Monday, June 18, 2012

Goodies and giveaways

It's the first day of the big girls' school holidays, but Florence still has another week at Halte Garderie, so today we took advantage of the fact that we could whizz into the city without her to visit the Marais district of Paris. The girls wanted to pick up some souvenirs for their California friends and I wanted to pay a visit to Entrée des Fournisseurs.

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This is a fabric and notions store to rival the famed Purl Soho with the advantage that it's practically on my doorstep! Tucked away in a courtyard off rue des Francs Bourgeois it is filled with ribbons and buttons and craft books galore and oozing vintage charm.

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I didn't dare break the no photography rule so you'll have to take my word for it.

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I did sneak a quick iphone pic through the door though. The clothes so charmingly displayed up there are the actual samples from my favourite Citronille pattern book, the one I used to make Florence's birthday outfit. Once again, I am star struck by fabric creations - hopeless case!

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I was very restrained and only came out with three half yards of Liberty to add to my ever growing stash. There are more Paris cushions in the works, the first of which will go to my Blogiversary giveaway winner. I hadn't forgotten!

My human random name generator picked...

...Genie of Paris and Beyond. This is perfect because when we met in March, Genie kindly gave me a lovely necklace that she had made and I gave her a Super U shopping bag (albeit with a cool Paris design!). Congratulations, Genie! I'll be in touch to work on your design with you.


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  2. I was just trying to convince myself that I do not need to buy anything for my sewing room while home for the summer and now you show me that lovely store in Paris? I'm not sure I have that much self control--we will have to plan a back to school trip in September! It looks beautiful--definitely worth a trip into town.
    Congratulation on your win, Genie! You are a lucky woman. :)

  3. Look at all that ribbon! That store is magical :)


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