I’ve been trying to track down a slim tall bookcase to use at my concession in Hopkinson for a while now. Finally I was able to buy one from ebay but it was a bit shabby (of the scruffy rather than chic variety). A tin of varnish in a dark wood tone seemed a good idea to get it to blend with the furniture already there – until it turned a rather vibrant shade of orange/red on application! So decoupage was the answer.
I’ve been wanting to try it for a while on a stool or table so why not go for a whole bookcase. After the first day I remembered why I stopped decoupaging small gift items. What a time consuming job it is. Still this was for display and so I decided to abandon the back and not worry so much about getting perfect edges.
I’m quite pleased with the result. So much for the complex glues and varnish I usually use. This is good old fashioned PVA with a coat of clear varnish. Six Shakespeare plays gave themselves to the project and considering they were in mouldy bindings I feel like I’ve liberated them. Happily it looks perfect in place holding some of my crafts and the unused books I have for sale.
A letter from the packet of letters and poems etc. This makes me think what it must have been like to live in Europe when war was so near. Sorry for lots of (?) gaps I find the writing quite hard to decipher.
31st August 1939
My dear little friends,
Well how are you? I have thought many times and wonder how the (?) is getting on. I do sincerely hope that it is progressing favourably.
What dreadful times we are having. My son was due home this week but naturally all leave cancelled. We are in the direct line of danger so must hope for the best.
Take care of yourselves and may God bless you and keep you from all harm and danger. I don’t think you are in the danger zone are you?
(?) (?) to (?) a (?) busy, at present, very – I have had invitations to go away to friends but no I shall stay at home with my husband and doggies and hope for the best.
Now darlings all the best. (?) (?) always your (?) friend.
This poem comes from a collection of letters, cards and written pages I found stored in a ‘Marlborough Christmas Cards’ packet. Some of the letters are dated 1930s and an invitation is from 1902 but I can’t find an indication of when this poem was written.
A Jolly Family
A very grand old gentleman is Mr Carving Knife.
He lives in Sideboard Castle with, Lady Fork, his wife.
Their little ones are teaspoon boys as happy as can be.
Their favourite game is running round in all your cups of tea.
And ?Bash? the saltspoon small and sweet lives in the cruet cradle.
And the nurses name what do you think is Mrs Granny Ladle.