Sunday, March 25, 2012

This leather was once a briefcase!

Vintage Burgundy Leather -

The holes from the original stitching run across the bottom of the journal and down the front edge.

The burgundy leather is beautifully weathered and worn and so soft to the touch!

Hand sewn with a variation of the long stitch binding with grey linen thread.

A small hole has been hand punched out of the front cover of the leather journal - letting you peek through to view the vintage photograph of two people in a row boat on a beautiful summer day - someplace dream-like and beautiful! This photograph has been salvaged from the Puces de Vanves market in Paris. I have a box full of black and white photographs from the market - and this might be my most favorite purchase of all time. The photos are just timeless and beautiful and just waiting to be enjoyed again and cherished. I have dreams of making each and every photograph the centerpiece of a journal!

The small photograph has been mounted to a heavy grey Canson paper - and I created a paper fold on the very first page - so that you will only see the small square hole that has been cut out to view the photograph.

I have only lightly added some additional small circle marks around the circle opening on the cover as well as a few other small markings on the cover

The interior has heavy white paper - all hand torn and hand sewn.

The journal closes with a rose colored leather strap riveted to the back cover.

Height: 5"
Width: 3 1/4"
Depth: 1 3/4"

100 pages
(200 pages counting both sides)

We hit the Vanves market today - it was great!
I'll take pictures and post all of our finds very soon.
I found a little collection of petite vintage leather books to add to my collection.
I found some goodies for the shop too! -
super cool vintage cat eyeglasses - they are so retro!
And - very old wire rimmed eyeglasses that are very unique looking - and would make a wonderful display piece.
Also - a great little wooden pencil case box.

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