Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, June 20, 2011

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW!!!



I am always on the lookout for unique pieces to use for creating one of a kind pincushions and recently found some orphan candlesticks, some with a bit more wear than others, but all just perfect for what I needed! There is nothing that brings me more creative joy than to take something that has lost its former use, and turning it into something new, useful and special! I hope you think so too!!
Each pincushion has been created with different upholstery fabric, firmly attached to each candlestick with lots of stitching and is stuffed with both polyfil and crushed walnut shells to keep all those pins and needles sharp! The fabrics have all been distressed to create the look of age, and lots of old and vintage embellishments have been added as well!!


These have all been added to my picture trail, should you be interested in reading a more detailed description.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by today for a visit!! I am always so encouraged by your sweet comments and hope that you too are being inspired to create the things you love and that bring not only you but others much joy!!

Wishing you creative inspiration~~~

Julie



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A GOOD BOOK



A BLESSED COMPANION IS A BOOK, - A BOOK THAT FITLY CHOSEN, IS A LIFELONG FRIEND,….A BOOK THAT, AT A TOUCH, POURS ITS HEART INTO OUR OWN.~ DOUGLAS JERROLD

As long as I can remember, I have loved books and that love has grown over the years! I have a large collection of old novels, many dating to the turn of the century, and not only do I love to collect them, but have actually read and still enjoy reading them!! Some are fragile and have that well-loved look, and I don’t know if they are actually that valuable, but they are to me, and I treasure them!!


One of my very favorite books also happens to be one I remember reading at a very young age, and because it was an old copy, it was missing the cover, and eventually became unreadable….perhaps you could say I literally read it to death!!



I was so sad when that happened and so my quest began to try to find another copy!! Fortunately for me, I was not only able to do that, but in the process, I found out that this author had written other books too!!! Oh Joy!! I felt like I had struck gold!!!
The book is called, “A Girl Of the Limberlost” by Gene Stratton Porter, and if you have never read this amazing story, I encourage you to look for it and read it!!



I am also the happy owner of quite a number of her other books too, and feel fortunate indeed to be able to read and enjoy them!! There are still a few I don’t own, but perhaps I may still be able to find and acquire them!! ~sigh~



I also love “how to” books, and home decorating books, and can never seem to have enough of them…..or so I thought!! Recently, while doing some housecleaning, I suddenly realized that I had some duplicates of some favorite books, and the more I looked, the more I found!!! As I said earlier in this post, I LOVE books, and because of that, I just can’t seem to say NO to ones I like, even if I already own it!!! So, I have weeded them out, and now have quite a few that I want to pass on to others to enjoy!! Some of them are out of print and all are in great shape, so perhaps if you are looking for a particular book, I may just have it!! Just hop over to my picture trail for a look!


I hope after talking about books, that you will have the opportunity to look through your bookcase, visit your local library, or even stop in at your favorite neighborhood thrift shop, to find the perfect book to relax with! It is the easiest way to have a little mini vacation, curled up in your favorite chair with your beverage of choice! ! Tea and Scones, anyone?

Wishing you a delightful, relaxing read~~

Julie