Thursday, March 26, 2015

Que Sera Sera

Spoonflower's contest of the week is a special one. They've teamed up with Carousel Designs to find the best southwest-inspired print for baby bedding. The winning design will be used by Carousel in a new collection. Thinking dream catchers and bright feathers and heart-tipped arrows would be perfect for decorating the contemporary crib? Well, well, then lucky for you my Que Sera Sera design is in the running! Voting is open on the weekly challenge page!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

2nd Blogiversary: Fabric Swatch Giveaway

Happy 2 years of Creatively Graceful! The traditional 2nd anniversary gift is cotton and the modern gift is china, so, in honour of this day, I have created my China Floral design. It is now up for sale as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap in my shop. You can head on over to my blog's Facebook page to get the details on how to be entered to win an 8'' by 8'' swatch of it--on cotton, of course!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

1898 Art Nouveau Book

 Not too long ago I was picking up some old art magazines from a library archives building. While lifting one of the boxes of magazines onto a trolley, a book in another box caught my eye. I saw something turquoise and ornate, and pulled out this Art Nouveau beauty.
I cracked it open and found that it was printed in 1898! As I was flipping through it, I turned to the elderly woman who was the volunteer book sorter helping me with the magazines and asked where this book was going. She said to a used book store. I asked how much it would cost there. She said probably around $30. We flipped through it some more. I drooled. She saw me drooling. She said she'd give it to me for $5. I grabbed some change out of my coat pocket.   
And now it's sitting in my house.
It is such a fancy book--complete with a gilt pages and golden lily motifs on the covers!
As it turns out, it is a French biography about Capitaine Belletable. I guess I'll have to read it to find out what made this dude so special.
Something I love about old books is the bookmarks that hide in them. I found this perfectly-penned list (look at that calligraphy!) snuggled between the pages.
What a find!
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