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A moment in time. Packing like mad. Unexpected opportunities. My heart flutters. xoxo Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at La Belle Brocante
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We have been on the road. The most tumultuous weather I have ever experienced in France. A whirlwind of brocantes. And the perfect getaway vehicle. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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Admittedly, it needs a jolly good clean. But I'd been to the clinic for my tetanus shot and I needed consoling. Pastries and antique linens work every time. I am feeling much better! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Nesting at the home of a dear friend for a few days. Music. Wonderful food. Friendship. The countryside that soothes my heart. And an introduction to the French medical system. Impressive, I must say, but not what I had intended at all. Round 2 tomorrow for the tetanus shot (which must be ordered) and the redressing of the puncture wounds. So it's not all roses, but it's still pretty damn good! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Gathering antique buttons. Metal, pressed glass, mother of pearl. Bliss. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Something borrowed, something blue. A petit Citroen to transport the bride from the Mairie to the church, festooned with blossoms. May their love continue to blossom as well. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The Brocante promises nothing. While we've hit it out of the park with a few of your requests, for others I am still looking. Things that I have seen in the past are nowhere to be found. Things I never dreamed of have fallen at our feet, sometimes quite literally! The weekend brings new directions and a reunion with a friend of many years who has a few secrets up her sleeve. All is good. All is well. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Somewhere between A and B in the French countryside we pick up vintage wood-mounted puzzles. The maps are for school children and will not help us find our way. But we are already on the right path. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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What could be better than finding an abandoned chaise still clad in its original silk? Lovely muslin underclothes and horsehair stuffing. Late 1800s perfection. Oui, merci! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Getting acquainted with iPhone blogging from the road ... We've stumbled upon the fount of all ruffles. Leather, pebbled paper, etiquettes, engravings, and enough ruffles to craft Marie Antoinette a sumptuous confection of a dress. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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After a quick turn around, we're on the road again ... more photos once the dust settles. Vive la Brocante! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Plans and displays are coming together. Madame LP arrives on Monday to care for the Brocante Studio and the Charlie Cat. She will continue unpacking boxes from France while I scour the brocantes for vintage and antique bonbons. She will make wonderful things, as only her talented hands can do. Madame's smiling face is the one you will see at our Pop-Up Shop on July 19th. I am finishing jewels for the sale. Today it is earrings. Tomorrow, pendants and necklaces to adorn the antique mannequins. This flurry of activity will continue until the eleventh hour ... just a few... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I owe you apologies and information. Instead, I have Romances and Chansonnettes. So let's get down to business... Our Etsy shop is closed for vacaction. Brocante goods are being gathered at a furious clip. Wonderful, wonderful things. Some will arrive in time for our annual sale. Our pop-up shop to coincide with the Moss Street Paint-In takes place on Saturday, July 19th in Victoria, British Columbia. This year we will be at 605 Moss Street, joined by Ruth & Nelly and Eight Inch Rule. Business starts at 10:00 am. Additional brocante treasures will be available at a trunk show in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Good news - Mademoiselle's grand-maman Excelsior is en route from Paris, and will be here in time for the sale in July. We have just finalized our location and our vintage collective has grown to include some new vendors this year, all very exciting! More information soon. xoxo Update: Yes, Madame Excelsior will be available for sale once her final travel costs have been determined. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Green cat's eye, green garnet, vintage rhinestones, and vermeil findings. A small gesture when words are not enough. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Folk art brocante bus ... perfect for loading up the chateau silver AND the shutters, and making a quick getaway! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I've never decided on what to call these little creatures. I took two of them to school this morning to show my students and one little boy blurted out, "Oh! Sock puppets!" Sock puppets. Of course. I have dozens and dozens of these. They start with line drawings which I scan and tidy up. I add antique script and papers to fill in the sections. These two are adhered to wooden cradle panels with scrapbook paper backgrounds. I will add antique shell buttons for texture and visual interest. Cheap and cheerful. Cute. Maybe even cuter with a child's name in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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When circumstance dictates that less time is spent at work, the only obvious thing to do is get creative. I am cutting and pasting. I am splashing paint around. I am making cute things. There is even pink involved. What is this world coming to?!? Do I dare show you? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Perhaps we start a Mannequin Lovers Support Group? Mademoiselle and P. Poisson will not be for sale in July, so do not make plans to hop a ship to the Island just yet. July will be the annual sale of documents, maps, antique books, keys, apothecary bottles, small enamel numbers, jewelry, collage pieces, and other sundries. This takes place at a local art event that attracts 35,000 visitors each year. But soon I will travel to France, with my miles-long wish list. There is no guarantee that I will find mannequins, just as there is no guarantee that I will... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Mademoiselle has gotten chummy with P. Poisson, a dashing young fellow also originally from Paris. We've received word that Mademoiselle's gorgeous Maman will be visiting next month as well - a glorious reunion to be sure! xoxo Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Child's Stockman mannequin. Paris, 1800s. While Mademoiselle has taken up permanent residence, I have begun curating brocante treasures for our annual pop-up vintage shop on July 19th, and a petit trunk show in August. More details soon! xoxo Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
Meanwhile ... Mademoiselle Brevette Stockman has come to stay. She is small for her age, but exceptionally beautiful in an understated way. We will try to coax her into a portrait sitting as soon as she has settled in. xoxo Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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She's full of excuses. She says she works too much. At what?!? I think she should work harder at assuring my comfort and attending to my every whim. Surely there's nothing more important than me ~ feline perfection in stripy pyjamas. She says she'll be back soon. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A handful of the gentlemen callers from Etteilla's Tarot Égyptien. These are original cards, dating to the early 1800s, I believe. Later printings had black backgrounds and lacked the text on the borders. The cards are originals, not reproductions, and are much used and incredibly worn. Only 71 cards remain. If anyone is able to date the cards with more accuracy, I would be most appreciative. An earlier post on these cards may be found here. The ladies will get their day in the spotlight soon. xoxo Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at La Belle Brocante