French needlepoint skirt with hunting scene

dsc_0214You can find some lovely needlepoints in French car boot sales and second hand shops all over France. It’s harder to find large ones to make clothes so I was really glad to find these ones. I used different needlepoints on the back and lined the skirt with red silk, then used a ribbon for the waistband. I used this youtube link to make the pattern:


Industrial sewing chair covered in needlepoint

Swivel chair covered in French needlepoint

Swivel chair covered in French needlepoint

Metal machinist chair covered in French and Viennese needlepoints with a hessian backing. If you’re looking for similar chairs then the gigantic Newark International Antiques Fair would be a good place to find one, next fair is on 18th and 19th August


Upcycling French needlepoint


I’ve just finished making this upholstered stool cover for my niece who’s just got a job with the RSPCA – (Congratulations Sarah!). Made from vintage French cotton needlepoint with a piped cord edge and hessian on an old pub stool.

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If you have any spare needlepoints please get in touch! I’ve put some other upholstered needlepoint projects – of mine and others – on this pinboard for inspiration

Monsegur Antiques Market

Lots of interesting stuff at this market

Lots of interesting stuff at this market

A very cold, crisp but sunny day, just before Christmas – I bought a christmas present here for someone, can’t say who in case they see this! Also bought a lovely painting of flowers (see previous post on Christmas portraits it’s on the mantlepiece) in an old frame and an reproduction of an old Paris clock. This is one of the biggest in the area and is usually on the week before Christmas as well as during the year, check the tourist information pages. The stalls stretch all along the streets in town, vin chaud is served along with hot chocolate.égurDSC_0055

Our local bar - good atmosphere when there's a market

Our local bar – good atmosphere when there’s a market


House sitting at Christmas

Don't work with children and animals....

Don’t work with children and animals….

Here are some of the animals we’re looking after on a farm near Bordeaux. When you’re looking after other people’s animals it’s a big responsibility. These are Nikki’s ‘inside animals’ – there are plenty more outdoors (more on them later). We thought we’d get them into the Christmas spirit (and keep in touch with Nikki at the same time) and they were quite happy to have a play! There is one missing –  the very ancient black cat who is too old and fragile to move around. We just keep changing his bed everyday and he likes a good brush behind the ears.

When  you’re housesitting you can do other things nearby. We went to an antique market (‘brocante’ in French) in a town called Monsegur, a lovely bastide town. I bought a picture with a hole in it (see mantlepiece) and a clock that doesn’t work – I was happy. Hope you don’t mind Nikki I’ve rearranged your mantlepiece – just to try them out. I’ll put everything back – promise!

A good website to find out more about housesitting and petsitting is

Joyeuses Pâques and Food glorious food……

Lundi Pasque repas - Laramiere

Lundi Paques repas – Laramiere (Easter Monday food at the Vide Grenier)

The Vide Grenier (car boot sale) season is just beginning in France now…..quite often there will be food served at Vide Greniers, this one on Easter Monday consisted of a starter of tomatoes and potatoes and cold meats, Confit de Canard, sauté potatoes, bread, a profiterole and wine, all served up on the latest airline trays which seem to be de rigeur…

An old school poster - our purchase of the day

An old school poster – our purchase of the day

Bon petite



Covering a chair with French linen sheets

Chair covered in French linen sheets

Chair covered in French linen sheets

Bonjour mes amies! So sorry for the very long delay in posting anything…… we go, a new project that I’ve been working on. I bought this comfortable old armchair at a car boot sale here (a vide greener) and covered it with a lovely old linen sheet, I’m quite pleased with my effort. Don’t look too closely though or you’ll see all the mistakes!