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July 17, 2010

A Midsummer Night’s Secret Dream Party

Filed under: Household — Laura R @ 8:18 AM

There’s a Party going on –
a fanciful, creative, wonderful, unpredictable party.

A place to shed a little moonlight on one of your deep down desires;
Share your talents with the virtual world.

Well, my secret dreams are so deep that it is taking me a while longer to break surface.
I did not want you to arrive here and find nothing

especially after my much anticipated (at least by me)
Mad Tea Party post
did not materialize.
The faeries will not forgive me if their second scheduled appearance
also vaporizes.

So- to show you a bit of my creativity until the
Midsummer Night’s Dream appears

I built a bookcase using items at hand.
Total cost, under $5

The rolled edge counter cutoffs are easily found at a big store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.
I had these destined to become sleeping shelves for the cats.

I discovered a good sense of balance and sturdy supports are key to this project.
After I sorted and loaded the books, the cardboard boxes crumbled.

I rebuilt this several times.
The whole idea is for it to be temporary.

The most difficult part was drinking all that chocolate milk.

Does anyone see a book sale in my future?

For better creative projects and blossoming of wonderful secret dreams, please visit
A Midsummer Night’s Secret Dream Party

If you find it in your heart, stop back here after you visit everyone else.

Edit:  Computer does not want me to play today. The faeries have said they will slip inside and check on the squirrels and sprites who make the computer magic IF I post their picture.





I am hoping that with their help, a disc clean up, virus scan, and defrag
I will be back in business later today.









  1. You’re so funny! I can’t help with the chocolate milk. Bricks and cinderbocks can be picked up, free in any number of place. Or, my personal favorite, milk crates behind the grocery store.

    Comment by cyndi — July 17, 2010 @ 9:19 AM

    • Those lovely crates with the printed : Property of messages?
      I don’t run as fast as I used to.

      Comment by dogsmom — July 17, 2010 @ 9:36 AM

  2. Sometimes the best dreams are the ones we make a reality using what we have. LOVE your bookcase. Love Books! Books and Chocolate Milk are some of my favorite friends.

    Thank you for sharing your creative dreaming!


    Comment by FawnDear — July 17, 2010 @ 9:55 AM

  3. We like the book end posts 🙂 !! Come and be part of our Midsummer’s Night Secret Dream
    The Emerald Forest – Midsummer Dream

    Comment by Lenora — July 17, 2010 @ 12:51 PM

  4. Ahh, the lowly bookshelf… I have seen use of those kind of decorative open cement blocks for supports as well, then they can be used as something else later… empty boxes , are sure to crumble, but maybe some of those clear storage ones that you can add things too, and once you have enough books on the shelf you can pull out the box to get at the things when needed… and if you used would of called, I could of helped with the chocolate milk… thats the least a friend could do!

    Comment by Faythe @GrammyMousetails — July 17, 2010 @ 3:52 PM

    • All excellent suggestions. In fact I do have some very nice decorative bricks from a shelf I assembled back in the 1970s… umm, 90‘s from my first apartment. Either in the barn or down a trecherous set of cellar steps.

      Comment by dogsmom — July 17, 2010 @ 4:33 PM

  5. Believe me, I understand that things happen! Sometimes a bad fairy will sprinkle you with late dust!

    I look forward to all your creativity in the future! Thank you for being part of the party!

    Hugs, Kelly

    Comment by Kelly — July 17, 2010 @ 7:38 PM

  6. Well I have to say, you are far more creative than you give yourself credit for. I would have never thought of building a temporary book shelf. My bookcase is about as full as it’s going to get so I just may have to give your idea a whirl. Think you can come over and build me an art desk? lol.

    Comment by Deanna — July 17, 2010 @ 9:46 PM

  7. As someone who never has enough shelves for books, I am super impressed. Sometimes, useful projects > other creative work!

    Surviving Grannie’s Guide

    Comment by Miz — July 17, 2010 @ 10:14 PM

  8. I love what you did to the books, looks like a dream come true. Thanks for your prayers….Christine

    Comment by Christine — July 17, 2010 @ 10:28 PM

  9. Hi !

    I really like you idea of the bookshelves. Very simple but very handy and cleverly done !
    I would love to help you with the chocolate milk, but I think I live a bit far away for that 😉
    I will make a cup of my own and think of you instead. Is that OK also ?

    Thanks for sharing your ideas !

    A beary hug,

    Comment by angelique — July 18, 2010 @ 2:35 AM

  10. You can use empty Yankee candle jars for shelf supports. Take the lids off and fill them with things that catch your eye…colorful beads or stones…trinkets from cereal boxes…Pez dispensers. Keep the rounded covers off the jars…the shelf on top will keep out dust and dirt.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 18, 2010 @ 8:37 AM

    • What a great idea! I have to check if I have any taller than the average paperback book.
      Of course if I make it look too nice, it won’t be as temporary as it should be.

      Comment by dogsmom — July 18, 2010 @ 9:41 AM

  11. I enjoyed your bookshelf adventure! I’ve had a few like that myself. All my bookshelves are permanent now…those bricks just got too heavy for me.

    It’s very nice to meet you. I’m going to have a chocolate milk now and check out the rest of the party!


    Comment by Lynette — July 18, 2010 @ 7:27 PM

  12. Super Artikel.

    Comment by Hooie — July 21, 2010 @ 9:04 AM

  13. Great idea

    Comment by roule — July 22, 2010 @ 12:55 PM

  14. an interesting idea :0

    Comment by lette spel — July 25, 2010 @ 5:14 AM

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