Sunday, December 27, 2009

boxing day

Old golden books I got from Mom for Christmas! The whale one is in relation to something I'll tell you about fairly soon. :) Anyway, I hope you all had excellent holidays!
Today my mom and I went to "Oh my Gosh," this giant barn filled with antiques in Sterling, MA. It's kind of like Fairground because it's full of booths from different sellers.
vintage pencil sharpeners - I'm keeping the piano and giving the fan to Ely for his birthday. vintage paper dolls - four packs for $5!
Published in 1961 - the art of living
I love books like this - someone's notion of what it means to do all these things. I opened it up and saw a quote from Thoreau. It's neat to see thing we're familiar with as being old applied to things at the halfway point between now and then.
a really beautiful copy of Black Beauty
Horse drawings by the original owner are all over the book. I love it!
end pages
40s dress with belt - $8Books I got at Still Life, a consignment shop near our house.
Three books I've been wanting to read for a long time: Robin Hood, Under the Lilacs, and The Water Babies! We learned about Water Babies in our History of Illustration class sophomore year. It's a strange novel (mostly just unusual for its time) written in the 1800s with amazing illustrations.
Cookie was wandering around Still Life. A yard in Clinton, MA. I often view lawn decorations as unintentional installation art. We had to pull over so I could take pictures! The Mary in the glass case with the deer and bird house cluster to the left is just so beautiful.
Our tree!
Our cake on Christmas! I had a wonderful time at home with my family. What did you all do for the holidays?
p.s. - thank you, Erin, for the blog post. :)


Kirsty said...

Wow! I love the tree! You look like you had a lovely time! :D Your dog is sooooo cute! Very Christmassy :D

The snow had all disappeared here in the end but I still had a nice day with my parents and my Grandad :D

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Amanda! :)


~ Kirsty x

Sher said...

Oh the cake looks absolute lovely and Christmassy!! Your pics are beautiful!!

I've done a lot of overeating this Christmas, well, every Christmas actually:)


Lemondrop Marie said...

What fabulous finds, I love old books. The whale one is so lovely! And that dress! Thanks for taking us along for your treasure finds!

Anonymous said...

oh, i really wish i could've gone with you to "oh my gosh". these are blessed finds, amanda.

love your xmas tree!

Amanda Atkins said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone!
Cookie is actually a dog that belongs to someone who works at Still Life. She is so sweet! I wish she was ours. She kind of reminded me of our old dog Gizmo.
Katrina, if you ever come to MA, I'll gladly take you to Oh my Gosh!

WoolenSails said...

You got some great finds, love old books too.
Your tree is beautiful!


Oley said...

Wow, super cool! I did a workshop as part of the Art of LIving foundation. I wonder if there is any relation to the book! It's a super cool family of people who invite you to share their mantras, meditations, & way of life. Cooool find!