the peony loot shoot

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]An obscenely early start this morning – especially after two ridiculously late nights, but that’s another story –  and the pickings were not over generous, but a quick tour of a couple of country fairs yielded this little loot shoot, that Gibson and Ghetto insisted on showing you …[blank]
[blank]Besides the copper, and the laundry bats, and the transfer-ware, I was really pleased to come across a gentleman selling bunches of peonies from his garden.
  I hate to pick my own peonies while they are still in bud, so I bought everything he had, and I hope very much that they will open up this week and allow me to indulge a little flower arranging.[blank]
[blank]Seven o’clock saw me shopping in the back yard of this lovely château, which was quite… enjoyable![blank]

[blank]Please don’t write to tell me what a mess Ghetto looks – we know!  Monsieur has an appointment with his beautician this week, he promises to show you a before-and-after![blank]

[blank]Hope you have had a good weekend too.  Thank you for all the interesting comments about ‘hiding  away’, I loved to know about each of your coping mechanisms.
Not sure yet what I’ll be bringing you this week, but I’ll do my best to make it fun![blank]


Meg@MT-Tails June 2, 2013 - 8:06 pm

i love your loot shoots and i love the dogs in the photos. they are darling. is that book on the ground going to be for sale???? would love to own it!!

Barbara June 2, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Oh, my Dear Sharon!!! I adore that lovely transfer ware dish!! Will you be putting it up on your brocante for sale? I would Love it!! Would it be safe traveling in the quilt??
Sharon, itd's been a stressful weekend with another puppy getting sick (104.3 degree fever) and they think they found a heart murmur~ UGH!!!! I just about lost it yesterday when they told me that!! So, I have to say this blog entry has cheered me up and made me smile as well as, given me the excitement back for the trip!!!
You and I are so much alike……I can't cut my peonies in bud either so, I do the same, go and buy them at the local stands!! Nice to find a soul mate!!!

Have a great week!!
Barbara Powell

Barbara Lilian June 2, 2013 - 8:54 pm

I really enjoy seeing your loot shoots, especialy when everyone wants what you bought, it must make your early start to the day all the more rewarding.
looking forward to seeing Ghetto after he;s been to the beauty parlour, although seeing what he gets upto he won't be looking well groomed for long. Ha, ha

Emm June 2, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Not just peonies, but lupines as well! And I have serious copper-pan envy going on. Have two old ones that need retinning but no idea if it can still be done in the US.

What are the silvery covered cups used for?

lilac and old roses June 2, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Whatever you blog, I love reading it! Jane x

Elizabeth Eiffel June 2, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Either your corner of France is rich in potential loot or you have a great eye for spying treasure amongst the mundane, (which I think is really the case) because I don't seem to be able to find such wonderful things in our part of France. Your dogs look so at home amongst your wonderful purchases. Bonne semaine

White Weathered Hutch, June 3, 2013 - 12:52 am

Ok I have to admit I love it all!! Great finds!! I did not know you could force
peonies to open. Can't wait to see yours.

LisaF June 3, 2013 - 1:09 am

Love the copper pots and the blue plate. Your two pups are adorable, as usual!

SusieQ25 June 3, 2013 - 1:14 am

What use would the wooden shovels be put to? (me being a city girl)

My Little Bungalow June 3, 2013 - 1:29 am

Hello, I've recently found your blog and am enjoying it very much. I love everything French. I read the story of how you ended up in France – how fascinating! Your dogs are adorable (I rather like Ghetto's shaggy look). What a great loot you brought home with you. I especially like the little green pitcher and all that fabulous copper.

Mol C. Nichols June 3, 2013 - 1:54 am

Your pups are so great, very happy and they make me smile.

The Blue Farmhouse June 3, 2013 - 1:57 am

Sharon everything just makes my heart go "pitter-patter". So I'm not choosing today…I love it all!


Karen Albert June 3, 2013 - 2:13 am

Sharon love to see your loot shoots!! Wonderfully patinated copper, the blue and cream platter, oh and the breadboards! Adore I just learned today that you could get the budded peonies and prepare them to bloom!

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Sarah June 3, 2013 - 2:31 am

Always fun to see your loot shoots. What a wonderful basket full of peonies. And the doggies are the best!

Eileen June 3, 2013 - 3:41 am

I love seeing your finds. And that first photo of yours is absolutely precious! I just love it. 🙂

Di June 3, 2013 - 3:41 am

Everything looks wonderful! what is that brown book? That plate is wonderful! Have a great week, Di@Cottage-wishes

sandy June 3, 2013 - 5:35 am

You have some wonderful finds! Love the wire basket and the old book looks interesting! Check out MY purchases at my OWN vintage sale. There are three of us who have occasional sales and we buy each other's purchases before the sale begins. Have a great week!

Anonymous June 3, 2013 - 7:01 am

Do you know how much I want to be you and live your life????? SO, since that is never going to happen I think you need an assistant…now I live In lutes mountain new Brunswick Canada, but give me 5 days notice, and I will be there!!!!!!!! A GIRL CAN DREAM CAN'T SHE……

Unknown June 3, 2013 - 7:10 am

Love the photos–I think Ghetto looks like a very happy dog!

Colleen Taylor June 3, 2013 - 7:15 am

This is all such delightful eye candy Sharon! I'm agog at those gorgeous peony buds. I couldn't force my self to cut these either. What a great loot, loving those pups as always. Wondering the same about that large antique looking book! I have a huge copper collection myself. Thank you once again.

penelopebianchi June 3, 2013 - 8:11 am

Hello, I've recently found your blog and am enjoying it very much. I love everything French. I read the story of how you ended up in France – how fascinating! Your dogs are adorable (I rather like Ghetto's shaggy look). What a great loot you brought home with you. I especially like the little green pitcher and all that fabulous copper.


penelopebianchi June 3, 2013 - 8:17 am

don't know about the silver cups…..but the "silver" linings of the copper pots and pans are zinc! They can be replated……and you will want to do that!

there is a place that does that here in Santa Barbara…..thanks to Google….."google it!!"!! "who can replate my copper pans and pots with zinc!"

Try it!

They are the best for cooking anything!!


penelopebianchi June 3, 2013 - 8:19 am


Sophia Home June 3, 2013 - 9:40 am

Fabulous photo of your loot shoot Sharon…..Gibson and Ghetto are priceless! Our spaniel Kiki has a much needed appointment coming up to see her beautician too!

Enjoy those gorgeous Peonies….and have a lovely week.


Vanessa June 3, 2013 - 9:48 am

Haha Sharon, my first reaction was "ghetto needs to go to the parlour!". I've got a shaggy pup myself and just love how they peer out from under their fringes! So sweet. And we've got a golden retriever called Sunshine, so I relate to your pups' adventures. LOVE your blog, and am desperate to visit your beautiful village. We're saving like mad. Have a wonderful day. We are having rain, hail and sleet in Cape Town, South Africa…. please keep those sunny pics coming. Vanessa x

Anonymous June 3, 2013 - 10:03 am

I also hate to pick my own flowers in the garden.I love to bobserve them to bloom on their place.I think farmers market ladies love me on fridays buying all their bunches of actual flowers. Dorka from the Plain in Hungary

Marina Pérez June 3, 2013 - 10:18 am

Beautiful! You live exactly where I would like living! thanks for sharing with me


Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon June 3, 2013 - 10:21 am

Oh Sharon, this is the best loot shoot ever. What is the story with the gorgeous copper? She must have passed away because no one would part with them on purpose. Oh, the lovely green pitcher, and the peonies. Do you think the wife knew he scalped the garden? And, finally Monsieur has stolen my heart no matter his scruffy state, in fact that may be why I am so taken with him. Please share the peony arrangement this week.

I made strawberry freezer jam with organic berries today. It was ridiculously simple. I made in the microwave, which I never use for much of anything but warming my coffee, but I was so happy because I have had some failures, which I take very personally. Hopefully I can share it on Wednesday.

Coco June 3, 2013 - 10:46 am

The peonies are stunning, the copper divine, but I want the story behind the tricorn and the boots!

Lost in Provence June 3, 2013 - 10:56 am

Yes, a great loot shoot as always but you know me, I am just happy to see the boys. 🙂
Have a lovely week ahead, Sharon.

Anonymous June 3, 2013 - 11:02 am

Hi Sharon I love your lovely finds but I only have eyes for those two beautiful partners in mischief that always manage to make me smile. Thank you for sharing them with us. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS I love Ghettos scruffy look.

Sara.RêveBlanc June 3, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Un'incantevole bottino pieno di meraviglie brocante!
a presto Sara

The enchanted home June 3, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Your "models" are the cutest thing ever, that first picture should be a painting! Love all the copper and of course the peonies, lucky you…cannot wait to see them open! You are a master floral designer Sharon.

Babi June 3, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Wonderful pictures.
Gibson and Ghetto are amazing, they look like bodyguards!
I love Peoni, they are my favourite flowers.
Nice brocante shoot.
Have a great week.
Bisou, Babi

Denise1 June 3, 2013 - 4:03 pm

What beautiful purchases. I wake every morning first thing I do when I turn my computer on is read your blog. Its like visiting with a friend.
Love the pups. Was the chateau someone private home. Merci pour tout!

Cynthia Watson June 3, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Sharon, I'm just wondering what the four silver vessels are? I'm a bit of a silver buff (no pun intended!), and I've never seen those before . . .

Bente Holst June 3, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Wonderful, gorgeous photos. Beautiful findings!

Karen (Back Road Journal) June 3, 2013 - 11:37 pm

It may not have been a lot for your time spent but your loot looks lovely to me…especially the cooper.

Mary June 4, 2013 - 12:12 am

Besides my favorite plant – Peony – I love Lupines! Yours look so happy where they're planted!
Of course Gibson and Ghetto would be enough of a successful loot shoot for me – if they were available!!!

Amelia June 4, 2013 - 12:55 am

I will take the furry one on the chair, and the golden one on the grass….. Oh my bad, they don't come with the loots? I'm enarmored with the models…:) As always Sharon, you came away with some wonderful loots.

Julie June 4, 2013 - 2:12 am

Ghetto looks adorable as usual! I swear they look staged or fake they're so good! : )

Amelia June 4, 2013 - 3:30 am

I'm back to swap enarmored for enamored…:) hmmmm….is it a real word anyway? please ignore, I'll go look it up…:)

Anonymous June 4, 2013 - 4:29 am

Hi Sharon: I am fairly new to your blog and love everything about it. You are gifted as a writer, photographer, decorator and cook. I have tried so many of your recipes and love how they turn out. Now I find that I am checking for your recipes or for french recipes for just about everything I make. You French or "Converted French" are amazing. For some reason, most all my life, people always think I am French but I am not. Since becoming a follower of your blog I have fallen so in love with everything French that I dream that maybe somewhere in my past there is some French ancestry.
Sharon, I am in the market for a new camera and so love your photos and the quality of your work, I wondered if you would mind sharing the kind of camera that you use. I know your beautiful work is a reflection of your skill but would love if you could share. Thank you for your beautiful blog. Belle

Magnolia Verandah June 4, 2013 - 5:25 am

I love your loot purchases – and those peonies – love them. Your dogs look so good.

Jennifer Clark June 4, 2013 - 5:58 am

Love, love, love the blue and white bowl!!!! And the copper! And the peonies! I went shopping and all I came home with was flip-flops for the kids and laundry soap.

PamLuvsPink June 4, 2013 - 10:36 am

Hi Sharon!!!!

All of your post are great and fun!!!!

You sure did hit the jackpot with your "loot"!! Love the copper pots and the green jug. And your little Mr. is cute the way he is. He'll look great in the after photo too. I just can't imagine what it would be like to go to a fair at a chateau!! I would try to get invited inside and take a look around:)

Have a great week Sharon!!



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