Sunday, 13 September 2009

Every second, dripping off my fingertips...(Snow Patrol)

Sarah-jane guessed correctly, Coldplay it was..."and we live in a beautiful world" and yes we certainly do. We have been enjoying blue skies and actual sunshine, the feel of Autumn in the air and morning mist, happy days.
When one visited France last weekend, as one does, one managed to buy this 1950 children's book by the great Mary Blair.

The illustration, oh the illustration!!!!...14 pages, 28 sides of iconic, wonderful retro art work.

Now reluctantly for sale on Ebay
here
Also for sale on my Ebay is this very tatty French photo album filled with no less than ninety vintage, loose photographs. No kind of theme to the photos, just random people, children, families, soldiers, dating back, I should think, to Edwardian times upto the 40's.

Very interesting and wonderful for mixed media makers.

I have added a couple of more items to my folksy shop. Lovely long, long length of French cotton trim, which is still attached to it's original paper. The paper and a small portion of the trim, is slightly decayed and rather gorgeous.
Talking of something gorgeous, I have also added a large, pillow case with four M o P buttons ...musty, worn linen and darned! Floats my boat!
Can you make out the hand darning below? Sublime.
Well, I hope I haven't gone on too much about all the 'stuff' I have for sale. I am just really excited to have such special, beautiful pieces.
I know I say this at every post, but I can't thank you all enough for your support and encouragement and good wishes. I truly do appreciate every single comment.
Thanks for stopping by.x

28 comments:

cocoa and blankets said...

How can you part with that lovely album? I bet you could do some amazing things with those lovely pictures....have a good week my friend...love and hugs as always...H

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

What a beautiful book! It reminds me of my childhood spent in France.
I hope that you are having a lovely weekend,.
Isabelle x

Linda said...

Hey...I just bid on the photo album. Did a money conversion and I think I'm okay.....may need help as the price increases to know what I'm bidding. ha!

Bobo Bun said...

I've just gone back through your most recent posts and I feel so uplifted by your creativity. It's refreshing and so original. Like dipping into a fabulous book of imagery, thankyou.

Lisa x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Wow, Wow , WOW, WOW, WOW UNBELIEVABLE (Kate Bush!)

brilliant haul of goodies, what a fab time you must have had! My sister in Law once removed is from Lille and she is always telling me about the "market" why didn't I listen properly! Never mind, there is always next year!

Beautiful new birdies too, they make me happy,

Love Sarah x

Jackie said...

Your arms must be dropping off carrying all that stuff from France on the train! It all looks so scrumptious though.

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

It's rather sad to think of the demise of that wonderful photo album really, that there is no family treasuring it ... :o(

Did you get mine?

julie Haymaker thompson said...

What goodies to behold. I am in love with 50's children book illustration I think also Disney's sleeping beauty is my fav. for the style the backgrounds were so amazingly stylized

lilylovekin said...

To live so close to France that one could visit it for the weekend how wonderful!!! And then you got to come home with all that neat stuff, did you keep anything for yourself?

English Vintage said...

Hi really enjoy your blog thank you S x

Heidi said...

Viv, "parting is such sweet sorrow" may be a little heavy for stuff but what treasures! We should do a swap sometime!
:)Heidi

Felicity said...

i dont think i could part with any of your finds, he he!! fliss xx

Lori said...

gorgeous goodies!!! that album is just fantastic...i don't know how you can bear to part with it!!!

Tracy x said...

eeekkkk... yet more temptation x
my Bird purse has arrived and is simply wonderful - i cannot actually believe it is mine :)
i have popped a mention of it over on my blog x
sending you many thank you hugs
t x

Jacky said...

They are all lovely, must be hard to part with them.

Corinne Phillips said...

Hi Viv
What a lovely book - it takes me right back to my childhood! I still have the book somewhere of Read Aloud Childrens Stories with illustrations like those! Fab! x

bad penny said...

I love your work. I've picked up my art again and want to experiment printing onto fabric. You are inspiring !

Jacqueline Taylor said...

Oh my goodness, Viv,your blog is absolutely amazing!!! The stuff from France is GORGEOUS! Jackie x

Catherine said...

I found your blog today...so pretty! Feel inspired!

Cathy said...

Amazing things to cherish. I love the old album. I collect vintage greetings cards and by the sticky backs on them I think a lot of them started off in just such an album.

Loved the French market too. Would have loved to be there and wouldn't have minded getting up at 2 am in such a good cause.

jenny elkins said...

Vi...I missed the auction by 1 dollar in US someone was sitting on it and punced at the every end. Bummer. If you ever have any other auctions like this let me know. I would be interested.

Thanks! jenny

|•••Nin•••| said...

what a beyoootiful book! How can you part with it??!

Libby Buttons said...

Great stuff...I adore the childrens book. I am Cold Play addict...fall asleep most every night listening to Vitamin String Quartets tribute to Cold Play and by day I am plugged into the iPod listening to the originals.
smiLes
DarLie
aka LiBBy BuTTons

karen said...

it's me again. asking if you've gone into hiding again????

gaffergirls.com said...

hi.............
your blog is truely a mini vaca..
have a great week..

Linda said...

I guess I didn't win the photo album! I've been away...went to check and can't find on ebay who won.

rebecca said...

oh wow! what beautiful things you do find. absolutely love the maison book--lucky find.

MIGGA said...

Mind blowing. I just enjoyed rolling over your various posts. This surely requires much investment form your side, but the result is terrific. Thank you sooooooo much for sharing your stuffs with us.