Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Bookcase Surprises!

I got a little bored with my bookcase and added a few little vignettes to bring it to life a bit.

I added my miniature domed Queen Victoria bust on the middle shelf next to my Victorian furniture books and atop of some lace, a daily handbook and a Queen Victoria book.

And of course, what's a bookcase without Mark Twain? Especially if you live in Missouri right? He sits on top of an Adventures of Huckleberry Finn book box.

Would you like to take a peek at some of the books that I have?

The Godey's Lady's Book below is the second oldest book I have, it is dated 1868.  Sorry about the blurry photo.

Here are more old books and another book box, Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Let's take some of these books over to the Library table so you can get closer look. On the table I have a photo album on a stand and a photo box. Below you can see just a tad bit of another photo album on top of my Victorian Scrap book (red).

In the photo above, you can barely see this wall pocket/hanging magazine rack that houses a vintage fan, and a few Gleason's Monthly Companions, dated 1876.

And now for some books. Below is my oldest book dating back to 1856. It belonged to my 3rd Great Grandmother and as you can tell it was definitely used.

And inside is the family record that she wrote. I just love this small glimpse of her penmanship.

A few late 1800's, early 1900's books with pretty covers.

And there's this one that someone replaced the spine with this purple material, it too was used a lot.

It has beautiful color illustrations throughout and the book is dated 1889.

And two of my favorites, Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. 1908 and 1913.

And in the below cabinet section of the bookcase I keep these books from my childhood. The Family Circus! I just adore them and always have! This is only a very few of what's down there though.

Livy dog wants to show you her favorite's too.

My favorite bookmark that reads 

"A room without books is as a body without a soul."

Thank you so much for visiting and have a beautiful week.

I am linking up to the following parties, please come and join in the fun.


  1. I always enjoy updates on your miniatures and dollhouses, but it's just as much fun to see your beautiful home too. What treasures you have, especially from your heritage!

  2. You simply amaze me with your collection of very cool things!
    The book shelf looks great and I absolutely love the wall pocket!

  3. Hi Gina,
    I LOVE books and have always wanted a nice library but we just don't have the room for one. So we have our books stored in three different rooms. Loved looking at your doll house again. It's so charming. I discontinued my HOME party in January because I was having computer issues. I also found hosting two linky parties too much to handle so I decided to only do my tea party. Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day.


  4. Gina, you have the best collections and I know I've told you that before. I absolutely love all your books. When I buy books now I really just buy them for the beautiful covers (old books) but I certainly don't own any as nice or as beautiful as yours. I'm drooling over Anne of Green Gables and the handwriting years ago was so elegant. My grandmother's handwriting looked like that too. I remember but don't have any samples of it now. How sad...Have a wonderful Mother's Day..Judy

  5. Gina,
    I could just sit and look at your photos for hours. The bookshelf is so interesting. I love your book collection as well as your creative additions. The dollhouse is looking great. The stairs are perfect and that wallpaper is charming. Thank you for sharing. I am off to check out the link parties. ;-)
    Have a Happy Mother's Day!

  6. Gina,
    What a great post filled with so much eye candy!!

    Love what you did with the book shelves and your collection of vintage and antique books is amazing!!

    I love your doll house and will be getting back to you soon about a doll house post I want to do....

    And I adore your garden statue!! I am working out tin the back yard today and came in to take a break and saw you posted so here I sit....


  7. I love old books, you've got some beauties!

  8. Books can be such comfort, imagine having this old book. I see a lot of Anne of Green Gables books as I live in Anne's Land, still a classic and a wonderful inspirational book. I love what you have done with the renovations

  9. Hi Gina
    I enjoyed seeing your desk again filled with old books.
    I have been deleting most of my old books, a friend has bought several, I am still selling and downsizing, small items
    I always liked the books with ladies faces on them and all red bound books
    I really like your 3rd great grandmothers old book
    hope to see you out at the open air flea market at Artichoke Annie's memorial weekend if they have it

  10. I love the photo of your grandparents along with your grandmother's book and her handwriting, how wonderful! Thank you for sharing this at the History & Home link party this week. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  11. Your bookcase looks great Gina! Great job stylizing it. Your dollhouse rooms are wonderful... gotta love the sewing room! Very sweet.

    Blessings, Edie Marie

  12. Love the vignettes you've added to your bookcase and the wonderful vintage books! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

  13. Dear Gina...

    Love your dollhouse stairs. Please tell me how you did them! Did you buy wood and glue them or what?

    Gina I wanted to tell you how much your kind words meant to me on the death of my beloved kitty, Honey Cat. It' s a week today and I'm still terribly sad. I miss her soooo much. But your comment was very comforting. Susan

  14. Looks beautiful, love your vintage books! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Bears and Mark Twain! Love it all! I could sit all day with you and read the Family Circus books. I used to curl up on Sunday afternoons and read my Mother's old collection of Little Lulu books!

  16. p.s. on May 16 ---Hi Gina...I have a hard time finding your email on my email list. It's not under Gina and it's not under Victorian. (Duh, on my part.)

    Anyway, wanted to let you know I had a post on some of my dollhouse yard flower pots! Please check it out when time permits. Susan

  17. Hi Gina...Can you send me another quick email? This time, I'll write down your address so I can write from time to time. Thanks a million. Susan

  18. Hi Gina,
    I love your gorgeous bookcase with your treasured vintage books. What a perfect post for Victoria Day in Canada. How I would love to visit your Victorian Home. It looks so elegant in your pics and your taste is so much like mine. Your dollhouse is so sweet. I wouldn't be coordinated enough to work with such tiny things. Thank you for visiting me. Have a great day! Karen

  19. Beautiful collection of books and I love your wood wall pocket.

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  20. What a fun visit via Amaze Me Monday! And wow! I've heard of Godey's book but never seen one. Thank you for sharing it and all the other lovely books.


  21. i agree on the washer dryer table. like it! i too need to do something better for my craft room which doubles yours in size. :( good luck and i can't wait for after pics
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