Saturday, 4 August 2012

Vintage Finds in France

I'm way overdue posting on my blog, after a disastrous trip to our 'petite maison' in France. It was our first visit this year, we usually go earlier in the year - March/April time, but this year we had a new puppy - 'Alfie' and we didn't want to leave him until he was a little older - so July was our 1st trip this year.  We were aware January 2012 had been extremely cold with temperatures at minus 28 degrees!
Anyway we had a broken water meter and lots of burst pipes! so things were a little tough - finding plumbers etc.  I was determined it wouldn't stop my annual visit to the local Brocante! and I was blessed with the best finds I've had to date, and such great prices! Which made up for the lack of hot water, although I don't think my hubby thought so.

First thing I spotted was this cute little typewriter, (10€) it has some of the fabric missing off the wooden cover and the base, but I'm going to use some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint to give it a face lift and the colour I will use is suitably named 'Typewriter' as that's the name of her soft black shade in her new paint line (more about that in a minute)

Then on the very next stall I spotted this old 'bakerlite' telephone (10€) complete with the bell, I love that it has the French names and emergency numbers printed on the old fashioned dial.

I then spotted this coffee grinder - I was attracted firstly by the colour as its almost the same colour I have painted a large unit in my kitchen and secondly I love the way the paint has chipped, plus the guy selling it was so funny - he was a French Rugby player with a real twinkle in his eye! although he was very stubborn about his prices and this one cost (15€) but coffee grinders are very collectible in Europe & UK so I was happy with the price, and it is fully functional as well.

This solid wooden vintage 'stamp' is amazing and caught my eye as it was so pretty - I will try this on a furniture project very soon  as I think it will be very effective - maybe on a drawer front?

Lastly this great earthenware storage pot - I just love the soft grey colour, and best of all the number '12' is stamped into it, think I may use this in the garden for growing herbs.
So all in all a very successful trip.
Anyway back to Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint... I am going to be a UK/European Retailer - I am so EXCITED and I have been beavering away building an 'On-Line' shop where I will be selling it.  This has been very time consuming and challenging as I have no experience at this sort of thing, but determination and the passion I have for painting and refurbishing furniture has driven me on - I'm in the final stages (I think!) and on target for having it live for the release date of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in early September!
I will post more updates when i have more info and when my on-line shop goes live.
Bye for now
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  1. Carol: me han gustado muchísimo tus hallazgos, y los precios son estupendos. Espero que pases un buen verano. Con tu permiso, publicaré esta tarde esas preciosas imágenes en
    Saludos desde España. Blanca

  2. WOW! You relly hit the jackpot with all your wonderful treasures! Great job:)

  3. What wonderful finds you have here...I just found a typewriter like yours back in June. Thanks so much for sharing at my party.


  4. Just wanted you to know that you've been featured on my weekly Welcome Wagon Friday post, where I introduce interesting new blogs to my readers. You should be receiving visitors shortly. Welcome to our neighborhood!

  5. How fun are these finds. I found you on Cozy Little House on her weekly welcome wagon and am looking forward to following you. Have a great weekend.

  6. Visiting from Cozy Little House. Love all your great finds.