Wednesday, October 10, 2012

a vintage shelf and projects

 Fall is finally here, and I have been enjoying the cool, crisp air and wearing sweaters. 
At an estate sale I found this neat vintage shelf, but wasn't quite sure what it was for. A lady standing next to me told it was a shelf that is meant for a book to be displayed on. 
 I love the detail in the wood, and how small it is. So sweet. 
 I am not sure what kind of book would have been placed on it, but I was thinking maybe a Bible or a book opened. What do you think?
Here it is on the wall and it slants a little. I just need to find the perfect book to go on it! I think it would be neat to find an old Bible, so we'll see. Have you ever seen one? What kind of book would you place on it?
 Well, it is that time! Christmas projects! I am already starting on my Christmas line of vintagey tea towels that will be coming soon!! I also have a holiday boutique coming up in November, so I am busy again getting ready and sewing away.
A pretty vintage table runner that just needs a scalloped border, and will be heading to my shoppe soon! 

I have also been working on ideas for some new goodies. Here is a little peak at some with sweet vintage feed sacks and fabrics. 
 The maple leaf quilt is partially pinned and ready for some hand stitching. Thank you for all your sweet comments and recommendations! ;)
 And, lastly I am on my last color for the patchwork blanket. I have already been snuggling with the other half, while I crochet away in the evenings. These crocheted blankets really keep you warm. I love it! Well, I am off to create away. Are you working on any sweet projects? Hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather! 

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  1. So many great projects! I just love the Christmas fabric. You could use the little bookshelf in the kitchen to hold a cookbook!

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    1. Thank you so much Lynne! A small cookbook would be a cute idea! Hope you are having a great weekend! xo Heather

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  2. My guess for the little shelf...Perhaps it held sheet music. The lip on the bottom looks quite shallow for a regular book. xo

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    1. It is pretty shallow, and small in the length. I have tried many old books, and when it is on the wall, they don't really fit. So we'll see what I can find out there for it! Happy weekend! xo Heather

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  3. I think I might need to put an old children's story book on that little shelf! Lovely fabric! Ada :)

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    1. A very cute idea!! Thank you! xo Heather

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  4. Adore how you tilted the shelf to make it a book display. What a nifty idea!

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    1. The way it hangs on the wall it already tilts, but it definitely is a great idea for a shelf. Happy weekend to you! xo Heather

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  5. Your book shelf might be for a lovely pretty cook book? ...Wow how busy are you at the moment,lovely pretties your'e making,clever you x
    XX Manda XX

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    1. Thank you so much!! Hope your weekend is lovely! xo Heather

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  6. i think a bible would be beautiful. or you could do an old hymnal, too. :)

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    1. I like an old hymnal! That would be sweet! ;) xo Heather

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  7. I LOVE that shelf and the Christmas linen I see!

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  8. An old leather bound bible would be great on that shelf..it would be a daily reminder to take a little wisdom from it everyday!

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  9. Wow Heather! You have so many great projects going on right now.
    I love your new shelf. I think a bible would do it justice!
    Happy Fall!
    Erica :)

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    1. Thank you so much Erica!! Happy Fall! xo Heather

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  10. What a lovely little book shelf!! Love your projects!

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  11. Yes, an old family bible would be perfect there and you could change the books you leave it open to.

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    1. That would be a great idea!! ;) xo Heather

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  12. I agree a Bible would look so special on your shelf!! Something new to look for at the flea market!! Can't wait to see the new items in your shop!!

    chris

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  13. I think a Bible or a dictionary would be great on that shelf. Better yet, an altered book or journal of your work! Love those feedsack fabrics. The colors are wonderful. Cozy under a handmade blanket with a good book sounds perfect!

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    1. Oh, that would be a great idea! Thank you!! xo Heather

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  14. It looks like it may have been part of a pulpit. Makes me start humming "there's a family bible on the table..."

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  15. I can't wait to see what book ends up on your special shelf. You definitely have some wonderful projects going on right now at your house. Have fun snuggling away with your crochet blanket.

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    1. Thank you Kim! I am glad it has been cold enough to snuggle! xo Heather

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  16. Wonderful find - would be great to show off a book with wonderful illustrations.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  17. Beautiful shelf! I think a bible would be perfect. Another idea might be a dictionary or family cookbook?

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    1. Thank you! That would be fun to put a family cookbook! Have a great Sunday! xo Heather

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  18. I can see that shelf holding a very old and well used Bible, turned to the Christmas story with some holly and evergreens surrounding it! I've never seem a shelf like that, it's really cool.

    Love all your projects. I was snuggling under the afghan I got for my wedding shower 32 years ago last night. I always think of my great aunt who made it when I do!

    Blessings

    Linda

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    1. Oh, how beautiful that image is! Thank you so much, and how neat to have that special afghan! ;) xo Heather

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  19. Heather, you are always creating such sweet and lovely things. I bet that little shelf was definitely used for a Bible. There are similar free standing book holders here that are used for the Quran. But you could use it for any book to reflect the season or the holidays. Or you know what, maybe it was used for a guestbook at a B&B. That would be a fun idea. I have a friend who used to have everyone sign a guestbook everytime she'd have a get together. Fun memento of time spent with friends. Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

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    1. Oh, that would be a an idea of what it was used for! Love that! A great way to record special times with friends! Have a wonderful day, too! xo Heather

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  20. Oh Heather -- the shelf is so fabulous! I LOVE IT!!!! The treasures it can hold!!! : ) All of your projects are wonder and so are you! (((HUGS)))

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  21. Such lovely Christmas tablecloths! I can't wait to see what you will be doing with all your projects, but I'm especially interested in what you have in store for those quilted feedsacks. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be fabulous! :) --Fran

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    1. Thank you Fran! Happy Sunday to you! xo Heather

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  22. Lovely post, Heather. The little shelf is a lovely thing...you could use it to display a vintage book filled with beautiful illustrations, and turn it to a different page to enjoy each day :) I love all your pretty makes! It certainly is the perfect time to be crocheting a blanket or sewing a quilt to snuggle under while you work!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen! Love the idea of putting a sweet vintage book with beautiful illustrations! Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend, too! xo Heather

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  23. I wish I could craft as much as you do! Wow, you are just so talented! I really love the book holder, and think a bible is a lovely idea!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Thank you so much Susie! ;) Have a lovely Sunday! xo Heather

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  24. You have been a busy girl Heather. Love your book shelf at first I did not get it. (I guess I should not admit that?) lol Some sort of vintagey book would be perfect for your shelf. I love your Christmas table cloths and I can not wait to see what you create with them.
    Hugs
    donna

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    1. It is okay, I didn't know what it was when I first saw it.;) Thank you so much Donna! xo Heather

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  25. Ah, the crochet makes me long to cuddle up and crochet and/or knit sometime soon!

    Carolyn
    http://sillyhappysweet.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, yes the best time to cuddle up and crochet! ;) xo Heather

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  26. Heather the little shelf is so cute. It would also look cute hung in the kitchen with a favorite cookbook displayed on it. Love all your projects you are working on.

    xo
    Danielle

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    1. Thank you! That would be a sweet idea! Hope you have a beautiful Sunday! xo Heather

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  27. I love the little shelf. I think anything you put on it will be really cute. Love all your projects-can't wait to see the Christmas tea towels!

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    1. Thank you so much Leslie!! Have a lovely Sunday! xo Heather

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  28. Hi Heather, such a cute little shelf! It would look great with any vintage book on it :) A family bible or even a favorite cook book, at Christmas time you could put your favorite Christmas carol on it, using sheet music notes :) Love those table clothes, can't wait to see your projects :) xo Holly

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    1. Thank you Holly! Oh, I love the idea of a Christmas carol!! Thanks! Have a lovely Sunday! xo Heather

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  29. Oh, what a great post. I love your little book shelf and I think your family Bible would be perfect. Just look at your Christmas stitching...You are so inspiring. I haven't even begun thinking about Christmas gifts. I've had a wonderful houseguest and am so behind in decorating, cleaning, sewing...My guest just flew out a few hours ago. I guess I better get busy!
    I hope you have a lovely weekend, my sweet friend,
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xoxo

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    1. Thank you Carolynn! How fun to have a wonderful houseguest!! Glad you have been enjoying sweet time spent with a friend! Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Sunday! xo Heather

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  30. Your little shelf is adorable...and I can't wait to see your Christmas towels. Stay cozy..our weather is changing here too!

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    1. Thank you Koralee! Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday! xo Heathera

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  31. Hello Heather, what a PRECIOUS wood shelf. That's very unique! I don't think I have ever seen one quite like that...charming...especially wondering what kind of books graced laying on it! I wish you well on finishing your quilts and other projects...I guess I need to start thinking about Christmas gifts myself! Have a BLESSED week~~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie! Thank you so much! Have a blessed Sunday! xo Heather

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  32. What a great little shelf! I really like the way it looks sitting on the table. Your table runner is going to be really cute. And I can't wait to see what you do with those feedsack pieces.

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  33. That patchwork blanket looks so wonderfully cozy! I think I am going to have to start on one of my own :)

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  34. Just happened upon your blog and saw the post about this shelf. This is actually a shelf from an old Kellogg wooden telephone. You can google it and see pictures of the old wooden phones with this shelf on the front.

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