Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring into Pinning


Springtime... another season... a period of growth. New life is springing up. I loved seeing the new life that Jackie designed in to the antique dining chairs by sanding them down and creating a weathered blond wood tone on her last blog.  I can see them fitting in to a room designed with soft color tones that seems to be the predominate look on Pinterest
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And then her beautiful bouquet is so similar to pin after pin I am seeing daily on Pinterest as I open our FMF Compagnie site and I get to view the new pins from so many of you as Spring is on all our minds. Hoping Jackie will put her beautiful designs up on our site, so many more pinners will get to see her beautiful creations that Spring has inspired.
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It was not too long ago that I barely knew how to turn on my computer. This past year I have learned how to blog and this Spring I have learned how to pin!!! I am moving up in the computer world....little clicks here and there! My daughter, Daryn Dree told me about Pinterest after she was reading our blog and knew I was getting a bit more comfortable on the computer. She remembered my dream files, folders and notebooks that I had saved of old magazine pictures, craft ideas, recipes and articles that were important to me. She said Pinterest was an 'e-version' of what I had been doing all these years and I would be blown away with the creativity I would find on the site. I was eager to explore.


Jackie also helped give me a push on to Pinterest, by asking me to pin on a regular basis because she was busy with some projects and she was hoping I could help market our antiques through Pinterest. I am so grateful to Daryn and Jackie for opening this huge world of ideas, design, and creativity to me. I am hooked and I am having to make sure I don't get addicted!!! It is so easy to begin to explore and the next thing I know I have been on for hours. I recently found out that my family was all ready discussing my Pinterest addiction and I wondered how did they all know I was on the site so much? Then Daryn explained that she and her sister follow FMF Compagnie and get a feed of all my pins!
BUSTED!!!!
One of my favorite things about  Pinterest is seeing antiques that Jackie and I have purchased and then seeing how other Pinners have used them in homes or displays. Jackie and I have a collection of antique monogrammed white French napkins.

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It seems that there are endless ideas of how you can use these beautiful heirloom linens.
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These ideas are so beautiful and we created a Board on our FMF Compagnie Pinterest site called Antique Linens Re-Designed and above I have picked a few of those pins that are so beautiful using old monograms. It is inspiring to see sachets, book covers, chairs upholstered and shower curtains designed to name just a few of the ideas on Pinterest about monograms. I love going back through the board pictures and admiring the beauty of the collection of pictures and the inspiration. In Jackie's blog last week that was exactly what had happened. She had seen a pin on our board and created those charming rooster pillows with her own interpretation inspired from the pin.
 
I recently went to the Bermondsey Antique Market in London and found some old Victorian period Christmas candle clips. They are so charming. Some clips have the color of red, green and gold still shimmering after many years of use. I can only imagine a Christmas tree filled with these clip on candle holders glowing in celebration of Christmas in bygone years. As I was perusing Pinterest I saw several charming ideas of how others had used these Christmas clips in new ways. I wanted to share these ideas with you to inspire....and know that we have some beautiful ones in our inventory that are available for sale......eighteen in total!

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In Spring, I love to see the sprouting of daffodils and tulips. One of our highly followed boards on Pinterest is Flower Shops.



Wandering around London, every neighborhood seems to have a florist or at least a flower stand.







I will be adding these pictures to our Florist Shop board on Pinterest. There are so many fabulous ideas of how we each can dream of some day having a florist shop or possibly design some ornaments from vintage crystals from a chandelier.  As the year progresses, I will share some of my own ideas on some crystals.... FMF Compagnie just found some beautiful ones for our ever changing inventory! You can be sure I will be Pinning inspiring on these chandelier crystals soon!

Thanks to all who inspire Jackie and me. While I have started to blossom with Pins this Spring, I will continue to grow throughout the year. I love the treasures of FMF Compagnie and I think I am truly becoming addicted to Pinterest....

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