I'm participating in a charity gift fair today; I'm hoping that everyone will be loved up, full of romance and looking to buy lavender filled hearts...the car, as usual when going to an event, smells of lavender ~ wonderful!
Husband has been to Paris this week and is there next week too ~ I wish I had been able to get out there as well, I love looking in all the shop windows for inspiration, and breathing in the Parisian way of life. It is over a year now since my last stay there and I definitely have withdrawal symptoms. I am running low on ribbon stock and I have a favourite haberdashery store there that I always visit to buy a good supply Entree des Fournisseurs and just around the corner is a great little bead shop too Matiere Premiere. Both are in the Le Marais district which is so pretty, if you ever find yourself in Paris, these two little shops are such a treat...sigh...
I recently found a little collection of Paris photograph postcard books ~ vintage souvenirs, probably about 1930's which are really lovely, I just couldn't resist them. The photographs in black & white are beautiful and the typography on the front covers is so romantic. Once I have taken some scans of my favourites for future reference I will offer them for sale (if I can bear to part with them!)
I also bought a couple of old valentine cards ~ to add to my growing collection of vintage ephemera. There is something about handling old bits of paper with somebody's handwriting on them that makes you wonder about the people who have owned and enjoyed them before. I think they are so precious and I have a box full of cards, letters and scraps that I never get tired of looking at.
I set the photos up with some lovely bits of vintage & antique fabric bought recently from Donna Flower and an old micro mosaic heart locket. I'm not usually drawn to black in a big way, but I remember from my old 'interior design' days learning that every room in the house should have a tiny bit of black and also red in it whatever the colour scheme. It could be something as small as this little heart or a picture frame, book spine etc., but just adds a teeny punch of colour to draw the eye ~ and it works!
I found some pretty valentine graphics from the very talented Rhonna Farrer. You can find her work at twopeasinabucket which is a great site for lots of digital images, scrapbook ideas etc.
Have a wonderful, romantic day ~ sending more hearts across the airwaves.
Until next time,