11th july 1998 : day one for Fleur de lin, antique haberdashery boutique in Dinan
14th september 2000 : the boutique name becomes Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or
22nd november 2001 : beginning to participate to Paris major shows,
1st participation to Créations et Savoir-faire Porte de Versailles à Paris (4 editions)
march 2003 : 1st online Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or website
april 2004 : Participation to the first edition of Aiguille en Fête in la Villette Paris hall (5 editions)
9th march 2005 : beginning of the artisan activity (buttons, cards created with antique articles)
27th february 2006 : Online catalog on new website with hundreds of articles & weekly multilingual newsletter
october 2006 : participation to the first edition of Marie-Claire Idées fair in Paris Le Louvre Carroussel
january 2008 : creation of Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or boutique Maison Bleu Lin, Blog
1st to 5th may 2008 : Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or antique haberdashery boutique 10th anniversary exhibition called "Fleur de lin tisse sa toile" in the Maison du Gouverneur (let by Dinan town council) in Dinan with the setting up and the organization of a textile contest (40 customers did participate to this initiative), a free exhibition open to the public and various workshops by 10 keen and passionned textile professionnals (3500 visitors)
october 2008 : commercial exhibition in Tokyo (Japan)
from 2003 to 2011 : participation to many fairs :
-Carrefour Européen du Patchwork in Alsace (3 editions)
-Festival du Lin in Normandy (8 editions)
-Pour l'Amour du Fil in Nantes (1st édition)
-embroidery festival in Compiègne (3 editions)
-embroidery fair in Moncoutant (3 editions)
-embroidery fair in Flers (4 editions)
-embroidery fair in Vernon in Eure (3 editions)
-Printemps des brodeuses event in Criel sur Mer in Normandy (3 editions)
-Fous d'Histoire re enactment fair in Pontoise (4 editions)
-Abilmente crafts fair in Vicenza in Italy (3 editions)
-Italia Invita textile fair in Parma every two years (Italy) (3 editions)
-Country Life fair in Verona (italy) (1st edition)
plus many other shows often organized by dynamic shop owners or embroidery and quilting clubs from many towns and rural communes in France (Coudray-Macouard, Manthelan, Perrusson, Chateauroux, Rots, le Teilleul, Flers, Lesneven, Pexiora, Cabourg, Nans sous ste Anne, Linas, Honfleur, Pontoise, Le Puy en Velay, Cerisy belle étoile, Pont-Ramond, Champigny sur marne, Brunoy, Plessix-Robinson, Val de Sâane, Nantes, Thouars, Le Mans, Wissous, Bazouges sur le Loir...) and Belgium, Great-Britain and Italy.
31st december 2011 : end of the antique haberdashery adventure
22nd july 2012 : Maison Bleu Lin opens, tea room with its many english specialities (lemon cheese cake, carrrot cake, scones with local organic strawberry jam and mainly Cornish clotted cream) and breton ones (many local organic products like bread, butter, jams, apple juice, craquelins, dairy delights...etc), in unique settings of antique haberdashery decor.
June 2013 : Setting up and organization with four other partner shops, of a textile contest Tea cosy in Dinan to make the link between Fleur de lin et Bouton d'or antique haberdashery activity and Maison Bleu Lin new tea room activity. Exhibition of the works made in the various shops & buying vouchers for best works after public voting.
16th september 2016 : for many reasons, after fifty months of good services and in spite of the good reputation of my tea room, Maison Bleu Lin ended the catering activity and retrieves its first textile and antiques passion with european woven linen for sale per meter, italian artisan linens, a few brocante articles and a large artisan made and organic fine food products selection : jams, honeys, chutneys, vinaigres, traditionnal sweets, loose teas, and develops its artisan textile creations (bags, brooches, lavender sachets, cards, Christmas and Easter decorations ...) made in Dinan from antique materials and recycled paper. All is displayed in charming ambiance with cured for decoration and changing decore according to findings and floral displays.
14th february 2017 : new and more interactive Maison Bleu Lin online website
Happy to restore the link with textile world...
The year 2017 has been marked by several events, out of which the water flooding in the house and the boutique after violent spring thunderstorms, which disrupted my boutique and website good management.
2017 is ending with a brand new boutique card with a great aesthetic aspect.
2018 : my boutique twentieth anniversary with 20 textiles fairs in France and England, 20 days anniversary and limited edition woven tea towel
-June 14th & 15th : Country Brocante Summer Fair at Parham Park (Parham House and Gardens, Purlborough, West Sussex), fri 9am-5pm, sat 10am-4pm, organized by Lucy Haywood from Country Brocante store in Midhurst https://www.thecountrybrocante.co.uk/
-October 23rd to 27th 2019 : Cross Stitch and Embroidery Festival in Kutzenhausen in north Alsace, 9am-6pm, organized by A rural life museum under the patronage of Denise Kayser and her volonteers team. A pleasant fair where more than 140 exhibitors are gathering on various sites in small typical alsatian villages. Maison Bleu Lin will exhibit parts of its antique haberdashery stock including antique laces, vintage buttons and ribbons and a few own made textile creations. More infos www.maison-rurale.fr
-November 3rd 2019 : Puces des Couturières de Boussac (23), 10am-6pm, organized by the association Créations de Fées Boussac held by the dynamic Carine Moreau. More than 40 exhibitors in antique haberdashery and other antique textile treasures as well as sewing, quilting, beads selling. More infos https://fr-fr.facebook.com/creationsdefeesboussac
-November 16th & 17th : Antiques and Artisans Fair in Vire (Normandy), 10am-6pm, salle du Vaudeville in the town centre.
-November 22nd & 23rd : Country Brocante Christmas Fair at Parham Park (Parham House and Gardens, Purlborough, West Sussex), fri 9am-5pm, sat 10am-4pm, organized by Lucy Haywood from Country Brocante store in Midhurst https://www.thecountrybrocante.co.uk/