I found this beautiful and delicate vintage purse embroidered with sequins and beads in an antique shop. It is handmade and the person who made it was very talented. The fabric is satin. I couldn't resist buying it. I leave you with those pretty pics, enjoy!
I haven’t been very active on the blog sphere recently so here‘s
a quick update of what’s been happening:
I went home early July and I could celebrate my mum’s
birthday, which I haven’t had the opportunity to do for years. The weather was
great and I spent quality time with my sister as well.
I visited the new exhibition at the CNCS (National Centre of
Costumes) . This season was the costumes
designed by Christian Lacroix for La Source ballet. The collection was of
course magnificent, I leave you with pictures and explanations in English:
I visited the Mantin House in my home town of Moulins. This
huge house was closed for 100 years at the owner’s request. He didn’t have
children so he gave his house to the town, which is a fantastic heritage
present! Even the BBC, the National Geographic and the Daily Mail have talked
about it in 2011!
For me this house represented mystery as it’s always been
closed through my whole childhood. I never actually realised I would get the
opportunity to actually see inside. It was a great pleasure and I will visit it
again in the future.
We watched the Olympic Games every night and even though I
am not the sporty type, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s such a positive event
where people give their best of themselves constantly. It was beautiful to
watch all those winners on the podium.
My sister came to visit early
August so we went to Brighton and spent a day in London during the games. It
was very busy of course but we always felt safe wherever we went. My boyfriend cooked them an English breakfast
and they absolutely loved it!
I'm very happy with my new business cards, I ordered them at Genie which is a Brighton based print and design company (keep it local!). They did a great job and were really helpful. http://www.geniedesignandprint.co.uk/
I'm off to work on my new little projects (to be coming soon!)
I have a fantastic news to share with you: I am exhibiting
my work at the Artist Open Houses this year to the beautiful Big Bead Boutique
situated 12 Dyke Road, BN1 3FE from today until Sunday 27th of May.
The Artist Open Houses (commonly called AOH) is at the same
time than the famous Brighton and Fringe festivals. It is a wonderful
opportunity for all artists based in and around Brighton to exhibit their work
in galleries, shops, cafes and independent houses around town.
If you want to grab yourselves handmade and unique creations of all sorts, this is the best
opportunity for you to support talented local artists and you have 3 weeks to
The atmosphere is great and there are most of the time cakes
on offer (always a bonus after walking up and down the Brighton streets!)
A free booklet is also available in most shops where you can find
details of all the houses you can visit (95 pages of it with detailed maps).
Joanne at the Big Bead Boutique has been really welcoming
and she’s so enthusiastic and passionate about what she does. Pop in and browse
the wonderful choice of beads, jewellery, vintage buttons and delicate lace and
more that are on offer.
I sold this bag before I even had time to advertise it!
It is made with this gorgeous genuine vintage brown cotton with daisy print designs. The lining is apple green with 2 inside pockets. The bottom is a mustard cotton that matches with the yellow of the flowers. It is ready to be shipped to France.
It is 2 years now and still very young but I can say I thoroughly enjoy updating it with news and pictures. It’s really fun to do. I want to take this special opportunity to celebrate it with a freegiveaway. I shall give the winner the chance to receive either a Minxy purse or a make-up bag: the choice will be yours!
Here are the designs the lucky winner will choose from:
If you want the opportunity to receive one of those items, here are the 3 easy steps to follow:
-Follow my blog (I will follow yours in return).
-Pick one of the designs and put a comment on my blog explaining in a few words why you prefer this particular one.
-Favourite my Folksy or Etsy shop (or both if you fancy)
Inspiration is a strange thing, one minute is there, the next is gone. So, I always make sure I have a pen and a pad in my bag to draw doodles; write down ideas, interesting websites and blogs to follow etc.
I have been experiencing a lot lately for new ideas on brooches as I don’t want to go for the usual flowers. I am proud to say I have designed some pretty good bits! Lots of funky and colourful brooches are on the making right now.
La Marelle en papier is a French website where you can find lovely accessories such as jewellery, bags, home decoration, stationery and more but the main difference is that all the designs found on these items are from very talented French designers/ illustrators.
And the good news is the website is also in English (and in Japanese).
If you want to check out the designers, you need to swap to the French version and click on “les illustrateurs” (bottom left hand side). Their profiles are in French but if you want to look at their designs, then click on “voir ses produits” to view what’s available.
Personnaly, I would like them to introduce handmade products.
They are doing a massive sale of 60% so I strongly advise to look around. You can nevertheless browse and view inspirational, funky, colourful and definitely original designs!
(If there is anything you fancy or want to know but can find it only in French, give me a shout, I would delighted to help).