Sunday, January 3, 2016

Come to Paris with Us This Year!

Hosts Adam and Anastasia
A new year is time for new adventures!  Over the years, as we have prepared for our buying trips to Paris, we've been asked by many customers in a sweet, not-so-serious (but really a sort-of-serious) way... "Can you pack me in your suitcase?" We all laugh, but it also got us to thinking . . . and now you can plan on packing your own suitcase to tour the flea markets of Paris with us!


Carousel at the Eiffel Tower
In cooperation with Madison's Burkhalter Travel, we will be leading our first Paris Market Tour this year from September 13-21, 2016.  Confectionique's Paris Market Tour 2016 will offer you the opportunity to feel right at home shopping the Paris flea markets and touring the city.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about the world of the Paris flea markets by meeting friendly French dealers and having the guidance of Anastasia and Adam.  The daily morning itinerary includes venues such as the markets at Aligre, Port de Vanves and La-Motte Piquet, the Marche aux Fleurs, and the neighborhoods of Montmartre, the Marais and St. Germain.  


Flea Markets Galore!
Afternoons will be spent exploring, experiencing and partaking in the pleasures of Parisian life.  We will have time together and you will have the freedom to search for some adventure on your own!

While on the tour, you will stay at the charming, 4-star Le Littre Hotel in the center of Paris, between the mythical neighborhoods of Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse.  Very Parisian by nature, you will enjoy the peace and quiet, comfort, friendliness and service quality of this hotel, which has been run by the same family since 1942.  All rooms have air conditioning, complimentary Wifi, a flat-screen TV with international channels, an individual safety deposit box and a minibar.  

A stone's throw from the Parisian antique dealers and art galleries, Le Littre Hotel offers a quiet, plush setting for your stay in Paris.


The Bar at Le Littre Hotel
Ready to go?  For full trip details, join us for an informational meeting and soiree at Burkhalter Travel on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 pm.  Just RSVP to Paul at Burkhalter at pstaats@burkhaltertravel.com or (608) 833-9339.  

If you are unable to make the informational meeting at Burkhalter, email us at confectionique@confectionique.com and we'll send you Burkhalter's full brochure with information about price, tour inclusions and tentative itinerary!

Paris Market Tour Informational Meeting and Soiree:

Tuesday, January 12  6;30 pm
Burkhalter Travel
6501 Mineral Point Road, Madison
Please RSVP to Paul at Burkhalter at pstaats@burkhaltertravel.com or
(608) 833-9339.


Au revoir,

Anastasia 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Extra Merriment Hours Dec. 17 !

The secret is  out . . . yes it's true . . . just like Disney World has extra magic hours, Confectionique is having its fourth annual Extra Merriment Hours this month!  As is our custom, we will have a special Nuit Blanche open house this Thursday, December 17, from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm in case you weren't able to make it to this weekend's "The Giving!" Market (or just want to come back for more holiday merriment)!  As a special holiday thank-you to our customers, we'll be turning down the lights, turning on the holiday jazz and serving complimentary verres de vin, hors-d'oeuvres & other rafraîchissements !

We still have lots of holiday stocking stuffers, gifts and handmade crafts for you and your loved ones, plus beautiful vintage treasures from the flea markets of Paris!  We'll also be offering free gift wrapping.  And if you haven't yet picked up your 2016 market card with our new schedule, you'll want to do that -- we're shaking things up a bit for the new year!

We hope to see you and share a complimentary glass of wine or other treat with you and toast the new year!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by joining our Facebook event here or emailing us at confectionique@confectionique.com .  Merci!

"Extra Merriment Hours" Holiday Open House:

Thursday Dec. 17   5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Joyeux Noel,

Anastasia and Adam

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fête de Bon Hiver Thursday Dec. 10!

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 10 from 5pm-8pm as we kick off our holiday "The Giving" market, which runs through Sunday Dec. 13!  The wonderful jazz pianist Steve Banik will again grace our party with the joyful 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, including our special guest in the lobby, Robin of Fat Cat Beads!  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 market. 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 "The Giving" Market hours:

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



Joyeux Noël,

Anastasia and Adam

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fat Cat Beads at Nuit Blanche!



Confectionique would like to introduce our last featured artist for the 2015 season, Robin Stuewer with Fat Cat Beads.

We are simply delighted that even with a newborn baby at home, Robin has made time to bring her artistic jewelry creations to our December 10th Nuit Blanche opening for "The Giving" holiday market.


Robin has been making jewelry since she was a child. Over the years, she has experimented in many jewelry mediums and owned a bead store by the same name. Her leather and metal jewelry line is her most recent obsession. 



Chic, trendy and modern, Robin's jewelry will make a wonderful gift for you or someone you love this holiday season. We hope you will take time to visit and try on some of Robin's sweet bijoux, and we would like to say merci to Robin for joining us at Confectionique.


December "The Giving" Market:

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

A bientot,
Anastasia and Adam



























Thursday, November 19, 2015

December: "The Giving" Market


Our hearts are heavy this holiday season with concern for our many friends in our beloved Paris, and for all the French people.  It is natural at such a time that our thoughts turn to what we can do for others. 

This holiday season, we cannot be there with our Parisian friends, but we can bring a little Parisian Christmas to you.  Our "The Giving" market on December 10-13 is the last of our 2015 "Les Trois Fêtes" year-end holiday festivals -- and it's focus will be on bringing holiday joy to those you love!   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 -- lots of new treasures that we just shipped back from our beloved Paris!

We'll kick off the market on Thursday, December 10 with our fifth 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 11, Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13 (see hours below).  As with our November market, we will be donating a percentage of the revenue from our December market to the French Red Cross in memory of those lost and injured in the recent Paris attacks.

We hope to see you soon -- remember, you can always RSVP here!

December "The Giving" Market:

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

A bientot,
Anastasia and Adam

Friday, November 6, 2015

November: Home for the Holidays!

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 Ernest 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, "Home for the Holidays", the second of our 2015 "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. 12 from 5pm-8pm, we'll be featuring two very special guests in the lobby, David Curtis of Whisper Hollow Farms and Allison of Dinky Dairy!

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


November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 12:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 13:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 14:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 15:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,

Anastasia 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Felty Fun at Nuit Blanche


We are delighted to feature two artists on Thursday November 12th from 5-8pm as we kick off this month's "Home for the Holidays" market. You will enjoy meeting Allison of Dinky Dairy and meet her delightful and whimsical felt handiwork friends at our Nuit Blanche. We first met Allison in Baraboo and were just smitten with her handmade owls, cats, houses and birds. 

 
Allison has been crafting and creating from an early age, but it was the discovery of felting wool that excited her most. She said it was creating through felting that brought her into her own. Nowadays, Allison fancies herself as a folk artist. Allison says, "Folk means something that’s imperfectly executed with great intention and heart.  This describes not only my sewing, but ME!"

Allison enjoys crafting from recycled wool, cashmere and cotton.  Generally these materials are thrift store bargains and blankets that she washes and then felts in her 1968 Speed Queen.  Alliston says, "I strive toward whimsy, and usually arrive somewhere nearby with pillows to garlands and lots of owls in between."  She makes all of her felt treasures in her "craft camper" outside of Sauk City!               
           

Don't miss Allison and her felted friends at our Nuit Blanche on Thursday November 12th from 5-8pm.  You are certain to find a whimsical creature that will melt your heart!




November "The Holiday Home" Market Hours:

Thursday, Nov. 12:          5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Nov. 13:                10am-5pm
Saturday, Nov. 14:           10am-5pm
Sunday, Nov. 15:              Noon-5pm

Au revoir,

Anastasia