Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sorting some vintage treasures...

A few of my finds from the Vide Greniers are settling down into new uses. The tiny Japanese holder is just right for one of the flowers from Ben's self-seeding 'meadow'. The lustres came up beautifully in the dishwasher and I'm displaying most of them in a crystal vase until I have enough to make a real difference on the chandelier. This one is the exception, because the chandelier was missing a colourful plastic lustre when I bought it, so I've just filled the space with a vintage crystal one. It does make the others look a bit down-market, but it's a start!

This isn't vintage at all, but it's a real sign of spring in our house. Our patio window doors have shutters, so no need for curtains, but I like to hang something in each window to break up the expanse of glass. I like to put these felt leaves in there once the garden is full of leaves - it seems to link the outdoors to the indoors perfectly.This is just a top I bought at the Troc Broc Sold this weekend. It's not a good style for me, but the fabric is great and I'm sure it's going to be used for making something...We never quite got Son 2's bunting finished this hols, so for now the rice sack bunting I bought in Edinburgh is filling the gap on our balcony.



My mum's vintage candlesticks look great with these tall candles I picked up in a garden centre. Thanks for the gift!Here's an older gift which comes out once the sun starts shining - my dad brought this rug from India when I was in my teens, and it looks lovely in our living area in the sunny weather.
I've started to tease out the squashed petals on these little millinery flowers I bought - they're going to come up very well, I think. Yesterday I found an absolutely wonderful post about French millinery flowers on the French Garden House - do click on the link if you're interested to see and know more about these little works of art and their place in history (including the inauguration of President George Washington)!Thanks for your comments on my last post - I had such fun creating it that it's great to know that other people enjoyed it too!

8 comments:

Elizabethd said...

I love the fabric you found..wonder what you will use it for?

Julie said...

hi - just found you from Josie-Mary's blog - sounds like you had a lovely time at the Vide Greniers. I thought I would say hi as I'm Exeter based too - I went to St Margaret's, so just up the road from you! Certainly is a small world eh?! Am very envious of you living in France - I'd love the lifestyle (we have some friends we stay with often near La Rochelle), but I don't think we'd cope with the language issues!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your great finds. I have been looking for a small chandelier for a while now, as I want to hang one in my 1/2 bath. I plan to do a post on a couple of chandeliers in the house where my daughter got married in the next day or 2. Thanks for stopping by and your nice compliment.

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Love your post. And the rug your father bought, its really pretty.
Sonia

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

I love your blog! SueX

Thecraftytrundler said...

Le Vide Greniers sounds a great thrifting venue!! I will have to visit my relatives in Pouance some day!!
Love that rug, and your other finds, the weather looks good too.
On my day off yesterday, I almost finished your Silkie Sue swap!! I am so excited about it & really hope you will like it!! I also have 3 P.I.F.'S to do too. It's a good excuse to craft isn't it? That can't be a bad thing!!!
Have a lovely weekend : )

Sharon xxx

This Vintage Life... said...

What wonderful finds...Le Vide Greniers looks just how I imagined that sort of thing to be in France! I was particularly smitten with the two little 1920's girls...right up my street.
Deb x

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