Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a crafter. I am the better (or worser J ) half of Anastasia, one-half of the Crafting Sisters of Confectionique. (I’ll let you in on a little secret: Jessica and Anastasia are not really sisters, just best friends and business partners. Anyway . . . )
In terms of making crafty things, I’m about as un-artistic as the XY half of the population comes. On a sunny but chilly September morning in Paris a few months ago, however, I made friends with something of a kindred spirit to Confectionique, one Monsieur Ragaru. Or rather, perusing a box of old papers at our favorite Parisian street market, I made friends with his 100-year-old business records.
A full century ago, M. Ragaru owned the Galleries Ragaru, an antique furniture store at 13 Rue Henri Monnier in Paris. M. Ragaru specialized in buying, selling and restoring old furniture, tapestries, “objets d’art” and, intriguingly, “curiosities.” Sounds a lot like Confectionique, in many ways!
We brought home a treasure trove of old receipts, invoices and other documents -- all handwritten in exquisite script and printed on various letterheads that are, in themselves, works of art. We also found old letters, postcards, notes, and cancelled checks from Galleries Ragaru and the other vendors M. Ragaru did business with (the checks are some of the most beautiful of the documents).
|The author, trying to look French|
Starting at this week’s Harvest Market (November 10-13) and over the next few months, Confectionique will be gradually releasing a limited number of ephemera sets of these rare and beautiful papers selected from M. Ragaru’s business records, as well as a few curiosities crafted from these stunning documents. Come to the Harvest Market to find a unique gift hand-crafted using these one-of-a-kind images. Or take home some of M. Ragaru’s history and make your own rare gift! Supplies won’t last long. . .
Merci, Monsieur Ragaru, for saving this little piece of your history for us all to enjoy . . .