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Congratulations to our Giveaway Winner, Amy of Four Corners Design! A lovely parcel of antique French Ephemera heading your way soon ... Thank you to everyone who entered - please join us for another Ephemera Giveaway next month. xoxo Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at La Belle Brocante
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Tidying up antique French button box labels. Qualité Garantie, indeed. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at La Belle Brocante
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A lovely collection of French Ephemera including original documents and mourning letters in black and white. Also some gorgeous reproductions of my favourite French labels. Leave a comment if you'd like to enter the giveaway and receive 5 extra entries for Etsy purchases before the draw date ... Wednesday or Thursday of this week. Enjoy! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at La Belle Brocante
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New treasures from the exceedingly talented Mr. McMahon. And apologies for being away so long. And another French Ephemera coming soon! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at La Belle Brocante
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Working on Etsy updates including this stunning early-1900s embossed metal plaque from a French mairie. There's an assortment of antique French gummed labels and perfume labels, and new vellum pieces from the 1600s-1800s will be added soon - enjoy! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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When a dear friend texts to ask if you'd like to split a ridiculously expensive set of books, sight unseen, say yes. Always say yes. xoxo p.s. Prepping the August Giveaway ... blue labels included! Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Years of searching, and the antique French Blues are becoming a nice little collection. Some of these are headed to the shop as soon as the summer cloud of inertia lifts ... We're also overdue for a giveaway ... Perhaps labels this month, rather than documents? Soon, dear friends, soon. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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I've missed you, my friends. Shall we go to the ball? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
Well, Ms. Marcie, I will enter you anyway - you are special too, and shouldn't be left out of a giveaway draw!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2015 on French Ephemera Giveaway at La Belle Brocante
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1700s -1800s French Ephemera Giveaway on Instagram - come on over to enter! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Tomorrow I send the children on their way to summer vacation and new challenges. Perhaps then I will sleep through the night. Perhaps then I will be able to attend to the other things in my life that need attention. Perhaps then there will be time to catch up, to connect, to be still. Wishing you well, my Friends, for I have missed you. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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This paper seal is from an 1853 Doctorate of Law degree certificate, printed on calfskin vellum. It is the finest paper embossing I have ever seen, with every detail sharp, crisp, and clear. The seal is attached to the certificate with a silk ribbon. As tempted as I am to remove the seal and hang it around my crow's neck or pin it to a mannequin, I have resisted ... so far. It's in the shop, for a few days at least. No guarantees it will stay there! xoxo Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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I'm sorry it's been so long. Stress and sadness have been the constant companions, but today I took a break to fill the dusty shelves. Beautiful vellum from the 1600s and 1700s on Etsy. Some lovely old paper documents too. A few new treasures in the blog shop as well, including a precious old calcaire. I hope you are well, and that you find some treasures to call your own. We are overdue for a giveaway as well, so please check back soon. xoxo Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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If a girl has Napoleon III frames, minus their glass ... and antique documents galore ... and 1800s plant specimens that have come loose from their moorings ... not to mention 1800s sealing wax ... the next logical step must be to start putting them all together - would you like one? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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French Beauties in the shop today - enjoy! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Packets of letters are in the mail (with tiny ephemera gifts enclosed!) ... Today's offering is antique Eiffel Tower postcards, sold in sets of three - a lovely addition to your French ephemera collection. View available sets in the shop. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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The wrinkles have been ironed out, and there are some lovely little bundles of letters in the shop - enjoy! xoxo Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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The shop is now operating properly and all is well in that particular universe. Lovely packets of 1700s letters will be listed tomorrow. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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I've had the hiccups. Big Cartel, as I currently have it set up, allows the same item to be sold more than once. Okay when I have such an embarrassingly large number of French documents to call upon for backup. But generally speaking, not such a good idea. I'm sorting the next bundles of letters and will list them as soon as I've gotten over the hiccups. The ones above are 1700s-1800s and will be included in the next shop listings. I've found a wonderful bundle of more personal letters, many written to Chère Thèrèse ... which I will be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Love letters to you, from the brocante. I'm toying with a new shop format ... much as I love Etsy, listings are much easier on Big Cartel, so I'm going to try it out for a bit and see if it's a good fit for a tiny business. There's a Shop link over there, on the right. Thoughts? xoxo Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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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 Mar 29, 2015 at La Belle Brocante
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Her feet are beautiful too. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at La Belle Brocante