Saturday, March 10, 2012

~ Faded..tattered...so beautiful ~


Hi friends
I hope you're having a great week so far.
I recently purchased this antique ribbonwork piece from my favourite antique shop


I love the faded colours.
It's a bit tattered but so beautiful to me.


When I purchase pieces like this it makes me think of the person who made it many years ago.
I wonder what they originally made it for? A letter holder or a keepsake for something?I'm not sure, but I think I'm going to use it to hold all of the love letters,notes and cards I've received from my husband over the past 14 years.


I opened it up and used it as a little inspiration board to hold some favourite images and photos.




Yes I'm still loving my faded and wilting roses... 


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!
xo,
Rachel

45 comments:

Sarah said...

That is exquisite! Don't you wonder why something that beautiful isn't passed down in families. And that store sounds fabulous...you always find the most perfect things.

There's something so sweet about faded roses. I saw a beautiful photo this morning of faded white roses in an old tin can. Now I want to never use a vase again!

Have a lovely day ~ Sarah

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a fabulous piece and such delicate work. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Rachel Pallas said...

Thanks so much Sarah and Mary!! :)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

I love it & its faded beauty, Rachel. So pretty opened up too, love your idea as an inspiration board.
xoxo

Salina said...

I feel inspired.:)

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

I am still loving your roses too:) Hope you are having a great week
xo
~Cheryl

Amy Kinser said...

Such beautiful photographs. Everything is just lovely!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Oh Rachel,
That is a very unique and special piece! Beautiful!
~Lynne
[w/L]

jessica said...

Wow! That is stunning. I've never seen anything like that before!

het tuinengeltje said...

Hai Rachel,

that is a beautifull item you've found. Gorgeous....!

Bey, Sylvia

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

i love that piece too Rachel. Wow, the workmanship is really incredible.

Kate said...

That is the most beautiful piece Rachel I love how you styled it as well. The photos are so lovely. Have a wonderful day

xoxo
Kate

Rusty Hinge said...

Love it! You always find the best treasures!! And your pictures look right out of a Rachel Ashwell book!
Maria

Susan said...

Oh my, that is GORGEOUS Rachel! I wish I could embroider like that. Truly a cherished piece. I love how you've embellished the inside.
I'm always inspired when I visit!
Thanks,
Susan

fleaingfrance said...

Those colors are so pretty. I love things faded and worn so this is a perfect post.....

Lana said...

I do a lot of hand sewing and have great appreciation for vintage and antique pieces. I hope that things I make stay in the family. It is to bad no one wanted to kee this treasure, but I am happy you got it.

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

It's simply beautiful ~ a lot of work, and I'm quite sure, love, went into making it ~ perfect for keeping your special mementos tucked away inside :)

Warmest, Brenda

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

How gorgeous - I love it! :) Wishing you a most lovely afternoon!


Hugs,
Jessie

NanaDiana said...

My gosh- What a great looking piece. I have never seen one like it. Wouldn't you LOVE to know the history behind it? I think using it for love letters is a good fit for such a romantic old piece. xo Diana

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beautiful piece, Rachel! That handwork is just amazing! It looks fabulous as a backdrop to your soft, faded roses....and the love of your life. :)

xoxo laurie

Whimsical Whites said...

Thanks for the nice complement.
Tell your hubby to buy you new roses- or tulips or mums or anything pretty.
Have a nice evening,
Kathy and Kris

Tutti Chic said...

This is gorgeous & such an exquisite find! enjoy it~:) chris

French Basketeer.com said...

Soo pretty, Rachel, as always....this is a gorgeous piece!

freckled laundry said...

That is so lovely, Rachel! Truly beautiful workmanship too.

Allison said...

What a beautiful piece, Rachel. The detail is amazing. Wouldn't it be fun to know the history behind it? It looks lovely in your home.

Gail said...

That's so pretty and the roses look lovely even though they are on their way out ! Gail x

Tricia said...

What a pretty piece, Rachel. You always find such interesting things. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that. You've styled it so beautifully!

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Pale Elegance said...

Hi Rachel,
I'm oohing and ahhing over this lovely piece, it is sooooo pretty!
Fab new post,
have a great week,
Jenah

heleegreen said...

Its very beautiful piece share with us. Everything is just fantastic. I love so much your all pix.

Soldes 2012

deborah said...

Beautiful post, Rachel! You scored with this purchase!
So beautiful and useful. Love that it will hold love notes... So sweet!
deborah

GardenGirl said...

love those girls, love their stuff, love your blog...

<3
deb

The Spanish Dahlia said...

Hi Rachel,

What a rare find! You are so lucky! The faded white roses are still quite lovely too. I feel the same way you do about keeping roses well after they fully open. I enjoy them at every stage possible. Anyway, so glad I stopped by, you always post such lovely pics!
~ Stephanie

Debbie said...

How lovely, Rachel.
I love to see pieces like this used. The faded fabric just adds to it's beauty.
Enjoy your weekend.
xxoo

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful Rachel!! :)

June said...

It's a gorgeous piece Rachel. What a great find!

Rozmeen said...

Hi Rachel,

How are you?

WOW love these pictures and that tattered piece..must be antique French. I have seen them at antiquers.. They used to make this by hand.. Can you imagine the hours work?

Wishing you a lovely sunday.
xoxo Rozmeen

Karena said...

Rachel so beautiful, I wonder if this was originally a press for linen napkins! Love it!

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

thistlewoodfarm said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I love it. This piece is amazing and love how you displayed it....thanks for the inspiration.

blessings,
karianne

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

That piece is absolutely gorgeous Rachel!!
I always wonder the same thing when I purchase certain antique pieces and it also amazes how beautifully it has lasted throughout the years!!~
Hope you have a lovely day and a fabulous week!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Buildings for Cyclonic Regions said...

You share such nice information about beautiful antique shop Whimsical Whites. Its all pix is very good and cute.

Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

How beautiful, and I love what you are going to be using it for! So romantic. :-)

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

That is so beautiful and peaceful!
I also look at my handmade antique
furnishing and picture who made them and the reason! So wonderful that
we are here to cherish them!

Jane
Flora Doora

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

You know I'm seriously jealous over that purchase. Ah well, I guess I can't hog all of the ribbon work for myself although I'd certainly like to try. LOL! Have a good rest of your week my friend.

Hugs,
Judy

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

What a beautiful find, such a unique piece and looks lovely in your home..I just became your latests follower!