It is not easy for me to softly transition from summer to autumn. I love to just rush in headfirst to my favorite time of year. I am however working on some new vingettes around my living room to annouce the arrival of early autumn. My mind went to the color blue. I decided to use my blue vintage books instead of the normal red or green ones. Then I thought it would be cute to add a small bear to my table. I stacked the books to sit him upon and placed a piece of vintage lace, which was a gift from a dear friend in England, as a scarf. To me a teddy bear says 'cozy'. It shows the cool evenings have come and time to cuddle up. I finally found an apothecary jar which I had wanted for some time and filled it with sugared lemon slices.
It is the time for hydrangeas as the bushes are full of pretty blossoms. These are not real as I don't have any blue ones in my garden. I hope to find a real bouquet of them to dry if they are affordable.
Then I looked around for something to add to the coffee table and thought my new book would look fun there as it colors well with the pail of flowers. It is entitled "Beatrix Potter ~ A journal" and I am so glad I ordered it.
I thought it would be a nice book but was in for a big surprise when it arrived. It is just amazing. It has Miss Potter's handwriting throughout and many pages have fun items you can open or even remove to look at and read. Here you can see an envelope. It contains the letter written to Noel with the story of Peter Rabbit. There are many photographs and drawings she created.
When you arrive at the end of the book...
...you open the flap to discover a wonderful surprise!
A reproduction copy of the original black and white version of Peter Rabbit that Beatrix had printed herself.