New Finds, Old Treasures and Repurposed Antique Artwork



series-book-plates-presented-toI was visiting several of my favorite book shops in search of more Alice in Wonderland artwork. While at one of the shops I found some wonderful books.

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series-book-plates-presented-toI go searching for one thing and find another. Then I think, well I bet someone would love this old book.

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series-book-plates-presented-toSo, I wrote a post on my blog For The Love of Old Books today about a new 111 year old book by Louisa May Alcott.

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series-book-plates-presented-toI also found a book Volume I of Mrs. Browning's Poems. Elizabeth Barrett Browning Published a collection of poems in 1856. There were five volumes originally published by Dodd, Mead and Company. I also found volume III and IV, but I haven't listed them just yet. Only Volume I has a beautiful portrait of Mrs. Browning.

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series-book-plates-presented-toThis little hard cover volume measures just 5 x 7, 290 pages., with red cloth binding. The cover is lovingly worn, with a slight nick on the side top corner and holds slight stains on the front and back.

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series-book-plates-presented-toOne of the artwork repurposed projects was designing a lovely little book plate.

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series-book-plates-presented-toTucked inside you will find an original book plate with words PRESENTED TO, FROM, designed by me restoring an Antique illustration.


The RobinNow I am off to create some new cards, which I am going to wrap in a Vintage cigar box. New finds, old treasures and repurposed Antique Artwork. I would say that is enough inspiration to keep me busy for a while. Children's books...this little robin is from a Frances Hodgson Burnett first edition of The Robin. Ooooooh, I am thinking a dreamy fabric for Spring.


Beauty can be found in the tiniest detailsThis charming little song is Lola and Charlie's Theme song. It is from a children's production, airing from the UK to France. This brilliant little show about Charlie and his little sister Lola is touring children's theater in the UK.

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Vee said...

Elizabeth was a very lovely lady...I had no idea. Charming books you've found. I can only imagine the fun you had shopping for them and the fun you had finding treasures within them.

Nancy Jo said...

Hi KAREN,
Well I can't wait to see this cigar box creation!
Nancy JO

Kathleen Grace said...

You are on a roll with all the inspiration you have found in these vintage books Karen! The bookplate is just beautiful, and I look forward to your cigar box creation:>)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I adore old books Karen! There is just soemthing about them that makes me feel like I am stepping back into time.

Michael Lee West said...

Oh! That book is divine! I'm breathless.

Candi said...

What a wonderful blog you have. I'm eager to follow it more. I'm new to the Pink Saturday and having a ball right now.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a lovely find! Usually when I am looking through old books at antique stores, I look at gardening books. I am going to have to expand my search!

I am looking forward to your cigar box creation.
Hugs,
Penny

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karen, you have such a fine collection of vintage books...thank you for sharing such a generous collection of beautiful art. I will have to show you some of the ones I have of French childrens' books. They are so stunning. Anita

Chrisy said...

Gorgeous old books and love the way you've photographed them...

Natasha Burns said...

Looking forward to seeing the cigar box!
Love the inspiration, old books are amazing and your first one is so beautiful! I'm rather partial to green :)

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

what a beautiful vintage collection of books...
handle them with care...that is just 2 precious!

ciao

Patricia Cabrera said...

Dear karen~ Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving me such a kind comment. I truly appreciate!*grin*
I am one of your follower and although , time not always allow me to leave comments to all my beloved friends, I so enjoy reading and visiting you.
I never scrapbook but I have TONS of pictures of my children , I mean huge tapewares *waiting*, grin, for one day when I plan to sit and work on each childrens pictures, I will be busy then as I have 7 children, grin, but it will be fun!Have a lovely weenkend, Smiles~

MARIA said...

Ald books are treasures.
You make great job!
You inspiring me always dear Karen.
Thanks!

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