Most of us love to collect the things we relate to as an aid in
(photo saved from a house fire!)
inspiring us in our creative works and just because we love them
and these are some of my treasures sitting on our living room shelves
and antique dressers
(purchased and gifted)
which I have used to create some works like these
(a few of my fabric and paper journals here)
and some have also been gifted such as this
gorgeous Victorian collage
a beautiful garden angel and lace heart behind.
It's not everyday that a friend offers you the chance to purchase
two beautiful vintage photo albums. These two particular
albums belonged to my friend, Glenda's, grandmother
as she has no children to hand them down to
she offered them to me
she knew how much I enjoyed using these cabinet cards
in my projects.
I think they are from the late 1900's and this one
is quite large. I will share the photos of this one at some later stage.
Such a beautiful brass closure
on this one
and this is the second smaller one.
The tooling on this smaller leather one is also amazing
with its brass closure.
and just look at the gilt bevelled edged pages so thick and strong.
These are just a few of the pages and photos it contains.
It is not just the Victorian history behind these beautiful cards - it is also
the amazing garments, their textures of silk, satin and velvets these folk wore
as well as the exceptional quality
of the card and paper
which was used to create these albums.
These albums were made to last - not just one lifetime but several
if they are looked after!
I consider myself very very lucky now being the owner of these two
magnificent leather bound photograph albums which I will treasure
in their original torn,
slightly tattered and stained form.
I'm getting closer to the time when I can sit and blog
and create again in my favourite room -
dare I say almost!
So thank you all dear blogging friends for continuing to visit during
my long absence of recovery.
I appreciate you all so very much and hope to be visiting you again before long.
Love and hugs,