Preparing for a spooky good time @thefrenchnest this Saturday! Hope to see you there!
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The ripening maize leaves rustle in the breeze, the conkers on our horse chestnut tree grow bigger by the day and all the glorious sunflowers around us now hang their heavy heads full of seeds awaiting harvest...just little reminders that autumn is not far away
There’s yellow everywhere...happy Tuesday lovelies! ☀️🌻💛
They say good things come in little packages 💚💜 Happy Wednesday!
I made little packets for haberdashery goodies from this vintage headed paper and, after a little research online, I found this old photo of one of the shops it came from...ooh, I’d love a trip back in time for a rummage around there!
Oh my goodness...this lace 💕 Happy Friday everyone!
Although this sewing inspiration bundle (that includes another piece of the chemise I told you about in my last post) is filled with autumn shades, I couldn’t wait until then to put it in the shop...it just fills my heart with joy and I hope it will make somebody else feel the same very soon. Have a great Thursday everyone! 🧡
I’m starting to sort through all the vintage linen and chemises we’ve found in the lofts here and will be using some pieces in the stitching inspiration packs for the shop. The detail in all the making, mending and monogramming never ceases to amaze me and I just want every piece to be used and loved again rather than packed away in a box. I’m starting with what’s left of a chemise that I suspect was cut up to make repairs to another less worn one... just look at those gathers and the mother of pearl button on the remaining sleeve 🖤
This is how things are looking in the work room this afternoon 👀
The sun has gone off my work room window now so the shutters are open again and I can take some more photographs of things for the shop. It’s 34 degrees outside with a high of 37 later this afternoon so being indoors in front of an electric fan filling little vintage tins with haberdashery is my way of dealing with « la canicule » 🥵 Happy Thursday everyone!
Every day is a school day when you live in a different country and you are learning another language!
I thought it was odd that almost every page in this vintage pattern book referred to “days”...turns out that “jours” also means a decorative opening in fabric 😆 This pattern book (and album 2, which is also in the shop) is filled with gorgeous patterns for pulled thread work and there are some fabulous 1920s-style illustrations too (more photos on my story)
Has anyone else been watching the programme about the Household Cavalry that’s on ITV on Tuesdays? I have to say I didn’t intend to watch it, but the more I saw, the more it brought back memories of our time living in London in the early 90s when we lived on the 31st floor of the tower block at Knightsbridge Barracks. We lived there for about 2 years and I’d forgotten just how special that time was...happy memories indeed!❤️
My husband spent 22 years in the Household Cavalry and used to guard the Queen, but he wasn’t around for her Coronation😆! It’s hard to believe that this Needlewoman & Needlecraft magazine and commemorative embroidery sampler are from 1953 as they are in such good condition and have, obviously, be very carefully stored over the last 66 years. They’re now in the shop and I hope they find another home where they will be just as treasured ❤️
Despite the dark clouds, thunder and rain, it’s felt like summer in my work room this week...who can fail to be cheered by pinks, yellows and greens? It’s like looking at a summer garden without getting muddy shoes! 😆🌸🍃💛🌸🍃💛
The sky is completely blue here today and it’s already 26 degrees☀️so I shall be in the garden if anyone needs me! In the meantime, here’s a little something blue I curated for the shop...have a wonderful weekend everyone💙💙💙
It’s cherry picking time around here...seeing an elderly gentleman up a ladder filling his wicker basket with cherries yesterday on my way to the bureau de poste just filled my heart with joy 🍒🍒🍒 Happy days!
Just look at that visible mending on the vintage linen pouch with the red embroidered puppy dog 😍❤️😍❤️
When I started making my vintage embroidery hand bag mirrors back in 2010, I wanted to bring old embroidery out of linen cupboards and lofts and into the modern woman’s hand bag where all the hours of stitching could be appreciated and loved again. I also wanted to use every last scrap of embroidery from all the table cloths that I came across that would never be used again because they were so stained, or worn beyond repair. Making the mirrors was the perfect way to do this and they became one of my best sellers, especially after they were featured in The Telegraph magazine back in 2010.
I am now discovering lots more beautiful embroidery here in France, which I am listing for sale in the Etsy shop so that it can be re-purposed and loved again. I always try to suggest a use for each piece to help spark another person’s imagination and creativity.
This pretty vintage linen night dress case embroidered with birds and flowers is off to its new home in England today. It looked great as a cushion cover, but I wonder what it will become?