Treasure Box Wednesday: Surprises of All Sizes


It was a week of niceties here at The Thrift Shop Romantic. Pleasant things that just make the days seem that much brighter, and I thought I'd share them with you.

The first was because of an extremely thoughtful reader, Serena. Having been a part of the Nancy Drew journal giveaway we did a few months ago, she came across these cute journals made out of recycled vintage books, and sent them along.


Regular readers undoubtedly see that New Joys of Jell-O cookbook about and chuckle. Because we did, indeed, explore its wiggling, jiggling wonders in a previous post!

Anyway, the interesting thing about these journals are they're a great example of how to make the most of a vintage item that's not rare or in pristine shape...


You may have read me here in the past ranting about irresponsible crafting, where folks take things that might be first editions or 100 years old ephemera and then dismantle them for the sake of crafting. And it was refreshing to see how this is the opposite of that.

I like, too, how the innards of the books have been used as divider pages for the journal. I'll serve you up just one of the pages here ( and you can be glad it's not that horror movie Jell-O mold in the bottom corner)...


Here's just a quick closeup on the Scuffy the Tugboat Golden Book that was used...


And how the illustrations, gently worn, make a pretty contrast to the journal pages...


Now I just need to find something worthy to write in here! Thank you again, Serena!

The other cheerful surprise of this week was the Farmer's Market I hit Tuesday night. These days, buying local produce just makes sense, and a market near work was one I'd always wanted to check out.

Yellow plums and fresh nectarines called me...


I picked a pint of plums that looked pretty perfectamundo, don't ya think?


And the nectarines will nosh nicely...


But little did I expect there'd be so many things other than produce there!

It was like a festival, really. There were fudge vendors and people selling ice cream. You could buy flowers or fresh baked bread or homemade candles. And then there were the booths of foods from around the world.

I picked a pack of Polish Pierogies and grabbed a bunch of Greek Grape Leaves, and made my way home...


...Wondering what goodies might await for next week. Too fun!


If not, maybe I'll see you Sunday. I'm off now for a nice fresh plum!

6 comments:

Janelle said...

I have had that book journal site bookmarked for a couple of years--I really need to just get one already!

Pierogies...yum!!!

JD at I Do Things said...

I do love farmers markest, and usually not for the fruit, tho I have to say, yours does look ravishing.

And those journals are SO cute! What a great idea. Even if you never write in them, they'd be great to just display on a shelf.

Andrea said...

Can you throw pretty hard??? I want a yellow plum!! They look so fresh, crunchy, sweet, delectable....We have a purple plum tree in our front yard, but for some reason, your yellow plums look extra-yummy to me tonight.

Jenn Thorson said...

Janelle- That's funny you were already well-aware of the place! Small internet, eh? :)

JD- I may do just that, at least for a while. I like that the pages aren't lined-- I may use them for craft sketching projects... Planning out some of the wood-burning signs I do, etc.

Andrea- They're pretty ripe, so that might be a little dangerous-- if we get a good lob going, you'll be wearing plum juice! :) I've never had yellow plums before, but these are really delicious.

Da Old Man said...

Mrs. goes to the farmers market every week. Her favorite stand is the pickle guy.
I like when she stocks up on peaches. Right now they are at their juicy best.

Jayne Barket Lyons said...

Hi Jenn,

I've just recently started following your blog...and I LOVE it!!

Those journals are SO dang cute! Sometimes don't you wish that you've been the one to come up with a cool idea like that?

If you get a moment, please check out my blog, adventures in accumulation. This blog is a few months old, and a work in progress.

Cheers!