Apparently today is Cyber Monday, which means it’s deals galore all over the internet. The good thing about shopping online is we are able to support a number of businesses, including those which don’t as yet have, brick and mortar stores, myself included.
But I love brick and mortar stores. Call it old fashioned but there’s nothing like walking inside a store and finding just the right thing. Bonus, if you make friends along with way with the people in the store.
With that in mind as well as the idea of
shopping from small businesses, a friend and I set out to do our version of a pop up store.
Our “store” looked out onto this view…
It’s a pretty good view don’t you think? It certainly didn’t feel like work whenever we looked out.
Shy vs Bold, my partner in this pop up is a purveyor of wonderfully distinctive clothes and accessories. It began with a desire to offer something different from what we find in stores. And now carries a host of pretty dresses, cool jackets and funky accessories. If you want to stand out, Shy vs Bold is the way to go!
Then there’s me with my one of a kind antique charms and storied beads. I will never tire of making these pieces with a little bit of me and a whole lot of history.
What a blast we all had! But the best part was seeing our friends leave supremely happy and content with their purchases. As one friend put it “ I feel like a model after this afternoon”
Hello friends! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Mine certainly is as I’m very happy to announce that certain De Petites Merveilles pieces are now available at the Franklin Village Boutique!!
The boutique is ideally located in the historic village of Franklin. The village has cute stores and cafes as well as a cider mill that serves the most wonderful donuts and cider in the fall.
Terri Cooper, owner of the Village Boutique opened her store 2 years ago. She bought out the owners of the store that used to be there because she says she walked in and felt something special about the space. Immediately, she knew she wanted to open her own store there. After extensive renovations, her store opened, stocked with the latest fashions but also with local designers and artists.
Terri believes firmly in having a welcoming and inviting space and she has succeeded admirably in this. I walked into her store and felt like this was a great place for my jewelry. Talking to her and watching her interact with the people who walked in reinforced this feeling.
She says the best part of being in the store is meeting all the people coming in and sharing in their lives. “People are so interesting, there’s layers to them just waiting to be discovered” she said to me.
I love the fact that she believes in and supports local artists. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be carried by a store that still believes in hand crafted products. More importantly, my pieces are in a store that believes in treating everyone as a friend. That’s increasingly rare in these days of efficient online shopping.
So which Petites Merveilles pieces have found a home at the Village boutique? Here are a few pieces….
I hope you stop by and check out this wonderful store!
Franklin Village Boutique
32716 Franklin Road
Hello friends, in all the excitement and work over the site’s new look, I haven’t had the chance to finish this piece which I started awhile back. Today’s gray and rainy weather proved conducive to finishing this necklace. I’ve had these twisted peach colored 40s beads from Bohemia awhile but haven’t had the chance to use them. In fact, it was part of a packet of beads that I bought at one of my first forays in the Parisian brocantes. I loved their shape and the lady selling them told me, she had gotten them from someone who used to make jewelry too. Isn’t it great that these beads are finally in a finished piece?
I started this piece with the idea of making a sort of double bead with them and adding vintage crystal rondelles. Then I realized, the peachy color of these beads would make a pretty match to one of my antique French pendants. Somehow the peach colors set off the rosy patina of this 19th century necklace. To make it different from the other necklaces featuring the antique pendants, I decided to do a double strand necklace. Eh voila…you see the finished piece! Now available in the shop!
Hello friends, after a long silence, I’m finally back! Its taken awhile but here we are, ready to unveil the all new look of De Petites Merveilles. I’m so happy to be able to share with you all, the fruits of weeks of work on the new logo and look of the site. This is a step that I’ve long wanted to take but it’s only now that things finally came into place. The process of working on the site has forced me to sit down and really articulate my vision of De Petites Merveiles. While, I’ve always had a fairly firm idea of what we are about, the challenge was how to convey the idea in a cohesive image or look, if you will. It is my hope that the new look conveys in the best possible way what we are all about.
One other thing I’m really proud to present is the shop section. Yes, there is now a shop section, complete with shopping cart and all, where people can purchase all the lovely pieces that were previously available only through art fairs and craft shows. Woohoo!! I invite you to check it out. Keep in mind that I have a lot more that I will be adding continuously in the days to come.
To be sure, the process is an on-going one. There are a number of things that need to still be tweaked or improved and I want to ask your patience as I continue to work on things. However, stay and look around. Enjoy the all new De Petites Merveilles!!!