Gadgets for book lovers

DIY Book table November 14, 2007

Filed under: DIY,Furniture — Kim @ 7:53 pm

A great idea to make your own bookish furniture. This book table, as posted on the blog Simply Green, is a really good idea! The post itself is quite funny too. Click here to go directly to the book table post.

PS. Speaking of ‘Green’. Do not forget to send in a review of a ‘green’ book for the contest. Learn more about it via the button in the ‘special announcements’ section in the sidebar. The first two winners will be contacted next Monday, so you still have a couple of days!


Miniature bookshop October 2, 2007

Filed under: Books all sorts,DIY — Kim @ 7:19 pm

My dream is to own my own bookshop, as you know. Second best is to create one. In miniature! We are actually going to do this during the dark and cold evenings this winter. We have not decided on the approach yet. I posted about a book with a plan for a bookshop in it a while ago, see here.

As if Dave Wade could read my mind, he send me an e-mail the other day. He actually made the bookshop from the book. And he got the pictures to prove it. I love what he has done with the place! He told me he made everything himself, except for the figures and the lights. Amazing. A big applause for Dave! To get inspired, click here.


Shakespeare’s Globe DIY September 18, 2007

Filed under: DIY — Kim @ 2:33 pm

The days are getting shorter (depending on where you are on the planet), so If you want to have a project for the dark evenings… Build your own Shakespeare’s Globe! I found you this fun model. This is what the makers have to say about it:

“The model was made from details found from historical etchings and prints of the original Globe Theatre. This required quite a bit of research as there were actually three Globe Theatre buildings, and inaccuracies abound. This model represents the Globe as it probably looked around the time that Shakespeare’s plays were presented there (1599-1608).”

Click here to see the model and download it. If you want to learn more about the Globe, click here to go to the website.


Bookish wedding September 12, 2007

Filed under: Communities,DIY,Household — Kim @ 7:15 pm

Allison has sent me some pictures of her bookish themed wedding. She got married in July to the man she met at the library they worked at. I only had the bookish cake, but they took it one step further. It looks great! See the pictures below to get inspired for your own (future) wedding.

The cake


The center pieces


The seating cards

Thanks to Allison for her permission to post the pictures.


Tips of the trade September 4, 2007

Filed under: DIY,Handy — Kim @ 3:17 pm

The Antiques Roadshow (BBC) is one of my favorite television programs. I love antiques. The people of the show made a special (small) page on their website about the care for rare books. Click here to read it. They also did one about preserving old books. There are some very useful tips on there. Click here to see it. (I also found a page on the subject of caring for books here.)



PS. I got two new libraries for the Your Home Library project today. Keep ’em comming people!


Bookish Wall Art August 30, 2007

Filed under: Art,Bookish You Tube,DIY — Kim @ 11:05 am

Are the walls in your library a bit bland? Do you have some really bad books you do not know what to do with? I found the answer to your problems on You Tube! I got inspired and think of tackeling my first project this weekend. Click below to see the You Tube video, or click here to see some photo’s of the project.



Altered books August 24, 2007

Filed under: DIY — Kim @ 1:07 am

This is bookish hobby is HOT. Altered books are some sort of scrap booking that involves books. I just heard of it myself, since it has not blown over to my country yet. I have searched the web to find you the most fun and informative links.

First, what are ‘altered books’? Wikipedia is here to inform you. Click here to learn! There is even a society of ‘Altered Book Artists’, to be found here. Then, if you are ready, click here to get hands on for a how-to. On this page, you will find more projects and techniques.

There is even a book out on this craft, to be found here. And of course, there is a You Tube film that shows you how to do it in real life. Click here to view. Good luck and have fun!