Thursday, March 7, 2013

Books~Thursday Inspiration


Like so many of us in Blogdom, I enjoy decorating with books as well as reading them. The older and shabbier the better. I've never read Poppy, but I love the graphics and that pop of blue.

Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, though not considered politcally correct these days, is a favorite both to read and decorate with. The food descriptions are terrific! Shall I share just one? Okay, talked me into it:

To make the sweet potato orange baskets, I mash peeled boiled sweet potatoes, add beaten eggs, butter, cream, salt, and few spoonfuls of orange blossom honey and a little grated orange peel. I cut oranges in half, scoop out the contents, serrate the edges so that the half-shells look as though a large and accurate fox had bitten them; fill the shells with the potato mixture, dot with butter, and place in a hot oven to brown. A handle of orange peel may be added, but this is only elegance and gets in the way. 

Is it just me or does that sound great for Easter Dinner?

Next up is my grandmother's childhood book of Andersen's Fairy Tales followed by Blake's Poetical Works purchased for me by my nieces knowing how much I love Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright Blake. Then Esther in Maine written by Flora Longfellow Turknett (good Maine name, say what?) And on the bottom of the pile is a biography of Dwight L. Moody in that elegant deep emerald green. The little leatherbound gospels sits just beside Poppy. All these books reflect my life, values, and history. That's what all books do. It's why we're so eager to read the titles on another's shelves. And, life, values, and history are what home is all about, after all.

Linking to Thursday Inspiration at Mary's Little Red House.

Mary's prompts for March:

March 7   ~ books
March 14 ~ green
March 21 ~ round
March 28 ~ fence

Won't you join in, too?

Love Vee

45 comments:

  1. I thought I might see old books on your post! And nice touch with your reading glasses. Now I want to read them, especially Cross Creek. Have you read Supper of the Lamb? I think you would enjoy it.

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  2. I love everything about old books - the way they look and smell - the feel of the old pages! An old musty bookstore is a rarity these days but that fragrance is one of my favorite smells ever! I noticed your candle. Wouldn't it be fun if there was a scent called 'Bookstore' or 'Library?' I sometimes the candles smelling like leather. That used to be Amber's favorite back when she was a little girl and riding horses!
    Lovely post! As ALWAYS!

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  3. Yes, the orange halves filled with sweet potatoes would make a nice presentation for Easter. I like your idea of decorating with the books Vee, mine stay neat and tidy in their bookcases. Of course I have more than gardening books but since I have more of them than anything else, they were topmost on my mind for this week.
    Poppy does have an attractive blue cover.
    Judith

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  4. Hi Vee,

    Your books are lovely. I love seeing the bindings of old books, and the artwork inside of some of them is amazing. I can spend hours browsing an old book store. I collect volumes of Louisa May Alcott.

    I think having little vignettes of books like yours is a lovely reminder of the words inside.

    Happy Thursday. It's still snowing but just a pretty coating with lots of wind.

    Karen

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  5. Do you think that one day iPads and Kindles will hold the same elegance for future generations? I can't imagine that they will. There is something very special about old books. The pictures here are lovely.

    What a great idea for a new addition to the Easter dinner menu! I need to remember this. What is your plan for serrating the orange edges?

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  6. One can never have too many books!

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  7. I should read your blog before I post in the morning! I could have written about books...instead of art today! I sure love books and Cross Creek is a prized treasure around here. They are part of our history in this part of Florida. I love stacks of old books...everywhere! Enjoy your day!

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  8. I love books of all kinds!

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  9. Beautiful photos! Beautiful words!

    Old books! I love them-to-pieces. :-)

    Ho-ho! The one which is not considered politically correct these days, I WANT to see if my library has a copy. I love, love, love to thumb-my-nose at the liberal "Political Correctness Pooooooooolic"!!!!!!!! >,-)

    "Auntie"

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    1. That should read...."Political Correctness Pooooooooolice"!!!!!!!! >,-)

      Forgot the "e" on Poooooolice. -grin-

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  10. I love books and what a treasure trove of a collection you have! When we moved from Iowa back south several years ago my father-in-law said he would never help us move again because I had too many books. Oh well. ;)

    I love the food reference you posted. It does make my mouth water ... just a little.

    Hope you guys are beginning to thaw out a little!

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  11. I sometimes buy old books at library sales just because they look beautiful on the shelves. :)

    I really like my Kindle but it will never replace real books.

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  12. Those are beautiful books and make a great setting to delight the eyes. Lovely photos!

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  13. That recipe sounds pretty good! I meant to share with you a while back that Netflix has the series Monarch of the Glen (Scotland) that I thought you might enjoy. I've been watching it while working on my current painting.

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  14. That brought back memories of a christian boarding school in Florida when I was in 10th grade. During Easter & Christmas, we were all in the kitchen making huge dinners, including exactly those little orange baskets. I've thought of them a million times, they were that special!

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  15. I love orange with my sweet potatoes, using the juice and zest in my glaze. I think I will try these. I am just starting to use books in little vignettes. I do like the look of the older well worn and well read ones, mine are all new :( I am curious as to why Cross Creek would be considered politically incorrect? I am not familiar with the book or the author. xo

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  16. I love books and photos of stacked books, too! I've got a lot of books that would be considered politically incorrect for sure. Not familiar with Cross Creek.

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  17. is that the same rawlings who wrote "THE YEARLING?"
    my best friend gives me old books all the time. i
    have them overflowing tables and bookshelves and
    LOVE each one.

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  18. I too love to decorate with books. I have many. I love your old worn books the best. I don't have too many of those. I am drooling over that sweet potato recipe.

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  19. You do have some great looking books! I do think the orange stuffed with sweet potatoes sounds yummy. Let us know if you serve this. A photo would be good, too. :)

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  20. Your lovely worn books are beautiful decor and I love how they hold such treasures of life, memories, history, inspiration, and home! Recently, I saw old books used in decor by turning them backwards - giving a soft glow of antique white (of course, the colourful bindings and spines would not be visible this way).
    I have made muffins in orange shells over an open fire when camping but never thought to bake sweet potatoes in them - that sounds wonderful!
    I always enjoy your posts Vee!

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  21. Love the smell of old books!! beautiful picture Vee!!

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  22. I have the same edition of Cross Creek that you have. Food descriptions are fun to read - and usually make me hungry, like the excerpt you shared. Wonderful old books. Esther in Maine sounds intriguing. I've never heard of that book.
    Great photos, Vee.

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  23. Oh, I so love your old books, Vee! I think that I would feel right at home in your house... ;) I especially love the first photo in your post -- so beautifully styled with the reading glasses and those wonderful colors! thanks so much for contributing to Thursday's Inspiration. xoxo

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  24. Lovely captures. One of the reasons I love old books is not that they are politically correct, but we get to see how people of that time and place thought. It's fascinating and sometimes inspiring to see how much we've changed through the years.

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    1. Yes, so true. We can no more hold people of a former time to our "standards" of today any more than we should be held to the standards of the future. I love many of those "politically incorrect" books...Huckleberry Finn, Cross Creek, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird and on and on and on...

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  25. I like the old books too. Such pretty colors!!
    Seeing the name Poppy made me think of my grandfather - that's what I used to call him. : )

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  26. Same day, later... :-)

    Thank you for your suggestion!!!!! I took it, and now, my "homemade" Background, does look brighter and better!

    Naturally, I said this, in my Under-My-Header-Pic words. Which you can see, by clicking here.... :-)

    "Auntie"

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  27. When I'm out thrifting I scan the shelf for old books. After finding one the next step is the sniff test. If it has the musty smell it gets put back on the shelf. After that if the book interests me it usually comes home with me. There is something so charming about them and the fact that they are hard to come by makes them even more appealing.
    Your photos and descriptions are wonderful. When you mentioned a food description I was hoping you would share. I also LOVE cozy home descriptions. :D.

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  28. Just goes to prove my theory that books are beautiful! Beautiful to read and they can be just beautiful to look at. Definitely if we are clever, our titles tell much about ourselves..

    Blessings, Debbie

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  29. Vee
    Not only were the content of the old books usually so much better than todays, but the bonus is there are also beautiful to display!

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  30. Your books look well thumbed. I wonder if Poppy is about the Himilayan Blue Poppy. Valerie

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  31. I love decorating with books, too. I was a reader once, long before blogging. I now read very seldom...getting more enjoyment from blogging than reading. When I do read, I love the short stories of RD Condensed books.

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  32. Beautiful old books Vee. I have read a few blogposts on books and wish I had had the time to take part as they got me thinking of all the books I have in our house in several rooms and bookshelves etc. I have a LOT of books! Too many to count.

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  33. You have a lovely collection, Vee. I have such a weakness for old books --the more vintage the better. When I moved I had to donate so many books to charity as they are very heavy to move, but I took all my old book treasures as I could not part with them.

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  34. Beautiful! I LOVE books! Especially older books that have such wonderful covers.

    Now you have my creative wheels turning!

    Deanna

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  35. What a beautiful collection (which I'm sure is a small sampling) of old books! Yes, old books have such aesthetic appeal.

    I have never read Cross Creek, although Rawlings' The Yearling is one of my favorites. It is masterfully written...from the fly wheel scene at the beginning, to the homecoming and fly wheel scene at the end. I could go on and on, but I won't. I would not allow a child to graduate from high school without reading The Yearling. (As a homeschool teacher, I have that prerogative.) :)

    P.S. we are reading Blake's poetry during our Morning Time this spring...and have read "The Tyger" this week.

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  36. I like 'beholding' the books as much as reading them...especially the old ones. That's the problem with e-readers...they are nothing to look at! I'll always need my books.

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  37. I love decorating with books too. I was delighted yesterday afternoon when I took a break and went to thrift store and found a nearly perfect copy of a book that I have wanted for a while for a dollar. It is southern literature and written about the author's time at the college that both of my daughters attended. I have a vignette in my head that has been waiting for that book.

    I like the way you displayed yours. To me, a house should tell a story, and what better way to tell a story than to use books.

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  38. Vee,
    Vintage books, how exquisite!!!
    I adore how they show their age and yet have stood the test of time and use!
    Magnificent photography!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  39. Lovely book post Vee.
    Poppy looks an interesting old book - that blue cover is just stunning.
    I just love the patina of old well loved books.
    I love how you always manage to put an interesting twist on your posts!
    Sending you some warm Summer sunbeams from my corner of the world!
    Shane ♥

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  40. Yes, books are so alluring - both on the outside and the inside. I love the food descriptions in books, too. My favorite author for describing food is Elizabeth Goudge. Food sounds so magical when described beautifully!

    Katy

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  41. When they made the movie based on "Cross Creek", my Dad had a boat yard in Florida. The crew stopped in one day and bought 10 or 12 OLD boats to use in the movie. They were having a hard time finding "vintage" style boats, and since he was wondering how to get rid of such trash, he was beside himself delighted!!! As soon as the movie came out on VHS, we bought him a copy and he watched it over and over to see "his" boats :^)
    Thank you for a big smile, plus...your vignette with the books is lovely!
    Blessings to you,
    J

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