Sucker for books




I recently spent some time at Wonderbook, a great used bookshop where I spent a lot of time when I was younger. We moved to Maryland when I was in the 5th grade and I have so many memories of afternoons spent at Wonderbook with my sisters and Dad. Both my parents have always been avid readers, but I always remember my Dad taking us to the store and telling us we could each buy $1 worth of books. He must of been pretty clever because this kept us busy. Most of the books were priced around 75¢ but if you really searched you could usually find books for 50¢. I actually seem to remember them being an odd price like 55¢, but it was close enough we knew we could get away with getting two books this way.
While most of my trips to Wonderbook these days usually include the boys. I absolutely love going there alone. I could easily spend hours and hours searching through the books. I always start off in kids, then check the classics, spend some quality time with the cookbooks, and end in the adult fiction. On one on my last trips there the children’s books were buy2get1free, and I found this gem.
The illustrations are so such and vibrant. Illustrated by Hilda Miloche and Wilma Kane and published by Whitman Publishing 1945. They also illustrated a bunch of other books including paper dolls. You can find so many amazing reproduction paper doll books on this website that came up when I was searching for their other books.

The Mary Frances Books

I first heard of Mary Frances books when my friend Crystal gave me one of their reproduction copies. I believe it was The Mary Frances Sewing Book . She said she was finished with it and wanted to pass it on to someone else who would enjoy it. I was immediately charmed by the illustrations inside and set to work finding out more information.


I quickly found out there are many Mary Frances books, seven total, and the old editions sell for a lot of money. Jane Eayre Fryer a school teacher wrote and illustrated the books starting in 1912. The books are not only charming little stories, but contain lessons, how-to’s and recipes.
Of course being the book nerd I am, I passed along the reproduction to another friend and set to work finding some of the older editions for myself. I have had the best luck finding copies around $20 each by keeping an eye on Ebay, Amazon’s used books, and Alibris. A lot of time the listings on Alibris will not have photos so you have to read the description carefully to make sure you are indeed getting an original and not reproduction copy.
So far I have been able to collect The Mary Frances Cookbook, The Mary Frances Garden Book, and The Mary Frances Sewing Book. Now I am just keeping my eyes peeled for a bargain on the others.
So back to my original friend who introduced me to the books, she recently had a birthday and while looking for something unrelated I stumbled across these Mary France embroidery patterns by Acme Notions. I knew I had to get a set for Crystal to go with her gifts, and of course I needed a set of my own. I wish they had patterns for each of the books, the garden book has such cute illustrations inside.
if you’d like to learn even more about Jane Eayre Fryer, this website has a blog and information about all of the books.
Please note that the Amazon link above is an Amazon affiliate link and if you purchase something using it I will receive a small Amazon credit.

Thrifted Chairs

When B and I went on our PA Adventure to pick up the auction goodies we happened upon these beautiful chairs at a thrift shop. We hadn’t even planned to stop in the thrift shop, but I noticed it when we pulled over to get gas, and we still had half an hour to kill before we could go to the auction house. The chairs were only $5 each and in such dreamy colors. Now we have 4 different old school chairs around our dining room table.

Lucketts



Thomas and I had a nice Thursday in Leesburg & Lucketts VA recently. We found this adorable pie shop when we were searching for coffee, and of course we had to stop in for some pie! Then we had to stop in The Old Lucketts Store, to peruse the vintage treasure. We found an amazing glass front cabinet that would of been perfect for a space in our house, but it ended up that it was double sided. With glass front doors on both sides. It seemed such a shame to buy it and push it up against a wall, so we left it behind for someone who needed a double sided cabinet to find.