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Bohemian chic....


As mentioned earlier in the week, I am adopting an "eco-deco" approach to a lot of my projects and everyday life at present.

This includes recycling vintage finds, shopping at the local Croix Rouge (red Cross) and in general reusing as many items as we are able.

This approach is not new to people that live in this part of France and for many it is a neccessity of life. Many of the locals are not cash rich but are rich with skills and items that they make or grow, which they then swap with others, for items that they require.

Today I would like to introduce you to a lovely local called Anaka who makes the most beautiful objects, using old vintage fabrics.


All her items are made on an old singer sewing machine. Note the sewing machine that you see in the photo is mine and was used for a prop in the photo hence there is no cotton threaded in the machine.


Anaka makes many beautiful items including bags such as those you see the photos above and below.



I love the wee demi lune purses shown above and think that they make a practical gift.



She also makes fabric covered note pads, usefl for jotting ideas down when on the move and also fabulous and unusual hats.


She also makes lovely glasses cases and is happy to custom make an item for you with your fabric.

One of things that I particularly love about Anaka's work is that no tow items are the same which means that yo are never going to see another person with the same item - a rarity now days when many itesm are machine produced in their thousands.



Here is a shot of the lovely lady herself, apologies for the bad photo and I now know that I should have taken a few more but was pushed for time when I took this one.


Love her fabulous business cards and her gorgeous website....




Fabulously French is now stocking a lot of Anaka's beautiful items and I will be updating the online shop early next week.


I had better fly as it is my "shop" day and I have yet to get dressed and also arrange a lot of lovely "Paris" stationery items which arrived late yesterday.

A tres bientot,
Leeann x

Comments

  1. ~*~*I LOVE her creativity and beauty in her items~*~Thanks so much for sharing Leeann~*Hugs,Rachel~*~*

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  2. Wonderful L...
    This is just the expression I was looking for today.
    Bohemian Chic
    Anaka has interpreted it beautifully.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Jeanne xx

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  3. What gorgeous things, I will have to look at the website. I love the fact you are going eco, it is something I am big on. G

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  4. Love those business cards... very creative. So happy to have discovered your blog. It's divine! :) Paris in Pink

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  5. Love those business cards... very creative. So happy to have discovered your blog. It's divine! :) Paris in Pink

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  6. What wonderful creations and a great use of something old!
    Theresa
    aka:TOT

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  7. Love this stuff!! Embroidery is my new obsession. The photos of the pieces are great!
    Check out my blog! Very similar but about London!

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  8. Love this stuff!! Embroidery is my new obsession. The photos of the pieces are great!
    Check out my blog! Very similar but about London!

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  9. Love this stuff!! Embroidery is my new obsession. The photos of the pieces are great!
    Check out my blog! Very similar but about London!

    ReplyDelete

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