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French la Vie
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After three years of looking for the right armoire or chest of drawers for our place in Cassis one that was not too high, not too wide, not too deep, I found one. Nevertheless, even though it was perfect it would be a challenge getting it into our place. Hence the window to the rescue! In it went, with the help of Rene, Loic, Ian, Mika and Yann. I was so excited I forgot to take a photo of how it looked once in! Photo soon to come xx Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at French la Vie
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Even back then she had a baby (doll) in tow. Soon this little one will have a little one of her own. It seems unreal and real all in one. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at French la Vie
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Passions. When I was young, it was riding my bike. When I was a young woman it was praying in the monastery. Later it was dancing. Boy did I dance. I met Yann. My first year in France Yann and my home had a minimalistic look due to lack of funds to decorate. As a mother, it was my children. And throughout it, the brocante stirred me. The first old thing I ever bought I was 12. I bought it with my babysitting money. A hand mirror, a brown jar and a blue beaded purse from the 1920s. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at French la Vie
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How to recognize the brocante bug: The person infected with the brocante bug usually is not in bed sleeping on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Their homes have a certain look about them. A person who has the brocante bug usually stops the car if they see an old table leg, or a patch of fabric, or worse a peeling-paint-ruin-of-a-thing sticking out of a dumpster. Usually, someone suffering with the brocante bug knows the only cure is to keep on going to antique markets, of second-hand stores, or looking online. A person with the brocante bug prefers something old to something new. Unless it is food. The brocante person, often forgets how they look as they only have eyes for that old stuff. The brocante bug is said not to be contagious... but a person who has the brocante bug badly knows that is not a fact to count on. For example, when you have the brocante bug badly you know that if you take a friend to the brocante they most likely will develop symptoms instantly, grabbing germs (pieces) that you would have gladly suffered with, had they not be around. A person with the brocante bug carries a big old purse if you dare call it that. Instead of lipstick, or perfume in their purse they have loose change, a tape measure, and a flashlight. Do you have symptoms of the brocante bug, or know of symptoms to be aware of? Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at French la Vie
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Have you checked out the Eiffel Tower on Google Earth? https://www.google.fr/maps/@48.8583701,2.2922926,574m/data=!3m1!1e3 Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at French la Vie
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A love letter from a child to her parents in 1848. In the mid-1800s love letters were written to loved ones, especially between family members on New Year's Day. Children would write to their parents and grandparents, husbands and wives to each other, parents to their children. Usually, a beautiful lace-like paper was used with small chromos attached to it, then they were rolled as the paper was around 12 or more inches long and tied with a pastel ribbon. This one is a rare beauty extra loved shared as it was hand drawn. These love letters are very hard to find. I have been lucky to find a few, this one I sold a few years ago. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at French la Vie
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Louis Rossignol (1694) was a master calligraphist. "Not all calligraphy is the same. In fact, this form of artistic handwriting can actually fall into a number of different styles. Essentially, there are three main of calligraphy: Western, Arabic, and Oriental. Within each style there, maybe several lettering sub-styles or hands. Louis Rossignol was instructed in the art of writing by Olivier-François Sauvage, the most reputable teacher of the time (who didn’t publish any copybook), but was prematurely expelled from his school for having copied his master’s works so successfully that Sauvage didn’t even see the difference… Rossignol is one of the masters who invented and perfected the “Coulée” script (a cursive hybrid of the Ronde and Batarde). He didn’t publish any copybook while he was alive, this book was composed using Rossignol’s works, unfortunately, the engraver was not as subtle with his tool as Rossignol was with his pen." “Coulée” script "The casting is a type of French handwriting, appeared in the seventeenth century. It represents a compromise between two previous writings, the financial one which is a fluid and inclined form of the round, and the bastard, which is also an inclined writing. The casting is a quick and easy writing, which satisfied the secretaries at the time of Colbert. The casting is traced with a feathered beaked feather, which is held "longer between the fingers" in comparison with other writings. The height (body) of the base lowercase letter is seven feathers, for a width of five nozzles. All the heads (ascending parts) are looped, which allows them to bind together, and make a body and a beak of high, while the tails (descending parts) make a body and a half or more if it is possible. The writing angle is 20 degrees, and the inclination of the letter is 25 degrees to the vertical. Like the round, and unlike the bastard, the casting includes initial, middle and final letters. The casting has five categories: Big casting. The leading is four bodies, or six when the writing is decorated with passes. Average casting. It is very fast running, and the words remain interrelated. Interlining remains four bodies. Little casting. More difficult to master, it requires attention and sobriety. Five-body line spacing. Financial flow, used in offices. Interlined with three bodies, heads and tails measuring only one body, the words are linked together. Casting minute. It can be a "minute... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at French la Vie
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This morning the brocante market did disappoint, it rarely does, but today it exceeded my hefty expectations it was off the charts good. If money grew on trees and a chateau or two were at my disposable they would be full this evening. The colors, textures, variety, period pieces, the wealth of history surrounded the brocante market today. Our car was full. Maybe today was so good because a shining star looked down wished it so. A man that taught me a great deal about the antique business passed away yesterday. A mentor of a sort without even knowing it. The first time I met Mike was at the design center in San Francisco back in 1994 where he had a French antique business, my cousin took me along as she was looking to furnish her home. When I walked into his massive antique showroom the first thing I noticed was how inexpensive the antiques were, so I told him. I wanted to know how he could sell French antiques at such a low price considering how expensive they were back in France? He loved it. Mike introduced me to his son who was also in business with him. They showed me around the showroom leading me to an extraordinary armoire Mike asked me if I had ever seen one like it before. I said I had seen similar armoires, then he asked me if I could find one like it, I boldly said I could. His son was not buying my claim saying that the armoire came from a chateau. Mike calmed his son's apparent annoyance with me then asked me how I could be so sure of myself? I stated that I lived in France, that even though they were antique experts and traveled all over France several weeks out of the year looking for antiques, I lived there. Mike smiled, "Okay then, the next time we are in France we will look you up, do you want to lead us?" Naively I said I would love to. Mike came to France, I rented a van and drove to every address he knew and then some. Never in my life had I seen so many antiques, learned so much about antiques, buying, negotiating, exporting... it was as if I had been given a drug that I could not get enough of, the brocante bug bit me into a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at French la Vie
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Twilight in Cassis. What a sight to make one oh and ah. And every time I see Cassis I sigh, "Beautiful!" Cassis anytime never disappoints, especially at twilight. What place do you never tire of seeing? Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at French la Vie
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Thank you Carol.
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I might be 70 with blonde hair too. It is such a silly hard curious decision. And if I keep plucking I might not have any eyebrows left to pluck!
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Miracles of love so very true! xxx
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Thank you I had fun setting that up!
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We plan to go to my mom's at Thanksgiving.
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Ah thank you that is lovely!!
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Thank you. I have four brothers, I always wanted a sister. I wanted four girls, but instead I have one of each and love them more than anything ever. So in the end it isn't about gender, it is about the person as you know. I am so thankful for this moment!!
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Thank you !!! I can hardly wait!
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Thanks Leigh! I have watched so many you tubes about growing out my blonde dyed hair to white, because I am white underneath.
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That is nice of you to say. Thank you xxxx
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Exactly, Grandparents do not have to teach or set limits. I can hardly wait to be the Grandmother who spoils the child!!
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Oh what a visual that is!
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