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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 yesterday 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 4 days ago 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
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Adding colour in gentle layers. Sorting to find the loveliest fonts. Carefully cutting old book plates and engravings. A little personal challenge that is lighthearted and fun - I'll share the results with you soon! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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La Corneille à cou blanc. 1700s natural history engraving layered with 1800s paper scraps. Ephemeral indeed. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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With wishes for peace, health, and happiness in the coming year! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Today's project is emptying one side of the studio to make way for a new cabinet arriving tomorrow. The end result will be wonderful: more storage space and beautiful too. But today? Today I'd rather be in Paris. xoxo p.s. the idea of finding a rich Frenchman has been suggested. If anyone has a spare, please send him this way! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Dreaming up some fonty mischief for the New Year ... Also wondering how to balance a working life with all the ideas and inspirations that don't get finished in the little time left at the end of the day ... any suggestions? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Zinc. Mercury Glass. Silver. My concession to holiday decor. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I have to be honest. I've been having an affair. With Instagram. I have all the excuses - It's easy! It's fun! It's right there waiting for me! But of course what I really ought to be doing is taking photos for Etsy. And dealing with the postal website. And coming up with nice little descriptions. And prices. I'm doing those things too, in the few spare moments this time of year affords, and I will have some lovelies available for you soon. Numbers? Check. Enamel? Check. Geography books? Check. Linens, photographs, and old leather gloves for the slimmest of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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This dapper gent moved in a few weeks ago. He likes it here. He looks kind of flashy compared to the locals. He watches over the parcels stacking up in the studio. He's going to stay awhile and you'll be seeing more of him, I'm sure. New items in the shop next week, after I've made a few runs to the post office and regained some semblance of order. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Dozens of new items on Etsy today - enjoy! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Antique enamel number plaques in black and white ... it must be love! Shop listings are galloping along now that I've cleared the postage hurdle. More soon! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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The forecast looked hopeful for a shop update, but the black clouds rolled in when dealing with postage rates. Hopefully soon, but in the meantime a few peeks and prices ... postage is a yet-to-be-determined extra. Large wooden crucifix with metal Christ figure ... SOLD Vintage French alarm clocks. Sold as decorative pieces, but the alarms are still very enthusiastic! ... $25.00 each. Jaz clock SOLD Lovely French carton boxes ... SOLD Mother of pearl hand-carved gaming tokens, perfect for jewelry making. Two different designs, though none are identical ... $25.00 for 3 Souvenir shell rosary case, repaired on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at La Belle Brocante