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A little broken-hearted. A little left behind. A little lost. Scattered across continents. I wait. xoxo Continue reading
Posted 18 minutes ago 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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French Communion Certificate, 1906. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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The first batch of treasures are up on Etsy! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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I'm much better at finding things than I am at listing them. New postal guidelines are hampering my progress ... and enthusiasm ... I am drafting listings, hoping to have a whole slew ready to make it worth your while to head on over to Etsy once they are live ... But I'm better at finding things than I am at listing them. And my progress is slow. Slow. Slow. Slow. Sorry to keep you waiting. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Best Friend is gone. I am bereft. Drowning my sorrows in vintage caviar pots, paper ephemera, and other Etsy listings. Working, working ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Gorgeous architectural engravings from the late 1700s/early 1800s. Double-sided, which is unfortunate for framing, but little treasures nonetheless. Six plates on three pages, also destined for the shop. And a little secret ... Best Friend and I are galivanting around the Island, which is why the listings are proceeding at a snail's pace. We have to part ways tomorrow. I am trying not to think about it. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Vintage and antique jewelry findings. Fleurs de lys and crowns. The immaculate conception. Joan of Arc. The pearls of the French brocante. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A beautifully printed and worn text from 1628. I am preparing listings ... slowly ... slowly ... It's too easy to get drawn into the details of old books. Engravings. Silver filigree. More soon, I promise ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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We found the most wonderful book town on our way towards the Atlantic coast. Floor to ceiling. Wall to wall. Guidebooks, natural history volumes, paper covered ruffles. In amongst the stacks and piles of paper ephemera, six petite maps depicting different départements of France. Thin yet sturdy paper, finely foxed. Hand-tinted in still bright hues and dating to the 1820s. Coming soon, to an Etsy shop near you! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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When in France, visit a brocante. Or two, or four. Or twenty-four. Look at everything on offer with a critical eye: Do you need it? Why yes, you probably do! You will undoubtedly buy more than you had intended, in which case it is best to engage the services of a transporter. Wrap everything with the utmost care to avoid the heartbreak of opening a parcel full of shards and smithereens. Await the arrival of your box, crate, or container with anticipation. Enjoy your treasures. Share them with friends. And start planning your next adventure! xoxo p.s. Etsy shop will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Dresden in glorious soft silvers and golds. Made between 1870 and 1900 and rescued from a crumbling warehouse on the border between France and Spain. Heading home on angels' wings, to share with you soon. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Many blessings. Many things to be grateful for. Many stars in the night sky. I hope you are well. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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A moment in time. Packing like mad. Unexpected opportunities. My heart flutters. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 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 Jul 21, 2014 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