Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Book of Good Manners written by Victor H. Diescher

The Book of Good Manners By Victor H. Diescher
1923  book The book of good manners,  A guide to polite usage for all social function, written by Victor H. Diescherand I think there is much of it that you can implement in daily life.  I am going to share some parts of it here, we can all learn from the past and I hope you may find some parts of this vintage book to your liking. 
It starts with this,
~ To The Reader ~
With the purpose of democratizing, as it were, the subject of etiquette and making its laws understandable and applicable to the daily life of the every-day man and woman by giving greater prominence to the basic elements of good manners, rather than the elaboration of circumstances never met with by people who resort to a book of etiquette for the purpose of improving their knowledge of what constitutes correct form, this work is sincerely dedicated.  Correct procedure for those formal occasions which most anyone is likely at any time to attend are herein set forth, as well as that for the most elaborate functions.  It has been endeavored to cover all details of good manners, as to rule and application.  In how great a measure this purpose has been accomplished, time and practical use can only disclose; but if the desire of the readers to improve their understanding of good manners is in any degree enhanced by the use of this volume, in such degree will be repaid the effort of compiling the work.  V.H.D.


This part is called
~ Kindness and Reverence ~
Kindness and reverence are the natural outcome of the desire for culture.  Wife and husband in their actions to each other should set the example for the children.  Loss of temper has no place in the curriculum of culture.  The gentleman is the master of his feelings, he has complete control over his faculties at all times.  Families whose hours alone are unpleasant and lacking in the display of courtesy and magnanimity will inevitably display their true colors to strangers.  "company manners" must be practiced when alone.  Good actors are limited, and even these rehears their parts untiringly before they attempt a public portrayal.  A charming mother and a kind father exert their influence upon one another and upon their children in the course of daily life in a manner more impressive and more indelible than can be done in any other way.  Complete harmony, the result of kindness and reverence, is a prime requisite in the home where the attainment of culture and good manners is a constant ambition.

The following is entitled
~ Thanks are Always Written ~
A printed or engraved form of thanks is quite as rude as using a rubber stamp for a signature.  This comparison is rather extreme, but it seems to measure in a way the feeling that one might have upon receipt of a printed card of thanks.  Only public officials may take the liberty of sending anything but written letters of thanks for congratulations, or for sympathy in a case of death of a family member.

The Book of Good Manners By Victor H. Diescher
Thank you for stopping by,
Kathi

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Look at the U.S.A.


Look at the U.S.A. By the editors of Look

Take a look back in time with Look at the U.S.A. this book will give you a look at how the United States of America looked back in 1955.  This book is from the editors of Look magazine.  It is loaded with black and white photographs from 1955 all across America. 

on the inside flap
Here is a book for Americans who want to know more about their country.  The hundreds of stunning photographs have been selected from thousands by the editors of look to make a composite picture of the wealth and the dramatic variety of the United States of America.  From the rocky coasts and intimate harbors of New England across the vast and fertile plain to the lofty mountains of the West, from the lakes and forests along the Canadian border to the sandy tropic beaches of Florida and the dry ranges of the South-west, the camera has recorded the scenes that reveal most clearly the many aspects of our land.

This book has 516 pages and 6 pages of picture credits, it is packed with pictures from all across America, drawings of state maps,  it has 8 chapters:
New England
The Southwest
New York City
The Central Northeast
The Midwest
The South
The Central Northwest
The Far West

What a great way to take a look back at what life was like back in 1955.
And a bit of whats on the back flap
Here in word and picture is the living history of a new country, a civilization built by decades instead of millenniums.  Every inhabitant of the United States will find here a record of much that is new, fantastic, and challenging, and he will find much that is old, familiar, and well loved.  Here is unsentimental appraisal balanced by the warmth of tribute, a guidebook in the very fullest sense.

Thank you for stopping by,
Kathi

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tarzan the Untamed

As I start this post I retreive the book I want to tell you about, its titled Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  I think its a lovely vintage book, its a hardback book covered with red cloth (which is faded & a bit frayed on the edges) and its embossed in black lettering.
The spine is faded more than the rest of the book.

Despite all that I love the look of this book.
Lets start on the inside, as I open it I notice it has split partially from the spine.  On the first page it has the title TARZAN the Untamed.

This book has 1 picture in the beginning, Illustrated by J. Allen St. John.  Isn't that a wonderful drawing to start your journey into this story.

This book has 24 chapters
It has 428 pages and 12 pages of ads at the back of the book
Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the 7th in the series about the character Tarzan.  Edgar Rice Burroughs was born September 1, 1875 and died March 19, 1950. He was an American author that was well known for his series of books about the character Tarzan.  Although he wrote so much more than just about Tarzan. 
In either 1915 or 1919, Burroughs purchased a large ranch north of Los Angeles, Ca. which he named "Tarzana." The citizens of the community that sprang up around the ranch voted to adopt that name, Tarzana Ca. was formed about 1927 or 1928.

from wikipedia:
Tarzan the Untamed is a book written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the seventh in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was originally published as two separate stories serialized in different pulp magazines; "Tarzan the Untamed" (AKA "Tarzan and the Huns") in Redbook from March to August, 1919, and "Tarzan and the Valley of Luna" in All-Story Weekly from March to April 1920. The two stories were combined under the title of the first in the first book edition, published in 1920 by A. C. McClurg. In order of writing, the book follows Jungle Tales of Tarzan, a collection of short stories about the ape-man's youth. Chronologically, it follows Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar.





Tarzan the Untamed by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Illustrated by J. Allen St. John, published by Grosset & Dunlap, in 1920 in New York USA, first edition. The spine is pulled away from the pages, although pages are still intact. The cover has shelf wear, edges & corners are worn, the cover on the inside is torn away from first page, but is still connected to the rest of the book. I see several pages where the corners have been turned down, there is writing in pencil on the inside back cover pencil, pages are yellowed & has a little bit of smudges.
This book will be bubble wrapped and carefully packed to arrive just as you see it.
this book is 7 3/4 inches by 5 inches and 1 1/2 inch thick.
This book is one of many vintage books you will find in my shop Kathisewnsew's Boutique.

Thank you for stopping by,
Kathi

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gift Guide ~ Boho Fabric Jewelry


Today I thought I'd share my fabric jewelry.  This started when I wanted to turn fabric scraps into something cool and interesting. I started by doing some basic stitching on some colorful fabric, and the I started twisting and forming and attaching the ends together. I then stitched and beaded each bracelet. Here is the first set of bracelets I made.

Here is a set of 4 I made.  This set is made with colorful  cotton batik



Here are some other bangle bracelets that are listed individually.





This next set is one of my favorites, its black and white.


This is such a fun and colorful set.


This set is bright primary colors twisted and embroidered

This set is made with a beautifully soft purple solid and print.

Now, here are the boho fabric and ribbon choker necklaces.


All these pieces are already made and ready to ship. Maybe you would like a custom piece of my fabric jewelry made with your colors and beading ideas. Contact me through my artfire shop Kathisewnsew's Boutique with your ideas and I'll get started on making your special gift.

Thank you for stopping by,
Kathi