It was exactly a year ago that I published one of my favorite posts: "Two Ideas". Well, it's a new year and I have two new great ideas. Here are two innovative ideas for used books. I think I am starting a tradition!
1. Souvenir of Texas
While travelling from Austin to San Antonio I made a stop at Bussey's Flea Market. A giant armadillo smiled at me from the Bussey billboard, promising that the crowds and heat would be worth the stop. Locals and tourists gathered around stalls of beads, leather, hats, scarves, antiques, and junk. It was almost closing time so I felt rushed and only stopped at the most promising tables among the hundreds. I didn't know what I was looking for- some sort of classic souvenir, maybe a coffee mug, a keychain, a toy, or boots. One dollar and 40 minutes later I had found the perfect souvenir. It was a thick mustard yellow book from 1961, " Roadside Flowers of Texas." The book was printed in Austin and is full of colorful illustrations of native wildflowers. What a lucky find! The book is a pretty perfect souvenir on its own, but I had an idea to make it even more special. I stopped at a gas station off of the highway and picked wildflowers to press among the pages in the book. The wildflower season was at it's peak, and in just one stop I was able to pick at least 9 different flowers- purple, yellow, pink, red, and white. I pressed the flowers in-between the illustrated pages to create my perfect souvenir.
2. Summer Sketchbook
While visiting family in St. Louis back in May I made a fun stop at The Book House. The Book House sells unique, used, and rare books (my favorites!). The building is literally a house, so there are many rooms filled from floor to ceiling with stacks and shelves of books. There was so much to look at. In the basement I found a used book called "It's Summer!" The plastic cover was old, stained, and unappealing, but underneath was a cool red font on red cloth, and I immediately knew I had to turn this book into a sketchbook. Back at home I took out the old pages of poetry and folded drawing paper to be sewn together for a new interior. Isn't this the perfect summer sketchbook?