Monday, 27 July 2015

The Invasion has begun!

We finally got a little bit of rain yesterday and overnight, not enough to soak the ground, but enough to perk up the veggies a little. And of course, as soon as there was moisture on the (burnt) grass and the veggies, the invasion begun -




Yep, great big fat snails, the ones the French are so famous for! They come out from under the hedges and bushes, or in our case, the blackberry thicket, and head straight for our veggie patch. How the heck do they know where the good stuff is? Do they see it, do they smell it? I have no idea, but they sure find the straightest line directly to my veggies. My DH collected dozens of them, to be released somewhere far far away from our garden, lol.

These are some of the things the little devils were after -

the butternut squash plants -


the cucumber plants -

the sweet dumpling squashes -

fortunately the beans have grown so tall now that the new flowers and little beans are quite safe -

This is what I picked this morning, while the veggies were still perky from the rain -


Patisson, Sweet Dumpling, tomatoes, cucumber, courgettes and chili peppers.

And now for something completely different!

I must show you the fabulous ATCs I received in the recent Postage People swap I took part in -





And here are my ATCs for Kimberly's August ATC swap with the theme DRESS UP -




Until the next time, toodlepip xxx

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Little White Shoebox

It sat on a side table, not on the large stand where all the desirable objects vied for customers. It looked tatty and very ordinary. Just a battered white shoebox. And then I saw the writing on the box, the magic word - DENTELLES -


Thats when my heart started beating faster and when I made a bee line for the stand, hoping for all those long seconds that there really would be some lace inside that little box.

And there was!

It took ages looking through the box to see what was hiding inside, and then negotiating with the stall holder, but in the end it was mine :-)

I found some gorgeous salesman samples in the box, with their original little labels, so special -




My favourite piece,  RESERVED for North America

Fabulous metallic lace -























The first layer in the box was pieces of the finest, daintiest Napoleon III era black lace, so very delicate and somewhat ravaged by time, but beautiful nonetheless -





Amongst the black lace was this beautiful black floral piece, perhaps for millinery -


And then there was the white/ecru/ivory lace ...








And that was not all, there were also many pieces of the most beautifully hand worked broderie anglaise, which I absolutely adore -







I can't imagine how anybody could produce such beautiful, neat, tiny stitches by candlelight. 

I hope you have enjoyed looking through the little white shoebox. Wishing you a beautiful new week wherever you are, toodlepip xxx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Done early!

We had a little dribble of  rain a couple of nights ago, not enough to even keep the surface of the earth moist for any length of time, but enough to cool the air down for a few hours. I took advantage and headed over to the craftavan, and prepared this week's tag for Tag Tuesday and ATCs for Kimberly's next ATC swap. As the heatwave continues without any promise of rain in the near future, I thought I had better get them done early, no telling when it will be bearable in the craftavan again.

Tag Tuesday theme tomorrow is Ooh La La. Although we all associate that little phrase with something a little naughty, here in France I hear it most often when something bad happens - for example, somebody at the brocante dropping a porcelain figure and bystanders going ooh la la, c'est cassé ( oh dear, that's broken ). 

Anyhoo, I have most definitely gone with the slightly naughty one, lol. Paris, Moulin Rouge, the Cancan dancers........ -




I love the CANCAN entry in a very old French dictionary at the top of the tag, ... eccentric and indecent...  tehehehe.

Kimberly's next ATC swap is for August, but as the theme is already up in her sidebar, I have started on the ATCs already. The prompt is DRESS UP. I used to have a doll similar to a Barbie when I was little and I used to dress her up in handmade clothes. I also loved to dress up myself in beautiful old clothes from my mother's and grandmother's wardrobe. And......... I also played with carefully cut out paper dolls and their little wardrobes of paper dresses, and thats what I went with for my ATCs. I thought it would be fun for the recipients to have a little play with them :-). This is one of them, the others are not quite finished yet -






I am also painting some old garden furniture our friends C and F passed on to us. My DH sands them down, and I paint them. One chair a day, lol, it is still so very hot and any effort is too much effort. I am painting the chairs in different pastelly colours, 2 of each. I really like the whimsical mixture. So far I have used the beautiful soft greyish green which I had also used for the table, a lovely shade of very light lilac/mauve,


 and yesterday this gorgeous light blue joined the others. DH is just doing the next chair, so as soon as I am done with this post, I'll be swinging the paintbrush again and painting the second chair in that lovely lovely blue -

This is the BEFORE pic :-) -

Thats it for now, back to the painting, and then hopefully I'll have time to take some pics of that lovely lace I was telling you about the other day.

Toodlepip xxx