Thursday, November 13, 2008

Favorite Spots Friday and an Award

Old books...........inspired my my friend Protege, who recently told the compelling story of a favorite book from her childhood.

Ever since reading her post the other day my eyes have been drawn again and again up to this little spot in our home office. When my husband designed and built our office, he made me built in bookshelves. Just above my desk he left some open shelves and wall papered them with hand made paper he found at a local design store. (I know, he spoils me!) I wanted to put something special on the open shelves to be seen. I have been collecting very old books over the years. They are beautiful,...they speak to me. Their tattered bindings and browned, aged paper tells a story beyond what is written in their pages. Today's favorite spot is this little top shelf in the corner of the office that holds some of my oldest treasures.
My two favorites out of the collection are this old photo album that was a gift from a dear friend, and an old L.D.S. Hymn book. The photo album is on it's last legs. The binding has fallen off and it is missing a clasp. The pages are worn and ripped, and it is just beautiful.

It probably belongs in a museum. There are even some old photos in it. I truly wish I knew who they belonged to. What a priceless piece of some body's family history.The Hymn book is dear to me because it is of my same faith. It was published in 1840, it is missing pages, and I would no more toss it out then a family heirloom or a precious gem.The pages are soo yellowed with age and I think that just adds to its ambiance.I think that antique books can make some of the best accent decor in a home.

An Award from Julie!!! Thankyou Julie!!!

I am supposed to list six things that I love and then pass the award on to some others. This is going to be a frivolous list of guilty pleasures. ( Just let it be a given that I love my family, my religion, and my country.)

1. I LOVE "Greys Anatomy", a little too much.

2. I Love, Love, Love hot fudge sundaes. (especially after midnight)

3. Beautiful images, and to surround my self with art and lovely home decor.

4. Going out to dinner, especially with my husband.

5. The feel of clean sheets.

6. Diet Coke!!! :):):)

I Tag Meg, Ms. Tee, and Valarie.


Zuzana said...

Holly, these are beautiful old books, what a treasure! And a wonderful spot to keep them.I love this post - I am happy I inspired you to share this; these precious books must be invaluable to you.
I also like the feel of clean sheets. I really do.;)
There is an award waiting for you at my place, the second one of the same kind your already got, but I hope you will accept it.:)))

Darlene said...

Your book shelf with those old books is BEAUTIFUL!

Congratulations on your award....I could do that same list you all of those!

Meg said...

Oh thank you so much! I can't wait to get started! I love how you said that the old book's condition told a story beyond what is written. That is beautiful! Things like that stick with me.

Valarie Lea said...

Thatnk you so much for the award!!!!

As I was looking at that old hymn book, it just got me thinking. Think about all the people who have held that and sang the songs out of there. That is so cool!

Wendy said...

Okay, let me go on record as saying that yes, your Hubby does spoil you...too much! Just kidding! But he is good to you for sure girlie! And I love your old ought to see if you can take those precious photos out and scan them into your computer. They would be fun to use in some collage art :-)

Ms. Tee said...

I have so many books, I can't seem to get enough. I love old books, too - and that album is just beautiful. :)

Thanks so much for the award! I'll post it very soon!

Serendipity said...


"A home without books is like a body without a soul..."

...and every girl should be so lucky to be so spoiled! I'm sure you deserve it! :)

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