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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
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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