Posts Tagged tour de force

Oops! I’ve Fallen Off the Fabric Wagon

It’s true – but only a little bit – all is not lost – honest.

 Before I ‘fess up however, a bit of a distraction. It’s a bit nippy today but beautiful – they did predict some snow and they were right –  so,when I set out for our walk this morning, as well as a lead, a couple of tennis balls, a ball launcher and three dogs, I hauled my camera with me.

Snow Pyrenees

The view from halfway up my garden this morning.

Log Pile

These logs will need getting down to the bottom somehow.


Perhaps we could rig up some sort of dog sled thingy.

Anyway, back to my falling off the fabric wagon.  A couple of weeks ago, we held a fund raising event for Dog Rescue Carcassonne and the Twilight home for old and/or sick dogs where a wonderful couple here in France have dedicated their lives to looking after these dogs that nobody else will take on.  Anyway, I didn’t have a stall myself this time and just went along to chat and spend money help out.  Some of the stalls had set up the night before and one had some fabric ‘scraps’ for sale.  The stallholder hadn’t yet arrived and I went over to have a look and spotted a tempting bit of something that looked a bit vintagey and a bit storybooky .


Vintage Fabric

When I had a closer look , there was around a yard and a half of vintage Red Riding Hood fabric with such cute designs like this

Vintage French Fabric

and this


that, without thinking, I nabbed it and, when she arrived, paid the 2 euros!! and put it in my bag along with 20 euros of cakes I’d just bought (oops ).

Vintage Red Riding Hood Fabric

It wasn’t until a couple of hours afterwards that I remembered I was on a fabric fast.  But it was vintage.  It was 2 euros.  It was for Dog Rescue.  What would you have done?  I’m back on the wagon now, honest.

I had taken along a couple of little dog coats that I had knitted because I was hoping that – being a doggy related event – somebody might come in with the right sized dog that they would let me dress up and use as a model.  Sure enough, a couple came in with their cockerpoo (a cocker spaniel mixed with a poodle) a lovely girl called Saren and she was just the right size.  I must admit I’m a bit confused that, all my dogs are mixes of something or other but are generally called ‘mutts’ or ‘mongrels but cockerpoos, shihpoos, labradoodles, etc. all have their own names.  They all seem to include poodles.  I’m pretty sure none of my dogs have ever been near a poodle so maybe that’s why.  The nearest I could get with mine would be a bordador or a shepcol and even they would be a wild guess. Anyway, I digress, she was a lovely girl who patiently modelled my knitted coats.

Serene Dog Coat

I wanted some photos on a model in case I decide to add them to my dog collar shop as another item I can sell to raise funds for Dog Rescue Carcassonne.

Cockerpoo Modelling Dog Coat

Or, I have asked if Twilight might be able to use some for the old dogs to wear this winter.  I’d better get a move on with my boyfriend cardigan then in case they say ‘yes’.

Off to re-light the log burner.

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Things That Have Caught My Eye in July

I was going to say ‘tickled my fancy’ but I thought it might get me a certain type of reader and, anyway, the other title rhymes.

Anyway, this week I have been doing lots of virtual window shopping and also quite a bit of plundering of my Paypal account.  Here are some of the things that have caught my eye and, in some cases my cash, recently.

Love this novel way of recycling an old T.V.  from Lucky Lenore Vintage

For those of us driven mad by the sound of their dog’s metal tag clinking against the food bowl, how about this ‘quiet dog tag’  from Make Your Dog Smile ?

Never know what to get for male friends as gifts but I think these gun shaped soaps from AubreyEApothecary would be great for playing with in the bath.  I know her soaps are lovely as I bought some French Macarons shaped ones from her and they smell divine and are far better than the real thing which, in my opinion, are nasty, bright, overly sweet , sticky, sickly things.

 Whilst perusing my La Redoute catalogue (home furnishings version) this week, I spotted a cute lamp in the shape of a Scottish Terrier which I lusted after but, true to form, I did some research (aka trying to find it cheaper) and came across the Onion Bull Terrier lamp.   I have always wanted an English Bull Terrier – they remind me of  little piglets but, as I only ever get my dogs from rescue centres or find them wandering on the street, I am unlikely ever to have a real one (or piglet for that matter) so I ditched the cottie in favour of the bull terrier even though it actually turned out much more expensive as the scottie in the catalogue had 20% off and free postage .  Sometimes my research costs me money.  Anyway, I am looking forward to introducing this non-shedding, non-eating, non pooping, clean dog to my others who are all of those things and more.

Mind you, it could have been worse as, when I was in Brighton earlier this year I saw Abigail Ahern’s beautiful lamps in a shop window and was sorely tempted.  However as I am more of a bull terrier than a poodle girl I resisted for the moment but never say never.

Instead of spending money, I sometimes attempt to make some so that I can spend it again.  There’s always one of my ventures that takes precedence over the others and I keep forgetting about my vintage jewellery and cake display stands and they are sadly neglected.  I have tried to bring them into the fold a little more by moving some of my antique and vintage china over into Tour de Force because I don’t have to make it before I can list it and because it brings more people in.  So, instead of just these,

I can have these

or this

 Now, after that shameless piece of self publicity – although please note the selfless, altruistic promotion of others’  items in the beginning! – I am off to walk the dogs in the damp drizzle that is passing for the South of France’s weather at the moment.

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Getting My Mojo Back

After my brief period of ‘ennui’ I have put a bit of a spurt on and started creating again. 


Plus, I’ve been cleaning some lovely old demijohns which I had never realised were so pretty inside the wicker coverings and now have all over the house with flowers and dried arrangements in.  There is a limit though (as Mr. Tialys often points out) and they are best displayed in spots where the light can shine through which, this being an old French house, are few and far between.

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Morning, Mountains & Mini Eggs

Good Morning from the French Pyrenees.

Trying to take lots of product photos today but keep getting distracted (see above). 

I am waiting for the postman to bring my new ink cartridges as I find that, for various reasons,  life is very difficult for me without a printer.

Meanwhile, I am using mini Easter eggs in my photos and trying desperately not to eat them.

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