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:

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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MonségurDSC_0055

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

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

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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!

Flea market at Najac

The first Brocante and Vide Grenier (empty loft)  I’ve managed to get to so far. Things that catch my eye are old armchairs, linen sheets, enamel ware and baskets. Surprisingly, baskets can be very expensive at Brocante markets, best to buy them directly from the owners at Vide Greniers. Here’s some pics to browse – hope you like them!

Lovely old 1970s armchair, has got a bit of a wonky leg that needs mending

Lovely old 1970s armchair, has got a bit of a wonky leg that needs mending

These enamal jugs are becoming quite rare. Often in pastel colours, they were usually used for carrying water from the well

These enamel jugs are becoming quite rare. Often in pastel colours, they were usually used for carrying water from the well

Drinks basket on traditional French chair

Drinks basket on traditional French chair

This folding chair is from the 1950s, the style of these French chairs hasn’t changed since they first came on the French scene in the 1900s – they are in use all over France now in various shades. Still a bit uncomfortable, but lovely! For more on French folding chairs see Kristin’s blog post http://houseappeal.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/the-charm-of-the-french-folding-chair/#comment-1747

DSC_0029These French soda siphons were used for bottling naturally carbonated water  l’eau de Seltz (a town in Germany known for its mineral waters). They are usually made from blue or green glass and they fell into disuse in 1960 with the introduction of soda water in bottles.