Friday, September 21, 2012

IT'S WHAT'S INSIDE

You know that old saying, "Don't judge a book by it's cover"?  Well this was the case with a book I spotted at an estate sale.  I saw a few people pick up this book and, either put it down, or just push it to the side.  They never bothered to look inside.



Yes, it was tattered, torn, and a bit water damaged.  However, I still found it charming.



It's when I looked inside that I saw just how charming it was.  Yes, this is how I find a lot of the images I use in my redesigns.  This book is dated 1896.
















There was page after page of beautiful images, and poetry.








I picked up some other books, and prints as well.








Some of these images will find their way into a few projects.

Next time you see a book that's a bit forlorn, look inside.




Sharing With:
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground: Vintage Inspiration Friday

38 comments:

stefanie said...

oh, I was in love just with the cover!!!! inside is gorgeous too!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

What a find, that book has beautiful artwork and typography!

For the Love of a Cottage said...

What a lovely find!!! Good for you to look inside :) This book is long out of copyright. You can use and sell these images all you want...I believe.

I would love the birds page decoupaged on a memory box.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful finds!!

Anne said...

Rosemary,
Good for you that they put that book down! What a treasure for you! Lots of wonderful inspiration from that book.I can see your creative juices are flowing!!!
xx
Anne

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Good eye! What were people thinking? I do love it when they do that, though. That book would have been in my grubby little hands without ever opening it. The other one, too. Those are gorgeous graphics.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh my goodness -- that is just beautiful! I do the same thing -- always look INSIDE the book. I've also found so many great treasures and mementos that were tucked away in the pages by someone and forgotten like little notes, pressed flowers, newspaper clippings, etc.

Revi said...

True, and wonderful! What a great find waiting just for you.:)
-Revi

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my gosh - what a beautiful book, Rosemary. While you were holding it, was your mind imagining the woman that owned and cherished it? :) I can only imagine the beauty you're going to create with these gorgeous pictures.

xoxo laurie

Susan said...

Rosemary, that book is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the rose images!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Such a gorgeous pages in the book....You can spot a true treasure!!!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

how absolutely dreamy! wow...don't judge a book by its' cover indeed (although i adore its' shabby
beauty and would have grabbed it immediately!!) beauty really is "in the eyes of the beholder."

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What beautiful images! You always spot the best treasures...that's a gift!

Rhissanna said...

What a simply gorgeous book, Rosemary. You lucky girl. And yes, why do people still judge books by the cover?


Good luck with the show this weekend! Let us know how it goes!

Kathy said...

What a beautiful treasure to find! Can't wait to see how portions are used....they'll be awesome as always! Blessings!

djano said...

What a treasure! Beautiful images amd words that must have been so special to someone.

20 North Ora said...

What a beautiful find!!Good shopping. Such lovely pictures. They just don't make them like that anymore.

Judy

The Porcelain Rose said...

Just gorgeous! What a wonderful find!
I LOVE antique books, greeting cards, stationary, post cards, floral prints, etc. I have been collecting them for years. I especially love the "gift books" with their lovely poems and floral illustrations. I also collect antique wedding books and framed wedding certificates. They are so beautiful with extraordinary artwork.
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful find.
Will visit again soon.
Elizabeth

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

I love old books. Beautiful find!

Pat C. said...

Oh, what a gem! How special it is that a cast-off well-loved book has come full circle and found a new home with someone else who will love it, too!

xoxo

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How beautiful Rosemary! Such a special treasure!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday too!

It's All Connected said...

Such great advice and I know you'll use those wonderful images in even more wonderful ways! ~ Maureen

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What pretty images! I bet you will do wonderful things with these!

Renee said...

wow! Those are beautiful images...you really can't judge a book by its cover.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

OMG, you did good. It has some gorgeous pictures, love it!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Wonderful...it was meant for you :) Laurel

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

you are so smart!~what a beautiful book full of inspiration and dreamy images.

Biljana said...

What a treasures, so charming, lucky you:-) Hugs, Biljana

Cynthia said...

I agree and what a great book. You were so smart to take the time to look inside. Love the images.

Cynthia

Debra said...

What a TREASURE!! beautiful....

Tracy ~ If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Baked A Cake said...

Hello Rosemary I found your blog Via Amy and what a wonderful blog you have. I will look forward to reading your new posts. You have found some cherished finds and I am sure you will hold onto these forever. Tracy

Little Miss Maggie said...

What a fabulous find, Rosemary. I love the old chromolithographies. The colors were incredibly soft. I can't wait to see the projects you come up with for these images.

Unknown said...

You found a Victorian Scrapbook. Consider doing a quick search on ebay before gluing or altering any of the trade cards included in the scrapbook. It's a rare find - a large majority of trade cards have a significant resale value.

The 3 Victorian scrapbooks I have are the only 3 I've come across in 12 years of estate sales and auctions. Congrats on your find!

Victoria said...

Ohhhhhh Rosemary! Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin!

chateau de fleurs said...

wow you hit the jackpot with that beautiful book! What a treasure, XO Christie

andrea@townandprairie said...

Rosemary, you found a true treasure. I love the image of the doves. How romantic.

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Hello Rosemary
I just say WOOW......what a find :)
it is beautiful.....
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Debra @ Common Ground said...

These are such gorgeous images. So many of these little "gift books" from the late 1800's had THE most beautiful images!

lvroftiques said...

*GASP* It's beautiful!! I would've ripped it right outta your hot little hands Rosemary! *winks* ...Well OK not really, but I would've told you to "put that ugly ole thing down" So I could snatch it up LOL! Vanna