Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Antique Book: Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford, 1899

I'm in love with this book I found at goodwill the other day. I love old books, the feel, the smell, and the look of them. This one is a now faded olive-like green (probably used to be a dark green) with black writing and red accents. What really drew me to it though, is opening it and reading the dedication part of it. It says: 

"To George W. Vanderbilt

My dear George: Into the warp and woof of every book an author weaves much that even the subtlest readers cannot suspect, far less discern. To them it is but a cross and pile of threads interlaced to form a pattern which may please or displease their taste. But to the writer every filament has its own association: How each bit of silk or wool, flax or tow, was laboriously gathered, or was blown to him; when each was spun by the wheel of his fancy into yarns; the colour and tint his imagination gave to each skein; and where each was finally woven into the fabric by the shuttle of his pen. No thread ever quite detaches itself from its growth and spinning, dyeing and weaving, and each draws him back to hours and places seemingly unrelated to the work. And so, as I have read the proofs of this book I have found more than once that the pages have faded out of sight and in their stead I have seen Mount Pisgah and the French Broad River, or the ramp and terrace of Biltmore House, just as I saw them when writing the words which served to recall them to me. With the visions, too, has come a recurrence to our long talks, our work among the books, our games of chess, our cups of tea, our walks, our rides, and our drives. It is therefore a pleasure to me that the book so naturally gravitates to you, and that I may make it a remembrance of those past weeks of companionship, and an earnest of the present affection of PAUL LEICESTER FORD"

I love to find something as old as this with a connection to something familiar. We just saw the Biltmore Estate early this year with my parents and just reading this put me back in that beautiful house, I thought of the chess set that we saw that belonged to Napoleon, and wondered if that was the chess set they played on. I just got an overwhelmingly grateful feeling that I had gotten a chance to see inside Mr. Vanderbilt's home where many well known people came to stay. To then find a book where the author personally thanks him for the time they had spent together amazes me. 

This book didn't actually have the title page in it, it had fallen out sometime in the last 100+ years, but thanks to the internet, I was able to find out tons of things about the book and when it was published. Although, I haven't been able to find out which edition of the book this one is, but I'm pretty sure it's not a first edition because I've seen what that one looks like. But this one was at least published the same year as the first one. 

Here's a link from Wikipedia about Mr. Ford:

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My new time waster. I could spend lots of time on this website. Wait, I already have! Check it out.

Birthday Sale!

Because my birthday is in a few days, I wanted to have a birthday sale in my etsy shop. When I receive an order, it's like a gift, and why not call it that? So, you order from my shop, you get the gift of 20% off of your entire order, and I get the gift of sending you my handmade stuff!

If your family, and you would rather just buy me something, you can find my wishlist on the right column, in my list of links and blogs. :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

4th Annual Craftin' Outlaws: Part Two

I thought this woman's shirt was great, so I had to take a picture of it. I hope she doesn't hate me for putting this up :) It says:

"Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense.

UPDATE: I found this shirt! 

Someone shopping at Spacedog Studios.

Supastarr's booth on the left. Hand screen printed shirts.

A pretty good view of the top and bottom floors.

Right across from our table. Such a good mixture of all types of crafts.

4th Annual Craftin' Outlaws: Part One

Here are some photos from Saturday at Craftin' Outlaws at BoMA (Bar of Modern Art). The first three are of my part of the table shared with Sarah.

The free Dum Dums were a hit with the kids and their parents.

We arrived on time and were setup with an hour to spare. We walked around and checked out everyone else's tables and stuff, walked upstairs went into the bathrooms, which I HAD to take a picture of (below), you'll see why..

BoMA is a very old church turned into a bar/art gallery. There are paintings everywhere and well, bars everywhere... There are amazing stained glass windows. I wish I had gotten a photo of the outside, the entrance is beautiful. There were tables both upstairs and down, and in a little side area also. 

There's our table down there where someone is taking a peek.
The pretty ceiling and windows.
Hallway to the bathroom, some sculptures hung overhead.
Yeah, see.. the bathrooms are amazing. I want one of those sinks.
These stalls actually felt private. No one could peek in! :)

Anyway, it was lots of fun, but I think I'm spoiled now. A/C, beautiful bathroom, food available, lots of nice people, I don't think there's a better, more comfortable, craft fair experience out there! Can't all future craft shows be at BoMA?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Clearance in the Scrapbooking isle at Target

For those who love getting craft supplies on sale, my Target starting clearance tagging things yesterday, so you may want to check yours out. I got some things at good prices. Just thought I'd share the news.