Howdie my friends, how was your weekend? Mine was lovely, a wonderful mélange of activities and rest. If you follow me on Twitter you might have read my gripe about one of my latest DIY projects. I am still working on the little Guest room and although I am sure it is going to turn out ok, not everything is going right the first time. I will share in due time.
The other part of my weekend was spent rummaging on various Flea Markets. The season for “Brocante”, “Bric-a-Brac”, or “Vide Greniers” is in full swing here, and I dove in, head first.
Somehow this weekend seemed to be a weekend of Ephemera finds. I found paper goodies everywhere. Although my first find was definitely not a paper one.
I found a bunch of vintage silverware for a good price. A price that makes me feel that it is ok to craft with these beauties. So expect to see them again (although probably not soon).
My next find was something that definitely shouldn’t be judged by its cover.
This old photo album certainly didn’t look like the treasure it turned out to be. But when I opened it this was the first page:
It was a true vintage photo album with beautiful graphics. It definitely shows the signs of its age and the pages have been damaged by dampness, but when something is that old, you hardly would find it in mint condition.
Not all the pages were filled but I still found a lot of beautiful Cabinet Cards inside. This is the page with my favorite photo. Isn’t that little baby not absolutely adorable?
The backs of these cards are really cool too. Look at the lettering and graphics on these:
Not everything I found was French. I also found this cute old Dutch card game.
It contains a complete set of cards that depict the life of a cute couple of gnomes. They are drawings by Rien Poortvliet a Dutch artist that became famous for his artwork about the life of gnomes. He invented this whole world, complete with minute details about the life and adventures of gnomes.
Looking at these pictures I feel that there is some collage art in my future depicting gnomes. Anyone want to join me in that and maybe do some kind of swap?
My next find is very Dutch too.
A lovely tin, complete with little farm girl in wooden shoes and with tulips at her feet. Aren’t these colors lovely!
Ok back to French Ephemera. Because I found more. Like a whole set of the most beautiful old photographs.
And I was pretty happy about finding the old photo stand too. I see modern, quite ugly ones all the time, but this old, rusty one, is very special to me.
My last find is another card game. This time a French one in more than one ways. Because it is a French game designed to teach children French words.
The drawings are so cute, really who wouldn’t want to learn French in that way.
Ok ladies this concludes my tour of my French Flea Market Finds. I hope you had fun browsing with me. And now that the weekend is over, I am back to my vacation DIY. Hopefully I will be able to make a big dent in my guest room and bedroom plans. I’ll keep you posted.
But before I go. A special message for all fellow lovers of vintage. Have you seen Miss Mustard Seed’s giveaway. She is having a special Miss Mustard Seed In A Box Giveaway to celebrate here 2000 follower. It is an amazing giveaway, take it from me you have to enter!!! And if you don’t follow her yet, you should, she is awesome and soon will hit 3000, I know.