Thursday, August 27, 2015

Come to Paris with Us Next Year!

Hosts Adam and Anastasia
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 Middleton's Burkhalter Travel, we will be leading our first Paris Market Tour next 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, including price, tour inclusions and tentative itinerary, click here for the full brochure -- just click the blue download button to download the file!  (If the file does not download, email us at and we'll send you a copy!)

We hope you can come with us!  If you have questions, join us at Burkhalter's offices at 6501 Mineral Point Road, Madison, for a Paris Market Tour Soiree and informational meeting Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

In the meantime, we'll see you at our next market -- "The Spooky French Chateau" October 8-11!

October "The Spooky French Chateau" Market Hours:

Thursday, Oct. 8:            5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Oct. 9:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 10:            10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 11:                Noon-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia and Adam

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Next: "Les Trois Fêtes" of 2015!

Now that summer is winding down and our "Paris Apartment" market is behind us, we are excited to tell you what's next for Confectionique!  After hosting markets on the second weekend of every other month for most of 2015, starting in October we'll be going monthly for the rest of the year.

We are delighted to present "Les Trois Fêtes" (the three festivals) of Confectionique for 2015!

October:  The Haunting, la première fête, is our annual Halloween market from Oct. 8th-11th -- this year's theme is "The Spooky French Chateau!"

November:  The Feasting, la deuxième fête, will be our annual celebration of holiday gathering from Nov. 12th-15th, this year with the theme "The Holiday Home."

December:  The Giving, la troisième fête, is our annual celebration of holiday gifting from Dec. 10th-13th, and this year's theme is "A Merry Christmas . . . in Paris!"

In conjunction with each of these three year-end festivals, we'll be having special events and treats for you, as well as our usual Confectionique Académie classes -- stay tuned for more information!  We hope you will plan to join us for these three very festive markets!

October "The Spooky French Chateau" Market Hours:

Thursday, Oct. 8:            5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, Oct. 9:                  10am-5pm
Saturday, Oct. 10:            10am-5pm
Sunday, Oct. 11:                Noon-5pm

a bientot,


Thursday, July 2, 2015

August: "The Paris Apartment" !

Our apartment in Paris later this year!
There is nothing that helps me soak in the French experience more than having our own apartment in Paris.  If only for one short week or for a long stay, having a place to "nest" and call home helps me feel as if I really am living life as a Parisian.

Just like Americans, Parisians (and the French in general) have a wide variety of tastes.  But something binds them together.  A love of the worldly, the cosmopolitan.  A flair for the eclectic.  A need for travel.  And a passion for practicality and efficiency embodied in style. 

We want to share our vision of the Paris apartments we have grown to love over the years -- please join us at Confectionique's "The Paris Apartment" Market August 6th-9th!  (Click here to preview our August Market Album and see some of the treasures we have in store for you!)

When you think of a Paris apartment you may imagine white furnishings, chandeliers and gold mirrors -- it can be these things, certainly, but a Paris apartment can also have a modern or minimalist look.  It is not unusual to find a centuries-old wardrobe next to an Eames chair, for example.  In the end, a Paris apartment is about using the elements of design in a compact space that is aesthetically beautiful, well-designed and functional.

Parisians are experts at making little spaces seem big. They do this with multi-use furniture, getting by only with what they need (most Parisians would consider art and decorative pieces a need ) and bringing this all together in a cohesive and useful manner which showcases one's individuality and -- above all -- remains stylish. After nesting in a smaller space while living in Paris, it does make me wonder if I really need so much stuff at home.

Since August can be the time of year to begin thinking about moving into your first college apartment, fixing up the bedroom your college-bound child just vacated, or planning for the upcoming holidays, our Paris Apartment market is the perfect decorating market for you.

Our goal at the Paris Apartment market will be to have stylish yet functional furnishings, linens and decorative pieces that really give your space a sense of individuality.

As a special treat, Scott and Bonnie of Burkhalter Travel will join us for Nuit Blanche on Thursday Aug. 6 from 5pm-8pm to answer questions about our upcoming tour next year of Paris markets September 13-21 of 2016 -- we'll have full pricing and details, and you'll even be able to sign up at that time!  (If you want to be the first to learn the full details, send an email to us at and tell us to add your name to our trip list.)

We hope you will join us at the Paris Apartment market where you will feel inspired to live in style!

August's "The Paris Apartment" Market Hours:

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

A bientot,


Friday, April 24, 2015

June: The "Summer in Provence" Market!

Sea, sand and sun.  For our next 4-day market June 11-14, help us welcome the arrival of warmth and "soleil" as we celebrate a vintage French summer!

School's out.  Flag Day.  Father's Day.  The 4th of July.  Patio cookouts.  Vacations.  Picnics.  The great outdoors.  Even Bastille Day.

At long last:  Summer!

Join us for Nuit Blanche on Thursday June 11th from 5pm-8pm and share a complimentary glass of wine with us while we kick off our long-awaited summer with our "Summer in Provence" market.

The market continues Friday June 12th from 10am-5pm, Saturday June 13th from 10am-5pm and concludes on Sunday June 14th from Noon-5pm.

We hope to see you there!

June's "Summer in Provence" Market Hours:

Thurs., June 11:      5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, June 12:      10am-5pm
Saturday, June 13: 10am-5pm
Sunday June 14:      Noon-5pm

A bientot,


Thursday, April 2, 2015

April: "Le Beau Jardin" Market!

"Gardening is a folly whose goal is to provide delight."  -- Deborah Needleman.

At long last Spring has finally arrived, and we're actually beginning to believe that the warmer weather is here to stay.  To celebrate Spring's long-awaited arrival, Confectionique's April market theme is "Le Beau Jardin" -- the beautiful garden!

In addition to gardens and gardeners, April evokes all things Spring -- all manner of flora, fauna, and the ground and air coming alive again in so many ways.  Our April market theme weaves all of these together into one tapestry of garden decor and Spring delights -- with a French twist, of course!

And remember -- Mother's Day is just a month away, and we'll have a boutique full of vintage gifts from Paris.  Let us help you fill your basket with vintage, Parisian and handmade treasures!

Join us for a complimentary glass of wine on Thursday, April 9 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm as we kick off the "Le Beau Jardin" market with our traditional Nuit Blanche celebration!

Our April "Le Beau Jardin" Market Hours:  

Thursday, April 9:   5pm-8pm

Friday, April 10:         10am-5pm
Saturday, April 11:   10am-5pm
Sunday, April 12:       Noon-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia and Adam

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Confectionique's Académie: Our Creative Offerings for April!

Hand-stitched nesting wee birds, rag swags and mosaics, oh my!  We have three class offerings during our April "Le Beau Jardin" 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 coming spring season with you! As always we partake in healthy snacks and tea or water to help keep our minds focused and bodies healthy.    Reservations are required -- just email us or message us on Facebook.  

Broken China Mosaic: Back by popular demand! Connie Jean has agreed to teach another broken china mosaic class! She'll teach you how to piece together a beautiful mosaic out of vintage, broken china. Make a garden plaque, birdbath, picture frame or tray!
Enrollment is limited to no more than 4.

P.S.:  If you have a favorite figurine or piece of broken china you would like to incorporate into your project, bring it along!

Date: Saturday April 11, 10 am-12:00 pm Cost: $40.00/ $10.00 deposit - to include all materials.  Instructor: Connie Jean

Nesting Wee Bird: With this class we will work together with cotton fabric, ink, paper and wire to hand-sew and embellish this little bird. Then, we will create a nest for this little cotton-gem to rest, er, nest in! This is a process class where we begin with a pattern and see that result of our creative handy work. All supplies are included.  Limit:  4 students.
Date: Saturday April 11, 2:00-4:00
Cost: $40.00/ $10.00 deposit - to include all materials
Instructor: Anastasia

Rag Swag: Given all the kind comments regarding the handmade rag swag curtain across our shop window,and the request to learn to make one, I have decided to include this craft class for April. There are so many fun applications for the rag swag.  It is super easy, but so much fun to do as a group.  We will have scads of fabric remnants in white, off white, linen, white tulle, variety of laces, champagne and golds and many other shabby mute colors on hand. We will use our energy to cut and rip strips of fabric to make a rag swag bunting. Feel free to bring a curtain rod if you wish to make a window dressing, otherwise large jute will be provided for a bunting. If you have a special piece of fabric you want to incorporate bring that too. We can only fit 4 in this class given all the energy involved and space required.
Date: Sunday April 12, 2:00-4:00
Cost: $40.00/ $10.00 deposit - to include all materials        
Instructor: Anastasia

We hope you can join us!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Guest Artist for the Le Beau Jardin Market: Kenny Massey

A sincere thank you to Sue Massey for this heartwarming biography of her husband Kenny, an amazing garden artist.  We cannot think of a better artist for our April "Le Beau Jardin" Market. We are so grateful that both Kenny and Sue will be joining us as our special guest artists for Nuit Blanche on Thursday April 9, 5-8:00 pm.

Sculptor Kenny Massey is drawn to recycled metal. Metal, born from the Earth's crust. Iron ore quarried, melted down and turned into metal which eventually will rust and return to the earth. A perfect fit for this artist. Kenny Massey is a rare find. He is a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy. A man with a gentle soul, few words and deep thoughts. Born and raised country, his roots are embedded in a respect for the land, family and community. 

After giving a life time of providing for and raising his family of five (now) young adults, it is his time -- time to express himself through his sculptures. Sculptures that span from massive in size to petite hearts to hold in your hand. 

Kenny takes great pride in his careful selection of each piece of recycled metal. He then submerges himself in the process of expression as he cuts, welds, warms, bends, polishes, torches and breathes life into each piece which carries a bit of himself within it. 

It is through his skill, strength, determination, and tenacity that each piece becomes a Kenny Massey original. The paint colors Kenny selects are all originals from his love for tractors and farm/ranch machinery: John Deere green, International red, to Allis-Chalmers orange, etc. You can view more Kenny Massey "Hearts Aglow" sculptures: or Masseys Landscaping on Facebook or MasseyFamilywHeART on ETSY.  Commission work welcome (Interior/Exterior)

Our April "Le Beau JardinMarket Hours:  

Thursday, April 9:   5pm-8pm

Friday, April 10:       10am-5pm
Saturday, April 11:   10am-5pm
Sunday, April 12:     Noon-5pm

a bientot,

Anastasia and Adam