I have a collected a few vintage doll heads over the past year. I am one of those people who love them - the rest of my family not so much. They think that they're a bit creepy, but I think they are so funny and cool. This little guy has been hanging out in our living room lately...
On the topic of white, I sure do love my pearls. Again, this is one of those things that one can never really have enough of, don't you think? I keep my faux pearls on Big Mama who presides over our dining room.
Big Mama reminds me of one of my favourite cafes when I lived in Paris. The cafe was in the 5th arrondissement on a tiny side street near the laboratoire where I did my graduate research. We would sometimes go there for lunch (always with a few glasses of wine, bien sur) and in the hustle and bustle of the lunchtime crowd, there would be Big Mama, the matriarch of the cafe doing whatever needed to be done to keep things running smoothly. Whenever my Mother would come to visit me in Paris I would always take her there for lunch. This woman was very tall and large, but moved around that cafe with such authority, efficiency and elegance - we just loved watching her in action. To this day, whenever my Mother brings up Big Mama we remember her fondly. Ahhhhhhh, Paris. And what could be better than thoughts of Paris in the springtime...?
As I think about gardening and flowers to get my mind off the cold and all the snow outside, how perfect that on my latest thrifting adventure I found this.
When I saw this old oil painting at my favourite thrift store, I grabbed it. Maybe a bit more colourful and exuberant than what I would normally go for but according to all the magazines out there, colour seems to be a big theme in decorating this year. This painting is a nice size at 18 X 24 inches and it was only $15 (!). A happy vintage find.
I do hope I'm not the only one who found something wonderful this week...
Husband came back from England and Denmark and I have been waiting for even a bit of sunlight so that I could photograph the gifts he brought back for me from Denmark. The bad news is that he was not able to find the Jeanne d'Arc tea towels and the new edition of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine is not yet out. However, he did manage to stumble upon a wonderful antique shop that was in the Jeanne d'Arc style. The owner told him that many of the people whose homes are featured in the magazine do shop there. So what did he get me?
I received a few beautiful vintage French monogrammed tea towels. They are so wonderful. I'm not yet sure what I will do with them, but I'll think of something special for them. Perhaps one of them will be used to reupholster a chair seat cover... The shop owner also wrapped up this vintage catalogue for me as a little gift. How kind of her.
It is filled with wonderful illustrations such as this one. They will definitely be fun to use in projects.
And voila, the piece de resistance!
A huge vintage Belgian grain sack. I had a long body pillow that I was planning to sew a cover for so that I could place it on our vintage guest bed in the basement, but lo and behold, the grain sack fit perfectly!
Husband is gone again, this time to San Francisco, but in a couple of weeks he will by travelling to Paris and Munich for a short business trip. I am just wondering if he will have any time to pop into a brocante while he's in Paris...?