Saturday, July 21, 2018


Paris in July

Thyme for Tea has been celebrating and hosting a French themed party, "Paris in July" all of July 2018. Bloggers have been posting their love of all things French to link-up and participate. 

Quimper Soleil Faience

Most of you who know me know I have a love for  French faience. I have been collecting Quimper for years and one pattern, I call it my happy faience, is the Soleil pattern. A beautiful bright yellow (Soleil means sun in French) color that is sunny bright and happy. Quimper, a tin-glazed pottery is produced in the town of Quimper in Brittany, the western region of France. The town has a rustic atmosphere. In old-town, cobblestones invite you to stroll through the town and shops and visit the cathedral. Restaurants are serving up their famous crêpes when you are ready to stop for lunch. I have been to Quimper twice. While there my husband and I enjoyed visiting the Quimper museum and factory. It was an interesting tour of which my favorite part was watching artists hand painting faience. I purchased some pieces while on these trips and some pieces at the charming Quimper shop in Paris. It saddens me to tell you the shop is no longer there!
I decided to set a table for four for a dinner with friends. A casual simple table in my kitchen.  

For the centerpiece I used three sunflowers from the supermarket paired with basil and lemon slices

Soleil place setting and Laguiole flatware made in France

Santons from Provence

Fresh lavender for the kitchen island
set-up with Soleil serving pieces buffet-style

The stack

I collect tea towels, love them. This tea towel is from Provence.
Picon (Apéritif, made with orange peel)

And, in Paris

The Quimper Shop 
where I found pieces to finish out my collection

I hope you will visit Thyme for Tea for the love of all things French. Thank you for hosting this lovely French get-together for all francophiles!

And, thank you my friends for your visit.  It was fun to share one of my Quimper collections with you. I hope you will leave a comment, I love to read each and every one. It is the only way I know you stopped by!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July!

I am so thankful I live in a country where freedom rings. Happy and thankful to be an American!
May your day be full of celebrations. Wishing all of my friends a wonderful day......

America the Beautiful
Hymn Lyrics

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thorough fare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.