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I'm working on rubber stamp designs, teeny tiny ones to use in journalling. I've had polymer stamps made before but these will be laser cut rubber to preserve the fine lines and details. Most exciting! xoxo Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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Her feet are beautiful too. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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She survived. Centuries past. Decades spent exposed to the elements. Her ears have been nibbled, plants and snails grew in the dirt inside her head. Her eyes are perhaps not as clear as they once were. But the end of the day she is beautiful. Graceful. And at peace. Thank you to everyone who played along with our Guessing Game. Congratulations to Margie, whose name was drawn as our winner! Please email your address and your Ephemera parcel will be in the mail shortly. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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A vintage optician's tool - with the different lenses that are moved up and down until the correct prescription is determined? No, too much metal. Stained glass window? No. Puppet or marionette with glass eyes? Nope. A jack-in-the- box with glass eyes? Cute but no. Old horse hair stuffed pull toy with glass eyes? No. Abstract oil painting using glass eyes? Yikes - no! Cane or walking stick with animal head and glass eyes? No. A vintage bakelite fishing lure with glass eyes? Very clever, but no. Is it a vintage doll head or doll with glass eyes? Getting warmer.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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No Fabric. No Thread. No Lace. No Ribbon. No Paper. No Books. No Metal. Also no Fur. No Feathers. No Taxidermy. Though Yes to glass eyes. So ... optical lenses, opera glasses, microscopes, telescopes, and magnifying glasses are all out of the question. A well loved doll or bear with glass eyes? No. Do the glass eyes belong to a vintage Steiff or other manufacturer's cat? No, though a vintage Charlie would be lovely. A giant glass eye from an optician's window display? I would loooove one of these, but haven't found one for my collection yet. Pair of glass... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Thinking of a collection of glass eyes? Yes. Sortakinda. Or perhaps wonderful ink bottles of all colors? No. Glass sutures ampules with suture intact? Sounds lovely, but no. Apothecary or specimen bottles ? Love them, but still, no. A glass jar with a wasp nest? Clever. But no. Can you wear it? No. This one is proving to be trickier than I'd anticipated, but you're making progress! xoxo Update on the Update If not glass eyes then optical lenses? No. French opera glasses? No. Telescope? No. Microscope? No. Yes to glass eyes, though not exactly a collection. But you're not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Good Morning! A little roundup of today's questions ... Is it a fossil? No. Some sea shells or dried butterflies? No. A collection of dried bugs? No. A collection of preserved butterflies? Or beetles? No and no. A collection of French cicadas? No. Remember, it is NOT an animal part, but it IS animal versus vegetable or mineral. Is it made from glass? Is it used for drinks or food? Yes. No. Was it alive at one time? No. You said, "think mustier." Could it be a first edition tome? No - but this is a reasonable question, Christina, as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Is it a part of an animal or is it made from a part of an animal? No. Does it include porcelain? No. Is it made of metal? No. Is it made of fabric? Or thread? No. And no. Next question- has it been featurd on your Instagram feed? No. This isn't Where's Waldo, it's something new :) Is it animal, vegetable or mineral? Animal. An answer which appears to contradict the answer to the first question, but I believe I've answered both correctly .... Great questions all round, and we're a smidgen closer than we were this morning. Don't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Is it just one piece or does the treasure consists of several pieces? Yes. Several pieces. est ce que le trésor est -en bois ? -en papier ? -en tissus ? - en métal ? -en cuir ? Non. Non. Non. Non. Et non. It is a "paper" treasure? No. Is it bigger than a birdcage? Not bigger than my Napoleon III birdcage, no. Is it utilitarian? No. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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This month's giveaway is an 1800s ephemera bouquet of handwritten sepia script documents, fiscal stamps & cachets, and a charming postcard beauty ... a sampling pictured above. For any Dear Readers or Instagram Guests who have not played before, here is the Guessing Game, Brocante Style! I have a new brocante treasure. With absolutely no hints, it's your job to figure out what it is. Think 20 Questions, but older (and possibly mustier). I will answer your questions with a yes or no (or sorta maybe, if necessary) as often as possible throughout the day. We play until you've figured... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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A little cutting and pasting while I organize our next guessing game ... It's going to be a good one, I promise! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Along with the cherry blossoms and first green buds of spring, the Brocante offers new ideas and inspirations at this time of year. It's almost time for a new guessing game. A chance to get creative. Practice your sleuthing. Keep an eye out for the rules of play - we'll start soon! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Oh, Friends ... Paper Heaven! I've bought a wheelbarrow full of French ephemera dating back to the 1500s. More than 500 documents, thousands and thousands of handwritten pages in the gorgeous old script that I love so much. I will be unpacking in a couple week's time and look forward to sharing some with you. We'll have a little blog party with a wonderful giveaway package, and you'll be specially invited! Be well, play nicely, and don't run with scissors. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Mother Nature is really not a minimalist. All this glory even after spring rains, and the house smells like an orchard. Another sign of spring is new listings in the shop ... finally! More over the next few days. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Hand-tinted botanicals from an encyclopedia dated 1572. The paper is as soft as velvet and the colours are beautiful. Ornamental letters and lovely indents make the pages perfect for framing. I was able to buy seven of the pages and will include them in the next shop update in March. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Congratulations to the lovely Kelly Brown, winner of our Valentine Ephemera Giveaway! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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A gorgeous collection of handwritten French documents from the 1800s - sepia script in a delicious range of styles, with swirls and curls galore. And in honour of St. Valentine, all the covers are scrumptious pinks! The draw for this giveaway will take place on February 14 - leave a comment between now and then for a chance to win. If you would like two chances to win, leave a comment on Instagram as well. Bonne Chance! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Details from volume 2 of La France Maritime, published in the mid-1800s, and full to bursting with engravings. This particular volume is falling apart. It seems that a previous owner squished plums or spiders, or some other mysterious (but juicy) small objects between the pages. A heavily damaged volume leaves me free to snip the best bits and pieces for my little collage project. No guilt. No crimes committed. I will post the details of the February Giveaway in the next few days ... handwritten script ... frothy pink covers ... a Valentine for French Ephemera Lovers! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Pushing the bounds of safety for this photo ... And then all of a sudden it's February. Shocking! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Let's face it - he joined up for the uniform! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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The photo I had hoped to share with you is not uploading so we will have to make do with a tapir. Worse things could happen, I agree. The winner of our lovely Ephemera Giveaway is Captain Argente from a far off continent. Many thanks to all who played along. Please stay tuned for our next giveaway which will be happening in February - a lovey dovey pink ephemera package! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Ephemera Giveaway winner announced on Tuesday, if that suits everyone? In the meantime cutting, pasting, and painting continues ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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For one ephemera-mad soul, a package of 1800s French documents, delivered right to your mailbox! Package includes the original documents shown above, plus a few more ... mostly 1800s with a few letters from the 1700s. A lovely variety of script styles, covers, and colours. Let me know if you'd like a chance to win! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Wishing you peace and creativity ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Fortune and Folly are close companions... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at La Belle Brocante