Friday, 15 June 2012

Finds and finishes...

A pair of Victorian Staffordshire figures who have seen a bit of trauma during their long lives.

 Mrs Shepherd suffering the most unfortunately, with an amputation, decapitation and a pretty unsuccessful nose job.

But they are still together....staring stoically into the distance.

Her little ankle socks hinting at bit of rural naughtiness....

A bit of a painting flurry yesterday..... an old pine kitchen table.... now with Farrow and Ball Light Gray legs and wax polished top,

And an old glazed, pine wall cabinet also Light Gray...both would be ideal in a kitchen.

 A 2 drawer desk or dressing table with the slimmest of tapering legs and brass castors,

 Now a nice chateau grey/blue with drop handles.

Very pretty....

 I have also been doing some more cushion sewing.....with gorgeous linen fabric from Kate Forman.

And finally, I would love to know what this unusual, piece of printed toile cotton was made for....was it a neckerchief, or a political flag?

Cartouches of Napoleon in various stages of his career, dated 1812...with an unfortunate rip to the side.

In each cartouche, Napoleon is berated as a real bad lad.

Attacking the Pope, defrauding Ferdinand the V11, destroying, betraying and taking on the cast off mistress of Barras....Josephine....what a bloke...

It really should be framed as it is in quite a delicate state.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Can I just say a big thank you for all your lovely comments and an equally big hello to my new followers.
Enjoy your weekend,
Julie x

P.S. After a very long reluctance to embrace the world of Twitter...I have finally succumbed!

Link is on my side bar.... x


  1. 1812 the French invaded Russia - I can't see all the different scenes but as Napoleon seems to be in the ones I can make out perhaps it commemorative toile?

  2. Hi Julie, you have had a busy week, don't know how you get through it all. As always some gorgeous covetable things. Have a lovely weekend despite the weather. jayne x

  3. Twitter is wonderful darling . . . . you will love it!!........H xx

  4. Hi Julie, love your table and your cupboard, Farrow and Ball is great...The cushions are wonderful as is the Napoleon Fabric...
    Erna x

  5. Ooh nice pieces Julie, I would love some cushions like those.
    Poor Mrs Shepherd.....
    Have a lovely week,
    Essie x

  6. I think it's a commemorative handkerchief or kerchief, Julie - and a lovely early one. I have a small collection of these & a book about them which I will find to see if this one is illustrated. Frame it & keep it is my advice - or take it to your next fair...

  7. Hello, I've just discovered your blog and love your vintage finds, I have a printing set like the one in your previous post! Christine

  8. That handkerchief (?) is beautiful and I would frame it and keep it for yourself! Depending on the state of the fabric you might be able to put it under glass on a table... fascinating scenes.

    Your table is just the finest with its tapered legs.


  9. Gosh, love everything in this post. The hankerchief is gorgeous and such a lovely colour - yes, frame it! Kx