3 French Hens

A wonderful place to find treasures!

A wonderful place to find treasures!

Hi Friends!

Brrrrrr! It was such a chilly Saturday morning! Just after sunrise, we drove through the countryside to the quaint, little town of Morris, Illinois, ‘leaf peeping’ along the way. It was time for the final 3 French Hens French Country Market of the season. This popular event is held on the second Saturday of each month, from May through October, in Canalport Park along the banks of the historic I & M Canal. It’s always one of our favorite antiquing destinations!

The 3 French Hens French Country Market attracts the friendliest people ~ antique dealers, artisans offering their handmade wares, gardeners selling colorful Chrysanthemums, bakers displaying their delectable treats, local farmers selling freshly-picked produce, and treasure hunters galore!

One of the delights of the October market is… pumpkins!! We had such fun talking with the grower of Anderson Pumpkins. Valerie shared tales of the pumpkins and gourds they grow on their farm. Each variety has a wonderfully descriptive name. Just imagine the fun of naming each variety of pumpkin!

Anderson Pumpkins, in Newark, Illinois, grows so many wonderful varieties of pumpkins and gourds!

Anderson Pumpkins, in Newark, Illinois, grows more than 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds!

Rather than carry a heavy pumpkin through the market, we picked out a variety of small, unique gourds to fill a basket on our dining room table. Passersby smiled as they watched us picking out several ‘perfect’ gourds to take home!

Scarecrows are popping up all over the Midwest this month. We stopped to enjoy scarecrows of all sizes and shapes. Although we haven’t made our scarecrow yet this Autumn, we found so much wonderful inspiration here on Saturday morning!

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A friendly scarecrow stands watch over a garden of colorful Chrysanthemums.

We met Kathy Pribble, a talented artisan who creates the most wonderful scarecrow characters. Each one of her scarecrows has a name and a unique personality. So much creativity…

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Kathy Pribble wil be selling her delightful scarecrows again next weekend, at the 3rd Sunday Market, in Bloomington, Illinois.

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Scarecrow children riding a tricycle. {Created by Kathy Pribble}

Wouldn’t it be fun to take one of her unique scarecrows home for the front porch? Maybe someday…

With cups of steaming, hot pumpkin spiced tea and hot apple cider to chase away the early morning chill, we continued our treasure hunting. There was so much more to see!

There were treasures everywhere!

There were treasures everywhere!

'Dave and Jayne's Furniture Fix', from Wilmington, Illinois, offered pretty painted and distressed furniture.

Dave and Jayne’s Furniture Fix‘, from Wilmington, Illinois, offered pretty painted and distressed furniture.

Caroline, from Paperjack Studio, offered her repurposed furniture, vintage finds, and painted letters.

Caroline, from Paperjack Studio, offered her repurposed furniture, vintage finds, and painted letters.

Caroline also had unique ideas for holiday celebrations yet to come!

Caroline also had lovely ideas for special holiday celebrations yet to come!  

What a perfect Saturday morning! The friendly people always make the 3 French Hens French Country Market extra special. We had nice long visits with a soap maker, a pumpkin grower, and a baker. It’s wonderful to find so many talented people from so many walks of life gathered together in a pretty park in the heartland.

A wonderful place to find treasures!

A wonderful place to find treasures!

We were so fortunate to visit the 3 French Hens French Country Market three times this year ~ Spring, Summer, and Autumn. We are already looking forward to coming back again next year. In fact, we have decided to spend the whole day in Morris next time. There are so many interesting places to explore in town. On Saturday afternoons, the streets fill with hundreds of vintage cars for Cruise Nights. It would be so nice to stay for the fun! Every single time we visit  this little town, surrounded by farms in America’s heartland, we always have the same conversation, “Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a small town one day?”

As we walked through Morris on our way to the car, we listened to  the crunch of leaves underfoot. We were filled with inspiration and happy memories of a lovely morning of treasure hunting. We brought home some small treasures that hold big memories ~ a bag of unique gourds, fragrant bars of handmade Lemongrass/Mint Goat Milk soap, and shiny, silver charms to add to a necklace. The best memories of all weren’t carried in our bags ~ they are carried in our hearts! Warm memories that will last through the cold winter months ahead.

Next weekend, there will be more ‘leaf peeping.’  Yellows, oranges, and brilliant reds are just beginning to show their colors here. The green leaves will soon perform a spectacular symphony of Autumn colors. The following weekend, there is sure to be another popular Autumn activity… leaf raking!

A few leaves from our 'Autumn Blaze' Red Maple have begun twirling down.

A few leaves from our ‘Autumn Blaze’ Red Maple have begun twirling down.

 Autumn is the perfect time for making memories!

Happy Autumn days!

♡ Dawn

P.S.  What are your favorite Autumn activities?

3 French Hens

A wonderful place to find treasures!

A wonderful place to find treasures!

Hi Friends!

We hit the road very early on Saturday morning! My excitement just bubbled over, as I wondered what treasures were waiting to be discovered at the 3 French Hens French Country Market. This monthly market, located in the quiet, little town of Morris, Illinois, completely fills a pretty park, on the banks of the historic I&M Canal.

The 3 French Hens French Country Market is held on the second Saturday  of the the month, May through October. It’s good to arrive early, as the little town quickly fills with visitors! Everyone is headed to Canalport Park in search of antiques, handmade wares by talented artisans, and repurposed treasures. We’ve been going for the past three years. It’s always a delightful place to spend the day, in the Spring, Summer, or Fall.

This pretty park sits along the peaceful waterway.

This pretty park sits along the peaceful waterway.

As we drove past vast stretches of farmland,

my great anticipation was tempered with the unsettled feeling of not knowing exactly what I was looking for…

Antique dealers and talented artisans display their wares in the park along the sleepy canal.

Antique dealers and talented artisans display their wares in the park along the sleepy canal.

Over the years, my antiquing trips have always been most successful

 if I have one or two treasures on my ‘wish list’ for the day.

Don’t you find it easier to know what you are searching for?

Alas, on Saturday, I really didn’t know…

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It was such fun to look at everything!  Treasures upon treasures, all waiting for new homes.

Olde Farm Creek offered a nice collection of vintage inspired farmhouse treasures.

Olde Farm Creek offered a nice collection of vintage inspired farmhouse treasures.

It was fascinating to talk with the artisans about their handmade pieces. These primitive signs were made from tobacco lath and the beautiful canvas bags were stitched from worn tent canvas. The lovely, old patina of the materials added a special touch of the past to each newly created piece.

 

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Roseberry Farm Primitives brought a touch of Autumn to the market.

 

The 3 French Hens French Country Market always draws big crowds of the friendliest people! Live acoustic music drifts across the park. Wonderful smokey smells from the food vendors whet the appetite for a picnic lunch.

But it was much too early… and there was still so much to see!

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Local farmers bring their fresh-picked vegetables and fruits to the market. Bakers bring homemade pies, breads, and cookies. Freshly canned jams, marmalades, and salsas make it easy to take home the tastes of summertime to enjoy throughout the year.

 

My husband and I continued exploring, looking through all of the treasures of the past, and laughing as we came upon so many toys from our childhood. He is always attracted to vintage books, old photographs, and antique coins. I’m always drawn to peek inside old painted cupboards, to touch antique quilts in soft colors, and to admire vintage Mason jars sparkling in the sunshine. It was a perfect way to spend an August morning!

 

Suddenly, I saw it! I discovered what I had been looking for all morning…  inspiration!!

My heart just leapt when I saw the beautiful antique school desk! It looked so nice displaying old books on its seat and vintage treasures on its desktop.  It was just the right inspiration… at the right moment!

‘Back-to-School time’ is  just around the corner…

Jessica, from Tattered Accents Old & New, and I talked about fun ways to use an antique school desk.

Jessica, from Tattered Accents Old & New, and I talked about so many different ways to use an antique school desk.

Many years ago, a friend gave me an antique school desk. I’ve been saving it in our basement, thinking that one day it might look nice in the garden holding baskets of summertime flowers, or on the front porch holding vintage boxes filled with winter evergreens, pinecones, and holly. But today there is new inspiration! Maybe it’s time to bring the old desk upstairs to hold some vintage school memories.

It’s such a great feeling to discover new inspiration for a treasure that you have loved all along!

(My husband certainly agrees!)

Truly a perfect August morning!

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Carrying inspiration back to the car is so much easier! You can take the scenic path… holding hands! ♡

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Since ‘Back-to-School’ days are just around the corner…

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H A P P Y   N E W  Y E A R !!

Today is the perfect day to celebrate

all of the wonderful, creative, dedicated teachers

who share the gift of learning every day in their classrooms!

You truly do make a difference!

Here’s to a happy new school year… and all its promises!

To all of the retired teachers everywhere,

who have given a lifetime of learning and inspiration,

we honor and thank you for making our world a brighter place!

Look back with love and gratitude,

and cherished memories,

as your students carry a part of you

in their hearts…  forever

Scatter sunshine!

♡Dawn

           P.S.  What is your favorite back-to-school memory?

3 French Hens

Hi Friends!

There were just two antiques on my wish list this weekend ~ a small metal flower frog (to hold a handmade card as I photograph it)  and a small table for our front porch (just big enough to hold a crock of garden flowers and a glass of iced tea).  I knew it would take some searching! Would these timeworn treasures be there waiting to be discovered? We knew where we could search… and I was so excited!

We left very early on Saturday morning and drove through beautiful farm country to the quaint, little town of Morris, Illinois. It was time for the 3 French Hens French Country Market. It’s always a fun-filled day, enjoying antiques, handmade wares by talented artisans, repurposed treasures, flower markets, live acoustic music, tempting homemade foods, and the friendliest people anywhere!

A wonderful place to find treasures!

A wonderful place to find treasures! The 3 French Hens French Country Market is one of the top-rated antique markets in the Midwest.

The 3 French Hens French Country Market is held on the second Saturday  of the the month, May through October. It’s good to arrive early, as the little town quickly fills with visitors! Everyone is headed to Canalport Park, on the banks of the historic I&M Canal. We’ve been going for the past three years. It’s always a delightful place to spend the day antiquing, in the Spring, Summer, or Fall.

This pretty park sits along the the peaceful waterway.

This pretty park sits along the the peaceful waterway. The footbridge is part of a shady walking trail.

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There was so much to see on Saturday morning! Antiques of all kinds…  I knew you would want to take a peek…

Tables, toolboxes, baskets and more.

Antique tables, toolboxes, baskets and a beautiful trunk.

Treasures from the past filled with charm!

Treasures from the past filled with charm!

 

Hmmm! Do you like the white one...

Hmmm! Do you like the white one…

Or…  do you like the black one better? We stopped to help a friendly shopper decide. I think she was very lucky to buy either piece!

Or… do you like the black one better? We stopped to help a friendly shopper decide. I think she was very lucky to buy either piece!

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Repurposed planters made pretty container gardens.

The French Country Market was filled with les fleurs! There were bedding plants, hanging baskets, unique container gardens, and charming ways to display colorful flowers. (We’ve been through such a long, hard winter. We all need flowers!!)

Flowers galore, just in time for Spring gardens!

Flowers galore, just in time for our Spring gardens!

Delightful for a front porch!

Delightful for a front porch!

Vintage plate add a special touch to a flower basket!

Vintage plates add a special touch to this flower basket.

It was definitely a perfect Spring day to look for treasures!

It was definitely a perfect Spring day to hunt for treasures!

Wonderful acoustic musicians added the perfect accompaniment to our morning. Beautiful  crabapple trees in full bloom added to the magic of the day!

Talented musicians added the perfect accompaniment to our morning. Beautiful crabapple trees throughout the park added a festive touch of Springtime!

We made our way to the 3 French Hens’ lovely display.  These talented women organize the event and offer unique wares. Vintage charm filled every nook and cranny of their display ~ chandeliers hanging from the trees and bunting, made of vintage lace, draped from tree to tree.  Take a peek at some of their garden signs…DSCN2538

 

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What a wonderful morning filled with inspiration! I came home with so many creative ideas to add a bit of vintage charm to our garden, front porch, and deck. The timing couldn’t be more perfect! It’s time to plant our Spring containers and turn the front porch into our Summer living room. Oh, remember the two antiques on my wish list?  Halfway through the French Country Market, I found an old metal flower frog that will hold a handmade card just perfectly.

A bit later, I realized that I had made a big mistake by passing up the cutest pair of floral garden boots! They weren’t even my size, but  they were perfect to stand by a big pot of flowers on the front porch. My sweet husband went back to find them. Imagine what the lady thought as he came to buy flowery garden boots! She smiled as he explained that his wife really needed these boots!  Happily, my husband found a special treasure of his own ~ a very old Greek drachma coin. Treasures come in all sizes!

As I was walking back to our meeting place, guess what I spotted? There it was… a  shabby, white table just large enough to hold a crock of garden flowers and a glass of iced tea! It was a perfect ending to a perfect day!

 

Happy Springtime!

♡ Dawn

P.S.  What treasure have you been searching for? We’ll all keep our eyes open… Maybe we can find it!

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Join me for a cup of tea. You can step into my herb garden  to create your own special blend of tea!

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You can step into my herb garden
to create your own special blend of tea!