Tessie still thinks it is staying here. Life is good when she is happy....Just wait til Tuesday, when it disappears....
Meanwhile, I decided to throw in one of my secret miniature making weapons for good measure today.
About thirty years ago, I found some wonderful big Hallmark scrapbooks at "Pic'n'Sav"( now Big Lots)No. I didn't misspell it. They left off the "e".
About ten years later, I found three smaller ones. Same place. They were all really cheap at the time. Best $15.00. for all, I ever spent for miniature information....
As soon as I got the larger ones home, I started filling them with information and photos cut from decorating and needlework magazines, that I had formerly kept in files. The idea was to build up a book of things that I personally liked. No shuffling through twenty magazines to find one picture of a bed I liked. No looking for information on how to do a certain needlework technique that I didn't often use.
I got the idea from some scrapbooks that I found in the U of A Library. A woman left her decorating scrapbooks to the library and they actually have them on the shelves. Some of the things in them are pages from decorating magazines from 1920s to 1940s. They were, and still are a goldmine of information.
There is no rhyme or reason to the way that these are put together. It is more fun that way. I have most of the things cataloged in my tiny mind and it doesn't take long to find something that I need. I pull them out about once a year and add to them.
I started the larger ones when I was still teaching and doing a great deal of needlework. so, I started one, initially just for needlework. It has evolved as a mixture of all kinds of things.
That one is full. The other two large ones are about 3/4 full.
I did label the smaller ones when I bought them...One is rugs. One is draperies and beds. The last is houses. The first two are full, the later one is about 1/2 full.
This is a double spread from the rug book. Not only does it have hundreds of beautiful rug ideas, it has things like the gorgeous arched doorway on the left and the room with fireplace on the right.
What is the point of all of this? A lot of people keep files. I tried that and found it not to my liking. It's just the way I am.....I like irregular order...
These scrapbooks tell me how my taste has changed after thirty years. Surprisingly, not a lot. Styles change, but I seem to find something every year that fits into my likes.
When I was in college, one of my fashion history professors made the statement that style and design goes in 30 year cycles. He was right. If I look back at the earliest photos in these albums, a lot of them look like they are current. As the saying goes, "Everything old is new again..."
See you tomorrow.