Monday, April 19, 2010

Farmer's Market is BACK!

Hey everyone...
The Farmer's Market is back in Keller. It is going into its 3rd weekend this weekend and I have heard great things so far. LPH will of course have their booth set-up, so stop by and see all the European goodies. The Farmer's Market goes from 8AM-1PM. It is every Saturday from now until the end of October, come rain or shine!

Check it out at www.kellerfarmersmarket.com

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year & SALE!

Happy New Year everyone! Le Petit Hameau does not have sales very often. Especially on our highly sought after European goods. However, our Italian pottery is currently 20% off. The owners will be going to Europe in February for a buying trip and one of their stops will be to Massimiliano in Certaldo! I can't wait to see what new gorgeous pieces he has that we can start carrying in the shop.

So, please, take a look at his gorgeous work, and now is the time to take advantage of the discounted price. I assure you, once we get the new inventory the sale will be over!






Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gift Guide 2009: Christmas Ornaments Part 2

To continue to point out some of our special ornaments, I have picked the following. The first ones come from Australia. Although they are not European, the owners first found these while shopping in France. The are gorgeous and come in many different colors and scenes. We have the ball ornaments and the bells. The bells actually do ring and they all sound a little different. The art form that you noticed on the ornaments with the copper wire is known as cloisonne. It is an old Chinese art form in which the copper wire is laid out by hand and then each ornament is hand painted.






The second ornament I will feature today are these beaded beauties. They are all hand made in the Czech Republic. The are mostly gold, red, and silver. Aren't they pretty?


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gift Guide 2009: Christmas Ornaments Part 1

We have ornaments, ornaments and more ornaments. Not just any old type, but specialty ones that are from all different countries. Some are mouth blown glass, some are hand-made out of wood, some have Swarovski crystals on them, and there are many, many others. They start at $9.50 and go up from there. I will talk about 2 different kinds today.

These first ones are made in Germany. The are wood ornaments and they have a middle part that mimics a traditional German pyramid. It actually does spin in the middle!




The next ones are glass ornaments from a Swedish company. They are technically made in the Ukraine, although the tag will say Sweden because that is where the company is based. These beauties have been inspired by the Faberge Eggs. It actually evens talks about the eggs on the tag when you buy an ornament. They come in many different colors and a nice little gift box!



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! We will be back blogging next week with more gift ideas! We have added new things in the store this week and will be open Friday and Saturday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gift Guide 2009: Patriotic Ornaments

Since it is Veteran's Day, I thought it fitting to showcase some of the prettiest ornaments we have in the store. (At least in my opinion) Surprisingly enough, they are not American made. These glass ornaments are made in Germany. They are so beautiful and sparkly! They would make a lovely addition to any Christmas tree. Choose from the cute little teddy bears or the stars bearing the "stars and stripes".



Monday, November 2, 2009

Gift Guide 2009: German Smoking Men

a.k.a. Smokers. These little guys are some of the cutest, unique gifts you will ever find. It is really the perfect gift for that someone that has everything. They are hand crafted in Germany and are really becoming more popular than the Nutcrackers.

Now what is a smoker, you might ask? They are basically incense burners. You take the body of the smoker off and place the incense cone on the inside. Light it, and put the body back on. Once you do that you can watch him "smoke his pipe"! They are really fun to watch and are very cute. The smoke lasts for about 15 minutes and then lingers in the air for about another 30 minutes. You can choose from about 8 different scents for the incense cones.

The Germans originally made them to be Christmas characters. Mainly Santas, but we do carry smokers that are of the 3 wise men and that are doing winter sports; skating and skiing. Also, we carry smokers that can be left out all year long and don't have to be put away at the end of the holiday season. We have smokers that are folk characters, some that are of certain occupations and others that represent hobbies. We have found them to be a great seller for our store and many people have started collecting them. They make a great family heirloom and a nice conversation piece to have in your home at the holidays, or all year round.

Here are some pictures of these little guys!

Smokers for occupations and hobbies

Winter Sports

Snowmen


Santas

The 3 Wise Men


More Santas


Not sure if you can tell, but this one is smoking.

Please stop by the store for a demonstration on how they work.