November 2015 archive

A doorstop as original vintage Christmas gift


Doorstops and door wedges aren’t the first thing people’d think of as an original new home gift or Christmas present, why not be the first do to so. They always add an interesting detail to any home, bring back nostalgia (remembering your gran’s house), decorative and functional they often invite comment and compliments. If you are a doorstop collector enthusiast, or just have a feline collection, you have to admit that this super cute, carved wooden sleeping, vintage cat is adorable.


Measuring time with a vintage hour-glass egg timer


Doesn’t time pass quickly? After beautiful sunny days, November decided to serve up rainy, icy cold days here in the South of France, not the ideal weather when you have to go outside to feed donkeys, goats and chicken. We now just have one chicken and a rooster left, so finding that one egg a day is always a joy. Knowing how tricky boiling an egg can be, using a vintage hour-glass egg timer, the assistant in timing the cooking of the eggs, has always been handy. One adds charm to a vintage kitchen using an hour-glass egg timer as device to mark the duration of time in order to obtain the perfect egg.


Vintage music manuscripts in the Woo Hoo Cuties’ shop

main-two-music-page Don’t you love vintage sheet music? My favorite recycled paper is sheet music, the perfect background for all sorts of projects! Imagine my surprise when I came across packs of them in the local “trocante” here, in the South of France. Some were even handwritten, most of them printed, my guess is a local music conductor retired and got rid of them. (more…)

We will remember them…


Still accompanying my husband during his emergency stay, in a clinic situated in the region of the Montagnes Noires, a place known for its Cathar history and for the Resistance activity here during the Second World War, and of course being November, poppies pop up in my mind.


Carpe diem


The Latin proverb “Carpe Diem” / “Enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe”, from the lyric poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC – 8 BC), has always been one of my favourite proverbs. Not many people know it actually comes from a more extended version: ‘carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero’ or ‘pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future’.