Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Giveaway to Celebrate our New Website!


Fifteen years ago, JZ created a website for French General - it was different, inspirational and fun and served it's purpose - we were able to get the word out about French General, as well as sell our craft kits, books and fabrics to people all over the world!
But fifteen years is a long time and all good things have to change....so finally, after many months of discussion, debate and deliberation...we are ready to unveil our new web site.  It may not be as layered as our last site - but I think you will find it very user friendly!  There is a search button (oh my!) and a place to sign up for our monthly newsletters (that's right!) as well as an inventory count - so we will know when something has sold out (finally!).  We hope you agree that it is a simpler way to see what is happening in the French General world and we invite you to visit often as we will always be adding new and interesting ideas to the site!
In celebration of all of this big news...we thought we would do a giveaway...something we have not done in a very long time!  So please leave a comment below and tell us what you think of the new site, you can visit French General here.  We will choose one random comment and send out a goody bag filled with some of our upcoming Le Marais fabric, our new jewelry book, A Year of Jewelry, and a couple of our embroidery samplers!
Merci!

152 comments:

Caro said...

I'm just intrigued by what you find. So interesting!!

Susie Lones said...

So... cool, I love it! Really like the French Finds!

The Junque Seeker said...

The new web site is great! It seems faster, and it's easier to find things but still beautiful.

Jackie said...

Your new website is so much easier to navigate! A great improvement which will mean I visit it more often. There is great inspiration to be found here.

dorylyn said...

I love the new website. I navigated through your products using my cell phone. It was so easy! The linens from France were gorgeous!

usagypsy said...

Love the new site! So easy to navigate. And so many goodies!

Zoe Witcomb said...

Your new site is so elegant, I love it. It's simple and clean yet holds so much beauty. It's much easier to navigate too :) Huge congratulations :) I <3 French General! It's top of my bucket list to make it to your store from Florida one day :)

Joan said...

The new site is gorgeous!! Love it!

Secret Squirrel Designs said...

Beautiful photography on the new site! It is very easy to navigate and I love having the choice of Paypal for checkout. Well done!

theodora said...

Love the new site, as I loved the old one, many wonderful goodies. I enjoyed the gallery of pictures, what a book that could be telling little stories of each shot.
I am selfish I just want to sit & gaze for hours.
Barb

Patricia Arnsberg said...

Lovely. Easy to navigate and nicely displayed!

Elisa said...

Love the workshops page. So easy to find what I'm looking for - and see all the other tempting classes at the same time. Very nice!

Susan said...

Beautiful, easy to use, lovely colour scheme, and enjoyable to browse or shop.

Hilary Mueller said...

Fab website, I love the French samplers!

Hildy said...

I always love if there's a search button. Another big plus if you have a menu where you can easily navigate ... and you have one:-) Love the new look!

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Well I just had fun peeking in here there and everywhere. Thank you for the easy to navigate update and as always your inspirational ideas. <3

Holly Campbell said...

What a beautiful thing, I love the look of the site! So many things to look at and dream about! :)

Julie Loeschke said...

Love the new site.Very easy to navigate.Well done.

Kathy MacKie said...

Your site is very easy to navigate and of course anything French, delightful. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary said...

I looked at it last night. it is beautiful. I assume some of the things that say out of stock just haven't arrived yet (embroidery thread). looking forward to enjoying it again and again. thanks for the chance to win the goodies. Congratulations!

Mary

Gretchen said...

I love the new website. It is easy to navigate and find items. The layout and the colors are wonderful. I found a lot of things I thing I really need--a sign of great success LOL!

Darcy said...

I love that I can access the workshops more easily and I love that there is now a search option. Great job and thank you for the chance to win a goodie bag!

jackie said...

Oh yes I love the new website! I loved the old one but this one is really easy to navigate and the print is larger! Thanks for the chance to win one of your wonderful giveaways.......

Lorrie said...

Gorgeous new site. It's so much easier to navigate (although I found my way around the old site pretty well, too). The drop down tabs are so easy and smooth.

marcella said...

Your new site is lovely. I like how easy it is to find things - like upcoming workshops!

marie said...

I like the new site. I've loved your fabric for years, especially the floral prints.

Donna W said...

Love the look of the new website. Very easy to find what you are looking for and finding lots of things you didn't know you were looking for.

fireweeddyeworks.com said...

The website is easy-to-navigate and is the perfect backdrop for your gorgeous goods. And I'm putting your summer France getaway on my list of things I want to do!

Michele T said...

Your new website looks fantastic!!! I'm in awe with all you have to offer too!! Congratulations!!

Susan Heath said...

I first opened the e-mail from my iPhone and was instantly impressed with the ease of use and readability of the scaled down version of the full site. Today I viewed the site from a desktop computer and was even more impressed with the content, ease of use and the shopping options. Job well done!

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

The new site is wonderful, easy to use and full to the brim with inspiration! I have your books and have been enjoying your journey for many years.

MaryPiontek said...

Love the new format!
Great to be able to see all of the items in a larger picture format and the resolution/color is really nice. The drop down menus are fabulous for navigating all of your wonderful items and ideas!

Cecile Nichols said...

I just checked out your new website! It looks really nice and very inviting! I look forward to more upcoming news and products! I clicked on the Facebook button at the bottom and it took me to someone else's FB page. Congratulations on a lovely site!

Beedelys said...

Wow! Love the new website. I like the scrolling feature and the sorting one too. Now I can find those unique French finds quickly. All the best~

hiyacinth said...

Easy navigation to such a treasure trove of delights!

Denise said...

Always inspiring! Now even more so! I love the new website, it's so fresh and so French!!

Suzy said...

It is very colorful and lots to explore!

Marian said...

I love your new website. It is much easier to navigate and find some inspiration. I have my eye on two patterns. Great job!

Sandy said...

Your new website is great - very easy to navigate and very inviting! Great products!

Anonymous said...

Love it!! And thanks for a fun giveaway!
Kay Heath

Anonymous said...

Just wonderful... as always :)
Mary

Alice said...

The new site looks great. The tabs are easy to navigate and the new fabric line looks amazing!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

The site looks very nice--even easy to navigate from my phone!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on the new site! It is very user friendly. Love oohing and aahing over all the lovelies.

taylorsoutback said...

A lovely and easily searchable website update - filled with eye candy and the classic elegant must haves you are known for!! Sigh....

Unknown said...

Even though I am not a huge fan of change ;-) I do LOVE the new website!
I do still miss the old shop though! lol
Congratulations and continued success.

susan hemann said...

Hello, love your new website! was a bit disappointed to find all the quilting fabric sold out. bummer.

Carolyn said...

I just took a trip around the new site. Love French Finds. Easy and so you.

Maureen said...

The site is beautiful!! The layouts are lovely and of course oh-so-enticing! Tres beau!

Fran said...

I love the new site, so much easier to navigate around. My only suggestion would be to change the color of your phone number on the page titled "visit French General". The address and hours are visible, but the phone number is white on a light background and is almost impossible to read. Otherwise....perfect in every way!


Fran Bianchi
quiltmaker93551@gmail.com

Rachaeldaisy said...

The new website looks great and is easy to navigate. I got caught up looking at all the beautiful French finds, such a great mix of wonderful things.

tac73 said...

The new site is very easy to negotiate.

Anonymous said...

Everything is gorgeous! Looking forward to more inspiration from southern Feance.

Em Mann said...

Great follow up to the book "The French Inspired Home." Wonderful finds, creations, and fabric designs.

Rosa said...

There are fabulous goodies and is easy to navigate.Love I can see the detail of the items.Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Love the new look. So wish I could go on one of your sorties but from Australia guess I'll just have to keep on wishing.

Anne Andrew said...

I'm the above anonymous Annie A

Maureeneh said...

I really like your new website. Love your fabrics!
maureeneh52@hotmail.com

Stella said...

Félicitations! J'aimerais visiter votre magasin mais j'habite en Alberta au Canada...

Robin T said...

The new web site is clean and easy to navigate. I love the French Finds. I'm putting a visit to your store on my calendar. I always feel like a kid in a candy store.

MichelleV said...

Love the new site - much faster and as always, beautiful!!

sandi s said...

The new site looks so inviting! The pictures are great. I just love everything French General! Hugs,

Pattie Crum said...

So many goodies on the site. Looks great.

Bobbi said...

Simply delightful, Kaari, as always :)
Thank you for what you do!

Suzanne said...

The new site looks great and is easier to navigate. Love the french sequin collections you put together!

Anne Manly said...

French General fabrics have provided just the perfect inspiration for several of my quilt projects - either the main focus fabric or just the perfect finishing touch. And the new website will provide even more inspiration and temptation! Thank you!

Emma Connolly said...

Love the new site!! While the old one served the purpose, it was rather awkward now that your company has grown. Always look to French General for inspiration!

Tania said...

Gorgeous new site!

MoeWest said...

I like your new website. It's attractive and easy to navigate. Fyi, I got a 'page not found' for the link to see the contents of the paper collection.

Carla Shiver said...

I love the photography like the sunflower field and the website is very organized and clean looking.

LZ said...

I love the look of your new site and really appreciate the links to see all pf your products available. I am familiar with your fabrics and love them. I will be on the lookout for your new Sizzix products. I have quite a wish list going. I just love your style.

becky up the hill said...

Your site, old and new delight me. Many thanks, Becky

Anonymous said...

Le nouveau site est très bien! meilleure organisation et l'accès aux différentes rubriques plus clair . Merci! J'attends avec impatience la collection " le Marais"
salutations, Evelyne

suemluvsquilts said...

Love, love, love the new website! I am drooling over every detail!

Pamela said...

Awesome new website!!!! Everything is so organized!
So many beautiful things!!!!
Pam

tawanda7 said...

Love the website and everything on it!! Beautiful!

Ilene said...

Your "inspiration" in France leads on to my "inspiration" by the fabrics that arrive in my local New Zealand quilt shop. Reading about the process online is the icing on the cake!! Thank you.

Diane said...

Very nice! Easy to use! Those antique lace bobbins are calling my name!

DeliaK said...

Beautiful new website! Well laid out and organized. Very easy to navigate through and find amazing things. Well done!

Maria said...

The new website is wonderful! So much easier to navigate.

Janet said...

Love the new website - so easy to navigate!

joyful1 said...

I really like your new website, it truly is eye candy; the colors and product pictures are most excellent ! I enjoyed moving around and looking at all you have to offer, it was so easy and user friendly. I am excited to order your floss when it becomes available. :p

Cynthia Rose said...

The new site is easier to use, but the old site seemed full of surprises as I discovered new things. I was finally able to visit your store and loved it. Saving up for a chateaux getaway someday.

French 75 said...

Oh La La! I love the new web site. It is very fresh. You have an amazing aesthetic. I look forward to every new fabric line and what new project I can use them in. Thanks for sharing your unique and wonderful designs with us.
Jan

Linda Danielson said...

The new web site is great! So much easier to navigate quickly. Thank you! Love all the photos and goodies from France. Will be visiting the shop in September...can't wait!

Marcia said...

Everything is so lovely. Appreciating your talents !!

Mama said...

I have tried and tried to access the new site with my smart phone but without success. So, because I love French General fabrics and have enjoyed the fantasy of going to France with you, I will continue to use you via my laptop.

Thank you for that option.

betty boop said...

Oh my, what fun goodies that we "must" have. I do like your new website and very easy to search back and forth. My goal is to someday come down for the walking tour. I see that everyone loves your fabric so I will wait patiently for when you run another bolt or two of your fantastic grey toile.

kathiquilts said...

The new website is wonderfully easy to navigate and I think shows off all the FG treasures so beautifully and in better detail. As a quilter, I was thrilled to see a peak of your newest line for Moda. Must confess, I lust after your gorgeous home dec fabrics

Caro said...

French Finds and Embroidery samplers!

Unknown said...

Love your new web-site and it is very easy to navigate. One of my favorite places is your store.....and was hoping I could tour it virtually on your new site and enjoy looking at all the treasures you stock and the artistic way you stock them.

Lori said...

I love your new web site! I am in love with French General fabrics!!!!

Cathy L. said...

The new site is very nice. I love your shop and come every time I get to California. Someday I will do your trip to France, looks special. Love your treasures.

KathyA said...

Love the new website! So many things to tempt and so many new ideas for being creative!

Anonymous said...

Gracious giveaway!! The new site is wonderful in appearance and functionality.
Merci,
Cynthia Novick
cbnovick@hotmail.com

Becky Rourk said...

My iPad loves the new site, and so do I! Five years ago this month I made the chateau getaway trip and had the time of my life! Just purchased two French paper packets to commemorate! Xo

michele wise said...

Easier to find under your name and easier to follow the prompts.
Michele

Lilla Le Vine said...

aloha to the French General
love all you do!!
hope I find some of these gatherings in my empty mail box in the islands
The new site is fresh and so French,
aloha Lilla

Paula A. said...

Love the new website! It is definitely easier to get around and I really like the magnification of the patterns. It's nice to see the patterns up close.

Debra said...

The look is fresh, clean and simple. I like the ease of navigation from one page to another. Well done!

Diane Curry said...

Checked out the website, bought a vintage book on your French Finds, thinking about Chateau Getaway for 2016, hope so.

Love the new website. Navigating is easy and the photos are fab. Thinking the Chateau Getaway would be great for photos too.

Terressa Zook said...

I love your blog, and I love you! "Viva La France"!!!

Donna said...

The site is magnifique! And thanks for the giveaway.

Denise Cabral said...

The new site is easier to navigate. Just about all of your fabric was sol out!

Sharon K said...

so lovely - hope the trip was amazing. planning on doing one of your down town days with you soon.

Becky Elhardt said...

I just perused your new website and bought a few things from your adventures in France. Someday I'll be coming along!!! The website is much cleaner and easier to use. Great update!!!

Cynthia W. said...

The new website is beautiful, just like everything you do - thank you!

Marianne said...

I love it! Very sophisticated and pleasant to navigate.

Seamster said...

Love the new website! Congratulations!

Pamela Gerard said...

Really like the new website and I especially like what is on it ( for sale). I can see I will do a lot of damage to my budget here..... But as my husband says, cheaper than a plane ticket so let's shop!

Ann R said...

The new website... c'est magnifique! It is as elegant as France and all things French. The only thing missing from it is a link to your wonderful blog! Merci for the giveaway!

Margaret said...

So excited about your new website! Love your site anyway, and now it's even better!

Kerri Booker said...

So excited! I'm a longtime French general customer and happily follow along!

kate said...

So much easier to get around your new site. Thanks, loves the hollyhocks in France. One of my favorites and was amazed at where they grow out of the side walk.

Karen said...

Your new website is lovely -- easier to pop around from place to place and eye candy on every page.

Linda said...

The site is simple and less busy. I like it much better!

Linda

JulieB said...

The new site is very clean; you found some wonderful items in France!

teresa currie said...

Love the new website!! Seems faster and easier to navigate!! Congratulations on all your hard work!!

Debbie Soelberg said...

Everyone need a touch-up once in a while. I loved browsing through the finds from France. One correction though, the Cotton Madder toweling says it would make a great rummer

Renee couch said...

like the new website it's easy to navigate. miss the color of the background of the old site I liked the red material backgrounds.

Renee couch said...

like the new website it's easy to navigate. miss the color of the background of the old site I liked the red material backgrounds.

Renee couch said...

congratulations on the new site!

Renee couch said...

congratulations on the new site!

Nola's Art said...

The new site is wonderful. Much easier to see more from your shop. Everyone must have been working very hard to get this all going. I wish you much success.

Anita said...

Like the new site!
Anita T.

acornreads said...

Your new website is just wonderful. I looked at every category and will dream tonight of your lovely things!

Ana said...

As I live in the UK I don't suppose this is open to me. However having received my email this morning I had to take a look. I have followed your website and have enjoyed exploring. This new website is just so very accessible it is really so much clearer and easier to navigate.
so from across the pond, tres bon, a bientot.
Ana

Heather said...

While I am enjoying the new ease of navigation, I am missing some of the previous products, such as individual tins of beads and charms. Will they be back?? Congratulations on the updated look!

Pip said...

Every time I need a small vacation to France, I visit your lovely site. The textiles are so desirable and, the jewelry designs, kits and findings are lovely and inspiring. The photographs are excellent, and workshops are very inviting. So happy to have found the French General. Hope to visit the shop in California one day.

susan said...

I love the new site as it's eye candy right from the moment it opens. Nice visual vacation sitting here at my desk.

Cecile Nichols said...

Your site is so refreshing and lovely to look through. So many things I want to buy. Hmmmm..... I'll have to seriously get down to business!

Lori Kay said...

The website looks great and was super easy to navigate. I especially like the embroidery samplers.

Jerri Jones said...

The only thing better than the new website is being in France. I hope you will consider doing webinars, Youtube videos or Craftsy-like classes on your workshops that I could sign up for and learn at home as I live in N. Illinois. I always open your enews as soon as I see it. Also, way to go on the search bar too! I would so love to win the basket FULL of your goodies!

Phoebe Diamond said...

The site seems to be easy to navigate through and well organized. Everything is loading quickly, which is a real boon for a user.

Anonymous said...

Tres bein. Love the new format, very workable. Enjoyed the blog of your interesting trip to France and all the great pictures. A real treat.
Love all the nice things you found there at the Brocantes and your Marais
fabric is incredible--so sorry it is all sold out. That is my favorite
part of Paris (will be there in three weeks).

Keep up the good work it is always a joy to come to your site and bring
back memories of the French lifestyle.

Merci

Anonymous said...

Hey Girls, Love the new website; looking forward to perusing it and see what you picked up in France! I'm also looking forward to January 2016 Art of Craft! Love all of you and the incredible community you have brought together with your website.

Julie B.
tabbytribe@earthlink.net

Michelle Caldwell said...

Love the new site! Very easy to navigate.

Tamara Storey said...

Hard to believe that it has been 15 years. Love new site

Kat said...

Great new site!

Jenn S said...

I do like the new site so much better. It's a lot easier to search and I found some stuff that I didn't even know you sold! Nice job!

Cruz said...

Love the "Found in France" section!

Abby Thomason said...

It is much easier to navigate the new site and I especially enjoyed seeing all the goodies you came back with from France. However, I only saw 4 jewelry kits for sale. Please tell me you're not paring down the jewelry kits -- I absolutely love them!

kristin rhodes said...

Looks great and as always, inspirational. Congrats on the upgrade.

Funky Kim said...

Beautiful job! I adore your fabric colors and design.

Tamara said...

Love the site.

Anna Lapid said...

I miss the videos on the old website...please include those on the new

Wanda said...

Love the layout of the new site. Very easy to navigate and find things. Awesome pictures of France.

Melanie said...

The new site makes me want to spend an hour or so just browsing on it while sitting on the porch in a rocking chair drinking ice cold homemade lemonade. Love it! - Melanie Ann Mercado

Anonymous said...

Wendy in NH

Your fabrics are my favorites & I enjoy collecting & using them. Enjoyed surfing your new site & will return often.
Wendy ( stdpoodle@aol.com)

Angela Nicholls said...

Congratulations Kaari. The website looks so much cleaner and much easier to use.
Angela Nicholls

Pennyblossoms said...

Love the new layout. Think it works a treat. Lots of eye candy too!
Zxx

victoriaanddonald said...

I have no idea where or how I found you..............
But, it has benn my best find of all time...................and treasure........
V.C.