Saturday, November 22, 2014

But It's From Paris!

"No," my husband said emphatically, shaking his head. "It's dirty and rusty, and besides that, how on earth would we get it back to our apartment?"  I bent down to get a closer look.  "Why would anyone throw this gem away?" I asked, as Adam rolled his eyes and sighed. "What will you do with it?"
 "We will take it home and sell it," I said happily. "No one is going to buy that," Adam replied, emphasizing the word "that."

So usually when I find a discarded item, Adam agrees we can take it home. He knows by now that I simply cannot pass up an opportunity to rehab some discarded treasure, and he also knows others appreciate my creativity -- and he does too, usually. And what was different this time? This time we were in Paris, far from our apartment, and definitely far from our home. On top of that, my dear Adam now requires not only a white can  because of his low vision but also the crook of my elbow to help navigate the busy-side of Paris, namely the Metro.


Here we were:  a rolling cart chock-full of Paris market treasures that was heavier than we are combined, Adam with his white cane, me as his visual assistant, and a fresh-baked baguette. But, this old cage had that old vintage blue patina, the shape was so sweet and it was from Paris. No way was I going to leave this for the rubbish truck!

I ripped off a chunk of the crusty tip of the baguette and handed it to Adam and then a chunk for me as I developed a plan. "There is no way you can get me, the cart, the baguette and this rusty old birdcage back to the apartment safely," he declared while chewing. "Oh contraire," I thought.

Not only did this old discarded Paris vintage gem make it safely home, but I am selling it. I think the story makes it even more fun, non? We will have to charge something for it though, since we practically killed ourselves getting back to the apartment, dealt with many befuddled stares from our fellow Parisians, a wee bit of humiliation suffered by my dear better half, and shipping it home. 

Ah, the price of adventure. Come see this wonderful cage a oiseaux at the "Merry Christmas ...in Paris!" market Dec. 11-14!





December "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" Hours:


Thursday, December 11:    5pm-8pm

Friday, December 12:          10am-5pm
Saturday, December 13:     10am-5pm
Sunday, December 14:        Noon-5pm


Joyeux Noël,

Anastasia





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Confectionique's Académie Classes for December's "The Giving" Market

Bonjour friends -- we are pleased to present our Confectionique Académie schedule for our December market!  Space is limited and these classes tend to be quite popular, so we do suggest you send your deposit and register as quickly as you can. We look forward to seeing you, creating with you and celebrating the upcoming holidays with you!

Here are our classes for our December market: The Giving:  "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!"

Tulle Christmas Tree/Instructor: Connie Jean
Saturday December 13: 10-Noon

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and spend some time at Confectionique with Connie Jean creating a pastel tulle Christmas tree!  It will be an adorable addition to your holiday decor -- if you have a sweet angel or other tree topper you'd like to include, bring it along -- otherwise, all supplies included.  If you prefer a different color tree, we can make that happen too -- just let us know!  Some hand sewing is required. All supplies included except as noted.  $40.00 tuition/$10.00 deposit required to hold spot

Saturday December 13: 2-5:00
 Flirting with Paint
Flirting with Paints/ Instructor: Anastasia
Have you ever wanted to learn the basics with the new DIY craze of chalk, clay mineral and milk paints? Here is your chance to experience the process and get hands on learning in an unbiased and supportive setting. All supplies included.  $60.00  tuition/$20.00 Deposit required to hold spot

* To join in the fun just messsage us on Facebook or send us an email at confectionique@confectionique.com  If we still have space we will provide you with information on submitting your deposit.



December "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" Hours:

Thursday, December 11:    5pm-8pm
Friday, December 12:          10am-5pm
Saturday, December 13:     10am-5pm
Sunday, December 14:        Noon-5pm



Joyeux Noël,

Anastasia



Monday, November 17, 2014

Fête de Bon Hiver Thursday Dec. 11!

Our Fete de Bon Hiver (Good Winter Festival) is an annual tradition at Confectionique.  It's always held on the Thursday evening start of our market weekend, during our usual Nuit Blanche. This year it will be held on Thursday December 11 from 5pm-8pm as we kick off our holiday "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" market which runs through Sunday Dec. 14!  The wonderful jazz pianist Steve Banik will again grace our party with the wonderful sounds of the holidays. And, as always, we will have complimentary beverages to warm you as you browse our holiday market. 


We have added a few more fun new things to make our Fête even more festive this year! Local author and patisserie chef Susan Holding of the Little French Bakery and Cooking School in North Freedom will be on hand to sell and sign copies of her new cookbook.  Stop by to meet Susan and pick up her delightful introduction to the art of French pastries!

In addition, you will have the chance to meet all the other creative, behind-the-scenes women who help make Confectionique unique each and every month. Each of our vendors (including Anastasia) will again have a free drawing for one of their lovely gifts!

We hope you will plan to attend this delightful and fun evening to celebrate this most special time of year.  (You can RSVP here.)


December "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" Hours:

Thursday, December 11:    5pm-8pm
Friday, December 12:          10am-5pm
Saturday, December 13:     10am-5pm
Sunday, December 14:        Noon-5pm



Joyeux Noël,

Anastasia and Adam


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

December: Merry Christmas in Paris!


Beautiful Christmas trees in front of the Notre Dame, and inside the Galleries Lafayette . . . glittering white lights along the Champs-Élysées . . . perhaps snow on the Trocadero, in front of the Eiffel Tower  . . .  

There's no place like Paris at Christmas!  

We can't take you to Paris this holiday season, but we can bring a little Parisian Christmas to you!  Our "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" market on December 11-14, is the last of our 2014 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- The Giving!  Our December market will feature all that shimmers this holiday season, including tons of  lovely handmade and vintage holiday decorations, crafts and gifts, and -- as always -- our lots of new treasures that we just shipped back following our own recent adventures in Paris!


We'll kick off the market on Thursday, December 11 with our fourth annual Fete de Bon Hiver (Good Winter Fest), again featuring the wonderful live holiday jazz piano of Madison's Steve Banik in the lobby, as well as our traditional complimentary refreshments and holiday cheer!  We'll also have a few other special surprises in store!



The market continues Friday December 12, Saturday December 13 and Sunday December 14 (see hours below)!





We'll see you there -- remember, you can always RSVP here!

December "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" Market:

     

Thursday, December 11:            5pm-8pm 
Friday, December 12:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, December 13:            10am-5pm
Sunday, December 14:                Noon-5pm

A bientot,

Anastasia and Adam

Monday, November 10, 2014

December "Flirting with Paints" Class!

Chalk . . . clay . . . mineral or milk – many competing “shabby chic” decorative furniture paints are marketed by various brands like Annie Sloan, American Paint Co., CeCe Caldwell, Miss Mustard Seed, and the Real Milk Paint® Co.  They all vary in available color palette, composition, application, ease of storage and somewhat in cost. They each have wonderful (if differing) qualities and are all quite fun to work with, but you should know more about each one before you open your wallet or drag grandma's old sideboard out of the basement!
                       
Want to experiment with several different types and brands before making a potentially expensive commitment to just one paint? Find your perfect match by flirting with at least four major paint brands first!  Anastasia has been creating with the major brands currently available, and is willing to show you the beginning ropes during her Flirting with Paints™ survey class.

You’ll get a hands-on experience working with each paint, as well as a rundown on each paint’s qualities, so you can make an informed decision.  We’ll even refer you to friendly and reputable vendors who sell these dandy paints and who offer further instruction if you are interested!  

Because Confectionique chooses not to sell any paint and is not under contract with any paint manufacturer or corporation, Anastasia will give you her unbiased experience with the pluses and minuses of each paint – we have no vested interest in steering you toward any particular brand or selling you paint!  Normally, it could cost someone several hundred dollars in paint and duplicative classes to try even just a few of the major types or brands of paint.  Anastasia’s Flirting with Paints™ class is an affordable and impartial introduction to this exciting and creative craft!

The class will be held every market Saturday from 2pm-5pm -- the next class is Saturday December 13 during our upcoming "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" market.  Due to popular demand, space is very limited, so get your reservation in early! A $20 deposit is required to hold your spot.*

Tuition is $60.00 for this 3-hour class and we only have a few spaces available!  All supplies are included and light beverages will be served.  Interested? Give us a wink and a nod by messaging us on Facebook or email us at confectionique@confectionique.com  !

Be sure to watch Facebook or your email for updates on other Confectionique Académie classes!

*If the class is cancelled for any reason by Confectionique, the deposit will be refunded.  If a registrant cancels, the deposit can be applied to a future class.

December "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" Hours:

Thursday, December 11:    5pm-8pm
Friday, December 12:          10am-5pm
Saturday, December 13:     10am-5pm
Sunday, December 14:        Noon-5pm



Joyeux Noël,

Anastasia




Saturday, October 18, 2014

November: The Holiday Home!

When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, for the holidays, you can't beat home sweet home! -- "Home for the Holidays"


We love to travel to Paris in September, after the summer heat but before what Hemingway called the bad weather that "would come in one day when the fall was over."  When we return home from Paris, the change of seasons is usually underway here also.  Autumn is now in full swing in Wisconsin, with orange and yellow leaves and crisp, cool days.  Our hearts and minds turn to the coming holiday season.  Some long for the coziness of a wood burning stove, others for a snowshoe hike after fresh snowfall, or reading a good book next to a roaring fireplace, baking your grandmother's banana nut bread, the coming of Thanksgiving and -- not long after that -- Old Man Winter. It is especially this time of year that we may long for comfort and coziness the most!

We hope to create a sense of warmth and bundle you up in joy at our next market, "The Holiday Home", the second of our 2014 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- The Feasting!  We'll have tons of home decorations for the holiday season, including Christmas, as well as treasures and gift ideas from our most recent buying trip to Paris.  We want you to feel as though you can come and stay as long as you please, as if  you are being hugged by beauty and find happiness around every corner.  And maybe you will find a little something for your precious, cozy home.

A special note:  For Nuit Blanche on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5pm-8pm, we'll be featuring two very special guests in the lobby!

No matter how far away you roam . . . there's no place like home for the holidays!


November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 6:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 7:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 8:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 9:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,

Anastasia 



Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet Our Special Guests Nov. 6 at Nuit Blanche!

Many of you who have attended Confectionique's events over the years are well aware of the uniqueness that is our Nuit Blanche Thursday night openings: the evening shopping, the delightful friendship and frivolity -- not to mention the complimentary wine!  During our 2014 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals, Nuit Blanche is also our nuit premier and our opportunity to include even more festivities! On Thursday Nov. 6 from 5pm-8pm, in addition to opening our doors to premiere our November market, "The Holiday Home", we will be showcasing two local companies and the wonderful creators behind them.


Award-winning and made fresh to order, Qēt Botanicals was born out of the need for fresh and effective care for our face, body, and hair - without the use of toxins, synthetics, or harmful chemicals or preservatives. The wonderful people at Qēt aren’t beauty brokers; they're formulators and purveyors of premium, personal care products. They hand-craft their 100% natural formulas without a single drop of synthetic chemicals. In products that we use every day, there’s no place for anything other than what is proven to be effective, safe, and the best that nature can provide. All of Qēt’s products are proudly formulated, manufactured, filled, and shipped from Cross Plains, Wisconsin.  You must experience Qēt Botanicals to appreciate the beauty of these products!



Lumen Electronic Jewelry is the mad-scientist project of siblings and fourth-generation mechanical engineers Robin and Marty Lawson.  They custom design circuit boards to create distinctive, twinkling LED jewelry -- powered by the sun!  Lumen blurs the line between geek and art, creating TechnoFashion for the geek in you.  This jewelry is a must-see to truly appreciate the amazing level of science, art and creativity that goes into every unique piece!


We hope you will make time to see these wonderful artists at our next Nuit Blanche on Nov. 6. Remember to RSVP here to reserve your spot!



November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 6:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 7:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 8:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 9:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,

Anastasia