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This Book Purse is made from a beautiful vintage edition of "Little Women."

I’ve only read “Little Women” once, when I was seven years old. My memories of the book are hazy, but my memories of where I was when I read it are strong. My family was staying at a farm house in Vermont for the summer, and I vividly remember sitting on the front porch and reading, or staying up late reading in my little old-fashioned bedroom with stiff pillows. There was a pond where I learned to swim, which was green and slimy from an algae bloom. We caught frogs from the pond and raced them. There was a barn with wasps, which was both exhilarating and terrifying, and we would jump from the hayloft. There was no television, so we would listen to the radio, and catch fireflies at night. It was a slice of old fashioned Americana, the mythic childhood that few ever fully have, and whenever I think of “Little Women”, I am nostalgic for it.

The cover has a gorgeous full color illustration of the March women clustered about the piano, which wraps all the way around to the back. The interior is fully lined in a blue marbled patterned fabric. This fabric reminds me of the marbled paper used in old fancy books. All fabrics are 100% cotton quilting fabric.

The handles are made with blue carved acrylic beads and gold metal spacers on a gold metal frame, and the purse closes with a gold metal button and grosgrain ribbon loop. When not in use, the handles may be folded inside the purse and you can store it on a bookcase just like a real book. The Book Purses look wonderful stashed among your favorite tomes, and as you collect them, you can have an entire shelf full of purses! You can even store valuables inside them on your shelf, to keep them hidden.

There is a narrow pocket inside perfect for a slim phone or wallet, and the spine is reinforced for durability. While the purses are not fragile, and are certainly more durable than the original books they are made from, care should be taken with them. If you treat your Book Purse like you would treat a treasured old book, you will be able to enjoy it for years and years to come.

The dimensions are approximately 9 1/4" long, 2 1/2" wide, 6" tall, and the handles are 6" wide by 4" tall. The longer the book, the wider the purse, so this one is a nice size for carrying your necessities on a special night out.

Bibliophiles, don't fret! Most of my wallets and purses are made from damaged or discarded books, 90% were being thrown out by libraries. All care is taken to never use valuable or rare books. Have a favorite book that is falling apart? Send it to me and I will turn it into a one of a kind purse or wallet for you! Email me at cphillips [!at] rebound-designs.com, or contact me through Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=5042309&ref=owner_contact_leftnav

********Journeys Through My Book House**********

I spent so much of my childhood reading. Lost in a book in my room, on vacation in the car with my nose in a book instead of looking at the scenery, hiding out in the backyard; the places I went in books seem as real to me as the places I visited in real life, and sometimes the real and imagined places bled over into each other. I’ve traveled all over the world, both with books and in books.

These are all books that mean different things to me. It’s by no means a comprehensive collection of my favorite books, but they are each special to me, and occupy a significant place in my head. Each of these books feels like a piece of home, perhaps especially the ones that remind me of travel and adventure and far away.

Home is a difficult concept at my age. I am grown up enough that my childhood home is mostly nostalgically comforting, but I am not settled down enough to feel as though my current apartment is truly home. Some might call it escapism, but I am more at home in my favorite books than in most places I have lived. I think of all the treasured books I have left out of this collection, and all the books I have yet to discover. I am both overwhelmed and comforted in knowing how many new places I can go in books, and how vast my home is.

Enjoy your Journey Through My Book House.

Little Women Book Purse - made from recycled vintage book


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  • Materials: book, fabric, beads, button, ribbon
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