Hello everyone and welcome. Hope you're
comfortably seated and have a nice cup of
tea or any other beverage which appeals to
you close to hand because there's lots here
in this post to share.
There's equal parts book news and stitching
news to report plus some reno updates so
I'd best get right into it.
I collect Folio Society books which is a
company in England who publishes
illustrated, beautifully bound editions
of classic books. Modern classics as
well as those from the past. Fiction,
history, poetry, short stories, biographies
and so on. The Folio Society covers
Over the years I've collected a fair number
of these books but they are costly and so
it's not something I do often. Perhaps
once a year or so, especially when they
are offering good deals.
Last Tuesday I was walking home from the
train station on what turned out to be the
hottest day of the year ... thus far.
It was brutal walking in that heat let me
tell you!! I got three quarters of the way
home and didn't think I was going to
make it any further. So I popped into
a little thrift store that's a few blocks
from my house to poke around in their
book section and to recover a little in
their air conditioning.
I wandered around and checked out the
main book section but didn't find anything
too earth shattering there. So I headed
back to the front of the shop to check a
couple of shelves where they keep the
more valuable or in demand books.
I was giving those two shelves a
cursory look through when one
book caught my eye. Life On The
Mississippi by Mark Twain ... a
Folio Society book!! Then I
realized that the book next to it
was also a Folio book ... and so was
the one next to that!!
In all look what I found ....
The six books to the left of The Greek
Myths were in the thrift store. All of
them in mint condition in their boxes.
for $10.00 each. I started frantically
snatching books off that shelf, six of
them in all!!! The total of those six
books is what one of them would
normally cost!!! I had to haul
them the rest of the way home in
the heat but somehow that didn't
seem like much of a hardship.
Friday night, on my way home from
working out at Curves I stopped at
The White Rabbit second hand book
store just to do a quick (yeah, right!!)
browse through to see what might
be there. Got chatting with the
owner and mentioned my incredible
Folio haul from a few days previously.
Guess what!! He mentioned that
they had received a few Folio
Society books to sell as well and would
I care to see them??
They had three books or book sets
and I had a hard time deciding which
one to buy. The folks at The White
Rabbit had a better idea of what the
books were worth so they'd priced
theirs accordingly. But still, the
Greek Myths by Robert Graves
that I chose was still a third of the
price I would have paid from the
Folio Society themselves. Plus
no shipping charges to add to that.
(Same for the books from the thrift
store for that matter!!)
I am a very happy camper today!!!!
I have bought a few newly published books
recently too including the sequel to A
Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
which I am desperate to get into as soon as
I finish my currant read. I've heard good
things about The Chaperone so am curious
to read that soon and Seraphina is a young
adult fantasy that sounds really, really good.
And then last Saturday I hit a couple of garage sales
during my morning walk and came home with this
lot. I'm halfway through the Bob Hope book.
I have no idea where I'm going to put all these
new books. Well, the Folios will go on the
shelves of the new built in bookcase in the
living room with the rest of my Folio collection
but the others??? The library shelves
downstairs are full to bursting ... again. It
might be time to do some culling ... again.
Last Sunday the last touch was added to our
main floor renovation. The two area rugs
arrived. We set them in place and were
then able to celebrate the official conclusion
to our reno!! Started mid February and
finished the beginning of July. Not too bad.
And the best part???
Phil and I are still married!!
Above is a picture of the dining room all
And here is the living room. I think we'll
designate the single chair to the right of
the photo (next to the book shelves) as
my downstairs stitching chair.
Speaking of stitching ... a few updates
are in order here. Finished the square
and added a bit more border to my
P.S. Summer Sampler.
I've put a few stitches into a project that
was abandoned for a year which I
suppose makes it a UFO? Drawn
Thread's Game Sampler which I'm
suppose to be stitching with Maggie.
This thing is going to be huge (if I ever get
around to actually finishing it). Every time
I work on it I wonder what the heck I'm
going to do with it when it's done. It
would cost a fortune to frame and it's a
bit too big for a pin keep ....
I don't think that I've ever shared anything
about this project. Another rather big design
which I pick up once in awhile to put a few
more stitches in.
Here's the chart.
Here's what it's suppose to look like when
(ever) it's done. I love My Big Toe designs
and this one is gorgeous!!!
Must not dwell on the guilt of not getting
these stitched up in a timely fashion. Must
remember to just sit back and enjoy the
process ... which is all that matters.
Another long post. If Blogger ever puts
a limit on the size of the posts you can
make I'll be in big trouble.
Thanks for dropping by.