Coffee cup

NIKO LE PIRATE logo de la marque BlaBla

Home and kitchen utensil

Joséphine knowing that we like French products, chickens and cats, offered us two sweet coffee cups for Christmas. In the Blabla family, I would like the “Petote poule rousse” and it cat friend. But what it’s terrible, and you shouldn’t tell to her, it’s that I hardly dare to use them because I don’t want to break them ! Nevertheless they are perfected for 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Espressos. It’s an attractive discovery which I recommend to Isabelle who recently moved near Aubagne and who is not far to discover the big family of the Blabla.
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Kitchen glove

LARTIGUE 1910logo de la marque Lartigue 1910 (tissage de linge Basque)

HOME AND KITCHEN UTENSIL

I had lot of french presents this Christmas. I’m really touched that you think of the “Petite Rousse” and help her to find new pride and joy !  My cousin Cécile gave me two kitchen glove from Lartigue 1910, a french company near Biarritz. They are beautiful with the red and camel stripes and I appreciate their sewing in diagonal which make themselves bend as a clip to catch the hot serving dish. I present them to you with a serving dish of the new collection Toulouse of Pilluvyt, a safe bet of Berry.
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Scented bouquet black fig

ESTEBANlogo de la marque ESTEBAN (Paris Parfums)

DECORATION

Because new generation fall in love with Yankee candles, it would be good to remind it that in France we have artisans perfumers who create franquances for several years. Esteban frangances are subtles and I like to smell them in my house, lying in the sofa with a book. My favorite frangances are black fig, orchid, tea spirit and cedar. An invitation to escape.

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Carafe vintage 70s

LA CARAFELa Carafe brand logo

Home and kitchen utensil

It’s the carafe vintage of our french school canteen in the 1970s. I prefer the orange one but you can find it in several modern colors. With a maximum capacity of 1.3 litres, it’s light, unbreakable, easily washable and without bisphenol A. It was under the Christmas Tree, not for me, but for my sister in law. This carafe is perfect for dinning on her terrace or in her garden, during summer in the Landes.

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Handbag Megeve

GRUNENBERGERGrunenBerger 1854 Paris brand logo

Leatherwork

I don’t know how I ever do without it for so long! When I met Lina Grunenberger to talk about her products, I was very interessed by the french relocation, but I didn’t have an immediate need. A few months later, I began a new job and took the subway every day, and I needed a zipped handbag. I ordered the MEGEVE handbag, made in France. It’s the perfect handbag. You can put a laptop inside, you can zipped it and the handles have just the right size for all coats or jackets. I love the simple design and the brown soft leather.

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Knife Chamois

FONTENILLE PATAUDFontenille-Pataud Gilles, Thiers-France, brand logo

Home and kitchen utensil

Le Chamois is the legendary companion of French mountains.
With its handle in juniper burl, it was the perfect gift for both of our fathers. Mine has it in his pocket almost all the time whereas my father-in-law never used it! It is now our knife and it is a perfect knife to go on a hike with or in a Parisian kitchen.

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Knitting yarn

FILATURE DU VALGAUDEMARFilature du Valgaudemar brand logo

Home and kitchen utensil

It would seem that knitting is fashionable again. I know a person who brought back knitting yarn from Peru recently. In January 2016, I wrote an article about the company Cathar shepherds, which has the originality to suggest adopting a goat. This is another factory recommended by the same friend. This factory doesn’t breed its animals, but remains watchful on the origin of fibers and animal cropping.

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Bowl first name

FAÏENCERIE DE PORNICFaïencerie de Pornic brand logo

Home and kitchen utensil

I’m sure that this bowl reminds you of your youth! Somewhere you most likely have a bowl with “ears” with your first name on it. Do you know the difference between the small Breton at the bottom of the bowl of the earthenware factory of Pornic and the small breton of the earthenware factory of Quimper? The first one stands behind his wife and the second one is in front of his wife. My friend Claire used this question every morning with her son: “Where is the small Breton?!? You need to finish your milk to see him”. If you want to make your own bowl, visit the workshop at the factory: you can paint your own plate and collect it 4 days later (the time needed for enamelling and cooking).

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Lighter

BICBic brand logo

SPORT AND RECREATION

Why do I speak about BIC lighter, a product available since 1973 with 4 million retail outlets? Because when you buy a lighter, you don’t choose its color or size, you choose a country! Look at the top of the lighter. You can see “made in France” or “made in Spain”… Make the right choice:)

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Red dot bowl

ARTGILLESPoterie Artgilles brand logo

Home and kitchen utensil

I’m back in Savoie! This summer, I discovered potteries at the Maison de la Savoie in Paris. Opened by two Savoyards lovers, this shop is worth a visit if you’re in the area. You can eat delicious local products  and buy local handicraft. I visited this shop while I was moving houses, so I bought only two small bowls but I liked everything! My red dot bowls are perfect for slices of dry sausages (from Savoie of course) to enjoy with drinks as appetizers.

 

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