Adding charm to your favorite books

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This book belongs to antique stampIs there anything more elegant than a beautiful book binding...and accenting this elegance a vintage silk ribbon boasting an Antique charm bookmark.

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This book belongs to antique stampWhen I enter the doors of Thoreauly Antiques in Concord Massachusetts, I can be assured that I will find the ingredients to create magic.

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This book belongs to antique stampActually Concord is like oxygen to me. When I arrive and see the street where my favorites live, I get such a thrill.

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This book belongs to antique stampThe adventure of finding lovely things that have a history is exciting, and the people who do this for a living are more than just the keeper of the memories.

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This book belongs to antique stampYesterday I was in search of not just any charms, but Antiques, and ones that I knew were real and would be packaged in charming little wrappings.

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This book belongs to antique stampI wasn’t disappointed. Fortunately two of my favorite people were there for me to chat with and to find out all about their new treasures.

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I love chatting with Cary Goodrich, because she has stories about each Antique treasure that she sells. Look at how lovingly Cary packages her ephemera. We chatted for a while and then I found just what I was looking for in a basket of Antique charms, stacks of stamps, and the lovely parcel of ephemera.

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Keri from Antique Therapy will be taking part in this year’s May Brimfields Antique Flea Market. Her corner of Thoreauly is very French and holds all kinds of beautiful things. We chatted about her new ephemera that she is adding to her shop. You must see her beautiful blog, which she updates with her latest finds.

This book belongs to antique stampWhen I got home, I took my treasures and those that were from my old volume of MY ROBIN, 1913.

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This book belongs to antique stampSo, I designed this little gift box with a lovely bookmark made from the finest Vintage ribbon from Nesting on Main, and an Antique charm from Thoreauly Antiques.

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This book belongs to antique stampThe set of six book plate labels is for your private library, and the bookmark is to accent your favorite book, or perhaps mark the pages of the book you are currently reading.

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This book belongs to antique stampI embellished each bookplate with an Antique stamp from the early 1900's.

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This book belongs to antique stampFor the love of old books leads to many ways we can bring back old charm of the years gone by.

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This book belongs to antique stampIt can be found in the details, from the keepers of the memories to the shelves of old book shops.

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This book belongs to antique stampPerhaps rediscovering an old book we loved as a child. Or being reintroduced to an old treasures, makes us want to adorn our favorite books in our library. Which leads to bringing old charm into our life today.


This book belongs to antique stampIf you are like me, your library of treasured volumes is your cherished possession, and a bit of old book jewelry and embellishment might add to it’s enchantment.


This book belongs to antique stampI love dreaming about life from long ago once upon a time times. So, the song for this post is Dream.
cinner said...

Beautiful, great ideas. take care.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful & gorgeous post! Your finds and the work that you have created with them are true treasures!
Wishing you a lovely day, Karen!

Paula said...


Oh, this post was written JUST for me, wasn't it? :-) Gorgeous, Beautiful, Exquisite! I looooove old books and have them displayed over our entire house. They are, truly, one of my most treasured collections. Your book bling is fantastic! What a wonderful idea for the bookmarks...embellishing them with antique charms. You truly ARE an inspiration!

Thanks for this post! I've enjoyed it so much!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I have books with marks that have tassels and/or ribbons on them - but I never thought of using charms or pieces of jewelry.
You've inspired me to go make something beautiful!

Sharon said...

Wonderful post. I consider my books old and dear friends. I love to visit them often.

Vee said...

Such beautiful things to see here today. I do keep an antique volume tied together with a satin ribbon...otherwise its cover would fall off, but nothing as dear as these. And could there be any finer name than "Thoreauly Antiques"? Delightful!

Elyse said...

hi karen!

sorry that it has been a while.

this post is such a lovely tribute to so many of your favorite things: books, antiques, ephemera, concord. really lovely.

hope you are keeping warm & cozy!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea Karen! I love this. I think they have some little vintage type charms at Michael's. I'm going to look to see and try to make myself one of these beauties. How clever!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I too adore books. Old and new I love them all. These are so beautiful...m...

Kathleen Grace said...

I always find beauty here Karen:>) I have just begun making my own bookmarks from treasured things rather than stuffing the random scrap of torn paper into my book! I think such tiny little luxuries give us so much enjoyment. Your book plates are wonderful, on my wish list, and the decorated box could be used for so many lovely things. Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas here:>)

Antique Therapy said...

Hi Karen,

You crack me up! Today when I worked in the shop I saw Cary and she said you posted a picture and some commentary about me and Cary and the shop. Thank you so much for always being so upbeat and positive. It makes my job so much fun! Your a great and talented person! Keep up the good work and I will see you soon!


Jeanne said...

Hello Karen, I was so pleased to see your comment. I agree, the rainbow is so amazing.

Your trip to search out wonderful treasures was wonderful. I love the ribbons and charms on the lovely old books. I used to go to Brimfield with my sisters when I was an antique dealer. A wonderful world of buying.

I also loved your outdoor post. L. Alcott is one of my favorite authors. I have read everything she has written. How I would love to see the place where she lived.

One can always count on the most beautiful posts when visiting you Karen.

Hugs, Jeanne

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest artist,
This was a magical post. All your posts are stunning, but I so love books and now I know what I am going to do with a charm that I just made. I will attach it to a pretty velvet ribbon and then use it as a bookmark, as I so need many!

Blessings to you dearest friend, Anita

Alison Gibbs said...

What a beautiful way to display the books

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh Karen!!! What a magical post. Old books are one of my most enchanting passions and this post is simply one of the most inspiring yet! I love your artistry! Thanks so much for sharing your gifts!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Karen, these photos you are sharing are creating magic. I feel transported to an earlier time. You have taken these wonderful little treasures and turned them into magic. The box of treasures is beautiful. Everything you touch becomes art, and I do so love seeing it. laurie

Donna said...

Beautiful, Karen. I adore old books.

Have a lovely day!

Nancy Jo said...

Well I just loved today's post. Because I love things with a History.ALL YOUR NEW CREATIONS ARE SO CHARMING.
Nancy Jo