Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: Paper Trail

I feel the sensation of traveling back through time when I flip through the tattered pages of an old book filled with engraved images, romantic type or frilly, foreign words. Even though I love spending time with a treasured tome, it's most often placed back on the bookshelf (or in my instance, I'd have to include the back of the closet, the bottom of a drawer, the stacks on the windowsill or the pile in the floor!) where it will probably collect dust for days, or years, to come.

That's why I'm so attracted to the elegant creations of Honeysuckle Lane's Simple Joy's Lana Manis, which lucky for us, are for sale at her Etsy shop, SimpleJoysPaperie. By refashioning vintage books into wreaths for all occasions, Lana has not only saved them the recycling bin, butshe's also charged them with a novel decorative sensibility and a whimsical sense of humor.

Those of you who have followed me know that I love anything that reminds me of my favorite place on earth -- Paris. The foreign phrases in her "French Text," wreath remind me of my beloved high school French classes and my days as a flâneur roaming the streets of Paris and Bordeaux.

And then, of course, you know that I adore anything tinged with even the faintest whiff of Dolly Parton. Hence, my choice of the "9-to-5" wreath harvested from an old short-hand text

For a look at what collage artist John Derian and Coastal Living's Heather Chadduck have done with the pages of various books, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

Imagining what my book might look like if turned into a wreath....

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. I just love these wreaths that Lana creates!!:o)

  2. Those.Are.Fabulous! Thanks for sharing the link.

  3. I am channeling you, I just featured Lana's wreaths on my blog a few days ago! Any chance you need to hire an assistant in the Chicago area? Great post. I love your descriptions. Also loving the Find!

  4. Beautiful! Crafty/artistic people are so amazing to me!! Hmmm...your book as a wreath? Very interesting thought!!


  5. How wonderful to find your blog! I am signing up! And I am going to look for that French 80's song you mentioned on my blog. Thanks for coming by, and if you are ever in Provence, look me up! Je t'invite a boire un pot.


  6. Dear Stan ~ I want to thank you for such a lovely post about my paper wreaths. It was an honor to be featured on your blog!



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