Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thank you for all of the nice comments about the new website - 
I am glad you like it as much as we do!  
I couldn't just pick one lucky winner...I never can...
so instead, I randomly chose three names:  
Alice, Pamela Gerard and Tamara.  
Please send us a note to 
and we will pack up a box of goodies for you!  
Also, please include what your vice is...if you are a fabric fanatic, 
a die cut/stamper collector, paper lover, or stitcher...
so I am able to make up a special bag just for you!
Thank you again for all of your nice words!

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 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!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Home from France....

It's always strange coming home from France.  Every summer, we spend six weeks running around the countryside, visiting friends, and just generally, pretending we are French.  This summer was no different.  We spent three weeks at the chateau scouring the flea markets, crafting in the studio, cooking with Chef Charlotte and, again, pretending we were French!  Then I drove down to San Sebastian and met up with family and relaxed in a beautiful, coastal village.  Finally, JZ, Sofia and I flew up to Paris and spent a long weekend seeing the museums, eating in the cafes and biking around the city...a perfect way to end a long holiday.
And for some reason...after seeing everything, doing everything, eating and drinking would think it would be a relief to come home...but it's always strange to come home.  I am at home in France as I am in Los Angeles.  And, I am as happy in France as I am in California - it just takes some time to adjust and acclimate to both cultures.  Here are a few snapshots of our trip abroad  - the good, the bad and the ugly -  and hopefully, you will feel like I do...that living in both countries is the best of both worlds!