Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Different Kind of Gardening

~ Gardening & Books ~
2 of my favorite things.

Old, vintage books like this one call my name when I see them.
Look at the darling faces on these children and how about the clothes they are wearing to garden in.

This is how the book in the previous picture ends.
Each page you flip up shows a different flower the kids plant and by the end they have a beautiful flower garden. Then if you want to play around a little bit, you can add a bench, some pots, a watering can & garden tools. My sister-in-law gave this to me last year for my birthday and I was one happy gal. Playtime!!

I'm sure I had this same haircut in second grade.

Such sweetness ~ such innocence.

I don't know what it is about the artwork in children's books from the 40s, 50s and even 60s that I love so much. Probably brings back happy childhood memories. Whatever it is, I can't resist them. They are one of my favorite things to find when I'm out thrifting. There is one artist from that era that I especially love. Maybe one day I will do a post about her artwork.


I hope all of you wonderful ladies in blogland are doing well today and enjoying your summer days. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. The door is always open.


  1. I love old children's books, too - these were a treat! It's a great idea to collect ones with a similar theme.

  2. Good Morning! Loved this post. We are on the same page, aren't we? I love old children's books too. I think it's because the children are so innocent looking. The illustrations in today's books just can't compare. Can't wait to hear who your favorite illustrator is! Have a nice day! Twyla

  3. Those books are works of art. I can see why you cherish them so.

    And the picture you had of the tiny clogs, absolutely precious.

    Have a great weekend.


  4. What a sweet collection of gardening books! Just beautiful!

  5. Gardens and old books...two of my favorite things also! You have some treasures there.

  6. Kim,

    Just a quick note to let you know that I have an award for you at Sunbonnet Cottage.


  7. I love gardening and books too!

    I have some real old garden books and I'm always on the look out for more whenever I go fea markets, antique shops or Goodwill.

    Love your collection. The art is beautiful.


  8. Enjoy the award. You truly deserve it. I love your blog.

    Have a great week.


  9. Hi, Kim - Guess what? The random number generator picked #33, and you were the 33rd person who left a comment on my Christmas ornament giveaway post - so, you won! Yay! Send me your address and I'll send you the prize!

  10. Hi Kim
    Your gardening books are very sweet. I love old books too!


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