Selfish Saturday

I am off to the U.K. on Monday to visit my parents, my eldest and last, but not least, (well it probably is least but you know what I mean), the Knit and Stitch Exhibition at Alexandra Palace.

I have finished my Colette Zinnia skirt but I am not altogether happy with the pleats and, because I’ve made it in plaid, some might say it looks like I have wrapped a picnic blanket round myself so you can understand my reluctance to model it.  However, when I come back, I’ll style it up properly and inflict some photos on you.

In the meantime, and before I go and hunt down my passport, bag small enough to go in the cabin but big enough to hold a week’s worth of knickers and other necessities, Rescue Remedy Drops (I don’t like flying) and the 1kg stollen cake that I’m taking over for my Dad who is poorly, I thought I’d do a bit of shameless self promotion in the form of photos of some of  the vintage goodies currently in my shop because a) I like them,  b) I need the free publicity and   c) I’m the boss of my blog

French Street SignThese old street signs are such a gorgeous blue – I sometimes wonder how they have become detached from the actual street

regule and marble French bookendsThe use of marble and bronze or regule for bookends and table lamps was very popular in France around the middle of the 20th century.

French Kitchenalia

I love making plain objects look more exciting with the camera.   I think I take my best photographs when I’m doing product photography – maybe its something to do with the possible financial reward!

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Another fanciful one.

French Nous Deux JugI love these ‘Us Two’ milk jugs, the colour inside this one is gorgeous.

Nous Deux SetHere’s another by Villeroy & Boch – this one comes with cups that say ‘moi’ and ‘toi’  they make lovely wedding or anniversary gifts

atomic coat rackA colourful 1950s rack – a nice contrast with the ubiquitous brown I would have thought.

germanjardiniere (5)A bit of art nouveau

Vintage French Jelly JarGorgeous old French jelly jars which are getting very hard to find in this tapered shape now

All these French treasures, and more, can be found in my vintage shop, La Manche,  which is the main (non breathing) competition for my attention apart from my workroom where I occupy myself with things of the creative kind.

Speaking of which, do you remember the lovely French magazines I showed you recently?  Well, bearing in mind Mlle. Tialys the elder’s new found interest in dressmaking,  I found the perfect one to frame and hang in my workroom to remind me of the defining moment when  my passion for sewing and craft in general finally seemed to have rubbed off on to one of my daughters.

La Petite Echo de la ModeNot strictly accurate of course as she is taller than me and neither of us, unfortunately,  are quite as well groomed or have such tiny waists. Tant Pis!

 I will see you when I get back from my spending frenzy at the Knit & Stitch Expo with, hopefully, some tales to tell.

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  1. #1 by Wendz on October 5, 2013 - 18:19

    Liking your product photography. You know, I still haven’t opened my vintage shop and the main problem is taking the pics. I have taken hundreds but they are all naff – I have a ‘look’ I want and I just cannot seem to achieve it. So frustrating. Yours are fab.

    As is that fashion print. Lovely!

    I’ve seen a few photos of that Zinnia skirt in various sewing blogs and I reckon it’s a tricky style to pull off – I couldn’t for sure, I am too chunky, but I bet it looks good on your slim frame. Do show!

    Hope your flight is tranquil – I am flying to France in a couple of weeks to get my boys for Toussaint – not looking forward to the trip – I also dislike flying. Do those rescue remedy drops help?

    Have a super time in England.

  2. #2 by tialys on October 6, 2013 - 14:23

    Thanks Wendz. I’ve tried several ‘looks’ in the past – against a bright white background, against a silvery grey wood, etc. but, for the most part, I have to go where the light is best which, at the moment is in my conservatory where the wall is a sort of pinky colour, so it is quite difficult to keep it consistent unless you set up proper studio conditions – well, I do have a tripod but don’t always use it.
    The Zinnia skirt,style, despite my lack of hips, is a little tricky but, due to my own mistakes with the pleats and sizing, the outer ones are a little to close to the side seams so I’ve made it worse. When I come back I’m going to stitch the pleats down a little further which should stop them from sticking out so much and, next time, I’ll do it right.
    The Bach’s Rescue Remedy drops sort of work I think but it might just be psychological which, of course, doesn’t matter as long as they help.

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