Friday, January 4, 2013

Because I'm Also a Collector...

I'm getting pretty excited for the opening of my new Etsy shop, The French Laundry, on Sunday, January 6th, but I've also been trying to appreciate some of the treasures I have as part of my collection so as not to be tempted to keep everything that I have been finding, either in my existing stash or in my travels.  Antique ribbon, trims, laces, and ribbon work flowers are probably my most valued collection-I love anything that relates to items made by women, for women, to make their environment more beautiful.  I've always done needlework and handwork myself, so I have always appreciated old textiles, etc.  

Aren't the graphics on these bolts of ribbon divine?  I might add that the silk ribbon wrapped around those bolts is equally divine.  Swoon...

These little ribbon work garland sweeties are only about 3 inches long, but they are so intricate and beautiful.  Never used old stock.  They still have their "made in France" tags on them.  The wide metallic lace they are sitting on is!  I got it from a lady who dressed dolls.

Well, I know this is a short post, but I may have to resort to short and sweet for the most part because I just got a full time day job.  I will be sad to leave my peeps on the evening shift because I love my girls, but life demands full time and days, so after 12 wonderful years of part time evenings, I am making a change.  I will definitely have to organize my time better if I'm to keep up with the things that nurture my soul, like peddling antique pretties and blogging, so wish me luck.  I'll be starting in February, so I have a few short weeks to figure this all out.  Send some positive energy this way, OK?

Linking up with Debra at Be Inspired Friday and Kerryanne at Shabbilicious Friday.

Until next time,

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  1. Best wishes for all new things to go well for you - will be a difficult adjustment, hope it brings you what you need.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Best Wishes for 2013 in everyone of your new ventures. Some lovely pretties in the pics. xx

  3. so pretty, Judy! can't wait to see all the fabulousness you decide to share with us. Happy New Year, sweet friend!

  4. Judy what beautiful pieces! YES I too love vintage graphics! Best wishes in your new shop!

  5. Sending positive energy your I went from part time to full time and struggle with balancing of life constantly. Lovely collection, Judy. Those ribbon work garlands are to die for!!!

  6. Judy these Images and the Inventory are DIVINE! As a Fabric Artist I Live for Finds such as these!

    Happy New Year from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  7. I'm standing in front of your new Etsy shop saying "Open, open, Open!" Sending positive thoughts your way, Judy.
    ~ Zuzu
    P.S. You're in the Springs? I live just "up the hill" from you. :)

  8. Hi Judy! Can't wait to see your new Etsy shop opening. Good luck to you with your new job. Can be scary to change but so rewarding, too.
    Happy New Year!


  9. Oh I love everything! So pretty!
    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your post today, and more importantly your site. I do not have to time to comment as much as I'd like to on each days share. I read blogs in a reader and not on the site to comment. I appreciate you taking the time to share with us.
    I have been blogging for 4 years now and know how much dedication it takes. I wanted to share with you my new site. I think it is
    something you might enjoy. I work with my own photography and vintage scans. I also work in jewelry design, home decor and of course.... gardening.

    Here is my new site for my Vintage Inspired Artwork...

    And my original site that focuses on my own photography and projects, Creative Country Mom... My home and gardening site, where I share tutorials, crafts, decor and lots of gardening ideas.

    Many blessings....Brooke

  10. Wishing you every success with the new etsy shop and the day job Judy.
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I anm featuring you today :)

  11. Is the Ribbon Work Magazine in the photo still in print or available to get a subscription? Thanks and I love your Blogspot!


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