Christmas House Tour

Recently La Petite Fleur was invited to decorate a house as part of the Uxbridge Christmas Home Tour!  We have done it in the past and it is always a ton of fun and best of all a great cause.  The money raised this year is being donated to The Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity.

Our house was selected for us and we got to create a theme and execute a decorating extravaganza!!

Fronch Porch

Since La Petite Fleur was decorating we pulled lots of stock from the store.  These gorgeous felted runners were the inspiration for the front porch.  There are cone trees, wreaths, pillows…..

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Front entrance

This tour sells about 1000 tickets every year.  When guests arrived at the house they were greeted by this great Judy that we created!

Judy with cedar fresh skirt

I used fresh BC cedar to make the skirt and added some ribbon to hide my mechanics and add a pop of colour.

As people went through the house we tried to highlight area to give guests ideas that they could do in their own houses.  Simple things with maximum impact.

In the living room we modified the home owner’s hutch to have a bigger, brighter impact in a darker corner.

Here’s a before and after shot to show you what I mean….

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Here’s the mantel…. we added in the original oil painting by Lynda Cunningham .

We used ceramic vases that looked like birch wood with all monochromatic red flowers for a WOWZA impact!

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Coffee table alternative; simple wood tray with Flameless candles, faux cranberries and rustic pine cones…

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In the kitchen we added a few cute elements just for fun!  Using artificial (faux sounds so much nicer!)  oranges and glued cloves to them to spell out “Christmas”  You could totally do this with real oranges, they just wouldn’t last very long… maybe even spell a guest’s name and use at each place setting? just another option!

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We used simple clear glass covered cake plates to hold apples and oranges, a simple way to add colour and extra storage!Covered cake plates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the dinning room we had some fun with a peacock theme!  I grabbed the cutest little side plates as my inspiration….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tied blue ribbons on the chandelier to add colour, a simple addition to pull it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the windows we added simple pine cones on ribbons to bring the outside in… cheap and pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed a few pics from our recent project!  It was so much fun and for an excellent cause.

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Floral Design Cometition…..

Floral Design Cometition!

 

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Outdoor Spring Bench

Here at the studio there is a constant stream of people coming in that are looking to sell me their rustic items when downsizing.  Literally not a day goes by that someone doesn’t come through my door with a truck load of goodies that they’ve brought in wanting me to take off their hands!

I guess people assume we do consignment, however that is not the case.  Sometimes, I will take a few items if I think I can use them.

Recently I scored an antique metal baby crib for a good price that someone probably had stored in their attic for 30 years and was ready to clear it out!

I started with a 3/4″ piece of plywood, cut to fit on the base of the crib.

A trip to Fabricland and I found some simple indoor/outdoor fabric and some thick 4″ foam.

After gluing the foam to my board I simply covered it with the fabric and used a heavy duty stable gun to fasten it down.  Spray glue works best to get the foam to stick to the board.

Finally I put it all together and added some gorgeous Lady Rosedale pillows that I had for sale in the store.  These are super quality, super soft and best of all Canadian Made!

Here’s the end result……

Retails for $370 including the pillows, wouldn’t this look terrific on your front porch?

Stop in to see it in person…. La Petite Fleur, ‘flowers and other fine things…’ 43 Brock Street West, Uxbridge

Outdoor Spring Bench

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Mother’s Day Colouring Contest!

 

Enter our Colouring Contest for a chance to win Mom a $50 beautiful, lush fresh flower bouquet!

Download and print off our Colouring Contest, drop it off at La Petite Fleur, 43 Brock Street West in Uxbridge before Friday May 11th at 6pm.  One winner from each category will win a bouquet!  Simple right…?

Category #1: 2-4 years old
Category #2: 5-8 years old
Category #3: 9-12 years old

Winners can pick up their bouquet on Saturday May 12th at the store.

Mom will love it!

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us here at La Petite Fleur!

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Hamro Village Felted Bags!

We’ve just received our very first order of Hamro Village Felted bags!

felted wool handbag with hand stitched white flower embellishments

The bags are designed in Toronto and handmade in Nepal.  La Petite Fleur supports Fair Trade and social responsibility.

hand made felted wool bag, red with black stitching, precious applique chicks as embellishments

Felted wool handbag

A pop of bright orange mushroom tops appliqued by hand on a background of taupe felted wool, long shoulder strap for extra comfort.

 

Each bag has a whimsical design, flowers, birdies, fun mushrooms…. zipper and inside pocket.

Small bags with bamboo handles start at $19.95 each up to large totes at $54.95

 

 

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New Hamro Village Felted Bags

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We just received our very first order of these beautifully, hand crafted Hamro Village Felted Bags!

The quality and detail on them is amazing!  Each a whimsical design, socially responsibly made in Nepal La Petite Fleur supports Fair Trade and being socially responsible.

 

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Small bags with bamboo handles start at $19.95 up to large totes at $54.95

A fashionable way to welcome spring!

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Spring Bulb Planters!

Want a quick and easy pick me up to chase away those winter blahs??  Here is a step by step guide to creating a fun pick me up!

First select a nice container, grab a few potted bulbs from your local florist La Petite Fleur and we’ll be off to the races!

The key is to keep all the bulbs at the same height when they planted in the soil, pack them tight keeping them grouped by plant to have the most impact.  Add some pussy willow or forsythia for height.  Top with moist moss and don’t forget to add a little chick or butterfly just for fun!

La Petite Fleur Spring Bulb Planter

 

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Spring has Sprung!

Here in the studio all of our new spring stock has arrived! We have been busy switching all of our displays to fit in the new goodies!

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The cutest little antique door knobs have been recreated into wall hooks

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Bird houses with a terrific tin roof….

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Salt and pepper chicks, wreaths, candles…

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Stop in for a pick me up just in time for Easter!

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St. Patrick’s Day -Feeling Green

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It’s still so snowy and drab here. I’m inspired by seeing wonderful spring projects on so many blogs, but it just seems a little too early still here. Adding a little green for St. Patrick’s day though, seems like the perfect way to add a little new life.

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I scoured by house for green things, and since it is my favourite colour, it wasn’t to hard to find some great pieces. A few green candles, a vase, and a finial look great. I also found these little moss covered balls from the dollar store. Moss, and Ireland just seem to go together. I also added in these beautiful glass spheres, they echo the balls in the glass vase, and since they are a set of three, they remind me of how St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach early Christians about the Trinity, God three in one.

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And the finishing touch…a pot of shamrocks. Aren’t they pretty, especially this reddish variety instead of the ordinary green.

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I also wanted to add a really simple garland to the mantel. After some thought I remembered how pretty the paper leaf garland I made for my fall mantel turned out here, and decided to do something similar. I used simple brown paper for this shamrock garland. In fact, I just cut an old grocery bag into strips. Then I accordion folded the paper, like you would when making paper dolls.

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Then I drew on a shamrock pattern, making sure that not to cut through the paper on each folded side.

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Next, you simply cut it out. I attached several together to make it long enough.

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I love the simplicity of it.

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An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This post is linked up at Skip to my Lou, Under the Table and Dreaming, Making the World Cuter, and Miss Crafty Pants.

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