Monday, March 12, 2012

Collection of Books

Last week I found this darling Ideal Easter book with the above image in it. Something I always do is pick up books. I am particular. I have a crush on vintage children's books. Collect, yes...Rand McNally Jr. Elf books. Partly because of the size and partly because of their images and stories. I never pass a coloring book (they are great for embroidery images). However, I am an adult literature lover too.

You can put them anywhere.

Highlighting almost anything. The cover of this book can be seen through the glass.

The bindings are as much a piece of art as the literature.

Bowls are perfect for placing them in.

My storybook half bath houses my collection of jr. elf books and tiny tales.

I have grown up books too. 

I cannot resist the old readers, bookplates or hardbacks that I find familiar.

There is still room for more.

Basements make perfect places for sporting vignettes.

Studio shelves love color and graphics too.

My favorite of ALL...just kidding...always ready to add more.
Thank you Kathy for asking where I keep my collection.


Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I love that picture, and I love little books. I just finished framing a picture for my new studio of a little girl with chicks. Not the same, but also very cute!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Anytime I get a glimpse of your collections and your adorable home makes me happy. You have a fabulous book collection.

Happy collecting, dear friend!!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

A true book collector. I like to collect them to use for display and if they have an unusual title that is a bonus. Nothing like an old well loved book. That Easter gal is darling!

Cheryl said...

Your vignettes are lovely :-) I must now get some cute books!!!

vintage grey said...

Love your collection of vintage books and they way you decorate them around your house! Lovely and so inspiring! :) xo Heather

busymartha said...

Children's books are my favourite! I especially love old readers. I don't have any of the junior elf books, they are adorable. I love the old enamel container that you store yours in! I have an e-reader, but still love the actual books, Marilyn.

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Love your collection and the unusual ways of displaying them.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Unknown said...

You have a wonderful collection of books i to collect the vintage ones and i have quite a collection now i must blog about them sometime. I am slowly starting to read some of mine i love the idea of who read them before me and when they brought and where they were when they first read them. A bot of a romantic i am. dee x

GardenOfDaisies said...

My Mom collects those antique books with the beautifully illustrated covers. So pretty! Like you, I love the children's books... they can be vintage or new, doesn't matter to me. I'm drawn to their wonderful tales and fun illustrations.

LBP said...

That first picture of the little girl looks so much like the ones my Grandmother had pasted into her scrapbook. She got most of them from magazine covers or from old Ideals books.

Thanks for sharing your book collection.


craftyles said...

You're collection is really great-I love the Junior Elf books!! WHat cute dislays you have. Gotta get some of mine out.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Love it! There's something about holding a book in your hand and turning the pages when reading the pages. I pray that the love of actual books will not be lost in this day of the Kindle.

Unknown said...

Oh, you have a great collection of old books! I'm envious! :-)
Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

I collect old grown-up books as well as the children's and I see the same titles in your pics...Rebecca is a very favorite of mine and I have an old copy. I love when I find the books that some of my favorite old movies are based on. Not only great stories, but the cool vintage colors of the covers make me happy.

Kathy said...

You display your collection beautifully! I like the big white tray you can flip through. When it comes to the grown up books with beautiful or interesting covers - yes, ma'am, I will buy a book for it's cover!

★Carol★ said...

My dream is to one day have a house with a room that can be devoted entirely to books, with a window seat to read them! LOVE your collection, especially those Elf books!

Corey said...

OH, how I love that shelf in your studio! And what a collection of books you have!