I never got to show you my vintage purchase at the antique store I visited while on retreat with my friends recently. I blogged about our field trop to the antique store here. Would you like to see?
I found four really great old cowboy books. I am putting them down in my cowboy bedroom. There is a shelf that runs 'round the room. I'm putting them there, with these really awesome pots I have. They are made of gourds...dried and hallowed out, then woodburned, and the top is made of pine needles. I picked these up at an art fair once, a long time ago. I love them. I need to put some sort of dried flowers in them. But I like them with the books.
Donna, I sure wish you could come over and help me set up my "shelf-scapes." You are so good at it! I am not!
My mom and dad instilled a love of books in me. (Thank you, Mom and Dad!) I remember when I was a kid, Dad would take me to Iowa Book and Supply, on The University of Iowa's campus. It was about 35 minutes from our house. He'd get a hankering to go peruse books. It is still a great bookstore today. I visited it when I was back in Iowa City last fall. Anyway, he'd go look at books, and I would get to wander around doing the same. An unspoken rule was always, "Pick out whatever book or books you want." I'd always pick out some choice books, and Dad would always--without question--buy them for me. I loved those trips together.
These are some of the other things that are going in this room. These very well worn cowboy boots. They are Papa Pea's. He has had them forever. A few years ago, he finally had to give them up, because the leather got a hole in it. He bought new boots several years back, but he couldn't part with these. I was going to turn them into planters or something. But I decided to just use them as a decoration. And those are his fancy spurs (for when he rode in parades), and that's one of my spurs, too. Can't seem to find the other one, with our most recent move. I am thinking of hanging these on the wall in the room somewhere. Haven't decided yet.
Sometimes, when I look at this stuff, I really miss our horses and the many hours we used to spend with them, riding, camping, etc. To be honest, the only time I ever forget about work completely and feel "spiritual," is when I'm on the back of a horse in the mountains out west. For me, it's one of the most relaxing activities I can engage in. Even more so than sewing. Many times, even while sewing, I am ruminating about stuff at work. Don't get me wrong, it is certainly my release. Sadly, however, there are no mountains in Michigan. And we don't have our horses anymore. Sigh. There is something special about being out in nature with your horse.
And these are Sweet Pea's boots, which don't fit any more. I think those will stay in the room, too. I have had this lunchbox for a while. It is from Moda. I was thinking of putting spare toothbrushes and other items for our guests inside.
I can't wait until we can get this room carpeted. This summer, my goal is to finish painting the window and get the curtains made. I'm looking forward to that, too.
Hope to get a more quilty post up for you shortly.
Until next time,