up Quimper makes you whimper...

It's National Poetry Month so I thought I ought to give it a try.

I love your mantel. I ALWAYS love your mantels. This one is no exception. It might even be among my favorites.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how fabulous. I love your Quimper and I just knew that when Debbie saw it she would be drooling. Beautiful. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Palomasea said...

You are too funny, dear Laurie....
This is such a lovely collection! It's interesting that Quimper originates from one of the "greyer" parts of France...they need all of those happy colors!
Yes, please send some lovely Spring sunshine our way! :)
Thank you so much for visiting the talented Anita, and for reading Pushkin...so glad you enjoyed them both!
Have a beautiful week, sweet friend...
Hugs,
- Irina

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I just love your beautiful collection! Love how you've used it on your mantel too. The little dog is adorable! Now I would love to have some of this but I can't afford it! :) Feel sorry for me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I have to admit that I had only seen Quimper a few times in magazines before blogging. I see it a lot now. I have never seen it locally, but then I don't see much French decor here in northern Minnesota at all.