Photo of a book of old patterns for lace embroidery, found for ten euros at a market bookseller's stall. It is tied with teal silk shantung ribbon and is from Succursale at 25 Faubourg Saint-Honore, Paris.
If you are in Paris beginning Friday, September 28 through October 7, you might be interested in attending the 75th Foire Nationale aux Antiquites, a la Brocante et aux Jambons at Ile de Chatou. It's one of the best brocantes in France and not to be missed, in my opinion. So despite my miserable cold, I'll be there when the doors open at 10 a.m. Friday, along with Di of Designers' Block UK and Rel of Under the Microscope and his charming wife Diane.
David and I enjoyed a fabulous dinner with Rel and Diane last Wednesday night in Paris. On Thursday, they're coming by train from the South of France and will be staying with us Thursday and Friday nights, before returning to the US on Saturday. Di and Harvey will be having dinner with us Sunday night. Aren't we lucky?
A sample page of vintage lace patterns from the book above.
Among my favourite things to collect are 19th-century Madonna crowns, once used in religious festivals in France and Spain. Some of these you've seen previously. But I'm reposting them, in case any lovely ladies attending the Bloglandia ball today want to borrow one of these crowns!
19th-century French crown with "diamonds."
A Madonna crown with "sapphires" and "diamonds," also 19th-century French.
This crown is adorned with "rubies," "emeralds" and "diamonds." I think the missing stones add to the crown's appeal.
A starburst pattern features "diamonds," while "sapphires" adorn the rim of the crown.
If you don't like gemstones, perhaps you'd prefer the elegant simplicity of this laurel leaf, accented with golden acorns?
Simplest of all, this 20th-century French organza daisy chain once was worn by a young bridesmaid.