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.



"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,

Anastasia 

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!

Anastasia

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!

Anastasia 

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 confectionique@confectionique.com 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!
Anastasia

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,

Anastasia

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Wine Appreciation Classes

Bonjour friends --  the Confectionique académie is finally open for 2017 !

We are excited to announce a wonderful selection of five wine appreciation classes for this year. All the classes will be held at Confectionique and will be taught by sommeliers Dylan and Kelsie.  Dylan is a level one "somm" and Kelsie is working toward her level one.

 Join in the fun and learn more from Dylan and Kelsie about how they train to become a sommelier and how you can learn to enjoy all aspects of wine, including history and types. You will also develop tasting skill and will learn to select the best wine for your enjoyment or event.  Each class is limited to seven invited guests.


The class is free to those 21 and over and will be a closed, invitation-only special event to be held at closing time at Confectionique’s on Sundays from 5-7 pm. Since this is a completely free offering, it would be appreciated if you requested to attend only one of the classes we provide to ensure everyone has at least one chance to participate. If this proves to be popular, we will come up with a larger venue, but for now, we will have all wine appreciation classes at Confectionique. 

Finally, this is a first-come, first-serve class. We will accept private messages through our Facebook page requesting an invitation. We will fill the first 7 spots and will keep a waiting list.  PLEASE, IF YOU ASK FOR AN INVITATION, PLEASE BE SURE TO ATTEND.  It would not be kind to those who wanted to attend, but were told the class was full.   A 72 hour notice of cancellation would allow us to fill the spot with another student. Merci beaucoup!

Here is the first class:


Learning to Love Wine: A step-by-step introductory class on the art and science of tasting and enjoying the complexities of both red and white wines. 6 different wines will be taught, discussed and experienced. This class will be held on Sunday February 12, 5-7 pm.


We are not yet taking names for future classes, but this is what will be offered:


April: White Wine Seminar: Forget the Grigio!  Instead, we'll explore Chablis and more.
June: Discovering the French Rose’ and Sparkling Wines: The options are endless.
August: The Wines of Provence: The love of the Luberon!
October: Dessert Wines: They are more complex than you think!


Join us at Confectionique and let’s toast to experiencing wine together!


a bientot,

Anastasia