Happy Holidays

Well guess what folks? The world did not end. The Mayans had not really
 predicted an end, but a new beginning, and that is exactly what we will get. 
A fresh new age that promises a heightened awareness and enlightenment 
that will lead to a better world. This is definitely what we would like to believe,
 and what we hope to pass on to you

2012 has been great for us. We have continued to expand our visibility 
and in turn have met hundreds of new friends and customers. We have also
 learned much about the social media and its benefits and not-so-beneficial
 effects. I can't seem to get off of Facebook!

We are looking forward to a new year and  we are ready for the challenges 
and lessons it might bring. For us the school of life is always open and we are
 eager students. The essential ingrediens for us are to maintain an open mind
 and a good disposition. We try not to rest on our laurels and strive to keep
 moving and keep our creative juices flowing, as well as our sleeves rolled up
 and our faith in a higher power.

We at Atelier de Campagne would like to wish you Happy Holidays in whichever
 manner you celebrate. May you find time to be with your loved ones, take time
 to reflect on the gifts that life has offered you, and experience some
 satisfaction and peace. May you end this year surrounded with peace and
 begin the new one with a fresh attitude and will to live, love, and learn. 
Thank you for your constant support and friendship!

Love and energy to you all!

Team Atelier.


Coming Back!!!

I am dusting off and cleaning the cob webs.  It's been so long since we last posted! Getting everything ready for our last container, doing some home improvement and construction, learning about the social media and about distributing books has kept us quite busy. Some of you see us on Facebook. We have been building our presence there and meeting a lot of new friends and customers. We have also attended more antique shows and events and the attendance to our sales and such have improved. 
We are very grateful and feel fortunate to meet so many new people. 

Some of our finds this summer in France, Belgium and England 
photos taken at our Fall Container Sale

Back at home, we have added an outbuilding that serves as storage, but it's great as a place for display during the container sale. We have removed some of the gardening beds and are working on creating a roomier space. We now have a small patio at the front and expanded the porch, so we have a new "sitting area."

I have spent much time reaching out to retailers and promoting the books that we are distributing for NIna Hartmann. It has been an arduous but welcome new learning experience. It feels good however to be representing such a fine and creative woman and was a delightful experience to have met her last summer. She actually brought all sorts of party goods and we celebrated my birthday in Maroilles, the day before an antique fair. Tore, her husband made special treats and drinks for us.

Learning how to navigate Facebook and trying to not spend too much time on it has been a struggle for me. Aye, aye , aye! First, Johan and Martin had trouble convincing me to get on it, and now they have a hard time getting me to stay off it! It is an odd animal, Facebook. On the one hand, it can be a magnificent tool for networking and gaining visibility and on the other it can draw you in, and suddenly you realize you've spent hours on it. I have, however, met many awesome and delightful people, some of whom, turn up at our events bearing gifts. Thank you to all the folks whom have brought or sent us gifts, but also given us the gift of your friendship and support. Thanks also to all the folks whom have also blogged about us! 

Some of these items are still available 

We also would like to thank NIna Hartmann and Tore for placing their trust in us and giving us the great opportunity to represent them in North America and to all the retailers whom have ordered their beautiful books for their stores and establishments. It has been an honor to do this.  Visit Nina's page on Facebook at vintagebynina.com community to learn more about her and her books.

Metal Olive Colanders 

And finally, THANK YOU to all of you who follow our blog for your patience and support! We will try to be more constant, but when you dont' see us here, follow us on Facebook on our page Atelier de Campagne LLC. 
God Bless you all!

Trino & Johan