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The forecast at the brocante has been sunny with a chance of discovery. I've been fortunate to find a large number of transferware pots recently, including some stunningly handsome French models. The French pots will remain in my personal collection for now. Some of the Edinburgh pots go into the shop with the next round of listings. They are delicate and adorable - perfect for display or holding a tiny treasure or two. xoxo Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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A most wonderful treasure from the Countess's library, Rois et Reines de France en Estampes, published in 1826. The Three Graces ... Marie Antoinette ... Every King and Queen from the 5th to the 19th century ... Engravings brought to life with exquisite watercolour detail. Philippe Auguste pitches a fit when his crown isn't shiny enough. Isabelle looks contrite. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Somewhere out there on the horizon, a container ship is making its way from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic to the Pacific. Just a couple more weeks ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Fashion engraving from 1818. Jane Austen meets the French Brocante! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Antique vulcanite dentures for every occasion. Simply scrumptious! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A beautiful image captured by photographer Devon Gillott at the Vintage Affair last weekend. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A most wonderful brocante find - an antique folio of engravings to share with a friend. Pages and pages of original cachets that make my inner fontaholic swoon. Yet another reason to travel the backroads of France. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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La Tour Eiffel postcard, 1910. Henri writes to his dear parents in Liege at 10 in the morning. It is regarding a position he has been offered in a large brasserie in Baden-Baden. The pay is 12 marks per day, plus room and board. He urgently requests their opinion and begs that they write to him at their earliest convenience. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The cemetery was abandoned in the 1800s. Most of the gravestones and markers have crumbled, chipped away by winter winds and rain. The few that remain pay tribute to the lives lost too soon to cholera. Dry leaves crunch underfoot. A feral cat slinks along the shadow of the wall. Hush. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I cleared out the Etsy shop when I returned from my travels, not realizing that people had things in their shopping carts that they were still interested in. To those of you who have emailed asking, "What happened to ... ?" thank you for your patience. Shop updates will begin later this evening. French keys, perfume labels, antique documents and ephemera will be back on the shelves soon. This beautiful little engraving is from an 1852 volume of Cendrillon that will be listed as soon as well. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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There are a thousand and one dogs at the brocante. This little fellow was my absolute favourite. The missing tooth. The pirate bandanna. Those eyebrows! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Belle Brocante is having an affair! We will be participating in the upcoming Vintage Affair in the Cowichan Valley on Saturday September 20th. Hope you can join us! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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At play on Instagram - please join us! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I wait for many large boxes to ship from France. I try not to gnaw on my knuckles. Or at least not right down to the bone. In the meantime I cut and paste and wrap wires and list small things on Etsy. Things small enough to have snuck into my suitcase. I wait and I wait. And I make things. It there's something you'd like to see in the shop, or something I can make especially for you, do let me know. I'm waiting. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Soft rose pinks and golds. Pearls. Medailles worn smooth through prayer. I add my own layer of hope and remembrance. Steadfast and true. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A little broken-hearted. A little left behind. A little lost. Scattered across continents. I wait. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Playing with 19th century engravings and sheet music. Wild roses, des églantines. Last days of summer. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Still a soft spot for mourning pins. Gentle love. So long ago. xoxo p.s. Visit Etsy for today's offering of Sock Puppet collages - French ephemera meets whimsy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Some tiny treasures newly listed on Etsy. Religious medals and souvenirs, and some delightful vintage French game cards. More brocante goodness next week! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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French Communion Certificate, 1906. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Tiny morsels to be enjoyed one by one. Served on one's best antique china, bien sûr! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Just a hint ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Quiet moments in amongst the activity. New treasures for you soon ... Religious medals and jewelry findings. Antique lace. Sweetly embroidered handkerchiefs in an unusual grey and white. Natural history engravings, hand-coloured and perfect for framing. And really, we should have a giveaway soon too, non? Bon weekend! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Today is a gift. I am on my own, moving things to and fro into the studio. One thing leads to another. To and fro in the studio becomes turning the entire house inside out. Messy yet satisfying. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at La Belle Brocante