Thursday, July 22, 2010

Finders Keepers

Op Shop Finds- Books

I have a little bit of a problem…I love books especially children’s books. I suppose it’s not really a problem except that I want to collect some that I can turn into projects, but when I find some that I think will be good I can’t bear to break them.
I don’t mind so much if they are ones that are already ripped a bit but if they are in good condition I just can’t do it. I suppose the ones that are ripped are just put in the bin damn it, they would be perfect for me.
Maybe I could ask the op shop ladies for any ripped pre 1980 books that might come in,hmmm.

These are the latest collected for crafting that I can’t bear to break…doh!  Of course I tend to collect pre 1980, the illustrations just have such a charm about them, so sweet.

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1970                                                   1978

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1958                                                    197? Printed in Yugoslavia

I actually have just finished a couple of presents using a couple of books that were in poor condition, therefore were perfect, and I was really happy with how they have worked out. I can’t post about them yet as that would be letting the cat out of the bag but I will soon.


I went to one of my favourite op shops out at Red Cliffs today and really found some lovely treasure as you can see. Doilies, beautifully embroidered and a gorgeous vintage pillow slip.

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This is my favourite, it’s just way to pretty for anything to be sitting on it so I think I will use it with the the pillowslip and make it into a cushion, all those golden colours will fit together beautifully.



Look at that beautiful hand work, sweet little daisies.


Close up of the pillow slip.
I’m pretty sure we had something like this when I was a kid or my grandma did, it’s been washed a lot and is all soft and the colours have muted but I like it like that. Stay tuned for the finished pillow I think that might be tonight's project!


Thea said...

Embroidery is always good. These are lovely.

Nick said...

Lovely doilies. I try to find duplicates of a book, and that gives me permssion to cut one up!

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

oh yes, look forward to the makeover.
on those children's books... i understand your dilemma all too well. somethimes i am so relieved when i discover a gorgeous vintage book already has torn out pages, since then it isn't so heart breaking to start tearing out and cutting up. on the other hand, i hate accumulating if it isn't functional, and i have way too many books sitting on the shelf already.
i guess it is also a kind of balance game... :))

Cherie said...

Ohhh all gorgeous treasures! I get your dilemma too, but then ... ??? Hope you have a wonderful week.xo