The book…stuff

This is the post of oddments, strange bits, and things that I accidentally missed from the other posts, and expands slightly beyond “books” into “books and library ‘hings”. I think it’s best that I don’t even try to explain some of these….

Kusudama flowers are pretty, easy to make, and look kinda funky when made from old book pages:

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They’re also nice in a bunch:

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And as roses too:

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Books can have all sorts of covers, as these show:
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Make sure the books stay on the shelf with a bit of punctuation geekery:
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You could carry your books about in a bag…with a picture of books on it:
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Make sure you never lose your place again, with some unusual bookmarks:
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Some more necklaces here:
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Badges are also a good wearable way of showing your book love:
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If you need to get yourself organised, this library card catalogue style box could be just the thing:

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And every library needs its own bookworm:
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That’s it, folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Etsy goodies posts, and maybe been inspired to pick up some nice things. I’ll try and put some more together before Christmas again…and always remember…
LOVE [the] BOOK

Looking and quoting

You won’t want to draw the line at just showing book bits around your home, do you? You want images and art for your walls, and cards to send to all and sundry, featuring books and book quotes in all their formats? So feast your eyes on these!

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This is a popular quote…and tea seems to feature in book prints quite frequently!

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Bits-o-books

As a true book lover, you’ll be keen to decorate your home with things made from bits-o’-books, and book related items, won’t you?

To begin with, you can welcome people in to your home with a nice decorative wreath on your door:

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Once you’re inside, you’ll be looking for a nice way to store the books that you want to keep to read. This is an unusual take on the traditional way of keeping books on shelves…

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However, if you stick with a traditional bookcase style, you’ll need some bookends…how about keeping things in place with a slice of the outside world, and its strata?

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But you don’t want time to run away from you, while you’re buried in your books. So maybe a clock would be a wise investment?

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Don’t strain your eyes when reading your favourite tome: invest in a nice little light to illuminate your reading material.

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For the ladies, a pretty place to store jewellery is always a bonus, and if it’s got all sorts of drawers and illuminations, all the better!
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And for the festive season, show off your favourite books in the form of a bauble. Unfortunately, you will have to shred them in order to do that…

Wearing the books out…

Of course, books aren’t just for reading, hiding, cutting up, and taking photos of. You can also adorn yourself with them, in all sorts of formats. So here’s a few examples of some snazzy book-based wearables.

Lets start with the rings.

Mini book + ring = cool.

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Mini book + secret compartment ring = awesome.

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And of course, you can always go for a necklace book. Extra geek points if you choose this one.

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Would you prefer your books to be a bit closer to you? Say, on your wrist? Here, you can either have the books in their mini¬†entirety, or as a section of a full size one…

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¬†Or perhaps you’d like them on your ears?

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And you can make sure your mobile phone doesn’t unloved, with this phone charm.

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But you’ll be needing to keep your body well clothed too. How about a nice top or two?

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Can’t leave your feet out though, can we? How about some comic-covered high heels?

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But watch out: it’s still not quite warm enough to be venturing out without a nice, cosy scarf on, is it?

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It’s a cover up…

The modern version of the traditional physical book is now an eReader, whether that’s a Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, or any other random bit of kit you might be using.

Perhaps these eReaders are perhaps just a bit too jarringly modern looking for you? Too shiny, too plasticky, to grey/black/white?

Wouldn’t it be nice if it looked like a proper, classic old book?

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How about with a cute puppy book?

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Maybe something a bit simpler?

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Fancy something a bit more…retro?

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Or do you prefer the look of comic book art?

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So many choices – what one shall it be?

Book a gift

Since I like a good browse on Etsy, and I come across some interesting stuff there, I thought it was time for another librariany gift selection. For this series of posts, I am focussing entirely on the book itself. That means items made out of books, accessories for modern books (the Kindle, iPad, Nook etc), clothes and jewellery that involve books, decorative book-related items, book quotes, and “other”, which is a whole world of random…

So, lets start with the physical book , shall we?

Book sculptures/folding is very popular on Etsy, so you can find plenty of “Christmas tree” shaped foldings, and even some shaped ones, like barrels, or pinch-waisted shapes. Even a pretty, sewn clamshell:

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The most impressive book sculptures I’ve seen though are these – very complex looking, and done to order:

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If you want to go all out for an insanely good book sculpture, you could invest in this sort of thing:

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Or if you want a slightly more affordable version, how about a photograph of a sculpture?

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Perhaps you prefer your books to be more “arty”? How about another style of book sculpture (that seems to be a bit more like “the horrific nightmare of a librarian after discovering a flood in their library” to me)?

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Or how about your own fairytale within a book?

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Books can be functional too – stacking your books on a floating “book shelf” would be good fun…until you got a schlumpy one that just wanted to do a slide off the side.

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Although perhaps yours books are a tad on the small side to be needing a big bookshelf all for themselves anyway?

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If you like to keep a book around that looks like a serious read, purely to impress visitors, then it could at least also be useful and charge your phone for you too:

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And where better to hide Important Things (and, of course, hip flasks) than in a books safe?

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Or do you like your books to be a bit more portable?

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And here endeth the first post of book gifts…more to come soon!