I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend, I certainly have. My lovely boys bought me two books I have been dropping big hints about for a while now. After reading the fabulous new Sherlock Holmes novel I needed something else to get my teeth into.
I love anything about Wallis Simpson and find her a fascinating and often unfairly treated woman. This book promises to be a fair account of her life and to see her in a contemporary context rather than the much maligned historical figure which is how many previous books and programmes have portrayed her. I also wanted to read the fabulous novel 'Birdsong' set in France during the First World War. There was recently a fantastic TV adaptation of the book which I enjoyed immensely so it will be interesting to see how faithful they were to the original book.
As the weather was dreadful hubby and I decided to go on one of our Sunday antique jaunts (Louis doesn't do antiques). Firstly we ended up at Station Mill Antiques in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. It is quite an expensive antique centre but the quality on offer is exceptional. I did, however, manage to find this wonderful old leather hat box full of Edwardian millinery plumes and feathers, a couple have been made into head dresses, and they will all be for sale at the coming Spring fairs.
Clarissa is modelling my favourite head dress. It has been made from a pearl head band with white plumes and diamanté's. Someone with more skill than me could re work the head dress more professionally as the larger plume isn't attached properly. We then decided to drive on back to a favourite haunt, Barn Antiques near Stratford Upon Avon.
This beautiful antique French mirror was very reasonably priced as someone has begun to restore it but it looks too unfinished to leave. I think we will probably sand it down and paint it with either Farrow & Ball or Annie Sloan paint which I have yet to try out.
The last find of the day was this beautiful French frame with blue silk. Perhaps it could be used to frame a fragment of an antique textile mounted on the silk and then placed behind glass...stunning!
As you can see we have had a lovely weekend and I was thoroughly spoilt. Have a great week and now I've got to get my skates on and start sorting for the Vintage Jumble next Saturday.