For sweet little Bella - a trio of Vintage French Things.
1) A beautiful drawstring bag made of vintage and antique French fabrics and lace.
2) Un petit ballotin de lavande de Provence -- a lavender sachet, also made with vintage/antique fabrics.
3) Three vintage French books from the early 40's, from my personal collection.
I wish I could sew well, but I'm just not there. However, Madame la proprietaire of L'Atelier du Presbytere is an excellent seamstress. This is a beautiful drawstring bag that she has sewn out of vintage and antique French fabrics and lace, with the addition of embroidery.
You could use this as a laundry bag for your delicates or fine washables. Or you could hang it up in your kitchen to hold plastic bags. Really you could use it for many different things.
The sweet lavender sachet smells divine and comes with a little loop so you can hang it up in your closet if you like.
These vintage French books from the early 40's have a lovely warm patina. Just perfectly aged, and ready to add character to anyone's home.
Tickets for Bella's amazing raffle go on sale tomorrow here, $10 a ticket. There will be well over 30 prizes donated by the Junk Sistas, so go and take a look. As I've mentioned before, all of the proceeds will go to help pay little Bella's medical bills.
Anyways, I've joined the Junk Sistas because: 1) we all love junk. And 2), we all want to help out a wonderful family, headed by a very special matriarch, Deb of Talking Trash. Deb's daughter Jen gave birth to beautiful Bella Marie prematurely at 23 weeks. She's been in a neonatal ICU since she was born but is doing amazingly well. You can read all about Bella on Jen's blog, The Apiary. Debbie is a very special person with a huge heart, and so it is no surprise that her precious granddaughter, little Bella Marie, is quite a special baby.
The apron that Karla made for me in the Altered Apron Swap hosted by Heather and Stephenie, has arrived. So prettily wrapped by Karla.
And here is my beautiful apron on Big Mama.
I really, really love what Karla did. She used a vintage brown and white gingham apron for the backing, and tea-stained the lovely ruffled apron in the front. There's pretty ric-rac trim on the bottom.
Take a look at the lovely waistband. Chocolate brown velvet ribbon and a gorgeous English rose, of course hand-plucked from Karla's amazing millinery flower garden.
And finally, the gorgeous pocket detail.
Vintage, whimsical and romantic. I just love it! Thanks so much, Karla - I will definitely treasure this apron!
You can see the apron I made for lovely Lori here. I'm so glad she liked it. And if you'd like to see all the other aprons, you can see them here. Thanks so much Heather and Stephenie for hosting this wonderful Altered Apron Swap - it was so much fun!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, as I'm off to Toronto again for a visit with my family this weekend.
The fabulous Debbie of Talking Trash was awarded the Renee Award, and I am one of the people she has chosen to pass it onto. Debbie has the best sense of humour and I've always said, reading her blog is cheaper than therapy! Thanks so much, Deb! You're one-in-a-million!
The Renee Award was created in honour of a special person, Renee, by her two friends, Bella and Ces. In Bella's words,"this is a brand new award and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed to watch it grow. I hope it finds it's way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns..."
Now I am to pass it on to eight others. I've noticed that a few people and their blogs that I consider special have already received this award, like Theresa of Garden Antqs Vintage and Andrea of Faded Plains, so here's another eight (in no particular order):
Lori at Faerie Window - one of the sweetest people in blogland, and a very talented artist
Karla of Karla's Cottage - another sweet and generous blogger/artist who epitomizes living a creative life
Heather of Pretty Petals - creator of the prettiest vintage creations and source for prettiest vintage supplies
Back from a short, but lovely weekend at the Farmhouse.
Bienvenue, as we say in "la belle province du Quebec"!
Did some cleaning up in the garden. Found first spring flowers in the grass by the old milk shed (oh dear, there has not been any progress on the milk shed for a while - husband needs best friend to come up from Houston for assistance).
Unlike Vicki in the South of France, our lilacs are still far from bloom time.
Found an abandoned bird nest in the garage.
Went on my first bikeride of the year on my vintage Dutch bike that I brought back from my days in France. This photo is especially for Tara, since she has a thing for vintage bikes.
I had to change the seat last year because the original one was in such bad shape. It rides like a charm, but I must say the uphills can be a bit of workout, what with only one speed.
And what's a weekend without a little craft project?
This was so easy. I took and old cigar box - this one was wooden. Pieces of vintage sewing pattern tissue glued on with Mod Podge. I did two layers of tissue, because I thought it was neat to see a bit of the original box underneath.
A nice place to store some of my spools of vintage thread.
Not only do I like vintage prom dresses, I also like little baby girl dresses. I think I've mentioned before that my youngest little girl will be starting kindergarten after the summer. She's really growing and changing a lot over this past year and I realize she's no longer a "baby". Kind of makes me a little nostalgic for those baby days... I'm saving some of her and her sister's sweetest little dresses, but I picked up this trio while thrifting to hang up on display. Since they are thrifted, I don't have to worry about them when they're out.
That last little dress, is of course such a perfect find for Mlle Magpie :)
I consider my weekly visits to the Salvation Army Store very therapeutic and essential to my well being. My work can at times be very stressful and difficult, and I find thrifting to be a wonderful antidote. My escape destination. Cheap and cheerful. The thrill of the hunt. No pressure. No life and death drama. Pure pleasure. Plus it's good for the environment.
Well, now I've figured out a way to make thrifting even healthier for me. It turns out that there is a Salvation Army Store not that far away from my workplace, just about a 15 minute walk away. Now that the weather is so nice, my plan is to walk down there twice a week from work. Et voila! I will also be getting more exercise by going thrifting!
So I tried out my plan yesterday. I power walked all the way to the store - that was a breeze, all downhill. The store is not as big as my main haunt, but I was able to find a few things nonetheless.
Some bling. Oh, and those are interesting curtain panels underneath in a natural linen netting.
Some books. Mostly French, but also a couple of English ones. One of the books is actually about constipation - how bizarre. I like to decorate with old books, and the older the better. Bonus if they're francais, because I can just pick them up and read a few sentences to keep my French up :)
And to pack up all of my vintage finds...
How convenient! I spied this $5 beauty by the door as I was heading out and grabbed it. Packed up all my purchases and headed back to work. The walk back was all uphill, and with that suitcase all loaded up, I got a very good workout indeed.
Besides going to Brian's shop Era when I'm in Toronto, I love to hit my favourite junk shop there which just happens to be a few doors down the street from Era. This is a real junk shop - dirty, dusty, crammed with junk. If you're a junker, you would like this shop. Check out what I dug out on this trip.
I'm particularly happy with the little things I found while digging in the junk shop. A metal pull in seafoam green. A shabby pink knob. Three porcelain knobs. Two lamp finials. Door hardware with both pink and aqua paint on it - perfect.
I must say I was quite happy with my haul from my junk shop in Toronto.