Hello dear friends and readers both new and old! This summer I have been taking it easy as far as the blog world is concerned, but not taking it easy as far as life goes. As I mentioned in a previous post, we enjoy spending lots of time in the summer at our place at the beach....and here is me last weekend doing some of this:
Some of you have asked if I will be posting anything else on the Website that I found in May on my trip to the many Flea Markets in Paris. I still have a few more items to post but truthfully I just haven't gotten around to it...so stay tuned! I have mixed in a few new French inspired items into that particular Boutique at Shabbyfufu in the meantime, so come have a looky here if you can. Now..... on to the silly title of my post!
Since I have been both an artist and a consummate antiquer for decades (buyer and seller) I was quite thrilled to find these very LARGE and very HEAVY (cost a ton to get them over here!) books at one of the Paris Flea Markets and am so enjoying taking my time looking over them. They are bound books of Le Mode Illustre, the French fashion and home magazine that was screamin' popular with the elegant ladies in France in the late 1800's through the early 1900's and a true predecessor to the many publications that followed. I was fortunate to purchase three of these prize possessions....that date from 1883~1907. Of course they are completely written in the French language, and though I do speak and read some French it's a challenge to understand all. I have been thoroughly enjoying perusing thru the hundreds of pages slowly, which are mostly in black and white and just full of fabulous illustrations of French fashion du jour, along with some small amount of home decor and lots of sewing patterns. Oh........and the ads are just as wonderful with some truly ahead of their time!
Below is a sampling of just a wee, tiny bit. Would you like to see more in another post? How about a few scans to use in your artwork? Let me know!
Perhaps some day I may convince myself to part with at least one of these books....will see. After all, I am more of a finder than a keeper, so who knows?!!
That's it for now, since I actually WILL be in town this weekend I am hope to be working in the Studio on some sweet projects for the Website that will be coming next week. Enjoy your weekend and will talk soon~