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French Friday!

I recently came across a crafty French blog called “Echevette,” which contains all sorts of sewn creations, whether embroidered or cross-stitched or knitted or who-the-heck-knows-what. And some of them are really awesome and I’d like to reach my hand into my monitor and grab them for myself. Particularly the French advent calendars (“calendriers de l’avent“), which, from my previous post, you already know I sort of obsess over. Then, Echevette led me to another cool, crafty French blog, called “Un fil sur la toile,” which furthers the awesome quotient about ten-fold. Below are some of my favorites from each. Feel free to thank me with fun comments and/or candy canes. Thanks.

Amusez-vous bien!

From Echevette:

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From Un Fil sur la Toile:

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Wordshop Wednesday: Sprout Head!

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For this fourth installment of Wordshop Wednesday, I would like to introduce you to the adorably crafty and poetic Sprout Head. Sprout Head sprouted into my life yesterday, via Poppy Talk‘s lovely introduction of highly purchasable holiday ornaments. I clicked on the link to Sprout Head’s Etsy shop, and…well, that’s pretty much where the obsession began. Check out the genre-bending (hehe, get it?) sprouts for yourself:

ILLUSTRATED POETRY BOOKS:

1. “We Carry Each Other”

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2. “First Song”

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3. “Genius Love”

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PLUSH CLOTH PINS:

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ROSE CITY SUMMER ZINE:

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POCKET PICTURES:

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DINNER INVITATIONS:

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CLOTHING:

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BOOK PLATES:

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LETTERPRESS HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS:

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French Friday (on Saturday): Remembering French Foundlings

enfants-secretA “foundling” is the term ascribed to a child who had been orphaned and/or exposed to disease, abandoned by his/her parent(s) for the public to find and save. Foundling “hospitals” cropped up all over Western Europe during the 17th century, most notably in Paris and London.  

For this week’s installment of French Friday, I would like to honor the French Foundlings from the past several centuries, some of whom were beautifully introduced to the public via an exhibition at the Musée Flaubert et d’histoire de la médecine in Rouen, France, from January to June 2008. This exhibition, titled “Les enfants du secret: Enfants trouvés du XVIIe siècle à nos jours,” featured intricate and intimate tokens left for the children by the parents who had abandoned them at one of the several French Foundling Hospitals.

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Additional information: 

Though the Foundling Hospital of London was demolished in 1926, the Foundling Museum of London was erected in 1937 on an adjacent site. The Foundling Museum of London marked London’s first public art gallery, and it has become highly regarded for its art collections and regular exhibitions, its chilrden’s programs, and its museum shop and café. For information about one of its exhibitions, click HERE.

Thanks to Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien for introducing me to the Foundlings.