Book pages

An affordable way to get great art is to frame a great illustration from a beloved book. I do it in my home and some pictures I have had up for years.

My store was started as a way to recycle, reuse beautiful old book illustrations from books that were damaged and unusable.

I had been framing them myself, but haven’t found a way to make that pay for itself, so now I mostly offer up the page, from a beautiful, damaged book, that you can frame yourself. It’s inexpensive and you can customize it.


Vintage Books for Sale at GotchaChaCha on Etsy

_DSC0012 _DSC0013This book is for sale on my Etsy site. It is titled “Young Years Library, Best Loved Stories and Poems” Book 4, edited by Augusta Baker, Children’s Coordinator at the NYC Public Library, 1965. I found an article about Augusta Baker by Barbara Bader in The Horn Book Magazine.

Bader writes, “In the children’s library world and beyond, Augusta Baker was known for two big things — transforming the image of blacks in children’s books and enlarging the reach of storytelling.” She also tells of the encounter with the poet Audre Lorde, who at 4 years old met Baker and credits her with instilling the love of literature and reading.

So you can see for yourself, in this delightful compilation, with sharp illustrations, and classic stories. The inside is in great condition, the edges of the cover are a bit beaten up, see the pictures at my listing.

Something New, But it is Old

Hello, I hope you are enjoying the pictures of my cat. Cat blogging.

But back to business. I have decided to start selling some of the books from my vintage book collection. These are books that I have found over the years that I loved for their design, their colors, their time capsule of earlier times. I am selling them to share the love, but also, as my kids get older, so my taste is changing, and the little kid stuff is so awesome, but doesn’t fit in our house anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still have plenty of stuff I am holding onto (I’ll have to take pictures to show you), these are the extra’s, the duplicates, or I just don’t have room for them.

Listed today at my GotchaChaCha store at etsy: _DSC0005 _DSC0012 _DSC0009Please email, comment.

I have been waiting to frame these illustrations

I found this book at an antique mall and had to have it. These are crazy amazing pictures of cats. I also have a puppy one. It doesn’t seem to be very rare, so I knew I wanted to do something with these pictures. The colors are all bright, but has an old age paper patina at the same time. What I ignored was there must have some moisture damage at some time, because the paper is wavy. I also didn’t think too carefully about what would happen when I used a S hinge floating mount. You see, I wanted to show the whole page of the book, to refer back to the fact that it is a page from a book, by floating the picture on mount board, showing the edges (which get hidden in traditional framing). Well, the paper is so thin, that you can see the contours of the sticks of tape that are holding the paper to the board. Argh. Is it ok? Can we say it matches the wavy paper and has a shabby chic quality to it? I love how these came out all mounted up, but did I destroy the pictures? Take a look:_DSC0015 _DSC0007

New in store: more journals of the recycled variety

I am having so much fun making these! It has been a process, and the process shall probably continue to be tweaked, but I found something nice to do with these old books. I take the useful parts, and make something practical and functional, and I love utilitarianism. I use these books now all the time. The are happy, unique, and fun. Here are my latest two, up on my Etsy site GotchaChaCha: