Monday, April 26, 2010

The Gift Of An Antique Vellum Book, 3 Fine Grains & Willow Decor

This past week the beautiful antique vellum book arrived from 3 Fine Grains. Kimberly Fraser, the owner of the shop filled with antique treasures, teamed up with lovely Gina of the fabulous Willow Decor blog for a special treat. It was a GiveAway that made us all hold our breath waiting to hear who might be very lucky new owner of this treasure. Inside and out, it is a thing of beauty just as you would expect.

When it arrived, we looked at it from every angel, inside and out just admiring how astounding it was to see and hold a book in such perfect condition that was written so long ago. However, I kept thinking that it deserved a home more worthy than my little abode. If Gina had it in her possession she could showcase it so much better than I can. But that doesn't mean I won't do my best to give it a special home.

The oldest of my antiques is from around the mid 1800's. When you open the vellum book there is a handwritten notation Venice, 1626. Makes your heart just skip a beat. Although I studied Latin for several years, it is more than rusty and I doubt it will be doing any translating. But I have no need to know every word; the book is so beautiful just to see.

I have nothing older than the mid 1800's in my home. But those antiques are treasured dearly. I hope this beautiful collection of words is not too out of place here. I do adore the colors of parchment and vellum, and Italy is one of my dream destinations that I have longed for over many years. My love of Italy began with the study of Da Vinci's art when I was in college. And certainly grew stronger whenever I would see pictures of art, the architecture, and the country itself.

Be sure to see some wonderful examples and arrangements of vellum books in this post at Willow Decor. And of course I hope you will go visit 3 Fine Grains to see Kimberly's pillows and other fabulous goods.
Thank You!
to Gina of Willow Decor and Kymberly Fraser, owner of 3 Fine Grains

See Y'All Soon~


  1. What a beautiful post and I love the books.

  2. That book is absolutely beautiful, Donna, and I love the way you have it displayed. That crown is cute!

  3. Your new treasure will be lovely wherever you display it at. What a lovely giveaway prize this was and such a lovely thing to keep in your family for generations.

    That little crown is too cute! I've noticed you do a lot with crowns in your art and decor. A few months back I found one a crown that held a little tea light in it and was so excited. The color isn't quite as desirable as the shape is but that just means I'll get to try out one of your paint aging techniques on it. :))) Fun, fun!

    Blessings to you and yours,

  4. So thrilled for you!! It looks lovely in its new home! I adore the mini crown -too cute!! Congratulations again!!

  5. Congratulations on this wonderful win! The book is amazing and I know it found a good home.

  6. I can already tell that this is a well-loved treasure. What a lovely give-away. Can you share a little something about that sweet little crown??? It would be perfect for someone dear to me...are they available anywhere?
    You have a beautiful blog here-I'll be back.

  7. You have displayed your new treasure very well...thanks for sharing it with us!

  8. Oh, I love old books! And I have a few stacked on my nightstand...the perfect touch! Love your blog! ♥


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