Monday, October 24, 2011

It all began with a fifty-cent purchase

A few weeks ago I picked up this old book at a garage sale for fifty-cents.  The cover was missing and I didn't even look inside to see the title.  I bought it with plans to make a book-page wreath.


















I pulled the book out last night because I needed a few book pages for a little project I was working on.  I opened it up and saw this:
I know it's hard to read - it says HOMES OF AMERICAN AUTHORS, DATED 1854.
















It includes chapters on authors such as Bryant, Emerson, Longfellow, Hawthorne and many more.  The most amazing part is that the book has illustrations of the breathtaking homes!
These pages are on a thicker paper and show their age beautifully.











I wanted to make some type of art using these illustrations and I came up with this:
I embellished the corners of the old window with these half-spindles that I painted:

I'm trying to decide if I might want to embellish further - perhaps with antique lace and buttons...I'll keep you posted!

5 comments:

Donna said...

This is darling!
I love this so much~what a clever way to use the illustrations!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

What a great find and great project!

Vintage and Company said...

I think it looks great just like it is! What a find!

Southern Junk Chic said...

What a great idea for the window! And love those prints - what a steal!! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Jean said...

wonderful prints and idea in frame.
came over from Dawn's Feathered Nest.

blessings
barbara jean