October 22, 2008

Fine french things....

I'm reading this book at the moment:

Although reading might be a bit of an over-statement. It would be more accurate to say that I drool over the pictures and puzzle out a bit of the text. You'd think that 13 years of French lessons in Canada would better equip me to read all about the ins and outs of household management, early twentieth century style, but it's not quite getting me there. Mmm... something about butter shapers, and wire baskets and mmm....



It's slightly too large to fit on my scanner, but I bring you two pages nonetheless. Images, old advertisements (always my weakness), stories and text are beautifully designed. It gives me so many ideas!


Yesterday, in between running around like a mad thing,I managed to pop into the op shop at the church. A quick peruse, and I left with two new t-shirts, for stenciling, and a shirt that hopped in the dye bath and is now a lovely denim blue, instead of white with pink and green flowers. I'm going to like that shirt, this summer! I'll take some photos when I get home tonight.

Big day today, wish me luck - this girl starts a consultancy and a volunteer job. Whoo. I suspect it will be slippers, sofa and stitching this evening.

B

5 comments:

Juddie said...

Ooooh lovely! I've been 'reading' Maisons Cote Sud and Maisons Cote Est this year (even less successfully, no doubt) - I love love love drooling over these exquisite French style thingies!

CurlyPops said...

Oh wow, what an exciting day today. Good luck and don't work too hard!

BigCat said...

Good luck. Can't wait to hear what you are up to.

Hoppo Bumpo said...

What a beautiful book.

Perhaps you need to run some of the text through Bellgirl's favoured translator at Babelfish? It might give you some totally inappropriate details about butter shapers!

I hope you have had a wonderful day starting all your new work!

AnastasiaC said...

looks like a beautiful book!! being inspired is the main thing but sometimes you just wish you could read and understand too! all the best with the volunteer role - good for you!