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There is still a long wait ahead. So I am occupying myself with lists. So far, yours includes books, lace, postcards, shell purses, souvenir pincushions, and monogrammed torchons. Is that it? Really? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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Louis is tired of cake. And Marie's ridiculous obsession with shoes. Louis prefers the brocante. ETSY SALE today through April 20th! Spend $80 or more and receive 40% savings ... which translates to spending just $48 for $80 worth of delicious French documents! Enter coupon code SpringSale before checkout. Please, please, please enter the coupon code carefully - I cannot manually enter it for you after purchase. Go shopping! xoxo Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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I bought a new paint box. You will not be surprised, I'm sure, that my new paint box is an old paint box. British. The paints are not superb quality. Nor am I a superb painter (rank amateur, if you must know). But the box is battered just so, and the pans are ceramic. And these three little tubes were tucked inside, a scant 2-inches each, with the Reeves' mascot on the caps. And while I will never be a painter, I plan to enjoy my new/old paints thoroughly. To dab them here and there. To use them to embellish... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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6 days ago
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In between the tedious and the time-consuming, I am planning my time in France. There will be friends. There will be saucisson de sanglier. There will be old stones, dust, and sunshine. And there will be brocantes. My list is long, an evolving catalogue of memories and heartstrings. But I have room in my pocket for your list, too. What should I bring home for you, if I should be so lucky as to find it? What would warm your own heart? I will continue to sell brocante items through Etsy, but will send out a few gift parcels as... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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Busy over here. Moving mountains. Emails and phonecalls unanswered. Conversations unfinished. Nerves unraveled. But I haven't forgotten you. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Truth be told, the Hippomobile is a hearse. A horse-drawn hearse, but a hearse all the same... But wouldn't it be PERFECT for hauling all your treasures home from the brocante? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Genuine antique Hippomobile, available here. Surely you need one, non? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Sorting through the archives, I wonder about them. Their loves. Their hopes. Their dreams. I hope their stories were heard. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A perfect A. A gift from Best Friend years ago. I am counting the days until I see Best Friend again. There will be a caravan and beautiful children. Ice cream. Adventures. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A few treasures from my recent foray. Also a lukewarm mink, but that's another story for another day. One which required a u-turn... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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It is Spring Break and I made a brief foray to the mountains. To kind friends with warm hearts. To meadowlarks and mountain bluebirds. We stitched books and made plans. Schemed and plotted. I am spoiled and inspired in equal measure. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The immigration officer said, "You lucked out, buddy." And it's true. He is utterly smitten with me. I don't tell him, but I am the lucky one. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Antique blown glass sleepy eye. Germany circa 1900. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A small pharmacy carton. Soft wood grain print paper on the outside. Sepia script from the Pharmacie du Pila St. Gély in Montpellier. A glorious little cache of glass and jet buttons. Wheat sheaf, mélon, et le petit sanglier. Mementos. My footsteps crunch across the dusty place. The heat shimmers on the roads through the vineyards. Soon. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A few more dainty little hummers are in the shop today. Waiting for the first blossoms on the cherry trees. Spring is just around the corner. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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New listings on Etsy, just for you. An original Napoleon 3 collage ... Documents of a most delightful nature ... Contrats de Mariage ... antique velum, and other tasty morsels. Let's go shopping! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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In the midst of preparing listings for sale. Marriage documents from the 1800s. Velum pieces from the 1700s. Cachets, sceaus, and general voluptuousness abound. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Do you remember that pair of earrings, that I sent out to an unsuspecting soul on my mailing list? I thought I was being so clever. I thought the wee parcel would be a surprise, and brighten someone's day. As it well might have. If it had arrived. But that was an old address, and I did not yet have the new one. Fairy Godmother. Foiled. But I am determined. And I am going to start afresh. It will be a better parcel, with a little love woven in, wrapped in good wishes and the songs of Saint Cecilia. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Sometimes, when life's stressors are all clamouring for attention, it just makes sense to buy gemstones. Agate in this case. And spinel. I'm pretty sure there are some new garnets somewhere around here, too. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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... as I was butchering documents to wrap parcels, I came across this beautiful mixed script regarding the Forêt Domaniale de Messarges ... ... surrounded by some of this ... ... which connected with this ... ... and then this. Pardon me, I might have squealed. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The latest batch of ruffles is particularly fetching. Lots of tea-stained tones. Lots of rag paper. Decal edges. Drool water marks. I'm sorry there haven't been a lot of new offerings on Etsy lately. The Brocante staff (of one) is stretched very thin right now, paddling desperately to keep up. Soon, I keep saying. New listings, soon. Lovely velum pieces, soon. New artworks, soon. 1700s documents with stunning cachets, soon. Soon. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A few more antique hand-tinted hummingbird plates for sale soon ... let me know if I should reserve one for you. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Perhaps it's because I grew up reading Asterix comics. I have a real soft spot for wild boar. I have my beautiful baby marcassin in the living room. My tiny but treasured collection of glass buttons with wild boar heads. And now, a 1700s engraving of le sanglier d'Afrique. Such a dashing fellow he is. What is your soft spot? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A handful of handles. Vintage and antique optometrist trial lenses. Diminutive design flourishes from Britain and the United States. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at La Belle Brocante