Sunday, September 29, 2013

The best things I found in France

I had a bit of a soft faded purple moment this trip to France. 18th century shoes with metallic threads and mirrors the same age with mercury faded glass. A bouquet of millinery lilacs  with a paris tag attached. And a number plaque with a 7. These however are not my favorite things.  
And this 18th century chair as well will come to the states with me. Two of them to be exact.Still not my favorite things. 
This is the object of my true affection. My favorite thing I have ever found in France , my Shirley.She has taken me to attics and roads and places in the  north were the  prices are still marked with francs. They are little secrets that will stay in the north but warm my heart in the states every time i think of my adventures. Shirley discovered how to take a selfiies on my iPhone.Side splitting laughter for went on for days. Here she is pledging her love to my Jeff. (Or as she says her Jeff. )
Then there is Mark.All we have to do is feed him and he just smiles and carries bags and open doors and packs the car all day long. He does require coffee stops as well but that's it. Always happy calling Shirley sweetheart all day long. He is as proper of a English gentleman as you can imagine. He gets in some real corkers whilst we are out. And he has excellent singing skills. The weather was perfect and the brocantes plentiful. But if I am truly being honest there is one thing better than all the above things combined. His name is Diggbert, Or as I like to say Diggie. I will tell you all about that another time. Bonnie nuit from Chicago were I am spending the night with a plane delay. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Merci beaucoup et au voir

My blog title says thank you very much and goodbye. I have not adequate words to say thank the friendly faces that come to my brocante. For the kindness mixed in with cookies and scarfs,necklaces and notes. The conversations and love of the old things of France. The goodbye is that I am leaving for France tomorrow. This will be my 13th time. I still cannot believe it myself. What keeps me going back?

Little treasures of 18th century wallpaper and books that whisper in hues of pink mauve decadence

A 18th century piece of gilt wood in the shape of a swan resting on pages of poetry on paper so delicate and thin. 

Zinc flowers with pink letters and marriage documents who knows if I will find some new"friends" for them.

And dreamy fabric with angels circling a ciel de lit. The unknown is the most wonderful part of all. But what I do know is I keep coming back. See you tomorrow my old friend France. We will explore together again and what a treasure it shall be. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Tomorrow Saturday the 7th is here and so is Charlottes Brocante

The sign has been hung......

At 6:00 you can come in!
You will find all the little things that make france so fabulous. How about ticket books that you would pay for your seat at the cinema and then get a "sortie" ticket so you could go in and out?
Or you could get some pharmacies jars like this......
or school samples used for teaching and make you own curious display. 

For the royalty we have plates with crowns. 
Perfume boxes with angels. Sigh

And a few wax seals from documents. So many sweet things and so little time to show you. Come tomorrow and see all! See you tomorrow mon Amis 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Only two more days!

ENot 53 or 63 days like these little numbers say. 
And who does not need a chocolate box with a crown ???? WHO I ASK?
You could always stash your chocolats in a eiffel tour tin.
 Why not put your chocolats on a wedding pillow? You would have to ask the ormolu mounts  to move. THIS COULD GET UGLY. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

You are not dreaming. Charlottes Brocante is this Saturday!!!

But it will turn into a nightmare if you come Friday because no one will be home. 

Well, we are getting close now. And the sweet things are all waiting for you in there best distressed natural beauty. These spouts for pouring out your liquid of choice. I vote balsamic vinegar and olive oil. 
How about some good old fashion bottle opens that say Saint yorre?I put one in my picnic basket. 
Ooooh and these tarte pans with a few candles? Oui oui and oui. 
Ah yes,crystals with monograms and crowns and crosses. 
I put mine on the bottom of my chandelier. Everyone needs a little ooh la la,non?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Charlottes brocante is on Saturday and the kids are back in school

Picture in your mind the treasures Charlottes  brocante will bestow upon you thus coming saturday. Speaking of pictures,how about a camera or a little old movie projector. OOh the things they have seen. 
Little blackboards with crayons to write sweet things like thank you. 
And not brown not black but sepia pictures to frame with sweet little faces like the people who come to brocante........see you tomorrow for another peak and in person on Saturday. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day mon amis

Well, we are getting closer to the brocante and we can say now it is this week. Saturday to be exact. Just a few more looks for you at what caught my eye during my travels around France. 
Absolutely huge 4 feet long linen grain sacks with a oh so French rouge stripe in them. 
Speaking of linen,I love all the old maps backed with it on squared sections. 
Rows and rows of maps lined up on walls. They have traveled all the way from France for you and hope to find a nice american adopted home. Enjoy the holiday with your family and I shall return tomorrow.