making memorials

In the olden days, people called Memorial Day Decoration Day. Families visited graves and memorials, paid their respects to the war dead and adorned these sites with flowers. We believe the date was chosen as so much of our country is in bloom in late May.

In the modern age (that's us), we also mark the official start of summer, we approve the wearing of whites and we fly the American flag at half mast from dawn until noon.
my maternal grandfather, floyd e. johnson, 1909-1999, charlottesville, virginia

I've come to think of the holiday as a time to recall our personal and national history.  I use the day to tell the children about their extended and distant family. I tell them the basics, the legends and the lies (let's don't let the truth get in the way of a good story!)  As a child, my father amused and taught with stories whose characters came straight out of Big Fish or The World's Largest Man; that's entertainment. And to pull all these sentiments together, last year, my sister sent me this New York Times article that suggests that families that tell family stories stick together longer and better.

In the last ten years, my husband and I start one selected project on or about Mother's Day. We garden, plant trees or flowers, build something.  Sometimes we finish in a day, but we often finish on or about Memorial Day. Then we go fishing as a family.

Of course, all the fish take our sorry, undersized bait as soon as it hits the water. We spend all day and half the night passing the pole between our muscle fatigued arms. The monster won't tire!  The sand gnats swarm in island sized clouds. We land the beast on deck just in time before the tidal waters disappear. We've narrowly escaped being beached and with a hearty supper that will feed all of Vernonburg! True story!
2010: springhouse roof redux, 2013, spring house "porch", 2014 springhouse vertical garden, 2015 potting bench, sink (wip)
Also true, it strikes me as I write this post that I am making memorials to my family, passed (in service to our country or simply in service to our family) and present. I pay homage to Savannah and to the life that I am carving out. I'm also creating a standing memorial that refers to the past, present and future. Our projects are informed by and honors those around us, some dear, some strangers. Both the making and the associated story helps us to create our own traditions and to recall some part of our past.

I'm looking forward to torturing my children with history and projects this entire month, but especially on Memorial Day. Whose story will you tell? Who will you honor and what form will that endeavor take?
plant in vertical garden adopted from lynn serualla + adam kuehl in turtle shell found by family in the georgia woods 

Blogging this week for The Paris Market, artist and collaborative designer katherine sandoz makes abstract paintings, fiber arts, illustration, portraits and collaborative works of art in a barn behind her home in Savannah, Georgia. The flora and fauna of the low-country serve as fodder for her imagery. Sandoz, a former service member herself, is moved and inspired by soldiers and warriors of all kinds and times.  


mother's day scrip

You want to ride boldly and with confidence into Sunday on a white horse and avoid your moms thinking you're a bit of a jackass.  Please take to heart two from the list below. Then call Paris Market in the morning to make a plan of action. Mother's Day is this SUNDAY, 5-10-15!

1.  Moms do NOT want sensible pajamas or sugary edibles. Ever. Really.
2.  Find a beautiful basket/receptacle/vessel. Yes. We always can appreciate and/or use another.
3.  Think themes or interests and fill that basket up. Nothing need be over the top. Thoughtful is the answer.
available at paris market: baskets, candles, fine linens, tabletop goods, air plants (not pictured)

a. reading + learning
b. arts + crafts
c. gardening
d. tabletop
e. teatime
f. travel inspiration
g. home decor

4.  Including one flower element is advised (dried, cut, potted, paper).  Consider researching the flower that symbolically best suits the mom you are appreciating.
5.  One hand-made element is compulsory. Take the time to help the children (if applicable) make or write something. Take double the time to do so if you are the partner/spouse/child/grandchild leading the household's efforts.
6.  Remind the household that parents should be made aware, in word and deed, of your gratitude often and throughout the year.

Blogging this week for The Paris Market, artist and collaborative designer katherine sandoz makes abstract paintings, fiber arts, illustration, portraits and collaborative works of art in a barn behind her home in Savannah, Georgia. The flora and fauna of the low-country serve as fodder for her imagery. Katherine's favorite month of the year is May.


a haphazard gardener

I have a May-December relationship with gardening.  By that I mean, most of the gardening I do happens in May and December.  The rest of the year, I do when I can which is often on the fly and between a million other projects I'm seeding, hoeing and harvesting.

Not exactly a student of almanacs and catalogs,  I'm the kind who throws last year's seed packets into the frost bitten plants to see if anything will happen. 

I have a bunch of "plants-with history" adopted from or given by friends and neighbors.  One is titled "don't-pay-attention-to-me-cactus." I also appreciate the garden-in-a-bag available at The Paris Market. If you have the bag, there's no more looking for flats, seeds or soil. Where is my watering can anyway?  
available at the paris market: garden in a bag
I truly appreciate these one-stop-shop-garden-bags as gifts.  They seem to send a message:  English Thyme (git you some time! or English?),  Sage! (you're so smart!)  French Marigold (perfect for my niece named Marigold).  I want to send one or five to everyone I know.
available at the paris market: egyptian cotton throw
But then I'd have less time to ignore my cactus which I really don't ignore at all.  I spend every single month of  the year appreciating my sometimes unruly, but always loved garden.

Blogging this week for The Paris Market, artist and collaborative designer katherine sandoz makes abstract paintings, fiber arts, illustration, portraits and collaborative works of art in a barn behind her home in Savannah, Georgia. The flora and fauna of the low-country serve as fodder for her imagery. If she were not a full-time artist, Sandoz would be a plant burglar.


cinco de mayo

O, me oh my-o!  Cinco de Mayo might be my favorite of all the holidays and it may be the year's best excuse to decorate, dress and dine (channel Frida Kahlo).

available at the paris market:  woven + embroidered table linens
model:  jamie bourgeois
For the last decade, we've enthusiastically gathered with our neighbors to celebrate spring, take family photographs and eat extra helpings of guacamole and pico de gallo.

photo by christine hall photography

With magnolia blooms in the trees and closets stocked from decades of travel and collecting, costumes and decor come organically with the only real plan including repeating the tradition in 365 days.

available at the paris market:  fauna shed + mounts

Blogging this week for The Paris Market, artist and collaborative designer katherine sandoz makes abstract paintings, fiber arts, illustration, portraits and collaborative works of art in a barn behind her home in Savannah, Georgia. The flora and fauna of the low-country serve as fodder for her imagery. She's never a met a holiday that doesn't call for at least un poco de Frida!


the may flowers

Maybe the prettiest of all the months, May gifts us longer days, warmer breezes, plentiful bird call and the blossom of so many flowers. Each awakens us to mirror nature in its reinvention and rejuvenation.

In with the spring cleaning, the gardening, the late evenings, entertaining and celebrating the neatest and sweetest in life. Cultivating and nurturing one's new ideas, projects and plans this month ensures a robust and abundant summer and fall harvest. It's high spring and time to pursue with fervor a "permanent state of France."
available at the paris market: collected sea shells, deer shed, dried flowers, garden tools

May 1st - May Day/Beltane: May Day began as a festival of flowers. Beltane, falling on the same date, celebrates the same and adds a fire festival. You'll often see the color yellow used to represent the fire in May Day fests. Watch the sky for the full moon (called the Flower Moon, also called Milk, Mother's and Corn Planting Moon), Venus (hello, goddess of love and fertility) and Jupiter (king of the gods).  I use Sky Guide which is ah-MAY-zing.

May 5th - Cinco de Mayo:  Shooting rifles and lighting fireworks in response to Mexico's resistance to French rule in the 1860s, we now honor Mexican culture with family, food, dress, drink and dance.

May 10th - Mother's Day:  Brought to us in 1908 by Miss Anna Jarvis of West Virginia, she urged us to honor with thoughtfulness, handwritten notes and sentiment.  In 2015, honoring with flowers, fanfare and fireworks (and a hand-written note) also seems fine.

May 25th - Memorial Day:  Known also as Decoration Day, we are called to recognize the war dead by placing flowers at graves and memorial sites.  Because flowers bloom throughout the country at this time, the late May date suited.
available at the paris market:  clay votive pots, air plants (not pictured)

Blogging this week for The Paris Market, artist and collaborative designer katherine sandoz makes abstract paintings, fiber arts, illustration, portraits and collaborative works of art in a barn behind her home in Savannah, Georgia. The flora and fauna of the low-country serve as fodder for her imagery. Her favorite season is plants and flowers with a warm breeze. With two explorer-warrior-hunter-gatherer grandfathers, one Swiss-French and one Jeffersonian Virginian,  Sandoz claims a genetic predisposition to loving The Paris Market experience.  

available at the paris market:  dried flowers, garden in a bag, garden tools, deer shed, sea harvest


Mamma Bird

Hi! My name is Christine Hall and I am a photographer here in Savannah Georgia. I am excited to be the guest blogger this week for The Paris Market. I am very excited about our collaboration for Mothers Day and am excited to announce that The Paris Market will be providing complimentary 10 minute sessions with you and your little ones in the store April 22nd from  10am - 2pm. The session is provided by The Paris Market and prints may be purchased about a week after the session.  The background will be simple grey backdrop and the outcome is simple sweet photos of you and your little one. If you are interested please schedule at the studio at (912) 353 1989 or email us at christine.pendergrass@gmail.com Paris Market is so amazing at supporting local talent and am looking forward to featuring more of our local talent this week! 


Behind the Glass: Bespoke Furniture

Bespoke /bəˈspōk/ - adjective; (of goods) made to order.

Our newest windows are very special to us, because they feature pieces from the brand new Paris Market furniture line, Bespoke Furniture. Bespoke was born out of a desire to construct made-to-order furniture pieces based on the need of an individual space. So if you love something about the pieces but maybe they don't quite work for your space, we can design a piece that will! Designed & constructed right here in Savannah, Bespoke is inspired by everything we love about the south. Keeping with that theme, we filled the windows in with all sorts of natural elements, from budding flowers & spanish moss to a friendly creature peeking in for a look. We also wanted to take this opportunity to give a little love to one of favorite local Savannah artists, Katherine Sandoz, so you can see her beautiful works on paper throughout. You definitely want to be sure to come by & check out these windows in person soon!  


Introducing Saplings!

We couldn't be more excited to introduce Saplings, a new children's clothing line sold exclusively at The Paris Market! Conceived by Liz Savas & designed & hand-crafted with the help of Katie Mattern, Saplings is inspired by this lovely city we call home & all of it's wonderful southern charm. From fruit & veggie rompers to laser cut leave crowns & spanish moss to adorable little t-shirts featuring biking radishes, the only thing we don't love about this line is that it doesn't come in adult sizes!! Keep scrolling to check out some behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the line, as well as to see the finished product. And then be sure to come by the store soon to pick up one of these one-of-a-kind pieces for your favorite little sapling! :)

Team Liz & Katie hard at work!!
Liz's process photos 


Our Customers Behind the Lens

One of our absolute favorite things is to see how our amazing customers capture our store. They always seem to find new & unique ways to showcase our products & we love to see all the memories made at The Paris Market. And we're thinking it may have something to do with the fact that spring is finally upon us & everyone is excited to come out of winter hibernation, but it definitely feels like there's been a whole lot of Paris Market pretty popping up on instagram lately. Check out a few of our recents favorites below & be sure to always tag us @theparismarket when you're snapping in the store!!

@imthebirdie : Jesse went to Savannah and came home with a piece of France for me. Hand-crafted Lavender soap from Marseilles! #ccplimbseries #lavendersoap #france #marseilles #savannahgeorgia #theparismarket #gift #vsco #vscocam #vscogrid #vscodaily #thatsdarling #handinframe
@chloeemaierr : {eye} see you
@alexandraalcott : Lux Lighting – I’m in love! #theparismarket #traditionalistatheart #savannah #lightingcrush
@meganbrug : “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you.” Ephesians 1:18 / Massive hopes ahead – Happy New Year! // #celebrationcreative #vscocam #socalitygeorgia
@joshmorehouse : @theparismarket just became my favorite shop in Savannah! You gotta check it out. // #vsco #vscocam #theparismarket #visitsavannah #livefolk #liveauthentic #coffeeshop #igerssavannah
@kristajboyer : I so loved shopping @theparismarket in Savannah, GA that I can’t help but post another photo. Such a cozy space! #sorrynotsorry #theparismarket #savannah #shops #VSCOcam #vintage #retail
@acinsav : Peeking in @theparismarket after hours. #visitsavannah #vscocam
@thepaigemark : Friends, the southern French version. #savannah #georgia #theparismarket #buyeverything #goodcompany #leadingladies #southernsass #placetobe
@andrewsherman : Paris Market in Savannah, GA. Took a little inspiration from @nicole-franzen for this image!
@hannah_kik : Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers! Celebrate with a latte and chocolate!!
@kolbyjohn : The things we found in #ParisMarket // butterfly
@lorenmaring : Free cotton candy @theparismarket today. Felt like a kid again.
@cheyenneschultz : You know it’s a great day when they are serving up free cotton candy @theparismarket. Living up these final Savannah hours before we head home this afternoon. #parismarket #savannah
@ktjmattern : Picking up fresh out of the oven croissants from @theflorencesav is just torture. Come get ‘em while they’re hot!
@ylimetnasnav : I mean, come on. Linen soft paper products, the most charming housewares and artisanal cheese slates AND a stuffed lioncat creature?! #firstworldladyjoy #vscocam #awaytosavannah 
@devwalks : This girl makes cities more beautiful. Savannah, GA, we shall return. #winterwalkerwinning
@ylimetnasnav : Even though we were there yesterday, @adri_sense, Ada and I made our way back to @theparismarket today and we did not regret it for one beautiful second. #vscocam #awaytosavannah
@thecuriousnatalia : Savannah Treasures
@injoyimagery : Beautiful day exploring with my sissy in one absolutely beautiful and colourful city! More please! #savannah #georgia #theparismarket #love #pastel
@ello_shway : Making new friends every day #Savannah #scad #VSCOcam
@orielle : Paris Market & Em’s photo final // #vsco #vscocam
@traceface4 : The perfect Shelldelier. #shellsyeah #wheresbaldo
@kb_styles : je na sais quoi
@hella_caressa : Macaron break!
@briannajacksons : Sometimes still life(s)/lives? can be fun.
@yoookaitlyn : I could play all day in here. #savannah #vsco #vscocam
@palefacearielle : procrastinating with lavender cookies || @theparismarket