~Written and edited by Veronica Clark ~

Monday, 7 November 2011

La Broncanteuse ~ Kamers vol Geskenke

Good morning dear ones. It has been a very busy time on my dot in the world. Seasonal markets filled with wonderful craft and gifts abound, open gardens, etc, etc. I can babble on for ages but will spare you... It is quite wonderful and keeps me on the hop. It was at one such market called "Kamers vol Geskenke" ( translates to ~ rooms full of presents ~ wonderful thought, isn't it just??), that I had the pleasure of meeting a blogger friend! Yes!! How wonderful! Guess who?

I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Colette from La Broncanteuse . She has a gorgeous blog filled all things French and of course her passion... antique monogrammed French linen! Colette travels to the French countryside where she visits markets to collect her treasures. (I can hear a collective sigh of envy....and I will add my sighhhhhh.... to the corus) Please visit and feast your eyes and I will keep my ears piqued for all those oohs and aahhhs that you are about to utter!!

Now that you are back from Colette's lovely blog let me show you her stall of treasure at the market.

By the way, this event was held at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate... ( a post for another day)

The vignettes were enchanting...

The French flag showed the origin of all the treasure ...and added to the ambiance...

These were just gorgeous....for the Christmas tree

My apologies for the price tags but I was not going to pass up giving you a closer look at the lovelies!!!!

Loved these vintage prints on the Christmas Stockings.

Take a closer look...

A table full of lovely linen....

....beautifully presented as you can see...

An Armoire filled with lace beckoned....

Have a look inside...are you gasping in delight and feeling nostalgic...longing for your grandma's sewing basket?

Delicately enchantingly pretty....

Please note the beautiful packaging!!

Remember my post for the cloche party (click here)... this must have been where I first got the idea and then promptly forget about it again until I drove past Masquerade in Franschoek! Oi! What can I say? But anyway have a look at these masks displayed against the fans. Gorgeous.

You can view Colette's post on Kamers Vol Geskenke here

It was a delight to meet Colette and to see her treasure trove. Of course she was very busy as the event attracts hoards of people so we have resolved to get together at another time to chat .

That's it dear ones , I hope you enjoyed that.

I am heading up the ladder to get down the boxes of Christmas decorations ...

Live well



I will be joining the following parties:
Tuesday's Treasure at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia here
Twice Owned Tuesday at Creating a House of Grace here
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style here
White Wednesday at Faded Charm here
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage here
Vintage Inspiration Friday  at On common Ground here
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home here

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave all those sighs of oohs and aahs in the comment box below!! I will enjoy each and every one...


  1. Hello Veronica,
    It was so great to meet in person, although it was shared conversafion,
    You did say you were doing a post on the event, but this is such a surprise - thank you very much. So glad for all these images since I never got to take any and the vignettes were ever changing. Images I have on my blog, is once again by a visitor.Very greatful for the images you took of the masks, they are very dear to me since a friend made them
    Specially for the event as the theme was Carnival....yes we shall get together. MMost def. Hugs Colette

  2. Oh wow - I so badly wanted to go to this event, but life got in the way and now I've seen what I missed. Double damm!! x Sharon

  3. Oh Wow! Fantastic I could spend a week looking at all this wonderful treasure. I adore old linen and any fabrics. So pleased you got to meet a blogging friend. Thanks foryour lovely comment on my blog
    Sueb x

  4. Col, my pleasure!
    Sharon, next time I will personally drag you with!!
    Hi Sue, yip we all luv luv it!

  5. So enjoyed this post many items had me drooling ......Lovely

  6. Lovely!!!! Can't wait to decorate for Christmas! Have a lovely day!

    Kristin xx

  7. What a divine range of stuff! Love those Christmas stockings with heels on!

  8. What a great post and how I loved your photo's of all the decorations. I loved those stockings with all the buttons on it. I will go to la brocanteuse after is finish this.

  9. Hi Veronica,

    Colette does have a beautiful French blog. I'm now a follower.
    I love all the pictures you took at the Seasonal Markets. The stocking and hearts with buttons stole my heart. Not to mention all the wonderful lace.


  10. Thank you for sharing Colette's beautiful things. I love anything made with old linens and especially loved her ornaments, stockings and pillows. It was an inspiring tour! Thank You!

  11. That looks like my kind of place - i could spend all day in there! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Everything in this place looks amazing. Loving the display of everything.
    Thanks for sharing,

  13. I loved seeing everything, but I'll have to say that I adored those heart-shaped ornaments with all the buttons on them. Looks like something I could tackle.

  14. That's why they say it's all about the presentation!

  15. Veronica, Thank you for sharing this link with me! Colette has such beautiful things displayed. I just love how she used the bottle rack. xo, Sherry