Etsy seller, typewriterboneyard, turns hardback books into table lamps. The bulbs used are 'Radio' reproduction bulbs (like this one). The maker notes that that bottom of the books are intact, which means you could stack
Fathers: they're awesome... and they deserve a damn good gift! From first-time dads to seasoned pros, we've rounded up 20 gift ideas to help you celebrate the dad in your life good and proper.
Trends are a curious thing, so when I ran across this set of images from the book Good Decorating and Home Improvement, I couldn't help but laugh. We're in a phase again where all things Mid-Century are cool (no complaints here), but it's clear that wasn't the case when this book was published!
Many books are works of art in and of themselves. Old, worn hardbacks can look lovely as is. However, other titles are less than comely. Take any out of date reference book for example. (Damn you Encyclopedia Britannica!) Those and other ugly ducklings are just waiting to be given a makeover. Here's three ways to breathe new life into books, thereby turning them into objets d'art.
First are burlap wraps, kind of like the ones in the image...
What does Wonderland's Alice have to do with Christmas? Absolutely nothing. Except that the same procedure with which I made her 'Drink me' bookmark I employed to make a more Christmas-y version. (PDFs of each design included.)
You guys, I am so stoked about this gift guide! From art to books to pottery, we've rounded up a collection of gift ideas that are sure to delight the Mid-Century Modern enthusiast on your list. Get your clicker fingers ready, because this is going to be awesome.
Amy Sedaris has been out promoting her new book, Simple Times: Crafting for Poor People, and one of her stops was on NPR's Marketplace. The book, of course, is a parody of the DIY and crafting culture, however, her recent comments in the NPR interview are pissing people off...at least people who don't appreciate satire. One inflammatory
I find this piece by The Shop House not only clever but beautiful. Its title, 'Bookmobile-Vespers in Vienna', doesn't hurt my admiration for it either. Another find in The Shop House's Etsy store
Just yesterday, I was searching for the bookmark that had fallen out of my current book group read. How delighted I was today then to see this no-slip bookmark idea. The maker claims she has seen them around all over the place. I must admit, I haven't. To make one, here's
Whether you are tired of looking at the present contents of your book shelves or just want to shield your chosen reading material from prying eyes...
After you've made your Book Planter, you're going to have some book innards leftover. And since we don't like to waste ANYTHING here at Curbly--especially books or any parts of them--how about making some book beads
The humorously titled, “The Real Man’s Guide to Fixin’ Stuff”, is not a typical fix-it manual, and it’s not only for men, real or otherwise.
Oh, sure, it has some tips you’d expect to find in such books, like how to repair loose hinges, squeaky floors, and dripping taps, but in it you’ll also learn how to re-sole shoes, make a vacuum suck better, sharpen blender blades, and resurface a wooden cutting board, among
A waste of good books? Maybe, depending on the titles. Either way, very creative!
A 'book' counter is right at home in this shop:
Odecom5 gets my vote for Dad of the Year. It sounds like he was able to 'help' his son with this school project and end up with their relationship intact after this complicated build; not a small feat. His son even had a broken arm during the project which may have worked out better for both of them.
I can't think of a better planter for a bonsai, the wisest of all flora, than a nice fat dictionary.
Designer and author Emily Anderson of Eco-Chic Weddings fame turns her attention to interiors with her new book Eco-Chic Home. In its pages, Emily tells us how to embrace sustainability stylishly. It starts with imagining all those cast-offs as something else, something useful and--yes--even pretty.
Room by room, the Emily tackles fun and easy projects that re-use hand-me-downs, thrift store and garage sale finds and everything in between...
As the saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the covers are so pretty. For the amount of effort that goes into producing such things, it really is a shame to hide them on traditional book shelves. With the clear acrylic Slim bookcase, available at Yanko Design, we can now flaunt all those covers. Yes, it's a bookcase, but it displays titles in a way that transforms them into wall art.
Simple, useful, and handmade. These are the kinds of projects the DIYosphere lives for.
From EvilMadScientist: "We said that it's simple, and it is: it's a brick wrapped in a piece of paper...hese are "cement bricks" -- red dyed cement-- and cost about $0.25 each. Wrapping them up keeps them from scratching up your shelves and books." These left-brainers chose some Psis and brackets for their physics texts, but the technique is simple and could...
A perfect little gift for every bookworm you know, this lovely star bookmark requires very few supplies, most of which you probably already have! Here they are: