Thursday, January 29, 2015

Vintage Finds and Peaceful Words For A Winter's Day

A friendly welcome to my 
friends and new followers.
I'm so glad that you're all here.
Thank you for coming by.

I hope your week has been filled
with wonder and delight.

New experiences and a quiet
contentment with the familiar.

I do enjoy winter very much.
 Walks in the chilly air.
A good game of Fox and Geese
Campfires in the cold
Steaming cups of tea
 Neatly stacked fire wood

What good is the warmth of summer
without the cold of winter
to give it sweetness.
~Author Unknown

And another thing
that I enjoy is thrift store shopping. 
It's one of my favorite 
things to do.

Do you find it relaxing or exciting to look?
It can be both for me! 

A few months back,
I found these old hymnals. I like most old books
 and music is such a big part of my life. 
I am a gatherer..

  Sheet music or any kind of 
book that is related. 
I love the look of aged paper... 
especially with notes. 
I have seen crafters and artists 
   use it for creating many different projects. 
I enjoy using it for that as well and 
some I just collect.

These two are too special to take apart.

(I find it really hard pulling books apart anyway.
They just seem sacred to me...
 or something like I strange? )

I have never seen a Psalter Hymnal..
I was very excited o find it.

The gilding and details on both of these
books are so special.
The edges and corners are so tattered  
and torn from hands taking them from
their place in the back of the pew. 

And possibly from falling to the floor from
the hands of little ones that are so
eager to read and sing along...

When I thought of these photos, 
 the colors of winter came to mind...

creamy white
even green.

 The words still read the same.
Bringing peace and hope.
And the old scratched teapot. 

It's lid wouldn't stay on but it really
was a beauty to me with all of it's
scrolling details...
the pretty botanical handle and tarnished finish.
Winter days just seem to call 
to my heart to be still.
 Here's a handmade, cotton apron with it's 
corn flower-hued roses and 
vintage green leaves. I knew it was very old when 
I saw it and I couldn't resist bringing it home.
The cotton fabric is so soft 
and the added ribbons are so nice.

(The apron is tied on my thrifted wedding
dress that I found for a dollar. 
But she deserves a post
all her own and so that will come later!)
Hydrangeas from a family picnic last fall.
Winter is a time for comfort,
For good food and warmth,
For the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
It is the time for home.

It is no season in which to
Wander the world as if one 
Were the wind blowing aimlessly
Along the streets without a place to rest
Without food and without 
meaning anything to one.
Just as time means nothing to the wind.
Edith Sitwell

How many lessons of faith and
beauty we should lose,
if there were no winter in our year!
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
April Days, 1861

I hope you've enjoyed your visit.
Stay warm and be safe.

Tamara xo


Sylvia said...

Hi Tamara, I enjoy thrift shopping even though sometimes I don't really have to extra money to spend on these things that aren't a necessity! I enjoy just looking and sometimes I to find things for a dollar. I enjoyed the poems, and the words to the songs in that Psalter Hymnal.

Stephanie said...

Helo, my new sweet friend :) Your post was a joy to read this morning as I sip my coffee. I, too, love the winter months - there is something delightful about the chilly air nipping at your cheeks and the cozy fire that keeps the home warm.

The hymnals you found are absolutely wonderful! I have several that I keep out in my living room - I love the old look and I especially love the words inside. The hymns are precious.

Happy weekend, dear Tamara! Hugs!

Kathy said...

I love old books and especially hymnals. You made quite a find there. I've hopped over to your blog from Lavender Dreamer and have become your newest follower.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm so happy to see that you rescued those beautiful hymnals. Your pictures are lovely! Thank you for sharing your treasures at Vintage Inspiration Party.

Tamara said...

I understand about the necessities and I am a bargain shopper for sure. Isn't it sweet when we find that one thing for a dollar? I'm glad that you liked the words.. Thank you for coming by and have a great day!

Tamara said...

Thank you so much Betsy! It's my pleasure to join in. It's so nice to have you visit.. Blessings

Tamara said...

Hi Kathy,
It's so nice to meet you and thank you for following along..

Kezzie said...

Hi there!!! I came a-visiting from Fil (Irish singer's blog) because I noticed your comment about being a musician and wondering why there are not so many music blogs.Like you, music is a huge part of my life but I don't write a music blog (actually I do write an educational music blog for my kids at school) but occasionally include musical anecdotes.
I love this post. Your hymnals are beautiful. I really like the way you have captured them too, surrounded by beauty and words of inspiration and comfort. My Grandfather died last year and we cleared out his house and found many old pieces of music belonging to my Great Grandmother who was a musician. I kept them for the sentimental value as I have far too much music already! I do use some old music for crafts though, just not that!x
Nice to meet youxx

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Tamara, the hymnals are very pretty and I love your photography. Thank you for the inspiration.

Fil said...

Hi Tamara - I love shopping in thrift shops - we call them charity shops here and especially for books and old sheet music. Like you I can't bear to tear books apart ... it's much better to enjoy the gems that we find inside.
Thank you so much for your kind comments on my site and I wish you lots of fun with learning the Irish Mandolin ... there aren't so many players here that play trad mandolin - most of them are into bluegrass - which is so funny that you're learning the music from here and they're learning the music from your part of the world.
Has your daughter tried out some of the local studios by the way?
Best wishes on this freezing cold Winter's day
Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

Junkchiccottage said...

Loved your post today. Love love the hymnal you found. What great treasures. Have a wonderful day. Stay warm.

Jeff LeFevre said...

Such beautiful words and pictures!
Reading your post was a peaceful interlude in my busy day...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Great find...I can only imagine that they were in a church and saw many hands...Yep, some books just can't be dismantled


Meg said...

I love the books Tamara xxx

LL Farm said...

Love those hymnals...I have an old one that I got from my Grandma's things when she passed away. OH, and that apron...that would look nice with my blue decor in my kitchen ;-)

Audrey said...

Hi Tamara ... enjoyed your post. Love the old books.
Will be back to see more of your blog.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything is just beautiful! I love the soft blues in the apron and flowers...looks like something I would have. Enjoy your week! Sweet hugs, Diane

Petite Michelle Louise said...

I adore old books and your recent finds are lovely! Thank you for stopping in and leaving such kind words! Made my heart happy. I'm your newest follower too!