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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Vintage Book Bundles

Do you love vintage books as much as I do?  To me, there is nothing more appealing than a stack of old books with interesting spines or covers.  Ok, chocolate might be more appealing to me, or a nice glass of wine, or a plate of pasta, haha!  So lately I have been on a kick creating embellished vintage book bundles!
I tied this bundle together with wonderfully crinkly light mossy green seam binding.  I also used a snippet of burlap from a coffee bag (love that look!), and further embellished the stack with a neat skeleton key, a glittered silk hydrangea blossom, and a vintage French vocabulary card.
 I love the way the stack looks on my silver tray.
 For the stack below, I printed out a gorgeous French bird image from the Graphics Fairy onto a sheet of vintage sheet music.  I tied the books together with twine for a bit of a rustic touch.

 Another skeleton key and vocabulary card complete the look!

 This next stack was really fun to create!  I was thrilled when I discovered both French and Italian vintage dictionaries recently!  I just knew that they would be perfect in a European themed bundle!
 So, I used some fun French and Italian themed papers (I just had to add some glitter to the Leaning Tower of Pisa!!), tied it all together with some twine, and of course another vintage French vocabulary card, and a cute little key that is printed with the word "journey".
 Since I only know a few words in Italian (I don't think "cappuccino" or "gelato" count, do they???), and my French is rusty, maybe I should be keeping these dictionaries for myself, haha!!
If you are interested, I have several vintage book bundles, including some of the ones you see here, available in my Etsy shop.
Ok, now I need to get busy and visit all of you wonderfully talented ladies and see what you've been up to!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
I'm linking up with the following great parties:
Boogieboard Cottage Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday


Tete said...

I really like the way you did these, without doing any damage to the books. It's a great way to decorate now, but still be able to pass the books down to the next generation.
Love them.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

so glad you left the covers on, so many people are ripping them off!

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Over from Boogie Board Cottage. I love the way you dressed up your books..lovely

NanaDiana said...

I love these, Donna~ They are beautiful...and I am glad to see that you didn't rip off the covers to do them. I just have such a hard time seeing books destroyed~but that is just me~

Hope your weekend was wonderful. Ours was busy~ xo Diana

Linda said...

Your book bundles are charming, Donna...I love how you put all the lovely elements together!

Christine said...

What can I say Donna? They are so lovely! I love the burlap layered with the seam binding--perfect!!

Valeree said...

So pretty!! They are absolutely charming and romantic. Love them!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh they're gorgeous, Donna!!! Totally beautiful and would look so great on a table or in an entry hall!!! Tres chic!!!

Deanne said...

these look great, I think I will have to make some!

Kim K. said...

Gorgeous bundles, Donna. All your special embellishments just make your bundles so beautiful.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You are so talented! I'm amazed at your eclectic combinations!

Ido said...

What a great way to display books, I love books, I have them all over the house, except the kitchen. I like the idea for a birthday present instead of putting them in a bag or covering them with paper, this they look fantastic.
Have a wonderful week!

Kathy said...

Very beautiful, every element.

Kirsty said...

Very pretty!