Cat needlepoint footstool

Here’s a little footstool I made for Bernie! Happy belated Birthday! 

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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:

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……..here 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!

Saucy French Postcards – Cartes Postales

I found a collection of these postcards at a car boot sale (vide grenier – empty loft) with lots of double entendres about hunting – this one says something along the lines of you hunt the quail …. she the pigeon…….?

This one says something like

Illustrator ‘Farriere’ This one says something like you chase the quail …she the pigeon

Saucy French postcard

Illustrator ‘Farriere’ – something about hunting down evil thoughts!

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Too much to translate here!

Illustrator 'Alexandre'

Illustrator ‘Alexandre’

If anyone can help with better translations please let me know! – thanks

Vintage Catholic medals

Vintage Catholic medals on rusty old safety pin

Vintage Catholic medals on rusty old safety pin found in a little round box – see below

These medals would have been worn pinned to vest (I found them in an old handbag). Worn to protect the wearer and as physical reminders of their faith.

Here's a better look at them

Here’s a better look at them

Pilgrims collected medals from shrines they visited, these are probably from Lourdes.

These medals found in a little tin box

These medals found in the handbag

The wearing of religious medals is a very ancient tradition. The Roman writer Pliny used the word “amuletum” for medals worn around the neck by all classes of people as talismans (objects believed to give supernatural powers or protection to the wearer). Rather than simply eradicating a cultural practice, the Christians instead adopted their use, rooting it in Christian belief and removing the magical connection. (Catholic Education)

Medals found in this box

Vintage medals on safety pin found in this box

Vintage medal of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Vintage medal of Jesus, Mary and Joseph