Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Nook - The Repurposed Library

The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects that Give Old Books New Life by Lisa Occhipinti:

Last weekend, we went to a local farmer's market, and discovered a really neat shop - I'd call it an antique store, but it was much more than that.  A creative shop would be more appropriate.  It was one of those stores that had some interesting, one of a kind &/or brilliant "why didn't I think of that" item around every corner.  Like huge fire pits in the shape of giant bowls, a set of interesting shaped vases that nestled with each other, big antique skeleton keys and old books cut out into letters and numbers.  It was this last one that made me think of the book I had at home on the very topic of crafting things out of old books: The Repurposed Library.

This book is full of neat ideas on how to transform an old book into something new.  I particularly love the bookshelf idea - simply 3 books, attached by mending plates to make a long shelf, glued to painted corbels.  What a perfect "book" shelf!  There are clocks, lamps, mirrors, bracelets and even book sculptures to make.  You can make a super-secret place to keep a stack of cards a a couple pairs of dice, all hidden in what would appear to the average eye as merely an old book.  There's also an adorable kitchen utensil holder crafted from old cookbooks (see cover picture, above).

If you are a book lover who loves the occasional crafty project, this is a book you will adore.  Who would have thought there would be so many uses for old books, besides just reading them!?


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