Monday, April 17, 2017

"La Provence" Market June 1st-4th !

For our next 4-day market June 1st-4th, help us welcome the arrival of warmth and "soleil" as we celebrate a vintage French summer!

School is almost 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 1st from 5pm-8pm while we kick off our long-awaited summer with our "La Provence" market.  We love Paris, but we just might love sunny Provence even more!

The market continues Friday June 2nd from 10am-5pm, Saturday June 3rd from 10am-5pm and concludes on Sunday June 4th from Noon-5pm.
Do you want to join us in Provence this September?  Click here to learn how you can join us and Burkhalter Travel on our tour of Provence Sept. 4th-12th -- hurry, the deadline to sign up is May 29th!

"La Provence" Market Hours:

Thurs., June 1:      5pm-8pm (Nuit Blanche!)
Friday, June 2:      10am-5pm
Saturday, June 3: 10am-5pm
Sunday June 4:      Noon-5pm

A bientot,


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Join Us in Provence This September!

Enjoy a drink by the Roman Arena in Arles
Quaint markets, delicious wines and magnificent Roman sites -- just a few of the tantalizing experiences you can enjoy with us in Provence!  This September, in conjunction with Madison's Burkhalter Travel, we are hosting a tour of Provence in the south of France -- and we want you to join us.

Last year, we led our first-ever tour of the flea markets of Paris.  This year, we are returning to France -- and you can come with us! From Sept. 4th-12th, we'll be hosting our first market tour in Provence, featuring the cities of Nimes, Arles, Avignon, Orange and Isle sur la Sorgue.

Palace of the Popes, Avignon
Confectionique's 2017 Provence Tour will offer you the opportunity visit ancient Roman monuments, taste the delightful wines of the region, and visit breathtaking markets in several cities.  

Popular and scenic, Provence came to worldwide attention in part due to the books of British expatriate Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence and other books about his life in the region.  Provence's purple lavender fields, craggy olive trees, multicolored vineyards, cliffs, gorges and ancient villages all await you!

Fabulous Provencal Markets!
The days and evenings will be spent exploring, experiencing and partaking in the pleasures of Provencal 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 in the heart of Nimes at the charming 4-star, Art Deco-style Hotel Imperator.  Combining charm, comfort and tranquility, the Imperator is a legendary hotel that once hosted Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner and Jean Cocteau.  The hotel features a grandiose lounge, majestic gardens and spacious rooms.  Here and there an image of a torero brightens the rooms and the spirit of an artist pervades the hotel.

Hotel Imperator in Nimes
The Hotel Imperator is situated in the heart of the Roman city in the center of Nimes, a stone's throw away from the ancient Roman temple and arena.  The gourmet restaurant provides food lovers with fine cuisine influenced by the south of France, while the wine bar has many delights to enjoy.

Ready to come with us?  For full trip details, join us for an informational meeting at Burkhalter Travel on Thursday April 13th at 6:00 pm.  Just RSVP to Wendy Bartnick at Burkhalter at or (608) 833-6968 ext. 251.

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

Informational Meeting:

Thursday, April 13th  6:00 pm
Burkhalter Travel
6501 Mineral Point Road, Madison
Please RSVP to Wendy Bartnick at or
(608) 833-6968 ext. 251.

Au revoir,


Monday, April 10, 2017

Mini Marché for Mum April 12th!

Bonjour friends, we've decided 2017 is the year we would "pop open" now and then, occasionally opening our doors to offer a Bonne Chance au Marché (A Good Luck Market). Our first Bonne Chance Marché (and household furnishings sale!) will honor Moms this Wednesday April 12th from 5pm-8pm only.

We are honoring our mothers by taking 50% off all remaining lamps, pillows, tables, and wall hangings (paintings, prints, mirrors and signs) for all moms and anyone who has a mom -- that's everyone!  Remember, Mothers Day is May 14 -- if you missed our April market last weekend or can't wait until our next 4-day market in June, stop on by!

Since, we won't open again until June, but would love to give all of you the opportunity to shop on a market evening for Moms. Whether quirky or traditional, moms come in all varieties and Confectionique seems to be the place to suit any personality, style or whim!

As you know, Confectionique sources beautiful treasures from France and has many wonderful handmade gifts created by 6 creative women. Here is a unique opportunity to visit on our premier Bonne Chance market to browse through our sweet boutique for unique and meaningful gifts.

We hope you will stop in to say bonsoir on our first ever Bon Chance Marché. You can RSVP by joining the Facebook event here.  Merci Beacoup!

Bonne Chance Marché Hours:

Wednesday April 12th   5pm-8pm

A bientot!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

April: "Le Lapin de Jardin"

Spring is almost here!  The days are noticeably longer, it is warmer out, and the sun feels just a little bit brighter.  To celebrate the coming of Spring, Confectionique's theme for our April market is  "Le Lapin de Jardin" -- the garden bunny, which we will feature from April 6th-9th!

This year, we are combining our annual Easter market and our annual garden-themed market into one Spring fete!  What's more quintessentially Spring than visions of bunnies, chicks, and lambs?  The coming of Spring evokes all manner of flora, fauna and the ground and air coming alive again in so many ways, in addition to gardens and gardeners.  Our April market theme weaves all of these together into one tapestry of garden decor and Spring delights -- with a French twist, of course!

Easter is Sunday, April 16th this year -- we'll have tons Paques (Easter) merchandise -- let us help you fill your basket with vintage, Parisian and handmade treasures!  And remember -- Mother's Day is just a few months away, too.

Stop by, also, if you have questions about how you can join us for our upcoming tour of Provence Sept. 4-12.   We'll be happy to answer them!

Join us for our "Le Lapin de Jardin" market celebration!  Here comes Peter -- er, Pierre -- Cottontail!

"Le Lapin de Jardin" Market Hours:

Thursday, April 6:             5pm-8pm            
Friday, April 7:                   10am-5pm
Saturday, April 8:              10am-5pm
Sunday, April 9:                  Noon-5pm

a bientot!


April Academie: Spring into some creative action!

Petit Jardin dans un Livre  (Little garden in a book)  You will have a beautiful selection of succulents, mosses, appropriate soil, and pebbles and an old book to plant your garden in.  The one I made includes an antique mirror I bought at a flea market in Paris.  I will have many miniatures and old French finds that you can purchase if you desire.  All you bring is your imagination! The class will be held on Sunday April 9  from 12-2:00 with a cost of $40.00. Anastasia will be the instructor.  Limit is 5. If you would like to bring your own book and embellishments, feel free to do so!  Click here to go to our ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Birds of a Feather! Connie Jean's broken, china mosaic classes are always popular. Come join us to create this charming "oiseau" bird plaque. Wouldn't this be adorable hanging outside or in your sun room? You will need some skills working with snipping sheers (provided) to put this beautiful mosaic together. Connie Jean will provide personalized instruction and all supplies. Class is limited to 5 and will be held on Saturday April 8 from 10-noon. Tuition is $40 per person.  Click here to go to Connie Jean's ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Oeufs et Fleurs! (Eggs and Flowers)
Nothing says Spring quite like this cheery banner. You will work with a lovely selection of pretty pastel papers and little images to create a whimsical design. These flowers and eggs would look lovely in a bowl or strung together for a banner. This class is $40.00, includes all supplies will be held on Friday April 7 from 2-4:00 and is limited to 5. Instructor is Anastasia. Click here to go to our ETSY store to register for the class, reserve your spot and pay for this class, including supplies.

Please message us on Facebook or at if you have any questions about the classes, registration or payment. Classes are limited to 5 to allow enough room to create. Along with supplies, tea and water are included. We hope you will come spend some time at our creative table. 

abientot, Anastasia

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Côtes du Korbitz to Uncork!

The time is almost here. In a couple of weeks, all the trees, shrubs, plants and furniture will be removed from the backyard of our suburban home, and taking their place will be vines to produce one of the oldest grapes in the world, the Carignan -- and a number of other bespoke grape varietals imported from France: Braquet, Calitor, Folle and Tibouren.
Our Dream-to-Be!
It took a great deal of planning, consulting, designing and permission, but we are finally near completing plans for our very own winery. Since we will be having water imported from the Rhone river valley, we decided to name our first vintage Côtes du Korbitz!

Before we plant, however, mounds of dirt will need to be delivered. Our dream is to have a hillside crop, much like the one we enjoy in Montmartre, in Paris. We realize our neighbors may be a little annoyed to look out their widows only to find they no longer have a view of the neighborhood park, but perhaps knowing we are in the midst of producing fine wine will help control their wrath.
Artist Rendering of Future Vineyard
Our backyard winery idea came to us more than two years ago as we were sitting in the sweltering sun in Caseneuve, a glorious little village that looks down upon the Luberon, sipping the most delicious rose wine. We realized we never get enough authentic Provencal rose at home, so why not make our own? We know many folks just buy supplies and set up a makeshift winery in their basement, but what we needed were the grapes from Provence itself. Plus, when we can't be in France, we would like to look out at our hillside vineyard and at least feel we are there.
We are traveling to Provence again in September and will be taking classes on how to build underground storage bunker for our barrels, how to crush our harvest by only using our feet and how to cork a bottle without the benefit of automation.
C'est une blague!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

February: The "L'Amour" Market !

"Il n'y a qu'un bonheur dans la vie, c'est d'aimer et d'être aimé." (There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.). -- Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin (aka George Sand).

These words are the perfect expression of love for this time of year. For the month of February, Confectionique is all about L'amour  . . . and all that we love.  Stop by to say bonjour and to find something for your Valentine, or for yourself.  Our February market -- our first Valentine's-themed market in several years --  kicks off with Nuit Blanche on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5-8pm and continues through Sunday, Feb. 12th! 

Valentine's Day can be about more than our beloved:  we thought it would be fun to celebrate the love of our many desires, the beautiful and inspiring things in and of life, anything and everything that brings us joy.  Well, like Paris, for example!  Do you have questions about how you can join us for our upcoming tour of Paris June 13-21, or our tour of Provence Sept. 4-12?  We'll be happy to answer them!

We will be donating a percentage of our revenue from this market to the French humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders, which received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its provision of medical care to the most at-risk populations in the world, including refugees.

We can't wait to see you again when we open our doors for Nuit Blanche on Thursday Feb. 9 from 5-8pm.  Stop by to celebrate whatever you love in your life and help us start our eight year of Confectionique. . . we'll celebrate with you!

Won't you join us?

Confectionique's February "L'Amour" market hours:

Thursday, February 9:    5pm-8pm
Friday, February 10:       10am-5pm
Saturday, February 11:   10am-5pm
Sunday, February 12:      Noon-5pm

a bientot,