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Let's face it - he joined up for the uniform! xoxo Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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
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Nothing broke in shipping. Mary was wounded crossing a street in France. I had wrapped her in a sheet to keep her safe. A linen sheet. A weighs-a-ton antique linen sheet, to be exact. Everything we love about antique linen makes it the WRONG choice for wrapping fragile plaster. So Mary suffered the embarrassing loss of her toes. Such beautiful toes, too. I brought home every crumb of plaster and, with time and glue, expect her to make a full recovery. Today is devoted to taking photos. Descriptions will be conjured up over the next few days ... still on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Unpacking is all but finished. Yards of bubble wrap and miles of packing tape stowed away. Washing, laundering, and ironing will commence shortly. My goal is to start reloading the shop next week ... Books, linens, cutlery, religious items, passementerie, lace, mannequins, curiosities, and ephemera are all on the menu. I appreciate your patience, for this is a labour of love ... xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Glorious late 1800s silver tassels. Perfectly tarnished over the past century. Found at a brocante somewhere between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, along with yards and yards of silver trim. It seemed sacrilegious to split it up, so I thought it best to buy the lot. xoxo p.s. shop updates will start once the majority of unpacking is finished. This is to prevent the shop owner from completely losing the plot. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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For those times when you are just a little overwhelmed by all the choices the brocante has to offer. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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In the end it went smoothly. Boxes traveled by truck and ship and rail and forklift and ferry and finally reached my island. Paperwork, taxes, more paperwork. An excellent, and conviently French, Customs Agent*. And now I unpack and unpack and unpack. I am probably the only person in my neighbourhood that will have a large garbage can filled entirely with packing tape on collection day. Lots of work ahead. Bliss. xoxo * We did not discuss the frog. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Small details. Worn to perfection. My heart wanders. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at La Belle Brocante
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Two volumes. Plantes Venéneuses and a folio of botanical plates. Wrapped and boxed and crated over three months ago. A reunion date is set for the end of this week, and I am hoping against hope that they haven't forgotten. Patience is not my forte. More posts soon, I promise. xoxo Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at La Belle Brocante