Monday, July 6, 2015

Antiquing

"Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers."
               ~Sara Coleridge
                  Pretty Lessons in Verse

   I have been on a few summer antiquing trips lately and if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some of the snapshots I have taken of the beautiful treasures and displays that I have seen. I thought that I would share them here as well! I have seen many lovely pieces lately - I wish I could have taken them all home with me but sadly I had to pick and choose very carefully. Sometimes it is a thrill for me just to see beautiful things! I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my treasure hunting escapades!
























My most favourite French bakery that I always visit when I'm on one of my antiquing trips.




Monday, June 29, 2015

Vintage Lace

"Lace is formed from the absence 
of substance; it is imagined in the 
spaces between the threads... "
                ~Iris Anthony

   I have been having fun lately scouring antique stores, flea markets, and sales for treasures for the shop. It is getting a little harder to find the really romantic pieces! I am having to go further afield. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen all of the lovely antiques that I have seen lately while I was on my trips. Mostly what I have come home with is lots of lace! Vintage lace is one of my absolute favourites. Antique blouses and slips, doilie, scarves, remnants - it is all special and can be used in so many ways! Here are a few photos of some lace I have found recently. 

Also, some of my acquisitions are already in the Etsy shop so be sure to have a look! 






Just for fun - a detail shot of a piece of artwork I have hanging in my bedroom.


This Gillyflower is in the Etsy shop now!





I experimented making a little ribbon work box. It was very tricky! I will have to keep experimenting before I get it just right. 









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Friday, June 19, 2015

Coloured Cream with Roses

"It was June, and the world 
smelled of roses. The sunshine 
was like powdered gold over 
the grassy hillside." 
      ~Maud Hart Lovelace
            Betsy-Tacy and Tib, 1941

   Every home naturally evolves over the years. When I was growing up most of our furniture was dark wood - mahogany, walnut, oak - warm and rich. We went from one extreme to the next incorporating white furniture with a seaside feeling, embracing the advent of 'Shabby Chic'. Eventually though my Mother realized that what she really loved was a predominantly French look of soft creams and feminine lines. Very Marie Antoinette, albeit a little less opulent. I have always been a little like a carbon copy of my Mum. We love the same things! So when we happen upon beautiful, soft, cream coloured treasures we are both equally excited! 


This chair is one of a pair that my Mum and I happened upon. Love the original cream finish with the floral upholstery! 

I am always experimenting with new ideas for handmade treasures. This handmade ribbon work ornament is in the Etsy shop now!  

 This is the smallest in a trio of nesting tables I found at an antique mall outside town. Lovely cream colour again with gold detail and painted flowers!


 You can find this painted frame in my shop too!






 My Mum and I both collect Limoges! We love these shallow teacups.






 Lovely French Provincial dresser - a little chippy but sooooo romantic!

This Limoges Pitcher is so beautiful - it has a small flaw but who could pass it up! 


 Pretty china tray in cream and pink!





 One of my favourite finds - a Limoges dresser tray with a pale yellow border.








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