Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The perfect gift for a decorator. Friend. Bibliophile. Or winning combination of them all.


via Kimmy Kirkwood


It's no secret that I have a serious lust for old, worn out books.

{No, I'm not referring to you as a book, Roger.}

(The time I cleared off a few shelves to properly get the dust off these fellas. It warranted a photo as proof that sometimes I clean.)

I've picked up these well worn pieces of history all over throughout the years. Thrift stores. Antique shops. 
If I was looking for a particular title, ebay used to be the failproof spot to land a bargain. Unfortunately now that "vintage" is trendy the prices have jumped dramatically. So dumb.

Recently I've stumbled across a new go-to for old, inexpensive, bound works of awesome: Half Price Books.


They have a collectors section, and although there are some BEAUTIES there, many of them are priced accordingly. If you keep perusing down to the very bottom shelf, they have a clearance section where all kinds of magic can be found. Magic that would be perfect in a friend's house that's full of blues/browns/natural tones. Circa 1911, 1913, and 1921 ----> total price of under $10.

{which, for the record, is usually my gift-giving budget}

{also, why isn't there a shot of the inside of that music book? 'Twas gorgeous.}



Sure you could tuck them into a box and wrap it up, but everyone knows that things that can stack should stay stacked. Pretty sure that's a geometry theorem. Plus, it gives you a chance to use all those leftover scraps that you just can't bear to throw away because you are a hoarder have issues with wasting perfectly good things.

That floral paper is a small strip remnant from our master bathroom "art", and the easy flower topper {dictionary and magazine pages} is made just like this one - only with the edges slightly scalloped.

You could coordinate your papers more if you're anal about things matching perfectly and such, but there's something ever so charming about a bohemian little-of-this little-of-that smorgasbord. That's what they would've done back at the turn of the century anyway: use what they had on hand. So we're just sticking with the theme.

Wrap it in yarn, stamp a tag on an itty bit of scrap patterned paper, and you're good to gift.



Now it's your turn: what's your favorite present to give?

13 comments:

  1. Great post! My favorite thing to post is something I've made. I've just learned how to cut things with my Silhouette and I've been a vinyling fool. Check out my blog and scroll down to M is for Maynard and Drinks and Snacks to see what I've made recently. If you are interested go even farther back and see the goodies I've made for my nieces shower in Cameo fun for a shower. I'm loving all the fun things I've been making recently. I love handmade gifts.

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    1. How fun!! I can't justify those hefty price tags on a piece of equipment and plus I'd have to find somewhere to store it and then if I didn't use it all the time I'd feel guilty :) But BOY I bet it comes in handy when you're personalizing things!

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  2. I love giving books, especially my favourite book, "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay. But of course I love a handmade gift, and if it's food, it'll probably be packaged in something from the recycling bin. That sounds gross. But you know what I mean.

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    1. And I LOVE your collection! Mr Frog would be super keen for me to turf a bunch of my books, but I adore them. I just don't want to move them again :(

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    2. Boys don't get books. The end. And if you think about it, some of these books are 100 years old NOW, so by the time I die they'll be super old and maybe worth a little something? Perhaps hoard is the wrong word...we should be calling it "retirement planning."

      Gonna look up "The Power of One." Although I'm familiar with the principle in that it sounds an awful lot like the number of cookies I always say I'm going to eat.

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  3. I'd happily be on the receiving end of this gift any day!

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    1. very cool gift idea! Because of you I am hoarding our empty boxes, (spaghetti, cereal, pop tarts) My personal goal is to send something in a panty liners box just like you!

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    2. It's always important to have goals to inspire you - HAHA!! When Christmas comes, you're gonna be set!

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  4. Lady you give more gifts than I do! But I will say I just happened to have that same interest in old books and I just happened to go to Half Price over Labor Day weekend and managed to find that same little section and had a hay day! Good stuff!

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    1. It's all these kids...and teachers that come with the kids...and that fact that I wrap up ANYTHING to make it an event...because why shouldn't it be?

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  5. I LOVE your gift wrapping!! I know I say it every time but it's true! Also, HPB is one of my favorite places in the world. Love it!

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    1. Just stay on your side of town, girlfriend. Can't have you depleting the inventory of markdowns :)

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