Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pansies & French Ephemera

My pansies have never been happier than they are this year. 
The lack of a proper spring in Wisconsin apparently agreed with them, and they've been smiling & waving for weeks, with no end in sight.  These sweet little blooms, along with my recent windfall of French ephemera for my personal collection, reminded me of some great pieces in my inventory.  They had been waiting to go into my etsy shop and now are there.

This is the piece that first came to mind.  An original pen & ink sketch colored with watercolors was first titled 'Giroflees' which was then crossed out and 'pensees' was penciled in.  

In the same group were some wonderful pieces of correspondence dated 1857-59.  Can you imagine? Bits of everyday paper that survived for over 150  years.  The script is beautiful and the postmarks are so graphically 'right'. 

A wonderful early 20th century wallpaper brochure is inspiring.

The simplest little things can bring moments of joy; each of these items &  more can be found in our etsy shop.

P.S.  I've been a bad blogger lately; time flies by before I get around to posting. We've set up a Gracie's Cottage facebook page and will be posting updates and special offers there, on a  more regular basis...check it out!

Please visit Faded Charm for White Wednesday.
I'm linking up and headed over to view all the prettiness there right now! 


  1. Happy and so delightful ! What wonderful treasures you found too.

  2. beautiful paper items ...love the French stuff fer sure.

  3. HI Jan,
    I'm right there with ya with the love of anything French!! I have this idea of getting together Wisconsin bloggers for our own group trip to France! What do ya think? I'm in!!!
    Your pansies are lovely and I'm drooling over that beautiful script!
    Take Care,

  4. I love the happy face of the pansy. It is almost to hot to blog or do anything here but I am trying. hugs♥O

  5. Aren't pansies just the sweetest, happiest flowers!!! :)

  6. I love old ephemera too:) We haven't had a Spring her either:) Crazy weather everywhere this year I guess. Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my photo shoot. To meet Fifi in person was so exciting. She is such a talented lady.
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens


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