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Sunday, September 11, 2011


Bonjour Everyone,

Today is the official grand opening of my Etsy shop, La peitite boutique de perles (The Little Shop Of Pearls). I have been working hard to make items that reflect my love of all things French, Belgium, and Swedish. My shop is a simple little shop with handmade items that are European inspired. If you have read my blog, or liked my Facebook page, you are aware that I have been very busy making new items to add...Stenciled Linen French Script Pillows, and linen guest towels.  Keep in mind that all the notecards and gift tags that are in my shop can be printed into either form...Notecards or gift tags, just let me know which you prefer.

To kick off my opening, I am having a giveaway and my dear friend Fifi Flowers of Fifi Flowers (Here) and Reading Is Fashionable (Here) blogs has offered to add some "goodies" to the giveaway as well. I will be giving away a Natural Canvas Tote Bag that I have stenciled with a French Script and Fifi has very generously offered one of her gorgeous bookmarks with a book "French Lessons" by Peter Mayle so make sure you stop by Reading is Fashionable (Here) to see the"goodies"
she is contributing.
This bag has sturdy reinforced handles and a gusseted bottom.  Great for carrying books, or shopping.
All comments are to be left under this post or on my Facebook Page to be considered for the drawing.  I will be selecting the winner September 19.  I hope all of you will take a peek, if you haven't already, by clicking onto my name kfranklin12 beneath the word Etsy on my widget in the right upper corner at what is available and I will continue to keep you updated as I list new items.

If you are new to my blog or Facebook Page, I hope you will like me on Facebook and follow me on my blog.  I have posted some pictures under my la reportiste header on a separate page under the name of La petite boutique de perles.  I will also be listing items that I cannot list on Etsy so be sure to check there too for updates.

Thanks to all of you who take the time to stop by for visits and leave comments as they are always welcomed and appreciated.

Et Salut,



  1. Oh Kris! congratulations! this so exiting! i would love to join your giveaway, but i don`t know i am aloud ; ) i am sending you an email soon ...

  2. What a great giveaway! Although I consider myself American, my French heritage beats strong here in South Louisiana. I'm Acadian on my mother's side and French Huguenot on my father's - although I've never been to France myself. This would be lovely.

    Alice @ Farewell, Office.
    farewelloffice (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Kris , I have made my way over via Fifi Flowers .. WOW ... what a lovely blog you have. I took a look at some of your past pots ... and you offer such inspiration... gosh I would love to be a guest at the Guest House ... and what lovely country photos you have shared. The orangery is UK issue is brilliant. Needless to say I'm now following your blog..;)

    Congratulations on your ETSY boutique!! Looks like some wonderful items to tempt ... I'll certainly be taking a look.

    Thank you for hosting such a fabulous give away.. please count me in.

    If you have a chance I would love for you to stop by and visit my blogs... xo HHL

    Falling Off A High Heeled Life

  4. Thank you for the opportunity. Love the name of your shop.

  5. Congrats and thank you for the generous giveaway. I'm a bit of a Francophile so I'll be visiting your shop often! It's already bookmarked!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  6. Hi! I'm a new follower. Glad you meet you! And thanks for the giveaway. Cute bag! Please count me in.

    kprwrite at hotmail dot com

  7. congratulations on your Grand Opening, Kris!!
    Ii wish you the best and most success!!!
    love your pretty French and Belgian inspired items...must have been a lot of fun work getting ready for your big debut... :)
    best wishes,

  8. Congrats on your new shop! You have some really lovely items in there. I especially love the Hand Distressed Bird Eggs Gift Tags! And thanks for the chance to win some cute loot as well :)

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  9. Congratulations and thanks for the lovely giveaway. I heart your Etsy shop (jcloh), very soft and pretty items especially the so adorable cherub gift tags.

    I follow your blog and like on FB (jc loh)

    Also following Reading is Fashionable, such a cute blog!

    The books sounds exciting, keeping my fingers crossed.

  10. I like your scripted pillows!

  11. I love easy shops and had to stop by yours and favorite a few items!! New GFC follower Barb
    Facebook fan Barb S.

    barbs562 AT gmail DOT com

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  13. Congrats on your new shop! Since I won your last giveaway (lucky moi!), please do not put me on the list so that someone else receives one of your exquisite treats.

    It all looks lovely in your shop and the handtowels with the fleur-de-lis are just beautiful!


  14. Congratulations on your new shop. You have so many pretty items.

  15. Congratulations on your new shop! I'm hoping to start my own at some point. Great giveaway, too. I love anything French. Thanks!

    rebecca_lynne at rocketmail dot com

  16. Ok look at this givaway! French themed! Is it just serentipity that my best friend announced me that next summer is getting married IN PARIS? It sounds so exciting isn't it? We always concider Paris the most romantic place in th world (I have visited twice so far)! Anyway if I win I will sent her the prize because I bealive in serentipity!

    I had the chance to have a look at you etsy shop which is lovely! Well done and good luck!

    Sophia.komninou at

  17. The Musee d'Orsay is my very favorite museum so this is such a sweet giveaway!

  18. Kris, congratulations on your Etsy store. I love the bag you are giving away. You have inspired me to play with some bags that I have which are very similar. I give them to my students when they take my design class. You should do an e-book about how to stencil.

    The pillows are wonderful. I can so see the bed they will adorn.

  19. Congratulations on opening your Etsy shop!I love the Paris Skyline notecards in your etsy the most, but everything is so nice! I am in love with France and Sweden. Didn't see anything Swedish though, but I still LOVE the shop. I followed and bookmarked. You seem so sweet and kind. This giveaway only proving more so. Thank you, if you wish to contact me my email is

  20. Kris this is so wonderful!! Congratulations on your shop!! I would love, love to win your fabulous giveaway!

    After art, books are my life!


    Art by Karena

  21. This is a very generous giveaway and thanks for the chance to win it.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  22. I just joined you on GFC. Looking forward to Swedish things!
    Thanks for the giveaway

    nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

  23. Just discovered you via Paraphernalia and dropped by to say congratulations on your grand opening :)
    xo sandra

  24. Good luck on your new shop opening. Lovely blog. Please count me in your giveaway.

  25. I'm a new google friend connect follower.
    Nice giveaway! And if I win, do you mind emailing me at telling me so? Thanks.

  26. What a great blog and a gorgeous Etsy shop! I just added you to my favorites on Etsy!

  27. This is such a generous giveaway to celebrate a sweet milestone. I dream of having an Etsy store someday... I can imagine what hard work it must be for you but it is also nice that you are doing what you enjoy most!

    I wish you the best for your business.. I hope your work finds its way through a lot of people's homes. I hope it reaches mine too through this giveaway.

    mubinster at gmail dot com

  28. Congratulations on your etsy shop and everything looks so lovely. I really particularly like the simplicity and 'Frenchness' of the items you have. They all look pretty and delicate. Anyway, I have just followed you on GFC (poparthear) and liked your facebook page. I wish you lots of luck on your endeavour!
    kandulidemusikken at

  29. What a wonderful blog you have. I am glad to have a Estey store with that brings a little bit of France to me. Congratulations on your new store. I will be back often.

    au revoire


  30. What a great giveaway! Congrats on your new shop!

  31. Thanks for the great giveaway and chance to win!

  32. Congratulations. I seem to have missed this. I will hop over to your store and have a good look. What a gorgeous giveaway.

  33. I am a new follower of this blog and your fb page. Would love to be entered in the draw.
    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  34. I adore this bag! It is beautiful! <3

  35. Sheree said:
    You are quite talented. I love the linen tea towel.

  36. i love your shop, especially the vintage prints! :)congrats!

  37. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I love the tea towels.

  38. Hi Kris, thank you for stopping by Project Queen today. You will love the AS paint! Your chairs and table will look lovely in the colors you suggested.

    Your Etsy shop, I'm sure, will be a hit! I love the french inspired sachet bags...fabric is beautiful.

    I'm a new follower and look forward to what you will be having in your store.

  39. Bonjour Kris, Love your blog and Etsy shop, as you know I already follow you here and on FB. You have so much eneregy!! Thanks you for your kind comments on my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint projects, I can't wait to see yours. I hope the weather cools sufficiently for you to start soon.

  40. Congratulation!! I'm a new follower on gfc, your shop is wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Halochanel at gmai dot com

  41. Congrats on the grand opening! I am a new follower!


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