Tuesday, May 7, 2013

French Farmhouse Finds, The Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market, and a Food Photography & Styling Workshop in Atlanta with Helene Dujardin, Mindi Shapiro, & Tami Hardeman

I hope you are all enjoying your week.
A couple of weeks ago I listed some French Farmhouse Finds in my shop.....
I thought I would share a few images of the items I listed......
One of my favorite finds is this French Grape Harvest Basket.....
I love the patina.
I filled it with flowering dogwood branches, I only wished they had lasted longer.....

On a side note....
This is also an area I recently set up to use as a desk.....
I used to work on my computer in this little room where I felt isolated from everyone....
I now feel more connected with everyone while working on my computer : )

I will also be bringing some French Farmhouse finds to the Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market this month.....
May 18th- 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
May 19th - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This is an image of my space at the show last year......
This is such a fun show.....
There are so many wonderful French importers that come to this show.....
Hope to see you there....

I recently attended a food photography & styling workshop in Atlanta.
Helene DujardinMindi Shapiro, and Tami Hardeman were our instructors.

This is an image I shot with my cell phone of my salad I styled at the workshop......

 This image was shot with my camera.....
The salad was my favorite food that we styled and photographed at the workshop.....

Food Stylist Tami Hardeman demonstrating how to make pretty ruffles with your
turkey lunch meat.....

Prop stylist Mindi Shapiro working her magic by adding a few props to the scene....

Food Photographer Helene Dujardin setting up her camera to get the perfect shot of the sandwich...
I found out about the workshop through Helene's blog, Tartlette, which is one of my favorite food blogs.....
Helene is also the author of the book Plate to Pixel, a book about digital food photography.....
My sister also lives in Atlanta and my other sister lives in LA, after the workshop was over we
all went to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA for three days.....
I have lots of pictures to share with you of our trip.....
So much fun!

On a final note.....
I wanted to share with you some information about a local barn sale that is taking place this week.....
My friend, Marina Gheist is having a sale at Sue's Barn......
Marina imports beautiful vintage items from France, Holland, & Belgium.....
The sale starts May 9th....and ends May 12th.....
May 9th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 10th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 11th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 12th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The address is~
12607 E. Hwy 120 
Manteca, CA 
The above image I shot at Sue's spring sale.....
Hope you all have a great week!
Take Care,


  1. AnonymousMay 07, 2013

    Hi dear Maria, I was so excited to see your post!
    Your class looked like so much fun!!! I would love to take a food styling and photo class like that!
    I saw that the Chateau Sonoma flea was coming up and wished I lived closer, it always looks like such a fabulous show.
    Hope you have a lovely week.

  2. I hope I can find one of the Grape Harvest baskets when I am over in Europe this year since I am staying on a vineyard.

    So pretty!

  3. Hi Maria! So glad that your back on your blog again! I missed your pretty pictures! I wish I were closer to attend the Flea Market!

  4. Dear Maria!
    Thanks for your return and your wonderful photos!
    Happy May!
    With love,

  5. So great to see so many great things happening in your life! Wish I could go to Marinas sale! She is so stinkin sweet. I am glad you are well.
    xo, Sandy.

  6. I am in love with your home, your goods, and your lifestyle! How refreshingly rustic and chic!

  7. Oh my, how much i adore your house!

  8. Hi!
    I really love your blog, with all its lovely pictures and inspiration!
    I will add your blog at my bloglist, so lovley!
    Wish you a wonderful day!
    la petite perle..

  9. I absolutely love your blog. I have followed for awhile now but not commented. I take lots of pictures with my phone and just beginning to use a "real" camera and learn more about photography. Although we look at the pictures from our phones and think they are great, they just don't compare to the real camera pics. Your food styling post proves that!!!

  10. Your home looks fabulous - always love your gorgeous images!!

  11. I got so excited when I saw you had a new blog post and you did not disappoint! Your photos are amazing! I adore pink dogwood flowers, so that first photo especially took my breath away!

  12. oh my god so many nice and inspirated Pictures THANKS!!
    best regards gabriella

  13. Hi Maria!

    Everything is so beautiful over here, and so wish I were in the food photo workshop.
    Keep inspiring your beauty it's all so inspiring.


  14. Im new to your blog...its beautiful! I live in Stockton and, boy, am I disappointed that I missed that barn sale!!!! Hopefully they'll have another really soon!

  15. oh my god, so many nice and inspirated pictures, coooool!!!!! angie from germany

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