Tales from My French Country Home, Mae's Journey Abroad


Today is White Wednesday, and Kathleen from Faded Charm is hosting. I thought I would share the story I wrote for another lovely cottage blog, My French Country Home, celebrating her white linen finds.

French Inspirationhis was not an ordinary day in the life of Mae Bowen. She was going on a journey, not just any journey mind you, but she was traveling abroad.


French InspirationAs she dreamed of what magical places she would see in France, she touched each garment hung on the line to make sure that they were all dry.


French InspirationOnce she brought the basket into the house, she made stacks of her things.


French InspirationFolding each lovely garment as she carefully packed her belongings.


French InspirationShe ran her finger along the hand embroidered monogram on each nightgown and chemise.


roses Would she fall in love and have her heart broken? Would France bring her to meet her husband, and a new monogram?

Everything is lovelier in Paris

French InspirationThe thrill of the unknown made her heart know the excitement that only lives in a serendipitous moment.

Paris Night Silhouettes

French Inspirationhe placed the last bit of clothing into her trunk, she marveled at how perfectly everything had fit.


French InspirationThe year was 1910 and she was traveling with her companion to study painting as an apprentice in Paris.


Karla and Beth's Birds and Bonnets Vintage Workshop Swap panel 5The ship sailed at sunset and Mae was so excited that she could hardly contain her joy.

Artist Abroad Ligthing

French Inspirations soon as Mae boarded the ship, she went directly to her cabin. There on the little desk in the corner of the small room, she noticed a bouquet of white roses in a vase.


French InspirationEven before her luggage arrived in the cabin...she sat down at the desk and wrote of her gratitude to her parents.


100_2083Please stop by My French Country Home, I have a feeling that this is not the end of the story, but just the beginning. Because once you arrive, you will find other stories written about her cherished linen Antique finds. If you would like to join in and create a story about Sharon's lovely linens, just stop by read about her invitation, and her giveaway to be announced on Sunday.

French InspirationJust like Sharon, I am inspired to know what stories are attached to lovely Antique finds, and often I am lost Somewhere in Time, the name of this song.

100_2083If you have time, you must really get lost in an enchanting moment when you visit Sharon's Guest House, sigh, a dreamy place to stay.
sharon said...

Thank you Karen, this is a really lovely tale. I'm so glad you found the time to write.
As promised you're going on my blogroll, good luck for the draw!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning my sweet Karen...this is so enchanting and up my alley. As I struggle to read it (I will explain further on), I am so encouraged to continue to dream and create for the simple joy of partaking in the art of being a child of God..imaginative and free to let the mind wander, focus, compose and share.

I was out all day yesterday with my dear husband, shopping for furnishings for our new room....he is so excited, I fear he is jumping the gun a bit buying pieces before the rooms are built, but I think he is more of a nest builder that I gave him credit for! However, I wasn't feeling too good. For the last 2 days, my right eye has been bloodshot red, which is something that both he and I have had. It has always cleared up. However, to my chagrin, I woke up this morning to see that my eye hasn't improved, but that the other eye is not starting to turn bloodshot and that my original eye is not starting to get red on the other end. I have to get to a doctor today. I have no pain or itching, so this is a mystery. I thought it was allergies, but it just isn't pink but RED! I will visit the link you provided here and I would love to join in....I need to get my eyes straigtened out today and find out what the scoop is! I know that you had a bout with an eye infection a while back....were your eyes bloodshot?

This was a beautifully written post dear one....so lovely and linens are just now becoming an item of interest in my décor....funny, I am such a late bloomer with certain things. Here, these gorgeous embellishments have been under my nose, but I am barely starting to notice them. Thank you for this lovely invitation dear one.....Anita

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a lovely story. I love how you incorporated the beautiful photos from My French Country Home blog and left us wanting to know more. Well done.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Karen, what a wonderful story to go with those beautiful linens! I love your imagination...you always inspire.

The French Bear said...

Wonderful, I just love to imagine all sorts of things about this beautiful linen. won't it be exciting to win? Good luck!!!
Margaret B

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was such a lovely post, Karen! It was nice to dream along with Mae Bowen.

Anonymous said...

Oh Karen what a gorgeous and creative post!

the linens are too die for!

seriously TDF!!!'

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Tete said...

Lovely post, and an even more lovelier blog. I will return...
Hugs and blessings- Tete

Faded Charm said...

I love this story with such amazing photos. So glad you could join in on all the WW fun.

Take care,


Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a wonderful story to go along with those beautiful linens. You are an artist in so many ways. Thanks for a wonderful post.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Karen this was such a lovely lovely post. It's like a I was going on the trip with her. Those linens are to die for and so is your site.
I loved catching up with all your past post and now I have so much on my mind from looking at your lovelies that I can go to sleep peacefully tonight and not worry
Thank you honey so much for your words of encouragement for me.
You must do a Blogazine story sometime for my site so all my lovely gracious friends can find you.
They will love you

Anonymous said...

What a lovely story to go along with those beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing, and for the link to that lovely French cottage!
Have a good evening,
~ Jo

Draffin Bears said...

Oh Karen,

What a lovely story and beautiful pictures to go with it.
These linens are wonderful and good luck, wouldn't it be neat to have one of these monogrammed beauties.

Happy week

Kirsty said...

Thanks for sharing! Love it and white Wednesdays!

puddinglane said...

a really beautiful post - so glad I dropped by. Yes everything is livlier in Paris
Dianne xx

Traci said...

These are some beautiful linen pieces - especially with the initials! Love your paintings, too - you are one VERY talented lady!!
I'm honored for you to be following little-ole-me! Thank you.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Magical magical world. I love to visit it. Blessings.

Jeannie B. said...

Love the old linens!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful! I always enjoy your posts and your dreamy photos! I'll go follow the links! Thanks for always making my day nicer! ♥

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

I like your post, but your blog is just BEAUTIFUL! I am so glad I found it!
Thank you for sharing!

Debbie said...

How enchanting...the music, the photos, the tale...it all sweeps my imagination away.

koralee said...

Love your story..and all the lovely white linens today...Thank you for this. xoxoxo Hug for a happy Thursday.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Oh la la!!!! How creative and inspiring...thank you!!!!

Rebecca said...

The music just gets me -I love that movie and I loved reading what you put. It so moved me and made me want to stay-I wish I didn't have to get ready for work-but I'll be back.

Rebecca said...

The music so got me-I love the movie somewhere in time and I wish I didn't have to go to work-I loved the tale-I'll be back!

awal.ny said...

Those monograms are amazing. I just love the vintage monograms on sheets, pillow cases, table runners. I try to get as many as I can and then I either make them into pillows are just use them as is. Wonderful pictures.

Sherry said...

Beautiful linens! Love the French country guest house. Just enchanting.
Thanks for stopping by.