My friend and I went on a treasure hunt yesterday. You know Texas always does things big. I'll tell you 25 miles of garage/estate/junk/antique sales on a country road was one great adventure. It is called 25 Mile Antique Alley (I think) and is on the third weekend of April and September.
"Famous Last Words"......my mission for the day was to find paper ephemera. You know like old games, flash cards, old letters, wallpaper, anything paper for collage purposes. And I said, "I am not going to buy any books. I don't need anymore books. I have more books now than I will ever get around to altering."
But how could I pass up a big old dictionary for twenty-five cents. You wouldn't either. Would you have passed up a second one maybe for fifty cents? No Way! So having scored those two, after all they weren't for altering, but in essence "paper for collage purposes", I could justify five bucks for a great old big one in Spanish. That fellow just wouldn't come off his price.
Check it out. Second photo above. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Random House, 1947, is a book of verses or poems that is beautifully illustrated. It is so wonderful and I don't know that I will be able to rip these pages out. Although, I thought I would.
What about the Harper's New Monthly Magazine, January 1874. Wonderful!
I know I needed the German Hymnal and the German Language book.
This little book is not old. Oh mercy but fair game for altering. It is After Dinner Games and is illustrated in such a whimsical, contemporary and yet vintagy way. My brain is whirling with what to do to it.
This little Diary has some really good collage fodder inside.
And look at this cover. I think you can tell by the photo that it is in relief. I can't wait to put a piece of metal over it and burnish....and then alter this little jewel. It is a motivational book and here are some of the chapter titles: "I dare you to adventure," "I dare you to do things," "I dare you to be strong," "I dare you to think creatively".....and so on. Well buster don't dare me. I took it!
This one, I got for the cover. So cool!
I'm sure I needed this one too. But I know not what for. It is great big and has wonderful tabs.
So there you have it NO BOOKS for Sharon, 18 books later. I think it is all Norah's fault. I didn't even tell you about all of them. Did you see the little book, The Story of A Hundred Operas, subtitled, "Invaluable to Radio Listeners," 1940 edition.
I found a lot more treasures but I will just have to show you....