I've been working on a special project lately. It's an apron-swap. I found the vintage apron I'm going to work on for my partner on etsy - I'm pretty sure she will like it. I made sure to get it in her favourite colour - pink. I have ideas. I have various and sundry supplies. Now it's a question of putting it together. Sewing required. Wish me luck!
p.s. don't worry, I'll show you my completed project when it's done.
Now that I'm feeling much better, I'll share with you what I found during my vintage therapy session.
I found a couple of boxes of yarn in my colour palette.
I couldn't resist this old Beehive box. It was falling apart, but I didn't care. This is what was inside.
I paid for yarn, but the box was free. Love those labels. I think I will use them for a project sometime. I can use the yarn for wrapping gifts, and things like that.
A sweet pink bowler hat. Child size. The jar says "Le Parfait" - always useful for storing doodads and supplies. Some vintage pillowcases. I seem to have a long standing thing for vintage pillowcases. I'm using some of mine to make sundresses for my girls for the summer.
More old French books. Crochet yarn. Vintage framed picture. I may take the picture out and use the frame to frame a piece of vintage fabric or wallpaper.
I loved this sweet little plate.
Two vintage curtain panels.
Lastly, a vintage suitcase and this old and super dusty Underwood typewriter. You can see the price I paid for the typewriter. It's so dirty and dusty that I haven't taken it out of the bag yet - it will need a big cleaning. I somehow really loved the fact that it came with only the broken bottom of it's original carrying case.
This has been a looong week for me. Husband in San Francisco on business all week, overloaded at work, busy with three kids at home. Plus, I'm jealous :) of everyone down at the big show in Texas, with all that great stuff there, amazing displays, and everyone having a good 'ol time. Can you believe there are no flea markets here until May (or garage sales), and there's still snow in our backyard! OK, deep breath.
Prescription: one dose of vintage therapy to be taken at Salvation Army Store.
Duane and Richard's chop in Ayer's Cliff is called Boutique Insouciance. In English, it means carefree living. This shop in the Eastern Townships is close to our farmhouse, as is the Vermont Border.
Take a look at these fabulous milk glass spice jars, with their original labels.
They have a nice mix of antiques, vintage and even some retro.
I have found many wonderful things here over the last two years.
Isn't this lamb the sweetest?
You can always find something wonderful here whether you can afford it or not. But Duane and Richard always say to me, just take it and pay us later! So at least for me, shopping at this lovely shop can be "carefree" for at least a while :)
Finally, spring is here. What a relief. (BTW, my pillow experiment was a definite success.) Somehow there is excitement in the air here and renewed energy. I'm starting up my walks in the evening again, to enjoy the reawakening of nature, the neighbourhood, and to get in better shape (because Pilates is not enough). So looking forward to seeing the tulips and other bulbs come up in everyone's gardens.
These colours look like spring to me - I just love looking at them. Library book bag made from vintage pillowcases by Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy, and vintage taffeta skirt found at Heather's Pretty Petals Boutique.
We're back today because I have to be at work tomorrow. It was great to get away from the daily routine, sleep in, hang out... But, looking on the bright side, I am happy to see my computer again (oh, yeah, husband too :). It will take me a while to catch up with all my blogging friends, though. In the meantime, I will leave you with a few scenes from the farmhouse.
p.s. spring is definitely arriving here. Mais oui, it's definitely time!
We're off to the farmhouse today for March Break. Since my husband can't be with us beyond the weekend, I'm lucky my brother drove in from Toronto to be with me and the kids (the farmhouse is literally in the middle of nowhere, so I wasn't keen on being there alone with the kids). No internet, so no blogging till the end of next week. As Stephenie of A Little Bit Pink says, "Blog with ya later!"
p.s. Debbie, now you can get a good look at those legs on my table! (the table I brought back from my graduate student days in Paris)
This is the little window above my computer in "my little room" (in our city house). The retro plastic lamp is a bit kitschy, but I'm partly a colour collector (seafoam green, aqua and turquoise), so I ended up buying a pair of these lamps. The other one is on our kitchen countertop at the farmhouse. They give a soft turquoise light which is actually quite lovely at night. I'm putting the bottles that I've started to collect on the little ledge too.
Although it's not the field I currently work in, I did train as a biologist (I've done a lot of experiments!). When I saw this here, I was reminded of my days in all those labs. I thought to myself, what a wonderful combination of the scientific and the whimsical!
Of course I was so drawn to it that I HAD to have it. This fabulous Fairy in a Jar was made by the lovely Dawn of The Feathered Nest.
I have placed her on my window ledge, where I think she belongs.
Well, results are literally pouring in! It's raining today, ergo the experiment is working. If you recall, it was snowing here the other day, and now it's raining, which means its definitely warmer. Yes, spring is finally, slowly, on its way! And it's all because I changed the pillows in my living room, people. So go ahead, and try this at home!
In other news chez Mlle Magpie, husband is in Sweden this week for business. Who doesn't love that gorgeous Scandinavian style? I asked him if he could maybe hit a few vintage or antique shops while he's in Stockholm for me and look around, between meetings. Well I got "the look" from him, i.e. "are you kidding me?" Oh, well. He did offer his air miles for me to fly down to his buddy's in Houston so that I could hit the BIG SHOW. You know, Round Top, Warrenton, Zapp Hall. The one EVERYONE is talking about, how it is "not to be missed", how everyone is preparing like crazy for it and SO excited and don't miss it, and the parties, the fun...etc., etc., etc. But I'm quite broke, so I'm thinking it just wouldn't be much fun now would it, even if I could fly on husband's air miles, stay at his buddy's place, borrow buddy's car, eat his food, etc., if I don't have any spending money. Money for amazing treasures from the mother of all Flea Markets. Right? So my plan is the following: start saving pennies now to be able to make it to the show in the fall.
In the meantime, Miss B. and I are planning to hit the Salvation Army store tomorrow as a break from work before lunchtime. We'll also be hitting that lovely shop, l'Atelier du Presbytere, that is just a short walk away. I got this beautiful lingerie bag from there last year.
La proprietaire uses vintage fabrics and trims from the stash she has collected over years in the South of France (where she's from). She is an amazing seamstress, and also does custom orders. Whenever I visit this shop and speak to la proprietaire, I feel I've been transported back to France where I lived for three years, years ago... A visit to this shop, as someone wrote, is "moins cher qu'un aller-retour pour Avignon".
Well, it's not the big flea market in Texas, but it will just have to do for now.