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Bonjour from a drizzly SW France,

I am not complaining as it gives me a chance to concentrate on my ever growing list of indoor type tasks......such as photograph a couple of new arrivals and start thinking about a Halloween style display for my wee boutique.

The first of todays arrivals is a vintage French double inkwell, a very decorative piece that would look great displayed on either a modern or an antique style desk.


The other new arrival is this huge Antique late 1800's French Lourdes hand carved pilgrims rosary.


It is a large Priests style rosary traditionally worn on the journey home around the waist or girdle by pilgrims and hung on the walls or doors of the practising home.
A simple cross with a brass Christ and the scored engravings in french: Mère de Jesus N.D de Lourdes je Vous Consacre. Ma Famille.
On the back of the cross there are some simple scored engravings of the tools of the crucifixion and in French "servire domino Christo".
There is a hand carved heart carrying the inscription "COEUR IMMACULEE DE MARIE PRIEZ POUR NOUS" and on the other "Souvenir de  ND LOURDES". It measures approx 1.3 meters circumference / 55 inches long.
à la prochaine, Leeann x


  1. Can you please tell me what the French Double Ink well sold for? I think I have the same one..


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Bonjour from a sunny but chilly SW France,

Hope that you had a nice weekend. We spent yesterday afternoon at a furniture auction but I will tell you more about that later in the week.

Last weekend we bought a lot of wine cases as we thought that they would make good storage, as shown in the photo above.

I particularly liked the idea of making a set of drawers with them or perhaps even a serving tray like this.

{photo from here}
We have quite a few boxes and wine box ends so any ideas that you have would be gratefully received...
Mille mercis et bonne semaine a tous.....

Leeann x

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