Monday, 20 October 2014

Show and Tell - The Book Fair

The last book fair of the year was held yesterday at Tynemouth Station flea market.  Stall after stall of specialist book sellers.  For someone like me who loves old books it is my idea of heaven.  The normal market was on as well, so it was extra special.  My first purchase was a gorgeous tattered and torn book, Pamela or.........

A fascinating book, I will take time to read some of the chapters.  I love to think who owned this book.  The cover is very damaged, perfect to use as a prop for my work. 
 My second book is a beautifully illustrated 'Days of Delight'.
love this illustration and story
The Snow King
such a sweet illustration
Whitley Bay has an abundance of charity shops.  After work on Saturday I popped into the local hospice store and found these lovely old maps.  They are ideal to photograph my work on.  I especially like the old linen ones.

I have been working on some Christmas tags, dyeing manila tags red and green and stamping them with an assortment of designs.  My new books and maps came in handy!
assorted crowns, snowflakes and merry christmas
gorgeous snowflakes, lovely with brown paper wrap
lovely lace tags, perfect for wrapping with doilies
Beautiful autumnal days here in the north east, long may it continue, makes winter seem shorter. The leaves are falling, the nights are drawing in, the log burner and candles are lit, the hot chocolate is made....  time to get the knitting needles out.  Until next time...  Jayne 









  1. Your book purchases are fantastic Jayne. I love the illustrations in the second book.
    Gorgeous tags again and new wonderful props!
    x Suzy

  2. Yoohoo! It has been sometime since I ventured into Blogland ... I shall have to make this a regular occurance ... Be back later for a lengthy browse and to enjoy your lovely words and images x

  3. The books you chose were wonderful. I didn't know there was a Snow King?
    The eco dyeing you did in the former post brought lovely results... I'm sure you were pleased.
    The hurricane that just left our Canadian shores is headed in your direction. Better get out the wellies!

  4. Hello Jayne, , so lovely to see you here again !! And oh what special books you was lucky to purchase..I so love the "days of Delight" with the lovely illustrations, but every old book is also ,for me, a little wonder.
    Your christmas tags are beautiful, and will be so wonderful to use for gifts or sweet messages !
    Evening hugs to you,- Dorthe

  5. I'm loving the lace tags Jayne and a tad jealous of the books - wonderful bounty!!

  6. Lovely finds as usual,you have the eye.

  7. Hello Jayne, I've just come across your blog today. I also love old books and get many of them in OXON, where I live for part of the year. Aren't the children's books the most exquisite? Those are the ones I love more than anything. I'm off now to go have a look at some more of your posts. :D

  8. I've been buying maps this weekend too - some long thin ones of rivers "for oarsmen and anglers". I didn't know Tynemouth had book fairs - I love your purchases!

  9. Hello Jayne, The books are wonderful and the old map was a great find as well. Your tags are beautiful and I just LOVE the results of your eco dying from your last posts. This must have been a lot of fun.
    Enjoy the wonderful autumn!


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