Recently I took a trip to Los Angeles where part of my excitement, besides seeing my old friends, was going to visit French General in Atwater Village. 2 years ago I had purchased Kaari Meng’s book, The French-Inspired Home, read it probably 3 times over within a few days, and couldn’t stop talking about it to friends… Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get my French-linen-geek on. One of my favorite stories from the book was of the superpowers of a vintage hemp sheet: Kaari was at a French market on a buying trip, sweating on a cool morning, when a French woman asked if she had trouble sleeping through the night. When Kaari said yes, the French woman suggested sleeping with a vintage hemp sheet since it helps regulate body temperature. God’s creation never ceases to amaze me…
While at the store, Matthew had a fun game for us: to pick out a gift for the other person. My gift to him was really for me: a book locket, which I later put on a necklace I had found at a Des Moines flea market for $1- my new favorite necklace. His gift to me was a gold foil book stamp with my initials in it. I bought a bunch of charms and a pink ribbon to make a necklace (which, in the end, turned out to be a bracelet that serves as the inspiration for a new charm bracelet design I’m contracted to make).
Fun fact: vintage linens get stronger over time!