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Snow falling on The Machars

There’s nothing quite like waking to freshly fallen snow. That gentle blanket softening the edges and muffling the usual sounds of daybreak.

I dressed quickly, wanting to be out and explore before anyone corrupted the perfection. Down the lane, a camelia blushing in the cold dawn light.

On, past the Bookshop, and down to the harbour, an unusual peace, no birds, traffic or schoolchildren, just a gentle hush .

The little nursery, hibernating for the winter, glistening in the first rays of morning. Ominous clouds building on the horizon. More snow on its way…

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I Want the World to Be Glass….

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β€œIf you treat glass right, it doesn’t crack. If you know the properties, you can make things; the color of dusk and night and love. But you can’t control people like that and I really, really wish you could. I want the world to be glass.” (Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon).

On Venice’s famed isle of Murano, glass masters keep alive the art of lampworking. Each of the beads in these graceful Murano earrings is individually made over a hot flame, uno alla volta.

A unique, individual, antique, dusk coloured pair of luscious earrings, available here!

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Absolutely Fabulous – Lacroix Sweetie!

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Here we have a huge bauble of loveliness, beautifully made, lace fretwork, signed to the reverse.

Edwina and Patsy (Google ‘Ab Fab’ if you have no idea what I’m talking about), would be all over this superb piece of vintage Christian Lacroix.

Lacroix was such a genius, born in Arles, France, he studied art history at the University of Montpelier, continued on to the Sorbonne, and then completed his dissertation in the 18th century paintings of France at the Ecole de Louvre.

How then did the inventor of the puff ball skirt (le pouf!) who grew a global business, manage to never make a profit? The company was put into administration in 2009 with Lacroix reflecting:

“I didn’t want to cry,” said Lacroix “I want to continue, maybe in a different way, with a small atelier. What I really care about is the women who do this work”.

This beautiful piece, an antique of the future, is available in my shop.

Β Shop here…

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Do you not Love the Art Deco?

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Here we have a lush Art Deco Filigree Czech Brooch.

Very intricate. Very charming. And very reasonably priced.

If you are looking for a beautifully made antique, for the price of a bag of chips and a bottle of wine, then look no further.

Keep your eyes peeled. This weekend I am going to write a lot. An awful lot. About Chinese textiles, here is a little peek:

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Do you know what it is yet?

Go on, have a guess….

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