Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tartan Memories

WASPing Through the Countryside: Photo
A scene in our living room one day

Tartan Books

Recently, I spotted another plaid 
silk covered book at a local flea market.

Cannot ever get enough of those.

It is because of images like these 
that I have been inspired to collect them:

Inspired by images like this found HERE

Instead of a "vignette"- someone on my staff used to call this "a moment"
Photo from  -- always love seeing her vignettes

Vintage Silk Tartan Books
Is this SWEET or what? Found here

Vintage Robert Burns' Poems Miniature Book with Clasp Tartan Cover
Vintage Tartan Books
cute design // Encontrado en
My sweet friend Kathy's home at TheTartanTerrace
Vintage Burns Song Book
Love this image from another sweet friend -- Sarah -- at HyacinthsfortheSoul blog!

Victorian Tartanware Letter Rack with Eight Miniature Tartan Books, the papier-mache rack with three compartments with ogee top edges, center of back applied with a small roundel print of a Highlands view, ht. 6 1/2, wd. 10, dp. 4, with seven fabric-covered miniature books (six "Thistle Library"), and one boards, late 19th/early 20th century, all Scottish subjects. Would look sensational on a writing desk.
Link Here for Source

Collection of silk tartan books in the study, Christmas 2011
Check out Amanda's UNBELIEVABLE collection

I have posted pictures 
of my small pile in the past - 
adding new ones as I find them.

Stewart Tartan with faithful pup in the library
I think this was my very first tartan book.
Tartan & Tortoiseshell at
And a month ago 
I found a BIG red plaid photo album
with golden tassels.

(I really need to start looking for other colors of plaid books
but I guess the red ones are more obvious and catch my eye?)

This one is a vintage photo album
filled with someone's family photos
from their trip to Scotland.

Kind of sad that no one in their family
cared to keep it. :(

But now I have it and I am enjoying it.
Very sweet pictures and wonderful 
handwritten captions.

My stack of tartan books is growing.


Rebecca said...

Yes! Your stack IS growing! I sure enjoyed seeing the others you posted, too. You know, I'm not sure I've seen ANY except for one paperback which I actually have here in the house somewhere.....

The enchanted home said...

Alison these are simply amazing, love the tartan covered gorgeous and so you!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

you're always inspiring Alison, and I love when you show your plaid! Wonder why companies don't pick up on the fact everyone loves tartan? It's so hard to find new products with it, or it just falls flat like PotteryBarn's tartan bedding last year. I bought the king duvet and it just wasn't that pretty.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Alison, I am in love with that photo album from the trip to Scotland!! And it is in such perfect condition too! Often old photo albums with the wonderful hand written captions are falling apart but you have a real treasure! I will now be on the watch for some of these wonderful tartan covered books. You really inspire me! Linda

Suburban prep said...

What a beautiful display of tartan. Hard to find it at this time of year even around here.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

These are fabulous! I am a huge fan of tartan but I have never found any of these books! Otherwise I would have snatched them up!

Hope you are having a beautiful day!

Karen said...

I love your tartan book collection. I have been watching for a few to add to my start up collection. Your home always inspires me with your great vignettes and lovely collections of things that make me smile!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Wow, you have a spectacular collection of tartan books. Each one more beautiful than the next. The one with the old photographs is a true treasure. A peek at someone's personal memories. That is amazing.

Nice to meet you Alison. Stop by sometime.


Sarah said...

Alison, I missed this when you first posted. You know every one of these images make me smile. Will add some of these to my Pinterest board. You have a wonderful collection. I've added a few more, but don't have but a handful. Always on the watch for more though. '-)