Monday, 19 July 2010

A French Tale and a Giveaway......

Inspired by her recent brocante finds of gorgeous linen, "My French Country Home" is having a giveaway. Only this give away includes a tale, a tale that you tell, and it is about the wonderful linen with the monogram MB. This is my tale and I hope you will go and read the other stories and take a moment to enjoy "My French Country Home", her blog is pure french living at it's best.......
Soft and supple with a pale sheen, the silk fabric lay draped across her lap. Madeleine reach out and turned the hem over revealing her tiny delicate stitches, there tucked inside the beautiful expanse of silk like a great blue sea were her initials, M.B.
Madeleine Beauvais quickly turned the seam back down, glancing furtively around, knowing the queen had many spies amongst the seamstresses in the palace. She knew that any moment she could be cast aside to make room for another girl with hands quicker then hers. It was imperative that she finish this dress before the Queen brought in someone else to assist her with the final stitches.
Madeleine let pushed aside all the thoughts she had of her own trousseau, the pile of chemises and the soft yet nubby feel to the linen. Her thoughts touched briefly on the many hours she had spent monograming her own under garments. The loud stomping of the castle guards approaching the door made her quickly finish the last piece of hem. At last the Queen's extravagant blue gown was ready for the ball. Would her Majesty love the pale blue silk dress with it's miles of small pleats and the mass of ruffles and sparkle of gems sewn into every fold?
The latter which had taken Maddie hours and hours of sewing with each bead and diamond attached to the dress individually......
If only it was her wedding celebration and she was changing into this exquisite gown for the carriage ride to the country palace for the remainder of the marriage week....
Daring to dream it, Madeleine always finished her sewing with her own initials tucked in some secret fold of the garments she made, dreaming that one day her monogram would be discovered by others and her stitches would not have been in vain.....


16 comments:

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Margaret, Margaret! Were you a romance novel writer in a former life? It comes naturally to you, my friend! I hope you win. Thanks for telling us about the fabulous giveaway, but I'm not even going to try to compete against what I just read! Good luck, sweet Mags. Nutmeg and I are becoming fast friends!
Hugs,
xoxo
Dee

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Oh, Margaret, you need to write a romance novel!!! You sure had me wanting more!

Ohhhh, those linens are so beautiful and my maiden name starts with a B so those are my initials too MB . . .

I hope you win!!

xxoo

Lisa said...

Oh lovely! What fun to read! I always enjoy visiting you!
Hugs, Lisa

Erna said...

Mags!!!!!! This is great....to me you're the winner....
Knuffels
Er

Diane said...

Oh, Margaret you must tell us more. Boy! You're good. Thanks for the treat. Diane

sharon said...

Margaret, I so enjoyed your tale. Thank you for joining in this story telling party. I love the idea of the surreptitious seamstress secretly putting her own initials to the queen's garments - wonderful!
Good luck in the draw.
Sharon -
My French Country Home

sharon said...

I forgot to say, I put you on my blogroll.
Sharon

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a delightful story. Your blog is just as enchanting as your story. So lovely to meet you.
Karen

Blissitydoodah said...

MORE, MORE!!!!
I love this! Her own initials :) sneaky fun...I'd do that.

Evi said...

I love your story and want to hear more, lots more........
What an imagination you have, even with writing a story!
Since I sign everything I make, I loved that she put her initials hidden away in each garment.
You clever girl!
Hugs and God bless, Evi
PS> the brownies look wonderful. Too hot to bake here!!!!!!!!!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Margaret,

I love your story and as the others have said, we want more.... and a book.
The linen is exquisite and love the MB monogram.
Thanks for sharing and I hope that you have a great week

Hugs
Carolyn

Michelle May said...

Bravo girlfriend! This is fantastic! You have a gift of storytelling indeed! Loved it!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Your story is wonderful....great job...

Warm hugs,
Spencer

Theresa said...

I loved that sooo much! You tell a wonderful story, thanks for the sweet tale, Theresa love the linens too ofcourse!

she dreams big! said...

Oh Margaret! Your story is surely the winner! So precious! It takes a seamstress to know how to write what one would do. Do you hide your monogram somewhere in your creations?

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a lovely story and congratulations on winning the chemise.