tools of the trade

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sitting with my parents and uncle steve in the kitchen an hour before we leave for the party and i’ve been going through pinterest while we chat. it’s led to this little compilation of crochet, lace, embroidery and handiwork. i feel like we’re in a sewing circle without the sewing.

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so many cultures centered around perfecting these skills and passing them on to generation after generation of women

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it would be such an amazing skill to have…my mom is talented in this way but i’m a bull in a china shop with this stuff

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but appreciating it has always been my forte

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today i came across some old pieces mom has kept over the years that my great grandma made

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and it got me thinking of how versions of these crafts come in an out of fashion

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and i wonder, is this a lost art in a way?

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if we did want to learn the techniques, where is it taught?

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kind of hard to comprehend how these skills were developed over the centuries out of thin air

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especially when you study the exquisite details involved

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i love to use find hankies like these, they make the perfect gift and can be used to wipe your glasses or phone today

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pinterest always leads to multiple paths and this one veered off into doilies

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many of us come across them at flea markets and antique stores with admiration but don’t know how to put them to good use

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these are some creative ways they’ve been upcycled

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this shade makes pretty patterns when the bulb is lit

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and curtains let the sun stream in making pretty designs

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they went all out in this room

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but a little goes a long way

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even  just celebrating them in the smallest way like this…ok party time!

images found here pinterest.com/parisapartment/embroidery and here pinterest.com/parisapartment/textiles

January 30, 2016. Broderie, Linens, paris apartment project, the paris apartment project. 9 comments.

i could have danced all night

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bonjour! how are you this fine night? it’s getting late and i wanted to get this post up before midnight and it’s already very near the stroke of 12. it was one of those pinterest nights where i fell under the spell that only searching around that site can cast.

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it started just by looking for french furniture elements, the early designs that got me started on my path with the paris apartment.

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there’s always been a mysterious quality to the 1700s, at least for me. how did these women come up with what is still considered the essence of chic right out of thin air?

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of course it was not only women but i’m sure they were directing the men in terms of shapes, color and proportion of everything from fashion to furniture.

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using hot pink, turquoise, silks, feathers, gold, crystal, geometric patterns,  florals, stripes, carvings, bronzes, the list goes on and on for the ingenuity and creative style.

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by working on my own apartment today i started to remember what is is that drew me into this era.

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Millners at Work trimming bonnets
– from Diderot’s Encyclopedia, c. 1760

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there was a sort of whimsy, a playful frivolity and innocence that no other time before or since has captured.

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a joie de vivre that was celebrated in every inch from the top of the head to the slippered foot, from the ceiling of a room to the parquet floor.

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it was and still is so romantic, nostalgic, detailed and exquisite

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those of us who love the era and all the trimming treasure its enormity as well as the petite details

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and there’s an endless supply of inspiration

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i don’t think i’ll ever get tired of learning about this time

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and it’s one of the reasons paris never gets old

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even centuries later there’s always something new to discover

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from the facade of a building to the charm of a chair.

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sigh…just makes a girl dream about a time that’s come and gone. we try to recreate it but it will never be again. i think that’s why having a little piece of it’s so much fun. sitting on a delicious boudoir bench, looking into a vanity mirror, surrounding yourself with the things that have beauty and meaning. et alors 11:59…bonne nuit!

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all images found on pinterest

January 27, 2016. paris apartment project, TPA Project. 5 comments.

a night to remember

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bonjour toute le monde. how’s your sunday going? it’s martin luther king day tomorrow so hopefully your weekend will extend to monday. not to be glib about that, i think it’s one of america’s most important days so i’ll try and do something in his honor. what about today? well not everyday has to be one for the record books, right? all progress is at least progress however small the step. i’m channeling the girl above right now as i write (source) but the truth is i’m heading out without guilt hoping to turn a so-so day into a fabulous night. have a wonderful evening!

January 18, 2016. paris apartment project, the paris apartment project. 2 comments.

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