Saturday, 12 September 2009

and we live in a beautiful world


Hello!
The song lyrics of the last post ~ Bag it up by Oasis from their album Dig out your Soul, just in case you were wondering if I had lost the plot!




I wanted to tell you about last weekend we enjoyed with our bfl friends. Early morning start (2am to be precise) and by lunch time arrived at Lille, northern France for the Lille de Braderie. The largest flea market in Europe, an annual event and on taking in the wonderous site of every street in the city lined with stalls, I honestly thought I had died and gone to heaven. Street after street, lined both sides with everything French. Oh, the sights, sounds and smells..... need I say more......







A little of the booty...

Gorgeous crepe de chine bedspread...

A joyous weekend of buying french textiles. I am absolutely hopeless when it comes to speaking French. I did try though and I didn't 'S H O U T' in English ;-)

So my dear friends, I have opened an FOLKSY shop to pass on some of the beautiful French textiles and haberdashery items, I have managed to find. Here are the first items.....

Gorgeous linen tea towels...

the following need no introduction...




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I had such a surprise when posty bought me an unexpected package of delights this week. A package containing everything that I adore, from my friend whose encouragement got me started on this blogging malarkey! Lynn of gigibird you are a darling! Thank you.

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Here we have one of my silk screened birdies, with hand embroidery on vintage French linen, applied to a gorgeous Khadi handmade paper sketchbook. The paper and rough edges of these sketch books are divine, it's all in the texture!


Well, thank you once more for stopping by, take care. x

17 comments:

Heloise said...

I can see why you thought you had died and gone to heaven. It must have been a great to have so many wonderful things to see and prehaps buy. Good luck with your new shop.

JP said...

what agorgous bunch of goodies - i hope you didn't spend tooooo many euros( it's not the same now it's not francs is it!!!!!!!!! - love the bird too - really enjoy the blog

Ticking stripes said...

What a wonderful way to spend a weekend! And some beautiful finds - well done!

Duften av erteblomster said...

Love your blog and work!

Wish you a wonderful weekend,
Vibeke

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Everything is gorgeous as always Viv. I especially love your Khadi sketchbook and your printed birdie. I listened to Oasis while I looked at all your purchases. I was wondering what you were going to do with them all

Have a fab weekend, the sun is shining here. I'm just off for a little walk up the lane to pick some more blackberries for a tie dye project .....

Love, Carolyn

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Coldplay?

I'll be back later to coo over all the loviness in this post!

Love Sarah x x x

AeFondKis said...

Hi Viv, what a lovely post...bet you could have stayed in France, but hey thanks for coming back and exposing us all to such lovely buttons! Great luck with Folksy!
Linda x

meplusmolly said...

Oooo how fab! I came across an article about the Lille fleamarket over a year ago now and would really like to go one day.
Beautiful work as always ;0

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Oh, it sounds as if you had a fabulous time - I've been wanting to go for years but bad timing since the kids just go back to school that week. Going to dash over to Folksy now... au revoir et à bientôt!

Pink Trees and Sunshine said...

Ah, how lovely to be able to go to France for the day to a marché aux puces~~le sigh :~)

Clare said...

Ooh you lucky thing, it sounds wonderful and the printed birdies are lovely. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.

cocoa and blankets said...

I cant tell you how jealous I am...I have missed my french flea market fix this year....will email soon...just popping over to your folksy

jane and the happy crow said...

What a great weekend! I must get myself a passport..yes I think I must be one of the only people in the world without one! I just love that stove, what fun to cook on that. You had some great finds too, looking forward to seeing what you do with all those lovely things. I really love your prints Viv, I must have a go at mono printing one day. Jane xxx

Jackie said...

Wow Viv! Thats dedication. 2am start and on your feet all day?
Don't know what bfl is. What a great idea. Was it a whole weekend or just a day trip?
good luck with Folksy .
x

Cowboys and Custard said...

How does the song go.. "Vintage heaven is a place on earth".... Have to agree with SJDL.. Coldplay?

Take my eyes with you next time you take a trip Viv.. then I can share the experience!

Lovely stuff!!

Michele xxx

Kayla coo said...

A perfect day and lovely treasures.x

Catharina Maria said...

Wow , what agorgous bunch of goodies .I love them all !
Love from the Netherlands Rini