Wednesday, 21 July 2010

500 posts and a fabulous giveaway!!!!

You know it is going to be good when Laura at 52 Flea has a giveaway, but this is really a great giveaway.......so good that I am going to keep you in suspense and make you go there to read it for yourself!!! I don't know why I am telling you because I really want to win...but I just can't keep this a secret, please go and enter your name!!! Don't just go for the giveaway but to meet Laura, if you haven't already, you will not be disappointed. Her posts are wonderful and the photos are always beautiful, 52 Flea is the best place to start your morning with your coffee cup in hand.......good luck!

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.....