Personally, I think a shelf full of colorful books is one of the most inviting objects in a room, the first thing which catches my eye. I recently read an article from the Wall Street Journal about decorating with books. The focus of the article was based on recent interior decorating trends of turning the books around on the shelf so you just see the pages, backwards books.
If you don't like a rainbow of color for you book shelf, an option is to find books with spines all the same color. Or you could choose 2 different colors and add other vintage goodies as accents. It doesn't need to be the whole shelf or several shelves. A grouping of 3 or 4 books makes a beautiful decorative display. Stack them, tie a piece of jute around them, add some greenery, whatever makes your idea of a warm inviting display.
If I remember correctly, my first Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls had bright red or orange yarn hair which stood out from their heads. They had blue outfits with red and white striped legs. I took them everywhere, dragging them by their arms. They gave me quite a bit of joy as a child. I'm pretty sure if a similar one crosses my path in the future, it would be very hard to not buy it!
However, I tend to drool more over the vintage books about the droopy dolls then the acutal dolls themselves. Johhny Gruelle first published his Raggedy Ann book in 1918. Gruelle was a cartoonist, illustrator and author. There is quite a bit of legend surrounding the creation of Raggedy Ann. The basic story line is his daughter found an old ragdoll which he transformed into Raggedy Ann. A couple of years later he introduced Raggedy Andy into the story line.
Whatever Raggedy Ann and Andy book you choose to read, it will definately bring joy and spark your imagination!! Let me know what your favorite Raggedy Ann book is!
I personally enjoy the charm of a well read book, often wondering what someone was thinking when they wrote in the book or turned a corner down. Every little imperfection has a story of its own. However, some of those imperfections may make the book look dirty and feel filthy. There are a few easy basic ways to clean your old books to enhance the beauty of them.
Symbolical Books of The Evangelical Lutheran Church
This antique book was originally published in Dresden Germany in 1580. The first complete English translation was the 1851 Henkel edition, followed by a second edition in 1854. These volumes included historical introductions.
The book originally written by Martin Chemnitz and Jakob Andreae talked about the Three Ecumenical or Universal Creeds, the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Those who accept it as their doctrinal standard recognize it to be a faithful exposition of the Bible.